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Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$72,200

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

48.66%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

29,810

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Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

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Northeastern University (NEU) is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts known for offering interdisciplinary, experiential learning. Northeastern University offers a mix of experience-based learning programs that include a cooperative education program, student research, global learning and service learning. NEU has degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  It offers 94 undergraduate programs and 169 graduate programs.  NEU is expanding its research programs to encompass the areas of health, security and sustainability.

What is unique about Northeastern is its 100-year-old "Co-op" program. Short for "cooperative education", the Co-op approach to education at Northeastern provides students with experiences in the U.S. and abroad that foster the development of a global perspective, along with knowledge and awareness. Through the Co-op program, students engage in 18 months of professional experience at a co-op partner site in the U.S. or in one of 50 countries around the world.

The faculty members of Northeastern University bring real-world experience to the classroom, and take an interdisciplinary approach to their teaching and their research. Students at Northeastern have ample opportunity to participate in research with the faculty in all degree programs, with access to advanced research facilities on and off campus.  Online learning is also offered, with the same level of scholarship as the campus-based programs.

The mission of Northeastern University:

To educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment, and to create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs.

History

Northeastern University was founded in 1898.

Academics

The academic calendar for Northeastern University follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and a summer "term."

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts, Media and Design
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Computer and Information Science
  • College of Engineering
  • Bouve College of Health Sciences
  • College of Professional Studies
  • College of Science
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • School of Law

Student Life

Students at Northeastern can become actively engaged on campus through the more than 260 student clubs and organizations that are offered. There are media groups, honor societies, intramural sports clubs, academic organizations, performing arts and professional organizations, and more.  There are many fraternities and sororities, campus events, activities and student services.  There are many opportunities for community partnerships, volunteer service, and participation in the AmeriCorps program.

On and off campus housing is available, along with several options for dining and a campus grocery store.  There is a 24/7 escort service to ensure student safety for those traversing the campus at night.

Athletics

The "Huskies" (Husky) athletic teams of Northeastern compete in 18 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Ice Hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Ice Hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

The Northeastern University campus is located in the heart of Boston, and is accessible by public transportation. The Boston Logan airport is minutes away from campus, and many hotels are within walking distance or a short drive away.  Shopping, restaurants, entertainment and recreation are all within easy reach of the centrally located campus.

Acceptance Rate

18.05

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

New York University's main campus is located in Greenwich Village. It is a private, non-sectarian, research university and the largest non-profit institution of higher learning in the US. Study abroad facilities are located in a wide variety of countries around the globe. New sites are planned for Abu Dhabi in 2010 and Washington DC in 2012.

History

New York University was established on April 18, 1831 by bankers, merchants and traders in order to provide young men with a higher education. They were to be admitted on merit alone, with no focus on social status or birthright.

On April 12, 1831, the New York State Legislature gave the school its charter and it was incorporated as the University of the City of New York. The name was changed to New York University in 1896 by popular demand. The first students were welcomed in 1832 and attended classes in rented rooms of Clinton Hall.

Academics

New York University is ranked 22nd of the world's top universities by the Global University Ranking. It is made up of 16 colleges, institutions and schools. When the university was founded, the only school was the College of Arts and Science.

Undergraduate schools include:

  • Education of Human Development
  • Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • School of Social Work
  • Stunhardt School of Culture
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Stern School of Business
  • Tisch School of Arts

Postgraduate schools include:

  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Dentistry
  • Institute of Study of the Ancient World
  • School of Law
  • Courant School of Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Graduate School of Arts and Science
  • Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

New York University is the only private university in the US with two medical schools, as it also awards the degrees for Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Campuses

New York State University's buildings are situated on approximately 229 acres between 14th Street in the north, Broadway on the east, Avenue of the Americas to the west and Houston Street to the south. Washington Square Park is the core of New York University's buildings and has been since 1970. The Washington Square Arch is the unofficial symbol of the University.

During the 1990s, New York University became a double square university when a second community was established around Union Square. Other campuses and facilities include but are not limited to:

  • Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • New York University Medical Center
  • Belleview Hospital Center

Athletics

New York University's sports teams are known as the Violets. Their colors are violet and white. Dictated by geography and history, Columbia University are their rival. The University's team mascot is the bobcat. Most of New York University's sport teams participate in the University Athletic Association and the NCAA's Division III.

Student Life

The governing student body at New York University is the Student Senators Council. The University has more than 350 clubs and organizations for students on campus. These include fraternities, sororities, sports teams and those that focus on arts, culture and entertainment.

New York University first formed a Greek community in 1837. Greek  life at New York University is governed by four boards.

Community Life

New York is known as The City That Never Sleeps and there is much to see and do. Take in a festival, enjoy nightlife, enjoy a Broadway show or visit Rockefeller Center or Central Park.

There are an abundance of free venues, such as Central Park Stage, Brooklyn Museum, BB King Blues Club and Grill, Studio Museum of Harlem, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum. Be sure to check times for free admission and also check out other free venues. There's something for everyone in New York City.

Acceptance Rate

16.2

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Emerson College, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Boston, MA, the school resides in an urban setting for students to study in. Over four thousand students enroll at Emerson College yearly.

Areas of study available at Emerson College include but are not limited to:

  • English Language And Literature
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education

To be considered for admissions, students may be asked to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school transcripts, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. Either the ACT or SAT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to this school. Scores between 25 to 29 on the ACT or 1710 to 1990 on the SAT are needed to greatly increase the chance of acceptance. This school has an acceptance rate of about 48 percent of which only 25 percent chose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at emerson.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is around $36,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's net price calculator to better understand their cost of attendance. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically offered as grants or student loans.

The Emerson College "Lions" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division III)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division III)

Students may visit the school's http://www.emerson.edu to view additional information.

Acceptance Rate

33.35

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

Syracuse University (SU) is a public research university located in Syracuse, New York. SU offer high-ranking degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a comprehensive range of subject areas. Known for its excellent study abroad programs, nearly 40 percent of SU students study in other countries through Syracuse University. Students can customize their Study Abroad experience, and have choices of programs in the Middle East and Florence, Italy, among other locations.

SU is committed to providing "Scholarship in Action," which is part of its mission of a "University as Public Good." The region around Syracuse has a rich tradition of social scholarship, and played a strong role in abolitionism and the women's rights movement. The SU mission includes fulfillment of the following objectives:

  • To educate fully informed and committed citizens
  • To provide access to opportunity
  • To strengthen democratic institutions
  • To create innovation that matters, and we share knowledge generously
  • To inform and engage public opinion and debate
  • To cultivate and sustain public intellectuals 

Syracuse University has an excellent faculty and has produced many illustrious alumni who have made their mark in a wide range of fields. Some noteworthy SU Alumni are Stephen Crane (author of The Red Badge of Courage), Dick Clark (host of American Bandstand), Jim Brown (football star, actor, and social activist), Frank Langella (award-winning stage and film actor), Joyce Carol Oates (award-winning novelist), Ted Koppel (award-winning broadcast journalist), Betsey Johnson (fashion designer known for whimsical designs), Lou Reed (rock singer-songwriter for The Velvet Underground), Joseph Biden (vice president of the United States), Bob Costas (host of NBC's "Football Night in America"), and Eileen Collins (first woman astronaut to command a NASA space mission), among many others.

History

Syracuse University was founded in 1870 as a private institution of higher education offering programs in physical sciences and modern languages.

Academics

The academic calendar for Syracuse University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semester is divided into a short "Maymester," Session I, Combined Session and Session II.

Colleges and Schools

  • School of Architecture
  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Graduate School
  • David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
  • School of Information Studies
  • College of Law
  • The Martin J. Whitman School of Management
  • Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • University College
  • Summer at Syracuse 

The academic and research centers at Syracuse University include:

  • Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture
  • Burton Blatt Institute
  • Center for Health and Behavior
  • Center for Natural Language Processing
  • Center for Policy Research
  • Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism
  • Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media
  • Daniel P. Moynihan Global Affairs Institute
  • Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE)
  • NYS Science and Technology Law Center
  • Syracuse Biomaterials Institute
  • Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems
  • Sustainable Community Solutions
  • Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)

Student Life

There are more than 300 registered student groups and organizations at Syracuse University, including an active Greek Life on campus, intramural sports and plenty of student events and activities. Student services include fitness facilities, on campus housing and dining, student health services, veteran and military services, advising, counseling, a resource center, and more.

Traditions

The traditional school colors for Syracuse University are orange and white, with royal blue as an accent color. The school mascot is "Otto the Orange," who makes more than 100 appearances every year at SU games or public events. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Syracuse "Orange."

Athletics

The Syracuse "Orange" athletic teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Syracuse University's main campus is located in Syracuse, New York. In addition to its main campus, Syracuse has many Study Abroad programs around the world, including Florence, Italy, and satellite locations or programs in:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Manhattan (NY, NY)
  • SU West Coast (Semester in LA)
  • SU Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Community Life

Syracuse University is located at the top of a hill overlooking the City of Syracuse. Downtown Syracuse and Armory Center are a short walk, drive, or bus ride from campus. Syracuse is a vibrant city offering cultural, recreational, and artistic events.

As a Syracuse student, you can enjoy the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the nationally known Everson Museum of Art, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, sports events, the Carousel Center mall, and festivals like "JazzFest" and "Winterfest."

Acceptance Rate

44.38

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

Ohio State University is the largest single campus university in the US. It is located in Columbus, Ohio and is a public research university.

History

Ohio State University was established as a land-grant university in 1870. At that time it was eligible for a grant in accordance with the 1862 Morrill Act and was named Ohio Agriculture and Mechanical College. It was built in a farming community north of the City of Columbus. The university welcomed twenty-four students when it opened its doors.

Governor Rutherford B. Hayes saw that the college had potential to become an institute of higher learning. With that in mind, he influenced the original board of directors and the college's location in that direction. The name of the school was changed to The Ohio State University in 1878.

Ohio State University accepted its first graduate students in 1880. The following year, Moritz College of Law was established. Eventually, the school included colleges of commerce and journalism as well as dentistry and medicine.

The school's development slowed during the 1870s because of hostility from Ohio's agricultural interests as well as competition from Ohio and Miami universities. These problems were finally resolved and Ohio State became Ohio's leading university in 1906. It became a member of the Association of American Universities in 1916.

Main Campus Academics

The Ohio State University is the leading research and teaching institution in Ohio and the US. It ranks second in industry sponsored research and seventh among public universities in research expenditures.

Renowned colleges include:

  • Moritz College of Law
  • Fisher College of Business
  • Glenn School of Public Affairs
  • College of Medicine and Public Health

Majors include:

  • Business Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences

The Ohio State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Association of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Student Life

More than 50,000 students attend Ohio State University's main campus, which creates a vibrant and diverse life on campus. Students from a number of cultures and all walks of life are in attendance. Because the campus is so close to Columbus' downtown, students have ample opportunities in employment, enrichment and entertainment.

Ohio State has over 60 active fraternities and sororities. Fraternities include:

  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Kappa Sigma

Sororities include:

  • Chi Omega
  • Alpha Sigma Upsilon
  • Kappa Delta
  • Delta Zelta

A longstanding tradition at Ohio State is the Ohio State University Marching Band-the largest percussion and all brass band in the world.

Ohio State University has several media outlets and managed publications, including its official yearbook, The Makio. Since 1881, the school has published a daily newspaper-The Lantern.

Athletics

The intercollegiate teams of Ohio State University are the Buckeyes. The university's colors are Grey and Scarlett.

Men's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Pistol and Rifle
  • Lacrosse
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Equestrian
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Fencing
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Over the years some outstanding athletes have graduated from Ohio State. They include:

  • Jack Nicklaus - golf
  • Jesse Owens - 1936 Olympic gold medalist in track and field
  • Chic Harley - football
  • Jessica Davenport - basketball
  • Katie Smith - basketball

Seven Heisman Awards have been presented to Ohio State athletes including:

  • Eddie George - 1995
  • Archie Gunn - 1974 and 1975
  • Tony Smith - 2006

Hall of Fame Ohio State coaches include:

  • Fred Taylor - basketball
  • Woody Hayes - football
  • Paul Brown - football
  • Mike Peppe - swimming and diving
  • Larry Snider - track and field

Local Community

There are several points of interest on the main campus of Ohio State University.

  • Orton Geological Library
  • Ohio Stadium
  • The Oval
  • Mirror Lake

Off campus there is much to see and do.

Stone Laboratory

Stone Laboratory was created in a Sandusky fish hatchery by Professor David S. Kellicott. The first students attended in 1900. The Laboratory is now located on Gibraltar Island at Put-in-Bay. The deed was given to Ohio State in 1925 by the descendents of Jay Cooke and the facility was named for his father, Franz Theodore Stone, who was an astronomical researcher and mathematician. The first students were welcomed to Stone Laboratory in 1929.

Thurber House

Thurber House was the home of New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber, and is now a living museum dedicated to his life. The house is furnished as it was during the time that James Thurber lived there with his family between 1913 and 1917. Be sure to visit the Centennial Reading Garden and Thurber Center. The Center is next door to Thurber House and the Reading Garden is set between the two.

Short North

Just a few minutes from Ohio State University campus, is Short North, an urban neighborhood that offers a wide variety of activities that include art galleries, shopping and great restaurants. It is Columbus Ohio's most active playground. Be sure to take in a hockey game at Nationwide Arena or an event at Greater Columbus Convention Center.

German Village

German Village was established in 1841. Each year it celebrates German Village Octoberfest. Shop till you drop or visit a bar or coffee house. Enjoy bratwurst and jumbo cream puffs at Schmidt's Sausage Haus Restaurant. If you enjoy reading, be sure to visit The Book Loft, which was originally a pre-civil war general store and now is a thirty-two room book and music store.

Arena District

If you like to party and are looking for night life, visit the Arena District. Located close to Ohio State's main campus, it is Columbus' night life hotspot.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

If you love land and marine animals, you will love Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. See manatees, sharks, jellyfish, reptiles of all types, wolves, bald eagles. Omnivores, Herbivores and Carnivores from around the world can be seen here.

Whatever your tastes, there is something for you to enjoy in and around Columbus, home to Ohio State University.

Acceptance Rate

53.74

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

SMU, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Dallas, TX, the campus offers a suburban setting for students to study in. The school's United Methodist affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's curriculum. Enrollment at Southern Methodist University exceeds eleven thousand yearly. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
Students applying for admission are required to submit an application, transcripts, records, test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by admissions officials. Either the SAT or ACT exam must be taken in order to apply to Southern Methodist University. Scores between 27 to 31 on the ACT or 1180 to 1370 on the SAT are needed to increase your chances for getting accepted. 55% of students that apply are accepted to this school, of which 24 percent choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at smu.edu. The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $43,000, but may change per year. Students are encouraged to use the school's tuition calculator to better estimate their personal tuition costs. Housing may be available for those that want to live on-campus for around a cost of $9,200 annually. Students enrolled at Southern Methodist University may be eligible for aid which is usually grants and loans. The SMU Mustangs participate in a number of athletic programs, within the NCAA organization. Sports available may include the following:
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-A)
For a complete list of programs offered, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.smu.edu.

Acceptance Rate

47.29

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

FIT, located in New York, New York, is a public art institution that offers students training in the arts. Fashion Institute of Technology has at least twenty different programs available to students, with a Master's degree being the highest degree offered. Listed below are the programs with more popularity among students:

  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Fashion Design
  • Advertising
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Illustration

Student and special services are available at FIT, giving personal and academic assistance for students, which includes:

  • Online classes
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Student success after graduation may be determined by a number of factors, including graduation rate and loan default. At FIT, the graduation rate is around 66%, and the school has an average loan default rate of around 5%.

This school has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education having first received its accreditation from that agency in 1957. To learn more and get consumer disclosures, please visit fitnyc.edu.

Acceptance Rate

53.89

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Chapman University, located in Orange, California, was founded in 1861 as what was then known as Hesperian College. The school was established by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and since its first day of operations admitted men, women and people of color.

In 1934 the school changed its name to Chapman University to commemorate Charles Clarke Chapman, the Valencia orange magnate, due to his endowment of the school. In 1954 the school moved, taking over the former Orange Union High School campus. By 1965, Chapman began operating World Campus Afloat, a ship that allows Chapman Students to take a semester at sea, travelling to a variety of locations, participating in research and philanthropic activities. Chapman is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in California.

Academics

Chapman provides undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields. The undergraduate programs are based in a liberal arts and sciences foundation that encourages cross discipline activity. Such activities allow for students to pursue and create their own educational opportunities in conjunction faculty and staff.

Study abroad programs, research projects, and attention to the arts are all part of the Chapman University experience. By encouraging students to pursue practical experience building opportunities, the school hopes to develop young minds and widen their field of opportunity and possibility.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Individuals seeking admission to Chapman University must submit a completed application with the application fee, all applicable transcripts, SAT and/or ACT scores and a letter of recommendation. Some programs may have additional requirements that must be fulfilled for the application process to proceed. Individuals should research their major of choice to ensure that all requirements are met. Once the application and all supplemental material are received, the admissions office will review the application and provide an answer in a timely fashion.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships and work study programs. Students must determine eligibility for aid through the Student Aid Report provided by a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid awards are based on need, and will disbursed as such. Scholarships may be awarded to students based on criterion other than need. Additional information is available through the school website and the financial aid office.

Athletics

The Chapman University Jaguars are a Nation Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III school and a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The school understands the value of maintaining active sports programs, as it helps students develop skill that will be useful in their professional careers as well as provides a distraction and morale boost for students as a whole. As a result, Chapman offers a wide variety of sports programs for both men and women.

Sports programs:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Football (Men Only)
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Water Polo
  • Track and Field (Women Only)
  • Volleyball
  • Lacrosse
  • Golf (Men Only)
  • Sailing
  • Ice Hockey (Men Only)
  • Cheerleading

Clubs and Organizations

Chapman University is home to over 90 clubs and organizations that offer students opportunities to pursue interests and meet likeminded individuals. Some clubs may promote civic activity, while others may focus on games and tournaments, while others still may choose to focus attention to specific field of study.

Students may engage in activities on and off campus, promote events, and develop programs. Clubs and organizations exist to provide social aspects to the college experience that may be lacking in dorms or classrooms and may augment the education one pursues.

Some clubs and organizations at Chapman University:

  • Anime Escape
  • Chapman on Broadway
  • Improv Inc.
  • Anyone Can Cook
  • Panther Vision

Students may also begin clubs to encourage growth in topics and fields that have not been met by other clubs or organizations. The university provides guidelines and forms online, and interested students may work together to establish a new Chapman University tradition.

Acceptance Rate

55.65

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

College for Creative Studies, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Detroit, MI, the school resides in an urban setting for students to study in. About 1,400 students enroll at CCS yearly.

Areas of study offered at CCS include but are not limited to:

  • Industrial Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Animation
  • Illustration
  • Photography

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school records, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. Most students accepted to this school score in a range of 19 to 26 on the ACT exam. Approximately 40% of all applicant were admitted at this school, with 39% of those accepted choosing to enroll. More information on admissions can be found at collegeforcreativestudies.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $36,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's net price calculator to better understand their personal tuition costs. Housing may be available for those who wish to live on-campus for around a cost of $5,400 per year. Some students at CCS may qualify for financial aid, which is generally provided in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

Students who wish to see more about College for Creative Studies may check out their website at http://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu.

Acceptance Rate

43.78

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Pratt Institute - Main is a nonprofit private institution located in Brooklyn, NY and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Pratt Institute - Main has an annual student enrollment of approximately 4,600.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Pratt Institute - Main offers:

  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Library Science
  • Architecture
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Students applying for admission are most often required to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Students may take either the ACT or SAT scores to be considered for admissions to Pratt Institute - Main. A score in a range of 1530 - 1900 on the SAT, or 23 - 29 for the ACT is common among admitted students. This school has an acceptance rate of around 65 percent of which only 27 percent decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found at pratt.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $43,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and as such students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. On-campus housing is available for students and costs approximately $7,200 for the year. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

Students who would like to get more about Pratt Institute - Main may take a look at their website at http://www.pratt.edu.

Acceptance Rate

55.5

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Bennington College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and helps students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Bennington, Vermont, which is a predominantly rural area. The school's smaller size in terms of enrollment, around 800 students, offers students a more hands on education due to the size of the class and ease of access to professors.

Students can pick from a few areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • English Language And Literature
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Foreign Languages And Literature

Students applying for admission are usually required to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the school. Roughly 70 percent of all applicant were admitted at Bennington College, with 26 percent of those admitted choosing to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at bennington.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $47,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to visit the school's tuition calculator to better estimate their cost of attending this school. Housing is available for students and costs around $7,200 for the year. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements.

Students should take a look at the school's http://www.bennington.edu to see additional information.

Acceptance Rate

60.79

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, known as "Virginia Tech," is a leading research institution - ranked 44th in the U.S. for its university research programs.  Virginia Tech is a land-grant institution located in Blacksburg, Virginia on 2,600 acres.  It offers nearly 70 undergraduate and 150 graduate degree programs. Virginia Tech's motto, Ut Prosim, translates from the Latin as "That I May Serve." It fulfills this motto through a dedication to learning, discovery and engagement.

Virginia Tech is comprised of eight colleges and a graduate school. Its campuses feature an airport, a computing and communications complex with international access, an adjacent corporate research center, and more.

History

Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech was originally called Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. The name was changed in1896 to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute.  This name was so long that locals shortened it to "VPI."  After the name change, a new school spirit cheer was needed.  A contest was held to select a new, more suitable cheer. 1896 graduate, O.M. Stull, won the top prize for the cheer he created, which is known as "Old Hokie."  The school mascot, which originally was a turkey, eventually became a "Hokiebird."  Today the mascot wears an orange and maroon bird costume that somewhat resembles a turkey.

The school colors of burnt orange and maroon were chosen in 1896.

Virginia Tech is one of only three public universities in the U.S. that still has both an active corps of cadets and civilian students on campus. Historically, Virginia Tech required corps participation for all able-bodied males.  This tradition continued until 1964, when corps participation became voluntary.

Academics

Virginia Tech follows the semester-format academic calendar with fall and spring semesters, and two shorter summer sessions.

Colleges and Schools

Virginia Tech's colleges are:

  • Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Architecture & Urban Studies
  • Business, Pamplin College of
  • Engineering
  • Graduate Studies
  • Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Science
  • University Studies
  • Veterinary Medicine

As an enhancement to its academic, outreach and research programs, Virginia Tech has created schools in its colleges and in affiliation with Wake Forest University. Virginia Tech's schools are:

  • School of Architecture and Design (Part of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • School of Public and International Affairs (Part of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • School of Visual Arts (Part of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • School of Performing Arts and Cinema (Part of the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences)
  • Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (Part of the College of Engineering and the College of Veterinary Medicine)
  • School of Education (Part of the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences)
  • Myers-Lawson School of Construction (Part of the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute

Student Life

Virginia Tech offers more than 600 student clubs and organizations, including fraternities and sororities, and only three people are required to form a new student club.

There are several residence halls to choose from for on-campus living, and there are also on-campus dining venues.

Athletics

Virginia Tech has 21 "Hokie" athletics teams that compete in intercollegiate sports, which include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball 

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main Blacksburg campus, Virginia Tech offers classes and programs online, as well as at the following satellite campuses and centers:

  • Western Campus
  • Valley Campus
  • National Capital Region
  • Central Campus
  • Hampton Roads Center
  • Capital Campus
  • Corporate Research Center

Community Life

Blacksburg is a traditional college town, situated between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, in Virginia's New River Valley.  Blacksburg has been ranked one of the best places to live in the nation and one of the "50 Best Small Southern Towns," thanks to its moderate climate, affordable cost of living, low crime rate, stable community and small town charm.

Acceptance Rate

70.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

North Central College, located in Naperville, Illinois, is a private liberal arts college founded in 1861 and originally known as Plainfield College. The school has had two name and location changes over the years, with the final one taking place in 1926. The school is located the a 19th century settlement that is considered among the best places to live in America. The picturesque backdrop provides a quaint atmosphere for students while maintaining and active downtown city life through family owned shops and fine dining establishments. The school is dedicated to educating its students so that may become informed and productive members of society.

Academics

North Central College provides students with a liberal arts education that allows students to choose from one of 55 offered majors. Such programs take approximately four years to complete and blend a mix of elective, general education, and lower and upper division courses to form a curriculum. Students may also choose to take on additional courses and earn a minor degree in an additional area of study. Minor degrees are useful for exploring secondary interests or studying an area that augments one's major. Graduate level programs are also available.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students interested in enrollment at North Central are encouraged to visit the campus and meet with an advisor prior to submitting an application for admission. Students may submit a physical or digital copy of the application, and the information provided, along with transcripts and tests scores, will be used to determine if a student will be admitted for the following fall semester.

Students will also participate in an admissions interview, the substance of which will also be taken into consideration when determining enrollment. Application are reviewed and responded to as promptly as possible, with admitted students receiving confirmation and additional information to start their academic careers. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarship. Student in need of financial assistance must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the start of each academic year in order to be considered.

Acceptance Rate

53.64

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Brigham Young University (BYU) is an institute of higher learning located in the beautiful mountain region of Provo, Utah.  It is dedicated to academic excellence and the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and is recognized for very strong programs in language, performing arts, sports and international studies.

History

Brigham Young University was established in 1875 as "Brigham Young Academy" in the current city of Provo. The campus was moved in 1891, and the name was changed to Brigham Young University in 1903.  The original charge was that all teachings at the university should be rooted in scripture, and the integration of academics and faith in the gospel continues today.

The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints sponsors BYU, which is part of the Church Educational System. 

Academics

Brigham Young University follows a semester calendar with fall and winter semesters, and shorter spring and summer "terms."

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools at Brigham Young University include:

  • Marriott Business School
  • Continuing Education
  • McKay School of Education
  • Fulton College of Engineering and Technology
  • Family, Home and Social Sciences
  • Fine Arts and Communications
  • Graduate Studies
  • Humanities
  • Independent Study
  • David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies
  • Law School
  • Life Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Religious Education
  • Undergraduate Education

Student Life

Student Services at BYU include "Student Links," programs and organizations that help students to connect and become involved.  These programs include BYUSA (Student Services Association), Campus Life Events, clubs, a graduate study society, international cinema, intramural sports, new student orientation, Outdoors Unlimited, service and learning opportunities, and more.

Other student services include an accessibility center, a book exchange and bookstore, the Center for Conflict Resolution, the Counseling & Career Center, Health Services, Wilkinson Student Center, Women's Services & Resources, and a selection of dining spots, among other amenities.

Brigham Young University offers various living on-campus living options for single and married students.  Off-campus housing is also available from landlords who agree to abide by BYU's housing guidelines for students.

Traditions

BYU's mascot is "Cosmo" the Cougar, and one of BYU's two traditional spirit songs is known as "The Cougar Song" or "The Cougar Fight Song."  The other traditional spirit song from BYU is the "College Song for Brigham Young University."

There is a giant "Y" that stands on the mountain behind the BYU campus, which is lit for special occasions and events.

Athletics

Brigham Young University has one of the top intercollegiate athletics programs in the country, with many national championships to its credit.  The sports facilities at BYU are also top-notch, offering both indoor and outdoor training complexes and stadiums.

Intercollegiate sports at BYU include, but are not limited to:

Men's Sports Teams:

  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Women's Sports Teams:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

BYU's main campus is in Provo, Utah, but there are many BYU continuing education and literacy programs, as well as seminaries and religious institutes, around the world.

BYU satellite campuses include:

  • Laie, Hawaii
  • Resburg, Idaho
  • LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah

Community Life

Provo, Utah and Provo Canyon are beautiful regional areas, offering much to see and do.  There are many outdoor activities available, as well as musical concerts, films, museums and more.

Acceptance Rate

67.49

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

Bradley University is a nonprofit private institution located in Peoria, Illinois and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Enrollment at BU is nearly 5,800 yearly.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Computer And Information Sciences

Students applying for admission are generally required to submit an application, transcripts, records, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to be able to apply to BU. Scores between 22 to 28 on the ACT or 1540 to 1900 on the SAT are needed to increase your chances for getting accepted. This school has an admissions rate of about 70 percent of which only 22 percent decided to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $29,000, but may change each year. Students are encouraged to use the school's price of attendance calculator to better understand their cost of attending Bradley University. Housing may be available for students that would like to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $5,300 per year. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The BU "Braves" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division I-AAA)

Contact information, academics information, areas of study, and more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.bradley.edu.

Acceptance Rate

70.21

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

DePaul University, located in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the largest private universities in the nation. It offers more than 275 undergraduate and graduate programs of study, many of which have earned top rankings. More than 45 specialized centers and institutes address social issues as part of an integrated academic curriculum, and the service-learning program at DePaul is one of the best.  DePaul has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, and proactively incorporates multiple viewpoints into academic curricula and student life.

Alumni of DePaul University are highly acclaimed in many areas, including business, economy, law and the arts. Among notable alumni are former Kellogg Company CEO James Jenness, actors John C. Reilly and Gillian Anderson, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Perle, and more than 250 judges working in courtrooms throughout the Chicago area.

History

DePaul University, founded in 1898 by the Vincentian Congregation of the Mission, was named for French priest, St. Vincent de Paul. The philosophies and mission of DePaul University still reflect the teachings of St. Vincent de Paul.

Academics

The academic calendar of DePaul University follows the quarter system.

Colleges and Schools

DePaul University has ten schools and colleges, including:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Health
  • College of Commerce
  • College of Communication
  • College of Computing and Digital Media
  • College of Education
  • College of Law
  • School for New Learning
  • School of Music
  • The Theatre School

Student Life

There are more than 300 student clubs and organizations on campus, including fraternities and sororities, representing a wide range of interests such as politics and activism, sports, cultures, academics, media and publications, professional associations, performance and entertainment, religions, and public service. The Office of Student Involvement provides many opportunities for engagement through campus activities, and the DePaul Activities Board organizes a full calendar of campus events.

On campus housing is available, with16 residence halls and apartments offering a variety of living accommodations. Many dining options are also available.

Traditions

The DePaul school colors are blue and red, and the athletic teams are named the "Blue Demons."  The school motto is: "I will show you the way of wisdom" from Proverbs, IV, 11.

Athletics

The DePaul "Blue Demons" athletic teams belong to the Big East Conference and compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

DePaul University is comprised of six campuses in locations around Chicago, as follows:

  • Lincoln Park
  • Loop
  • Naperville
  • O'Hare
  • Oak Forest
  • Rolling Meadows

Community Life

DePaul University is known for its community involvement, fostering social responsibility and public service among its students. The Office of Community-based Service Learning identifies mutually beneficial opportunities for students and community partners to work together on a variety of projects.

Chicago itself is a very diverse city with more than 60 ethnic communities that each has a distinct neighborhood. This diversity is reflected in the range of ethnic restaurants and festivals throughout the city. Students at DePaul also enjoy the many museums, music events, theatre performances, arts and entertainment that the city offers.  Summer events are focused in the areas around the lakefront and in the city's many parks.

Acceptance Rate

68.22

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

SUNY College at Oswego is a public school that has a fair number of programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Oswego, New York, in a predominantly rural area. Enrollment at SUNY College at Oswego is nearly eight thousand per year. Students may pick from a few areas of study, including:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Security And Protective Services
  • History
To be considered for admissions, you may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit school transcripts, which are then studied by admissions staff. Most students accepted to this school have an SAT score between 1060 to 1200, or an ACT composite score within the range of 21 to 25. 48% of applicants are admitted to this school, of which 29% choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here. The cost of tuition varies for in-state and nonresidents. In-state residents pay close to $7,200 and nonresidents pay $17,000 annually. Housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $8,700. Students attending this school may qualify for aid which is generally scholarships, grants, and loans. Athletic programs are available at SUNY College at Oswego through the NCAA, allowing students to participate in intercollegiate sports. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)

Acceptance Rate

54.05

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

EC provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Elmhurst, IL and operated as a private institution. The school maintains a United Church of Christ affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. EC has a yearly student enrollment of approximately three thousand.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Elmhurst College offers:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Education

Students applying for admission are generally asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. Students may take either the SAT or ACT exam scores to be considered for admissions to this school. A score within the range of 1380 - 1720 on the SAT, or 21 - 26 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. Elmhurst College accepts roughly 70 percent of applicants yearly. Of those accepted, about 29 percent of students attended the school. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

Tuition is approximately $33,000 per year, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students should visit the school's tuition calculator to determine cost. On-campus housing is available for students and costs approximately $5,700 annually. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements by way of grants or student loans.

The Elmhurst College "Bluejays" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)

Acceptance Rate

67.78

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Ringling College of Art and Design, located in Sarasota, FL, is a nonprofit private art institution that offers interested students education in the fields of art and design. Ringling College of Art and Design offers several programs for students to choose from. Some of the more popular programs offered for aspiring artists includes:

  • Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Animation
  • Interior Design

To help students and alumni succeed, Ringling College of Art and Design may offer support services like those listed below:

  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance

Student success after graduation may be determined by a number of factors, including graduation rate and loan default. At Ringling College of Art and Design, the graduation rate is about 66%, and the school has an average loan default rate of around 8%.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges has accredited the instruction & training provided by Ringling College of Art and Design for over thirty-five straight years. Please visit ringling.edu for more information on programs offered and consumer disclosures.

Acceptance Rate

63.86

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 39,000 alumni in 128 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For more information about the College’s 31 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and Continuing Education division, visit sva.edu. All programs:

Undergraduate Programs - 11 BFAs

  • BFA Advertising
  • BFA Animation
  • BFA Cartooning
  • BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects
  • BFA Design
  • BFA Film
  • BFA Fine Arts
  • BFA Illustration
  • BFA Interior Design
  • BFA Photography and Video
  • BFA Visual & Critical Studies

Graduate Programs - 20 master’s degrees

  • MAT Art Education
  • MFA Art Practice
  • MPS Art Therapy
  • MPS Branding
  • MFA Computer Arts
  • MA Curatorial Practice
  • MFA Design
  • MFA Design for Social Innovation
  • MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism
  • MPS Digital Photography
  • MPS Directing
  • MPS Fashion Photography
  • MFA Fine Arts
  • MFA Illustration as Visual Essay
  • MFA Interaction Design
  • MFA Photography, Video and Related Media
  • MFA Products of Design
  • MFA Social Documentary Film
  • MFA Visual Narrative
The School of Visual Arts (SVA) been authorized by the New York State Board of Regents (www.highered.nysed.gov) to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Professional Studies. Specific programs in which these degrees are offered, and data required by the U.S. Department of Education on "Gainful Employment" for each program, may be found on sva.edu. SVA is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (msche.org), and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (nasad.arts-accredit.org). The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (accredit-id.org); the Art Therapy program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.; and the Art Education program is accredited by the New York State Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education (RATE).

Acceptance Rate

71.13

Student to Faculty Ratio

8:1

Kansas City Art Institute is a nonprofit private art school located in Kansas City, Missouri, that provides specialized education and training in a variety of art related fields. Kansas City Art Institute has more than twenty different programs available, with a Bachelor's degree being the highest level available. The more popular enrolled programs among aspiring artists are shown below:

  • Painting
  • Animation
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
Student and special services are available at Kansas City Art Institute, giving personal and academic assistance for students, which includes:
  • Online course work available
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
Student success after graduation may be determined by a number of factors, including graduation rate and loan default. At Kansas City Art Institute, the graduation rate is around 77%, and the school has an average loan default rate of around 10%. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation has accredited the instruction & training provided by Kansas City Art Institute for over sixty-six straight years. To read more and get consumer disclosures, you can visit kcai.edu.

Acceptance Rate

56.55

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

The University of Tampa provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Tampa, Florida and operated as a private institution. Nearly 6,400 students enroll at UT per year.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then studied by admissions officials. Most students admitted to this school earn an SAT score between 1450 - 1720, or an ACT score in a range of 21 - 25. This school has an acceptance rate of around 53% of which only 22% decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found at ut.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $26,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to use the school's net price calculator to better understand their cost of attending this school. Housing may be available for those that would like to live on-campus for around a cost of $5,200 per year. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

UT has a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Rowing (NCAA Division II)

Contact information, financial aid information, programs, and much more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.ut.edu.

Acceptance Rate

44.75

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Art Center College of Design, located in Pasadena, CA, is a nonprofit private art institution that offers interested students career training and education in the fields of art and design. Art Center College of Design offers several programs for students to choose from. Here are the programs with more popularity among aspiring artists:

  • Fine Arts and Art Studies
  • Industrial Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Cinematography And Film
  • Photography
  • Advertising

To help students and alumni succeed, Art Center College of Design may provide services including:

  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs

Students can use various means to evaluate school performance. A school's graduation and loan default rates are among the strongest indicators of educational and career success. Art Center College of Design has a yearly graduation rate of 54%, and a loan default rate of near 4%.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities has accredited the education provided by Art Center College of Design for over fifty-nine straight years. Get more information by visiting the school's official website, where you can see classes offered, financial aid & tuition, and disclosures.

Acceptance Rate

70.84

Student to Faculty Ratio

8:1

Daemen College is a nonprofit private institution that has many majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Amherst, NY, in a predominantly suburban area. Daemen College has an annual student enrollment of approximately 3,000.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Business And Marketing Studies

Students applying for admission are usually required to submit an application, transcripts, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions committee. 60% of those who apply are accepted to Daemen College, of which 31% choose to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at daemen.edu.

The cost of tuition is around $25,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's tuition calculator to better estimate their personal tuition costs. The price of on-campus housing is approximately $8,500 annually. Students at Daemen College may be eligible for aid which is generally grants and loans.

The mascot for Daemen College is the "Wildcats", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through oversight by the NAIA. Athletic programs available may include the following:

  • Basketball (NAIA Division II)
  • Golf (NAIA Division II)
  • Soccer (NAIA Division II)

Students can visit the website to get a complete list of academic programs offered, financial aid details, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

61.56

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa), the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii System, has much to offer. It boasts excellent and unique research opportunities in Hawaii, high-ranking academic programs, a diverse and multicultural community, and a beautiful setting in an exotic landscape. Located in the Manoa Valley outside of Honolulu on the island of Oahu, the university is situated on 320 acres.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa has nine colleges and schools, offering bachelor's degrees in 92 fields, master's degrees in 84 fields, and doctoral degrees in 51 fields. The university also offers professional degrees in three fields.  

UH Manoa is a land, sea and space grant research institution, and ranks in the top 30 public universities for federal research funding in engineering and science. It is known for its pioneering research in oceanography, Pacific Islands and Asian Area studies, linguistics, astronomy, cancer and genetics. Several of UH Manoa's professors are members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Institute of Medicine.

U.S. News & World Report has awarded high rankings to UH Manoa's medicine programs and law school, among honors for many of its other academic programs.

History

In 1907, the University of Hawaii at Manoa was founded as a land grant college of agriculture and mechanical arts.  The college was named "College of Hawai'i" in 1912, when it moved its campus from Honolulu to the Manoa Valley. The school was renamed the "University of Hawai'i" in 1920.

The university continued to expand its curricula over the years, adding several new colleges and schools through the 1930s. As of December 1941, World War II had arrived, and classes were suspended for two months. WWII affected many UH students of Japanese ancestry, leading to the formation of volunteer student groups.

The University of Hawaii continued to expand after the war, and in 1972, changed its name to "University of Hawaii at Manoa" to distinguish it from the other campuses in the University of Hawaii System.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Hawaii at Manoa follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semester is divided into two shorter sessions.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Language, Linguistics & Literature
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources
  • Outreach College
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene
  • School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology
  • School of Pacific & Asian Studies
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Travel Industry Management

Student Life

More than 200 student clubs and organizations are available for involvement at University of Hawaii at Manoa, including teams for seven different intramural sports.

In addition to student groups, there are many extracurricular activities and events available on and off campus, covering recreational, cultural, religious, health, fitness and educational interests. Recitals, concerts, cookouts and seasonal celebrations round out the activities calendar at UH Manoa.

On campus housing options are available, and there are many options for on campus dining.

Internships are available on and off campus, as well as paid employment opportunities and study abroad programs. Students are encouraged to visit the Student Life & Development office for more information about the range of groups, events and activities that are available for participation.

Some of the many excellent student services at UH Manoa include health and wellness services, a fitness center, parent and family resources and orientations, campus safety and security, counseling, a career center, first-year student programs, international student services, and many more.

Traditions

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is home to the "Rainbow Warriors." The athletic teams are nicknamed the UH "Warriors" or the UH Manoa "Rainbow Warriors. The traditional colors for UH Manoa are dark green and white, with black as an accent color.

Athletics

The UH Manoa "Rainbow Warriors" athletic teams compete in 20 men's and women's intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

 The UH Manoa Athletic Division also runs several athletic camps and a cheerleading clinic.

Satellite Campuses

There is one primary campus for the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Manoa Valley on the island of Oahu.

Community Life

The largest city in the state of Hawaii, Honolulu is home to the State Capitol. This "sheltered harbor" is the major center for the Hawaiian Islands, and is considered one of America's safest cities. Honolulu has a royal palace, tropical climate, lush landscape, and a friendly, "aloha" community. Honolulu and the surrounding areas, including the Manoa Valley, offer many things to see and do. Some local landmarks and sights include the Aloha Stadium, many State Parks, Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, the Blaisdell Center, Hawaii International Film Festival, the opera, theater, many art museums, and more.

Acceptance Rate

58.47

Student to Faculty Ratio

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What Do Computer Animators Do?

Computer animation is a subset of animation and graphic design that leverages technology to create moving images. Computer animators will most frequently utilize 3D modeling software applications although two-dimensional software applications are used for quick-rendering results. The term computer animation is also known as computer-generated imaging (CGI) in the film industry to create the illusion of real-life or simulated movement of an object or person.

Computer animation is the natural evolution of laborious, time-intensive stop-motion animation and two-dimensional frame-by-frame animation methods. Instead of recreating each frame by hand, computer animators utilize mathematical models to annotate frames to bring animated objects to life in a process known as morphing or tweening. The final process in computer animation is to have the frames rendered which is the illustration process of assembling the digital frames into a coherent set of actions.

Animation Education Requirements

Animation as a field is not restricted to a particular level of education, but due to the increasing complexity of software and techniques used by the field, many programs have become available offering a an associates, bachelors or masters degree in the field of animation. The primary goal of these programs is to assist students in developing the necessary skills and knowledge in order to enter the workforce as competent and capable individuals.

A curriculum may include:

  • Video Editing
  • Keyframing
  • Sculpting
  • Color Selection and Correction
  • Compositing

When searching for a school, students should consider the success rate of graduates, job assistance, and the notoriety achieved by alumnus. Schools that maintain ties with graduates, asking them to return to lecture or offer advice allow students to connect and possibly find internship or job opportunities which can be invaluable for the establishment of ones career.

Top Animation Degree Programs

The top animation degrees online and best animation degrees can be found below.  By searching by school, location, degree type, or breadth of related programs in computer animation you will be able to find the program that is best for you.  In fact, it is more important to find the best program for you by collecting information from schools that fit your list of priorities.  To help you generate a priority list, you can simply read our book titled The Complete Guide to the College Admissions Process followed by the book Crush the Odds by Getting Into Your Top College for unique insights and resources to help you make the best decision for your college journey.

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Employment Information & Animation Specializations

Entry into animation as a field may be difficult due to the limited number of jobs and competitive atmosphere. But this is generally specific to animation for the purposes of entertainment, such as cartoons, movies, or special effects, as opposed to animation for titles and other motion graphics related areas, for which employment may be more readily available both locally and in general. Animation as a field is expected to grow over the next decade as the its products becomes more widely used in media, costs become reduced due to cheaper and more powerful technologies, and more individuals are capable of performing tasks associated with the field.

How Much Money Do Animators Make?

The amount of money you will make as an animator will depend on a variety of factors that may include your geographic location, work experience, education, organization type, and role within a company. As such, we have outlined the annual median income for animators and associated career types for you to review below. These career summaries are intended to provide prospective animation students with a guide as there are many factors that go into arriving at a nationwide, median income for a specific profession.

Animators: The median annual income for an animator is $65,300 based on the latest data available with an expected job growth of 6% over the coming decade adding some 4,000 animation jobs during that time.

Art Directors: Average annual income for art directors is $89,820 with a steady job outlook for the coming reporting period.

Graphic Designer: The average graphic designer will make $47,640 annually with the top ten percent making $82,020 on an annual basis.

Computer Programmers: A computer programmer will make $79,840 on average with large bumps in pay given substantive work experience, additional degrees in the field, and geographic location. As an example, a computer programmer working in Washington State averages $116,170 on an annual basis with the District of Columbia right behind at $96,070.

Web Developer: The median annual income for a web developer is $66,130 with an eye-popping 27% expected job growth projected over the coming decade. This growth is driven by demand and technical acuity for web sites and web development for large and small organizations world wide.

Top Jobs in Computer Animation

We have assembled a list of the top computer animation jobs in the industry. Below you will find the top jobs in computer animation and associated animator related jobs from across the country. By getting acquainted with the job titles, you will be better equipped to understand the lingo and cross-section of jobs in the industry. The top jobs in computer animation include the following list:

  • Animator
  • Film Producer
  • Forensic Animator
  • Video Editor
  • Background Painter
  • 3D Modeler
  • Film Editor
  • Animation Director
  • Video Game Designer
  • Stop Motion Animator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Flash Animator
  • Visual Developer
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Digital Painter
  • Character Animator
  • Cartoonist
  • Mathematical Modeler
  • Lighting Technician
  • Key Animator
  • Effects Animator
  • Director
  • Character Rigger

There are many organizations that offer assistance in the growth and advancement for the field of animation, either as an art form or professionally. One of the largest is the Association Internationale du Film dAnimation, which works to advance motion picture animation internationally with chapters in many countries including the United States. In addition, the Society for Animation Studies (SAS) is another well-respected association that provides support, education, and conferences for animation professionals.

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