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What is Gerontology?

Gerontology is an exciting field of study that focuses on the study of aging through an interdisciplinary lens of culture, social, cognition, psychology, economics, and biology.  The gerontology field is different from the geriatrics field which specializes in disease treatment in older adults.  The gerontology field emphasizes the following core aspects:

  • Understanding social (sociogerontology), mental, and physical aspects of aging
  • Learning more about the biological aging process (biogerontology)
  • Discovering the psychological impact on aging (psychogerontology)
  • Researching the effects of aging on a society (demography)
  • Investigating link between aging and age-based diseases (geroscience)
  • Understanding the interplay between aging and environment (environmental gerontology)
  • Synthesizing gerontology to help public and private entities make informed decisions to support an aging population

Three Domains of Aging

One of the seminal moments in the field of gerontology was approximately sixty years ago when professionals began organizing the field of study into discrete categories.  As the former president of the Gerontological Society of America, J.E. Birren stratified aging into three primary domains.  They include the following classifications:

  • Primary - Primary aging is the natural, physical deterioration of the human body through the passage of time
  • Secondary - Secondary again is the adverse effects disease and illness can have on the body as a person ages
  • Tertiary - Tertiary aging represents the rapid deterioration of a person's physical and cognitive state as they approach the end of their life

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$80,530

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

53.98%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

107,900

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

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Columbia University in the City of New York is a private research university in Manhattan, New York. Columbia University is the fifth oldest institute of higher learning in the U.S., founded before the American Revolution, and is an "Ivy League" university. A member of the Association of American Universities, Columbia University was the first school in the U.S. to confer an M.D. degree. It was also the first site in the United States where the uranium atom was split. Other "firsts" that came out of Columbia include the birth of FM radio, the laser beam, the first use of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP), among many more pioneering inventions and patents.

Columbia offers degrees at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels, as well as professional degrees, in a comprehensive range of academic fields. It is ranked number one as a research university by the Center for Measuring University Performance. It shares first place in rankings with MIT and Stanford University. Columbia University receives fourth ranking overall among other universities in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report.

Columbia University has a particularly illustrious list of alumni, boasting more Nobel Laureates than any other educational institution in the world. Since 1901, when the Nobel Prizes were first granted, 79 Columbia University alumni, faculty, researchers and administrators have won the Nobel Prize. The first recipient was Theodore Roosevelt in 1901 (Peace), and the most recent was President Barack Obama in 2009 (Peace).

There are renowned Columbia alumni in nearly every career field, including nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, 29 Heads of State, 25 Academy Award winners, more than 100 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Award winners, at least 30 MacArthur Foundation Award winners, more than 40 National Academy of Sciences Award winners, and many more.

History

Columbia University in the City of New York was founded in 1754 by royal charter of England's King George II. It was founded as "King's College." It closed during the American Revolution, and reopened after the war in 1784 as "Columbia College." In 1857, Columbia College moved from its original location at Park Place, to 49th Street and Madison Avenue. It remained in this location for more than 40 years. In 1897, the school moved to its present location in Morningside Heights in Manhattan. Architect Charles Follen McKim designed the buildings at the new Morningside Heights Campus in a Roman classical or Athenian style. Many newer buildings now surround the original buildings on campus.

Academics

The academic calendar for Columbia University in the City of New York follows the semester format, with fall and spring "terms." There is also a Summer Study Abroad program in various locations, as well as several "Special Programs" abroad. The academic schedules for these programs vary, and further information should be obtained from the program administrators.

Colleges and Schools

Undergraduate students at Columbia University attend Columbia College (Liberal Arts degrees), The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Engineering and Applied Sciences degrees), or The School of General Studies (nontraditional Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees) on the Morningside Heights campus. Undergraduates will also have access to affiliated institutions such as Teachers College, Barnard College, the Union Theological Seminary, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, as well as the Julliard School.

The colleges and schools of Columbia University in the City of New York include:

  • Columbia College
  • School of General Studies
  • School of the Arts
  • School of Continuing Education
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of International and Public Affairs
  • Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
  • School of Social Work
  • Graduate School of Journalism
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • School of Law
  • Graduate School of Business
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health
  • College of Dental Medicine

Student Life

There are numerous student groups and organizations at Columbia University in the City of New York, including the many fraternities and sororities that are active on campus. There are also many co-educational Greek organizations available. Greek Life has been active on the Columbia campus sine 1836. 

In addition to various academic, social, political, religious and military student organizations, there is a campus organization representing and supporting lesbian, gay and transgender students.

Community Impact (CI) is a non-profit community service organization on campus that involves Columbia students in assisting the disadvantaged communities of Morningside Heights, Washington Heights and Harlem.

On-campus housing is available, guaranteed for enrolled undergraduates. Residence halls are located at Columbia College, Hartley Hall, Wallach Hall, Livingston Hall, John Jay Hall, Furnald Hall and Carman Hall. Apartment-style housing is available in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Students at Columbia can enjoy some of the many performances from campus groups including the Columbia Players, King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe, Columbia Musical Theater Society, Black Theatre Ensemble, and the Columbia University Marching Band, among others.

Traditions

The Columbia University school colors are blue and white. The blue is a light blue commonly known as "Columbia Blue."

The school mascot is the lion.

An old tradition at Columbia University is "Orgo Night," a custom that involves the Columbia University Marching Band playing music around campus for 45 minutes, beginning at the stroke of midnight, on the eve of final exams to distract students from studying for their Organic Chemistry final exam.

Another old tradition, which began prior to the American Revolution, is the lighting of the Yule Log. A troop of "soldiers" dressed as the Continental Army, carry the Yule Log from the campus Sun Dial to John Jay Hall, where it is lit as people sing Christmas carols and read aloud from traditional Christmas books.

Athletics

The Columbia University "Lions" athletic teams compete in 29 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The Morningside Heights Campus in Manhattan (New York, New York) is the primary campus for most graduate and undergraduate studies. This campus occupies more than six city blocks. The campus will soon expand into "Manhattanville," a neighborhood north of its current location. This new expansion will extend the Columbia campus into West Harlem, with new buildings housing programs for business, arts, and some of the sciences.

Columbia University Medical Center Campus is considered its second campus, and houses all of the health-related schools for the University. The Medical Center Campus is located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, 50 blocks north of the Morningside Campus. There are many hospitals nationwide and abroad associated with Columbia University's medical-health schools, and in New York these are New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York State Psychiatric Institute, the Payne-Whitney Clinic, and the Payne Whitney Westchester, among others.

A third campus for Columbia University is its Lamont-Doherty Campus, located in Palisades, New York, on the west bank of the Hudson River. This campus supports geologic and oceanic research, including seismic activity.

A fourth campus in Irvington, New York, supports the Nevis Laboratories.

There are additional Columbia University facilities throughout New York, and a satellite learning site in Paris, France, among others.

Community Life

New York City is a world-famous metropolis with many historic landmarks and sites, made up of many communities. Students attending any of the Columbia University campuses in the New York area will have easy access to all that the "Big Apple" has to offer, thanks to an excellent transport system.

Acceptance Rate

5.45

Student to Faculty Ratio

6:1

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is a public research university that is a world leader in education, research and medical healthcare. When it was founded in 1876 by benefactor Johns Hopkins, it was divided into the university and a separate hospital - The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Today the university has three major campuses: the headquarters "Homewood" campus in Baltimore, a campus in Washington, D.C., and a campus in Montgomery County, Maryland. Johns Hopkins University also maintains learning facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington area and in China and Italy.

The Homewood Campus sits on 140 acres of green space and offers courses for part-time and full-time undergraduates, as well as programs for full-time graduate students. Part-time coursework is also available to master's degree students.

Johns Hopkins Institutions are comprised of the university and the Johns Hopkins Health System. Together, these institutions are the state's largest private employer.

Johns Hopkins programs rank first among U.S. universities in many areas, including federally funded research programs, the School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Johns Hopkins faculty members and their research colleagues have won more federal research and development funding than any other university in the U.S. since 1979.

History

Johns Hopkins University was opened in 1876 with the mission to provide "knowledge for the world."  From the beginning, Johns Hopkins administrators believed that research and teaching are interdependent, so both areas have developed at an even pace over more than 130 years.

Academics

The general academic calendar for Johns Hopkins University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. However, the summer semester is divided into several "Summer Sessions." There is a "Winter Intersession" offered in January.

Each of Johns Hopkins University's nine schools maintains separate academic calendars, which may vary somewhat from the general academic calendar. Students are encouraged to consult the academic calendar for their specific school within the university to determine their schedules.

Colleges and Schools

  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Whiting School of Engineering
  • Carey Business School
  • School of Education
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Peabody Institute
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) 

The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a division of the university that is equal to the nine schools, but with a non-academic, research-based mission. APL is located between Baltimore and Washington. It supports national security and pursues space science, exploration of the Solar System and other civilian research and development.

The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. SAIS is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.  The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore, which is considered the headquarters of Johns Hopkins University.

Student Life

The Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University is a community within a larger city for the students who reside there. Residential halls offer on-campus housing, and students on campus enjoy a range of meal plans and dining options. There are things to do around campus year-round, with outdoor movies shown at the quad in summer, an annual speaker series, and more than 360 student groups, clubs and organizations that cover every interest. The fine arts and performing arts communities are very active on campus, offering a full calendar of entertainment. For more ideas about what to do on campus, students may access the events calendar online at www.event.jhu.edu.

JHU students can access a host of services and resources online, where they will find links to student affairs, calendars, libraries, fitness and health centers, ministries, campus facilities, ID card services, and more.

The Arts and Culture at The Johns Hopkins University is thriving. Students can choose from some of the following:

  • Homewood Museum
  • Evergreen Museum & Library
  • Homewood Art Workshops Gallery
  • Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
  • WJHU, Johns Hopkins Student Radio
  • Ballroom Dance Club
  • Digital Media Center
  • Johns Hopkins Film Fest
  • Hopkins Symphony Orchestra
  • JHU Symposium on Foreign Affairs
  • Homewood Arts Programs
  • Barnstormers Theater Group
  • Johns Hopkins University Theatre

Traditions

The traditional school colors for Johns Hopkins University are light "Columbia" blue and black, with white as an accent color. The school mascot is a blue jay, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Johns Hopkins "Blue Jays." The Athletic Department was founded in 1876.

Athletics

The Johns Hopkins "Blue Jays" athletic teams have won many state and national championships while competing in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

  • Homewood
  • East Baltimore
  • Peabody Campus
  • SAIS Washington
  • SAIS Bologna
  • SAIS Nanjing
  • Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Washington, D.C., Center
  • Montgomery County
  • Columbia, Md.

Community Life

The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI) is an initiative that forms a vital connection with East Baltimore. The UHI fosters University and community partnerships in health care, education and community planning. The UHI works with local residents, educators, philanthropic organizations, elected representatives and community leaders, in addition to the wealth of intellectual resources at JHU.

A community garden is underway on the Johns Hopkins at Eastern campus, due to the efforts of a small group of students and support from several university offices.

The garden was created for Real Food Hopkins, a student-run group committed to bringing local, sustainable, humane and fairly priced food to the Homewood campus and the surrounding Baltimore area.

There are many things for students and visitors to see and do in Baltimore, Maryland. The Maryland seafood is world-famous; there are many city festivals and events to enjoy, including Restaurant Week in Baltimore's Inner Harbor area or the Preakness Stakes. The Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens play at Camden Yards.

Other activities include the Art, Cultural and Historic Museums, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History, among others.

Acceptance Rate

11.17

Student to Faculty Ratio

7:1

The University of Southern California (USC) has two main campuses, both located in Los Angeles, CA.  USC's University Park campus is near downtown-metro Los Angeles, near the city's major museums.  The University Park campus is home to most of USC's professional schools and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School and the School of Dentistry.  USC's Health Sciences campus is northeast of downtown Los Angeles and is home to the School of Pharmacy, the Keck School of Medicine and three teaching hospitals.  Many other USC programs are conducted at different locations in the Southern California area.

USC is the oldest research university in the West and continues to be a leader in this area with an award-winning faculty and strong medical-health and science programs that have given rise to many new ideas and new technology over the years. USC receives top ranking and federal funding for its research activity.

USC attracts many international students and also offers many study abroad programs and internships.  The university encourages collaboration, interdisciplinary studies, public service and professional education.  Through its flexible programs like "Renaissance Ideal," "Thematic Option," and many interdisciplinary majors and minors, USC encourages entering students to create their own major/minor study programs to further interdisciplinary endeavors and new ideas.

One of the great attractions of USC for many students is its distinguished faculty.  The university boasts many renowned innovators and award-winners including members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.  In 2011, USC Professor and historian Dr. Kevin Starr was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

History

Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California opened its doors with 10 teachers and 53 students.   In 1885, USC established its College of Medicine, which was the first in Southern California.  In 1888, USC Trojans played their first football game.

Academics

The University of Southern California's academic calendar follows the semester format, with a fall, spring and summer semester.

The University of Southern California (USC) offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctoral degrees as well as continuing and professional education.  USC also offers a Progressive Degree option to high-achieving undergraduates who wish to begin work on a master's degree while completing their requirements for a bachelor's degree.

USC offers hundreds of options for majors, minors and degree programs to undergraduates and graduates through many flexible study options.  Students can choose from several areas and departments to pursue a major or program of study including arts and humanities, social studies, natural sciences, engineering, computer quantitative, and technical sciences.

For students pursuing research, there are many research centers and institutes, as well as laboratories and research units to choose from at USC that include arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering and technology.  Some key areas for research at USC include genomics, biomedical imaging, nanoscience, digital media and high-performance computing.

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools of the University of Southern California are located at its two primary campuses: University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus.  The colleges and schools of USC are:

  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • USC Leventhal School of Accounting
  • USC School of Architecture
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • USC Annenberg School for Communication, Journalism
  • Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
  • USC Rossier School of Education
  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • USC Roski School of Fine Arts
  • USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • USC Thornton School of Music
  • Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • USC School of Pharmacy
  • Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
  • USC School of Policy, Planning and Development
  • USC School of Social Work
  • USC School of Theatre

Student Life

USC is a large university and there are a host of student services available to help students navigate campus life. There are "Academic Services" that include online resources, academic support, libraries and computing.  Through "Campus Life" USC offers countless campus activities and programs, groups and organizations for students to become involved in.  Other student resources include Career Services, Financial Services, Student Health Services, International Students and New Students services, as well as the many programs and services offered through Student Affairs.  Intramural sports and spirit groups are a popular way to get involved in campus life and meet other students.

There are at least 12 residence halls on the USC campuses and many more USC-owned properties nearby that provide housing to students.  USC has three main restaurants on campus that have a selection of menu plans and are conveniently located near the residence halls.

Athletics

Athletics are an important part of the college experience at USC.  The USC Trojans teams compete in the following intercollegiate sports:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its two main campuses, USC runs programs at several locations throughout Southern California (Marina del Rey, Orange County, among others) as well as educational centers in Sacramento, California and Washington, D.C.

Community Life

USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles with many important museums close by and a host of recreational facilities and attractions in the area.  The USC Arts & Events Calendar offers an award-winning selection of art exhibits, public lectures, music, theatre, and film.  Additionally, there are many cultural events and activities in the Los Angeles area, as well as the many tourist attractions offered by Hollywood and the entertainment industry.

USC has many partnerships with organizations and groups in its surrounding neighborhoods and communities, offering students many opportunities to get involved in community programs, campaigns and initiatives that benefit local children, families and community members.

Acceptance Rate

11.42

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Tulane University of Louisiana, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, it offers an urban setting for students to study in. Tulane University of Louisiana has a yearly student enrollment of around twelve thousand.

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

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Public Administration And Social Services

To be considered for admissions, students may be asked to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school records, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. Most common scores among applicants admitted to this school are within the range of 29 - 32 for the ACT exam, or 1880 - 2130 for the SAT exam. Only 25 percent of applicants are admitted to the school due to the high volume of applicants for the limited enrollment spots. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $48,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Student housing is available for students, which costs around $6,700 for the year. This school may provide financial aid for students that are eligible in the form of grants and loans.

Athletic programs are available at Tulane University of Louisiana through the NCAA, allowing students to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Athletic programs offered include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)

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

Acceptance Rate

12.87

Student to Faculty Ratio

8:1

Case Western Reserve University provides a variety of degree programs for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Cleveland, Ohio and operated as a private institution. Approximately 9,800 students are enrolled per year at Case.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Case offers:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Engineering

Students applying for admission are most often required to submit an application, school records, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to be able to apply to Case Western Reserve University. Scores within the range of 28 - 32 on the ACT or 1830 - 2130 on the SAT are required to greatly increase the chance of admission. Roughly 50 percent of all applicant were admitted at this school, with 13 percent of those admitted choosing to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $43,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's tuition calculator to get a better idea of their costs. The price of on-campus housing is about $7,600 per year. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements.

The mascot for Case is the "Spartans", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division III)
  • Softball (NCAA Division III)

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

Acceptance Rate

27.36

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

UM's pride lies not only in being Maryland state's flagship university but also in having over a hundred of its academic programs consistently ranking among the best in the country. The University of Maryland boasts of several schools and colleges including those of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Both summer and winter short-term programs include opportunities to study in numerous locations abroad, some of which are either partly or fully-sponsored.

The College Park Scholars and Women in Engineering (WIE) are among the more notable programs being offered at the university. WIE was enacted to encourage support for and the growth of the number of female students in the field of engineering, both in the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Scholars program, on the other hand, invites qualified students to participate in what are called "living-learning programs", covering areas of study such us Global Public Health, Life Sciences, and Public Leadership.

Testudo, a representation of a Diamondback terrapin, stands as the official mascot and symbol of good luck that is present at different college athletic events. The school's landscape features the famous Memorial Chapel and its carillon, the McKeldin Mall sundial and fountain, and the bronze sculpture of alumni Jim Henson with his famous creation, Kermit.

Traditions on campus have been prevalent since its establishment as the Maryland Agricultural College in 1856. Maryland Day for instance, held on the last Saturday of April, marks an open-house event to which prospective students and members of the surrounding communities are invited in joining the university's staff, faculty, and student body in various festivities. UM is located, specifically, within Prince George's county near Washington, DC.

Acceptance Rate

44.18

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

The University of Georgia (UGA) is a highly diversified research university located in Athens, Georgia.  There are many international students at UGA, as well as nationals and locals from within the state of Georgia.

The UGA offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees in a broad range of majors including the arts, humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, agricultural and environmental sciences, business, ecology, environmental design, family and consumer sciences forest resources, journalism and mass communication, education, law, pharmacy, public health, social work and veterinary medicine.

There are many continuing education students at UGA, and the university encourages economic and social development as well as community involvement through its experiment stations and programs in public service and technology transfer.

History

Georgia was the first state in the U.S. to charter at state-supported university in 1785. Studying a curriculum of traditional classical studies, the first class graduated in 1804. The curriculum expanded in 1843 to include law, and much later to include agriculture and mechanical arts. Through the years, sixteen colleges and schools were established within the UGA to provide programs in teaching, research and service.  Today, the UGA is part of the University System of Georgia, and governed by the board of regents.

Academics

The UGA follows the semester academic calendar, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

There are 22 bachelor's degrees offered at UGA with concentrations in 140 fields. The university offers 34 master's degrees (124 concentrations), and nearly 20 Educational Specialist degrees.  There are four different doctoral degree designations (Ph.D., Ed.D., D.M.A. and D.P.A.) offered in 91 areas.  Professional degrees at UGA include law, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.

UGA also offers more than 170 Study Abroad or Foreign Exchange programs.

The university's OASIS program allows you to register for classes, view class schedules and student-related information online.

UGA also has several Distance Learning degrees and certificates including a Master of Education in Adult Education and graduate-level certificates in Pharmacy, among others.  The UGA offers "e-Learning" programs in various departments with Web-based classroom materials and an online learning management system.

Colleges and Schools

The University of Georgia has 16 schools and colleges offering many degree programs, including some interdisciplinary options.

Schools and Colleges at UGA:

  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Environment and Design
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Graduate School
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Public and International Affairs
  • Social Work
  • Veterinary Medicine

Student Life

UGA requires its first-year students to live on campus through their first academic year to get the complete university experience.  There are many residence halls to choose from among several campus communities: Brumby Community, Creswell Community, East Campus Village, Hill Community, Myers Community, Reed Community and Russell Community.

There are many programs available to UGA students that encourage involvement and participation on campus.  The Office of Multicultural Services and Programs celebrates its diverse population and people of color by promoting student leadership and academic achievement.

UGA has many facilities for student health and recreation, including recreational sports and the GORP program, which offers special excursions in hiking, climbing, riding, rafting sailing, and more, for students of all levels.

The Office of Student Affairs has information about the many student groups, clubs, societies and organizations that students can participate in.

Fraternities and Sororities

There are 59 national fraternities and sororities at UGA, and "Greek Life" has been a strong tradition at the university for more than 150 years. The Greek groups at UGA organize and coordinate many annual events and provide leadership for many educational and community programs.

Traditions

The University of Georgia has a long history of traditions, many of which have been made famous in books and movies.  The school's athletics teams have been named the "Bulldogs" since the school was founded and many news reports about sports games at the UGA have made the Bulldogs high profile.  The UGA mascot bulldog, named "Uga," appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, and in the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

Another tradition at the UGA is the ringing of the chapel bell on campus after a Bulldog football team victory.

There is an Arch located on the Northern section of the University of Georgia campus that freshman were traditionally forbidden to walk under.  Although this tradition is no longer enforced, some freshmen still honor the tradition.

Athletics

The University of Georgia's intercollegiate athletics programs ranks among the top 10 in the U.S.  Its Bulldogs teams have won national championships for the past several years in many sports including women's gymnastics, men's tennis, women's swimming and diving, tennis, equestrian and golf.  The women's basketball team is referred to as "The Georgia Lady Bulldogs."

Intercollegiate Sports at UGA:

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The University of Georgia's main campus is in Athens, Georgia, and offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees through its 16 schools and colleges.  The UGA also offers many undergraduate and graduate degrees, and continuing education programs through its satellite campuses elsewhere in Georgia:

  • UGA Gwinnett Campus
  • UGA Griffin Campus
  • UGA Tifton Campus
  • UGA Terry College of Business

Community Life

Community outreach and service is a large part of the University of Georgia's mission.  The UGA has a long history of service to Georgia, and has many public service programs that allow students to work in communities throughout the state on economic development, K-12 education, leadership, professional education and training, as well as research for state agencies.

The community of Georgia, Athens provides ample opportunities for students to find entertainment and explore. There are many art galleries and music and theatre performances on and off campus. The attractive downtown area of Athens offers numerous shops, restaurants, cafes and taverns, helping to make this one of the "Best College Towns" in the United States.

Acceptance Rate

45.3

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

SUNY at Binghamton is a public institution that has a fair number of majors and degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Vestal, New York, in a predominantly suburban area. SUNY at Binghamton has a yearly student enrollment of around fifteen thousand. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Psychology
  • English Language And Literature
  • Social Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. Most students admitted to this school achieve an SAT score between 1770 - 2030, or an ACT composite score between 26 - 30. Approximately 40% of all students that applied were admitted at this school, with 21% of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found here. The cost of undergraduate tuition varies for in-state and nonresidents. In-state residents pay nearly $7,900, while nonresidents pay $17,000 for the year. Housing may be available for students that would like to live on-campus for a cost of $8,300 each year. Students at this school may qualify for aid which is usually grants and loans. Athletic programs are available at Binghamton University through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate sports. Available sports offered may include but not limited to:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AAA)
Students should visit the SUNY at Binghamton website to obtain a complete list of academic programs offered, admissions information, and more.

Acceptance Rate

40.53

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

Starting with less than 200 students in 1949 under the name Los Angeles-Orange County State College, CSU Long Beach now sprawls over 300 acres with more than 80 buildings throughout its entire campus. It is officially the second largest among all CSU campuses, offering courses under the colleges of Arts, Liberal Arts, Education, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Health & Human Services, Continuing & Professional Education, Business Administration, and Engineering. Since gaining university status in 1972, Long Beach State has continually ranked among the top universities in the country for various undergraduate and graduate programs.

High school students in California who are either graduating as valedictorians or have achieved national scholar status have a chance to qualify for scholarship grants under the President's Scholars Program which guarantees full coverage of tuition and student fees for any four-year degree, paid campus residency, book allowances, among others. A Young Scholars Program is also available for high school juniors and seniors who wish to take up CSULB courses and possibly accumulate college credits in advance. Admissions for pursuits in overseas research and studies are handled by the Center for International Education, enabling students to explore various opportunities to study, intern or volunteer in other universities abroad.

The Walter Pyramid on campus is a vast sports complex and training ground for the Long Beach State 49ers. Provisions for the Bickerstaff Academic Center were put in place to ensure that all student-athletes are able to keep both their athletic (NCAA) and academic eligibilities in check. Other notable landmarks include the University Art Museum, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.

Acceptance Rate

39.27

Student to Faculty Ratio

23:1

Aside from being among the oldest members of the California State University system, SDSU is also the first and largest college in San Diego, California. It is now a highly-regarded research university, having come a long way from starting as an institute for teacher training under the name San Diego Normal College in 1897. There are currently almost 200 fields of study being taken up by students throughout all undergraduate and graduate levels in all of its seven colleges, namely: Arts and Letters, Sciences, Engineering, Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Health and Human Services, Business Administration, and Education.

Enrollees at both the main and the Imperial Valley campuses are entitled to apply for opportunities to be part in any of over 300 educational programs in more than 50 countries all over the world. Possessing at least $1 billion worth of study grants, SDSU students are directed by its Division of Research Affairs in pursuing research activities in numerous fields such as public health, transportation safety, and computational science.

Recreation and athletics also play a great part of college life at SDSU. The San Diego State Aztecs have teams representing the school in basketball, baseball, football, soccer, among others. Celebrations on campus grounds are highlighted by Homecoming Week during the fall term. Spring term is marked by Green Fest, another week-long event that promotes environmental sustainability.

San Diego State maintains a huge role in emphasizing the importance of higher education among younger students in the surrounding communities. As a partner in the Compact for Success program, it assists the Sweetwater Union High School District in implementing courses that will prepare qualified students for admission to the university after graduation.

Acceptance Rate

34.13

Student to Faculty Ratio

27:1

Yeshiva University is a nonprofit private institution located in New York, New York and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Approximately six thousand students are enrolled per year at YU.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Yeshiva University offers:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Foreign Languages And Literature
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Public Administration And Social Services

To be considered for admissions, students may be asked to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then reviewed by the admissions committee. The most common standardized test scores among students accepted to this school are within the range of 23 - 29 on the ACT, or 1630 - 2030 on the SAT exam. An estimated 70% of all applicant were accepted at YU, with 68% of those admitted choosing to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at yu.edu.

Tuition is approximately $39,000 per year, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students should visit the school's net price calculator to get a more personalized estimate of costs. Students enrolled at YU may be eligible for aid which is usually loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The YU Maccabees participate in a number of athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include:

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

Students should visit the Yeshiva University website to get a complete list of areas of study, programs, financial aid details, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

55.36

Student to Faculty Ratio

7:1

The University of South Florida is located in Tampa. It is part of the State University System of Florida and is a public research facility.

History

The University of South Florida was established in 1956, on the site of Henderson Air Field. It was not named until 1957 and students didn't attend until 1960.

Between 1957 and 1970, the University expanded quickly, due to the fact that graduate degree programs began in 1964. Today, the University of South Florida has been dubbed the Harvard of the South. It takes great pride in advancing as a research university.

Academics

The University of South Florida has eighteen colleges, institutions and schools, including:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • Honors College
  • College of Marine Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • The Confucius Institute
  • School of Music
  • School of Library and Information Science
  • School of Theatre and Dance
  • School of Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Campuses

The University of South Florida has three satellite campuses. They are:

  • University of South Florida, Lakeland, established in 1988. It offers more than twenty graduate and undergraduate degrees.
  • Sarasota-Manatee, established in 1975. At that time it shared a campus with New College of Florida. A new campus opened in August 2009.
  • St. Petersburg Campus, established in 1965. It is located in downtown St. Petersburg.

Student Life

13% of students that attend the University of South Florida live on campus. Most find it more cost efficient to live off campus in apartments for students. As of 2009, the University of South Florida requires that all freshmen live on campus for the first year of their education. Students who live with parents or guardians in certain counties are exempt, as are students who are 21 years old when the fall semester begins and those who are married or have dependents.

Fraternities and Sororities

The University of South Florida is comprised of a large Greek community. Fraternities and Sororities include:

  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Chi
  • Kappa Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Teta Chi
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Lamba Theta Alpha
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Zeta Tau Alpha

There are numerous other fraternities and sororities as well.

Media

In 1961, the first student newspaper was the Campus Edition of the Tampa Times. When that newspaper became defunct, The Oracle took its place. On September 6, 1966, The Oracle was first published as a weekly. Presently it is published four times weekly. The University of South Florida also has a student radio station. WBUL is located in the Phyllis P. Marshall Center.

Athletics

The Bulls are the University of South Florida's athletic teams. They include:

  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Men's and Women's Basketball
  • Men's and Women's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Cross country
  • Sailing
  • Volleyball

The University of South Florida joined the Big East Conference in 2005. Herd of Thunder is the athletic band of the South Florida Bulls. It was founded in 1999.

Community

The University of South Florida is at the hub of the Tampa community and strives to make the area of Tampa Bay a better place to live, play and work.

For animal lovers, Busch Gardens is a paradise. Visit the Serengeti Plains, thrill to the wind blowing in your hair as you ride the roller coaster or stop by the Brewmaster's Club. Lowry Park is another must-see for animal lovers.

If you enjoy great entertainment or a night on the town, be sure to visit Channelside entertainment district. Enjoy nightclubs, a 10-screen IMAX Theatre, tasty cuisine at a wide variety of restaurants or do some shopping at the local retail stores.

Be sure to visit Ybor City, northeast of downtown. This historic district was the hub of Tampa's pre-Depression cigar trade and there are many National Historic Sits and Landmarks within its boundaries.

Other activities include golf, mini golf, bowling, swimming, bike riding, botanical gardens, museums, manatee viewing and more. No matter what your interests, you will find something to your liking in Tampa.

Acceptance Rate

47.63

Student to Faculty Ratio

22:1

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus (Pitt) is situated on a 132-acre area located in the city of Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. Pitt has hundreds of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of disciplines at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.  It also offers professional degrees. Pitt is ranks as one of the top educational institutions in the nation for its academic and research programs.

The university also offers online learning options through "Pitt Online." Students can earn a degree or certificate from Pitt's School of Education Online, School of Nursing Online, University Center for Social & Urban Research Online, and the Katz Graduate School of Business Online.

History

The University of Pittsburgh was founded in 1787 as "the Pittsburgh Academy," a private school situated in a log cabin near the city's three rivers. The University of Pittsburgh became a state university in 1966.

The University of Pittsburgh, or "Pitt", has had many "firsts" throughout its history.  In 1893, William Hunter Dammond became the first African American to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh when he completed his degree in civil engineering.  Dammond went on to become a notable engineer, professor, inventor and contributor to the railroad industry.

In 1898, the first two women students ever admitted to Pitt graduated with bachelor's degrees.  They were sisters Margaret and Stella Stein, and graduated first in their class.

In 1975, Pitt embarked on its first sustainable design and construction project by installing its first campus-wide energy management system. The latest "green" designs are being implemented in Pitt's newest buildings, and the university's Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation focuses on designing sustainable neighborhoods.

In 1984, Pitt surgeons performed the first double transplant operation in the world.  The surgeons were Thomas Starzl and Henry Bahnson.

Academics

The academic calendar of the University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer "terms."  In the summer there are three shorter terms to choose from: 4-week, 6-week, and 12-week.

Colleges, Schools and Centers

The University of Pittsburgh has 15 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools.

Schools and Colleges:

  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Dental Medicine
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • General Studies
  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Honors College
  • Information Sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Public and International Affairs
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

University Centers:

  • International Studies (UCIS)
  • Learning Research and Development (LRDC)
  • Philosophy of Science

Student Life

The University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus offers both on and off-campus housing.  There are also many different dining options and services on campus.

The Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) lists more than 400 student organizations and clubs available on Pitt's campus. SORC is also a resource for the many student services available to Pitt students.  One of the many activities that Pitt students can get involved in is the annual "Pitt Make a Difference Day," which offers students a chance to participate in hundreds of community service projects throughout the Pittsburgh area.

There are other volunteer opportunities available, as well as leadership and government groups to get involved in. The "Greek Life" is thriving at Pitt, with more than 39 active fraternities and sororities available.

Athletics

The Pittsburgh "Panthers" athletics teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Pittsburgh campus, the University of Pittsburgh has regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville.

Community Life

Pitt considers the city its campus, though its large campus is a virtual city unto itself. The city's industrial past is apparent in its resourceful and vibrant culture, with many distinctive neighborhoods and affordable living options. Pittsburgh has many entertainment and cultural venues for recreation and leisure activities.  There is a world-class symphony, notable art, classic architecture, dance and musical performances, excellent restaurants and a busy nightlife.

Acceptance Rate

56.65

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

SUNY College at Oneonta provides a variety of degree programs for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Oneonta, NY and publically funded. Approximately 6,000 students are enrolled yearly at SUNY College at Oneonta. Students may select from a few areas of study, including:

  • Education
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Psychology
  • Business And Marketing Studies
To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit any transcripts or test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores between 1020 - 1180 on the SAT and in a range of 22 - 25 on the ACT is typical among students accepted to this school. This school has an admissions rate of around 43 percent of which only 22 percent decided to enroll.  Information from the admissions office can be obtained by calling the school or by completing the form on this page. Tuition & fees at SUNY College at Oneonta are different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs close to $7,200 per year, while out-of-state tuition costing $17,000 per year. Housing may be available for students that want to live on-campus for a cost of $6,500 per year. Students at SUNY College at Oneonta may be eligible for aid which is typically scholarships, grants, and loans. SUNY College at Oneonta offers several athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Sports available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division III)
Contact information, admission forms, areas of study, and more may be accessed on school's website at oneonta.edu.

Acceptance Rate

56.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

Purdue University was established in 1869 and stands as the flagship campus of the Purdue University System. About 270 programs are offered at the main campus in West Lafayette together with regional campuses located in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Westville, and Hammond in Indiana. Ten other locations throughout the state serve as schools for the Purdue College of Technology, with programs focusing on the use of information technology for both the government and business sectors.

Ranked among the best research universities in the country, Purdue's Discovery Park complex is home to the university's nanotechnology research facility along with other programs in agricultural research, engineering, and environmental studies. Research grants are provided by a number of federal executive departments as well as NASA.

Purdue also features a number of student and recreational facilities which include a sports center, aquatic center, golf courses, and a health center. In celebration of its diverse population, the university provides for cultural learning via the Black cultural center, Latino cultural center, China center, Confucius institute, as well as the Native American educational center.

Traditions and celebrations abound at Purdue, highlighted by annual Fountain Runs and a 50-mile go kart race dubbed as the Purdue Grand Prix. Involvement in intercollegiate athletic events is spearheaded by the Purdue Boilermakers, representing the university in football, basketball, tennis, and wrestling, among others.

Student housing is available both within and outside campus grounds, with an office for Off-campus Housing Services lending assistance to students seeking residency in nearby neighborhoods. A partnership with the West Lafayette City Bus provides for free transportation to all members of the Purdue community. Campus security is presided over by the university's police department.

Acceptance Rate

59.83

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Saint Louis University provides a variety of program options for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Saint Louis, MO and operated as a private institution. The Roman Catholic affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and mission that defines the school. Approximately eighteen thousand students are enrolled yearly at SLU.

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

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

Students applying for admission are usually asked to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. The majority of students accepted to Saint Louis University achieve an SAT score between 1078 to 1330, or an ACT composite score within the range of 25 to 30. This school has an acceptance rate of about 62 percent of which only 21 percent decided to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at slu.edu.

Tuition is approximately $37,000 per year, though it may change based on any number of circumstances. Students may visit the school's tuition calculator to see the personalize cost of attendance. Housing is available for students, which costs about $5,900 per year. Students enrolled at SLU may qualify for aid which is generally loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

Saint Louis University has a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available include:

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

Students may visit the Saint Louis University website to get a complete list of areas of study, student services, and more.

Acceptance Rate

58.28

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

University of La Verne, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in La Verne, California, it resides in a suburban setting for students to study in. Nearly 8,000 students enroll at University of La Verne annually.

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

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Family And Consumer Sciences

To be considered for admissions, students may be required to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school records, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. Students may provide either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions to University of La Verne. A score in a range of 1330 to 1640 on the SAT, or 18 to 23 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. This school accepts around 60% of students applying. Of those students admitted, nearly 30% enrolled. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $34,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and therefore students should use the school's tuition calculator to get a better idea of their costs. School housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $5,700. Students enrolled at this school may be eligible for aid which is typically loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

This school has a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include the following:

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

Students may visit the website to get a complete list of areas of study, student services, and more.

Acceptance Rate

54.82

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

History

California State University, Fullerton opened its doors in 1959 in Orange County to 457 students. Since its founding the school has grown rapidly, expanding its offerings, student base and service area through an additional campus, art center and more. Cal State Fulelrton is the largest school in the CSU System, with enrollment reaching nearly 40,000 students. It is the third largest school in California after UCLA and CSU Long Beach. Fullerton is considered one of the best public institutions in the west and has been improving steadily.

Academics

Cal State Fullerton offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. The goal of the school is to provide an affordable quality education to residents of California. The diversity in educational opportunities offered by CSUF ensures that students will find a major that suits their goals.

Programs offered:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Admission to Cal State Fullerton as freshmen is highly competitive due to there being more applicants than spaces available. Thus, the admission review is much stricter for freshman than the admission guidelines for non-freshman students. Students should review the minimum requirements as put forth by Cal State Fullerton for local residents, California State Residents, and out of state applicants to see if they exceed the minimum for admissions. Financial aid is available for eligible applicants. To determine the what awards an individual may be eligible for students should contact the financial aid office and submit all necessary forms as per the offices instruction.

Athletics

The CSU Fullerton Titans participate in the NCAA Division I as part of the Big West Conference.

Sports programs:

  • Baseball/Softball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Acceptance Rate

52.69

Student to Faculty Ratio

25:1

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

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

UMBC is a public institution located in Baltimore, Maryland and provides a large number of program options for students. Enrollment at UMBC is nearly thirteen thousand per year.

Students can choose from a few areas of study, including:

  • Psychology
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer And Information Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Students applying for admission are usually required to submit an application, transcripts, records, test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the school. Students may take either the ACT or SAT scores to be considered for admissions at University of Maryland - Baltimore County. A score in a range of 1640 to 1940 on the SAT, or 24 to 29 for the ACT is usually submitted among accepted students. UMBC has an admissions rate of around 61 percent of which only 29 percent chose to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of tuition varies for in-state and nonresidents. In-state residents pay approximately $10,000, while nonresidents pay $22,000 for the year. Student housing is available for students and costs about $6,700 annually. Some students at UMBC may qualify for financial aid, which is generally provided as scholarships, grants, and loans.

The mascot for University of Maryland - Baltimore County is the "Retrievers", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include but not limited to:

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

Students who would like to view more about University of Maryland - Baltimore County can visit their website at http://www.umbc.edu.

Acceptance Rate

61.03

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

University of South Carolina at Columbia is a four-year institution of higher education that offers 324 academic degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.  The university is considered a top-tier research institution. Since 1805, the university has grown the "Horseshoe" area of its campus from a few buildings to 11 buildings.  The university is now expanding its campus to accommodate growth in its research initiatives that focus on nanotechnology, health sciences, the environment, information technologies, and more.  This expansion has been dubbed "Innovista Research District" and promises to raise the state's per-capita income through high-paying jobs in these research and business areas.

In addition to its main campus in Columbia, the University of South Carolina has four-year campuses in Aiken, Beaufort and Upstate (Spartanburg-Greenville) South Carolina.  It also has two-year campuses in Lancaster, Sumter, and Salkehatchie (Allendale and Walterboro).

The faculty at the University of South Carolina at Columbia is outstanding, having generated more than $218 million in funding for research, training programs and outreach in 2010.

History

The University of South Carolina at Columbia was founded as "South Carolina College" in 1805. It was chartered as the "University of South Carolina" in 1906. The school underwent many changes and closings during the Civil War, Reconstruction and other challenging events in American history.  The university continued to grow throughout its history, building a reputation as a top-notch research institution.

Academics

The athletic calendar of the University of South Carolina at Columbia follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

The University of South Carolina at Columbia has 14 degree-granting colleges and schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Moore School of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Computing
  • The Graduate School
  • College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
  • School of Law
  • School of Mass Communications and Information Studies
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Music
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Arnold School of Public Health
  • College of Social Work

Student Life

In addition to the 20 fraternity and sorority houses in the University of South Carolina's "Greek Village," students at the university can get involved in numerous student groups, clubs, organizations and activities.  There are also support programs that help students keep on track academically, including:

  • Academic Centers of Excellence in the residence halls
  • Student Success Center at Thomas Cooper Library
  • Supplemental Instruction from peers for core courses
  • The Sophomore Initiative

Students at the University of South Carolina already have a host of support services at their disposal, but will benefit from the unprecedented growth that is taking place at the school.  There are many brand-new and still-developing facilities that include a state-of-the-art Wellness and Fitness Center, the Academic Enrichment Center for Gamecock student-athletes, a new riverfront baseball stadium, and more.

Traditions

The athletic nickname for the University of South Carolina's intercollegiate teams is the "Gamecocks."  Its school colors are garnet and black.

Athletics

The University of South Caroline "Gamecock" athletics teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its flagship campus in Columbia, South Carolina, the University of South Carolina has satellite campuses in South Carolina at:

  • Aiken
  • Beaufort
  • Lancaster
  • Salkehatchie
  • Sumter
  • Union
  • Upstate (Spartanburg)

Community Life

The Columbia campus of the University of South Carolina is located in the heart of the state's capital.  It offers students and visitors many opportunities for exploration including entertainment venues, sports and recreation, shopping, the arts, and more.

The Columbia campus itself offers many activities for diversion. The McKissick Museum has many art exhibits.  The School of Music has a full roster of performances throughout the year.  There are also performances in theatre, music and dance from the university's Koger Center for the Arts.  Additionally, the Colonial Life Arena offers many concerts, rodeos, monster truck shows, and Gamecock sporting events.

Acceptance Rate

68.65

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City is ranked as one of the top public research universities in the United States, and is Utah's oldest and largest institution of higher learning. It has world-class facilities, including its University Hospital. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 90 graduate-level degrees. Commonly known as the "U of U" or "the U," its excellent programs and faculty attract a diverse, and international, student body.

The U of U is a leading institution in technology commercialization and, along with MIT; it ranks at the top of the list for creating new start-up companies based on its research and/or inventions. More than 90 companies have been founded with U of U technology in the past four years.

The U of U's School of Medicine and its Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health are very highly regarded research and teaching institutions.  Its Ballet and Creative Dance programs are also notable.

History

The University of Utah was founded in 1850 as the University of Deseret.

Academics

The University of Utah academic calendar follows the semester system, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Architecture and Planning
  • David Eccles School of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Graduate School
  • College of Health
  • Honors College
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • College of Mines & Earth Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Science
  • College of Social & Behavioral Science
  • College of Social Work

University of Utah offers a variety of academic degrees in many disciplines, to include:

  • Bachelor of University Studies
  • Bachelor & Master of Arts
  • Bachelor & Master of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor & Master of Science
  • Bachelor & Master of Social Work
  • Bachelor & Master of Music
  • Honors Bachelor degrees
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Physical Therapy
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Statistics
  • Master of Professional Accountancy
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Master of Law
  • Master & Doctor of Education
  • Master of Electrical Engineering
  • Juris Doctor
  • Master of Science & Technology
  • Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Master & Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Medicine

Student Life

There are many resources and opportunities for involvement offered to students at the University of Utah.  Career services and on-campus employment or internships are available.  There is a counseling center and student health center, as well as the University Union.  More than 200 student clubs, groups, organizations and activities are available for those students who wish to connect with others, including fraternities and sororities, skiing excursions and other outdoor adventure trips, community service programs, arts, culture, and more.

Student housing is offered on or off campus, and the campus also offers a variety of dining services.  There are many recreation and sports facilities on campus available to students.

Athletics

The Utah "Utes" athletic teams compete in 17 intercollegiate sports. The Utes have won championships in several areas, with the women's gymnastics team being particularly notable. The gymnastics team has won 10 national championships, 24 individual event championships, and 312 All-American awards.

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

There are many things to do and see in Salt Lake City, and the University of Utah partners with some of the best offerings in the community.  The U of U campus is home of the Museum of Fine Arts.  It partners with the Museum of Natural History, and the Red Butte Garden and Arboretum. The university also has several performance venues on and around campus.  The university runs many youth programs that are available to children in the community.

The Bennion Center at the U of U has the goal of fostering service and civic participation by engaging the university in community efforts. U of U students, faculty and staff provide nearly 175,000 hours of volunteer community service each year through non-profit organizations.

Acceptance Rate

62.12

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

University of North Carolina - Wilmington is a public institution located in Wilmington, NC and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. UNCW has an annual student enrollment of nearly thirteen thousand. Areas of study available at University of North Carolina - Wilmington include but are not limited to:

  • Psychology
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
To be considered for admissions, you may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then reviewed by the admissions office. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1610 to 1840 on the SAT and between 22 to 26 on the ACT is typical among students accepted to UNCW. An estimated 60% of all students that applied were accepted at this school, with 36% of those accepted choosing to attend. Detailed admissions information can be found by calling the UNCW team or by requesting information here. The cost of tuition varies for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state residents pay approximately $6,200 and nonresidents pay $19,000 for the year. Housing may be available for students that want to live on-campus for around a cost of $5,500 for the year. Students at University of North Carolina - Wilmington may qualify for aid which is generally loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Athletic programs are available at UNCW through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate sports. Athletic programs that are available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AAA)
Students who would like to learn more about University of North Carolina - Wilmington can check out their website at www.uncw.edu.

Acceptance Rate

65.45

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Ithaca College is a nonprofit private institution located in Ithaca, NY and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Ithaca College has an annual student enrollment of over six thousand. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Psychology
Students applying for admission are required to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Either the SAT or ACT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to IC. Scores in a range of 23 - 28 on the ACT or 1570 - 1880 on the SAT are needed to greatly increase your chances for getting accepted. This school has an acceptance rate of 68% of which only 18% decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found here. Undergraduate tuition is approximately $39,000 for the year, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to determine a more personalized cost estimate. On-campus housing is available for students, which costs about $7,600 per year. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the necessary requirements. The mascot for Ithaca College is the "Bombers", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the NCAA. Sports available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
Contact information, financial aid information, programs offered, and much more may be viewed on school's website at http://www.ithaca.edu.

Acceptance Rate

72.76

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

How to Become a Gerontologist

In order to become a gerontologist, you will need to earn a bachelor's degree in the field or adjacent field of study such as nursing, social work, biology, and/or psychology. An adjacent bachelor's degree is often a sufficient starting point for a graduate to start in the field in an entry-level position such as care centers and hospice organizations.

Some colleges provide the opportunity for students to earn a graduate degree in the field, which provides the opportunity to begin a career in a more advanced role such as research or managing.

Educational Requirements for Gerontologists

In terms of educational requirements, Gerontology degree holders will have typically studied a series of science-rich courses in school. While each program differs from the other, there are core classes that then to overlap. The following courses are typical to study while in college pursuing a gerontology degree.

Employment in Gerontology

For students that earn a college degree in Gerontology, there are several fields of specialization that one can pursue. The options range from university professor, research analyst, genomics, virologist, immunologist, toxicologist, biological technician, biomedical engineer, food scientist, microbiologist, medical scientist, nutritional scientist, and epidemiologist.

Job Growth & Gerontologist Career Outlook

Data aggregated from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the job growth for gerontologists are well above average.  In fact, the employment bump is expected to top 14% which will add 12,100 new jobs to our economy.  Similarly, geneticists and biomedical engineers are forecast to see a 9% increase and 23% jump in jobs during this time.  Combining these three jobs into a single data point, we will see nearly 18,000 new jobs in the coming ten year stretch.

Additional Resources for Gerontologists

For current and prospective gerontologists, we recommend the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the American Aging Association (AAA).  Both organizations have great resources, networking opportunities, research, and insights for individuals in the field of gerontology.

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