Posts Tagged ‘universities’

Traditional Language Programs in Universities Have Declined Steadily Over Decades

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Spanish ClassFewer and fewer undergraduate students are saying “Hello” to the Romanic Language majors.  According to The Chronicle of Higher Education college undergraduate majors in German and the Romance languages have been vanishing from American higher-education:

In the 1970-71 academic year, Romance-language majors were offered by close to 76 percent of American four-year colleges. But by 2005-6, only about 59 percent offered them. German programs saw a similar decline: In 1970-71, about 44 percent of colleges offered the major, but in 2005-6, just under 27 percent did so. Leaving aside “secretarial science,” those are by far the largest relative declines discovered by the Riverside scholars.

Would you ever study the romantic languages?

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College Application Rates 2011: Which Schools Saw A Decline?

College applicationWe heard before that with the economy the way it is, more and more people have been on the college search train and that application rates have actually seen a staggering increase at colleges and universities across the country.  But, the The Huffington Post informs that some schools have seen the opposite.  What do you think this means for admissions?  Do you think applying to a school with a lower application rate will help with you get in? Or applying to a college with an increased application rate will make it harder for you?

Here are the colleges that saw a decline in applications for the 2015 class:

  • Tulane University: -13.65%
  • SUNY Stoney Brook: -11.91%
  • Grinnell College: -7.61%
  • Wesleyan University: -6.07%
  • Elon University: -6.06%
  • Lafayette College: -3.16%
  • Rutgers University: -2.29%
  • University of Maryland College Park: -1.69%
  • Colgate University: -1.37%

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Admitted College Students, Stay Immune to Senioritis

Ok, so you found the college you’ve been dreaming about.  You applied. You waited. And waited. And waited. You searched for scholarships. And finally a big, thick envelope arrived in the mail inviting you to join the class of 2011.

Senioritis

Remember though, being admitted to a college or university doesn’t mean you can forget about your high school studies. Try not to fall victim to ‘Senioritis’ because certain colleges might just check in on your progress.

This recent post in the New York Times blog The Choice takes note that accepted  applicants should keep a “shoulder to the wheel” during their second semester:

The following day, the mail arrived with a letter addressed to Nicole from the office of admissions at Wesleyan, which had accepted her under its binding early decision program last fall.

This letter had a much less congratulatory tone. It read:

As your thoughts and energy turn to your final term of high school, I want to remind you how important it is to keep your academic focus. At this point the single most important thing you can do to prepare for four tremendous years at Wesleyan is to keep your ‘nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the wheel.’

To be more specific, we expect you to continue the courses that you committed to take, to maintain achievement commensurate with your ability, and to sustain your extra-curricular commitments and leadership.

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