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Tuesday Tour Day — Utica College

May 5th, 2015 by

profile-uticaLocated in Central New York, Utica College offers a wide range of academic programs and is diverse like a large university. Courses are taught by an excellent faculty and are kept small to allow for the individual attention of a small college. Students are given opportunities in liberal arts and professional studies so they receive broad exposure to areas of knowledge while developing career-specific skills.

Academic Life
UC offers programs in three major areas – arts and sciences, health and human studies and social sciences and management. There are 31 undergraduate majors, 23 minors and 11 graduate programs. Utica is known for biology, nursing, occupational therapy, criminal justice, economic crime investigation, journalism and public relations. Internships, fieldwork, clinical rotations and student teaching are offered to students in every major. Courses are taught by a 108-person faculty of which 96 percent hold their terminal degree. Classes are small so students have a better learning environment and have one-on-one time with these faculty members.

Campus Life
Utica College has six residence halls with single and double occupancy. The school also offers apartments and suite-style units. The Strebel Student Center is open 24 hours a day for students and most of the classes are taught in one building. As far as involvement, there are more than 80 student clubs and organization to choose from. Throughout the year, there are an array of cultural and social events including lectures, seminars, poetry readings, concerts, exhibits, plays and movies. Utica offers 20 different varsity sports as well as intramural and club sports. The varsity sports compete in the Empire 8 athletic conference in Division III.

Financial Aid
UC provides more than $11 million each year for academic scholarships and need-based aid. More than 90 percent of students receive some sort of grant from the college. Tuition cost at Utica is $33,216, while room and board is $12,418.

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Tuesday Tour Day — The Art Institutes of Phoenix

April 28th, 2015 by

phoenixThe Art Institute of Phoenix is one of the 50 schools throughout North America in The Art Institutes system. It is dedicated to providing hands-on education in creative and applied arts. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the school offers bachelor’s and associate degree programs as well as non-degree programs.

Academic Life
As far as academics go, the Art Institute of Phoenix believes in helping students on their journey from creative thinkers to creative professionals. The instructors are experienced and provide the guidance and skills to help students pursue creative careers. There are 13 different bachelor of arts programs including hospitality food & beverage management, advertising, and game art & design. Associate degrees offered include baking & pastry arts, culinary arts and graphic design. Non-degree programs at the school are in creative fields like design, media arts, fashion and culinary. Diploma programs include baking & pastry, fashion retailing and web design & development.

In order to ensure success, students meet with academic advisors to choose what to study, schedule classes and discuss progress. Toward the end of their time at the school, the career services staff works with students to prepare for their future with job searches, interview skills, resumé writing and networking.

Campus Life
The facilities at the Art Institute of Phoenix offer professional-grade technology that students will learn to use in order to build a portfolio of work. The creative environment allows students to see what they will find in the workplace. Many Art Institutes offer housing for students on and off campus with costs being included in their financial plans. School-sponsored housing gives students the opportunity to interact with other students and participate in activities. The Art Institute of Phoenix is located in the hub of the Southwest. Phoenix is a high-tech and manufacturing center surrounded by mountain ranges. With its yearly average temperature at 72 degrees, Phoenix is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.

Financial Aid
Financial aid at the Art Institutes is different than most colleges, so there are financial aid officers available to guide prospective students through the process. All Art Institutes offer the Art Grant that allows students to earn a grant for every 12 credits they take. This amount has the potential to add up to $18,600 off your education, which is 20 percent of the cost of a bachelor’s degree at an Art Institute. Amounts and other financial aid information vary by location, so make sure to contact the Art Institute of Phoenix for further details.

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Tuesday Tour Day — SUNY Potsdam

April 21st, 2015 by

potsdam-profile_13-14As one of the 64 State Universities of New York, SUNY Potsdam is one of only three SUNY schools dedicated to the arts. Located in northern New York, the school enrolls around 4,330 undergraduate and graduate students. Because it’s a liberal arts school, students have the ability to tailor their experience to fit their interests and career goals.

Academic Life
SUNY Potsdam offers more than 40 majors and 40 minors. Potsdam students have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and then continue on to receive their master’s degrees. Art majors include music performance, music theory and dance performance, and Potsdam also offers more traditional majors like business, education and biology. As a Potsdam student, you can also cross-register at other area colleges to take courses Potsdam doesn’t offer. The school has an extensive study abroad program and many different internship opportunities.

Campus Life
SUNY Potsdam guarantees housing for all undergraduates on its 240-acre campus. Dorm life is comfortable and convenient to get to your classes, the library and even the gym. State-of-the-art facilities include The Crane Music Center filled with music and dance performance halls and the Maxcy Hall Athletic Complex. A brand new Performing Arts Village opened in spring 2014 for students. As for getting involved on campus, SUNY Potsdam offers around 80 different clubs and organizations including an a capella group, a student-run record label and a group devoted to helping the community with lessons learned from Harry Potter. Students can also get involved by participating in Greek life. Lastly, there are 16 varsity NCAA sports that compete in the SUNYAC at the Division II level.

Financial Aid
Over 85 percent of SUNY Potsdam students receive some sort of financial aid. With a staff willing to assist, families can develop financial plans to help them better afford college. For in-state students, tuition is $5,270, while out-of-state tuition is $14,320. Room and board for each is $9,830.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Johnson & Wales University Graduate Studies (Providence, RI)

April 14th, 2015 by

jwu-gradIt’s never too early to start considering your options for graduate school. As your undergraduate career comes to an end, you’ll be stressed, especially if you haven’t begun to figure out your graduate school options. By figuring out your top choices early, you’ll save yourself a little stress.

Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island offers a unique model of education that helps students advance their careers with graduate school. JWU has been chosen by students from 120 countries to further their careers. It has been ranked among the best colleges and universities in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.

What’s offered
JWU-Providence offers five MBA programs — a general option, a general one-year program, a program concentrating in accounting, another concentrating in hospitality and lastly, concentrating in information technology. There are four MS programs — counseling, finance, human resource management and physician assistant studies. JWU offers a MAT in Culinary Arts Education and a MED in Teaching and Learning. There are also EDD programs in higher education and elementary/secondary education.

JWU’s programs are designed with input from leading companies and courses are taught by working professionals to ensure students know what it takes to succeed. There are small class sizes, so you get the attention you deserve. Some of the programs are accelerated, so you can earn your degree in just 12-18 months. There are night and weekend classes for working professionals.

Application
In order to apply, applicants must complete an application, provide proof of an earned bachelor’s degree, submit all college transcripts, provide two letters of recommendation and submit a statement of purpose essay. The GMAT/GRE is only required for some of the programs. If necessary, scores of 450 or higher are required.

When reviewing applicants, JWU looks for a strong academic records, your recommendations and work experience.

Financial aid
Those students who are qualified can apply for merit-based scholarships. JWU encourages its applicants to fill out the FAFSA in order to get financial aid. In MBA and MS programs, a 4.5 credit course is $1,858. In doctoral programs, the annual fee is $4,464.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Mercyhurst University

April 7th, 2015 by

mhuMercyhurst University is located in Erie, Pennsylvania. The four-year Catholic, liberal arts school was founded in 1926. Since then, the school has seen growth, enrolling around 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students a year. Recently acquiring university status in 2012, this school offers students many opportunities.

Academic Life
Mercyhurst University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors with 67 concentrations. There are the traditional majors like accounting and psychology. But the school also offers majors such as fashion merchandising, dance, weaving arts, paleontology and petroleum technology. The average class size is 20 and Mercyhurst takes pride in the fact that all classes are taught only by faculty. In order to ensure students are well prepared for their lives after college, they are provided with hands-on experience that will allow them to apply what they learn to demonstrate that they know how to work in their desired field.

Campus Life
Mercyhurst believes that the college experience is a combination of what happens in the classroom and out of the classroom. Because of this, the school offers a variety of co-curricular opportunities for students to be a part of. In addition to clubs and organizations, Mercyhurst offers 24 varsity sports. While men’s and women’s hockey compete at the Division I level, the other 22 sports participate at the Division II level. If students are looking for things to do off-campus, Erie offers many experiences.

Financial Aid
In an effort to make education affordable, 95 percent of incoming freshmen receive some sort of financial aid. Tuition at Mercyhurst is $25,860, while room and board is $11,139.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Sam Houston State University

March 31st, 2015 by

sam-houstonIn Huntsville, Texas, Sam Houston State University is located between Houston and Dallas. Founded to honor General Sam Houston, SHSU is surrounded by forests, lakes and ranch lands. Even though the school is in the top 7 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities according to the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, SHSU offers an affordable education.

Academic Life
With over 80 majors, students have many options as to what they want to study. Majors include computer animation, management, biology and victim studies. If you attend SHSU, you’ll be taught by a well-educated faculty. In fact, 77 percent of faculty members have the highest degree in their field. Plus, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1, you’ll be able to benefit from the faculty’s experience. When it comes to finding employment, SHSU is driven to help its students find jobs through every possible means. That’s likely why they were ranked second in the state for the highest percentage of baccalaureate graduates to find employment within one year of graduation.

Campus Life
With a 316-acre campus, SHSU is a student’s home away from home. There are 235 registered student organizations to join to help explore your passions and get excellent leadership experience. As for athletics, SHSU only offers club sports, but these 20+ teams compete both regionally and nationally. If competition isn’t your thing, you can partake in various on-campus sports — there are both intramural and outdoor programs. The school’s newest facility is the Recreational Sports Center that has basketball and volleyball courts, an indoor track, a climbing center and a swimming pool with lap lanes.

Financial Aid
For in-state students, tuition is $7,961, while out-of-state students would pay $14,520. Room and board at SHSU is $7,644.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Trinity Washington University

March 24th, 2015 by

twuTrinity Washington University is located in the nation’s capital, just minutes from the U.S. Capitol and downtown Washington, DC. Founded in 1897, it is one of the first Catholic colleges for women in the US. Since then, Trinity has remained faithful to its primary vision with a mission to ensure access to a high quality education for women who might otherwise be excluded. The majority of students enrolled are women, but there are men attending Trinity.

Academics
At Trinity, there are 20 baccalaureate majors including business administration, registered nursing and education. Since Trinity focuses on women, men are only able to attend the university in programs in the School of Professional Services and at the graduate level. All classes are taught by faculty and every tenured faculty member has the highest degree possible in their field. The average class size at Trinity is 15.

Campus Life
There are on-campus activities that take place every day, involving all members of the school, including athletic events, public lectures, clubs and organization and Trinity Traditions. Trinity urges its students to have an active life outside of the classroom. Most students explore the cultural, historical and community events that the DC-area offers. Since health and fitness are important parts of an education, Trinity is a member of Division III athletics. There are varsity level sports as well as intramurals.

Financial Aid
Over $1 million in aid is awarded by Trinity each year in addition to state and federal funding. The school offers need-based and merit-based aid in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $12,000. Tuition is $20,150 and room and board is $9,210.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Le Moyne College

March 17th, 2015 by

lemoyneLocated in suburban Syracuse, New York, upon a hill is Le Moyne College. The liberal arts school was founded in the Jesuit tradition and is the second youngest of America’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities.

Academics
With 30 programs ranging from accounting to special education, Le Moyne offers students many undergraduate opportunities. Since it’s a liberal arts college, all students must complete a 12-course humanities-based core curriculum. The average class size is 20 students with a 13 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Campus Life
Le Moyne offers over 80 clubs and organizations to become involved. On-campus housing has a variety of options including doubles, suites, townhouses and apartments and is guaranteed all four years. The campus has modern living accommodations and the latest in technological advances. The nearby streets of Syracuse are lined with eclectic shops and yummy restaurants. As for athletics, the Dolphins are in Division II and compete at a nationally premier level both in the classroom and on the field. There are 19 intercollegiate teams, intramural and club sports opportunities.

Financial Aid
Know as one of America’s “best buys” in high education according to numerous publications, Le Moyne gives students more than $18 million in financial aid including merit-based scholarships and need-based grants. More than 90 percent of students receive some sort of financial assistance — the average student aid package is $24,800. Tuition at Le Moyne is $30,350, while room and board costs $10,890.

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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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