There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges, including this week’s School Spotlight, Ripon College. Ninety minutes north of Madison and Milwaukee you’ll find Ripon College, a private liberal arts school that offers each of its nearly 800 undergraduate students a personalized learning experience. Through innovative academic programs, a multitude of volunteering opportunities, and creative alternative break trips, civically-minded students can engage with their communities and develop as leaders. The College offers over 30 majors in the liberal arts and sciences, but they also feature 40 unique minors in fields such as coaching, entrepreneurship, and law & society. Mature students looking to create their own individualized course of study can even take advantage of Ripon’s self-designed major option and study fields as varied as ethnobiology or sports psychology. Between the College’s 21 DIII conference teams (including men’s and women’s varsity cycling) and 14 intramural sports (inner tube water polo, anyone?) athletics are a popular diversion on campus. Over one-third of students are varsity athletes while 70 percent remain active in intramurals. Fun fact: Ripon guarantees that students who maintain good academic standing (and do not change majors late in the process) will graduate within four years; and if you need an extra semester’s worth of classes, the College will waive that semester’s tuition fees for you!
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award. Graduating college seniors can compete for a generous stipend from National Grid that will help them see a public service project through from start to finish. Students are encouraged to work alone or with an organization that is already doing service works in a particular area. For those students who want a year of experience being the boss before heading off to graduate school or the workforce, this opportunity is for you! For more information on this scholarship and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
Recently, a group of College Coach educators read the book Enough As She Is by Rachel Simmons. In her book, Rachel describes the cult of Effortless Perfectionism, the phenomenon in which girls have to be superhuman: ambitious, smart, physically fit, pretty, socially active, athletic, and liked by everyone, all without looking like they’re trying. College Coach is going to actively work to battle this phenomenon in our work, and highly recommend that parents of teenage girls read Enough As She Is to learn what they can do to help their daughters at home. Learn more about the book and the phenomenon of Effortless Perfectionism on the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
Colleges tend to be more relaxed environments over the summer. Without the typical school-year pressure on students, professors, and administrators, these campus community-members are often more available to answer questions from prospective students and their parents. What questions, however, are best to ask? Find out on the Edmit blog, where former Boston University and Tufts University financial aid officer, Shannon Vasconcelos, advises you to dig deeper than the information that can be easily accessed on a college’s website and ask the questions that get to the heart of whether a particular college will be a good financial fit for your family. Check out the article at www.edmit.me.
There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges, including this week’s School Spotlight, Dartmouth College. Although it’s the smallest member of the Ivy League, Dartmouth is big on tradition. Considering the fall bonfires, winter snow sculptures, and spring Pow-Wow, the College’s 4,400 undergraduates have year-round opportunities to immerse themselves in Big Green culture. Among Dartmouth’s most signature features is the D-Plan academic calendar. Ten-week quarters allow students to focus on three courses per term while also giving students the flexibility to study abroad or pursue internships during terms spent off-campus during the year. As part of the D-Plan, all sophomores are required to stay on campus for “sophomore summer,” when they literally have full run of the campus and can take on leadership positions in every student organization available, from the daily newspaper to the outing club. Economics and government are the two most popular majors, but the engineering program is equally outstanding. All future engineers are exposed to hands-on coursework in their very first term, while they also benefit from enrolling in a wide range of liberal arts courses, too. Fun fact: famous Dartmouth alums include actress Mindy Kaling, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), and Kirsten Gillibrand – U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential election.
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the Regent’s Scholarship. Looking for a merit-based scholarship to attend a University of California campus? The Regents Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship available to top-tier applicants and is solely based upon academic merit and the attributes of the student. For more information on this scholarship and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
If you’re a current student aspiring to be a future MBA and weighing the merits of knocking out the GMAT sooner rather than later, you’re already ahead of the game. Given that your GMAT score is valid for five years, it may be advantageous to take it during your senior year of undergrad because you’re still in study mode. (This also gives you more lead time to retake it if necessary.) You may be overwhelmed and busy in your final year at college, but reorienting yourself to weekly study sessions on top of a demanding job will be even harder. Plus, you can cancel your score without a penalty, meaning no reference to canceled scores will appear on reports sent to business schools – a change from a few years ago. For more tips on taking the GMAT, see the guest post by Fortuna Admissions, MBA admission consultants, on the Insider blog.
Many students decide to pursue an MBA on a part-time basis. It can be more affordable, particularly when considering the alternative opportunity cost of giving up your income for two years to attend business school full time. Still, however, paying for an MBA is rarely easy, even when maintaining a full-time income. Many students are in the market for financial aid and aren’t sure how to begin. If this sounds like you, check out the latest contribution by College Coach finance expert and former Babson College financial aid officer, Michelle Clifton, to the Fortuna Admissions blog. In her article, Michelle outlines the steps part-time MBA students need to take to maximize their financial aid. Check it out at www.fortunaadmissions.com.
There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges, including this week’s School Spotlight, University of Lynchburg. Nearly 2,100 undergraduate students find a warm and welcoming community on the campus of the University of Lynchburg, one of the 45 Colleges that Change Lives. Whether you’re on track to be your high school’s valedictorian or you’re a solid B student, Lynchburg is the type of college that will help you realize your potential. The College’s most popular majors are nursing, health promotion (which can lead to careers as a physical therapist, public health official, or physician assistant), and criminology but they also offer strong programs in business administration, communication studies, and exercise physiology. The campus’s 491-acre Claytor Nature Center is the ideal place for environmental enthusiasts to gain hands-on experience with Virginia’s wildlife, woodlands, and wetlands. In fact, students studying biology, chemistry, or environmental science at Lynchburg can conduct research in the nature center’s state-of-the-art laboratory. At Lynchburg, students are encouraged to think about ways in which they can best serve the world. One possible first step might be to minor in leadership studies or develop leadership skills through the Bonner Leaders Program, both of which can help students make a lasting difference in their communities. Good to know: all admitted first year students are automatically considered for merit scholarships, ranging from $12,000 to $22,000 renewable awards.
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the Stamps President’s Scholarship. The Stamps President’s Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship offered to the top 1-2% of incoming applicants to Georgia Tech. Recipients do not need to be residents of Georgia, and, in fact, half of the annual recipients are non-residents. While academics do play a big part in the selection process, other factors like leadership and community service, are taken into consideration. For more information on this scholarship and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.