Tuesday Tour Day — Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

June 30th, 2015 by

vaughnAdjacent to LaGuardia Airport in New York City, Vaughn College is an independent, four-year college specializing in engineering, technology, management and aviation. Faculty and staff know students as individuals and work with them to enhance their college experience. A fully staffed career development office provides year-round opportunities for on-campus recruitment, employment and internships.

Majors at Vaughn center exclusively around aviation, engineering and technology, meaning you’ll get specialized training in state-of-the-art laboratories. Explore the innovative field of mechatronics — which uniquely combines the elements of mechanical, electronic and computer engineering to design “smart” technology as an undergraduate — or soar into a more exciting career with a master’s degree in airport management. Vaughn is one of the few colleges to offer both. Want to fly? Our aviation students spread their wings in our new million-dollar flight simulator lab featuring two Redbirds, the aeronautical industry’s most technologically advanced simulators.

Campus Life
Vaughn is in the New York City borough of Queens–one of the most diverse counties in the country. Minutes from campus, our students can take advantage of “Little India” in Jackson Heights, the great restaurants of Astoria or the Chinese markets of Flushing. If that’s not enough, the fine museums, nightlife and cultural events of Manhattan are just a short bus and subway ride away. If you’re interested in sports, Vaughn College manages eight intercollegiate sports programs including Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Men’s and Women’s Tennis.

Vaughn College offers federal, state and institutional funds to help students pay for their education. In fact, more than 90 percent of our students are eligible for some type of financial aid. Tuition is $9,925 per semester and room and board is $12,000 per year.

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Trendy (Travel!) Tuesday — Preparing for a road trip

June 23rd, 2015 by

On the summer bucket list of many students is the quintessential road trip — wind in your hair, friends at your side and an adventure that can lead you as far as you can go.

But before you can experience the freedom that can come with taking a road trip, it’s important to be prepared. Lisa Copeland, founder of Buying Cars Her Way and a leader in the automotive industry for more than 25 years, offers these tips you should keep in mind before you hit the road:

Keep these tips in mind before you hit the road:

1. Fill up all fluids – not just gas. A variety of fluids are your car’s lifeblood — each one keeps your car running smoothly throughout the years. Before you leave for your road trip, make sure you check your oil, coolant, automatic transmission fluid and brake fluid. This can all be checked during a regular maintenance checkup, so you don’t have to do it by yourself.

2. Check your wiper blades. No one likes getting stuck in a rainstorm with old wiper blades. Check to see how old your blades are and replace them if needed. A great rule of thumb is to make sure there are no streaks, screeches or bumps when your windshield wipers turn on. If there are, it’s time to change the blades out.

3. Make sure your tire pressure is perfect. Tire pressure can affect your car’s performance significantly, so make sure each one of your tires is filled to the proper pressure. Also, make sure your tires have enough tread depth.  If your tires are lacking tread it could bring significant control issues as your vehicle won’t hold the road properly and is especially dangerous in rain.

4. Use technology to find the cheapest gas. There’s an app for everything these days, including finding the cheapest gas in your area. These apps can help you choose your gas stops more wisely, saving you a few extra pennies along the trip than can add up.

5. Be prepared just in case – pack an emergency kit. Fill up a kit with a variety of tools and items you might need just in case you find yourself stranded on the side of the road – such as a flashlight, tire gauge, jumper cables, batteries and water.


Major Monday — Statistics

June 15th, 2015 by

iStock_000003534853_MediumWhen you think of statistics, you probably think of a stuffy math class you were forced to taking in high school. But what you may not know is statistics is a multi-disciplinary field! Statistics are needed in marketing to figure out what audiences need; it’s needed in politics to predict who may win the next election; it’s needed in every field where professionals are in need of advice in regards to what they need to do with their businesses. If you’re interested in studying facts and probability in order to make decisions, you might want to consider a major in statistics!

A major in statistics typically leads to a bachelor’s degree, though you can also continue your education at the master’s level. While in high school, taking classes like AP Statistics, AP Computer Methods and AP Calculus BC can help prepare you for a major in statistics. Be prepared to take classes like calculus, probability theory, statistical theory, statistical methods, technical writing and more. You often will be asked to work in a team setting so working on your written and oral communication skills is essential.

What to know before you apply
Since statistics can can be applied to many disciplines, make sure the school you apply to allows you to concentrate in a field that is of interest to you. Additionally, make sure the institution will prepare you for your post-grad experience. Do they offer a master’s in this degree? Do they have on-campus organizations that will help you get more experience? Will you be able to take part in an internship? Make sure you ask these questions when figuring out which school is best for you.

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, statisticians made an average of $75,560 per year  in 2012.


Tuesday Tour Day — Texas A&M University – Kingsville

June 9th, 2015 by

texas-amTexas A&M University-Kingsville offers the complete college experience, with respected academics, on-campus housing and dining, numerous student organizations and a winning athletic program. If you’re looking for the complete college package, Texas A&M Kingsville might just be it!

Texas A&M-Kingsville offers more than one hundred undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Currently, the University is home to nationally-ranked programs in environmental engineering and agriculture, expanding kinesiology and music departments, and respected degrees in social work and animal and wildlife sciences. Additional major programs include accounting, architectural engineering, drama, marketing, psychology, speech communication and much more!

Campus life
Texas A&M-Kingsville recently opened a new suite-style residence hall and student recreation center, with more housing and dining options coming soon. Once you’ve settled into your dorm room, consider getting involved in an on-campus club or organization. Or, if athletics are more your thing, participate in one of the university’s many sports teams! Current sports include men’s football, basketball, baseball, cross country and track and women’s volleyball, basketball, softball, cross country and track and golf.

Tuition costs
For full-time Texas residents, tuition is $6,640, while out-of-state students pay $16,030. Room and board is approximately $6,138 for both in-state and out-of-state students.

For more about Texas A&M – Kingsville and to request information, visit


Tuesday Tour Day — Monroe Community College

June 2nd, 2015 by

mccGetting a quality education doesn’t have to mean a high price tag. When MCC opened in 1962, their mission was to provide access to high-quality education and training programs to a diverse community. That purpose still holds true today as they have adapted programs and services to the changing needs of the community.

You can earn academic degrees and certificates in more than 80 fields and programs. If your plan is to continue your education at a four-year college or university, there are several transfer and 2+2 dual admission programs that fit bachelor’s degrees across the country. MCC graduates have transferred to more than 400 different colleges, including Cornell, UCLA, Michigan State and all SUNY campuses. Additionally, if you prefer an alternative to the traditional classroom environment, you can choose from more than 100 online courses.

Campus Life
Whether you have a favorite sport, a fascination with computer design, or just about any other interest, there’s a team or club for you. There are ongoing cultural events, speakers, films and many volunteer opportunities. MCC’s Campus Center and residence halls offer you more exciting options than ever. If you’re interested in athletics, MCC is home to one of the most successful athletic programs in the nation with 18 team national championships, 17 individual national champions, 144 regional titles, and hundreds of All-Conference, All-Region and All-American performers. Many MCC athletes go on to compete at Division I, II and III universities as well.

Both full-time and part-time students may qualify for financial aid, and more than 50% of students receive some form of financial aid. Full-time, in-state tuition is $3,060, out-of-state tuition is $6,120 and room and board is $8,300. 

For more about Monroe Community College and to request information check out their featured profile page at


Tuesday Tour Day — Oklahoma Baptist University

May 26th, 2015 by

OBU_pro_13-14Located in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist University integrates faith into its education, allowing students to receive academic excellence as well as a chance to engage in a diverse world. Using Christian values, OBU prepares its students academically, while pushing them to maintain their dedication to making a difference. It’s a small school with 1,979 students, but they come from 42 states and 30 foreign countries.

OBU offers bachelor’s degrees in 86 areas of study. The offerings are broad — you can get a degree in ministry, biology or accounting. It has a liberal arts curriculum to supply students with a well-rounded education. The student/faculty ratio is 15:1, so you can ask questions and get the right attention.

Campus Life
OBU is situated on a 200-acre campus and consists of 34 buildings. The 60-plus campus organizations help sharpen skills and abilities, while keeping students connected with their faith. As for athletics, there are 21 varsity sports and eight junior varsity teams that compete in the NAIA. OBU offers intramural sports, too. There’s a variety of options including flag football, ultimate Frisbee and even quidditch. In addition to students, professors also compete.

Financial Aid
Ninety-nine percent of students receive some form of financial aid. The school provides over $20 million in scholarships each year based on financial need, academics, athletics or talent. Tuition at OBU is $18,894 and room and board is $6,200.

For more about Oklahoma Baptist University and to request information, check out their college profile at


Celebrating Memorial Day

May 25th, 2015 by


NextStepU is taking a day off from blogging today to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Enjoy your day off with family and friends — and pause a moment to give thanks for those who serve.


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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