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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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Tuesday Tour Day – University of Houston-Victoria (UHV)

February 17th, 2015 by

uhvUniversity of Houston-Victoria provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria, Texas, campus as well as teaching sites in Greater Houston, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.

Academics
There are around 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and concentrations at UHV. The university has four schools – Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development and Nursing. There are face-to-face classes at the Victoria campus with teaching sites in Greater Houston. UHV also offers online classes that students can participate in from anywhere. Each student receives personal attention inside and outside the classroom with small class sizes for personal attention from professors. Those who excel in the classroom have a change to join a campus chapter of national and international honor societies. In order to prepare students, the school offers community projects, simulations, internships and study abroad opportunities.

Campus Life
The UHV campus is 19 acres with indoor and outdoor space to study or hang out with friends. UHV has three residence halls. Jaguar Suites, an 82,000-square-foot dorm, was recently constructed and includes suites, a fitness center, swimming pool, computer labs and a large commons area. Jaguar Dining Hall underwent a major expansion in 2013. The university hosts a number of activities throughout the year – the most popular being the annual foam party and Totally ‘80s Skating. Students have formed their own student organizations, too. UHV is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and has consistently been in the NAIA top 25 polls.

Financial Aid
The in-state tuition is $6,748 and out-of-state is $17,608. The room and board for both is $7,368. UHV offers a lot of internal scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Transfer students with an associate degree receive a $1,000 scholarship. UHV offers students the option to earn a bachelor’s degree in English, history, communication, psychology, Spanish and criminal justice in only three years. The accelerated program called Degree in Three (Dn3) costs $10,000 per year.

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Tuesday Tour Day — Marshall University

February 10th, 2015 by

marshall_profile_13-14Situated in Huntington, West Virginia, Marshall University was founded in 1837 and is a public university. The school was named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In recent decades has the school seen significant growth with additions to the campus.  The faculty-student ratio is 19:1 with 600 full-time faculty. Eighty percent of the faculty holds the highest degree in their fields of specialization.

Academics
Marshall has 51 baccalaureate majors to choose from, ranging from kinesiology to engineering.  After undergrad, there are 50 graduate and Ph.D. programs. Marshall offers associate degrees in clinical/medical laboratory technician and registered nursing. There is an Honors Program designed to give an enhanced college career to those who qualify.

Campus life
With 9,756 undergraduate students, Marshall’s main campus is located just 13 miles from the Kentucky border. Huntington is filled with libraries, restaurants, a citywide park and outdoor amphitheaters for students to explore in their free time. Marshall offers a chance to be part of Greek life and school clubs range in type. Join Marco the Bison in cheering on Marshall in NCAA Division I athletics. In spring 2007, the school broke ground on a $90 million state-of-the-art student recreation center and residence hall complex. The new additions will expand the amenities Marshall University offers by housing unique and innovative features that will make a better living and learning environment.

Financial aid
Sixty percent of students receive financial aid from Marshall University in the form of grants, loans, student employment and/or academic scholarships (the school gives out $3.5 million in scholarships each year). In-state tuition is $4,582 while out-of-state tuition is $12,414. The room and board for both is $8,710.

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Tuesday Tour Day — William Peace University

February 3rd, 2015 by

WPU_secondary_CMYK_originalWilliam Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina and has a rich history and has seen many changes since its founding in 1857 as Peace Institute. Once only an all girls school, Peace began offering coeducational courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, they made the transition to William Peace University and began admitting male students to its day program in the fall 2012.

Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation.

Academics
The university teaches life skills necessary to succeed both in your professional and private lives. The educational experience at Peace goes beyond the classroom. The wide array of majors offered at WPU represent strong areas in growing professional fields and demands. They incorporate pre-professional and liberal arts components. Each major is unique because each program offers flexible pairings and specialized concentrations within each major.

The schools new core curriculum stresses the basic knowledge needed beyond graduation. Mandatory courses in personal finance management, media literacy, and four years of writing courses within the English department make for a more successful student.

WPU also requires a series of three classes focusing on career and professional development. Within this Portfolio Seminar Series, students will learn how to construct a resumé, build a portfolio, interview for a job or apply for graduate school.

One of the university’s graduation requirements is that students complete an internship related to their major. It combines educational theory with the real world job experience. Sixty percent of Peace graduates report their college internships result in job offers. A student’s knowledge can also be expanded through a study abroad program related to their major where they complete both academic and community service activities.

Campus Life
Raleigh, the university’s center, is nationally ranked as one of the top five Hottest Job Markets for Young Adults, a Top Ten Technology Town and City for Singles and one of the most vibrant sports areas in this nation. The campus reflects classic Southern architecture with a modern twist complete with modern labs and facilities. From campus, it’s an easy stroll or free bus ride to the City of Oaks, its political pulse, and its rich and varied museums, music halls, restaurants, theaters and nightlife.  WPU has over 30 student clubs and organizations, great lawns to spread out and study or play and host a large amount of activities.

Athletics/Sports
WPU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III and of the USA South Athletic Conference. The school promotes a spirit of participation and a love for sports where women can choose from basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Men can choose from baseball, cross-country, golf and soccer.

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