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What to do if you are starting college in the spring semester

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Most college freshmen begin their classes in the fall semester that immediately follows their high school graduation. But in some cases, maybe after a deferral from their top-choice school or when they take extra time off from studying after high school, new college students wait until the spring to start.



Second-Semester Senior? How to Maximize Your Last Few Months of High School

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You are nearing the high school finish line! What you do in these last few months of the school year is critical. You should, of course, keep your academic record in good shape, but you should also look toward opportunities to develop interpersonal skills.

A healthy social life can be beneficial in both the personal and the professional sense. Let’s see why…


7 Tips to Avoid FAFSA Errors

This is the time of year that parents with college-bound children dread. Why? Because it’s FAFSA season.

The latest FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which was released on Jan. 1, is a document that families must fill out if they want to be eligible for federal college loans and grants. Financial aid assistance through the states, as well as colleges and universities, also often require families to complete the FAFSA.

I’ve run across plenty of parents who worry that they messed up when completing their FAFSA. Paula Bishop, a CPA in Bellevue, Wash. and a friend of mine who has handled countless financial aid applications for clients, told me that she has never seen a FAFSA form completed by parents that didn’t contain at least one error.

Here’s what scary about that: even a single mistake can cost parents thousands of dollars in assistance.

If you plan to tackle the FAFSA in the next few weeks, here are seven tips to boost your chances of getting it right:

1. Don’t dawdle: Complete the FAFSA soon. If you procrastinate until April, when your income taxes are due, you could miss deadlines for state financial aid assistance, as well as help from your child’s school. If completing your income tax promptly is impossible, fill out the FAFSA with estimated numbers. If estimating, you can log back into your FAFSA account with the updated figures later.

[See why it might pay to wait until February to file your 2011-12 FAFSA.]

2. Don’t mention retirement assets on the FAFSA: One of the best ways to torpedo your chances for financial aid is to include your retirement assets on the FAFSA. The FAFSA doesn’t want to know about money that you have in such vehicles as 401(k) plans, Individual Retirement Accounts, and other qualified retirement plans. If you mention these assets on your FAFSA, your chances for need-based financial aid will shrink. Don’t do it!

[View tips on how to report your savings on the FAFSA.]

3. Forget about home equity: The FAFSA won’t ask if you own your residence, so any home equity that you enjoy won’t hurt your chances for need-based aid. The federal financial aid form does inquire about second homes and real estate investments. In addition to a primary home, you also shouldn’t mention vehicles, boats, furniture, and other household possessions as assets.

4. Have the correct parent complete the FAFSA: When parents are divorced or separated, make sure the right one fills out the financial aid form. The parent who is the legal custodial guardian won’t necessarily be the one to complete the FAFSA. The parent responsible for filling out the form will be the one who has lived with the student for the majority of the year. If a child, for instance, resided with the father for seven months and the mother for five months, the dad would complete the document.

Ideally, the divorced or separated parent who handles the FAFSA will be the one with the lowest income. That’s because only his or her finances will be shared on the aid form.

5. Ask for help: When filling out the FAFSA, you can obtain help through the government’s toll-free number: (800) 433-3243. You can also take advantage of the government’s online chat sessions by using FAFSA on the Web Customer Service Live Help from Monday through Saturday.

[Read 3 ways applying for financial aid will be easier in 2011.]

6. Correct mistakes: You can correct errors after you’ve submitted your FAFSA. Return to your online form and click on “Make FAFSA Corrections.” The government will process your changes within three to five days.

7. Check out a sock puppet video: No, really. Kim Clark, my friend and colleague at U.S. News, assembled links of videos that can help you complete the FAFSA. One involves a sock puppet. No reason why you can’t have a little fun with the FAFSA!

This article, 7 Tips to Avoid FAFSA Errors, was originally posted here.

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5 facts about today’s college graduates

Graduation season is in full swing, but what do we really know about all those fresh-faced young adults in black robes — what they actually studied, what their chances are of landing a decent job, how they’ll look back on their college years? Here’s our data roundup:

CollegeGrads_11 Only about 56% of students earn degrees within six years. The National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit verification and research organization, tracked 2.4 million first-time college students who enrolled in fall 2007 with the intent of pursuing a degree or certificate. The completion rate was highest (72.9%) among students who started at four-year, private, nonprofit schools, and lowest (39.9%) among those who started at two-year public institutions.

2 Business is still the most common major. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about a fifth (20.5%) of the 1.79 million bachelor’s degrees conferred in 2011-12 were in business. Business has been the single most common major since 1980-81; before that, education led the way. The least common bachelor’s degrees, according to the NCES, were in library science (95 conferred in 2011-12), military technologies and applied sciences (86) and precision production (37).

CollegeGrads_23 It’s harder for new graduates to find good jobs. It’s no secret that unemployment among recent grads remains higher than it was before the Great Recession. But in a recent report, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York went deeper and looked at underemployment among recent grads (defined as people aged 22 to 27 with at least a bachelor’s degree). The Fed researchers used data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to examine whether employed grads were in jobs that typically required a college degree, what those jobs paid, and whether they were working full- or part-time. They found that in 2012, about 44% of grads were working in jobs that didn’t require a college degree — a rate that, while about what it was in early 1990s, increased after the 2001 and 2007-09 recessions. Only 36% of that group were in what the researchers called “good non-college jobs” — those paying around $45,000 a year — down from around half in the 1990s. The share of underemployed recent grads in low-wage (below $25,000) jobs rose from about 15% in 1990 to more than 20%. About one-in-five (23%) underemployed recent grads were working part-time in 2011, up from 15% in 2000.

4 But graduates still out-earn people without degrees. A Pew Research Center report from earlier this year looked at earnings of Millennials (those born after 1980) who usually worked full-time in 2012. Among that group, workers with at least a bachelor’s degree had median annual earnings of $45,500, well over the medians for people with only some college ($30,000) or a high-school diploma ($28,000). The gap has widened over the years and across the generations: In 1965, when the members of the Silent Generation were 25 to 34 years old, median earnings for high-school graduates were 81% of those for college graduates; in 2013, among the Millennials, it was 61.5%.

5 Most grads think college was worth it. The same Pew Researchreport found that majorities of graduates in all three of the largest U.S. generations — Boomers, Gen-Xers and Millennials — agree that college either has paid off or will pay off, given what they and their families invested in it. Perhaps not surprisingly, the highest-earning graduates were the most positive about their educations — 98% of those making six figures and up said their degree had paid off, compared with 63% of graduates earning less than $50,000. Similarly, people with advanced degrees were even more likely than bachelor’s and associate’s degree holders to say their education was worth the investment — 96%, compared with 89% and 76%, respectively.

This article, 5 Facts About Today’s College Graduates, was originally posted here .

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10 Universities That Offer International Students the Most Aid

Among the schools that gave the most financial aid to international students, the average award was $54,718.

Skidmore College is the most generous institution for giving financial aid to international students, according to U.S. News data.

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or graduate school search.

The U.S. is home to some of the world’s best colleges and universities, and more applicants from outside of the country are asking to be let in. A record number of international students – 886,052 undergraduate and graduate students – enrolled during the 2013-2014 school year, according to an annual report on study abroad trends.

Many prospective students from abroad, much like applicants from the U.S., will need financial aid to cover the costs of tuition and fees, which can reach as high as $51,300 per year, according to U.S. News data.

Some institutions are more generous than others when it comes to giving financial aid to international students, and Skidmore College is one.

It awarded international undergraduates $56,600 on average during the 2014-2015 school year. The New York school awarded the most aid, on average, to international students among 393 ranked institutions that submitted data to U.S. News.

[Check out this infographic to learn more about international students.]

Skidmore has been listed before as one of the top 10 schools for awarding the most aid to undergrads from abroad, though its average aid amount in previous years has been lower. It was $53,600 during the 2013-2014 school year.

The University of Chicago‘s average aid for international students has significantly decreased. During the 2013-2014 school year, its average award was $53,637, making it a top 10 school for financial aid to students from abroad. For the 2014-2015 school year, that average fell to $48,340, knocking the school out of the top 10.

[Take this quiz to see if you’re ready to apply to U.S. universities.]

Among the 10 schools that gave the most aid to international students, the average aid award was $54,718.

Fort Hays State University gave the least aid to international students. The Kansas school gave students from abroad $1,061 on average during the 2014-2015 school year, but its tuition and fees are relatively low. Out-of-state students paid $13,159 for the 2014-2015 school year.

Below is a list of the 10 colleges and universities that gave the most financial aid to at least 50 students from abroad in the 2014-2015 school year. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

School name (state) Number of international students who received aid during 2014-2015 Average aid awarded to international undergraduates during 2014-2015 U.S. News rank and category
Skidmore College (NY) 96 $56,600 38 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Yale University (CT) 322 $55,862 3, National Universities
Amherst College (MA) 154 $55,673 2, National Liberal Arts Colleges
Williams College (MA) 87 $55,119 1, National Liberal Arts Colleges
Wesleyan University (CT) 77 $54,996 14 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Trinity College (CT) 166 $54,788 43 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Columbia University (NY) 176 $53,972 4 (tie), National Universities
Stanford University (CA) 150 $53,422 4 (tie), National Universities
Harvard University (MA) 524 $53,409 2, National Universities
Duke University (NC) 173 $53,334 8, National Universities

Don’t see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News College Compass to find financial aid data, complete rankings and much more. School officials can access historical data and rankings, including of peer institutions, via U.S. News Academic Insights.

U.S. News surveyed nearly 1,800 colleges and universities for our 2015 survey of undergraduate programs. Schools self-reported myriad data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News’ data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Colleges rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data come from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News’ rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schoolsor Best Online Programs. The financial aid data above are correct as of Sept. 24, 2015.

This article,  10 Universities That Offer International Students the Most Aid, was originally posted here.

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Careers in Beauty Marketing: Information and Education Requirements

Learn about the education and preparation needed to become a beauty marketer. Get a quick view of the requirements as well as details about schooling, job duties and salary to find out if this is the career for you.


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ssential Information

Beauty marketers create promotion strategies for advertising products such as lotions, potions, sprays and creams. A bachelor’s degree and an internship or experience is usually necessary for these careers. Professionals must also understand the beauty and fashion industry.

Required Education Bachelor’s typically needed
Other Requirements Internship often required, understanding of the industry
Projected Job Growth (2012 – 2022)* 13% for all marketing managers
Median Salary (2013)* $123,220 annually for all marketing managers

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Beauty Marketing Career Information

Beauty marketing careers range from beauty store counter assistant to director of marketing. At its most basic level, marketing involves promoting a company’s beauty products, which can range from cosmetics to fragrances to hair care products. Marketing professionals work with other executives in sales, advertising, public relations and promotion to examine the demand for beauty products and find ways that the company can meet that demand.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for marketing managers, including those in the beauty industry, was $123,220 as of 2013 ( The BLS projected that employment for this occupational group would grow by 13% from 2012 to 2022.

Career Possibilities

Some beauty marketers begin their careers by working in a retail store as a beauty adviser, counter representative or sales associate. Prospective beauty marketers learn what products appeal to customers and how to promote them. Other entry-level positions in beauty marketing include marketing or administrative assistant at a cosmetics or beauty company.

After several years of experience, or earning a bachelor’s degree, individuals can become a marketing manager, product manager or sales representative. Some professionals choose to focus on market research or promotions, or they may pursue careers in beauty product development. At this level, professionals execute the marketing plans developed by the executive leadership and assist with developing pricing and promotion strategies. Experienced beauty marketers help develop marketing plans and oversee their execution.

Education Requirements

To work as a cosmetics counter representative, job candidates may only need a high school education. Those with a degree may qualify for advanced positions as a marketing manager, account executive or vice president.

According to the BLS, those wishing to pursue a career in marketing should consider majoring in business administration with a focus on marketing. Courses in marketing, management, finance, accounting, economics, market research, consumer behavior, sales, advertising and communication can be useful in this career. Understanding the beauty and fashion industry is also important. Some education programs specifically focus on beauty marketing topics, including package design, beauty formulations, beauty trends and forecasting.

Experience is another important factor for landing a job in the industry. Prospects can apply for internships in the beauty industry, and the BLS indicated that many employers seek candidates who have completed internships.

This article, Careers in Beauty Marketing: Information and Education Requirments, was originally posted here.

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Colleges That Don’t Require the SAT


Had enough of the SAT? Take a look at the following list of colleges and universities that do not require either an SAT or ACT score for admissions. There’s a college for everyone!

Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA
Alliant International University, San Diego, CA
Allen University, Columbia, SC
American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
American Baptist College of ABT Seminary, Nashville, TN
American College of Computer and Info. Sciences, Birmingham, AL
American College of Pre-hospital Medicine, Navarre, FL
American Indian College of the Assemblies of God, Phoenix, AZ
American Intercontinental University, Los Angeles, CA
American Intercontinental University, Dunwoody, GA
American Intercontinental University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
American Intercontinental University, Atlanta, GA
American Military University, Charles Town, WV
American Public University, Charles Town, WV
American University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon, PR
Andrew Jackson University, Birmingham AL
Antioch College of Antioch University, Yellow Springs, OH
Arkansas Baptist College, Little Rock, AR
Armstrong University, Berkeley, CA
Atlantic College, Guaynabo, PR

Baker College of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
Baker College of Cadillac, Cadillac, MI
Baker College of Flint, Flint, MI
Baker College of Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, MI
Baker College of Muskegon, Muskegon, MI
Baker College of Owosso, Owosso, MI
Baker College of Port Huron, Port Huron, MI
Bais Binyomin Academy, Stamford, CT
Baltimore Hebrew University, Baltimore, MD
Baptist Bible College, Springfield, MO
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Bates College, Lewiston, ME
Bayamon Central University, PR
Beis Medrash Heichal Dovid, Far Rockaway, NY
Bellevue University, Omaha, NE
Benedict College, Columbia, SC
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Berkeley College, West Patterson, NJ
Berkeley College, White Plains, NY
Berkeley College of New York City, New York, NY
Beth HaMedrahs Shaarei Yosher, Brooklyn, NY
Beth HaTalmud Rabbinical College, Brooklyn, NY
Beth Medrash Govoha, Lakewood NJ
Bethesda Christian University, Anaheim, CA
Beulah Heights Bible College, Atlanta, GA
Boricua College, New York, NY
Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA
Boston Conservatory, Boston, MA
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Briarcliffe College, Bethpage, NY
Brown College, Mendota Heights, MN
Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA
Burlington College, Burlington, VT

California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
California National University for Advanced Studies, Northridge, CA
Calumet College of St. Joseph, Hammond, IN
Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA
Campbell University, Camp Lejeune, New River-Jacksonville, NC
Campbell University, Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, NC
Campbell University, Pope Air Force Base, Fayetteville, NC
Campbell University, Morrisville, NC
Carlos Albizu University, Miami, FL
Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim- Lebavitch, Brooklyn, NY
Chaparral College, Tucson, AZ
Charles R. Drew University: College of Allied Health, LA, CA
Charter College, Anchorage, AK
Charter Oak State College, Newington, CT
Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA
Chester College of New England, Chester, NH
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati, OH
City College, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
City University, Bellevue, WA
Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, Pineville, KY
Cleary College, Ypsilanti, MI
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Coleman College, La Mesa, CA
College America, Multiple Locations, CO
College for Lifelong Learning, Durham, NC
College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, VA
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
College of the Humanities and Sciences, Tempe, AZ
College of New Rochelle: School of New Resources, NY
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
Collins College, Tempe, AZ
Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, CO
Columbia College, Caguas, PR
Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Columbia College: Hollywood, Tarzana, CA
Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, AL
Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, MD
Concordia College, Selma, AL
Connecticut College, New London, CT
Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, San Juan
Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
Crown College, Tacoma, WA
Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY
Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA

Darkei Noam Rabbinical College, Brooklyn, NY
Davenport University- Multiple Campuses, MI
Design Institute of San Diego, CA
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Divine Word College, Epworth, IA
Dowling College, Oakdale, NY
Drew University, Madison, NJ

Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, NY
East-West University, Chicago, IL
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
Electronic Data Processing College of Puerto Rico, PR
Excelsior College, Albany, NY

Fairmont State College, Fairmont, WV
Faith Baptist College and Theological Seminary, Ankeny, IA
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
Finlandia University, Hancock, MI
Florida Christian College, Kissimmee, FL
Florida Metropolitan University, multiple campuses, FL
Fort Lewis College, Durango, CA
Franklin University, Columbus, OH

Global University, Springfield, MS
Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA
Granite State College, Concord, NH
Grantham College of Engineering, Sidell, LA
Gratz College, Melrose Park, PA
Great Basin College, Elko, NV
Guilford College, Greensboro, NC

Hamilton College, Mason City, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Cedar Falls, IA
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Harrington Institute of Interior Design, Chicago, IL
Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI
Heritage Christian University, Florence, AL
Heritage College, Toppenish, WA
Herzing College, Homewood, AL
Herzing College, New Orleans, LA
Hesser College, Manchester, NH
Hilbert College, Hamburg, NY
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, NY
Humphreys College, Stockton, CA
Hussian School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg, IL
Institute of Computer Technology, Los Angeles, CA
Inter-American University of Puerto Rico/ Metropolitan Campus
Interior Designers Institute, Newport Beach, CA
International Academy of Design and Technology, multiple locations
International Business College, Fort Wayne, IN
International College, Naples, FL
International Fine Arts College (Miami International University of Art and Design), FL
ITT Technical Institute, multiple locations

Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND
JFK University, Orinda, NY
John Jay College of Criminal (CUNY), New York, NY
John Wesley College, High Point, NC
Johnson & Wales University, multiple locations
Jones College, Jacksonville, FL
Juilliard School, New York, NY
Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Kehilath Yakov Rabbinical Seminary, Brooklyn, NY
Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
Kent State University, Stark, OH
The Kings College, Van Nuys, CA
Kol Yaakov Torah Center, Monsey, NY
Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois

Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH
Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
Laura and Alvin Siegel College of Judaic Studies, OH
Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA
Lester L. Cox College of Nursing and Health Science, Springfield, MO
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR
Lincoln University, Oakland, CA

Machzikei Hadath Rabbinical College, Brooklyn, NY
Magnolia Bible College, Kosciusko, MS
Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY
Mannes College of Music, New York, NY
Martin University, Indianapolis, IN
Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, OR
Medaille College, Buffalo, NY
Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY
Mesivta of Eastern Pkwy Rabbinical Seminary, Brooklyn, NY
Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem of America, New York, NY
Mesivta Torah Vodaath Seminary, Brooklyn, NY
Metropolitan College, Oklahoma City, OK
Michigan Jewish Institute, Oak Park, MI
Mid-Continent Baptist Bible College, Mayfield, KY
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
Mirrer Yeshiva, Brooklyn, NY
Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO
Missouri Technical School, St. Louis, MO
Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph, MO
Morris College, Sumpter, SC
Morrison University, Reno, NV
Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, OR
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Mount Ida College, Newton Center, MA
Mt. Sierra College, Monrovia, CA
Mountain State University, Beckley, WV
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

NAES College, Chicago, IL
Naropa University, Boulder, CO
National American University, multiple locations
National Hispanic University, San Jose, CA
National University, La Jolla, CA
Nazarene Bible College, Colorado Springs, CO
Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Baltimore, MD
Newbury College, Brookline, MA
New College of California, San Francisco, CA
New England College, Henniker, NH
New England Institute. of Art and Communication, Brookline, MA
New England Institute of Technology, Warwick, RI
New England School of Communications, Bangor, ME
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New, LA
New School of Architecture, San Diego, CA
New York City College of Technology (CUNY), Brooklyn, NY
Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA
Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA
Northcentral University, Prescott, AZ
Northrop-Rice Aviation Institute of Technology, Inglewood, CA
Northwest College of Art, Poulsbo, WA
Northwestern College, Saint Paul, MN

Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, SD
Ohio University, Southern Campus at Ironton, Ironton, OH
Ohio University, Zaneville Campus, Zaneville, OH
Ohr HaMeir Theological Seminary, Courtland Manor, NY
Ohr Somayach- Tanenbaum Educational Center, Monsey, NY
Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell, OK
Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, OR

Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
Patten College, Oakland, CA
Peirce College, Philadelphia PA
Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
Prescott College, Prescott, AZ
Portland State University, Portland, OR
Presentation College, Aberdeen, SD

Rabbi Jacob Joseph School, Edison, NY
Rabbinical Academy Mesivta Rabbi Chaim Berlin, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbinical College Beth Shraga, Monsey, NY
Rabbinical College of America, Morristown, NJ
Rabbinical College Bobover Yeshiva Bnci Zion, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbinical College Ch’san Sofer, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbinical College of Long Island, NY
Rabbinical College of Ohr Shimon Yisroel, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbinical College of Telshe, Wickliffe, Ohio
Rabbinical Seminary Adas Yereim, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbinical Seminary of America, Forest Hills, NY
Rabbinical Seminary M’kor Chaim, Brooklyn, NY
Remington College, multiple locations
Robert Morris College, Chicago, IL

Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI
Saint Augustine College, Chicago, IL
Saint Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary- Overbrook, PA
Saint John’s College, Annapolis, MD
Saint John’s College, Santa Fe, NM
Saint Lawrence University, Canton, NY
Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, MT
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Schiller International University, Dunedin, FL
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH
Sheldon Jackson College, Sitka, AK
Shimer College, Waukegan, IL
Shor Yoshuv Rabbinical College, Far Rockaway, NY
Silicon Valley College, Multiple Campuses, CA
Sinte Gleska University, Rosebud, SD
Sojourner-Douglass College, Baltimore, MD
South College, Montgomery, AL
South University: West Palm Beach Campus, West Palm Beach, FL
Southeastern University, Washington, D.C.
Southern California Institute of Technology, Anaheim, CA
Southern Christian Academy, Decatur, GA
Southwestern Christian College, Terrell , TX
State University of NY/Empire State College, Sarasota Springs, NY
Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT
Stevens-Henager College, Ogden, TX
Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

Talmudic College of FL, Miami Beach, FL
Talmudical Academy of New Jersey, Adelphia, NJ
Talmudical Institute of Upstate NY, Rochester, NY
Talmudical Seminary Oholei Torah, Brooklyn, NY
Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, PA
Telshe Yeshiva- Chicago, IL
Thomas University, Thomasville, GA
Thomas Edison College, Trenton, NJ
Torah Temimah Talmudical Seminary, Brooklyn, NY
Troy State University, Montgomery, AL

Union Institute, Cincinnati, OH
United Talmudical Seminary, Brooklyn, NY
Unity College, Unity, ME
Universidad Adventista de las Antillas, PR
Universidad del Este, PR
University of Action Learning at Boulder, CO
University of Advancing Technology, Tempe, AZ
University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, AK
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
University of Great Falls, Great Falls, MT
University of Guam, Mangilao, GU
University of Maine at Farmington, Farmington, ME
University of Maine at Ft. Kent, Ft. Kent, ME
University of Maine at Presque Isle, Presque Isle, ME
University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD
University of Minnesota: Crookston, Crookston, MN
University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
University of South Carolina, Aiken, SC
University of Texas-Brownville, TX
University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
University of the State of NY/Excelsior College, Albany, NY
University of the Virgin Islands-St. Croix
University of the Virgin Islands- St. Thomas
University of West LA, CA
Utah Valley State College, Orem, UT

Virginia College, Birmingham, AL
Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA

West Virginia University at Parkersburg, WV
Western Governors University, UT
Western International University, Phoenix, AZ
Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM
Westwood College of Technology, multiple locations
Wheaton College, Norton, MA
White Pines College, Chester, NH

Yeshiva Beth Yehuda- Yeshiva, Oak Park, MI
Yeshiva Beth Moshe, Scranton, PA
Yeshiva Derech Chaim, Brooklyn, NY
Yeshiva D’Monsey Rabbinical College, Monsey, NY
Yeshiva Gedolah Imrei Yosef D’Spinka, Brooklyn, NY
Yeshiva Gedolah Rabbinical College, Miami Beach, FL
Yeshiva Karlin Stolin, Brooklyn, NY
Yeshiva and Kolel Harbotzas Torah, Brooklyn, NY
Yeshiva Mikdash Melech, Brooklyn, NY
Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Rockland, Suffern, NY
Yeshiva of Nitra, Mt. Kisco, NY
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad/West Coast Talmudical Seminary, LA, CA
Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah Talmudic, Kew Gardens, NY
Yeshiva of the Telshe Alumni, Riverdale, NY
Yeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudical Seminary, Denver, CO
Yeshiva Viznitz, Monsey, NY
Yeshivas Novominsk, Brooklyn, NY
Yeshivath Zichron Moshe, South Fallsburg, NY

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10 Tips to Ace Freshman Year


So you’ve seen The Social Network — that’s what college life is all about, right? Studying hard, inventing online social media platforms, evading the Winklevii. But wait, you’ve also seen Good Will Hunting, where those Harvard students are portrayed as living in an ivory tower, separate from the real world.

Perhaps you’ve talked with an uncle who claims college was “the best time of my life,” while a cynical older cousin described it as feeling like a “holding ground before real life begins.” No one would blame you at this point for being confused about what exactly the college experience is supposed to be — or for desperately wondering how to make the most of it.

The truth of the matter is that everyone’s experience is different. You might be on a sports team, getting up at 6 a.m. several times a week. Or you might be into theater, spending long weeks before opening night on stage in tights and full makeup. Some schools have campuses, others are more urban — and still others have mainly students who commute to class. Each school has its own personality and vibe.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t some general similarities across the board. College is a time to make lifelong friends, expand and deepen your knowledge, discover new interests and become independent. You will be going through this experience with thousands of other students across the country (and world!), but at the same time you’ll also be defining your own unique college experience. Keeping that dichotomy in mind, here are 10 of our most helpful tips to have the best experience possible.

1. Keep in touch with high school friends. Meeting new people is exciting. However, if you’ve got great friends, put in the effort to maintain regular contact. It’ll come in handy when you realize you’re 1,000 miles away from home, and it can keep you grounded while you’re trying new experiences. Plus, you can visit another campus when you want to get away for a bit and gain some perspective. You may just find one of your childhood friends is interested in the same career after college, and will make a great roommate (or connection) after graduation.

2. Remind yourself: It’s OK to be homesick. It happens to everyone. Maybe the first three days of school are all excitement, and then it hits you, or maybe it doesn’t sink in until you visit your family over Thanksgiving. Everyone’s got his or her own timetable for this, but remember: Everyone’s going through it! Reach out both to high school friends at other colleges and people you meet at school. You’ll find someone who understands.

3. Try something new. Always wanted to learn the drums? Do it. Or get involved in politics? Check out student government. While all schools are different, the one thing that is true for every college big and small is that there are opportunities there for everyone and everything. This is your chance to dabble in just about anything, so take advantage while you can.

4. Keep doing what you love. Sometimes the message “try new things” can get overblown — don’t forget that it’s OK to also stick with what you love. The new people surrounding you will have different strengths and backgrounds and are going to expand your relationship with that old activity you’ve been doing since you were 5.

5. Look for a mentor. Start by building up your courage and talking to your professors outside of class. Your mentor is someone who will write you a killer job recommendation in four years. They will also take a vested interest in who you are as a person, as well as a student. They’ll give you insight beyond school and influence your development. Ultimately, they’re someone who’s been in your shoes and has come out the other end. They know generally what you are going through and can give you that perspective that those your age can’t.

6. Sleep.

7. Form a study group. This is a great way to make friends, plus you learn more by pooling knowledge. Win win!

8. Do the work. Even if you go to lecture and get the teacher’s interpretation, don’t fail to do actually read Freud’s The Ego and the Id for yourself and form your own opinion. College is a time when your biggest job is to learn; unless you go on to graduate school, you’re not going to find that again!

9. Get off campus. You’ll quickly realize there’s a big world out there outside of campus. So get out there. It’s a great way to maintain perspective and immerse yourself in a different vibe than the one on campus.

10. Trust your instincts. You can’t take all of this advice at once! Try something new or do something old? Get sleep or go off campus? Ultimately, this is a time to listen to and trust yourself.

And perhaps most of all, don’t be too hard on yourself. Given that college is a time to explore, there will likely be points where you are feeling lost. Perhaps everyone around you might seem like they are doing just fine. Remember: You’re not alone. Chances are, if you reach out about your feelings, someone will respond.

As J.R.R. Tolkien said: “Not all who wander are lost.” College is just the time to begin wandering. Good luck on your journey!

This article, 10 Tips to Ace Freshman Year, was orginally posted here.

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6 Things High School Freshman Should Know About the College Search

When freshman enter high school, college is probably the last thing on their minds. There are just so many other important things to think about, like, where it’s okay to sit in the cafeteria, and which teachers check homework every day and getting from X hall to J hall before the 3 minute bell!

It’s a crazy world in those high school halls, especially for a newbie.  What’s even crazier is that it’s actually not that crazy to start thinking about college once you catch your breath.  It may seem unnecessary at the time, considering you still got 4 more school years to go, but in the long run, it will actually ease the stress your college search.

Here are 6 things college-bound high school freshman should keep in mind:


1.  Start Early
Freshman year of high school seems early to to start your college search.  But, it’s more about mental preparedness than anything else.  The college application process is like a 3-ringed circus that you have to run while keeping up with your high school classes. The more you can prepare yourself for it, the smoother time you’ll have.

Sit down with your high school counselor.  Make sure you’re on the path to graduate on time and that you’re taking classes required for most colleges.  Discuss your future with your parents so you can all be on the same page about your goals. College is a big deal–financially and academically–and will have a huge impact on your life. So, how could it hurt to start thinking about it?

2. Find a Passion or Hobby
There are too many students out there who just phone-in volunteer hours so it will “look good” on their college application.  Yes, extra-curricular activities, leadership and volunteer services will make your college application appear more well-rounded.  But, college admissions folks weren’t born yesterday. They can tell the difference between surface-deep involvement in an activity and a heartfelt one.

A passion or a hobby can be anything.  Sports, birdwatching, an after-school job, tutoring, etc.  Find or continue doing what you love and what interests you.  It will be easier, and far more fun and motivating to grow and find leadership positions doing something you love versus something you think will look good on a resume.

3. Reach Out to Teachers
Your teachers are probably the most underused resource you have.  If they’re teaching at your school, they went to college and can offer up words of wisdom.  Ask questions about how they discovered they wanted to become teachers or if they know any field of study that you’d be interested in.  Just because it’s not on the syllabus doesn’t mean you can’t ask.

It’s also great to keep up a healthy relationship with a couple teachers because you might need a letter of recommendation in a few years.

4. Every Year Counts
Certain colleges will tell you that they disregard Freshman year from your transcript and GPA. For the most part, this is not the case. Do not throw away your freshman year out of the belief that “it doesn’t matter”. All of your grades go into your GPA, so keep up with your schoolwork.

Also, if you get involved in activities your freshman year, you’ll have more flexibility to move up and take on leadership opportunities that a person who starts in a club their sophomore or junior year won’t have.

5. Plan Your Summer Smartly
The summer going into your sophomore year can really set the pace for the rest of your high school career and college search.  Think about your priorities.  What do you want to be able to tell colleges when you apply to them?  If you want to show them your work ethic, perhaps taking on extra hours at your summer job is key.  If you want to show them you’re passionate about volunteering, volunteer! Apply for an internship at a local charity.   Use your time in the summer not only to have fun, but to keep yourself growing as a college-bound student.

6.  Keep an Eye Out for Scholarships
Paying for college is no small feat. In fact, if it were feet, it’d be huge feet.  There are tons of scholarships out there. Some are small. Some are huge.  The earlier you start looking and applying for scholarships, the more likely are you to acquire some scholarship money before you head off to college.

The sooner you start, the more ahead you’ll be in your college search.

This article, 6 Things High School Freshman Should Know About the College Search, was orginally posted here.

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The Most Important Question of Your Life

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Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk into the room.