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Tuesday Tour Day – Salisbury University

October 21st, 2014 by

Salisbury profileSalisbury University is located on the historic Eastern Shore and resides 30 miles from the Atlantic beaches and is about two and a half hours from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. It is a part of the University System of Maryland and it is a regionally accredited four-year comprehensive institution providing over 57 distinct graduate and undergraduate programs. It offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

This university has about 8,000 undergrad students and 640 graduate students. Students live on a residential campus, which resides in a rural setting in a large town. Some of the campus’s unique qualities include an art gallery, research center, museum of business and entrepreneurship, museum of wildfowl art, literacy center, blackbox theatre and a medical simulation center.

Salisbury University has numerous clubs and activities ranging from Greek life, music ensembles, dance activity, government and politics, literary magazine, a television station, a radio station and campus ministries. It also has multiple sports teams for both men and women that compete at the division three level.

Additionally, Salisbury University has four privately endowed schools, offering excellent, affordable education in undergraduate liberal arts, sciences, business, nursing, education and social work and applied master’s and doctoral programs. Their highest purpose is to empower their students with the knowledge, skills, and core values that contribute to active citizenship, gainful employment, and life-long learning in a democratic society and interdependent world.

The university is able to meet around 60 percent of financial aid needs and tuition costs are relatively low at $4,814 for full-time in-state tuition and $13,310 for full-time non-resident tuition. Room and board is listed as $8,070.

Their learning community is student-centered, where students are taught by professional educators in small classroom settings, faculty serve as academic advisors, and virtually every student has an opportunity to undertake research or experiential learning with a faculty mentor. They foster an environment where individuals make choices that lead to a more successful development of social, physical, occupational, emotional, and intellectual well-being.

> Learn more about Salisbury University and check out their profile at NextStepU.com.

 

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Tuesday Tour Day – Gannon University

October 14th, 2014 by

gannon-profileGannon University is located in Erie, Pennsylvania, which is a small city in an urban setting with a residential campus. It offers certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It’s within short traveling distance to Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo. It is located in Pennsylvania’s fourth largest city and one of the busiest ports on the Great Lakes. Gannon’s urban campus has unique facilities that create a special atmosphere conducive to learning, research, scholarship, service and personal growth and development.

Gannon places a heavy emphasis on student involvement and services. The strong culture of academic quality and integrity is reflected in the employability of Gannon’s graduates.

Recently, Gannon students performed nearly 79,000 hours of community service in northwest Pennsylvania, Appalachia, Central America and Haiti.

The university has a student to faculty ratio of 14:1 and it boasts a caring community of staff and faculty who motivate students in through Catholic inspired values. Individual attention is administered to Gannon’s 4,000 plus students with the intimate student to faculty ratio.

Gannon offers nearly 100 academic programs in the health professions, engineering, business, education, social sciences and the humanities in the University’s three Colleges: Engineering and Business, Health Professionals and Sciences and Humanities, Education and Social Science.

Gannon competes in 18 varsity sports for men and women as a member of NCAA Division II and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. In addition, students at Gannon have the opportunity to participate in a number of different intramural sports including flag football, basketball, wiffleball and dodgeball among others.

More than 90 percent of Gannon students qualify for financial assistance. They offer a variety of scholarships, grants and awards that recognize academic and athletic accomplishments, outstanding talents and demonstrated need.

U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” continues to cite Gannon as a top tier university in the northern region of the United States. Gannon has also been ranked in the annual guide’s Great Schools, Great Prices category, which affirms Gannon’s mission of providing quality education at an affordable price.

> Find out more about Gannon University and visit their profile at NextStepU.com.

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Tuesday Tour Day – Wade College

October 7th, 2014 by

Wade College-Fashion SketchingWade College is located in Dallas, Texas and features intimate class size in a creative and compassionate setting. The college resides in the heart of the Design District where they have access to The Dallas Market Center, the world’s largest Wholesale Market. Through this, students have the opportunity to seek out amazing internships, part time work, and full time work. It’s a specialized college that offers dual major Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Merchandising and Design. The program highlights the significance of both general education and specialized fields of study.

The college feels it’s important to prepare students with general fields of study like mathematics, social science, behavioral science, humanities, fine arts and more, to pair with their careers in visual fields while also helping them broaden their learning outcomes. Through completing general liberal arts credits, Wade students possess analytical, written, mathematical, communication, business and presentation skills to bridge their fields of study with the demands of the modern career world.

Wade’s most popular fields of learning are specialized studies focused in graphic design, fashion design, interior design, merchandise marketing and visual communication at the baccalaureate degree level. The college offers many resume building opportunities and they have guest speakers and field trips related to the industry. They also have numerous clubs such as the Merchandising and Design Student Association, ASID Student Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa and Mu Kappa Tau.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify and the college offers a great Financial Services Department that is available to aid prospective and current students. They have an all-inclusive tuition rate of $29,425 for an AA in Merchandising and Design and it includes an iPad mini, e-books and art supplies.

Additionally, the school offers an academic scholarship of $4,000 for the top 20 percent of their graduation class in High School or College. Because of the college’s small size, prospective students must go through an interview and application process where the college will work with them to get through the admissions process. The college is also unique in that it has shorter completion times, full time students can complete their Associate and Bachelor degrees in 16 or 32 months. Most professors still work actively in the professional industry.

> To see how you’d fit with Wade College, check out their profile.

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Tuesday Tour Day – SUNY Fredonia

September 30th, 2014 by

main image 2013SUNY Fredonia offers you the academic contests of a liberal arts college while committing to help you develop your character as you prepare to settle into post graduate life and search for your career path. In doing this, Fredonia also offers affordable tuition and housing in a small, intimate setting of 5,300 students.

Fredonia resides near Lake Erie in western New York and is about an hour drive to the thriving city of Buffalo, N.Y. The campus is constantly filled with events from the fine arts and performing arts departments. Cultural, social, academic and athletic clubs are the driving force behind many campus activities and proceedings.

You can really find it all at Fredonia as the university offers traditions in the arts, sciences, business, education, humanities, undergraduate research, interdisciplinary studies and athletics. The campus environment is creative and vibrant with a diverse population of students and faculty. Over 100 academic programs are offered and taught by faculty from all around the world. These programs are divided into Fredonia’s School of Music, College of Education and School of Business.

Fredonia’s athletic complex features an ice rink, two gyms, a four-lane indoor track and a new natatorium. Outside, students will find a cutting-edge soccer and lacrosse stadium.

The university features rich, traditional architecture and state-of-the-art facilities where students can choose from 14 different residence halls. University Commons is the newest residence hall complete with a dining hall, bookstore, and a Starbucks café.

Admission to Fredonia is competitive and the university encourages applications from students who have taken a strong college-preparatory program in high school, graduated in the top half of their high school class, and who have earned an average better than 80%. Approximately 80% of admitted undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.

> Check out SUNY Fredonia’s profile at NextStepU.com.

 

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Tuesday Tour Day — Barry University

September 23rd, 2014 by

barry-profileToday we’re looking at Barry University, located in Miami Florida. The campus is made up of 122 acres that resides just minutes from the beach and downtown Miami. Barry is for students who are looking for a close-knit environment where professors know their names and also know their individual goals and try and help you succeed. The university offers over 75 majors and specializations.

Barry University offers a special Honor’s program that allows students to go beyond that of a typical course schedule and explore classes that cover various cultures and philosophy. Miami is home to over 700 multinational corporations where Barry’s honors students can intern and create prospective networking and career opportunities.

With the addition of just one extra academic year, students can earn their master’s degree. Barry offers seamless five-year bachelors to master’s degree programs in fields such as education, sports management, and social work. And with Barry’s focus on service learning, you make the world a better place. The university’s Center for Community Service Initiatives fosters partnerships with local organizations so some of your classes integrate your coursework with community needs.

The university offers over 60 different student organizations that reside in a thriving, busy city where you will take part in leadership opportunities and making new friends and life long connections. In addition to this, the campus resources provides students with the opportunity to utilize Career Services, advance their studies in the exceptional library and finally, the university also has multimedia classrooms and labs dedicated to specific majors such as biology, chemistry, exercise science, and graphic design.

The university offers a scholarship program and participates in a full array of federal and state financial aid programs. Barry University endeavors to provide the resources you need to reduce your costs. Nearly 90% of undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance. Barry University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2012 and 2013 after students, faculty, and staff logged more than 25,000 service hours.

Applications are accepted on a year-round basis, prospective students should check out myBarry online to check out the admissions process.

> To find out more about Barry University visit their profile at NextStepU.com

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Tuesday Tour Day — Texas A&M Galveston

September 9th, 2014 by

TAMUG-profile-1Today we are focusing on Texas A&M University at Galveston, the ocean campus of Texas A&M University at College Station. Students with a passion for studying in an ocean environment come from all corners of the world to study at Texas A&M Galveston’s campus located on Galveston Bay, giving its students direct access to the ocean. Texas A&M Galveston is also home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of six academies in the U.S. that prepares its students to be licensed as Third Mates or Third Assistant Engineers while simultaneously earning a bachelor’s degree. The academy also commissions to those who want to serve as officers in the United States Merchant Marine, Navy, and Coast Guard.

More than 2,200 students are enrolled at Texas A&M Galveston. Those students are served by 150 faculty members and lecturers, allowing for more face-to-face and after class time with instructors. The school features a fleet of floating classrooms, giving students the ability to conduct research in the nearby inlets and bays. Its training ship, the General Rudder, takes cadets on summer cruises to ports around the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and Caribbean Sea.

Outside the classroom, students at Texas A&M Galveston can participate in leadership training, clubs, intramurals, traditions, student government, the student newspaper, drama club, and more than 60 diverse student organizations. Students at the Galveston campus are Texas A&M Aggies, so their teams are all the NCAA Division 1 teams at Texas A&M College Station. Being Aggies by the sea, on-site sports at Galveston are often centered around the ocean. Club sports at Galveston include fishing, scuba diving, swimming, volleyball, soccer, rowing, and sailing, as well as a slew of intramural sports.

Tuition at Texas A&M Galveston is charged at a set rate for four years for undergraduate students. This predictability helps students and their families plan their finances. Galveston also offers many financial aid options, including grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment opportunities. Many of the school’s graduates receive job offers or graduate school acceptances before graduation. This aid in financial stability combined with Galveston’s hands-on, personalized program experience makes it a great choice for students looking to immerse themselves in ocean studies.

 

———> Find out more about Texas A&M — Galveston at NextStepU.com!

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Major Monday – Accounting

August 11th, 2014 by

iStock_000004752194SmallDo you work well with numbers? Are you organized and have good communication skills? Then you might want to consider a career in accounting!

Education
According to the College Board, this major is typically offered at both the associate’s and bachelor’s level. The difference between the two degrees, other than time, is how broad of an education you will be getting. For example, if you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree, you will be learning about general tax principles and policy whereas with an associate’s degree, you will be focusing on a more specific realm in the field of finance and accounting.

What to know before you apply
Upon graduation from an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, you will likely be putting in extra time to receive your Certified Public Accountant license. This means that, even if you have a job in the field, in order to move up in the ranks or to open your own firm, you’ll need to put in the time and effort to earn this extra certification. The test required to receive a CPA license can be costly and you have to complete and pass all of the tests within an allotted amount of time. However, by earning this certification, you have the ability to earn more money and have open your own practice.

Salary
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, accountants and auditors earned a median pay of $63,550 per year in 2013.

> For more information about the field of accounting, you can take an accounting pre-education course at NextStepAcademy.com.

 

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Tuesday Tour Day — University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

July 29th, 2014 by

pro-bradford-06Today we’re focusing on University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, based in Bradford, Pa. Pitt-Bradford is for students who want to earn a world-renowned degree in a personalized, supportive, and friendly environment. Students can choose from more than 40 majors and 50 minors, concentrations and programs, many of which offer unique opportunities for study both in the classroom and beyond.

Classes are small, giving students the opportunity to world closely with professors and seek one-on-one guidance. Pitt-Bradford also offers world-class internships and research opportunities to students, taking them beyond the classroom. The school’s robust Career Services Office and informal alumni network make this possible. Outside the classroom, students are encouraged to participate in a friendly residence life environment and many athletic, recreational, and cultural activities.

Pitt-Bradford works hard to make its degrees affordable for students. More than 94 percent of students receive financial aid. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the average financial aid award was $17,489 for in-state students and $19,500 for out-of-state students. For this reason among others, The Princeton Review named Pitt-Bradford one of the 150 Best Value Colleges in 2012.

Because Pitt-Bradford is part of the University of Pittsburgh system, students graduate with the prestigious University of Pittsburgh degree, which is recognized all over the world. Offering a large-school degree with a small-school experience is key in achieving Pitt-Bradford’s mission of rising above expectations and taking students beyond.

> For more information about the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, visit NextStepU.com.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Troy University

July 22nd, 2014 by

Troy profile 2014Today we’re highlighting Troy University, based in Troy, Alabama. Troy University is a public university that was founded in 1887. TROY serves both traditional students and adult learners through its network of locations and robust online offerings. The school operates four campuses in its home state of Alabama, as well as locations in seven states and five other countries.

Students at TROY can pursue degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels in fields like nursing, business, education, and more. TROY offers in-class, online, or hybrid options to best suit each student’s needs. These options help equip students to make the transition from the classroom to careers. An active honors program rewards high-achieving students and fosters critical thinking, intellectual development, and social responsibility.

Approximately 7,500 students attend TROY’s residential campus in Troy, Alabama. TROY’s home campus provides on-campus living options, and more than 100 student organizations to get involved in. The University has an active Greek community, many musical ensembles, and numerous service and professional organizations. TROY Trojans compete in Division I of the NCAA as members of the Sun Belt conference.

TROY offers a variety of financial aid options to families who apply for financial assistance. The University encourages all students to consider completing the application process so that they understand the options available to them. Financial aid specialists are available to assist with the process and answer questions. TROY is committed to providing exceptional service to its students and their families, regardless of background.

> For more information about Troy University, visit NextStepU.com.

 

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Tuesday Tour Day — Stevenson University

July 15th, 2014 by

pro_Stevenson_11 (1)Today we are focusing on Stevenson University, an independent institution that is widely known for its synthesis of traditional liberal arts education and exception career preparation. Classes are small, with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The school also offers a widely acclaimed co-op and internship program, as well as a broad range of clubs and Division III athletics to provide students with the experience needed to gain independence and leadership skills.

Stevenson University provides a distinctive, career-focused, and personalized environment for undergraduate and graduate students. Challenging academic courses are complemented by an invitation to explore the world outside of the classroom. The school has two campuses located just outside of Baltimore in Stevenson and Owings Mills, MD. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors get the best of both worlds — the history and beauty of a rural campus and the convenience and liveliness of a more urban location. Classes are held on both campuses and the University provides a free shuttle service that runs between locations throughout the day.

Admission to Stevenson University is selective and reserved for students who are prepared to meet the rigors of college-level work. Accepted students are often able to secure some sort of financial aid. Stevenson University offers a variety of financial aid packages that combine merit-based aid with state and federal assistance. According to recent data, roughly 90% of Stevenson students receive some sort of financial aid. Stevenson is committed to helping its students secure a quality education at an affordable price.

> For more information, visit NextStepU.com.

 

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