Wednesday, November 30, 2016

College of the Day: George Mason University

Thanks to its recent appearance in the NCAA mens' basketball final four, George Mason University has been riding a wave of increased popularity, essentially making admissions a bit more competitive than Towson University. Also similar to Towson, GMU is a medium-to-large state university that is not quite as competitive or popular as its flagship partner. GMU's academics are strong in business, computer science, and liberal arts. Conveniently, George Mason is located in Fairfax, VA, which is just over an hour from home.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

College of the Day: United States Naval Academy

Maryland is fortunate to be hme to one of the five United States Service Academies. The United States Naval Academy, established in 1845 to produce the strongest and greatest leaders in the Navy and Marines, is one of the most elite and rigorous institutions, requiring potential midshipmen to obtain nominations from elected leaders such as senators and congressmen. Applicants must be strong in academics, particularly math and science, and be physically fit.

Monday, November 28, 2016

College of the Day: Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College has earned its strong academic reputation. Since its founding in 1832, the College has upheld a rigorous commitment to the liberal arts in all their breadth and depth. On a beautiful campus in a world-famous town, 2,600 students discover their intellectual passion through more than 67 academic programs. There are no bystanders here. Students prepare for leadership through experiential learning opportunities, an extensive career network, and countless co-curricular, service, and off-campus study activities.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

College of the Day: Farmingdale State College

On the Long Island borough of New York City, Farmingdale State College is part of the state university system of New York. Farmingdale is a quiet and safe residential area, and the college is relatively competitive with an average ACT of 20 and GPA of 3.3, it is similar to UMBC or Salisbury University. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

College of the Day: Bluefield College

A small, Christian liberal arts college in southern Virginia, Bluefield College offers 22 majors, and the opportunity to get to know everyone on campus, since there ar fewer than 1000 students. Located six hours away, Bluefield College gives students the chance to be a healthy distance from home without having to pay an arm and a leg for the flight home when there was an emergency.

Monday, November 21, 2016

College of the Day: Widener University

Located just south of Philadelphia in Chester County, Widener University is a private liberal arts college that is growing rapidly, including a school of law. Widener is known for its community service engagement, involving its students in experiential learning. Widener University's student population is just a little smaller than Coppin, and most students finished high school above a 3.0 and earned over a 20 on the ACT.

Friday, November 18, 2016

College of the Day: St. John's College

In Annapolis lies a small, liberal arts college that is very unique in several ways. First, St. Johns College is one of the smallest post-secondary institutions in Maryland. Second, St. Johns College is recognized as one of the Colleges That Change Lives because of its open-minded nature, pushing students to expand their minds primarily, without focusing on specific career-training skills. Third, its Reading List is the means that it uses to challenge students to think critically about the world around them - and these critical thinking skills are what are so highly valued by employers, with the assumption that skills can be learned, but a good thinker is of the utmost priority.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

College of the Day: East Stroudsburg University

Do you like to ski? Surrounded by some excellent skiing mountains, East Stroudsburg University is one of the best universities in Pennsylvania's system of higher education. In addition to a good business school, East Stroudsburg is known for a good special education program, as well as providing excellent support for students who themselves have learning differences. The average high school GPA of accepted students is around 3.0, and the average combined SAT critical reading and math score is 1000.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

College of the Day: College of Staten Island

CSI, or the College of Staten Island in New York City, is similar to West Virginia's Fairmount State University, in that you can apply and attend as an Associates Degree candidate, and then transfer right in to finish your Bachelors Degree. This gives you the same admissions flexibility as going to CCBC, but you get the experience of going away to college.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

College of the Day: Ursinus College

Ursinus College, located in the distant Philadelphia suburb of Collegeville, is a scenic two-and-a-half-hour drive from Baltimore. Ursinus is recognized as a College that Changes Lives, meaning that they evaluate admissions criteria, and educate their students, in a holistic way that encourages student achievement, rather than a factory-line approach to processing tens of thousands of student ID numbers. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

College of the Day: Morgan State University

Morgan State University is a public, in-state research institution, well-known for its education, engineering, and performing arts programs, as well as other strong academics. There are numerous admissions programs to make this four-year college more accessible, but it is important to have at least a 2.0 GPA and do the best you can on the ACT and/or SAT. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

College of the Day: NYC College of Technology

In the heart of Brooklyn, the New York City College of Technology offers programs in health, business, information, and artistic technology. City Tech has one of the more liberal admissions criteria among the CUNY system, with an average ACT score of 17 and an average high school GPA close to 2.5.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

College of the Day: Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Just west of Philadelphia is Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the oldest HBCU in America. Cheyney is known for its teacher preparation program, and has recently launched a communications program complete with its own television studio. While minimum admissions criteria are not clear, average test scores and GPAs of admitted freshmen show that they maintain flexible standards in order to encourage greater participation in higher education - supported by their Academic Success Center and University College.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

College of the Day: West Virginia State University

Located in central West Virginia, West Virginia State University is an HBCU that offers a traditional selection of undergraduate majors with reasonable admissions criteria at a reasonable cost of attendance. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

College of the Day: University of Pennsylvania

Founded by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is now the largest of the Ivy League colleges at about 20,000 students - about the same size as Towson. Penn is located in center city Philadelphia, giving it an old city feel like Georgetown University. Because it is an Ivy League college, and with an admission rate of about 10%, getting admitted is improbable, even for the most qualified student. UPenn would be a reach for anyone, and has earned its competitive status by providing such a high quality education.

Friday, November 4, 2016

College of the Day: Johns Hopkins University

Nearby in the Hampden section of Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins University boasts a world-class education, among peers who are also known for being more competitive than their own high school classmates. Students travel thousands of miles to study at Hopkins, and we have it in our backyard. All it takes would be test scores and a high school transcript that are better than at least 90% of your peers.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

College of the Day: Columbia University

Columbia University is located in the city of New York. Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States. Being among the most competitive colleges in the United States, it would be fair to expect that even the strongest students would not be admitted, but to no fault of their own; enrollment managers look to craft a freshman class that represents the best and brightest in the world.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

College of the Day: Bucknell University

Driving due north for two and a half hours, Bucknell University is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Bucknell is a very selective college, admitting students who have strong test
scores of ACT over 30 or SAT over 700 on each test. Bucknell does a good job of blending professional preparation, research, and liberal arts. Students who are considering St.
Mary's College of Maryland or the College of William and Mary should also consider Bucknell.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

College of the Day: Mercy College

Identified as a College of Distinction, Mercy College is located in a northern New York City suburb. There is a bit of a broad range of admitted test scores and GPA's, which seem to focus on ACT's between 18 and 24 and GPA between 2.8 and 3.5. Because of Mercy's commitment to giving students an opportunity, its multiple campuses around New York, and its private nondenominational status, it is similar to local colleges like York College and Stevenson University.