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10 Best Undergrad Schools for Education Majors

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For high school students whittling down their college wish-lists, its important to research schools based on their reputation for specific programs. While you don’t have to know for certain what your major will be, if you have a strong inclination to veer in one direction, follow your gut! If that direction happens to be education, take a look at the 10 best undergraduate schools for education programs in the United States, according to the U.S. News & World Report.

Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)

  • Students enrolled: 6,141
  • Application deadline: January 1st
  • Tuition: $41,736
  • Fun Fact: Dartmouth is home to the oldest and biggest collegiate Outing Club in the country. The Outing Club offers outdoor excursions and courses to adventure-seeking students.

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

  • Students enrolled: 7,724
  • Application deadline: January 1st
  • Tuition: $37,000
  • Fun Fact: All undergraduate students are required to write a senior thesis.

Miami University – Oxford (Oxford, OH)

  • Students enrolled: 17,472
  • Application deadline: February 1st
  • Tuition: $10,880 (in-state), $26,052 (out-of-state)
  • Fun Fact: 30% of the student body is involved with Greek Life and the school has been referred to as the “Mother of Fraternities”.

Brown University (Providence, RI)

  • Students enrolled: 8,705
  • Application deadline: January 1st
  • Tuition: $41,328
  • Fun Fact: All students are required to live on campus for their first six semesters.

Yale University (New Haven, CT)

  • Students enrolled: 11,701
  • Application deadline: December 31st
  • Tuition: $40,500
  • Fun Fact: Yale is also widely regarded for it’s drama and music programs. All students belong to one of twelve residential colleges.

College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)

  • Students enrolled: 8,000
  • Application deadline: January 1st
  • Tuition: $8,270 (in-state), $30,547 (out-of-state)
  • Fun Fact: Located in the historic town of Williamsburg, this school is the second oldest in the country!

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • Students enrolled: 41,924
  • Application deadline: February 1st
  • Tuition: $12,440 (in-state), $37,588 (out-of-state)
  • Fun Fact: Located in one of the best college towns in the country, this university offers more than 900 students clubs and a rich athletic history.

Duke University (Durham, NC)

  • Students enrolled: 15,016
  • Application deadline: January 2nd
  • Tuition: $40,665
  • Fun Fact: Home of one of the top five winningest basketball programs in the country. Get ready to become a basketball fan!

University of California – Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

  • Students enrolled: 35,833
  • Application deadline: November 30th
  • Tuition: $11,220 (in-state), $34,098 (out-of-state)
  • Fun Fact: This university is known for it’s actively political student body – particularly for liberal student groups.

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

  • Students enrolled: 15,152
  • Application deadline: January 3rd
  • Tuition: $41,853
  • Fun Fact: Students who live on campus (roughly 60%) are put into houses within their dorms. These houses are like tiny communities where students support one another in academics and life.

If you’re on your way to graduating college now and are interested in attending graduate school for education, check out our list of the 10 Best Graduate Schools for Education!

Best Undergraduate Business Schools: The Top 3

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University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. Photo: wharton.upenn.edu

Majoring in business can be the road map to a great fulfilling career, and with many highly-ranked business schools in the country, you may be wondering which is right for you. U.S. News & World Report ranks undergraduate business programs every year based on a number of qualifying factors. As you are trying to figure out which business school is right for you, the most important thing you should consider is what majors are offered within the business school. Different universities offer different programs, and every track will not be offered at every university. The Top 3 business schools in the United States are in different settings across the country and offer distinctive feelings connected to the overall university.

#1: The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School was the first business school in the United States and currently has the largest alumni network of business schools in the country. Wharton offers programs in accounting, actuarial science, e-commerce, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, health care administration, human resources management, insurance, international business, marketing, production/operations management, public policy, real estate and quantitative analysis/statistics ad operations research. With a bustling student body of over 9,000 undergraduate students, The Wharton School provides prestige with an exciting urban setting.

#2 The Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Sloan School of Management courses have a global focus, offering business clubs in countries around the world. Students are global in nature and allow a number of opportunities for students to study abroad. Sloan offers programs in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, health care administration human resources management, international business, leadership, manufacturing and technology management, marketing, management information systems, production/operations management, organizational behavior, supply chain management/logistics, quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research and technology. MIT shares a hometown with Harvard University, filling the city with exceptionally bright students from all over the world.

#3 Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley

UC Berkeley is a great option for business students who also want to get involved in other aspects of life on a large university campus. The school has more than 25,000 students, 700 organizations and 55 Greek chapters. Haas offers programs in accounting, consulting, e-commerce, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, health care administration, human resources management, international business, leadership, manufacturing and technology management, marketing, management information systems, not-for-profit management, production/operations management, organizational behavior, portfolio management, public administration, public policy, real estate, supply chain management/logistics, quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research and technology

Check out the complete list of the top business schools in the country. Browse the college profiles at Cappex to learn more about each school and its program.

Top 6 Fastest-Growing Majors

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Fastest-Growing Majors

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While you shouldn’t pick your major solely based on what’s popular or what’s going to be in demand upon graduation, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have some knowledge about where the job market is heading! Here are the top 6 majors that are quickly increasing in popularity.

Healthcare

Doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, home aids, physician’s assistants and pharmacists are all in high demand right now. Many of these positions have a high starting pay. Accelerated and flexible degree and certification programs are also an attractive incentive for college students!

“Green” Majors

As concern for the environment continues to grow, colleges and universities have found themselves creating “green” majors, or degree programs that deal with environmental issues. These majors include bioethics, food science, and horticulture. According to The Princeton Review, even degrees like fashion design and packaging are incorporating an environmental emphasis.

Computer Science

The computer science major has undergone something of a resurrection since the burst of the “dot-com” bubble. An article in the San Francisco Business Times dated August 3, 2012 mentions that the University of California at Berkeley saw an 87% increase from 2007 to 2011 in their computer science department. While this major continues to grow in popularity, there is much debate regarding its future need, with some believing this field will remain in high demand, and others who believe this demand has already been met.

Kinesiology

Kinesiology, the study of human body movement, has been reported to have an increase in popularity as well. According to an article from the San Francisco Business Times, since 2008, Notre Dame saw a 160% increase and the University of California at Berkley saw a 48% increase in this field. Kinesiology can lead to careers in the sports or medical fields.

Engineering

Engineers continue to be in demand, and with a high starting pay, many students find themselves interested in pursuing this route. Engineering has many different branches including civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering as well as combinations of these. With strong coursework in physics, math, and science, expertise in this field seems to always provide a career.

Statistics

There has been a large increase in statistics majors, with the University of California at Berkeley citing it as their second fastest growing major in the last several years, per the aforementioned article. Statistics students, who have a strong background in math and specialize in processing and analyzing data, are highly useful and in demand for businesses that are joining the online community. Companies that have only recently started using Facebook fan pages and Twitter accounts need statistic majors to evaluate the new data these sites are providing to them so they can make better decisions about their digital presence.

If your major isn’t on here, don’t get discouraged! Jumping on the current trend or focusing only on the most popular majors isn’t always the best choice. If you’re good at something, and if you’re head over heels in love with it, you will have the passion and motivation it takes to find a job you like, and get paid well for it too!