Thursday, December 22, 2016
With its storied tradition as a basketball powerhouse, Syracuse University is certainly well known to across the country. Aside from athletics, Syracuse is also home to a highly respected communications and business programs. Syracuse admits about 50% of its applicants and has an enrollment of about 20,000, making it similar to the University of Connecticut, Clemson University, or the University of Pittsburgh. What makes Syracuse different from most colleges its size and reputation is that it is funded by tuition and private endowments, meaning admissions and cost do not restrictively favor New York residents.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Saint Paul's College is a small HBCU located four hours away in southern Virginia. Saint Paul's offers degrees in education, arts, and sciences, and has a affiliation with the Episcopal church. The campus is so rich in history and beauty that it has been certified on the register of national historic places.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Cross the Hudson River from Manhattan, and you'll find Jersey City, New Jersey. In addition to being a major suburb of New York, it is home to New Jersey City University, a thriving state university with about as many students as Morgan State. In admissions terms, many of the admitted students graduated with about a 3.0 and scored about a 20 on the ACT.
Monday, December 19, 2016
A private college affiliated with the Lutheran Church, Muhlenberg College is located near Allentown, Pennsylvania, about three hours north of Baltimore. Even though it has Lutheran roots, it should be noted that Muhlenberg is home to the Institute for Jewish-Christian understanding, demonstrating the college's commitment ot interfaith relations. Because its student body is only 2500 students, the admissions staff has the time to evaluate all applications holistically, even making the SAT and ACT optional. Muhlenberg is a good fit for students who wish to be treated like a person, rather than like a number.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Just about everything you've heard about UNC-Chapel Hill is true. It is one of the most competitive public universities, made even more so by North Carolina's 75% law.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Would you be interested in going to college where you could walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to get into Manhattan? At St. Francis College, you can do that at a liberal arts institution while majoring in any of 72 different majors. What's more is that SFC's tuition costs less than most private institutions.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Radford University is a state university in southern Virginia. It has a medium-sized student body, in a slightly rural community. Students are usually admitted with a 2.75 GPA. Radford has strong business and arts programs. It would be a school similar to Shippensburg University, Frostburg State, and Rider University. Even though the student body is about the same size as UMBC, admissions decisions are usually made using a formula combining GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Monday, December 12, 2016
Catholic University of America, a quiet and suburban-feeling university located in the northeast section of Washington, DC, is a bit of a hidden gem. Students who like the feel of Goucher, York College of PA, and Rider College in New Jersey would feel at home at Catholic U.
Friday, December 9, 2016
The Metropolitan College of New York offers a small variety of associates and bachelors degrees in some of the more popular professional preparation areas. Although the SAT may be used for admission, there is no clear minimum. High school graduation - rather than a particular GPA - is also a requirement.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
In order to be recognized as one of the Colleges That Change Lives, institutions must have a strong reputation for treating students as individuals and for teaching them, rather than leading groups of ID numbers through large lecture halls. Lynchburg College is one of those Colleges that Change Lives. Most students with an ACT of about 23 and a B average have a good chance at attending Lynchburg College at its picturesque campus about five hours away in southern Virginia.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Located in the quiet Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, La Salle University is a small liberal arts college that has a hands-on approach to learning. Its most popular majors are nursing, communication, education, and psychology. The average class size is 20 students, and all classes are taught by professors, rather than what you will find at larger universities. The average SAT is just under 500 on each test.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
About six hours south of Baltimore in central North Carolina, Elon University is a liberal arts college of about 6,000 students. Elon's acceptance rate and academic culture is similar to that of Coastal Carolina or Villanova University. Because Elon has seen relatively few applicants from Baltimore, it would be fair to expect that they would be generous in admissions and financial aid to balance the campus's geographic diversity.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Every state has a system of higher education, and our state's flagship campus is the University of Maryland at College Park. Being the largest university in the state, College Park does rely more than its peers on quantitative information for admissions, like grades and test scores, but they do consider other information. Being such a large campus, expect class sizes to be as large as their diversity. The top 15-20% of each graduating class tends to find academic success at UMCP.
Friday, December 2, 2016
Ithaca College is about the same size as Morgan State, in a town in New York about as big as Westminster. It is a private comprehensive college, with an average SAT score of admitted students near 1700. Seniors who go to Ithaca also usually consider colleges like the University of Richmond, Villanova University, and the University of Scranton.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a quiet state school west of Pittsburgh where students focus on their intended areas of occupation. Admission is comparable to Frostburg State, and IUP is especially notable for its secondary education and criminal justice majors.