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Touring school after school after school can definitely get redundant and make your college search more painful than it needs to be. It can also get very expensive if most of your choices are out-of-state. Here are some sweet options that will definitely mix it up and might save you a few pennies!
Alfred University in New York offers a bike tour to prospective students. Not just any bike tour mind you. You’ll be riding a 7-person bike around the campus, pedaling as a tour guide helps to steer! This is certainly a one of a kind tour and your guide will take you on a special route around the campus. You need to sign up in advance, and these bizarre bike tours are offered on Mondays and Fridays only. Find out more – and watch a video of the bike! – on Alfred University’s website.
Eckerd College in Florida does campus tours via boat! A member of Eckerd’s Waterfront Program, one of the largest collegiate water sports programs in the country, leads a 45 minute tour around Boca Ciega Bay. Prospective students are encouraged to sign up beforehand, as capacity is limited. Boating tours are offered on sporadic Fridays throughout the school year. Eckerd also offers a unique community event called Evenings at Eckerd where you can view theatrical performances or lectures by current staff and students. Check out their website for more cool details on campus activities!
Stanford University in California provides student led golf cart tours of the central campus, including some additional views that are not offered on the walking tour. You need to sign up in advance and it costs $5, but is totally worth it to get a more relaxed perspective of the area. Make your reservation for any day of the week online!
Virtual campus tours are becoming increasingly helpful to students who are unable to visit their top choice schools in person. Apps have been developed for the iPad and iPhone that offer photos, virtual tours and maps of campus buildings. Check out the apps developed for the College of Charleston, the College of New Jersey, and Washington State University to name a few.
Now, if you’re like me, you don’t have an iPhone yet. Don’t fret! A lot of schools put interactive tours and informative videos on their websites under the Admissions page. Cappex also offers video tours – and super helpful statistics and deadlines – for many schools around the country. Just search a school name in the search bar on the right side of the homepage. These are excellent and easy ways of visiting a campus without the hassle of travel.
Many young people who fill out college applications also want to change the world for the better. To recognize the ways that schools around the country are making a difference in their communities, the Department of Education has presented five schools with a Presidential Award for their efforts.
The Presidential Award of the 2012 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest honor a college can be given for community outreach efforts. The recipients of this year's awards were Carson-Newman College, Miami University, North Carolina State University, Seattle University and the University of Pennsylvania. The schools were chosen for the efforts of their students and faculty in helping communities in need, such as following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
"We applaud the honor roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom," Robert Velasco, acting chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), said in a statement. "Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities."
When you're doing a college search, talk to your admissions adviser about volunteer opportunities on campus. Many schools are actively involved in improving the lives of people in their communities.
Looking for a college where it’s totally the norm to wear school colors at all times and even start purchasing normal day, outerwear, socks and all kinds of accessories in school colors? Looking for the kind of school where you can regularly cheer your face off at games? Looking for a school where the pride for the school lives on long after graduation? Well then, according to Inside College, these are the schools for you!
25 incredibly spirited colleges:
Are you looking for a college with major spirit? Is college spirit appealing or unattractive? Share your feelings in the comment section below!
The interactive entertainment industry eclipses even Hollywood in terms of annual worth. Some economists estimate that video games are a $100 billion-per-year industry, and with consumer electronics more popular than ever, it's little wonder that increasing numbers of students are choosing to fill out college applications for schools offering programs in video game design and development. With many universities offering these programs, how do you find the best school for game design?
As with many industries, the video game business is all about connections. The degree programs offered by many colleges may be similar, but some schools have better track records at placing students in studios or having experienced industry professionals teach as guest lecturers.
In addition to successfully completing your degree, if you want to land a job at a major game development studio, you'll have to work hard on producing a professional-quality portfolio. Many studios base hiring decisions on the strength of a candidate's work, and with many graduates competing for jobs, making sure your work is top-notch is really important. You should also bear in mind that although you may be applying for entry-level or junior positions when you graduate, that doesn't mean your work should be anything less than production-quality. Junior artist position refer to the amount of experience a candidate has, not the quality of their portfolio.
According to the Princeton Review, the best school for game design in the U.S. is the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Other notable colleges mentioned in the rankings include the University of Utah, the DigiPen Institute of Technology in Washington State, Michigan State University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.
Before choosing which schools to fill out college applications for, ask yourself what aspect of video game production you want to work in. Do you want to be an artist or a programmer? Perhaps you're more interested in audio or user interface design. Identifying your interests and career goals can help you look at a school's curriculum objectively. If you want to become a video game programmer, enrolling at a college renowned for its art programs probably won't help you much.
A popular misconception about the video game industry is that people who work in this field do little else aside from play games all day. This couldn't be further from the truth. Professionals working in video game development work long hours, and production deadlines can be tough. If you want to succeed in this competitive field, be prepared to work very hard.
The interactive entertainment industry can be an exciting, challenging field. With planning and research, you can find the college for you and begin a career in this fast-paced industry.
There will always be the Harvards, Princetons, and Yales–the colleges whose names pervade in the world of higher education. Still, with every year that goes by, new schools make names for themselves, and schools with long histories reinvent themselves, both striving to better higher education and the students that will matriculate.
Of course, U.S. News, has a list of the schools it deems as “Up and Comers” in the 2012 Best Colleges rankings. These are colleges and universities that, according to nominations from top college officials, are undertaking exciting and innovative changes in academics, faculty, and student life.
Here are 23 of those up-and-coming colleges:
Not to arbitrarily add to that pile of “things to know about college”, but you should probably know what it means for a school to be on academic trimesters. There are different ways to break up the year, semesters, quarters, and trimesters! A trimester system divides the academic year into three terms, roughly 14 – 16 weeks each. Let it be known that these things vary greatly among schools, so always check with the schools you’re interested in to learn more about their academic calendar.
Often, colleges and universities that run on trimesters start around mid-September, which is considerably later than schools on semesters, and they often end later in the year towards the middle of June. Similar to the advantages of the quarter systems, many people believe trimesters give students more flexibility and diversity in their class choices. This means that you can take more of the classes you love, and the more frustrating classes are shorter in length–it’s kind of a perception thing.
Disadvantages of trimesters can be that your academic schedule might wind up conflicting with summer job or internship scheduling. Students also sometimes feel that finals rush up on them very quickly.
It’s important to know what kind of academic system you’re getting yourself into while applying to college because school feels very different in a quarter system versus a semester system.
In a quarter system, the year is parceled into four quarters, while only three quarters make up an academic year. That means students have the opportunity to take more classes, however, the pace is much faster in a quarter system and finals will sneak up on you like woah. Still, many people find that the shorter periods motivate students to be more focused throughout the quarter.
Here are colleges that are on quarter systems:
Do you prefer a quarter system? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
Every college has its own personality. Visit one school and you’ll get the sense that the student body is kind of book-wormy. Take a trip to another campus and maybe the students seem more laid-back. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide where you fit in. But one of the more pandemic rages on college campuses across America is preppiness
Thank goodness for all of the modern Zach Morrises of America, The Huffington Post just published its list of the 7 preppiest colleges.
1. Georgetown University
With Georgetown University just blooming with America’s future leaders on the Hill, you’re bound to find abundant polos, Brooks Brothers, and pastel Sperrys.
2. University of Virginia
UVA’s idyllic Charlottesville campus is the Mecca for preppies across the world. The rolling hills and sprawling lawn on central campus afford the perfect weather for students to wear polos with a light knit dangling over their shoulders. Thomas Jefferson would be so proud.
3. Boston College
This private Jesuit university located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts has 9,200 full-time undergraduates. Once an actual preparatory school, BC is totally living up to its preppy history.
4. Wheaton College
This small college between Massachusetts and Rhode Island only became a coed school in 1988. But considering Wheaton is one of the oldest institutions for women in the U.S., its “Wheaties” have had a long time to perfect their prep.
5. Cornell University
Perhaps Cornell’s most well-known preppy alumna is The Office’s Andy Bernard. Always dressed like he’s about to go on a sailboat, Andy Bernard is Cornell University’s Everyman.
6. Ohio State University
Not even close to the coast and OSU is taking the preppy world by storm. From wearing argyle while cheering for their football team to Brooks Brothers making a line of Ohio State clothing, OSU is pretttttty preppy.
7. University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama is home to some true southern prep. Just like OSU, Brooks Brothers also has a line of clothes just for the University of Alabama.
In Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college, and you leave an answer in the comment field.
Today’s question is inspired by Lynn O’Shaughnessy’s blog, The College Solution:
Less than 50% of students who begin a PhD program leave with a degree.
How does a student know if they’re ready to make the commitment to graduate school? Should they enroll in grad school as a default move after graduation?
Have a thought or an answer? Leave a reply below.
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