Tuesday Tour Day — Hampton University

November 25th, 2014 by

hampton-uHampton University shares its name with the city it is located in, Hampton, Virginia. The historic campus is private and located on the water with a broad range of technical, liberal arts, pre-professional, professional and graduate degree programs.

It is located along the banks of the Virginia Peninsula, near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The surrounding city of Hampton features a wide array of business and industrial enterprises, retail and residential areas, historical sites, and miles of waterfront and beaches. Nearby attractions include Fort Monroe, NASA Langley Research Center and the Virginia Air and Space Center plus the fun of Hampton University itself.

The university is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education, in addition to being one of the top historically black universities in the world. The campus features a tightly knit community of learners and educators. Hampton University is committed to multiculturalism as it serves students from diverse national, cultural and economic backgrounds. From it’s origins to present time, the institution has enrolled students from five continents – North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Learning is facilitated by a range of educational offerings, a rigorous curriculum, excellent teaching, professional experiences, multiple leadership opportunities, and an emphasis on the development of character, which values integrity, respect, decency, dignity, and responsibility.

Research and public service are integral parts of Hampton’s mission. In order to enhance scholarship and discovery, the faculty is engaged in writing, research, and grantsmanship. Faculty, staff and students provide leadership and service to the University as well as the global community.

On average, students receive an aid package of $4,545 and a scholarship grant aid of $3,349. The average work-study awarded is $2,150. The university offers numerous majors and programs and includes some unique ones such as Aviation/Airway Management, Air Traffic Controller and Interior Design.

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Tuesday Tour Day – Marshall University

November 18th, 2014 by

marshall_profile_13-14Marshall University is a public university located in Huntington, West Virginia. The historic campus was established in 1837. In recent decades the school has undergone significant growth through building the Drinko Library, the Jomie Jazz Center and their Graduate College. The university is a multi-campus public university that provides innovative undergraduate and graduate education that contributes to the development of society and the individual.

The university offers over 50 baccalaureate programs and 50 graduate programs. It also boasts a 19 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Students who qualify can participate in an Honors Program designed to give students an enhanced curriculum. Business and education are among the most popular programs. Students can find help from an abundance of faculty members made up of a staff of over 600 individuals.

Students have the opportunity to join clubs, Greek life, participate in Student Government, produce or perform in a major concert, take part in a talent show, enroll in a leadership course, mentor and tutor a child, or play a sport. Anyone can find their niche with all that the college has to offer.

Marshall offers diverse options for campus housing ranging from suites to singles. Residence halls offer work out facilities, dining halls, build in closets, carpeting, air conditioning and secure key card access.

Recently, the university build a state-of-the-art student recreation center and residence hall complex. This initiative was done to draw more students from across the region and expand amenities. They will continue develop two more learning residence halls that are located adjacent to the new recreation center.

Marshall University resides in a safe, picturesque city with hospitals, libraries, restaurants, a renowned museum, a city-wide park, and nearby factories for making hand-blown glass. Concerts and theatrical productions take place in outdoor amphitheaters located in the park and along the riverfront. It’s also located just across the Ohio River from Ohio and 13 miles away from the Kentucky boarder.

The University strives to make college affordable for you no matter where you’re from. They offer a wide variety of scholarships and financial aid. They award over 3.5 million in scholarships each year and 60% of Marshall University students receive financial aid assistance in the form of grants, loans, student employment and academic scholarships.

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Tuesday Tour Day – Dean College

November 11th, 2014 by

Dean Profile Image 2013Dean College located in Franklin, Massachusetts and is a co-ed private college that houses more than a thousand full-time students and 500 part time students. These students come to this unique college from all over the world for the small class sizes, state-of-the-art campus, outstanding academic programs and the legendary TLC that’s the cornerstone of The Dean Method.

The Dean Difference promotes itself as being a college that makes sure students are not just a number and that success is the primary goal of the entire community. Dean College provides students with quality teaching, personalized academic support, leadership opportunities and professional development promoting a lifetime of learning and achievement.

The location of the college is ideal because it’s a small, close knit community that isn’t isolated. In the local environment, students can enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, shopping and other forms of entertainment. A commuter rail is only a block from campus for those seeking a night out to see all Boston has to offer. Providence, Rhode Island is only 40 minutes from campus, the beaches of Cape Cod and the mountains of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire are within a close distance. The Student Life office plans regular trips for students to get off campus to enjoy activities throughout New York City and New England.

Dean offers 5 Bachelor degrees as well as 15 Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degrees. Dean also offers a part-time study program to serve students who wish to pursue their education on a part-time basis.

Dean College believes that college is about more than just academics. It is about the personal growth and development that comes from being an active participant in a community of individuals. It is about the learning that comes when you interact with people from all different backgrounds. It is about engaging in activities you are passionate about while taking time to try something totally new and outside your comfort zone.

Student life at Dean College emphasizes all of this and more. With a diverse selection of student organizations, exciting athletic teams, unmatched performing arts and a great location, you can experience the life of a college student as it was meant to be.

The tuition for the college costs $29,140 and room and board amounts to $12,422 with an average amount of $1,500 offered to each student for work-study.

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Military Monday — Military Review Course

November 10th, 2014 by

Have you been considering joining the military after high school but no one was able to tell you what it was all about? Next Step Academy is your source to finding out the basics about serving in the military — and if it’s the right path for you.


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 1. Start with a basic overview

Need a refresher on all of the different military branches? Don’t know the difference between active and reserve members? Next Step Academy will walk you through the basics of joining the military, from where you can get involved, to benefits and preparing for your future.



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We go straight to the source by interviewing professionals with experience in the military. Learn what it takes to be a soldier, what you can do to stand out on your application and interview and what some of benefits of service are — both while your serving and in the civilian world.


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Like all courses on Next Step Academy, the U.S. Military course has a review at the end with a series of multiple choice questions. Test what you’ve learned in the course by answering the questions and get feedback on what you got right and what you need to review again.



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Once you complete the course, you’ll earn a badge to show off your knowledge. And, to reward you for your efforts, Next Step Academy is giving you a chance to win an iPad Mini! Every course you complete and badge you earn gets you an entry into the monthly iPad drawing. The more classes you take, the more chances you have to win, so check out all of the courses Next Step Academy as to offer!




5 college hacks to help you focus

November 6th, 2014 by

It’s that time of year again — while the rest of the world is preparing for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, you are stuck at your desk in the library preparing for finals and end-of-the-year projects. It can be difficult to stay focused with so many things going on, but there are ways to tune out some of the noise and make sure you do what needs to get done.



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Tuesday Tour Day — College of St. Scholastica

November 3rd, 2014 by

css_profile_13-14The College of Saint Scholastica, a private and religious college, is located in Duluth, Minnesota. Aside from having top-ranked academic programs, St. Scholastica is known for their thriving community. The students at St. Scholastica are a community of learners who work, play and grow together. St. Scholastica is a comprehensive higher education system offering over 30 choices of majors for students.

Academically, St. Scholastica students can excel with independent one-on-one study with professors. The college has a 13:1 student-to-teacher ratio for easy academic assistance. During your years at St. Scholastica, you can also participate in and lead research studies, study abroad and gain real world, hands-on experience through internships.

St. Scholastica is a friendly community that is always encouraging students to get involved. There are over 60 clubs and organizations to join and no matter where you go you can always find a friend or group of students who share your interests. Off-campus, the Duluth area is known for their outdoor adventures and cultural/entertainment activities. The area was recently ranked by the nonprofit American Institute for Economic Research as one of America’s best small metropolitan areas for college students.

The college is able to meet about 98% of student’s financial needs. Last year the St. Scholastica awarded almost $19 million in scholarships. The college’s Benedictine Scholarship allows them to award annual merit-based scholarships ranging from $10,000 per year to $16,500 per year. Tuition for St. Scholastica  is $29,328 a year with room and board listed as $7,716.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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