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Tuesday Tour Day — Centenary College

March 3rd, 2015 by

Centenary profile image 2013Located in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Centenary College is a religious, coeducational, liberal arts and career studies college. Instead of just receiving a traditional education, students who attend Centenary get an education designed around them with a technologically innovative approach to learning.

Academics
Centenary offers 26 degree programs that receive a bachelor’s degree and two associate degree options. Some majors offered by the school are graphic design, finance, social work and theatre technology/design. The school has a caring faculty, a diverse student body and features small class sizes. Each first year student attends a full-year, student-centered learning program to ensure that the faculty matches how they teach to the way each student learns.

Campus Life
Mentioned above, all freshmen participate in a First Year Experience program to help transition students from high school to college. Centenary offers academic success services, career services, clubs and organizations and intramural sports. The school has seen recent renovation to ensure its students receive the best education possible. New additions have been the Equestrian Center, new residence halls, an expansion of the athletic center, an environmental science center and a performing arts center. The school has 13 Division III teams to play on in the Colonial States Athletic Conference.

Financial Aid
Since Centenary believes that individuals receiving higher education should meet their goals regardless of their financial need, 98 percent of students get some form of assistance. Tuition is $29,070, while room and board costs $10,320.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Pennsylvania College of Technology

February 24th, 2015 by

PCT threeline rev boxed_286Pennsylvania College of Technology is located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The school is an affiliate of Penn State that focuses on applied technology education. Pennsylvania College of Technology is ranked among the top 10 public, four-year colleges in the north and is one of the nation’s top 100 associate degree producers. The school takes pride in its professional connections, small classes and an experienced faculty.

Academics
Pennsylvania College of Technology offers bachelor and associate degree programs and certification majors in more than 100 career fields. Options include areas such as manufacturing, design, transportation, health and hospitality. The academic life combines hands-on experience with theory and management education.

Campus Life
There are more than 50 clubs and organizations offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology. The school has Greek life, leadership programs and campus events for its students. For housing, the school has accommodations for 1,700 students and private, off-campus housing near campus. As for athletics, students can participate in 12 intercollegiate varsity sports, six club sports and 30 intramural sports.

Financial Aid
Four of of five students receive some sort of financial aid. In-state tuition is $15,450 while out-of-state is $21,930. Room and board for both is $10,036.

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Tuesday Tour Day – University of Houston-Victoria (UHV)

February 17th, 2015 by

uhvUniversity of Houston-Victoria provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria, Texas, campus as well as teaching sites in Greater Houston, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.

Academics
There are around 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and concentrations at UHV. The university has four schools – Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development and Nursing. There are face-to-face classes at the Victoria campus with teaching sites in Greater Houston. UHV also offers online classes that students can participate in from anywhere. Each student receives personal attention inside and outside the classroom with small class sizes for personal attention from professors. Those who excel in the classroom have a change to join a campus chapter of national and international honor societies. In order to prepare students, the school offers community projects, simulations, internships and study abroad opportunities.

Campus Life
The UHV campus is 19 acres with indoor and outdoor space to study or hang out with friends. UHV has three residence halls. Jaguar Suites, an 82,000-square-foot dorm, was recently constructed and includes suites, a fitness center, swimming pool, computer labs and a large commons area. Jaguar Dining Hall underwent a major expansion in 2013. The university hosts a number of activities throughout the year – the most popular being the annual foam party and Totally ‘80s Skating. Students have formed their own student organizations, too. UHV is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and has consistently been in the NAIA top 25 polls.

Financial Aid
The in-state tuition is $6,748 and out-of-state is $17,608. The room and board for both is $7,368. UHV offers a lot of internal scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Transfer students with an associate degree receive a $1,000 scholarship. UHV offers students the option to earn a bachelor’s degree in English, history, communication, psychology, Spanish and criminal justice in only three years. The accelerated program called Degree in Three (Dn3) costs $10,000 per year.

> Learn more about UHV and request more information on their Featured College Profile at NextStepU.com.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Marshall University

February 10th, 2015 by

marshall_profile_13-14Situated in Huntington, West Virginia, Marshall University was founded in 1837 and is a public university. The school was named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In recent decades has the school seen significant growth with additions to the campus.  The faculty-student ratio is 19:1 with 600 full-time faculty. Eighty percent of the faculty holds the highest degree in their fields of specialization.

Academics
Marshall has 51 baccalaureate majors to choose from, ranging from kinesiology to engineering.  After undergrad, there are 50 graduate and Ph.D. programs. Marshall offers associate degrees in clinical/medical laboratory technician and registered nursing. There is an Honors Program designed to give an enhanced college career to those who qualify.

Campus life
With 9,756 undergraduate students, Marshall’s main campus is located just 13 miles from the Kentucky border. Huntington is filled with libraries, restaurants, a citywide park and outdoor amphitheaters for students to explore in their free time. Marshall offers a chance to be part of Greek life and school clubs range in type. Join Marco the Bison in cheering on Marshall in NCAA Division I athletics. In spring 2007, the school broke ground on a $90 million state-of-the-art student recreation center and residence hall complex. The new additions will expand the amenities Marshall University offers by housing unique and innovative features that will make a better living and learning environment.

Financial aid
Sixty percent of students receive financial aid from Marshall University in the form of grants, loans, student employment and/or academic scholarships (the school gives out $3.5 million in scholarships each year). In-state tuition is $4,582 while out-of-state tuition is $12,414. The room and board for both is $8,710.

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Tuesday Tour Day — William Peace University

February 3rd, 2015 by

WPU_secondary_CMYK_originalWilliam Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina and has a rich history and has seen many changes since its founding in 1857 as Peace Institute. Once only an all girls school, Peace began offering coeducational courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, they made the transition to William Peace University and began admitting male students to its day program in the fall 2012.

Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation.

Academics
The university teaches life skills necessary to succeed both in your professional and private lives. The educational experience at Peace goes beyond the classroom. The wide array of majors offered at WPU represent strong areas in growing professional fields and demands. They incorporate pre-professional and liberal arts components. Each major is unique because each program offers flexible pairings and specialized concentrations within each major.

The schools new core curriculum stresses the basic knowledge needed beyond graduation. Mandatory courses in personal finance management, media literacy, and four years of writing courses within the English department make for a more successful student.

WPU also requires a series of three classes focusing on career and professional development. Within this Portfolio Seminar Series, students will learn how to construct a resumé, build a portfolio, interview for a job or apply for graduate school.

One of the university’s graduation requirements is that students complete an internship related to their major. It combines educational theory with the real world job experience. Sixty percent of Peace graduates report their college internships result in job offers. A student’s knowledge can also be expanded through a study abroad program related to their major where they complete both academic and community service activities.

Campus Life
Raleigh, the university’s center, is nationally ranked as one of the top five Hottest Job Markets for Young Adults, a Top Ten Technology Town and City for Singles and one of the most vibrant sports areas in this nation. The campus reflects classic Southern architecture with a modern twist complete with modern labs and facilities. From campus, it’s an easy stroll or free bus ride to the City of Oaks, its political pulse, and its rich and varied museums, music halls, restaurants, theaters and nightlife.  WPU has over 30 student clubs and organizations, great lawns to spread out and study or play and host a large amount of activities.

Athletics/Sports
WPU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III and of the USA South Athletic Conference. The school promotes a spirit of participation and a love for sports where women can choose from basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Men can choose from baseball, cross-country, golf and soccer.

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Tuesday Tour Day — D’Youville College

January 27th, 2015 by

dyc-imgD’Youville College is an urban, private, nonprofit college located in Buffalo, New York. The 3,100 undergraduate and graduate student campus offers a professional, liberal arts degree. D’Youville College is a comprehensive higher education system offering over 20 undergraduate programs as well as additional master’s, post-graduate and doctoral programs.

Academics
At D’Youville, all professional programs are created based on a strong liberal arts core. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in five-year programs leading to both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, available in eight majors of study. The opportunities don’t end there though! The college also has 33 unique baccalaureate, eight master’s-level and five post-baccalaureate degrees, along with certificate programs in health-related professions.

Campus life
D’Youville’s campus is constructed on a six-block area near the center of the city. It is within walking distance to many tourist sites, restaurants and residential neighborhoods. The college is a short distance from the Canadian border for quick trips to Niagara Falls and Toronto. As for on campus, there is always something to do. Students can be involved in campus wide committees, contribute to student publications, participate in volunteer opportunities or play intramural sports. D’Youville College is a NCAA Division III provisional member competing in the Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference when it comes time to show off your school spirit.

Financial aid
Over ninety percent of D’Youville students receive financial aid. The college has a merit scholarship program where scholars may be awarded up to $71,000. Tuition for D’Youville College is $23,092 a year plus $10,800 for room and board.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Hawai’i Pacific University

January 20th, 2015 by

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Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) is a private, nonprofit university with a very diverse student population of approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate. HPU’s main campus is located in downtown Honolulu with the Hawai‘i Loa residential campus eight miles away in Kane‘ohe. Students at HPU come from all 50 states and nearly 80 countries. Hawai‘i Pacific is a comprehensive high education system accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges.

Academics
HPU offers more than 50 undergraduate degrees and 14 graduate programs. HPU prides itself on priority teaching. HPU has no teaching assistants, only qualified faculty. The university has a student-faculty ratio of 14:1 to allow all students’ personal attention and one-on-one guidance. Hawai‘i Pacific University may have 7,400 students but the average class size is less than 20. The small class size allows students to enjoy all the technological and academic resources. Hawai‘i Pacific University was recognized by Princeton Review in it’s Best Western College guide and the U.S. News and World Report lists HPU in its Best Colleges guide.

With such diversity of students on campus, HPU is one of the most culturally diverse universities in the world. Activities on campus are just as diverse as the population. Extracurricular activities can range from multicultural to outdoor-oriented and international flavored. Not only are there social and cultural events but also intercollegiate athletics, student elected government and pre-professional organizations.  Hawai‘i Pacific University combines the atmosphere of the urban downtown campus with the serenity of a traditional campus on the southeastern side. With the campus being located in various areas, the distinctive sites are linked by shuttle.

Financially, the average student aid package at HPU is $14,529. Tuition at the Hawai‘i Pacific University is listed at $20,930 with room and board being $13,330.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Hilbert College

January 13th, 2015 by

hilbertToday we are taking a tour of Hilbert College in Hamberg, N.Y. This school is a liberal arts college in the Catholic, Franciscan tradition and is a thriving institution with dynamic, career-focused majors, numerous academic concentrations that offer flexibility in choosing a specialty in your field of study, and internship opportunities to gain real-world experience.

Academics
You can earn your degree in a number of fields including accounting, business administration, computer science, digital communications, political science and more. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert offers the right-sized environment for individual attention and a chance to learn from professors who bring a depth of practical experience to the classroom. Using an extensive network of internship sites, semester-long internships help you gain meaningful practical work experience at all types of organizations and companies. The Honors Program provides an intellectual learning experience for Hilbert’s top students to explore new knowledge through honors-related coursework, colloquium experiences and community service. The college also has an in-depth Leadership Program for selected students.

Campus life
Located on a safe, suburban 60-acre campus, Hilbert has designed campus life to educate and fulfill the whole student with a variety of clubs and activities to please everyone. You can also participate in one of Hilbert College’s DIII 13 intercollegiate sports for men and women. As part of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, the college has excellent on-campus athletic facilities, including a fitness center with state-of-the-art aerobic and strength training equipment.

Tuition and financial aid
Hilbert is one of the most affordable private colleges locally and nationally. Approximately 90 percent of Hilbert students qualify for financial aid and there are numerous academic, institutional and private scholarships available.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Five Towns College

January 6th, 2015 by

fivetownscollege_profile_13-14Five Towns College (FTC) is a private, non-for-profit, comprehensive higher education based system located in Dix Hills, N.Y. in the heart of Long Island.  Students come to the suburban campus from all areas of the world because of its reputation for music and performing arts. Five Towns College is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational institution whose founders wanted to give the students an alternative to the “large university” experience. FTC is based on the core value of student individuality.

Education
FTC was the first institution in the state to offer curriculum in jazz/commercial music and is the top school in the area for music business and recording sciences. The college offers over 15 degree programs, most for either bachelor or associate’s degrees. FTC strongly believes in “hands-on” learning, expecting students to be actively involved in out-of-class assignments.

Student activities
FTC has an elected student government, which determines what extracurricular activities are on campus. Students can participate in a variety of clubs and organizations that relate to their area of study. Most students at the college are members of Audio Club, The Record (campus newspaper) and various intramural athletic leagues.

Residential life
Students live on campus in a living/learning complex of four residence halls equipped with a variety of single and double rooms. Campus is also equipped with, The Dix Hills Center for Performing Arts, an “acoustically perfect” auditorium with theater-style seating for 600, four state-of-the-art recording studios, and a multi-formatted television studio.

Financial aid
Five Towns College’s financial aid office administers almost $3.5 million worth of grants and loans per year. Tuition for Five Towns College is $17,400 with room and board costing $12,300. Grants and scholarships are awarded based on need and/or merit. Scholarships are available in childhood education, music performance, theater arts and mass communication.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Erskine College

December 30th, 2014 by

erskineErskine College is a private, religious, comprehensive higher education based system located in Due West, South Carolina. Founded in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Erskine College is the oldest church-affiliated four-year college in South Carolina.

Academics
Ranked among the best National Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges,” every student at Erskine College will have his or her own unique academic experience. The College offers over 20 degree programs which can be customized to your personal and career interests. Erskine College has a student-faculty ratio of 12:1 and takes pride in their faculty working with students beyond the classroom.

Campus life
Erskine College is a small campus with enrollment just under 600. Although the campus has a small community, the college offers more opportunity to get involved than one may think. Erskine has more than 40 clubs and organizations along with intramural sports. The college also competes in 15 intercollegiate sports at the NCAA Division II level. Students live in campus in six, gender specific, residence halls.  The Watkins Student Center serves as the main entertainment area on campus and includes a grill, rec area with pool tables, ping pong and Java City coffee shop.

Financial aid
Financially, the college is able to offer over 90% of students some form of financial assistance. The college has many scholarship opportunities ranging from academic and athletic talents to community service and dedication to the performing arts. Tuition for Erskine College is $30,550.00 with room and board costing $12,475.00, but the college states that most students end of paying less than $10,000.00 a year.

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