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14 Colleges and Universities with the Most Helpful Career Services

Applying to college and getting admitted is one battle. Finding a career path you’re passionate about is another.

While some students are set on being doctors, lawyers, magicians, engineers from the womb, others have a bit more of a struggle deciding what they want to do when they grow up. Perhaps some of these students enjoy all types of  things from astrophysics to impressionist painting and just can’t figure out what professional career involves both or all of their passions.

Or perhaps some of these students hate everything from English literature to Earth science and are just looking for the one career path that’s been hiding from them all along. Either way, these 14 colleges and universities were ranked by the 2011 Princeton Review as schools that provide the best career services.

Lost on what you want to do? Transfer to one of these schools to get some great advice!

1. University of Florida
Quick fact –
UF has an annual budget of approximately $4.3 billion. Maybe some of the mullah goes toward their awesome career office.

2. Northeastern University
Quick fact –
Northeastern had one of the first co-op programs. Students complete eight semesters of full-time study and up to three six-month terms of paid full-time work.

3. Pennsylvania State University
Quick fact –The largest of university’s 24 campuses, University Park is almost entirely within the boundaries of State College borough, a site chosen to be near the geographic center of the state.

4. University of Texas
Quick fact – 
The University of Texas at Austin was named one of the original eight “Public Ivy” institutions.

5. Barnard College
Quick fact –  
Barnard is a private women’s liberal arts college and a member of the Seven Sisters. It has been affiliated with Columbia University since 1900.

6. Claremont McKenna College
Quick fact – 
Claremont McKenna emphasizes programs in government, economics, and international affairs.

7. Rochester Institute of Technology
Quick fact – 
RIT is one of the top universities in America for the fine arts. It places in the top 10 for many of the college’s programs, including Photography, Glass art, and Industrial design.

8. Bentley University
Quick fact –
Bentley was founded in 1917 as a school of accounting. It remains today a top business school.

9. Clemson University
Quick fact – 
Thomas Green Clemson, the university’s founder, came to the foothills of South Carolina in 1838, when he married Anna Maria Calhoun, daughter of John C. Calhoun, a South Carolina statesman and seventh U.S. Vice President. Now THAT’s history.

10. University of Richmond
Quick fact – 
During the  Civil War, Richmond College was used as a hospital for Confederate troops and later as a Union barracks.

11. Missouri University of Science and Technology
Quick fact –
Missouri S&T was originally the  Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy.

12. Spelman College
Quick fact – Spelman was the first historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter in 1924.

13. Yale University
Quick fact –
Originally, the Collegiate School, the college was renamed Yale College to honor a gift from Elihu Yale, a governor of the British East India Company in 1718.

14. Cornell University
Quick fact –
Cornell’s educational ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell’s motto, a popular 1865 Ezra Cornell quotation: “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.”

Do you know what career path you’re going to take or would a little extra help go a long way?

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10 Most Un-ranked Colleges and Universities

We’ve been talking a ton about the value of college rankings, and also posting a bunch of different lists–which schools have the most active students? The best food? The best spirit? The happiest students? The most students likely to become politicians? The lists and rankings are endless.

Still, one of the key things we try to keep in mind while writing about rankings is that there is so much more to a college education than where it ranks on an arbitrary list. There are plenty of schools that never make a list, and it’s not because they’re bad schools!

So, thanks to the folks at Gawker, we have a list of the 10 most unranked–you heard us–unranked colleges in America:

1. Madonna University
Quick fact-
 Beginning in May 2009, Madonna will offered its first doctorate, the Doctorate of Nursing Practice

2. Sherman College of Chiropractic
Quick fact- 
Sherman college offers the doctor of chiropractic degree. Surprise, surprise.

3. Kent State University – Geauga
Quick fact-
Kent State’s Geauga Campus is at the heart of Ohio’s maple syrup country in Geauga County.

4. Divine Word College
Quick fact- 
Divine Word undergraduate Roman Catholic seminary that educates young men for missionary vocations as priests and Brothers in the Society of the Divine Word.

5. Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Quick fact-
The university is organized into six schools that offer associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees in such areas as history, education, business, and nursing.

6. Cogswell Polytechnical College
Quick fact-
Cogswell Poly tech is a private college located in Sunnyvale, California.

7. Maharishi University of Management
Quick fact-
Maharishi was founded in 1973 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and features a “consciousness-based education” system.

8. Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
Quick fact-
The leader is funeral and death education since 1882!

9. University of South Carolina – Aiken
Quick fact- Founded in 1961 in a historic mansion in downtown Aiken.

10. Sul Ross State University
Quick fact-
Sul Ross is named for former Texas governor, Civil War general Lawrence Sullivan Ross.

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To Ignore or Not to Ignore College Rankings

Categories: Admissions Advice

Anything that comes in a list of best to, uh, less than best, is fun. I’m not quite sure about the science behind this, but I’m pretty certain somewhere down the line the answer to all war will be solved by producing a massive “Best Of List” to captivate the world’s attention and distract from war for centuries.

The rankings that caught our attention this week came from U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings. They’re certainly fun to look at, to compare and contrast, and see who’s winning the race. But, in reality, is the college ranking system really all that accurate or dependable?

Of course, the schools that made this year’s 2012 top 10 colleges ranking are undoubtedly superb schools–Harvard, Princeton, Yale, etc. (you can probably fill in the rest yourselft)–but is there any such thing as the one, singular best college in the nation for every student?

Of course not.

There’s also something that smells a little fishy with the rankings. According to Michael N. Bastedo’s column in the Chronicle, the percentage of responders to the U.S. News survey is declining every year.

On top of this, there is a clear conflict of interest in how the rankings are produced. A huge percentage of the survey takers are college admission folks. Why would college leaders want to give positive evaluations to their competition? It’s like asking you to vote for your opponent in the student body president election.

Another issue is that rankings don’t necessarily mean that much despite the amount of significance we place on them. There are so many schools that are overlooked because they’re not as well known, a lot smaller, in stranger places, whatever the case may be, that leads them to be overshadowed year after year in the college rankings.

If you’ve created a profile on Cappex and connected with your college matches, you were probably pleasantly surprised at how some of your college matches are schools you had never heard of before.

So, yeah, rankings are super fun to look at. And I bet it doesn’t feel too badly to make the top ten list. But, when it comes down to choosing a college, college rankings barely skim the surface of how good school will be for you and your career.

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