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Enhance Your College Experience through Outside Clubs and Activities (We’ve Found Some Good Ones)

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College is for learning, which takes place both inside and outside the classroom. So while textbooks, finals, and GPA are obviously important, they create just one component of higher education. College is also for doing – in the form of activities. They help you create strong friendships and relationships that will last long after graduation, and in many cases, for life.

You can meet people in the dorms, but students are usually assigned to living quarters on a random basis. However, schools that offer a wide variety of on-campus activities are a great place to A) find and join a group that aligns with your interests, B) enhance your resume through membership and leadership positions in such groups, and C) take a break from the pressures of daily classroom life to be with friends.

Many colleges offer a variety of on-campus activities and clubs that cover a range of pursuits. Interest-based, religious, performance-based, and social justice clubs are only a few examples of how to get involved during your time on campus. Joining a group or two is not only good for making friends, but for the future as well. Employers look for candidates who demonstrates a history of strong involvement in groups like these.

If you’re experiencing any indecision on choosing the school that’s right for you, consider the list of extracurricular activities and clubs that are available. We’ve released a new category for our 2015 Cappies™, called “Best Colleges for Activities.” We believe our new list can play a large part in helping you decide where to spend your next four years.

The Cappies™ reviewed thousands of U.S. colleges and the outside activities they offer, whether school-sponsored or independent. We selected schools with not only a wide variety of options, but with interesting choices as well. You can find Quidditch teams in an actual league based on the Harry Potter novels, or Doctor Who fan clubs, or mountain-climbing clubs. In many cases, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, the schools encourage you to form your own group.

Some schools go as far as to offer competitive leadership programs, which encourage students to learn and build attributes associated with leaders. Those include communication, critical thinking, and conflict management, to name but a few. They really work to help you understand connections between academic responsibilities, social and co-curricular choices. Involvement today can lead to better decision making in social situations.

The Best Colleges for Activities is our next-to-last category covered by The Cappies™. Our last category, Dorm Life, will be released later on this month, and will complete our six Cappies categories. Our other categories are covered in-depth on The Cappies™ home page, and we encourage you to check them out as your decision-making process goes forward!

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At Some Colleges, An “A” Is Truly Earned – Cappex’s Latest List Shows You Where They Are and How to Navigate Them

hardestCappiesLogoMany students thrive in academic settings where the classwork is challenging and demanding.  They have a true love of learning for knowledge’s sake, and are intellectually curious. When it comes time to pick a college for the next four years, they know the traditional names associated with “higher learning.”  But what is being taught at these schools? How is educational success defined? What are students saying about their academics (and the homework)?

While such environments can often put incredible amounts of stress on students, they also inspire them to think in ways they never have before. The chances of meeting a professor or teaching assistant who may serve as an intellectual mentor are higher. Future career paths and a true purpose for learning can be found at every turn.

Just being accepted for enrollment at these schools is a tremendous achievement. The list of applicants to the schools on our new list grows every year, and each prospective student brings an impressive list of accomplishments and talents to the table. An extremely small percentage is accepted to these schools – sometimes as low as seven percent.

Cappex knows that one student’s definition of “hard classes” differs from another. But when a large group of student reviews says pretty much the same thing, then a real picture of an academically challenging institution comes into much clearer focus.

Our newest 2014 Cappies list is called “Hardest Colleges.” These are the 25 schools that challenge students in a variety of ways and bring out their best. A majority of graduates from these schools do not stop after four years. They go on to obtain more advanced degrees, and the percentage of those who go on to earn Ph.Ds is also very high. Graduates from these universities may often enter academia as a profession. The top schools as determined by our reviewers are highlighted here.

In this new list, you will find familiar, traditional names of colleges that have long been associated with advanced scholarly research programs, one-of-a-kind undergraduate study curriculum, and requirements above and beyond those found at other institutions. However, some of the names on this list may not be so recognizable to first-time college applicants, and deserve serious consideration.

This marks the fourth category covered by The Cappies, with two more (Clubs and Activities, Dorm Life) left. Stay tuned for announcements on that front. Please pass this blog post to anyone looking for a strenuous college environment that both challenges and rewards the inquiring, restless mind.

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What Colleges Provide the Maximum Return on Investment? This List Has the Answer

valueCappiesLogoIt’s been said time and again: You can’t put a value on a good education.  But in the year 2014, that maxim is under more and more duress. College is expensive, and there’s just no getting around that any more.

Consider the numbers:

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the average tuition at U.S. four-year colleges is $22,261 per year. At some schools, that figure can go as high as $60,000 a year. Furthermore, that’s a figure that’s only rising, not decreasing. Student loans are a whole separate issue. Today, U.S. students owe about $1.1 trillion in loan repayments. That’s more than our current credit card debt.

So what are students getting, exactly, for all that money? A high price tag can sometimes put more stress on students who may feel the need to justify the cost of his or her four years. They may think:

At Cappex, we prefer to focus on what you are getting for the hard-earned money you’re about to spend. College costs aren’t limited to just tuition. There’s room and board, expenses, and other unforeseen costs.“I just got a C+ on my econ mid-term, and if my parents find out they will hit the roof. They just wrote another huge tuition check.”

With that in mind, our brand new The 2015 Cappies™ list is called “Best Value Colleges.” It takes a look at 25 schools that offer the biggest bang for the buck. Some schools are taking truly innovative measures to ensure that graduates come out after four years with solid job prospects and little to no debt. The top schools as determined by our reviewers are highlighted here.

In this new list, you will find colleges who have earned a sterling reputation for their outstanding academics and affordability. They provide what students determine to be a quality education (such as Holy Cross, SUNY, and the U.S. Naval Academy, among others). Furthermore, their tuition rates are comparatively low, and they provide generous financial aid to those students in need.

This marks the third category covered by the Cappies™, with three more to go. Over the next few weeks, we’ll also announce student rankings for the Hardest Colleges, Best Colleges for Activities, and Best College Dorms. Stay tuned for announcements on that front, and in the meantime, please share this blog with an interested friend (or two).

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