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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.

 

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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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Tuesday Tour Day — Mount Mary University

July 8th, 2014 by

MMU_profile_13-14Today we are focusing on Mount Mary University, a Catholic women’s college located in Milwaukee, WI. Mount Mary provides more than 30 undergraduate programs, seven graduate programs, and one professional doctorate. You will be encouraged to think and collaborate in new and exciting ways, to personalize your college experience, and to be at the leading edge of your future career. Mount Mary promises to provide a high-quality education and opportunities to grow both intellectually and personally. Programs are structured to focus less on finding answers and more on the process of discovery. This helps promote different ways of learning, living, and interacting with the world.

Mount Mary offers many opportunities for engagement within each program, including independent research projects, study abroad opportunities, service learning, and internships. Women are encouraged to take charge of their college experience, preparing them for influential post-graduate lives. Outside the classroom, students can participate in more than 40 clubs and organizations. Numerous events such as Waffle Wednesdays, karaoke, and an international fashion show are just a few of the extra-curricular events for students to enjoy. Mount Mary’s Blue Angels participate in a number of NCAA Division III sports, including: basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

One of the most unique and beneficial programs at Mount Mary is the Mount Mary University Women’s Leadership Institute. The Institute works to inspire, educate, train, and support the college’s women to help them develop their potential as transformational leaders. In addition to serving as a campus resource for research and information on women’s issues, the Institute sponsors leadership programs and events throughout the year. These events bring together influential women leaders to inspire participants about their own leadership potential. Through opportunities like these, Mount Mary aims to empower its talented and confident young women to pursue their goals.

> For more about Mount Mary University, visit NextStepU.com.

 

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Tuesday Tour Day — UEI College

July 1st, 2014 by

uei-332x200For more than 25 years, UEI College has prepared students for rewarding careers in the healthcare, business, technology, automotive, and criminal justice fields. The school measures its success by one simple standard: the success of its students. UEI College is dedicated to helping its students find their professional place in the world by giving them the educational tools they need.

UEI College is a school that concentrates on both work plans and real-life purposes for learning. Faculty and staff take the time to explain concepts to students in detail, training them to use their skills in real-life settings. Students are encouraged to practice these skills in a hands-on environment. These learning methods are designed to be relevant to the workforce, so students can be successful upon graduation.

UEI College offers 13 campus locations in Southern California, including: Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Orange County, and  San Diego. Most are served by public transportation and major highways, making it easy to attend classes day or night. As part of its quest to make education accessible to all students, UEI also offers various types of scholarships to provide financial assistance to students who qualify.

Students at UEI are encouraged to begin their education having their end goal in mind. After graduation, students can benefit from UEI’s job placement assistance and the relationships the school has built with local employers. UEI has a dynamic network of area employers who have successfully hired its graduated and communicate with the school about open positions. When you consider your career goals, count on UEI’s education-to-career network as a helping hand.

> To request more information, visit NextStepU.com.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Morrisville State College

June 24th, 2014 by

Morrisville Profile Image 2013Morrisville State College is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) educational system. Its curriculums are enriched with applied learning experiences, which pave the way for opportunity at its campuses in Morrisville, NY and Norwich, NY. The college offers more than 80 bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs; is a national leader in technology and agriculture; and is known for its action-oriented, interactive learning experiences.

Morrisville State College subscribes to the idea that true mastery of a subject comes from the practical application of theory — in other words, experiential learning. Curriculums strike a healthy balance between instruction and hands-on learning. Students are often asked to apply what they have learned from lectures into practice, allowing them to build critical thinking skills and solve real-world problems. Morrisville calls this a “living classroom.”

The college is located in Central New York. Its main campus includes more than 50 buildings, multiple athletic fields, and a vast expanse of farm and woodlands. Its facilities are equipped with a variety of unique laboratories, including but not limited to: an Aquaculture Center with tanks, raceways, and ponds; a fully-functional free stall dairy farm; and an Equine Center with a harness racing track. Outside the classroom, students are encouraged to participate in community service projects, internships, student organizations, athletic events, and other leadership opportunities.

Students at Morrisville State College will receive an affordable education, regardless of financial circumstances. Through a variety of grants, scholarships, work study, and loan programs, students can receive assistance to fill the gap between the total cost of education and what their family can afford to pay. Both need- and merit-based scholarships are available to academically qualified students. When applying to Morrisville, students are admitted to specific academic programs rather than to a general freshman program. This type of organized, personalized attention to each student’s academic journey is part of what makes Morrisville State college unique.

> For more info or to connect with Morrisville State College, visit NextStepU.com.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Quinnipiac University

June 17th, 2014 by

Quinnipiac Profile 2013Quinnipiac University is a private, co-educational, non-sectarian university in a uniquely attractive New England setting, enrolling 6,500 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students. The university holds a commitment to three important values: excellence in education, a student-centered campus, and a spirit of community. Its location provides the best of the suburbs and the city — only eight miles from New Haven, and less than two hours form New York City and Boston.

Quinnipiac offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and 25 graduate programs in business, communications, engineering, health sciences, nursing, liberal arts and sciences, education, law, and medicine. Each program offers a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience through internships or clinical experiences. This helps prepare students for career entry or advanced studies. Students can also pursue research opportunities as well as study abroad experiences to further academic and personal growth.

Outside the classroom, Quinnipiac offers more than 120 student clubs and organizations with a focus one everything from academics to spiritual growth. The university has a thriving Greek system, with nine national fraternities and sororities on campus. Quinnipiac also offers 21 NCAA varsity sports, most in Division I. Those who wish to pursue athletic activities on a more casual basis can participate in 14 intramural sports for both men and women.

Quinnipiac is committed to making a college education as affordable as possible. Approximately 80% of Quinnipiac students receive some form of financial aid. The university awards merit-based scholarships ranging from $9,000 to $20,000 to incoming freshmen. Awards are based on high school class rank and SAT or ACT composite scores. If you’re interested in pursuing a college education at Quinnipiac, the university recommends visiting the campus to get a real-life preview of the experience!

> For more information, go to NextStepU.com.

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