Posts Tagged ‘highered’

10 Colleges and Universities with High Number of Non-Traditional Students

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It’s challenging for any new student to get acclimated to college. But for non-traditional students, where the majority of the student body has come straight out of high school, it can be even harder. For that reason, it could be nice for non-traditional students to have friends to relate to who are also going back to school from other walks of life besides high school.

So, thanks to US News, we’ve got a list of the 10 colleges and universities with the most students over the age of 25.

1. Sonoma State University
Percentage of students 25 and over-88%
Cool fact-The Princeton Review named SSU one of 12 of the nation’s most “green” campuses.

2. Thomas Edison State College
Percentage of students 25 and over-
88%
Cool fact-Thomas Edison State College is a considerably newer school as it was approved by the New Jersey Board of Education in December 1971, and established on July 1, 1972.

3.University of the Southwest
Percentage of students 25 and over-87%
Cool fact-
The University of the Southwest hosts the Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings guests from all areas of life to give informative and inspirational lectures.  Past speakers include Jim Lovell, Robert Gates and P.J. O’Rourke.

4. American International College
Percentage of students 25 and over-84%
Cool fact-
American International College was originally established on July 18, 1885 as the French Protestant College by Rev. Calvin E. Amaron, who sought to create an institution of higher learning that would provide the local French Protestant minority–who I happen to remember from European history are called Huguenots–with access to higher education. Over the years it evolved into a multicultural learning institution.

5. Golden Gate University
Percentage of students 25 and over-84%
Cool fact-
Golden Gate University evolved out of the literary reading groups of the San Francisco Central YMCA. The YMCA Evening College was formally established in 1896 and became a full-fledged operation in 1901 with the creation of the parallel YMCA Evening Law College.

6.
Mid-Continent University
Percentage of students 25 and over-84%
Cool fact-
The university participates in several sports in the Division I Mid-East Region of the National Christian College Athletic Association, including in men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and coed cheerleading.

7. National-Louis University
Percentage of students 25 and over-83%
Cool fact-
NLU has campuses in near Chicago, Illinois, as well as Wisconsin, Florida, and, any guesses? Nowy Sacz, Poland!

8. University of Maryland-University College
Percentage of students 25 and over-83%
Cool fact-UMUC offers face-to-face courses and support in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

9. Peirce College
Percentage of students 25 and over-
82%
Cool fact-Peirce has specialized educational programs for those who wish to seek an accelerated education during the evening and weekend, earn their degree online, or earn their degree while at work.

10. Granite State College
Percentage of students 25 and over-80%
Cool fact-The average age at Granite State is 36!

Are you a non-traditional student or thinking about going back to school? Tell us what you think. Leave a comment!

4 Ways to Choose your Freshman Roommate

Categories: College Life

If you’re like me, when one stress source closes, another window of stress opens. So, even though you are officially relieved from the anxiety that is begotten from the college search–assuming everyone reading this blog has been admitted to college and has decided where they’ll be heading–don’t get stressed out that you’re going to run out of things to stress out about.  We have another stress factor for you: Your freshman roommate.

The freshman roommate can turn out to be a(n):

A. absolute nightmare
B. BFF
C. just a person you happen to share a tiny room with

Here are 4 ways to go about choosing your future freshman college roommate:

1. Blind
Rooming blind is for the adventurous. For those who yearn for the surprise and peril of the open sea! It’s also for anyone who is kind of apathetic about the whole thing.
Pro: You could be paired with someone who you wouldn’t meet otherwise and who could help expand your college world.
Con: You have no way of knowing what you’ll be getting in to.

2. A friend
Rooming with a friend is a risk, but not for risk-takers.
Pro: You’ll be living with someone you already know! Having a safety net could help you be more outgoing when making new friends.
Con: Moving from friends to college roommates is an underrated shift in the tectonic plates of friendship. You’ll suddenly be around each other 24/7.  You could risk changing the friendship you have.

3. A friend of a friend
The friend of a friend roommate strategy is the perfect smoothie made from the blind roommate situation and friend roommate situation.
Pro: You have a friend in common, so you know a mutual friend thinks you’re both pretty rad and probably won’t steal things.
Con: If you both have a lot of the same mutual friends, your social circle might not expand the way you wanted it to in college.

4. Facebook or social networking site
For the person who wants to control the roommate issue as much as they can without going through friends.
Pro: You can handpick your college roommate by sifting through different options to find the person that you think you’d get along with while dwelling together.
Con: You might not get what you thought you signed up for.

Do you have any advice or thoughts on choosing a freshman college roommate? Leave a comment!

How Social Media and Game Mechanics Can Motivate Students

laptopStudents rejoice! According to this Mashable.com article, social media and game mechanics could actually positively affect you. So next time your mom tells you to get off the video games and set the table–well, you should probably listen to your mother.

But, you can explain to your mother later that social media and online games can teach skills that can be difficult to teach in normal school curricula–like time managements, teamwork and creative problem solving.

Here’s how Mashable breaks down how social media and gaming mechanics can have a positive affect on education:

Status Update and Checkins
Whether high school students or college students send a tweet or a Facebook status to their entire network about a goal they have, it becomes more real, especially if people comment on it and provide feedback. As with the status updates, checkins make people feel like they’re not alone–they’re traveling with someone else. Plus, it also adds a bit of a healthy competitive edge. Both of these things are factors that could motivate students to work harder to reach their goals.

Leaderboards
Today in school, everybody is a winner; there are no losers. Leaderboards bring back that competitive edge to school in a way that’s completely powered by students’ own desire to do better. By comparing progress with each other’s peers, students are driven to move up the leaderboard. This tactic can give mundane school assignments a bit of a makeover.

Move Up the Levels
A little positive feedback never hurt nobody. Offering levels for students to move up in is a great motivator. Take the Cappex Cap Challenge (log in and start playing now!), for example. Not only do you get further in your college search, but the more you do for your college search, the more you move up levels and are rewarded virtual caps and real prizes.

What’s your take on social media and gaming in school?  Comment and share!