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Agnes scott college .................. 77 Decatur, GA www.agnesscott.edu American university ................... 6 Washington, DC www.american.edu/admissions Arcadia university .................. 122 Glenside, PA www.arcadia.edu/mcg.asp Arizona state university ............. 9 Multiple Locations Throughout Phoenix, AZ www.asu.edu bard college at simon’s rock ..... 8 Great Barrington, MA www.simons-rock.edu beloit college ......................... 127 Beloit, WI www.beloit.edu benedictine university.............. 85 Lisle, IL www.ben.edu/mcg carlow university ..................... 78 Pittsburgh, PA www.carlow.edu carnegie Mellon university ....... 65 Pittsburgh, PA www.cmu.edu/admission case Western reserve university ............................... 107 Cleveland, OH admission.case.edu chaminade university............... 21 Honolulu, HI www.chaminade.edu/admissions chatham university .................. 79 Pittsburgh, PA www.chatham.edu clemson university ................... 93 Clemson, SC www.clemson.edu/admission coastal carolina university..... 109 Conway, SC www.coastal.edu college of charleston ............... 31 Charleston, SC www.cofc.edu/admissions colorado state university......... 41 Fort Collins, CO www.colostate.edu
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concordia university ................ 84 Portland, OR www.cu-portland.edu dickinson college ..................... 25 Carlisle, PA www.dickinson.edu/admit elmhurst college ...................... 29 Elmhurst, IL www.elmhurst.edu eugene lang college the new school for liberal Arts ............. 32 New York, NY www.newschool.edu/lang georgia institute of technology ........................... 58 Atlanta, GA www.admission.gatech.edu georgia state university ........... 15 Atlanta, GA www.gsu.edu/undergraduate_ admission.html grand valley state university honors college ......................... 44 Allendale, MI www.gvsu.edu/honors green Mountain college ......... 113 Poultney, VT admissions.greenmtn.edu greensboro college ................. 115 Greensboro, NC www.greensborocollege.edu gustavus Adolphus college ....... 21 St. Peter, MN www.gustavus.edu/admission hawaii Pacific university .......... 70 Honolulu, HI www.hpu.edu high Point university ............... 97 High Point, NC www.highpoint.edu hillsdale college ....................... 45 Hillsdale, MI www.hillsdale.edu hofstra university .................... 72 Hempstead, NY www.hofstra.edu illinois institute of technology ............................... 53 Chicago, IL admission.iit.edu

illinois Wesleyan university ...... 95 Bloomington, IL www.iwu.edu indiana tech ............................. 74 Fort Wayne, IN www.indianatech.edu indiana university .................... 42 Bloomington, IN www.admit.indiana.edu indiana university — Purdue university indianapolis ........... 107 Indianapolis, IN www.iupui.edu/enroll iowa state university ............... 18 Ames, IA www.iastate.edu Johns hopkins university.......... 89 Baltimore, MD apply.jhu.edu kendall college of Art and design of ferris state university.......... 65 Grand Rapids, MI www.kcad.edu kettering university ................. 59 Flint, MI www.admissions.kettering.edu lawrence technological university ................................. 71 Southfield, MI www.ltu.edu lawrence university ............... 128 Appleton, WI www.lawrence.edu linfield college ....................... 110 McMinnville, OR www.linfield.edu loyola university Maryland ...... 43 Baltimore, MD www.loyola.edu/admissions Marquette university.............. 127 Milwaukee, WI marquette.edu/explore Marshall university ................... 34 Huntington, WV www.marshall.edu Maryland institute college of Art (MicA) ............................ 63 Baltimore, MD www.mica.edu

Marymount Manhattan college 74 New York, NY www.mmm.edu Massachusetts college of Art and design ............................... 62 Boston, MA www.massart.edu Mcdaniel college....................... 23 Westminster, MD www.mcdaniel.edu Miami university .................... 116 Oxford, OH www.muohio.edu/admission Michigan state university ....... 126 East Lansing, MI www.admissions.msu.edu Millikin university .................. 123 Decatur, IL www.millikin.edu/admission Milwaukee school of engineering .......................... 58 Milwaukee, WI www.msoe.edu Mississippi state university ...... 26 Starkville, MS www.admissions.msstate.edu Mount vernon nazarene university ................................... 4 Mount Vernon, OH www.mvnu.edu new college of florida.............. 93 Sarasota, FL www.ncf.edu newcastle university .............. 125 Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK www.ncl.ac.uk/ newman university .................. 90 Wichita, KS www.newmanu.edu northwestern university .......... 50 Evanston, IL www.ugadm.northwestern.edu ohio northern university ....... 102 Ada, OH www.onu.edu old dominion university ............ 3 Norfolk, VA www.modernmind.odu.edu

oregon institute of technology ........................... 90 Klamath Falls, OR www.oit.edu/mcg oregon state university ........... 57 Corvallis, OR oregonstate.edu/admissions Parsons the new school for design ................................ 64 New York, NY www.parsons.edu/degrees/index.aspx Pennsylvania college of technology — An Affiliate of Penn state university ......... 108 Williamsport, PA www.pct.edu/myguide Pratt institute .......................... 66 Brooklyn, NY www.pratt.edu/admiss/request Presbyterian college ................. 86 Clinton, SC www.presby.edu Princeton university ................. 39 Princeton, NJ www.princeton.edu regent’s college...................... 120 London, England UK www.regents.ac.uk rice university ....................... 126 Houston, TX www.rice.edu roger Williams university ........ 69 Bristol, RI www.rwu.edu roosevelt university ................. 31 Shaumburg, IL www.roosevelt.edu rutgers university .................... 24 New Brunswick, NJ www.admissions.rutgers.edu saint Joseph’s college ............. 114 Rensselaer, IN www.saintjoe.edu saint Joseph’s university .......... 68 Philadelphia, PA www.sju.edu saint Mary’s college ................. 80 Notre Dame, IN www.saintmarys.edu

the school of the Art institute of chicago ................................ 63 Chicago, IL www.saic.edu southern Methodist university ................................. 19 Dallas, TX www.smu.edu/admission st. John’s college .................... 128 Annapolis, MD www.stjohnscollege.edu st. Joseph’s college ................. 102 Brooklyn & Patchogue, NY www.sjcny.edu st. norbert college ................... 27 Depere, WI www.snc.edu stetson university .................. 124 Deland, FL www.stetson.edu stony brook university........... 104 Stony Brook, NY www.stonybrook.edu suny Plattsburgh ....................... 5 Plattsburgh, NY www.plattsburgh.edu sweet briar college .................. 78 Sweet Briar, VA www.sbc.edu/admissions syracuse university .................. 80 Syracuse, NY syr.edu trine university ...................... 123 Angola, IN www.trine.edu u.s. coast guard Academy ........ 51 New London, CT www.uscga.edu university of Alaska — fairbanks .................................. 55 Fairbanks, AK www.uaf.edu university of Arizona .............. 125 Tucson, AZ admissions.arizona.edu university of canterbury ........ 109 Christchurch, NZ www.canterbury.ac.nz

university of central florida .... 12 Orlando, FL www.admissions.ucf.edu university of colorado at boulder ................................ 46 Boulder, CO www.colorado.edu university of denver ................. 39 Denver, CO www.du.edu/admission university of glamorgan ......... 119 Pontypridd, Wales UK www.glam.ac.uk/international university of illinois at urbana — champaign ............................... 28 Urbana-Champaign, IL admissions.uiuc.edu university of indianapolis ......... 89 Indianapolis, IN www.uindy.edu university of Mary Washington ............................ 106 Fredericksburg, VA www.umw.edu university of nevada, reno ....... 58 Reno, NV www.unr.edu/engineering/ university of north carolina Wilmington .............................. 35 Wilmington, NC www.uncw.edu/admissions university of northern colorado ................................... 33 Greeley, CO www.unco.edu university of northern iowa ..... 44 Cedar Falls, IA www.uni.edu/admissions university of oklahoma ............ 81 Norman, OK www.ou.edu university of rochester ............ 12 Rochester, NY www.rochester.edu university of san diego ............ 52 San Diego, CA www.sandiego.edu/engineering

university of san francisco....... 25 San Francisco, CA www.usfca.edu the university of scranton ....... 87 Scranton, PA www.scranton.edu/admissions university of south carolina... 103 Columbia, SC www.sc.edu/admissions university of south florida......... 1 Tampa, FL www.usf.edu university of st. thomas ........... 96 Houston, TX www.stthom.edu/admissions the university of tulsa ............... 2 Tulsa, OK www.utulsa.edu/admission vaughn college of Aeronautics and technology ......................... 57 Flushing, NY www.vaughn.edu viterbo university .................. 101 La Crosse, WI www.viterbo.edu Washington university in st. louis ............................... 54 St. Louis, MO admissions.wustl.edu Wentworth institute of technology ............................... 56 Boston, MA www.wit.edu West Point................................ 46 West Point, NY www.admissions.usma.edu Western Michigan university .... 73 Kalamazoo, MI www.wmich.edu Westminster college ............... 105 Salt Lake City, UT www.westminstercollege.edu Wofford college ........................ 88 Spartanburg, SC www.wofford.edu

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Birmingham-Southern College .....47 Birmingham, AL www.bsc.edu Coker College.............................18b Hartsville, SC www.coker.edu Hollins University ......................81b Roanoke, VA www.hollins.edu Oklahoma City University ..........44b Oklahoma City, OK www.okcu.edu Salem College ............................77b Winston-Salem, NC www.salem.edu

Union University ..................... 21b Jackson, TN www.uu.edu
University of Dallas ...................44b Irving, TX www.udallas.edu University of South Carolina Upstate......................................21b Spartanburg, SC www.uscupstate.edu

John Brown University ............ 27b Siloam Springs, AR www.jbu.edu/admissions LaGrange College .................. 125b LaGrange, GA www.lagrange.edu/admission/index. html
Lees-McRae College....................57b Banner Elk, NC www.lmc.edu

Erskine College ....................... 57b Due West, SC www.erskine.edu Furman University ................ 127b Greenville, SC www.engagefurman.com
Hendrix College .........................81b Conway, AR www.hendrix.edu

Tennessee Tech University ...... 58b Cookeville, TN www.morethantech.org Texas State University — San Marcos ............................. 29b San Marcos, TX www.txstate.edu

University of Texas at Dallas ..... 4b Dallas, TX www.utdallas.edu

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Though more schools are making the tests optional, many still place a great deal of weight on test scores when deciding which students to admit. However, not everyone is happy about Score Choice. Some schools, such as Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Pomona College, Cornell University and the University of Southern California, among others, have rejected Score Choice, requiring students to submit all of their scores from all test dates. So be sure to find out whether the schools you’re applying to adhere to Score Choice or not. But don’t worry too much if a school doesn’t accept Score Choice—many schools take the higher of the scores in each section anyway, so it may benefit you to send in scores from more than one test date. Here are a few other things you can do to make the testing process less stressful: n Take the PSAT if it’s offered at your school. n Determine which test (ACT or SAT) would better suit your skill set. In general, the SAT is an “aptitude” test that measures a student’s ability to solve problems, while the ACT covers your knowledge of specific subject matters. n Take multiple practice exams in a timed environment. This will help you decide which test to take, while also boosting your confidence. n Take the test more than once if you think you can significantly improve your score. (Most students can, but this means more studying.) n Relax and keep the test in perspective. Yes, it’s important, but it’s not the only factor in admissions decisions.

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Why does a small college in South Carolina attract students from across the country? What makes Coker College so special? Virtually everything Coker does – in and out of the classroom – builds leadership and communication skills, and hones creative and critical thinking abilities. These are skills that benefit students for the rest of their lives. Founded in 1908, Coker is a comprehensive, career-oriented liberal arts college located in Hartsville, S.C. Many classes are taught at round tables, a teaching style recognized for promoting the discussion of ideas. In fact, no matter what classes you take at Coker, you participate in engaged learning. You’re never going to be lost in a lecture hall crowd at Coker College. Outside the classroom, Coker students enjoy a wide array of activities including lots of clubs and organizations, internship and study abroad opportunities, guest lectures, special events and athletics. Coker’s small size means you can really develop close friendships while getting the most out of your college experience. It’s the way learning should be. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Coker one of America’s Best Colleges; The Princeton Review names Coker a Best Southeastern College based on student satisfaction and academic excellence.

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often you visit their sites (though there’s no need to go overboard with this!). It also helps you gather information and prepare questions for your campus visits or interviews.

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Allison Griffin engineering management science and spanish major COMMUNITY ADVOCATE
Serving the greater community is central to the college experience. SMU understands this and provides opportunities for students to engage in important causes. Students like Allison Griffin volunteer locally, and even abroad. Using her Spanish language skills as a volunteer translator for the SMU chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Allison helped fellow students investigate sustainable water sources for a small fishing village in Mexico. She’s also tutored at a Hispanic mission in South Dallas, participated in alternative spring breaks and served as the philanthropy and community service chair of her sorority. Allison is a double major in engineering management science and Spanish. Get to know Allison and other faces of SMU at smu.edu/faces.

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7 After you’ve submitted your application, follow up! Make sure the admissions office has all of the information it needs from you.

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One trend that’s gaining ground is the green housing movement. At several colleges around the country, students are opting to live in cooperative housing and “student habitats” that encourage community living and environmental sustainability. For example, Michigan State University has a 12-property Student Housing Cooperative in which students share living, cooking, cleaning and repair skills with one another and with the surrounding community of East Lansing. Likewise, at Oberlin College, four historic cooperative houses exist to help students learn democratic living. The Oberlin Student Cooperative Association’s goal is to “provide at-cost housing and dining services to hundreds of students at Oberlin College,” according to Oberlin’s website. Students cook and dine together, and while meat is an option, the houses also serve vegans and vegetarians. At the opposite end of the spectrum is luxury housing, which some campuses are offering as a way to draw students to their schools. At Wingate University in North Carolina, a new $12 million living facility boasts a pool, clubhouse, fitness center and other facilities not

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When you first start thinking about college, you will probably have a general idea of what your choices for a major are. You could study humanities, science, art, business, education, music and so on—you know the drill. But what if none of the traditional areas of study really set fire to your passions? You might be surprised to learn that there are plenty of specialized college degrees just underneath the academic surface, waiting to be discovered. One of the following extra-unique majors might be just what you’ve been looking for. aquaCuLture. This major mixes farming and fishing; students learn how to cultivate large communities of water creatures like algae, fish and shrimp. Some people even study how to grow pearls! Kentucky State University, Louisiana State University, SUNY Cobleskill toy DeSiGn. Though the title of this degree seems self-explanatory, a lot goes into becoming a children’s toy designer. Prepare to learn some child psychology, 3-D visualization, mechanical engineering and some plain old Thomas Edison perseverance. Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Savannah College of Art and Design Mortuary SCienCe. This one’s not for the faint of heart. Future morticians study dead bodies and learn embalming. Some students go on to become full-fledged funeral directors. One great perk is that there is always a huge demand for morticians, since the industry is never going to, uh, die. Lindenwood University in Missouri, Eastern Michigan University

CereaL CheMiStry. No, it’s not the sparks that fly when your Rice Krispies crackle—cereal chemistry is the process of making healthy, greattasting cereal. You can thank cereal chemists for inventing some of the best concoctions over the years (Honey Nut Cheerios, anyone?), or do one better by joining their ranks. Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, Purdue University (Food Science Department)

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and without trying them on? But Hsieh (pronounced Shay) had confidence in his idea, and he persisted, finding and convincing a backer to support him in his endeavor. Ten years later, his company—Zappos—is one of the most popular online shopping sites and an innovative leader in customer service with $1 billion worth of sales in 2008. When most people hear the word “leader,” they associate it with a position or title: boss, CEO, team captain. But leadership doesn’t have to be “official,” and you don’t have to be an outgoing extrovert to lead. Hsieh didn’t set out to be a leader (he’s actually rather shy). He simply believed in himself and his idea, and the rest followed. The fact is, you can develop leadership skills in every realm of your life and in any type of situation, from the mundane to the heroic, without being a formal or elected “leader.” These skills are important because they will help you achieve both personal and academic success in college and beyond. So, how Do you BeCoMe a LeaDer, BiG or SMaLL?

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3 Get more involved. Most leaders are passionate about something. What do you care about? Extracurricular and community activities look good on your college application, but they also allow you to gain more expertise in an area that’s important to you. The more confident you are, the more appealing you are to others—and the more likely you are to get what you want out of life. 4 Speak up. Again, start small. If you
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An Advanced Placement (AP) class is a college-level course offered at your high school that can provide you with college credit when you enter your freshman year.

common application:

A general college application that students may use to apply to any of the approximately 350 schools that accept it.

early decision: Similar to early action, but those who apply early decision to a school and are accepted must withdraw all other applications and enroll in that college; early decision is binding. fafsa: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All students interested in receiving some form of financial aid for college must complete this form. ib course: The

ap exam: An exam you can take upon completing an Advanced Placement class in high school. Many colleges grant credits based on AP test scores.

A type of admissions process that allows students to apply early to a school, usually by November 1, and receive a decision earlier, usually in mid-December.

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personal statement: The essay portion of a college application that typi-

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SAT. The PSAT is usually taken in your sophomore year.
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A standardized test that provides students with firsthand practice for the

A letter you obtain from a teacher on your behalf, explaining why you make a good candidate; most applications require three recommendation letters.

sat: A three-hour-and-forty-five-minute admission exam composed of critical reading, math and writing sections. It differs from the ACT in that it tends to measure a student’s aptitude for reasoning and math skills, rather than specific information learned. sat subject tests: These tests assess your knowledge and skills in a particular subject area. While some colleges request certain Subject Tests for admission or placement, other schools allow applicants to choose which tests they take. scholarship: An

amount of money or other aid granted to a student— because of merit or need—to pursue a college education.

list of applicants to a college who haven’t been accepted or denied. If openings develop, the college may offer admission to some of the students on the wait list. on financial need, the Federal Work-Study program provides part-time employment to students to help with college expenses. Non-federal work-study is not based on financial need, and availability varies by school.
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The college guides have spoken—and Elmhurst is among the“best in the Midwest.”

Check out “America’s Best Colleges,” the influential study by U.S.News & World Report. Elmhurst College ranks in the top tier in its category.

(“strong”), internship programs (“excellent”), location (“optimal”), and campus (“gorgeous”). “A small college with a big bang, Elmhurst has a surprisingly broad variety of solid academic departments,” the Review reports. “The end result is a school that prepares students to be ready for the professional world while offering a comfortable place to be away from home yet feel as if you are at home.”

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More than 28,000 students, a faculty famous for their accessibility, accolades from The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report, and 200-plus quality degree programs ranging from undergraduate to doctoral — that’s Texas State University-San Marcos. Rolling green hills, tree-lined paths, a turn-of-the-century Victorian perched on high, and a spring-fed river offering opportunities for both research and recreation — that’s the Texas State University-San Marcos campus. At Texas State, we’re doing great things. And with a campus as beautiful as ours, we’re loving every minute of it.
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Circle K
Circle K International is the largest collegiate community service program in the world, with more than 11,000 members in 17 nations. Although each Circle K club is sponsored by a Kiwanis club, college and university students govern the entire organization. In the fall of 2008, for example, the Circle K Club at SUNY Potsdam organized the “Light the Night Walk,”

which raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The club has also brought in money for causes such as Coats for Kids, UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity and highway clean-up programs. At Carnegie Mellon University, the Circle K club participates in activities on and off campus to benefit organizations like Juvenile Diabetes and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The school’s biggest event is the weeklong “Whatever Drive,” held every spring during finals. When they move out, students donate items to Goodwill and the Food Bank that they might otherwise have thrown out. oFF CaMPuS

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If you think you might prefer an active volunteer experience, you can take advantage of the United Way’s Alternative Spring Break while in high school or in college. This program got its start in 2006 as a collaboration between MTV and the United Way. Over the last three years, the Alternative Spring Break program has sent students to local communities across the Gulf Coast to help rebuild areas affected by Hurricanes Ivan, Katrina and Rita. Volunteers also go into
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America’s inner cities to assist the work of nonprofits. For example, in 2009, students went to Detroit to help build affordable housing and construct ramps in the homes of people with disabilities. And in Wabash Valley, IN, students repaired and rebuilt flood-damaged homes. Whether you’d prefer to incorporate volunteer work into your day-to-day life, or simply want to spend a week assisting a community in need, any college you choose will offer you unique volunteer opportunities that suit your lifestyle.

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Our handy guide busts some alltoo-common myths about college

no doubt been subjected to hints and horror stories about what it’s “really like.” But how do you separate fact from fiction so you’re not blindsided once you arrive on campus? Let’s take a closer look at some pesky myths that keep buzzing around.
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Pick a major before you begin college, or you’ll end up on the seven-

year plan. Not everybody knows what they want to do right away (in fact, most kids probably don’t). You have time to take the core classes and see if any areas spark your interest. A good deadline to shoot for is to declare a major at the beginning of your second year. Don’t panic if later you want to switch—many students do it. If you keep track of your courses and talk to your advisor, he or she can help you figure out how to change your major most efficiently.
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Stick with the people you meet right away; you’ll become best friends.

You’ll connect with your roommate, floor-mates and classmates first, but that doesn’t mean you won’t settle into different friendships later. Most likely you’ll be spending four years in one place, and as you grow and change, your relationships will also change. Relax, be friendly, sit with strangers at lunch, visit different campus organizations and join pick-up games of Frisbee on the quad. You might end up really clicking with people you never expected to.
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Take some easy classes to maintain your GPA.

So all your floor-mates are taking History of Rock and Roll. Well, chances are the class is not as easy as they think. Plan for a high volume of work no matter what the course. Sure, you’ll be taking elective classes, but take those you think you’ll really like or that are in line with your degree.
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College is your chance to party all the time.

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Since you’ll most likely be living away from home for the first time, it’s true that you’ll be able to socialize and spend your time largely how you want to. But the simple reality is that you won’t be able to party excessively and also maintain your grades (or your health).
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Well, then you’ll be studying all the time.

College is a lot more work than high school. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be packing a toothbrush for a 16-week campout at the library. There will still be time to socialize and participate in some cool extracurricular activities. Once you figure out how often your tests are, what each professor’s expectations are and which chapters in that biology textbook you can probably just skim, you’ll be able to figure out a balanced study routine that gives you some downtime, too.
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You’re going to be living in a closet-sized room, so pack light!

Many students do end up living in a standard-size dorm room, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to be limited to an 8’ by 8’ home for the next year or two. There are so many options for college living today that you’ll have a number of choices to pick from. Depending on the school, you might be able to secure a campus apartment, or a luxury dorm room, or even live in a cooperative house (see our brief “Beyond the Box: The new faces of dorm living” for explanations of these alternative living opportunities). Keep in mind, however, that these might be limited to upperclassmen. Also, it might be a good idea to live in a dorm your first year, where it’s easier to meet people. Lots of students are also opting to live at home to save money these days, so feel no shame about doing so yourself.
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Get ready to gain 10, 15 or 20 pounds.

The so-called “freshman 15” is not inevitable. Colleges and universities provide plenty of opportunities to eat healthy and stay active. Most colleges now even provide organic and vegetarian options in their dining services. Go to the gym, take advantage of all the walking paths around campus, ride a bike or join an intramural sport. You can develop the right habits early on, and maybe you’ll actually lose weight in college!
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Don’t let anyone tell you that writing can’t be lucrative, even in today’s economy. If anyone knows differently, it’s 21-year-old William Bruce, a recent graduate of Washington College. In May of 2009, he won the largest literary award in the country exclusively for undergraduates and received a check for $68,814. Presented every year during the graduation ceremony, the Sophie Kerr Prize is awarded to the graduating senior who demonstrates the greatest ability and promise for future fulfillment in the field of literary endeavor. A prolific American writer of the 1930s and ’40s, Sophie Kerr bequeathed a trust fund to Washington College in Chestertown, MD and officially created the prize. Despite the declining economy, this year’s award was at its highest-ever dollar amount. According to English Professor Kathryn Moncrief, what really set Bruce’s work apart from the 30 other students who submitted portfolios was his range and versatility as a writer. “He tackled three different genres with equal facility,” she says. Says Professor Robert Mooney, Bruce is “a writer who looks at others with empathy and curiosity. He gives a voice to those who are voiceless.” For more information about the award, visit http://english.washcoll.edu/sophiekerrlegacy.

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No, they’re not in the dictionary yet, but chances are you didn’t blink at these names. As a high school student, you probably have an account on one or more of these websites. And if you don’t, it’s possible you’ve seen the most popular videos on YouTube more times than is healthy. If any of this describes you, congratulations! You are part of the social media movement. Believe it or not, this movement is quickly changing the face of college admissions, academics, student life and even your future beyond college.

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Social media is online media that is interactive— that means anybody can create it, comment on it, change it and update it in real time. For example, if you upload photos to Facebook, you are adding interactive content to the site; other Facebook users can view, comment on and even share them with other people (if you let them). Or, if you post to your blog, you’re likewise creating Internet content that didn’t exist 20 minutes ago.

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The most common social media applications are social networks, which are Internet sites that connect people and their information. MySpace and Facebook are the most commonly known social networking sites. But a new social network that’s quickly growing in popularity is Twitter. Even though few high school students use Twitter yet, it is already the third-largest social networking site in the world. It allows its users to post ultra-short status updates, called “tweets,” and communicate with others through the site. You can view your friends’ Twitter feeds on the website itself or have them automatically sent to your cell phone. Many businesses also use Twitter to communicate with their customers about their latest products and activities. An increasing number of colleges have Twitter accounts to promote events and update potential applicants about new developments at their schools. Colleges like the University of Illinois, Viterbo University, Oregon State University and Johns Hopkins University have established Twitter pages on which you can follow what’s happening in admissions. Some colleges have taken Twitter even further. For example, Georgia Tech has 25 “feeds,” where you can follow what’s happening in a wide range of academic departments, sports, and general campus news. As stated on the college’s website, Twitter users communicate in 140 characters or less to answer one simple question: What are you doing?

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Digg is another trendy social network: Its users determine which sites, images and videos on the Internet are the most popular. Users submit their own content, and others can click on the “Digg” button to determine what they like best (items with the most “Diggs” move to the front page). On Flickr, people can post and share personal photos. And don’t forget YouTube, one more social site known for its massive database of videos posted by anybody and everybody—ranging from hilarious to rude to mundane to just plain bizarre.

Web 2.0
All of these websites fall under an Internet umbrella called Web 2.0. When the Internet first became accessible to the general public in the 1990s, it was mainly a collection of static websites that provided direct information (called Web 1.0). By contrast, Web 2.0 is interactive in nature. Its information can be changed by you, the Internet user. Although some experts are saying that the Internet is moving toward Web 3.0, there is no official agreement about what that means yet. So what does all of this geek talk mean for your future? Well, it’s going to mean plenty! Once you start researching colleges and universities, you will discover a whole world of Web 2.0 and social media opportunities that can help you find, choose and gain acceptance to the colleges you want. It’s essential to look both at how colleges are using these social media outlets and how you can use social media to represent yourself in the best possible light as you begin the application process.

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How Colleges Use Social Media
Colleges are taking advantage of the social media movement to market themselves to you. As a college shopper in this environment, you have the good fortune of being able to collect more information than any student who has come before. Indiana University (IU) is one such school that has started using social media in order to help people learn more about it. Sarah Gallagher Dvorak, director of communications at IU, says that the university uses student-written blogs as one way to recruit potential applicants. “High school students have the opportunity to read about the lives of IU scholars, which helps to paint a picture of their future selves at IU,” she says. Indiana also has a Facebook page that accepted students can join in order to build a sense of first-year community before they arrive on campus. Dvorak points out the immediate convenience of IU’s online presence: “We currently have more than 2,000 fans of the page, and within the first 12 hours the page was live, we had approximately 800.” Agnes Scott College in Georgia even encourages high-schoolers to become fans of their Facebook admissions page before applying. “Social media gives us an opportunity to have frank discussions about the truths and myths of attending a women’s college and a liberal arts college,” says Kerry Meyers, the school’s director of Internet communications. On the page, curious students can join admis-

sions discussions or have a conversation with an admissions counselor. “It allows students to learn about the special identity and quirks of Agnes Scott from many people on campus,” Meyers adds. Johns Hopkins (JHU) and SUNY Plattsburgh are two schools that have

integrated social media into “every phase of the admissions process,” according to Daniel Creasy, JHU associate admissions director. Both universities post video blogs on YouTube in addition to maintaining a presence on blogging sites, Facebook and Twitter. SUNY Plattsburgh additionally uses Flickr to allow students

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How You Should Use Social Media

While your comfort level with social media may be extremely high, remember that your risk level can also be high. Information-sharing of any kind has some risk attached, and when you

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How You Should Use Social Media
While your comfort level with social media may be extremely high, remember that your risk level can also be high. Information-sharing of any kind has some risk attached, and when you are putting information about yourself into cyberspace, you are consciously (or unconsciously) conveying a certain image to anybody who can access that information. Maintain a Facebook profile that is formal and professional while still spotlighting your interests and involvement with activities. But take your cyber-persona a step further: Don’t just maintain your image— promote it! Schools are interested in your many facets as a person. If you can use the Internet to show schools a more vivid picture of who you truly are, then do it. For example, if you are interested in astronomy, try starting a stargazing update feed on Twitter. If

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connect you to your campus immediately after you are admitted. Dvorak explains this advantage: “We are able to create an IU community in a way traditional communication methods don’t provide. Becoming part of a community helps [students] embrace and internalize a sense of belonging that may have otherwise been difficult to come by.” As you represent yourself and build community, be careful not to put anything online that is embarrassing or too personal. Colleges may see your profile, so think about whether your admission or scholarship chances would be enhanced or jeopardized before you post anything.

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“Engineering is not only a muchneeded profession in the world today, but it’s also one of the coolest jobs, with all its problem-solving, emphasis on sustainability, the environment, infrastructure, renewable energy, and information and communications technology, that a young person can ever have,” says E. Manos Maragakis, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. Students who pursue engineering degrees will be well-equipped to take on the diverse range of issues that the world faces today. The principles of engineering can be applied to all parts of the field, but as students narrow their areas of study, specialized branches emerge, including civil, environmental, computer science, electrical, mechanical, chemical, geological, mining, petroleum and aeronautical. Engineers are needed in almost every industry. Preparing for Engineering in High School You can begin to prepare for an engineering career in high school, and it may not be as daunting as you think. A fundamental understanding of math and science is key, and you should be at least at the precalculus and chemistry/physics level by the end of high school. But it’s not only the left side of the brain you’ll be exercising. Most people think that engineering requires strength in math and science, since it’s primarily analytical. However, English and writing skills are just as important as a means to communicate professionally.

“[Students] should take as much math and science (chemistry and physics) as they can,” says Ryan Smith, recruiting coordinator at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “[But] it is also important for students to do well in English classes.” Venetia Petteway, corporate relations client executive at Kettering University, likewise states that critical thinking and proficient writing skills are needed to “effectively operate and share information among teams, departments, customers and partners.” Another important part of preparation is inquiry, adds Fred Driscoll, professor at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. “Students should ask questions of family, friends, neighbors, teachers and guidance counselors to learn more about the field … Look for opportunities to experience engineering as part of a class, presentation, program [or] employment.” Just like other colleges, engineering schools want to see a variety of experiences on your application, such as dual enrollment (and hopefully some experience in an engineering class), AP courses and employment and volunteer opportunities. Many universities offer pre-college engineering programs in the summer, so you can get an early taste of what’s to come. Use your ingenuity while exploring engineering possibilities, ideally before committing a large amount of time and money. “Search online to read about different projects that engineers work on. Look beyond

Explore Other Disciplines Take up to one quarter of your classes in the humanities. Real-world Experience Conduct cutting-edge research or participate in cooperative education.

Vibrant Student Life Enjoy diverse students groups, cultural opportunities, Big Ten athletics, and close proximity to Chicago.

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It’s selective. 3,500 students apply for less than 400 appointments to the Coast Guard Academy. We seek individuals who combine academic achievement, athletic accomplishment, and a record of service to others. It’s challenging. All cadets study mathematics, the hard sciences, nautical science, engineering, and liberal arts, then select a major in one of 13 fields.

It’s physical. Students have to be in great shape just to get into the Coast Guard Academy. Physical training and competitive sports are a part of daily life. It’s military. Coast Guard cadets have a very different experience than students at a civilian college. It is highly regimented. It is an enormous challenge for your mind, body, and soul. The rewards are invaluable.

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mechanical, electrical and civil engineering to learn about less common fields, like industrial engineering, chemical engineering, materials engineering or agricultural engineering and if one of those is appealing, learn more about the education needed,” suggests Rick Olson, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of San Diego. Remember, the more experience you have, the better prepared you will be for your undergraduate studies. Another advantage of exploring these avenues is to see if engineering really is right for you. College Engineering Classes It’s important to choose the engineering specialization that fits you best. Fortunately, most colleges allow students to wait until the end of their second year to decide on a major, leaving the first two years open for general studies and to explore different types of engineering. “In general, two-thirds of any engineering program is devoted to the major course, and one-third is devoted to math and general science courses. Major courses in all engineering programs are developed to provide students [with] strong foundations in fundamental engineering, as well as to provide them with knowledge and experience in analytical, computational and experimental methods, and an ability to design and evaluate these approaches for use in a given situation,” says Hossein Rahemi, professor and chair of the Engineering and Technology Department at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology.
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Devdas Shetty, dean of the College of Engineering at Lawrence Technological University, explains, “It is probably safe to say that, regardless of the institution’s size [and other demographics], as engineering students move through the curriculum, work tends to move toward smaller and smaller groups and team projects. Most programs in the senior year require a capstone project, which is an engineering project done in a small team, from concept to fabrication and testing.” Engineering programs come in all flavors imaginable, with one common thread: when you leave school, you will be prepared for the workforce. Many schools even offer co-op programs, during which students spend time in the industry. For example, at Kettering, students alternate every 12 weeks between school and work. Thesis projects are generally company projects, so students not only graduate with job experience, but they also know how their skills will apply to the real world. Many engineering schools also offer 3/2 programs, which are formal double-degree undergraduate programs run by two separate colleges or universities. In these programs, students study for three years at one school, followed by two years at the other school. The student is awarded two bachelor’s degrees at the end of the five-year period, one from each school and generally of different types (B.A. and B.S.). No matter what the area of specialization, engineering graduates will have many industry choices to explore.

The cause of the hole in the ozone layer was discovered by Susan Solomon ‘77, who went on to win a 2007 Nobel Prize with a team of others, including Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Golf Ball dimples were invented by Irvwin Fieldhouse ‘38 to help make golf balls go farther.

For more than a century, people from Illinois Institute of Technology and the school’s Armour College of Engineering have been solving some of the world’s most—and least—important problems . . . and we’re still at it.
A few current engineering projects: • Diabetic Wound Healing Finding ways to treat diabetic wounds through engineering new tissue. • Early Detection for Alzheimer’s Disease Using non-invasive means to detect early damage from Alzheimer’s. • Hybrid Vehicles Designing electric, hybrid electric, and plug-in hybrid vehicles from school buses to race cars. • Differential Global Positioning Systems (DGPS) Finding ways for aircraft to land precisely in zero visibility conditions. • Smart Grid Power System Creating the nation’s first perfect power system, serving as a model for cities around the country.

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What to Expect After You Graduate After graduating, engineers have several options. They can continue their schooling and earn advanced degrees, or, for those who are ready to work straightaway, the options are plentiful. “Regardless of the nature of any student’s study, with engineering as a subset, people will be good at what they love, so prospective engineers should look into what makes their ‘bells ring,’” Shetty advises. Olson says that most of their graduates do “end up in classical engineering jobs. Recent graduates are working as design engineers, hardware engineers, sales engineers [and] quality manufacturing engineers, in hospitals as management engineers, and as systems engineers.” Larry Jacobs, associate dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech adds, “New engineers should expect to

focus on addressing society’s grand challenges, such as developing new energy sources, providing access to clean water or engineering better medicines.” Students have “unlimited potential as to where they work,” according to Maragakis. “They work at local engineering companies, national industries, state and federal agencies, and as consultants.” The Need for Engineers Because the U.S. economy has been in a recession, picking a job that is still in demand is a smart move. Engineering jobs across the board can suffer when the economy does, especially as companies cut costs. However, the good news is that engineers have highly transferable skills and are prepared to compete globally. Additionally, those with co-op or internship experience are more likely to be hired.

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$69,506 $79,875 $66,289 $49,149 $78,500 $66,863 n/a n/a $64,852 $59,167

$81,025 n/a $90,730 $59,000 $108,333 $72,566 n/a n/a $76,566 n/a

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“The current economy has slowed down employment opportunities ... However, graduates with engineering knowledge current with the industry and a mindset for challenges have an edge in obtaining employment,” says Rahemi. The other good news is that “there will always be a need for engineers in the

workforce. They are creative problemsolvers, and as long as the world has problems to be solved and products that need to be developed, designed, tested and manufactured, there will be a need for engineers,” according to Petteway. Dana Grennier, director of admission at Milwaukee School of Engineering,

points out that engineers touch every kind of technology, including “the Internet, computers, airplanes, safe buildings and pacemakers. Engineers played a role in developing and creating each of those. The powerful part of engineering is you never know what idea will be next.” That leaves a lot of room for growth among industries! Additionally, Maragakis explains, “More than 50 percent of current science and engineering professionals are approaching retirement. This trend will remove a huge number of highly trained workers from the job pool.” This means more job opportunities for the younger generations. Current Trends in Engineering Schools keep on top of what’s new and work with you to help you “understand and realize the ways in which the fields of engineering provide solutions to our most challenging issues of the day,” says Natacha DePaola, dean of Armour College of Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). “The exchange of ideas and research and the work of our interprofessional projects [team-based projects in which students work together to solve a real-world problem] provide students at IIT with a transformative foundation for any future career in engineering, the sciences and beyond.” As we encounter ecological, medical and security issues, new types of engineers are needed. For example, environmental awareness and sustainability are just as important as they have been over the last few years. Engineers who experiment with fuel

• Our quality, hands-on, practical education prepares students for careers in architecture, computer science, construction management, engineering, engineering technology, management, and design • Our full-time tuition is one of the lowest for private colleges in the Boston area, and includes a laptop for all students, customized with software for their specific major • The average class size is 24. Students spend approximately 40% of their time in labs and studios • Two semesters of cooperative education program (co-op) allows students to gain extensive real-world experience and develop valuable business contacts • The average starting salary for the 2008 Wentworth graduate was $48,991 You deserve to come to Wentworth! Visit us online - www.wit.edu Wentworth Institute of Technology 550 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 617-989-4000

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cells and hybrid technology continue to find rewarding work. Chemical engineers are in high demand within the Department of Homeland Security to help protect us from chemical or biological attacks, according to Petteway. She also points out that alternative energy technology is another hot area in which engineers are needed to design largescale power plants that can produce and distribute energy in compliance with new environmental regulations. In addition, younger mining and power engineers must replace the previous generation. Smith says that the mining shortage is “causing a 100 percent job placement rate, as well as high starting wages.” As needs change, we see engineering transforming to meet them, using elements of different branches to create solutions. Right now, one of those specialties is mechatronics (or mechanical and electronics engineering). Engineers in this field study the automatons that control advanced hybrid systems. They create anything from biomechanical robots (with complete exoskeletons!) to safety elements in vehicles, such as the computer systems that control your brakes and airbags. With the high level of demand and specialized skill required, engineering has one of the highest starting salaries for a four-year degree. While this is important, don’t let salary be the be-all-end-all factor. “Engineering, as a degree field, will

always have a place in our society as long as there are problems to solve, products to develop, systems to maintain, safety issues to enhance, and technology that is needed to make things bigger and better or smaller and faster,” says Petteway. “Engineering is a great career field for any student who has the aptitude to take on its chal-

lenges and love it.” With a degree in engineering, you’ll be more than ready to tackle the next problem when it arises.

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Do you look at a product, a process, or an idea and wonder, “Why can’t it be smarter? Simpler? Cleaner? Cooler?” Then you belong at Kettering. Whatever your interest— Engineering, Math, Science, Business — we have experts, labs, and programs that bring theory and practice together better than anywhere else. And because you can start in a paid co-op experience as early as freshman year, you’re never just a college student at Kettering. You’re making a name for yourself in the professional world. Any college will take you places. Kettering will take you farther. think.kettering.edu 800-955-4464 ext. 7865

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rt is expanding like never before—in new and exciting directions. Some of the fastest-growing art careers are in “nontraditional” fields like fashion design, gaming and multimedia design. Today, the fine arts are as varied as they are creative—from “traditional” art (painting, sculpting, photography, etc.) to “applied arts” (industrial and environmental design)—and today’s fine arts programs reflect that diversity.

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Across the country, fine arts students are as likely to be found in front of a computer as they are in front of an easel. With the development of new media, students are venturing into a wide array of dynamic programs, such as graphic design, animation, motion graphics, editorial design and video production. These programs, which

often draw upon multiple disciplines, allow students to flex their creativity and strengthen their range as artists—a diversity that is valuable to future employers. As art continues to take center stage, affecting everything from our landscape to our consumer choices, art and

design programs evolve and strengthen. Environmental and product design programs have expanded in response to concerns over sustainability, material usage and design innovation. If you think a career in the arts is right for you, your next step is to decide which type of school you’d like to attend in order to obtain your bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree. You can study at a specialized art school or in the art department of a traditional college or university. Keep in mind that a BFA must have a certain ratio of liberal arts to studio courses, no matter the school, and that specialty art schools typically offer a strong liberal arts curriculum. Whichever path you choose, remember that fine arts and design programs can be highly competitive. Here’s what you need to know about applying.

Know Your Audience
Do your research. Check out the websites of the schools you’re interested in applying to. Find out what programs and courses are offered; who the faculty members are; and what connections the school has to museums, galleries and art/design firms. Many school sites feature student image collections, which are useful to determine the kind of work that students create at a particular school. Look for schools whose programs and art speak to your interests. Investigate how the graduates of a school have fared in obtaining art- or design-related jobs. “Research is the key,” says Scott Ramon, executive director of admissions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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“Collect catalogs from schools and see what kind of work is being created at that college … Go to contemporary galleries in your town or city. Find artists and designers who are currently practicing. Visit colleges and attend their endof-the-year exhibitions.” If possible, visit the schools you are considering. In person, you can get a better sense of the school’s facilities, equipment, environment and student body. If you can’t visit, see if you can speak with a current student who is studying in your field.

vice president for enrollment at the Pratt Institute in New York City. “And draw, draw, draw.” Even if drawing isn’t required in your portfolio or directly related to your desired major—such as digital media or photography—it’s an important skill to develop. “The exercise of drawing strengthens the connection between what you see and how you as an artist interpret what you see,” says Sandy Britton, director of enrollment management at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. At the same time, don’t be afraid to branch out, says Kathleen Keenan, interim dean of admissions at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt). “Challenge yourself by trying different media, even ones that are outside of your comfort zone. Understand that not everything you produce will go into your final portfolio, so produce a lot so you can be choosy in the end.” Many art schools, like the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), offer summer portfolio camps where high school students can build their portfolios, work with fellow artists and receive

Put Pen to Paper (or Mouse to Monitor)
Colleges are looking for dedication and determination in their art and design applicants. Your application should reflect your commitment to your work and to the field of art. While transcripts, recommendations and test scores are important, your art portfolio will be a crucial component of your application. You should begin to think about your portfolio long before you fill out your applications. “If you don’t keep a sketchbook, start,” says Judith Aaron,
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You may be wondering how much artists, designers and other creative professionals earn. Here are the mean national salaries for certain careers open to graduates with fine arts and design degrees. Keep in mind that salaries vary by location. Additionally, as these are average salaries among all individuals in the specified field, starting salaries will typically be less.
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Art Directors Commercial and Industrial Designers Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors and Illustrators Graphic Designers Fashion Designers Interior Designers Multimedia Artists and Animators
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critiques from college faculty. “The precollege summer program is a wonderful way for students to really develop their artistic skills and build a portfolio,” says Theresa Bedoya, vice president for admission and financial aid at MICA. In addition to observational drawings (which many schools require), include pieces in your portfolio that best reflect your talents, areas of interest and diversity as an artist. However, it’s not necessary to show one of everything in your portfolio. Donna Moran of the Pratt Institute says to include “no more than 20 pieces” and adds that “10 good ones are better.” Bring your portfolio to a National Portfolio Day near you. These events take place throughout the country and provide art students with an excellent opportunity to meet with college representatives from a number of prominent schools. These representatives will be available to discuss their programs, review your work and offer feedback. While a solid portfolio is vital, do not overlook the other components of your application. “Many prospective applicants are surprised to learn that we often deny more applications on the basis of a weak academic record than a belowaverage portfolio,” says Ama Schulman, admissions counselor at MICA. “Each school is a little different,” says Debra Gibbs, admissions counselor at Parsons The New School for Design. “We take a holistic approach and look at the whole student. Grades are as important as the portfolio. We also require the student to complete the ‘Parsons Challenge,’ which is an additional assignment where they have to use creative problem-solving and conceptual thinking.”

Kendall College of Art and Design is a small, supportive, collaborative community where students can grow as artists and designers… and as individuals.We help emerging artists and designers develop, explore and unfold their potential. Kendall also offers MFA degree concentrations in Drawing, Painting, Photography and Printmaking.

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From product design to landscape design, from animation to film produc-

tion, art is venturing into new fields, creating new expressions and possibilities. Students interested in traditional graphic design now need to consider learning web design as well, which involves a different skill set. Students in MICA’s curatorial studies program research, plan and implement all components of mounting a major exhibition,

including curatorial decisions, interpretive texts, exhibition design, public programming, public relations, publication and web design. Joan Livingstone, professor and chair in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, notes that artists are exploring “a wide range of fabrication technologies ... including the traditions of painting and sculpture ... as well as digital facilities with 3-D modeling, rapid prototyping, image processing ... and media editing.” A similar approach is taken in the Studio for Interrelated Media major at MassArt, where students “combine the study of many media, pursuing the realization of their ideas with the most appropriate media for each new project,” says Keenan. Many art programs emphasize the importance of practical, industry-related experience; internship programs are strongly encouraged and often required. Of course, in the current economic climate, most students are interested in how they’ll find a job when they graduate, notes Aaron of Pratt. The first place to look is your school’s career services center, which can provide information on internships, networking events and faculty affiliations. Ask teachers and counselors for help in identifying the galleries, design houses and companies most closely aligned with your area of focus. And finally, remember to always keep your portfolio filled with your best work. Pauline Estrem is a freelance writer in Chicago, IL.

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espite—or perhaps because of— the current economy, business programs continue to attract a high number of students. This reflects an interesting trend: More people head to business colleges and schools when the economy dives. Need proof? According to The Princeton Review, business administration and management is the most popular college major in the United States today. The simple explanation: Many students recognize that pursuing a business degree prepares them for the future as well as the present. Students who major in business can learn many adaptable skills, including accounting, finance, marketing and economics. They’ll also learn to organize, plan, manage and budget an organization. And, as any student of business knows, the economy tends to be cyclical. What goes down usually comes back up—and business majors will be ready when the

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GSB provides students with an essential toolkit for starting a business. In a required first-year Enterprise course, each student much craft a business plan – many have turned into real-world businesses in industries ranging from landscaping to retail clothing sales.

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Each year, students in the Student Investment Management Fund are given $100,000 of University funds to develop a domestic and international portfolio. Each year, they beat the stock market. The group’s 2009 entry in the undergraduate student portfolio competition placed third nationally in the growth-style portfolio category.

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From day one at GSB, you’ll find yourself immersed in a dynamic learning community in which students are investing real dollars in international portfolios, turning class projects into real-life businesses and traveling the world to learn about global markets firsthand. By the end of your studies, you’ll emerge well-versed in the skills needed to thrive in today’s – and tomorrow’s – volatile business climate. In a world where everything is business, what more can you ask for?
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More and more schools nationwide are taking the concept of entrepreneurship to the next level by encouraging on-campus student enterprises. These ventures provide budding businesspeople with firsthand experience in running a business without leaving college—or even campus. Students learn skills that they may apply to their future careers, or they may even create businesses that become their future careers. That’s what they do at Berry College, where a new program encouraging student enterprise has resulted in 10 recent projects, including an organic garden, a bike shop, an online store offering alumni merchandise and a genetics enterprise marketing embry-

os produced by Berry’s Jersey cattle herd. Such projects primarily involve business students but often require talents from various disciplines. At Syracuse University, the Whitman School of Management is home to the Couri Hatchery, an “incubator” that helps fledgling student businesses. Like the enterprise programs at most schools, Syracuse students with an idea must submit an application and a business plan. Those that merge best business practices with innovative ideas receive valuable resources, such as cost-effective space and support, prototype production facilities, product realization and development services, and business consultation.

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to their applicability to all forms of organization, including government. … Management and marketing provide attitudes, universal skills and knowledge that are able to cross national borders.” Management and marketing are the largest majors at GSB, too, but Dauterive says that “both accounting and finance have seen their five-year trends in enrollment increase by over 30 percent and are currently the fastest growing programs in the business school.” Ultimately, a business education could be a very safe bet in preparing for the future—even if you’re

not interested in the actual business world at all. “Everything is a business,” Dauterive says. “The practical skills that you get from a business degree can be used in any area or profession.” Adds Todd Krug, director of the Haub School of Business Cooperative Education Program at St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania: “Opportunities in business exist in good times and in bad, and, regardless of the state of the economy at a given moment in time, business offers wonderful challenges and infinite opportunities.” Chelsea Greenwood is a freelance writer in Boynton Beach, FL.

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Meryl Streep is regarded by many as the greatest movie actress performing today. Starring in films such as Mamma Mia! and The Devil Wears Prada, she has two Academy Awards under her belt amid 15 nominations. In her newest movie, Julie and Julia, she takes on the role of Julia Child, one of the most wellknown female chefs (not to mention one of the biggest personalities). Coincidentally, Meryl and Julia have something else in common, along with quite a few other famous women—including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, journalist and TV personality Barbara Walters, author and Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen and Kay Krill, the CEO of Ann Taylor. All of these successful and influential women hail from women’s colleges and universities. Though mistakenly regarded by some as outdated, the demand for all-female colleges remains strong and the benefits, numerous.

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Women’s colleges were founded in the mid-1800s to prepare girls for their future roles as wives and mothers. Young women who enrolled in some of these early schools studied dancing, literature, singing and religion. Other women’s colleges began as female seminaries that trained women to become teachers, while a smaller number of schools matched men’s colleges in the strength of their academics. At these schools, women could study science, philosophy, math and law. Over the years, many of the original women’s colleges have either merged with other schools or started admitting men. But despite the fact that the number of all-women’s colleges in the United States peaked in the 1960s, nearly 50 of them remain today.

of Directors, agrees. “There are some who might say women’s colleges are stuck in a time warp and irrelevant for today’s challenging and global world,” she says. “Quite the reverse is true. Women’s college graduates are better prepared to lead and compete because everything we do is focused on educating women.” Still others view women’s colleges as isolating, sequestering women away from men and the “real world,” says Jeff Hodges, director of public relations at Hollins University. He counters, “After four years of running the student government, publishing the student newspaper … and speaking up in class, [our students] emerge more confident in their ability to excel on the job or in graduate school.”

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The myths are many but so are the benefits of an all-female education. “Here, students are in a place that’s completely dedicated to their learning and growth as young women,” says Huus. “Classrooms are organized in a seminar style to allow for discussions that suit the way in which women work and learn best. The machines at the gym are sized for women, not men. Everything is designed with young women in mind.” At women’s colleges, students also have more opportunities to lead. “If there is a student initiative, every facet of it will be planned, organized and executed by women—that alone is fundamental and

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Unfortunately, due in part to their origins, women’s colleges still contend with misperceptions and stereotypes. “Some people perceive us as a finishing school for ‘rich white girls,’” says Ken Huus, dean of admissions at Sweet Briar College. “That couldn’t be further from the truth. Students have the full college experience here, from serious academics to extracurriculars to social activities.” Carol Ann Mooney, president of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN and vice-chair of the Women’s College Coalition Board
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important,” says Mooney. Anne Skleder, dean of Chatham College for Women at Chatham University, adds, “At a women’s college, everyone—from faculty to student affairs staff to coaches—have as their mission educating women for leadership in their professions and their communities and for success in their personal lives.” The National Survey of Student Engagement reports that students who attend a women’s college are more likely to obtain doctoral degrees and earn more money after graduation. Additionally, according to a March 2009 U.S. News and World Report article, women’s colleges operating today are “among the country’s more ethnically and socioeconomically diverse liberal arts colleges, offering generous financial aid packages”—particularly important in today’s economy.

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The best way to determine whether or not a women’s college is a good fit for you is simply to visit one. “I always advise high school students to consider many different kinds of colleges,” says Katherine Knapp Watts, dean of admissions and financial aid at Salem College. “The best way to evaluate whether or not a women’s college (or any college) is the right fit is to visit college campuses, attend classes, and talk with students, faculty and admissions counselors.” You should also take into account the qualities you’d like to develop while
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Women’s colleges may offer certain advantages and opportunities that coed institutions don’t. While some schools provide courses that focus on women’s contributions in history and society, others offer formalized leadership programs or certificates. At Salem College, for example, the Center for Women Writers features celebrated women authors who speak to students and conduct master classes, according to Watts. The college also houses the Women in Science and Math Program, which is “designed to offer academic and career support for Salem students interested in science and mathematics.” Says Skleder, students at Chatham College for Women can take advantage of the Pennsylvania Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, which aims to increase women’s political participation and advocacy, or the Rachel Carson Center, which focuses on environmental sustainability. No matter the academic offerings, an allfemale education is distinctive in and of itself. “The true uniqueness in our classes is the collaborative approach to teaching and learning that takes place in our small classroom environment,” says Mooney. Like you, Chatham College for Women at Chatham University has its eye on the future. We see a globally motivated, environmentally sensitive culture, great challenges, and women prepared to meet them. Chatham women. Strengthened by a campus community that is empowering, confidence-building, and intellectually stimulating. Stretched by interactive, intimate classes, and involved professors. Enriched by study abroad, diverse learning experiences, and deep friendships. No wonder so many remarkable women find themselves here.

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• Experience a distinctive education built upon women’s leadership, environmental awareness, and global understanding • Study on our historic 39-acre Shadyside Campus, just minutes from downtown, and at our 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh • SAT/ACT optional admissions policy available for first-year students • Nearly 95% of Chatham undergraduate students receive some form of merit or need-based scholarship • All first-year students and most transfers are provided with a new Hewlett Packard tablet personal computer for use in the classroom and throughout our wireless campus • Most students have the opportunity to earn a bach lor’s and a master’s degree from e Chatham in as few as five years from many of our graduate programs • Study abroad almost anywhere in the world during Maymester term, a full term, or a full year

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• OU ranks number one in the nation • The Princeton Review has ranked OU among all public universities in the number of among the best in the nation in terms of academic excellence and cost for students. National Merit Scholars enrolled per capita. • OU is one of the few public universities in the nation to cap the class size of first-year English composition courses as well as all Honors courses at no more than 19 students. • An OU student recently was named a recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship for math and science, becoming OU’s 28th winner since 1994. • OU ranks in the top 10 in the nation among most wired colleges, one of only a few universities to achieve the ranking two years in a row. • For the second time in three years, an OU Debate Team has won the national championship in debate. The winning team in the recent Cross Examination Debate Association’s national championship was composed of sophomore RJ Giglio and junior Nick Watts. • OU’s business entrepreneurship program ranks among the 10 best in the United States. • OU’s Campaign for Scholarships has allowed the university to more than double new scholarships for students in just four years.
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• OU has the academically highest ranked student body at a public university in Oklahoma. • OU ranks first in the Big 12 and at the top in the nation in international reciprocal exchange agreements with universities around the world. The University has 174 student exchange agreements with universities in 66 countries. OU plans to increase participation in study-abroad programs by 50 percent over the next four years. • An OU student recently became the only recipient from Oklahoma to be named a Truman Scholar this year. This prestigious national award is given based on a student’s leadership potential, intellectual ability and the likelihood of “making a difference.”

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Several health professions, like medicine, dentistry, optometry and pharmacy, require a four-year undergraduate degree followed by admission to a professional school. These health professions require you to pass a licensure exam

before you can practice professionally. Note that there really isn’t a formal premed or pre-dentistry major. You’ll need to pick a major while making absolutely sure you’ve taken the courses required by the medical or other professional school (for example, you’ll inevitably need to take certain science courses).

Becoming a doctor isn’t easy, but the rewards can be well worth it. You’ll need an undergraduate degree, plus four years of medical school to earn a doctorate in medicine (better known as an MD). This schooling, plus an internship and residency in a specialty area, usually takes about 10 to 12 years to complete. The payoff: Earnings for doctors and surgeons are the highest among all professions. Pharmacists will continue to be in high demand for an aging population in need of prescription drugs. Employment of pharmacists is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2006 and 2016. A Doctor in Pharmacy (PharmD) is required, which takes a minimum of six years to complete. Optometrists, or eye doctors, earn a Doctor of Optometry (OD) and help patients improve their vision by prescribing glasses and contacts. They work to prevent eye diseases by detecting problems early through eye exams. Don’t want to put in the time it takes to become a doctor or one of these other professionals? Not to worry—there are still plenty of rewarding health care professions for you to choose from.

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ers have not only begun to retire, but they also wear out joints and suffer other degenerative diseases. They’re now getting their hips, knees and shoulders replaced, and physical therapists play a vital role in helping these patients rehabilitate after surgery. There are two ways to enter the profession: either at the master’s level with a master’s degree (MPT, MSPT, MS), or at the doctoral level with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. “Being a physical therapist allows you a lot of flexibility. There is so much you can do: sports-based therapy, geriatric, outpatient, hospital-based, corporate–based physical therapy and more. It’s also very rewarding. You get to help people feel better, and it makes a lot of difference,” says Kerrie Brooks, a physical therapist with a DPT degree and a private practice in Jupiter, FL.

Physician Assistants
Physician assistants (PAs) work in hospitals and doctors’ offices and do many tasks that doctors do— even prescribe medicine in some states—but do not attend medical school. Instead, they attend physician assistant programs and can enter the profession with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. While the pay may not be quite as high as a doctor’s, it’s far from sickly, with median annual earnings of $74,980.

Health Care Administration
Another career option in health is health care administration. Administrators are responsible for the business management of health care facilities. Bachelor’s degree programs in public health and health care administration qualify students for jobs in settings such as state and regional health care agencies, biomedical companies and nonprofit organizations. However, many jobs in public health and health care administration require an advanced degree. “If you like working with a community, a group or a population, as opposed to one-on-one encounters, then you would probably be at-

PC’s strong academic program and caring community of students and professors are two reasons why PC graduates have a high acceptance rate into professional and graduate schools. And, in 2010, PC plans to open its own professional school, the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, preparing pharmacists who care for their communities.

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tracted to public health,” says Georgeen Polyak, master of public health program coordinator and associate professor at Benedictine University. Interested in a career in health care but prefer to focus on technology? The newest additions to the health care professional roster include medical record professionals and health information technicians. People in these positions manage patient record databases and perform quality assurance on the records. These jobs are being created as electronic records and medical technology advancements continue to become the norm.

health counselors are required to have a master’s degree in counseling. After completing the master’s degree, students can take an exam to earn a professional title of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Titles vary by state. To become a social worker, you need a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW)—though a master’s degree (MSW) is required for many positions. Social workers often specialize in different areas, such as children and families or substance abuse, and many positions are with local and state agencies. Psychologists have the longest training in the mental health field: they must hold a doctorate in psychology (either a PhD or a PsyD), and they must complete a

mental Health
Mental health counselors, social workers and psychologists all help people cope with mental health problems. Mental

*Salaries and job data were obtained from the online version of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2008-09 edition) at www.bls.gov/OCO. Salaries vary by specialty and geographic location.

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one-year internship prior to practicing. Graduate study takes five to seven years to complete. “There is a better understanding now of how the mind and body work together. This broader view of medical treatment is leading to an increase in job opportunities in the whole area of health psychology,” says Linda Applegarth, a practicing psychologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

What to Do if you’re Undecided
If you are curious about a career in the health professions but aren’t sure which career is for you, “shadow” health care professionals. Contact local health care professionals and ask if you can observe their work. Chrissy Spenser, assistant professor of biology at Lees-McRae College, offers this advice: “Try to do a summer internship. This way you can get an inkling of whether you like a career or it’s not for you. Nothing you do as an undergraduate will commit you to a course for life, so you need to experiment to see what you want to do.” Adds Mark Scott, director of media relations at Hendrix College, “The more you’ve demonstrated your willingness to learn and get involved in the extra steps to be successful, the better you’ll look to schools.” Whichever career path you decide is right for you, you can’t go wrong working to help others as a health care professional. Aimee Heller is a freelance writer in New York City and Miami.

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Our personal approach has helped place us in the top tier of U.S. News rankings of Midwestern universities. Faculty inspire students with personal attention in small classes, encouraging students to apply knowledge in the real world. Choose from some 70 undergraduate programs, 22 master’s programs, and several doctoral degrees. Our distinctive Honors College attracts creative, highly motivated students UIndy students apply their learning beyond the classroom, such as with the Indianapolis Colts (left).

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Various independent nonprofits operate precollege summer programs for high school students. For instance, the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) offers programs of varying lengths in engineering, medicine, journalism and even an international business program in Geneva, Switzerland. David Lowitz, the director of marketing and outreach for NSLC, says the programs offer “an exploration or understanding of a possible career area. By doing hands-on simulations and meeting with professionals in the field, students get a good idea of

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A Living LAborAtory
From the behavior of manatees to the health of dolphins in captivity, coral reef ecology and aquarium science, the Marine Biology program at New College engages students in a wide array of cutting edge research.

One of 40 Schools Nationwide Featured in Loren Pope’s Colleges that Change Lives
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Clemson’s Creative Inquiry program has been profiled as a best practice in undergraduate research.

More than 90 percent of seniors would choose Clemson again – compared to a peer average of 79 percent.

Clemson is ranked in US News & World Report as No. 22 among national public universities — No. 2 among “up and coming” universities — and has 18 nationally ranked programs.

Clemson’s abundant green space translates into roughly one acre per student.

Many have said that experience is the best teacher.
Perhaps that’s why students who attend Clemson University not only seek superior academics, they’re also looking for opportunities for hands-on learning, searching within for a stronger sense of family and community, and reaching out for a powerful connection to the world around them. Clemson is where scientific and technological horsepower blends with the highly engaged academic and social environment of a liberal arts college to create a top-tier research university.
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See For Yourself!
For information on visiting Clemson and taking a tour, visit www.clemson.edu/ visitorscenter.

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a day in the life [of that career] and whether that’s something they’d like to pursue. They also get a feel for college life: living on their own, going to classes [and] meeting new people.” The NSLC has also partnered with American University in Washington, DC, to offer college credits to students who complete a college-level research paper after the program. Courses are offered at American University and on several other college campuses across the country. Lowitz says the credits “transfer to virtually any school and give students a portfolio of work they can use as part of their college admissions process.” For aspiring politicos, the Junior

Statesmen Summer School Program is another option. Students from around the world gather at Georgetown, Princeton, Stanford or Yale for three weeks to learn about government, leadership, international relations and even cyberpolitics, where you’ll learn how blogs, social networking and the Internet mobilized new voters and affected the 2008 elections. “Part of the program is now focused specifically on leadership and public service,” explains Jeff Harris, executive director for Junior Statesmen. “[Students will] walk away with the skills and knowledge to be leaders in their schools and community—and with a bunch of new friends. Mostly they’ll walk away with a better sense of the

political landscape and what it takes to make a difference.” Students who successfully complete one or more courses in the Junior Statesmen program may be eligible to receive high school credits.

College-Offered Programs
Many universities offer their own precollege summer programs for outstanding high school students. For instance, at Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee, the Sewanee Environmental Institute (SEI) caters to high school juniors and seniors who are interested in the environmental sciences. During the day, students study conservation policy and conduct eco-

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You will spend nearly 1,000 days in college. How will you decide to spend them? We want you to consider Illinois Wesleyan, a very selective, residential, undergraduate liberal arts university that offers exceptional opportunities inside and outside the classroom for its students. ILLINOIS WESLE YAN AT A GLANCE • • • • • • • 2,100 exceptional students 184 outstanding faculty 0 graduate teaching assistants 42 majors and 8 pre-professional programs 4-4-1 academic calendar with May Term 165 student organizations 18 men and women’s varsity sports • 8th among all NCAA schools in producing ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans • 34th Best Value by Kiplingers • 31st nationally for students studying abroad, according to the Institute of International Education • 92% of graduates complete their degree in four years • 50 states and 52 countries are home to our alumni

Junior Statesmen Summer School
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Illinois Wesleyan is located in Bloomington/Normal, a thriving community of 125,000.The University’s 76-acre campus in Bloomington is within a two-and-a-half hour drive of Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Academic Life —Illinois Wesleyan’s academic structure is unique among the top liberal arts schools: • The College of Liberal Arts with 17 departments including an exceptional business division • The College of Fine Arts, which includes the Schools of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts and includes a major in Music Theatre • The School of Nursing, which awards a four-year bachelor of science in nursing degree A Phi Beta Kappa institution, the University has 184 full-time faculty with 93 percent holding doctorates or appropriate terminal degrees.Without fail, Illinois Wesleyan students cite their interaction with faculty as their greatest source of satisfaction. The 4-4-1 academic calendar features two 15-week semesters followed by the innovative, month-long May Term during which students have the option to focus on a single course, on campus or abroad; conduct research; or pursue internships. Student Body — Illinois Wesleyan’s 2,100 students take an active role in student life. Drawn from 37 states and 23 foreign countries, the University’s students have opportunities to participate in nearly 200 clubs, organizations, and athletic teams. Not only are students active in the campus life, but they also take advantage of extensive leadership opportunities. A retention rate of 96 percent, which is among the highest anywhere, indicates the positive experience that the vast majority of Wesleyan students have. Facilities — Illinois Wesleyan’s 53 campus buildings include a number that are remarkable for a school of any size. The Ames Library, opened in 2002, houses a collection of more than 400,000 volumes along with 100 computer-equipped workstations. The Hansen Student Center features a twostory bookstore and offices for student organizations. Other facilities of note are the Harriett Fuller Rust residence hall, which features apartmentlike suites; the Center for Liberal Arts, an up-to-date classroom and office building; the Center for Natural Sciences, a modern research and teaching building that rivals those found at large research universities; and the Shirk Center for Athletics and Recreation, providing students with opportunities for recreation and fitness. Athletics — Titan Student-athletes succeed in the classroom and in their sports. Wesleyan ranks among the top 10 of all NCAA divisions in the number of ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans. The Titans have enjoyed success in numerous sports, winning championships in the Colleges of Illinois and Wisconsin Conferences and competing in national postseason play.The athletic facilities include recently completed baseball and softball stadiums, tennis courts, soccer and football fields and an outdoor track (all with lights) in addition to the Shirk Center. In 2007, two IWU student-athletes were awarded prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. Scholarships — Merit-based Alumni Scholarships are awarded to entering students who, on the basis of their high school academic performance and standardized testing, indicate outstanding promise. Illinois Wesleyan is a National Merit Scholarship sponsor institution. Fine Arts Awards and Talent Scholarships are granted to entering students in the fine arts who, on the basis of auditions or portfolio evaluations, indicate potential for success in the fine arts. Financial Aid — Illinois Wesleyan provides nearly $25 million of institutional funds for scholarships, grants, loans and student employment. Alumni — Illinois Wesleyan alums can be found in every state and in 52 countries around the world. They have distinguished themselves in many ways including: Ed Rust, Chairman and CEO of State Farm Insurance, a Fortune 500 company; Dawn Upshaw, a four-time Grammy Award winner; actor Richard Jenkins,Academy Award nominated actor; Mike Mason, the former Executive Assistant Director of the FBI and the current Director of Global Security for Verizon; and, Steve Yoder, Player Scout for the New York Knicks.

Junior Statesmen Summer Schools provide an unparalleled experience for developing the civic leaders of tomorrow.

You won’t just learn about politics, you’ll live it! You will find your voice, discover what you know and believe, and develop the ability to articulate those thoughts and values.

Illinois Summer Programs Junior StatesmenWesleyan University provide not only an advanced Office of Admissions Box 2900 curriculum, but also the experience of a lifetime forBloomington, IL 61702-2900 outstanding high school Phone: 800.332.2498, or 309.556.3031 scholars. Email: iwuadmit@titan.iwu.edu
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chance to sample different courses. At Carnegie Mellon University, students can choose among seven precollege programs, including architecture, art, drama and a college-level program that offers hands-on experience in video games. They can also take courses for college credit under the Advanced Placement/Early Action program. While at Boston University, rising juniors can explore two subjects in seminars of their choice and preview college life. Topics include journalism, law, abnormal psychology, business and even infectious diseases!

How to Find a Precollege Summer Program
Jill Tipograph, CEO and founder of the private summer advisory service Everything Summer, LLC, suggests that students do some research online and talk to program directors as well as others who attended the program in the past. Your high school guidance counselor is also usually a good resource for helping you find programs and weigh factors like location, duration and size. Many of the competitive summer programs have application deadlines as early as December, so it pays to do your research well in advance. Researching and applying for summer programs is great practice for your college search. Once you’re there, summer programs also give you a sense of what subjects or academic settings you enjoy—and what you don’t. Either way, it could be an invaluable experience.

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UST offers a strong liberal arts foundation featuring 31 undergraduate degrees and 9 graduate degrees. • Ranked 24th in 2009 U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” for master’s degrees in the Western region • Featured in 2009 The Princeton Review Guide: “Best Western Colleges” • Nationally ranked study abroad program • 12:1 student-to-professor ratio • 86% of freshmen receive scholarships or financial aid • 44% of new freshmen live on campus • Hispanic Serving Institution Visit our Web site and find out why students and parents choose UST:

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Houston’s only Catholic University. Founded by the Basilian Fathers. Located in the Museum District.
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Quick Facts
• Undergraduate Population: 2325 • Percentage of Freshman Living on Campus: 98% • Number of Undergraduate Majors: 66 • Number of Pre-Professional Programs: 9 • Number of Graduate Programs: 7 • Student to Faculty Ratio: 14:1 • Average Class Size: 16 • Number of States Represented: 44 • Number of Countries Represented: 50 • Percentage of Students from Out of State: 70% • HPU ranked No. 6 among Baccalaureate Colleges in the South in the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report and is listed on the Templeton 100 Honor Roll of Colleges that Build Character.

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At High Point University every student receives an extraordinary education, in a fun environment, with caring people.

Business Biology Sports Management Elementary Education Interior Design

Psychology Marketing Communications – Media Exercise Science Criminal Justice

“We have four children and visited over twenty colleges in numerous states from Ivy League to local private to top state institutions, High Point is the most amazing and well

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Your Future
BY Joan Mead By now you’ve probably heard a million different messages about financial aid for college. It’s available; it’s not available; apply early; don’t worry; don’t bother. The state of the economy has further complicated an already complicated process, increasing paying-for-college anxiety. According to the College Board’s most recent “Trends in College Pricing” report, the average yearly cost of just tuition and fees at a four-year college or university can range from $6,585 (for in-state students at public schools) to $25,143 (for students at private institutions), up by about 6 percent from last year. Add room and board and the range jumps to $14,333 to $34,132. The total cost at many private schools can be in the $50,000-per-year range.

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what can your family afford?
Before you start investigating your options, given the current economic climate, you should probably have a frank discussion with your family about money matters. “The economy and your parents’ financial situation are both dynamic,” says Curt Eley, vice president for enrollment management at the University of Texas at Dallas. “You should have an ongoing dialogue with your parents about their expectations for college, their ability to pay for college and their willingness to pay for college.” Ann Walker, director of financial aid at Rice University, agrees. “Even with our best efforts to create a package that is fair, many families are still shocked at what the costs will be,” she says. “They need to start using financial aid estimators early on so they have a good idea [of] what their expected family contribution is.” Talking to a financial aid professional may also help your family determine what it can or can’t afford. While “websites can be helpful to students in learning more about the financial aid and scholarship search process … a conversation with an experienced financial aid or admission professional can provide some quick insight,” says Bob Murray, dean of enrollment management at Illinois Wesleyan University.
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quire very high qualifications with regard to grades and test scores, as well as excellent recommendations and extracurricular/community activities. “Your biggest job during sophomore and junior year of high school is to prepare yourself academically for college by taking a rigorous college

the basics
There are two different types of financial aid: merit-based and need-based. Merit-Based Aid: Merit-based financial aid is what many people refer to as scholarships, awarded to a student by either an individual college or outside organization, without regard for financial need. Students typically receive merit-based scholarships for academic achievements, though some can be awarded for special talents, leadership skills or other personal characteristics. Athletic scholarships also fall under this category. Need-Based Aid: Need-based financial aid is awarded to a student on the basis of financial need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), www.fafsa.ed.gov, is generally used for determining federal, state and institutional need-based aid eligibility. At private institutions, a supplemental application may be necessary.

before you delve into the world of needbased aid, find out what merit can do for you.

At Viterbo University, students achieve success in their health science professions because of their extensive experiences outside of the classroom. We offer a stateof-the-art science facility, low student to faculty ratio, and many degree options.
Health science programs offered at Viterbo University: • Biochemistry • Natural Science • Biology • Nursing • Biopsychology • Nutrition/Dietetics • Chemistry • Pre-Professional Programs • Clinical Laboratory Science • Sport Science and Leadership
For more information about Viterbo’s handson experience in these and other programs, visit www.viterbo.edu or contact us at admission@viterbo.edu or 1-800-VITERBO.

use your merit
Before you delve into the world of need-based aid, find out what merit can do for you, since you don’t have to pay it back. Just as you should consult with your parents early in the process, you should also start researching scholarship options during your junior year. Merit-based scholarships usually re-

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Five Colleges. One University. Long distinguished as one of the nation’s foremost private universities, Ohio Northern University’s top-notch academic programs distinctively blend quality liberal arts and professional programs for more than 3,700 students among five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law. Customized Learning. Personal Attention. Successful Outcomes. Ohio Northern offers all the advantages of a large research university, but with the personalized attention of a small liberal arts college. Students find support for turning their passions into pathways and make lifelong connections to ensure a successful future. National Reputation. Experts consistently list ONU in the nation’s top college guides. U.S. News & World Report ranks ONU No. 2 among more than 300 Midwest baccalaureate colleges in America’s Best Colleges 2009, the highest ranking given to any Ohio college in this category. You’ll also find ONU in Princeton Review’s The Best 368 Colleges 2009 Edition, Peterson’s Competitive Colleges 2008, Colleges of Distinction, and Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers. ONU’s pharmacy and engineering programs are among the top programs in the nation, the business administration program is internationally accredited (AACSB) and our Fulbright and Goldwater scholars demonstrate the excellence of programs in the arts and sciences.

Come see for yourself.

I am living a dream.
Today, success depends on the ability to adapt and think in new ways.
At St. Joseph’s College, we are preparing leaders for this new and changing world. Both inside and outside the classroom, students are challenged each day to ponder, to question, to explore—to think and learn for themselves—while gaining the knowledge, skills and insights they’ll need for a thriving, fulfilling career. Take the next step and apply today. Learn more by visiting www.sjcny.edu or call 631.687.4500 (Long Island) or 718.940.5800 (Brooklyn).

Did You Know? St. Joseph’s College
has one of the lowest tuition rates of any private college in New York.

Transforming lives— one student at a time.
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preparatory curriculum and performing well in those courses,” says Eley. This will increase your chances of getting meritbased aid in college. Colleges and universities typically list available merit scholarships for incoming freshmen on their websites. While an admission application will often enter you into the running for a school’s scholarships, some colleges require a separate application. Be sure to find out what the requirements are at each school you apply to. Another scholarship resource is your guidance counselor, who will most likely have a list of local scholarships—you have a better chance of receiving a local, less competitive scholarship award than a larger, national one. Look into the merit scholarships offered by your community or state, as well as those from local organizations, such as clubs, businesses, churches, synagogues and other associations. Then move your search to the web. Many websites, such as FastWeb’s “Find Scholarships” option (www. fastweb.com) and Scholarships.com’s “Search Scholarships” option (www. scholarships.com), can help you locate the types of scholarships you qualify for. While some scholarship requirements are super-specific (e.g., you must live on a farm in the South), others are open to all students. A word of caution: As you search the web, beware of scholarship scams. If a scholarship requires an application fee, for instance, don’t apply. Also, make sure the scholarship information you find online is up-to-date,

and apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for—it can’t hurt, and every little bit helps.

applying is half the battle
While you’re applying for merit-based aid, you should also fill out your FAFSA

a word of caution: as you search the web, beware of scholarship scams.

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and submit it as early as possible. “Too many families make assumptions about the availability of assistance for their children,” says Murray. “Each year we see families apply for assistance who never thought they would receive any … and who do qualify for [scholarships or grants],

not just loans.” Eley adds, “The greatest thing you can do to improve your chances of finding aid is to apply early with a complete application … submitted entirely correctly. Apply for financial aid well before each institution’s priority deadline.”

If you’re planning to attend college in the fall, you should fill out the FAFSA in January. (It won’t be accepted before January 1, but get it in as soon as you can after the first.)

loans, grants and work-study
Along with your acceptance letter, most schools will send you an “award package,” or a list of the types of merit- and need-based aid you qualify for. The need-based aid you’re awarded will fall into one or more of the following three categories: Grants: Typically awarded on the basis of financial need, grants do not require repayment. Federal Loans: Based on need, federal loans are financial aid awards that require repayment. They offer the opportunity to defer the cost of your educational expenses by borrowing now and repaying later (after you graduate). Unlike private loans, federal loans offer low-interest rates— your best option. Some of the more popular federal loans include Stafford Loans, for students, and PLUS Loans, for parents of students.

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60 miles from New York City 10 minutes to Long Island beaches

AT THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING

Conte Cuttino, a senior from Uniondale, New York, and running back for the Seawolves, studies Business Management. Senior Kelly Doohan from Webster, New York, is a Health Science major who works at the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Help Desk when she’s not in class.

SEAWOLVES RULE!

Work-Study: The Federal WorkStudy program provides part-time employment to students to help with college expenses. Non-federal workstudy, on the other hand, is not based on financial need. So, if you don’t qualify for Federal Work-Study, you should inquire about non-federal student employment opportunities at your school. Unfortunately, the FAFSA may reveal

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Our unique environment for learning.
From city streets to mountain tops, from small classes to big opportunities for hands-on learning, from the liberal arts and sciences to specialized professional and graduate programs. No other college or university in the country offers you the distinctive combination of advantages and resources that together create our unique environment for learning.

An education centered on action, participation, and experience— the best way to learn An open-minded, close-knit, campus community—
where residents and commuters, undergraduates and graduates feel right at home

A truly spectacular location— at the intersection of Salt Lake City, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Salt Lake, and the Utah desert An impressive track record of success— more than 90%
of our students report that they are either employed or attending graduate or professional school within five months of graduation.

Make the most of an education centered on action and experience.
No matter which of our 70 academic programs you choose, you’ll learn in an environment that values participation and collaboration. Active learning and hands-on experiences are integrated into every course. Because we emphasize applied learning across the curriculum, you can more easily connect your knowledge to real-world situations. A student to faculty ratio of 10:1 assures you will receive personal attention and guidance in and out of the classroom.

Make friends and fit right in.
The Westminster campus is an easy-going, laid-back, friendly place. We welcome students from all backgrounds and cultures and value diverse interests, passions, and talents. In a college with just 2,600 students, anyone can get involved and have a big impact.

By the Numbers
2,000 600 132 70 50 39 39 Undergraduates Graduate students Full-time faculty Academic programs Active clubs States represented Undergraduate majors 31 17 16 13 12 7 1 Countries represented Average class size Nearby national parks Athletic teams Graduate programs Close mountain resorts Mountain stream

Make an affordable choice for your college education.
We’re firmly committed to making Westminster an affordable choice, regardless of a family’s financial means. Every student who applies is automatically considered for merit scholarships and about 97% of Westminster’s entering freshmen receive some form of merit-based and/or need-based financial aid. We’ll work with you—individually— through every step of the financial aid process.

Westminster College Admissions Office 1840 South 1300 East Salt Lake City, UT 84105 admission@westminstercollege.edu

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that you don’t qualify for as much federal financial aid as you actually need. Don’t despair! Private loans, although not as ideal, can help cover your expenses. While the poor economy has led to a decline in the number of private loan lenders, there is still money available for those who need it. Check with the financial aid office at your school for more information about its private loan providers, as well as providers’ terms and conditions.

“Because we are extremely cognizant of how the economy impacts college choices, we have actually offered additional gift aid for 2009–2010 to help reduce the reliance on loans,” says Eric Nemoto, associate dean of enrollment management at Chaminade University. He says that merit aid for students with higher GPAs has also been increased. Other colleges, as well, have either maintained or increased scholarship money. According to Eley, at the University of Texas at Dallas, the economy hasn’t affected the availability of scholarships or need-based grants funded by the university. Murray reports that Illinois Wesleyan increased its financial aid and scholarship budget more than in the previous year in order to “be prepared

colleges want to help
Financial aid officers understand that times are tough, and many schools are working hard to accommodate all financial situations.

Recognized
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Few things have as much potential for boosting you up the ladder of success in college as getting recognized for your contributions. Get recognized at UMW.

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to make the process easier for students, many colleges send out award letters as soon as possible or make the information available online.

for the increase in the number of families that would apply and qualify for assistance.” Colleges are also reaching out in other ways. “This year, we offered several financial aid seminars for admitted students and parents, [which] allowed us to meet with families individually to ensure all their questions were answered,” says Murray. To make the process easier for students, many colleges send out award letters as soon as possible or make the information available online. “Students’ awards are immediately posted to their web portals for their review as soon as we evaluate and package their aid,” says Nemoto, “and through this web portal is where students can also apply for their Stafford (and parents their PLUS) Loans, since we have our lenders’ sites linked.” Many colleges offer this online service to students, and most college websites include links to their student loan lenders’ websites.

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Because the economy continues to fluctuate, your financial situation may change. Before you assume the worst (that your dreams are dashed), consult with an aid representative at your college of choice. According to Walker, her office makes adjustments to the financial aid formula on a case-by-case basis (though most often these adjustments occur when a family has lost a job or income). John Nemetz, director of financial aid at the University of Arizona, echoes this, encouraging students to

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talk to your parents, research your options, understand what you’re getting yourself into, and choose what’s best for you and your family.

contact the financial aid office if their situation changes. “We are receptive to individual circumstances that do not get [considered] on the FAFSA,” he says. Even if your financial situation hasn’t changed, Eley advises, “Once each university offers you financial aid, ask the university what forms of other financial aid options are available to you that they did not put in your financial aid award letter.” A simple inquiry could make a big difference, and hey, it never hurts to ask.

make sure it’s right for you
Money concerns aside, choosing a college is an important decision—one that you should make by weighing many different factors. “This is a big investment and one that should pay off for you for the rest of your life,” says Sandra Bartholomew, dean of enrollment management at Green Mountain College. “[F]ind the college that’s the best fit. Yes, you may graduate with some loans, but education loans are the best investment you can make.” Despite the economy, paying for college—even the college of your dreams—is entirely doable. Talk to your parents, research your options, understand what you’re getting yourself into, and choose what’s best for you and your family.

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While roommates offer a potential social outlet, there are many other places to make friends, starting with orientation and freshman welcome weekend. Stock says she met people through a freshman community service project and activities in her dorm. “My whole residence hall did powder-puff football, and it was great bonding,” she remembers. Jared Ferenczy, a sophomore at American University, says he’s met other students by “going to club

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meetings, talking with people [and] seeing what you like. The other thing is attending events with your floor. They’re your neighbors, so it’s nice to know who they are.” Many colleges organize an activities fair in the fall, so you can chat with current members and learn about music groups, sports teams, volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved. Perzigian joined Rochester’s all-male a cappella group, the Midnight Ramblers, and says the 12 members are close friends. “We’re completely student-run and student-directed,” he says. “Every spring break we travel. Freshman year we went to San Francisco, sophomore year we went to London … Last spring we opened for Ben Folds.” In addition to joining clubs and meeting your floor-mates, you can also expand your social circle through your classes. Lan Ha, a recent graduate of Oregon State University, says she befriended many of the students in her business courses as they worked together on group projects. “[On] pretty much all my senior projects, we worked with lots of people, and they’re all interactive, so it also gets us to work on our social skills,” she explains. “You are able to … make connections with people who have the same interests.” Schneider agrees, saying, “It is important to have friends in all your classes to study with and to be able to call if you missed anything that went on in class.”

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Since colleges offer many more course options than high schools, choosing courses is another important consideration. In most cases, you’ll have a freshman advisor to make sure that you meet your requirements, but as Schneider points out, that’s just one piece of the puzzle. “Personal qualities … need to be seriously considered when choosing your classes,” Schneider says. “Personally, I would rather have all my classes back-to-back in one day, twice a week, instead of two classes every day. I like having days off, and I don’t mind getting up early.” According to Ha, “my first year I would heavily rely on my advisor to show me the courses I needed to take, but as the years passed, my friends would be the ones showing me how to use the online resources to map out the courses ahead of time.” Many freshmen find that college can be an adjustment academically. When he first started college, Schneider says he “still had a high school mentality about work, thinking I could get by with minimum effort. To my astonishment, I found that when I started putting the work in, I started getting great grades.” He has been on the Dean’s List since second semester of freshman year. The student-professor dynamic is also very different from high school, which can be a great advantage. “I feel like the teachers understand you much better here,” says Stock. “I’ve never been so willing to go talk to a

teacher before. They’re very open for students who want to meet with them.” Office hours are your chance to ask questions and get to know your professors. “You don’t always have to get excellent grades to impress your professors, but what they really enjoy is getting to know you,” says Ha. She notes

that visiting professors during their office hours allows them “to connect a face with a name.”

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With the freedom of college also comes responsibility. Many students get workstudy jobs to gain experience and cover

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But I decided to work only after I realized that I was able to manage my time efficiently.” College is also a time when many students have to think about credit cards and a budget for the first time. “Think about what you’re spending,” Perzigian advises. “If you have a meal plan, you don’t need to go out to eat twice a week. People are most negatively affected when they don’t keep track of what they spend and buy.” Perzigian uses a spreadsheet to keep track of his expenses, but other students use online tools like Mint.com or a good old-fashioned pen and paper. Lewis has found that “the ultimate money saver is cooking. Or if you go out a lot, then it’s really great to split an entrée with friends.” Clipping coupons and seeking out student deals can also help you stretch your budget. Buying used textbooks, either at your campus bookstore or on websites like Amazon and Half.com, can actually save you a few hundred dollars (students can spend up to $600 on textbooks for just one semester!). One website, Chegg.com, even allows you to rent your books, cutting your costs by 50 or 60 percent. Whatever happens, keep an open mind—and savor every experience, good or bad. It will be over before you know it!

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If so, you should consider studying abroad during college—and getting a head start on your future. Once you graduate from college and start working a full-time job and possibly juggling family responsibilities, you might not get the chance to spend several months—much less a year— living in another country. Employers are now placing more emphasis on foreign languages and international backgrounds when making hiring decisions. “Students who have an international education by studying abroad will stand out in the competitive job market,” explains Maral Dadourian, senior international officer at Regent’s College in the United Kingdom. “The best way to learn about another culture is to live in it and work in it,” adds Lori Bauer, director of university relations at Arcadia University. “It’s important for students to have a global understanding of the economy and marketplace since they’ll be tomorrow’s leaders and need to understand how the world works. The current economic climate reveals how much the world is interconnected.” While traveling, you can also earn credits toward your college degree or complete an internship that may directly help you get a job after college. Studying abroad may even help you get into graduate school, law school or medical school later on. Most students who study abroad do so either for a semester or over the
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When Do Students Typically Study Abroad?

The most popular time to study abroad is during junior year of college or during the summer after sophomore or junior year. By that point in college, students will have selected a major, made friends and can leave their home university for a few months without worrying about feeling like freshmen again when they return. Plus, by their junior year, most students have fulfilled their basic requirements and have room in their schedules for classes they want to take.
Where Can I Study Abroad?

A growing number of students are foreign language skills. Many head to also studying abroad in Asia, Africa, European countries like Italy, Spain, Latin America and the Middle East. France, the Czech Republic, Greece, Germany and Ireland. “Although their “Study abroad trends tend to follow courses are taught in English,” says the economy,” says Bauer. “As countries Dadourian, “students are submerged like China and continents like Africa in the culture of the foreign language, become bigger players in the global further enhancing their skills in that economy, more students see the language.” importance 1/2 vert there.” Inter Extro ad 1-2 vert my c 09:Inter Extro ad of studying my c 08 24/2/09

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A good number of American students who study abroad head to Europe, with many studying in the United Kingdom. “A common language and strong political ties makes the U.K. a safe destination for U.S. students, and the current exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and pound makes the U.K. even more attractive than it was 18 months ago,” says Malcolm Taylor, head of international recruitment at the University of Glamorgan in the U.K. If you prefer to head someplace a little more exotic, but still want to speak English, you might want to consider studying in New Zealand or Australia. Increasingly, though, students are discovering the benefit of strong

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Regent's College is situated in Central London’s beautiful Regent’s Park and is one of the most desirable locations of any educational institute in the UK. Built in 1913, the campus was originally part of the University of London until 1985. Around the main quadrangle of classrooms lie halls of residence, lawns, tennis and basketball courts and beyond this, the oriental gardens and lakes of Regent’s Park. This tranquil environment is only 15 minutes walk away from the financial city of London, the West End and the many attractions of this exciting European City.
We are home to a diverse range of institutions, each of which has unique course offerings to interest potential students. The combined profile of the colleges offers a variety of Pre-degree/Foundation courses through to Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs.

At the Regent’s American College London, we are committed to bringing the classic elements of American higher education to Britain. The College is the official London Campus of Webster University, St. Louis, USA and offers four-year American degrees with Majors in Management, Marketing, Media Communications, Social Science, International Relations, International Business, Public Relations, History, Political Science Psychology, European Studies and Film Studies. We are particularly proud of the flexibility of our American degree programs, which helps our graduates to achieve a broad range of skills preparing them for the fast pace of the working world. The combined strengths of the Regent’s American College London and Webster University give you academic rigour, an exciting range of courses, excellent facilities, and an enjoyable environment that make your education here unique. We shape your learning experience so that when you graduate, you will be well informed, creative, capable and ready to take on the challenges of the 21st Century. We believe that the high quality of our American degree programs, delivered by British academics at our unique location, give the College a status that can be described as "the best of both worlds."

Our mission at the European Business School London is to educate future leading managers in the world of international business. Since its establishment in 1979, it has become a centre of excellence in international business and management education. We provide a range of degree programmes that are both academically rigorous and practical through a combination of business subjects, business language skills, study abroad, work experience and entrepreneurial and networking skills. EBS London delivers these in a dynamic international environment, where you are supported by a caring, professional academic and administrative staff. Through working closely with the world of business, EBS London is able to ensure that its courses and aims match the needs of employers throughout the world. Our remarkable graduate employment record is a resounding endorsement of the business education we provide. EBS London is a unique learning experience.

Regent’s Business School London aims to help you become a successful player in the international business world, with the skills and knowledge necessary to maintain an edge over the competition. Our graduates are truly in the global business class, ready to take their place on the international business stage. RBS London is a private college of higher education. We offer undergraduate B.A. (Hons) degrees in Global Business Management, Global Marketing Management, Global Financial Management and Global Business & Design Management, including options to study abroad on one of four different continents. We also offer a business foundation course for students wishing to prepare to study at degree level. Studying at RBS London is a stepping stone to a successful global business career. The central aim of our academic and administrative staff is to ensure that you reach your academic potential. We provide a secure and nurturing environment ideal for developing your personal and practical business skills.

Regent’s College at a Glance London, often referred to as the capital of Europe has everything to offer international students with excellent access to the rest of the UK and direct rail links to mainland Europe via the channel tunnel.
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But What About the Current Economic Situation? Will Studying Abroad Still Be

One of the coolest parts of studying abroad is that you can visit other cities or towns in the country where you’re studying. You might even have the chance to travel outside of your host country and see some more of the world. Many study abroad programs actually organize excursions for students. If your program doesn’t do this, take advantage of weekends, and consider scheduling some time before your program begins or after it ends to do some exploring for yourself.

Your academic advisor and, if your college has one, your school’s study abroad office can provide you with information about your study abroad choices. It’s also a good idea to speak with students who have studied in a program or country you’re considering. There are also online sources you can consult. These include the Institute of International Education (IIE), www.iiepassport.org, and private companies’ sites, like StudyAbroad.com and GoAbroad.com.

Affordable in a Few Years?

The current economy may make you think twice about shelling out the money to study abroad. According to John Terry, head of the international office at Newcastle University in the U.K., students are “[taking] up shorter study abroad periods, especially programs that are a semester long or shorter. Students—especially those from the United States—are looking for something … more cost-effective.” Right now is a great time to make your

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study abroad dollars go further, says Dadourian. “With the current economic situation and the value of the U.S. dollar increasing … now is the best time to study abroad and get real value for [your] money,” she says. “Compared to a year ago, students studying abroad now are actually saving more.” When deciding whether or not to study abroad, think of the money you spend as a long-term investment. Even if your gut reaction is “I can’t afford this,” says Bauer, “it’s something you can’t afford not to do. Students who gain a global perspective from study abroad will have a big leg up in the job market.” There are also plenty of scholarships and loans for students looking to study abroad. In fact, there’s a whole database full of them! The IIE’s sister website, StudyAbroadFunding.org, is dedicated to study abroad funding resources. If you’re participating in a college-sponsored program, check with the school to find out about additional scholarships and loans.
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Located near Daytona Beach and Orlando in Central Florida on a historic 175-acre campus in DeLand, a unique small town close to environmental and cultural attractions, entertainment, shopping and restaurants Study Abroad programs: Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, Oxford University in England, Russia, China and Edinburgh, Scotland, with a business program in Innsbruck, Austria. 60 full-time tenure track faculty members teach undergraduate classes – 97% hold Ph.D. or equivalent degrees. 2,300 undergraduates. 37 Countries represented. 15 NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference teams; scholarships available in more varsity sports. More than 60 majors leading to Bachelor’s degrees; Master’s degrees in accounting, business administration, counseling, education and English; a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws and joint JD-MBA.

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Many American colleges and universities offer their own study abroad programs, and most have a study abroad office that will advise students looking for such programs. If you participate in a study abroad program through your college, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not your credits will transfer and whether or not you’ll continue to receive financial aid. While it’s helpful if your own college

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offers a program you like, don’t stress if your school doesn’t have many (or any) study abroad options. Plenty of other universities and private firms offer great study abroad programs. If you’re interested in a program offered by a college other than your own or one sponsored by a private company or noncollege organization, check beforehand to make sure your school will allow you to transfer the credits. Also keep in mind that an outside program may not give you the same level or form of financial aid. Save yourself some headaches by speaking with study abroad officials or your academic advisor at your college to find out how they will handle these issues.
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Newcastle University is located in the North East of England, and has a global reputation for high-quality teaching and cutting edge research. We offer a wide range of academic degree programmes and a one year or 1 semester Study Abroad option, that allows you to introduce an international element to your degree. Visit our website to find out why thousands of students choose Newcastle as their first choice destination for study abroad.

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Want To Go Now! How Do I Pick a Program?

If you see studying abroad in your future, ask yourself some questions: How long do I want to spend abroad? What countries, cultures or languages interest me most? Do I want to travel a lot while I’m studying abroad? Also think about what kind of academic offerings interest you, as well as the cost of the overall program and the kinds of students who participate. Once you’ve identified your preferences, start looking for a program that fits most of them. You may not have all of the answers just yet, but you’ll get more out of your money and time abroad if you plan ahead.

Laura Nathan is a freelance writer and editor.
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At LaGrange College, we’ve seen our study abroad students return to campus with enhanced cultural awareness and new-found confidence. That’s why, since 2001, we’ve been the only college in Georgia to set aside the entire month of January for special classes, many of which include international travel-study. ‘Jan Term’ classes meet on our beautiful 120-acre campus. Or atop the Eiffel Tower. Or inside Westminster Abbey. Or in the Picasso exhibit at the Prado. Or maybe on a speeding train from Rome to Berlin…

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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSIT Y’S
• Highly selective, private university located in Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city. • Home to more than 40 interdisciplinary research centers that create research opportunties, new facilities and internships, as well as bring world leaders to the campus. • More than 75 percent of 3,102 undergraduates graduated in top 5 percent of their high school classes, and middle 50 percent range on SAT I (Reading + Math) is 1320–1530. • An endowment of more than $3.5 billion keeps tuition low — $31,430 for the 2009–10 academic year — one of the lowest among top private universities.

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Michigan State University, being part of a big university isn’t just about quantity, it’s about quality. Michigan State is one of the top 100 universities in the world. Students learn from renowned professors, study abroad on every continent, conduct their own research projects, and are selected for competitive internships. Choosing MSU means you don’t have to compromise. With more than 200 fields of study and countless ways to customize your academic experience, there are no limits to what you can do here. also home to one of the nation’s most distinctive and extensive university honors programs. The Honors College serves academically talented, committed students wishing to pursue and achieve academic excellence. The college provides an enriched academic and social experience and creates an environment fostering active, innovative learning. Students in the Honors College have the freedom to design their own program of study and are exempt from many prerequisites and standard general education requirements. Honors students also have priority enrollment after the first year and access to special academic opportunities, such as graduate classes and cutting-edge research.

Steve Xu ’09 and Brian Mathes ’07 exemplify some of Rice’s strengths as a major teaching and research university. Steve was a member of an undergraduate team of five who worked in Rice’s new Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen to develop a device that accurately measures the strength of intrinsic hand muscles. “Twenty percent of all emergency room admissions are hand related. Neuromuscular disorders like spinal cord injuries, diabetes, multiple sclerosis — all those things affect the intrinsic muscles of the hand,” said Steve. “I feel really fortunate to have worked with this team. I give credit to Maria Oden, Rice professor in the practice of engineering and director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, for putting us together and giving us this project, because each of us has different strengths that came into play here.” He and his teammates now have a patent pending that will both help others and earn royalties for the team. Steve is going to one of the nation’s top medical schools. Brian won a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to China, where he researched immigration relations between Taiwan and mainland China. Rice prepared Brian in several ways to win the Fulbright, initially by helping him win a national scholarship from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. He also studied media and marketing in China through Rice’s Transnational China Project. Brian had two internships — one with a major energy corporation in Houston and another with the Taipei office of an international law firm, which allowed him to build his knowledge of Chinese language and business practices. Brian plans to earn a Ph.D. and start his career in public policy. The personal touch is a distinctive quality of our university. Rice combines the strengths of a liberal arts college — a median class size of 14 and student-tofaculty ratio of 5:1 — with the resources of a research university. The result is that our professors, most of whom students get to know quite well, are on the cutting edge of their fields. Our residential college system — one of the most unique aspects of Rice — creates even smaller communities of students and faculty within the university.
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College are students with class rank and standardized test scores that place them in the top 5 percent of college-bound students. Others are invited after establishing an exceptional academic record in their first semester at MSU. Honors College students must first apply and be accepted to Michigan State University (admissions.msu.edu). Scholarships are available based on academic merit, out-of-state residency, and financial need.
For more information please contact: Honors College Michigan State University Eustace-Cole Hall East Lansing, MI 48824-1041 517.355.2326 honors@msu.edu

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STRING OF BEADS CHAIN OF HOPE
A Beloit College education offers students nothing less than the potential to change their lives. With extensive opportunities to study abroad, engage in internships and field terms, study broadly and creatively, collaborate with professors, start businesses, form clubs and play sports, students plunge into campus life and emerge with the experiences and global knowledge to live meaningfully in the 21st century. Students may choose from 50 areas of study in the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, and many combine disciplines or create their own majors. Classes are small—with 15 students on average. Faculty members are scholars, authors, and researchers, but above all teachers and advisors. Beloit’s curriculum is flexible but grounded in rigorous analysis and hands-on research, with close attention to speech and writing. The college is one of only 21 undergraduate colleges in the nation to belong to all three of the Science 50, the International 50, and the Business 50, a prestigious consortia of colleges that produce unusually high numbers of leaders in the sciences, international affairs, and business. Outstanding programs like the Mackey Chair in Creative Writing bring to campus leading writers like Robert Stone, Billy Collins, and William Least HeatMoon to work closely with students, while the Victor E. Ferrall, Jr. Endowed Artists-in-Residence Program makes possible collaborations between students and distinguished artists and musicians. A global perspective is one of Beloit’s defining characteristics. More than 7 percent of students come to Beloit from countries outside the United States. Students are prepared, encouraged, and expected to study abroad (about 50 percent do in places from Brazil to Tanzania), and an international context is assumed in fully one-third of all Beloit courses. Premier programs like the Weissberg residency allow students to interact directly with world leaders, such as Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi and retired U.S. General Anthony Zinni. In every field of study, hands-on real-world learning opportunities complement work in the classroom. Programs include an entrepreneurship center, two high-profile symposium days in which students present research to peers and faculty, and hundreds of field experience programs. Beloit opened a 116,000 square-foot four-story Center for the Sciences in 2008. This green building incorporates innovative design and engineering that allows it to serve as a working laboratory. Campus life supports the learning environment in a diverse but intimate residential community where 1,250 students from 47 states and 37 countries live, more than 100 student organizations thrive, and students can choose from 17 NCAA Division III athletic teams. Beloit is also affordable—more than 75 percent of full-time students receive financial aid, and the college is on many “best value” lists in higher education.

StephanieTreffert does. She began her college career in New Orleans, then Hurricane Katrina hit. Stephanie transferred to Marquette and founded MARDI GRAS, a student organization that travels to the Gulf region throughout the year to help residents build new lives. Stephanie Treffert: Marquette student, bringing hope to others. marquette.edu

See the difference.

Beloit College
Office of Admissions 700 College Street, Beloit, WI 53511 Phone: 800.923-5648 (800-9BELOIT) Email: admiss@beloit.edu Web site: www.beloit.edu

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Furman University is the oldest, largest and most selective private institution in South Carolina. Founded in 1826, Furman moved three times in its early years before being charted as Furman University and settling in Greenville in 1850. The most recent move was in 1961, when Furman relocated to its current 800-acre location on the outskirts of Greenville. The move to the stunning, new campus served as a catalyst for Furmanís ongoing transformation from a primarily regional college to one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the United States.Today Furman offers majors and programs in 42 subjects and is one of the select group of colleges that qualify for a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nationís most prestigious academic honorary society. Undergraduates come from 46 states and 31 countries, and 97% of the faculty hold doctoral or terminal degrees and are dedicated to working with students. Because Furman is primarily an undergraduate institution, no classes are taught by graduate assistants, and senior professors are as likely as first-year faculty to teach freshman courses. Engaged learning. In recent years Furman has been an exemplar of a new type of liberal arts institution. While still grounded in the humanities, arts and sciences, the university has earned a national reputation for its program of engaged learning, a problem-solving, project-oriented, experience-based approach to the liberal arts. Engaged learning encourages students to develop creative ways to put classroom theory into practice and to take a more active role in their education through internships, service learning, study abroad and research. Research, internships, academics and service. More than half of the 2,660 students as well as a number of faculty and staff volunteer 25,000 hours per year with the Max and Trude Heller Service Corps. Internships involve Furmanís students in the world, the nation and Greenville, providing expertise and applying their skills for businesses, government agencies and non-profits. Also, Furman is an active research university, ranked fourth in the nation behind Michigan, MIT and Stanford in undergraduate research by US News & World Report. Noted for research in areas as diverse as nanotechnology, bioinformatics, pharmacology and petroleum, Furman receives grants from such prestigious funds and agencies as NASA, the Library of Congress, the American Chemical Society, The National Science Foundation, The Lily Endowment, the National Institutes for Health and the Mellon Foundation. Furman and the Southern Conference. Furman boasts a successful NCAA Division I college sports program, where athletes are truly ìscholar athletes.î With great success in womenís golf, tennis, football and most recently, soccer, the Furman Paladins are highly successful members of the Southern Conference. Distinguished alumni. Graduating 19 current or former college presidents (including the first woman president of a coeducational college in America), two governors, two U.S. congressmen, 17 Truman Scholars and six Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and Templeton and Pultizer Prize winners, Furman has taken its place among the nationís leading universities. Among the best-known Furman grads are John Broadus Watson, founder of behavioral psychology, Charles H.Townes, Nobel Prize winner for the development of the maser and laser; Richard W. Riley, former governor of South Carolina and Secretary of Education in the Clinton administration; Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops; Mark Sanford, current South Carolina governor; Betsy King and Beth Daniel, members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Hall of Fame.
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• Rice is a highly selective, private university located in Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city; • It’s a major teaching and research university whose more than 700 professors are internationally recognized for their contributions to architecture, engineering, choice a healthy humanities, music, science, and social scihealth ences; care careers • It’s home to over 40 interdisciplinary research cenwhat’s the ters which create additional research opportunities, new facilities, and internships as well as bring world heard to the campus; leaders on campus? • Over 76 percent of Rice’s 2,988 undergraduates come create a career in from the top five percent of their senior classes, and the Fine artS middle 50 percent range on the SAT I is 1350-1510; or deSign • Rice’s 3.6 billion endowment keeps its tuition low— l a year—onen of the a s h ipho e c $26,500 for the 2006-07 academicp t o p discover the world oF engineering Enter selective, private lowest among the nation’s highly at www.mycollegeguide.org universities.

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“The opportunities at Rice are endless. During my time at Rice I coordinated students on a winning 2002 congressional campaign, helped get a political action committee started, and got involved in urban policy/political issues. I helped found the Baker Institute Student Forum, which is the student arm of for tips on Baker Read My College Guide the James A. college III Institute for Public Policy. This year we organized a admissions, hearing on science career options. mock congressionalcampus life and policy. We also are publishing our first edition of undergraduate public policy research papers and plan to do more student discussions.” Shawn Leventhal, ’05, political science and policy studies double major “As a research assistant I have had the opportunity to contribute significantly to the research projects of professors. It is exciting for me to work with professors who are well recognized in their fields and take an interest in students on a personal and professional level. I feel that student-faculty interaction is one of Rice’s strongest qualities.” Jenessa Shapiro, ’02, psychology and art double major The personal touch is a distinctive quality of Rice. Rice combines the strengths of a liberal arts college—median class size of 16 and student-to-faculty ratio of 5:1— with the resources of a research university. Our residential college system creates even smaller communities of students and faculty within the university. The result is that your professors, most of whom you will know quite well, are on the cutting edge of their fields.

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Lawrence University is a nationally recognized college of liberal arts and sciences and conservatory of music dedicated exclusively to undergraduate education. Our students and faculty bring together their unique talents and interests to form an engaged and engaging community in the heart of downtown Appleton, Wisconsin. Our 1,400 students come from nearly every state and more than 50 countries—and with about 11% of our students coming from beyond the U.S., we are one of the nation’s most internationally diverse colleges. With a 9 to 1 student to faculty ratio, an average class size of 15 and an unparalleled offering of one-on-one courses, you will have plenty of opportunities to explore your multiple interests— even if you don’t know what they are yet. Our Conservatory of Music adds a unique dimension to our campus for musicians and nonmusicians alike—you can find 3 or 4 musical performances every night at Lawrence. About a quarter of our students pursue the Bachelor of Music degree or the five-year double-degree program (B.A. in the college, B.Mus. in the conservatory). An audition is required for either option. Regardless of your major or degree, the musical life is open to everybody at Lawrence, whether it’s through formal professional preparation or through participating in one of our many ensembles. Add to this more than 80 clubs and 23 Division III sports (and dozens of club and intramural sports), and you’ll find that your life outside the classroom will be rich with opportunities. The end result? Life after Lawrence has been good to our graduates, who are some of the most loyal in the country. (We know this because we have one of the nation’s highest alumni giving rates. More than half donate financially to the university, which tells us two things: they enjoyed their experiences so much that they are willing to give back financially to the university; it also tells us that they are doing well enough financially to give back to the university.) (Through generous financial aid programs, Lawrence strives to make it financially viable for every admitted student to enroll.)

Founded in 1831, Xavier University is the fourth oldest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The Jesuit tradition is evident in the university’s core curriculum, degree programs, and opportunities for involvement. Xavier is home to 6,600 total students; 4,000 at the undergraduate level. Each year the student population represents more than 45 states and 31 foreign countries. A Beloit College education offers students nothing Xavier’s core curriculum is the most rigorous of the Jesuit less than the potential to change their lives. With universities, totaling 64 credit hours. The core curriculum extensive opportunities to study abroad, engage in endeavors to realize and embody Xavier’s mission and philosinternships and field terms, study broadly and creatively, ophy of education and serves as the educational foundation collaborate with professors, start businesses, form for all undergraduate students. Within the core, the fourclubs and play sports, students plunge into campus life, course ethics/religion and society focus fosters students’ and emerge with the experiences and global knowlunderstanding of socially significant issues from the perspecedge to live meaningfully in the 21st century. tive of the humanities, especially literature, philosophy and Students may choose from 50 areas of study in the theology, as well as from the perspectives of the social and natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, natural sciences. These courses help students prepare to and many combine disciplines or create their own think critically, communicate effectively and be open to all majors. Classes are small—with 15 students on averworthwhile studies and endeavors. age. Faculty members are scholars, authors, and researchers, but above all teachers and advisors. Xavier’s three honors programs offer challenging options Beloit’s curriculum is flexible but grounded in rigorfor highly motivated students. Small class sizes, interdisciplious analysis, hands-on research, and close attention to nary coursework, foreign study, and a community of fellow speech and writing. students and teachers characterize the programs. Though The college is one of only 21 undergraduate coleach has a unique focus and emphasis, all three honors proleges in the nation that belongs to all three of the grams allow students to pursue a traditional liberal arts curScience 50, the International 50 and the Business 50, riculum enhancing the humanities, the natural sciences, and a prestigious consortia of colleges that produce unusuthe social sciences. Infused throughout is the centuries old ally high numbers of leaders in the sciences, internaJesuit emphasis on intellectual values and ethics. tional affairs, and business. Combining commitment to education and service, Xavier Outstanding programs like the Mackey Chair in offers service-learning semesters in Nicaragua, Asia, Ghana, Creative Writing bring to campus leading writers like and Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine neighborhood. The Service Robert Stone, Billy Collins, and William Least HeatFellows Program, which is the first of its kind in the nation, Moon to work closely with students, while the Victor E. gives full scholarships to incoming students who have demonFerrall, Jr. Endowed Artists-in-Residence Program strated themselves as leaders in the area of service. makes possible collaborations between students and The University offers 69 academic majors and 42 minors distinguished artists and musicians. in the colleges of arts and sciences, business, and social sciA global perspective is one of Beloit’s defining characteristics. More than 7 percent of students come to ences. The most popular majors include business, natural sciBeloit from countries outside the United States. ences, education, psychology, and nursing as well as pre-proStudents are prepared, encouraged, and expected to fessional areas of study. Acceptance rates to professional study abroad (about 50 percent do in places from schools range from 75 to 90 percent in the areas of medicine Brazil to Tanzania), and an international context is and law. assumed in fully one-third of all Beloit courses. Premier There are more than 100 clubs and organizations on programs like the Weissberg residency allow students campus. Students enjoy participation in groups such as stuto interact directly with world leaders, such as dent government, campus ministry, academic clubs, honoPalestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi and retired U.S. raries, performing arts, and a wide range of club and intramuGeneral Anthony Zinni. ral sports teams. Xavier is a member of the Division I Atlantic In every field of study, hands-on real-world learning 10 Conference and fields teams in men’s and women’s basopportunities complement work in the classroom. ketball, cross country, track, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, Programs include an entrepreneurship center; two men’s baseball, and women’s volleyball. high-profile symposium days in which students present The University is situated on over 146 acres in a residenresearch to peers and faculty; and hundreds of field tial area of Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati has been named experience programs. America’s 11th most livable city by Places Rated Almanac and The new, 116,000 square-foot four-story Center for is home to major corporations such as Proctor and Gamble, the Sciences is a Great books make greatgreen building incorporating innova-a teachers. St. John’s tive design and engineering that allows it to serve as General Electric, Chiquita Brands, and the Kroger Company. working laboratory. It home the found in a believes to Numerous internship and co-op experiences are available the best education isis totobe biology, chemistry, geology, math and computer science, students university-wide. For eleven straight direct and sustained confrontation psychology,the years, Xavier has with and physics departments. been recognized as one of the best Master’s level colleges Campus life who have shaped our works of and universities by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Thethose thinkerssupports the learning environment in a diverse but intimate residential community where 1,300 University is also included in The Princeton civilization. And, all our classes are small discussion Review’s publicastudents from 46 states and 43 countries live, more tion “The Best 361 Colleges – 2006 Edition”. than 100 also believe that students groups, because we student organizations thrive, and students Campus tours, class visits, interviews, and information sessions can choose from 18 NCAA Division III athletic teams. are available Monday through Friday and selected Saturdays. by sharing their ideas with one another. learn best

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Beloit is also affordable—more than 75 percent of full-time students receive financial aid.

Contact: Beloit College Office of Admissions 3800 Victory Parkway Admissions Office, St. John’s College Office of Admissions Cincinnati, OH 45207-5311 700 College Street, Beloit, WI 53511 Phone: 513.745.3301, or 877.XUADMITPO Box 2800, Annapolis, MD 21404 (982.3648) Phone: 800.923.5648 (800-9BELOIT) 800-727-9238; admissions@sjca.edu Fax: 513.745.4319 Email: admiss@beloit.edu Email: xuadmit@xavier.edu Web site: www.beloit.edu www.stjohnscollege.edu Web Site: www.xavier.edu
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