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10 Best Undergrad Schools for Education Majors

Categories: Majors & Minors

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!

Top 6 Fastest-Growing Majors

Categories: Majors & Minors

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!

 

4 Signs You Have Picked the Right College Major

Categories: Majors & Minors

Most college students will change their major at least once, whether it be something simple, such as transferring from one branch of engineering to another, or something more drastic, such as going from a criminal justice major to an art major. While knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life comes naturally to some people, for many, it’s a struggle. Students often find themselves in majors they aren’t sure about. Here are some signs you’re in the right one.

You Geek Out Over It

When you start learning things in your lectures that completely fascinate you, and you find yourself repeating them to your friends at the dining hall, you have picked the right college major. When your professor’s door is covered with nerdy cartoons relevant to your field, and you both understand them and find them funny, you have picked the right college major. When you find yourself doing extra research on a topic just because you found it interesting, you’re in the right college major!  The area you choose to study should be something you enjoy learning about.

You Think About It on Your Own Time

As a college student you are expected to take on some initiative, and to have your own motivation when it comes to pursuing your field. At some point, college will be over, and with the knowledge you are given, you will have to decide for yourself how to best apply it. Your major has to be something you actively consider even when you’re not in class. If you find yourself dwelling on a theory before you fall asleep, or thinking about what methods you could someday use in your future job, you have picked the right college major!

You Feel Successful in It

While part of choosing a college major is picking something you like, the other part is picking something you can do well enough to get a paycheck. That is, after all, the main point of going to college and finding a job. The major you choose should make you feel strong and confident. Your major should make you feel smart. Your major should make you feel as if you can accomplish anything. If dissecting a frog, building an engine, or giving a presentation makes you feel like you’re in your zone, then you have picked the right college major!

You Sometimes Don’t Like It So Much

Even if you have picked the right college major, there will be days where you sort of hate it. There will be times where you wondered if you should have picked something a little easier, or something that would make more money, or something where you didn’t have to take a particular stressful test. It’s okay to have these feelings. Just because you don’t necessarily “like” your major 100% of the time doesn’t mean you’ve picked the wrong one. Everything has peaks and valleys. The way you know you’ve picked the right major is that the next peak is right around the corner!

 

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