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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
Throughout your college application process, utilizing your family can be a great way to ensure that you apply to, and pick, the perfect school. Family members know you very well, may have insightful thoughts on which schools you should consider, and can be great company on college campus tours. Although you may be ready to conquer the world on your own, listening to your family and working together will help the process run very smoothly. They’ve been in your shoes, and they know what to expect!
To Stay In State, or Not To Stay In State
You have a big decision to make here. When you start your selection process, consider the following: Do you want to be within driving distance from your family? Do you want to go far away? Is distance from home important to you? Or does it not matter how far it is, if it’s the right school? While some students find comfort in having family close by, others may see going to college as an opportunity to venture out fully on their own. Understanding what proximity you want to your family can help narrow down the list of which schools are the best options for you.
For students who live in states with good public universities, applying only to these colleges may seem like a smart option to parents who are helping pay tuition. Though it narrows down the range of your decision, talking through this idea with your family can ensure that you understand their point of view and the reasons they think it is a viable option for you both financially and academically. Parents may like the idea that you can get a great education at a lower cost, and this is something to consider when making your college decision.
Lets Hear It For The Alma Mater!
Did your parents meet in college? Is your sister always raving about how much she loves her school? Were you raised as a diehard college football fan? These schools are a great option for you, too!
College pride can run deep within families, and you may be encouraged to apply to the alma maters of your parents and siblings. These schools may seem desirable to you because of the great stories you’ve heard about them over the years. If they fit the criteria of what you want out of your college experience (research the different majors, student life, and campus culture when making this decision), it’s a great way to start a new family tradition. Many schools like the idea of creating a legacy within families, and having family members who are alumni will be noted on your application. Sharing college spirit with your family can keep you connected after you’ve moved away from home and give you something you can enjoy together. You’ll love walking around campus with your mom as she tells you all about her college experience thirty years ago, and she’ll love watching you have as great of a time as she did.
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In this Thursday feature, we will suggest a topic or question and ask you to submit a short essay, say, about 200-400 words about that subject that provides thoughtful advice to your classmates based on your experience.
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Choosing a college for the right or wrong reasons.
Are there right or wrong reasons to choose one college over another? Is it a bad or good idea to go to a school because your friends are going? What should go into making the “right” choice when it comes to the final college decision. What are ways to help you decide?
We’re excited to hear what you have to say!
When deciding on a college, college-bound students have a cornucopia of factors to pick and choose from–the programs it offers, the location, the professors, the campus, the sports–there are just so many elements!
One of the most important factors that often gets overlooked, or is just misunderstood like your 8th grade goth self, is school size. The size of an enrollment class completely changes the culture of a school. Going to a university with 300 people in your freshman class is far different from going to a college with 10,000 people in your class. So if you’re looking for that big school atmosphere, today, we’re giving you a list of the ten universities with the largest undergraduate enrollment:
1. University of Central Florida
Enrollment – 45,398
Fun fact – UCF was founded with the goal to educate current and future students for promising space-age careers in engineering, electronics and other technological professions, thus serving as a support system for the nearby Kennedy Space Center. 3….2…..1…take off!
2. Ohio State University
Enrollment - 41,348
Fun fact - OSU was among the first group of public universities to raise a $1 billion endowment in 1999.
3. Arizona State University
Enrollment - 41, 256
Fun fact -To ensure college access to all Arizona residents, ASU has relatively liberal admission standards. Admission is ensured to Arizona residents in the top 25% of their high-school class with at a weighted secondary GPA of 2.5 GPA, or anyone with 24 credits of community college work with a 2.0 GPA minimum.
4. Rutgers University
Enrollment - 38,902
Fun fact – Rutgers is one of the nine Colonial colleges founded before the American Revolution. “Education is coming; education is coming!” – Paul Revere’s cousin.
5. Texas A&M University
Enrollment – 38,810
Fun fact -Texas A&M’s original mission was to educate males in farming and military technique. Because everybody knows, if you can plant a seed, you can grow an army.
6. Pennsylvania State University
Enrollment – 38,630
Fun fact – The 22,000+ student section at home football games is the largest concentrated student section in the nation…which is either a dream come true or your biggest headache.
7. University of Texas at Austin
Enrollment – 38,168
Fun fact - To show your UT pride, just show the Hook’em Horns hand signal to show you’re a Texas Longhorn. Make sure not to show it off in the wrong neighborhood though.
8. University of South Florida
Enrollment – 36,595
Fun fact – USF is also one of the nation’s top centers for the advancement in research of treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease.
9. Michigan State University
Enrollment – 36,389
Fun fact - East Lansing is pretty much all college town, with 60.2% of the population between the ages of 15 and 24
10. University of Florida
Enrollment – 33,628
Fun fact - Approximately 5,200 undergraduate students (or approximately 15%) are members of either a sorority or fraternity.
What’s your take? Is a big school right for you? Leave a comment!
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Last week we told you about the type of student who’d want to to go an urban college campus. Today, we’re gonna tell you about the type of student who would choose a suburban or rural college campus. Don’t let the words “rural” or “suburban” freak you out.
When it comes to college campuses, rural and suburban don’t mean lame or in the middle of nowhere or tumbleweed or Deadwood or no man’s land or super extra lame or “Good day, sir!” (because it definitely does not mean that)–a rural or suburban college campus just means it’s a more traditional-style campus. It’s the kind of campus you’ve seen in the movies. Unless that movie was about an urban college. Any who, you get the picture.
So, now you ask:
Wants a sense of community
A suburban/rural college campus generally means that the college is one of the factors that the town is known for. As compared to New York University, where the university is in the city, in a smaller town, sometimes it feels as if the city has built itself around the campus. In that sense, the entire town becomes part of the university. Everywhere you go you see your college colors–even while you’re off campus, you feel like you’re in it.
Wants to bring their car
Parking at a traditional college is much more doable than it would be living in the city. Whether there’s ample free parking, permit parking, or a space you have to pay for monthly, if you desperately want your car at college for the occasional trip home or to the grocery store or just to have on tap for the sake of adventure and being young with the open road at your fingertips, then it’s worth the price!
Wants a haven for the outdoors
Going to a rural or suburban campus gives you access to the wonderful wide world of nature in a way that going to city campus does not permit. Even if you’re not planning on becoming an environmental science major, you might enjoy the outdoor activities the area you’re in has to offer, like camping, rock climbing, relaxing on the beach, or taking a quiet walk through arboretum, getting all Darwin on us, and journaling every walk of life you see out there.
Wants school and friends in walking distance
At a traditional college campus, getting from Point A (Psych 101) to Point B (Library) to Point C (your dorm) to Point D (Archie’s Burgers) to Point C (that awesome theme party you’re definitely going to) is all usually within walking distance. Once you get used to campus and know where everything is, the only thing you need to get around is a good pair of walking shoes.
Wants school to be the center of academic and social life
In a big city, you’ll have so many distractions, like museums, events, clubs, and so many other things. On a rural or suburban campus, it’s not as much the excitement of the town that will entertain you, but its the students, professors and staff itself.
What’s your opinion on going to a traditional college campus vs. a city/urban campus? Leave a comment.
It’s March, and that means that Spring is on the horizon. It also means that college admissions officers are making their final decisions, sealing the envelopes and getting them ready to head off to all of the eagerly awaiting applicants any time now.
On the home front, you’re probably going a little crazy inside. After all, you’ve spent half of your high school career trying to figure out how to get into college, how to score higher on the ACT or SAT, and how to write the perfect college essay.
Your nerves could eat you alive as you refresh your admissions status on your college of choice’s website. So, instead of biting your nails down so low you can’t even open a can of Coke, take our words of wisdom on how to handle the wait for your college admissions letter .
1. Get a hobby.
Most high schoolers have access to tons of extra curricular activities. If you’re already involved in something, maybe it’s the musical, the mathletes or lacrosse–whatever it is–pump up your involvement. Make a goal for yourself to improve in something. Challenge yourself to sustain a note longer, do harder math in your head or run a quicker mile. That way, your mind will be less focused on your admissions letter and more about how you can achieve what’s actually in your control at that moment.
If you’re not involved with an after school activity, make your own. There’s one resource most every high school has no matter what and that’s students. Join up with friends who have the same interest as you and form your own club. As long as you’re involved in something that piques your interest, your nerves will have the chance to relax while you await the college’s decision.
2. Treat yourself.
Treat yourself to something that you don’t usually allow yourself but has proven to relax you. Perhaps it’s an extra hour of television, a box of chocolates, or a massage. With the stress of high school and the college search, so many students barely have enough time to just sit down and relax. Allot some time for yourself to do what eases your mind. For some people it might be getting in exercise during a time when you usually force yourself to sit at your desk to do homework. For others, it’s just allowing some time to veg out. Either way, give yourself a little relaxation during the week if you find yourself freaking out about your college acceptance letter.
3. Plan your spring break.
No matter what you’re doing over spring break, you can focus your nervous energy on planning it out day by day. If you’re heading to an exotic destination, do some research to find out which tourist attractions most excite you–snorkeling, ropes course or beachside yoga class. If you’re staying put during spring day, plan out some things you’ve been meaning to do for a while but haven’t had the time–clean out your closet, visit that museum you’ve always wanted to explore. Wherever you go, planning a detailed schedule for spring break will most definitely give you something fun to do while keeping your mind off of that admissions letter.
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