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Insurance is a field of study focused on protection from loss or risk.  Insurance is a discipline of risk management and can be used to curb uncertainty or mitigate loss, albeit personal, financial, or corporate.  There are two sides of an insurance contract: the insurer and insured.

The insurer is also known as an insurance company or insurance carrier and is the issuing body of the insurance policy.  The insured or policyholder is the person or entity purchasing the insurance policy or insurance contract.  In return for predetermined installment payments (or premiums) from the policyholder, an insurance company promised to compensate the insured under specific circumstances for a pre-determined dollar amount.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$67,760

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

45.30%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

385,700

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

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University of Pennsylvania ("Penn") is recognized as America's first university. It is an urban university, internationally recognized as a great institution of higher learning and research. It is home to the nation's first medical school, and the center of technological invention. In 1946, the school released the first electronic, general-purpose digital computer. The school's founder, Benjamin Franklin, was noted for his many innovative inventions, including bifocal lenses and the lightning rod.

Penn ranks among the top 10 universities in the nation, and boasts a faculty of leaders in their fields. Among its acclaimed alumni, Penn boasts many innovators and pioneers, including 15 Nobel Prize winners, and the inventor of motion photography, Eadweard James Muybridge.

Penn offers an interdisciplinary approach to learning through many different programs including its on and off-campus study opportunities for cross-disciplinary or joint-major degrees at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. It also offers continuing education, distance learning, summer programs, international programs, study grants, and more.

History

The University of Pennsylvania was founded by Benjamin Franklin, who was known for his dedication to education and intellectual pursuits, as well as his commitment to public service. Founded in 1749, the university opened its doors in 1751 as the Charity School of Philadelphia. In 1874, the university added a teaching hospital to its growing programs and campus.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Pennsylvania follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. It also offers a variety of special summer sessions and distance learning programs with flexible scheduling.

Colleges and Schools

  • Annenberg School for Communication
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Law School
  • Perelman School of Medicine
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Design
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Policy and Practice
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Wharton School (Business)

In addition to its 12 colleges and schools, the University of Pennsylvania offers a long list of research centers and institutes to choose from.

Student Life

There are hundreds of student groups and organizations available for involvement at the University of Pennsylvania. Student organizations cover every interest and focus, including academic, cultural, environmental, governmental, recreation and hobby groups. There are also honor societies, graduate and professional organizations, performing arts groups, political organizations, religious groups, service clubs, social clubs, publications and media, and many fraternities and sororities.

Many student services are available, as well as on campus housing, dining and shopping.

Traditions

The school colors for the University of Pennsylvania are red, blue and white.

Athletics

The Penn "Quakers" athletic teams participate in a wide range of intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Sprint Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

As with most ivy-league colleges, all of Penn's 12 academic schools are located on a single campus.

Community Life

Penn is known for its picturesque campus, situated in the vibrant, cultural city of Philadelphia. A full calendar of activities and entertainment are available on campus year-round, but the city also offers a vibrant nightlife, many museums and art galleries, a wide range of top restaurants, and plenty of shopping and sightseeing in historic areas.

The Civic House is Penn's hub for community service, and its Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is a central office for community initiatives and service.

Acceptance Rate

7.66

Student to Faculty Ratio

6:1

Boston University (BU) is a top-ranked, private institution of higher education located in Boston, Massachusetts.  BU offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in more than 250 fields of study and is particularly known for its interdisciplinary programs, leading research, and excellent faculty.  Its faculty includes several Nobel Prize winners, a poet laureate, and a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation "Genius Award."

BU's main campus is its Charles River Campus, and its Medical Campus is nearby.  The total campus area is 133 acres, supporting 320 buildings, 487 classrooms, 23 libraries and more than 2,000 laboratories.  Despite its physical size, BU strives to have smaller class sizes, with a ratio of one teacher per 13 students.  The average class size for undergraduates is 27 students.

History

Boston University was established in 1869.

Academics

Boston University (BU) follows the semester academic calendar, with fall, spring and summer semesters.  BU offers 250 different programs of study from its 17 colleges and schools.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Graduate School of Arts & Science
  • College of Communication
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of General Studies
  • College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
  • Metropolitan College
  • Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Education
  • School of Hospitality Administration
  • School of Law
  • School of Management
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Theology

Student Life

Boston University has 80% of its undergraduates living on campus, which means there is a strong student community on campus.  Additionally, BU has more than 500 student activity groups that include academic, social, athletic, artistic, scientific and religious interests. BU is host to many annual events, including lectures and debates, music, comedy and drama.

There are several student publications, as well as WTBU, the student-run radio station, that encourage student participation.  A good way for students to connect with others, navigate the academic requirements or find out what's happening on and around campus is to access "Student Central" online.  This online resource provides access to academic bulletins, course descriptions, registration information, student health services, libraries, the student union, student links, a blackboard, the BU Bus schedule, BU maps, BU Bookstore hours, important dates, classes and amenities available at the FitRec Center, and more.

Athletics

The Boston University athletics department participates in 23 varsity sports.  The team mascot is the Boston Terrier, and BU's athletic teams are known as "The Terriers."

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Community Life

The BU community is vibrant and busy, with a full calendar of activities to choose from including exhibits, lectures, social gatherings, year-round events offered at the Agganis Arena, performances at the Huntington Theatre Company, and more.  The FitRec Center offers individual or group exercise classes and state-of-the-art facilities for fitness and recreation.

Acceptance Rate

18.94

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Florida State University is the main institution of the State University System of Florida. It is classified as a doctoral research university, conferring more than 2,000 professional and graduate degrees annually. The FSU establishment sprawls over 1,500 acres in land area, with numerous facilities and more than 500 buildings. Since its founding in 1951, it now has 15 colleges offering 275 different programs. Regional campuses and training centers are situated all over the state, some locations being in Sarasota, Panama City, and Daytona Beach. Overseas study centers are located in England, Italy, Panama, and Spain.

Noted for being a premier research university, Florida State houses several research institutes in various fields including physics, biology, sociology, and criminology, among others. Research laboratories include the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, High Performance Materials Institute, Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion, Center for Advanced Power Systems, and the Institute for Energy Systems, Economics, and Sustainability. These laboratories are either funded or supported by various national and state government agencies.

The university is also known for its excellence in cultural arts. FSU presides over programs in affiliation with the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, focusing on the areas of visual arts, performing arts, cultural education, and history. Ringling is famous for its extensive collection of fine art in the North American region.

Florida State's Division of Student Affairs oversees student services for both academic and non-academic pursuits; from career counseling, to university housing and student health. Campus recreation facilities are located at the Leach Center, featuring provisions for both indoor and outdoor sports activities. The center houses an indoor track, swimming pool, atrium, and various courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton, and table tennis.

Acceptance Rate

35.97

Student to Faculty Ratio

21:1

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

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

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is located in St. Paul/Minneapolis and is a public research facility.

History

Though the University of Minnesota was founded on February 25, 1851, no students were welcomed within its halls until 1867. Enrolment was detained because of the American Civil War, as well as financial challenges. However, in 1867, John Sergent Pillbury, a University regent, state governor and senator, loaned the school a sizeable sum and used his political position to allow it to become the recipient of a Morrill Land Grant. The first president, William Watts Folwell was inaugurated on December 22, 1869. The First Bachelor Degree was awarded in 1873. In 1888, Doctor of Philosophy degrees were awarded.

The original Minneapolis campus was located on the Mississippi River, overlooking St. Anthony Falls. It was upgraded to a college from a preparatory school in 1869.

Minneapolis Campus

Today, the University's Minneapolis campus is located on both banks for the Mississippi River; the East Bank being the main campus. East Bank is divided into five areas. They are:

  • The Athletic Area
  • The Gateway Area
  • The Health Area
  • The Knoll Area
  • The Mall Area

The West Bank first saw major development during the 1960s. West Bank Art Center consists of:

  • The Barbara Barker Center for Dance
  • Ferguson Hall
  • Regis Center for Art
  • Ted Mann Concert Hall
  • Rarig Center

St. Paul Campus

The St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is located in the Falcon Heights Suburb. Social Sciences and the College of Food are located here. The Washington Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi allows students easy access between the East and West Banks. Gopher way tunnels allow students access to some buildings during inclement weather. The University has its own law enforcement in and around campus for student safety.

Academics

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is compromised of sixteen colleges and schools. Examples include:

  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Design
  • College of Food, Agriculture and National Resource Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Dentistry
  • Law School
  • College of Education and Human Development

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities ranks as second largest for higher education in the Midwest and offers degrees in a large variety of fields.

Athletics

The intercollegiate teams at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities are called the Golden Gophers. Goldy Gopher is the campus mascot. Teams include:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Wrestling

Student Life

There are a wide variety of academic, cultural, entertainment and professional opportunities at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. There are over 600 co-curricular, cultural and educational organizations from which students can choose. Examples include:

  • ACLU Law Student Group
  • Adaptive Sports Club
  • Agricultural Education Club
  • AHC Multicultural Society
  • Animal Science Graduate Club
  • Biological Science Research Club
  • Black Motivated Women
  • Cardiovascular Disease Interest Group
  • Champions for Christ
  • Disabled Student Cultural Center
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Club
  • Gophers Dairy Club

There are hundreds of others and also a wide variety of fraternities and sororities.

Local Community

There are a wide variety of art galleries and museums in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area that offer free admission.  Meanwhile, other attractions in the Twin Cities metropolitan area offer free admission, as well.  Examples in the area include free attractions such as:

  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Minnesota State Capitol
  • TRACES Museum Center for History and Culture-donation requested
  • Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Minnehaha Depot
  • Museum of Russian Art
  • Bell Museum of Natural History - free only on Sunday

Be sure to check out The Museum Adventure Pass, which is a free pass handed out by libraries in the Twin Cities area.

If you enjoy an adventure, be sure to visit Guthrie Theater. The building is beautiful, has glass floors and fascinating spaces. The Endless Bridge spans the spectacular Mississippi River.  From fly fishing to shopping, fun and nightlife hotspots, there is something for everyone in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Acceptance Rate

56.74

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Baylor University, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Waco, Texas, the school resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The school maintains a Baptist affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Approximately 15,000 students are enrolled annually at Baylor University.

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

  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Psychology

Students applying for admission are generally asked to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. The most common standardized test scores among students accepted to this school are in the range of 24 - 29 on the ACT, or 1660 - 1980 on the SAT exam. 40% of applicants are accepted to this school, of which 20% choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at baylor.edu.

The cost of tuition is approximately $35,000, 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 who wish to live on-campus for a cost of $5,200 for the year. Students attending Baylor University may be eligible for aid which is typically loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The mascot for Baylor University is the "Bears", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through oversight by the NCAA. Available sports offered:

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

Students can visit the school's http://www.baylor.edu to see additional information.

Acceptance Rate

45.33

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Baruch, a public institution, offers an assortment of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in New York, New York, the campus offers an urban setting for students to study in. Enrollment at CUNY Bernard M Baruch College exceeds seventeen thousand yearly.

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

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Psychology
  • English Language And Literature
  • Computer And Information Sciences

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit school records, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. Most students at Baruch scored in a range of 1110 to 1310 on the SAT exam. Competition for admissions among applicants is high, given that only 20% of students who applied are accepted to the school.

The tuition at Baruch varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay around $6,100 per year and out-of-state residents are charged $13,000 for the year. The price of on-campus housing is estimated to be $12,000 annually. Students attending Baruch may be eligible for aid which is typically grants and loans.

Athletic programs are available at CUNY Bernard M Baruch College through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Available sports offered may include the following:

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

Contact information, financial aid information, programs offered, and more may be viewed on school's website at http://www.baruch.cuny.edu.

Acceptance Rate

43.47

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

Temple University is a large university with more than 17 schools and colleges.  It is known as a world-class teaching and public research institution, located between New York City and Washington, D.C. Along with University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University, Temple is one of three public research universities in Pennsylvania.  Temple's research programs consistently receive top ranking in the U.S.

History

Dr. Russell Conwell founded Temple University in 1884.  Dr. Conwell was a minister, philanthropist, lawyer and writer. A public speaker known best for his "Acres of Diamonds" speech, the university's football team pays homage to Dr. Conwell by wearing diamond motifs on their uniforms.

Academics

Temple University follows the semester system, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Temple University has more than 130 majors for undergraduates to choose from, 121 master's degrees, and 56 doctoral degrees, and seven professional degrees.

Special Programs include Graduate Study and University Studies  (A resource center for undeclared majors or those in transition between majors.)

Colleges and Schools

  • Tyler School of Art
  • Fox School of Business Management
  • School of Communications and Theater
  • Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Environmental Design
  • College of Health Professions and Social Work
  • Beasley School of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Medicine
  • Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Podiatric Medicine
  • College of Science and Technology
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Tourism and Hospitality

In addition to its many colleges, schools and departments, Temple University has centers and institutes that offer opportunities for faculty and students to engage in multidisciplinary research, scholarship and service.  These centers and institutes include:

  • Institute on Aging
  • Center for Asian Health
  • The Biostatistics Research Suppport Center (BRSC)
  • Institute for Business and Information Technology
  • Criminal Justice Training Programs
  • Institute on Disabilities
  • The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History
  • Institute of Global Management Studies (IGMS)
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute
  • The Intergenerational Center
  • Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
  • Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Center for Obesity Research and Education
  • Pan-African Studies Community Education Program
  • Center for Preparedness Research, Education and Practice
  • Institute for Public Affairs
  • Institute for Schools & Society
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Center for Social Policy and Community Development
  • Center for Study of Force and Diplomacy
  • Institute for Survey Research
  • Center for Sustainable Communities

Temple University also has international sites in Tokyo, Rome and London.

Student Life

Temple University's main and Ambler campuses offer many on-campus concerts, performances, exhibits and lecture series.  The Arts Calendar provides information about events year round.  The following venues on campus offer arts and entertainment:

  • Temple Performing Arts Center
  • Contemporary Culture Collection
  • Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • Department of Film and Media Arts
  • The Liacouras Center
  • Department of Theater
  • Tyler School of Art

The city of Philadelphia offers many artistic, musical cultural and social events. Students interested in exploring the city's offerings can contact the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance or VisitPhilly.com.

The on campus residential resources at Temple University are limited due to the size of the student body.  The University is increasing its available on-campus housing, but juniors and seniors are required to live off campus.

Athletics

Temple University has many competitive intercollegiate athletics teams, and there are "Temple Owls" teams many men and women's sports including:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Temple University has a main campus Central Philadelphia, as well as the following satellite campuses:

  • Ambler (TUA)
  • Center City (TUCC)
  • Fort Washington (TUFW)
  • University Harrisburg (TUH)
  • School of Podiatric Medicine
  • Health Sciences Center (HSC)

Temple University also has international campuses in Japan and Rome, as well as Study Abroad programs around the world.

Community Life

The Office of Community Relations at Temple University support volunteerism in the community, hosts and partners with community organizations, and provides direct services to the university's neighbors.  The University's Community Education Center is home to the Office of Community Relations and is the on-campus hub for community organizations.

Acceptance Rate

60.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Butler University is a nonprofit private institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Over four thousand students enroll at Butler University per year. Areas of study offered at Butler University include but are not limited to:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Physical Sciences
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. Either the SAT or ACT exam must be taken in order to apply to this school. Scores within the range of 25 - 30 on the ACT or 1590 - 1880 on the SAT are needed to increase the chance of getting accepted. This school has an acceptance rate of 61% of which only 16% decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found from the school's site or by requesting information here. The cost of tuition is nearly $35,000 annually. 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. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is estimated to be $5,700. Students at this school may be eligible for aid which is generally grants and loans. The Butler University "Bulldogs" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Sports available may include but not limited to:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)
Students may visit the Butler University website to see a complete list of areas of study, financial aid details, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

73.17

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

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

Northern is a nonprofit private institution located in Ada, Ohio and provides a large number of program options for students. The school's United Methodist affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's vision. Northern has an annual student enrollment of about 3,600. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Engineering
  • Biological And Biomedical 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 school. Students may take either the SAT or ACT exam scores to be considered for admissions at Northern. A score between 1580 - 1900 on the SAT, or 24 - 29 for the ACT is common among admitted students. Approximately 80% of all applicant were admitted at this school, with 27% of those accepted choosing to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at onu.edu. The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $38,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to get a better idea of their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $5,500. Some students at Northern may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically provided as grants or student loans. The mascot for Ohio Northern University is the "Polar Bears", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)
Students who wish to get more about Northern may visit their website at www.onu.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

70.15

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Saint Joseph's University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Philadelphia, PA, the campus resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Enrollment at Saint Joseph's University is nearly eight thousand per year.

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

  • Social Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions committee. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken to apply to this school. Scores between 22 to 26 on the ACT or 1550 to 1820 on the SAT are needed to increase your chances for admission. This school admits around 80% of students applying yearly. Of those applicants accepted, nearly 20% of students attended the school. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of tuition is nearly $40,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's price of attendance calculator to better understand their personal tuition costs. The cost of on-campus housing is approximately $8,400 annually. Students attending Saint Joseph's University may be eligible for aid which is typically loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Saint Joseph's University Hawks participate in several intercollegiate athletic programs, as part of the NCAA organization. Athletic programs available may include the following:

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

Students who wish to get more about this school may check out their website at http://www.sju.edu.

Acceptance Rate

74.98

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Howard University is a nonprofit private historically black institution located in Washington, District Of Columbia. Many historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were founded after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. Howard University has a yearly student enrollment of over 10,000.

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

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions committee. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1410 - 1720 for the SAT exam and in a range of 20 - 25 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to Howard University. Approximately 50 percent of all applicant were accepted at Howard University, with 31 percent of those accepted choosing to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at howard.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $22,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's net price calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing may be available for students who wish to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $13,000 each year. Howard University may provide financial aid for students that are eligible in the form of grants and loans.

Athletic programs are available at Howard University through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate sports. Athletic programs available may include the following:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)

For a complete list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.howard.edu.

Acceptance Rate

36.08

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

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

Gannon University is a nonprofit private school that has a large selection of degrees available for students to choose from. The school is located in Erie, Pennsylvania, in a predominantly urban area. The school's Roman Catholic affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's curriculum. Gannon University has a yearly student enrollment of approximately 4,200.

Students may select from a few areas of study, including:

  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Engineering
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies

The admissions process starts with the submission of an application, school records, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions officials. Students may take either the SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admissions at Gannon University. A score in a range of 910 to 1150 on the SAT, or 20 to 25 for the ACT is common among admitted students. Roughly 90% of all students that applied were accepted at this school, with 22% of those accepted choosing to enroll. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of tuition is nearly $29,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to use the school's tuition calculator to better estimate their cost of attending this school. Housing is available for students and costs approximately $5,900 each year. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is generally offered as scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Gannon University Golden Knights participate in several athletic programs, within the NCAA. Available sports offered may include the following:

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

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

Acceptance Rate

75.52

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

About
Appalachian State University, located in Boone, North Carolina, was founded in 1899 by Blanford B. Dougherty and his brother Dauphin as the Watauga Academy. The initial enrollment of 53, the school was purposed with providing education for teachers within the mountains of Northwest North Carolina. By 1929 the school became a four year institution and was renamed Appalachian State Teachers College, and had a grown enrollment of 1,300. The school grew in size and scope in the following years, obtaining accreditation in 1939 and 1942. The school attained university status in 1967 which doubled its enrollment within 3 years. Since that time the school has increased in size, scope, offerings, and enrollment, providing a variety of programs and opportunities to students through cutting edge programs and quality faculty. The school has become a nationally recognized leader in business education, and its undergraduate programs is noted for being comprehensive well ranked.

Academics
Appalachian State University offers a number of degrees resulting in a number of majors, taking approximately four years to complete. Programs may result in a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. Major programs require students to complete general education courses, lower and upper division courses related to their major, and to take elective courses outside of their major, allowing for education in areas outside of one's major. Students may also take on a minor degree. Minor degree programs allows for additional study in a secondary field, with less overall coursework, in areas that may be separate from or accentuate one's major. Graduate programs are also available for students wishing to continue their education at either the master's or doctoral degree level. Graduate programs have separate admissions requirements, requiring a lesser degree to be earned, appropriate graduate exam scores, and academic proficiency from their previous studies.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and FInancial Aid
Individuals interested in enrollment at Appalachian State University must submit an application for admission, along with test scores, transcripts, recommendations and essay. The school will review all documents submitted and render a decision on admission based on multiple criterion on a student by student basis.Once a final decision has been made, the school will notify the student, and if admitted, provide information regarding housing, registration, financial aid and tuition costs.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting information from which will be used by the school's financial aid department to identify the students financial needs, aid program eligibility and monetary awards package. Students are required to reapply for financial aid prior to each academic year due to the possibility of changing financial circumstances. Additionally, students may be asked at random to provide additional financial information to verify the FAFSA's accuracy as per new federal regulations.

Athletics
The Appalachian State University Mountaineers participate in intercollegiate athletics through the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I. Intercollegiate athletics provide students an opportunity to experience healthy competition in a controlled setting, developing physical skills and mental skills, such as good health, teamwork, discipline and leadership. all of which  may be applied to one's personal, professional and academic life. Students interested in joining one or more of the many teams fielded by the school must try out, seeking additional information such as tryout dates and times and entry forms through the school's athletics department. Individuals participating in intercollegiate athletics must balance their schoolwork with their team sports, making time for both while maintaining a GPA that allows continued participation in athletics.

Athletic programs offered include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track and Field
  • Outdoor Track and Field
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Acceptance Rate

76.81

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

University of Cincinnati (UC) is one of the top 25 public research universities in the United States. Located in Ohio on what is considered one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world, the University of Cincinnati is ranked among the best national universities in 2010 by "US News and World Report" magazine.  The UC has also been named a "green university" by the Princeton Review.

Among its notable alumni are Joseph B. Strauss, who designed San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, and George Rieveschl, who invented Benadryl, the world's first antihistamine. Albert Sabin, another UC graduate, developed the first oral polio vaccine.

History

Founded in 1819 as the Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio, which merged around 1870 to become the University of Cincinnati. The first "Cooperative Education" program was established at UC in 1906. In 1977, the University of Cincinnati joined the University System of Ohio.

Academics

The academic calendar of the University of Cincinnati currently follows the quarter system, but will be transitioning to the semester system in the fall of 2012. Students may contact their academic advisors for assistance and guidance for successful semester conversion of academic units.

UC has 308 programs of study, and offers 49 Associate's, 103 undergraduate, 152 graduate and four professional degrees.

Colleges and Schools

The University of Cincinnati's 14 colleges and schools are:

  • McMicken College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Business
  • Clermont College
  • College-Conservatory of Music
  • College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
  • College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • College of Law
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
  • Raymond Walters College
  • Graduate School

Student Life

Many choices for on-campus housing are offered at UC, including suite-style living, lifestyle floors (where you live with students from major, athletic team or honors program), and more.  There are also numerous dining venues on the UC campus, including a Starbucks café and vegetarian options.

The Student Life Offices on the UC campus offers many resources and choices of clubs, groups, organizations and leadership opportunities including the African American Cultural & Resource Center, Bearcat Bands, Early Learning Center, Women's Center, Greek Leaders Council, Student Government, and more.

Traditions

The University of Cincinnati has several traditions, including its bearcat mascot, Lucy.  The former bearcat mascot, Alice, was a fixture at UC's home athletics games for more than 12 years.  Since 1008, Lucy has attended many "Bearcat" sporting events.

Athletics

The Cincinnati "Bearcats" athletics teams compete in many intercollegiate sports and they have won many national championships.

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main, Cincinnati Uptown Campus, the University of Cincinnati has several satellite campuses in the Cincinnati area:

  • Cincinnati Uptown Campus: Uptown East Campus; Uptown West Campus
  • Clermont Campus
  • Medical Campus
  • Raymond Walters Campus
  • Reading Campus
  • Victory Parkway Campus

Community Life

The Campus Recreation Center (CRC) is located on UC's Uptown Campus and is open to students, employees and the community for recreation and fitness.  Many amenities are available, and events and activities at the CRC include guest lectures, parties, team-building events and sports tournaments. The Uptown East Campus offers recreation and exercise facilities at The Fitness Center.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) offers excellent productions in drama, musical theatre and opera for students and community members.  The CCM's annual Mainstage Series is a big attraction for the local community.

Acceptance Rate

76.67

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Students at St. John's receive an education that includes both academic study and service to those less fortunate. The curriculum at St. John's includes centers of excellence that provide research opportunities in sustainable global development and social justice. Students can participate in volunteering, mentoring and "service learning" programs at all of St. John's campuses and beyond.

Among its more than 100,000 alumni are officials with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, leaders of well-known businesses and industries, and at least one successful producer in the entertainment industry.

History

The Vincentian Community founded St. John's University in 1870 as an educational institution committed to the values of St. Vincent de Paul. The St. John's approach to education places an emphasis on the teachings of St. Vincent, which focus on respect for the individual, human solidarity, service to the needy and making the world a better place.

Academics

The academic calendar for St. John's University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. Students have several ways to earn college credit during the summer through four summer sessions: Pre Session in May, Session I in May-July, Session II in July-August, and Post Session in August.

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools of St. John's University are:

  • St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • The School of Education
  • The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
  • College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
  • College of Professional Studies
  • St. John's Distance Learning
  • School of Law 

The centers and institutes at St. John's University include:

  • Center for Community Services
    • Center for Psychological Services
    • Reading and Writing Education Center
    • Speech and Hearing Center
  • Center for Global Development
  • Center for Professional Education
  • Center for Teaching and Learning
  • CLACS - Committee for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Division of Academic Support Services
  • Division of Special and Opportunity Programs
  • Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Center
  • Emergency Medical Services Institute
  • English Language Institute: The Language Connection
  • Financial Services Institute
  • Grants and Sponsored Research
  • Health Education Resource Center (HERC)
  • Imagery Institute
  • Institute for Asian Studies
  • Institute for Biotechnology
  • Institute for Core Studies (ICS)
  • Institute for Writing Studies
  • Italian Cultural Center
  • Multicultural Advisory Committee
  • ROTC
  • Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery
  • Vincentian Center for Church and Society
  • Women in Science Program

Student Life

Student life activities at St. John's University include campus ministry, multicultural affairs, intramural sports for men and women, campus fitness and recreation, and special campus activities like grocery bingo, where students can play bingo to win free groceries.

The student wellness program at St. John's, called "SWELLness," is committed to helping students maintain a holistic approach to their health in all areas, including physical, emotional, social, environmental, spiritual and intellectual. The SWELL calendar offers many health-related workshops and seminars through the year, including meditation courses.

St. John's three campuses in New York provide residential living. The Queens Campus provides six high-tech residence halls with wireless Internet access, study rooms, a computer center, lounges, dining hall and 24-hour security.

The Staten Island Campus offers modern, apartment-style living adjacent to campus, and the Manhattan Campus offers limited student housing in a 10-story high rise.

Traditions

The athletic program at St. John's University was founded in 1907 with its intercollegiate men's basketball program. In the beginning, this team was traditionally referred to as the "Wonder Five." The baseball team was established at St. John's at a later date, and made it to the College World Series several times between 1949 and 1968. Women's athletics were added in the 1970s. In the 1990s the St. John's athletic teams changed their nickname from the "Wonder Five" to the "Red Storm," a nickname that continues today.

The color of the athletic uniforms for St. John's has been red since the early days, and the traditional colors for the university are red and white.

Athletics

St. John's 17 "Red Storm" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its primary campus in Queens, New York, St. John's University has five satellite locations, including:

  • Staten Island, NY
  • Manhattan, NY
  • Oakdale, NY
  • Rome, Italy
  • Paris, France

Community Life

St. John's University has strong partnerships in the diverse communities of New York City. The Offices of Community Relations and Community Business Development at St. John's facilitate civic groups, social organizations, arts agencies, free concerts, special events, blood drives, food drives, community support for local businesses, and many charitable efforts.

Acceptance Rate

72.34

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

The University of Missouri (MU), known by students, faculty and locals as "Mizzou," is located in one of America's best college towns: Columbia, Missouri. Mizzou offers more than 280 degrees and many academic programs that are highly ranked including writing, journalism, family and community medicine, and dispute resolution.  MU has 40 degrees that may be completed online.

The faculty at MU includes many award-winning scientists and scholars.  MU is Missouri's largest public research university and is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System.

The campus of MU is considered to be one of the most beautiful, and its 1,372-acres full of many varieties of trees and plants has been designated a botanic garden.

History

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839.  Located in Columbia, Missouri, it was the first state university in the Louisiana Purchase territory, and the first public university west of the Mississippi River.

Academics

The University of Missouri follows the semester-format academic calendar, with fall and spring semesters and shorter summer sessions.

The UM offers more than 200 degree programs through its 19 colleges and schools, including:

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • School of Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Science
  • School of Music
  • Trulaske College of Business
  • School of Accountancy
  • College of Education
  • School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs
  • School of Health Professions
  • College of Human Environmental Sciences
  • School of Social
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • Sinclair School of Nursing
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

Student Life

There are many services and amenities offered to students at Mizzou including academic advising and career resources, as well as many venues for dining, shopping, meeting, studying, and socializing on campus.  There are many historic and beautiful buildings on campus, and the University Club is a popular choice for fine dining, special events, weddings, meetings, and more.  The Department of Student Life offers many resources and lists of things to do at Mizzou, from guest lectures to learning how to rock climb.

There is campus housing available and residential life is very social at MU. The online portal "MyZou" has a campus housing tab that offers more information about student housing options.

Athletics

Black and Gold are the colors of the Mizzou, or Missouri, "Tigers" athletics teams of the University of Missouri.  The Tigers compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Community Life

Columbia, Missouri has been named by several publications as one of the best places to live in America for the exceptional quality of life it offers.  For MU students, there is much to do on and off campus, from MU Tiger athletic games to musical performances from the School of Music, or productions from the Department of Theatre, and shopping in town.  There are many museums and art galleries on and off campus, including exhibits at the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Acceptance Rate

80.73

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Ball State University is a comprehensive public research university located on a beautiful campus with buildings of Classic architecture in Muncie, Indiana. It offers roughly 180 undergraduate majors and 12 pre-professional programs, and more than 100 programs at the master's and doctoral levels. The Princeton Review has deemed Ball State one of the best colleges in the Midwest, and U.S. News & World Report has ranked it number eight among "up-and-coming" colleges. Top-ranked programs include architecture and landscape architecture, entrepreneurship, telecommunications and education.

Ball State is known for its commitment to immersive learning, with most programs incorporating research, community partnerships, practical experience and projects into the curricula. The immersive learning approach is an integration of content, skills, societal need and student interests. These programs can be completed on campus, off campus, throughout Indiana, or overseas. Practical, real-world experience is emphasized. For example, students in Ball State's entrepreneurship program must pitch a business plan to a panel of experts, who judge its viability. Students in the performance arts at Ball State participate in talent showcases held in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Ball State boasts an excellent faculty of top experts, with professor-level instructors teaching more than ninety percent of all classes. Thanks to Ball State's approach to immersive learning, all faculty members are heavily involved in projects, research and partnerships as part of the teaching curriculum. The research faculty benefit from Ball State's increasing emphasis on technology transfer and commercialization to support faculty in bringing their ideas to market for the benefit of Indiana's economy.

There are a variety of learning opportunities at Ball State, including internships, study abroad programs, a Building Better Communities Fellows Program, and many community charter schools for local children. Ball State has an outdoor classroom and laboratory that provides hands-on learning for its nature programs, including a forest, a prairie, wetlands, greenhouses, and agricultural ground.

History

In 1899, the community of Muncie, Indiana founded as a private teacher-training college. The college did not thrive, and its land and buildings were later purchased and donated to the city by the Ball brothers - industrialists who aimed to establish a local college that would help to boost Muncie's development. The new school that was established as a result of this gift was called the Indiana State Normal School Eastern Division. It opened in 1918, but was renamed the Ball Teachers College in 1922. It was renamed again in 1929, becoming Ball State Teachers College.

Throughout the 1960s, the curricula expanded and the college attracted top faculty. Enrollment and funding increased. In 1965, the college was renamed Ball State University.

Academics

The Ball State University academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semester is comprised of two shorter sessions.

Colleges and Schools

Ball State University has seven academic colleges that offer approximately 170 majors, 88 master's degrees, 16 doctoral degrees, and four specialist programs.

  • College of Applied Sciencesand Technology
  • College of Architecture and Planning
  • Miller College of Business
  • College of Communication, Information, and Media
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Sciencesand Humanities
  • Teachers College

In addition to its colleges, Ball State has many academic centers, institutes, clinics and bureaus, as well as academic research and outreach units.

Student Life

Students at Ball State University are encouraged to become involved in one of the many organizations available on campus in order to develop social and leadership skills and serve the greater community. Involvement in clubs can also provide opportunities for professional networking and can boost a resume. There are clubs and organizations that focus on professions, academics, cultural heritage, religion performing arts, special interests and sports. Additionally, there are many active fraternities and sororities on campus, and university housing organizations that provide opportunities for making the Ball State campus a better place to live.

The Ball State events calendar includes tours of Broadway shows, top division athletics, music headliners, professional dance companies, guest speakers and more.

Traditions

The traditional school colors for Ball State University are red and white with black as an accent color.  The school mascot is a cardinal, who appears as "Charlie Cardinal" at many athletic events to energize and entertain the crowds. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Ball State "Cardinals."

Fight Song
Fight team fight for Ball State
We must win this game
Onward now you Cardinals
Bring glory to your name
Fight! Fight! Fight!

Here's to both our colors
Cardinal and White
Praying for a victory
So fight, fight, fight!

Athletics

The Ball State "Cardinals" athletic teams participate in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

Ball State University has only one primary campus, but offers many International Programs and distance or online education that lead to a degree, certificate or continuing education credits.

Community Life

Ball State University conducts many projects and a significant amount of research to help drive innovation in the State of Indiana. The Building Better Communities initiative provides an opportunity for students and faculty to partner with local leaders on development projects.

Acceptance Rate

76.71

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Washington State University (WSU) is one of the top 60 public research universities in the U.S. The main campus for WSU is its Pullman Campus, located in southeastern Washington and 75 miles south of Spokane. WSU also has campuses in Spokane, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities.

The faculty at WSU is highly acclaimed, and includes Fulbright Scholars, National Science Foundation awardees, and members of the National Academies among its researchers.  WSU offers more than 200 fields of study, with 95 majors available for undergraduates and 64 master's degree programs available for graduate students. There are 44 doctoral degree programs available, and two professional degree programs (Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine). WSU offers many study abroad programs in 91 countries.

History

Washington State University's Pullman was Washington's original land-grant university, which was founded in 1890.

Academics

The academic calendar for Washington State University follows the semester system with fall and spring semesters and a summer session.

Colleges and Schools

Washington State University has 12 academic colleges, a graduate school and a center for distance learning and professional/career education:

  • Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Honors
  • Liberal Arts
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Sciences
  • University College
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Graduate School
  • Center for Distance and Professional Education

Student Life

There are more than 300 student clubs and organizations available to students at Washington State University, with many of opportunities for civic engagement, leadership, and student government.  There are also multicultural student centers, as well as mentorship programs that offer peer tutoring in topics that include writing, engineering and mathematics.  There are also many chapters of national fraternities and sororities available on campus.

The WSU Pullman campus has many residential halls for students who wish to live on campus. The residence halls feature "living-learning communities" that help to keep freshmen students focused on their studies.  Off campus housing is also available in the tree-lined communities that surround the Pullman campus.

Athletics

The "Cougars" athletic teams of Washington State University compete in numerous intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball 

The athletic department of Washington State University also runs a baseball academy for youths.

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Pullman Campus, Washington Status University has campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver, Washington. It also has Extension Offices in every county of Washington State, and offers online programs that are available to students around the world.

Community Life

The WSU Community Action Center serves as a connection or liaison between families and their community. Its mission is to help low to middle-income families become self-sufficient and self-sustaining. The WSU faculty and staff are involved to help with activities and programs such as the food assistance services, nutritional counseling, assistance and guidance with budgeting, and more.

Among its many other community programs, WSU offers agricultural research stations throughout the state that provide benefits to local industries and communities through research and services. WSU also has Small Business Development Centers, the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, and a 4-H Youth Development Program.

Acceptance Rate

75.8

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

The University of North Texas (UNT) is an institute of higher learning that offers 4-year undergraduate degrees as well as graduate degrees.  UNT has been a leader with many of its college programs including the first jazz studies program in the United States.  It also established the first doctoral program in art education and the first comprehensive training and research center for Spanish-language media.

The UNT has been widely recognized for its excellent faculty.  Among its faculty are many well-known researchers and award winners including Fulbright scholars, National Science Foundation CAREER award recipients, as well as many Grammy, Pulitzer and Emmy winners, among others.  Additionally, many UNT students have been named Goldwater Scholars for their achievements in math, science and engineering.

History

The University of North Texas was founded in 1890, and is the oldest university in the region of North Texas.  The first classes of UNT were held at Texas Normal College and Teacher's Training Institute when Denton, Texas was still a developing frontier city.

The UNT had many presidents who instigated many changes and improvements over the years.  In 1999, UNT was designated as an official university system, called the UNT System Center at Dallas or the UNT Dallas Campus, which was opened as an extension of UNT.  In 2001, the UNT System was recognized as one of six higher education systems in Texas.

Academics

The UNT's academic calendar follows the semester system, called "terms," with a fall, spring and summer term.

Colleges and Schools

The University of North Texas has many departments in its different colleges and schools that, among them, offer 97 bachelor's degree programs, 88 master's degree programs and 40 doctoral degrees.

UNT Colleges and Schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • Honors College
  • College of Public Affairs and Community Service
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Information
  • School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management
  • College of Music
  • College of Visual Arts and Design
  • Toulouse Graduate School
  • Mayborn School of Journalism

Student Life

There are 14 residence halls at the University of North Texas, offering a variety of on-campus living options.  A cafeteria and five different on-campus cafes provide places to meet and hang out with friends.

The more than 300 student organizations at UNT that include several fraternities and sororities, 42 academic associations and 54 honors societies, multicultural and political groups, service and religious societies, spirit and special-interest groups, recreational sports teams, as well as a student newspaper, radio station and cable television station.

The UNT Student Activities Center provides resources, services and advising to help students operate organizations.  It also runs many of the larger campus events.

UNT students who enjoy arts and entertainment will appreciate the nearly 1,000 concerts the College of Music presents each year, including the jazz music that UNT is best known for. Numerous art exhibits, film showings and theatre and dance performances are available on and around campus.  Adventure trips and equipment rentals are available at UNT's Outdoor Pursuits Center.

UNT Student Services include free tutoring, counseling, a career center, a low-cost eye center, pharmacy, medical evaluations, study skills and money management seminars and free legal advice.

Traditions

The University of North Texas is rich in school traditions like fight songs, a hand signal and other practices that promote a strong sense of pride and unity among its student body.

The UNT's mascot is the eagle, its school colors are green and white, and its athletic teams are the Talons, but nicknamed "Mean Green."  The eagle claw hand signal is a traditional symbol of pride and unity at UNT.

The lighting of McConnell Tower on the UNT campus is a tradition that symbolizes success, "the lamp of learning," and academic excellence.

The "spirit bell" is a UNT tradition that began in 1891 when a large bell was brought to the Denton campus to be rung to signal class changes and evening curfew.  Through the years it was also taken to sports games and rung there to signify team spirit.  The original bell was damaged, and has been replaced by a new bell that continues to be rung at games, pep rallies and school events to promote school pride and spirit.

Athletics

The UNT has 16 intercollegiate athletics teams for men and women, including its award-winning men's basketball team.  Other "Mean Green" Talon sports teams include women's basketball and men's football, as well as soccer, softball, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. More information can be found at MeanGreenSports.com.

 Community Life

The University of North Texas campus is in Denton, Texas.  Denton is a town of approximately 100,000 people.  It is located 36 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth.

The UNT offers numerous student organizations that are dedicated to service and volunteerism, allowing students to connect with and help the local community.  Some of these organizations are Alpha Phi Omega, America Reads Academy of Empowerment, Champions of Equity and Diversity, and Sister 2 Sister, among others.

Acceptance Rate

73.61

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

Gallaudet University is a nonprofit private institution located in Washington, DC and provides a large number of program options for students. Around a thousand students enroll at Galludet University yearly. Students can choose from many areas of study, including:

  • Communications And Journalism
  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Ethnic Cultural And Gender Studies
  • Family And Consumer Sciences
  • Psychology
Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. An ACT or SAT exam is required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 630 to 905 for the SAT exam and between 15 to 21 for the ACT exam is typical among students admitted to this school. An estimated 70 percent of all students that applied were admitted at this school, with 71 percent of those accepted choosing to enroll. More information on admissions can be found here. Tuition is approximately $13,000 for the year, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students may check the school's tuition calculator to find what your personalized cost of attendance would be. Housing may be available for students that would like to live on-campus for around a cost of $6,000 each year. Students attending Gallaudet University may qualify for aid which is generally loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Athletic programs are available at Gallaudet University through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Athletic programs that are available include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division III)
Students should visit the Gallaudet University website to see a complete list of programs offered, student services, and more.

Acceptance Rate

61.22

Student to Faculty Ratio

6:1

What Types of Insurance Exist?

There are numerous types of insurance that have been created over the past few decades. Insurance companies and underwriting agencies have built entire industries to support a growing demand from customers for various types of insurance.

As a result, top ranked colleges and universities around the country have curated curriculum to support this evolution in the industry. The curriculum built around an insurance degree may include a variety of the following areas of concentration:

Gap Life Settlement
Auto Terrorism
Health Political Risk
Income Protection Endowment
Life Re-insurance
Casualty Pet
Property Title
Burial Tuition
Liability Divorce
Credit Travel

Top Insurance Degrees

Earning a degree in insurance field of study can be achieved in a variety of forms.  More specifically, students can select their preferred learning modality along with their degree level.  Learning modalities at many schools can include online degrees, on-site degrees, and hybrid programs blending the traditional with digital offerings.

The degree levels will vary by school and student qualification but can include undergraduate and graduate programs.  To help you determine which path is best for you and your career, we have summarized the most popular degree paths below.  You can easily select the best program for you and reach out to accredited schools with a tap or click.

Insurance Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are focused programs designed to provide students with essential information about the industry.  Programs can last a few months up to two years depending on the curricular design of the program, school resources, and intent of the program.

Certificates can be issued by colleges and universities in a variety of sectors to help students meet their objectives.  Students can leverage certificates to enter the insurance industry along with bolstering a resume to help make a career move.

Insurance Associate Degrees

Online associate degrees are designed to be completed in 2-years, just like their classroom counterpart.  Associate degrees in insurance can be conferred as either an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) dependent upon the content of the program and curricular emphasis.

Unlike a certificate program, an associate degree emphasizes both general education courses along with core classes.  General education classes you may find in an AS or AA program may include creative writing, philosophy, psychology, and English composition.  Associates degrees can be a great entry-point into the workforce or a stepping stone to an additional degree in the field of study.

Insurance Bachelor Degrees

Bachelor degrees in insurance can be earned in classroom or online at many colleges and universities.  A bachelor’s degree is a 4-year program that leverages liberal arts classes with core classes to ensure students establish an integrative set of thinking skills and a well-rounded education.

Core classes a student may find in a traditional bachelor’s degree program include: accounting, business law, financial management, business policy, computer information systems, strategic management, economics, risk management, commercial insurance products, agency operations, statistics, and licensure.

Insurance Master Degrees

Students looking to take their academics to the next level may consider earning a master’s degree.  Master degrees are conferred as either Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS) as a function of the program’s design.  For qualifying students, a graduate degree in insurance may be a vehicle to a new phase in your career or a path to a PhD in the field.

Graduate degrees in insurance will include rigorous classes, deep analysis of the industry, case studies, and thoughtful discourse on how to prudently manage businesses.  Students can expect to complete their degree in one to two-years depending on the school’s program and your class load.

Employment in the Insurance Industry

Business majors concentrating in the insurance industry will have a variety of pathways to consider after graduation. With limited direct-hire arrangements, students will need to ascertain the best career after graduation.

Vocations can include a variety of jobs and paths including: broker, underwriter, office manager, commercial banking, financial advisor, marketing specialist, advertising analyst, public relations specialist, budgeting analyst, recruiting manager, human resources, or sales training.

Top Careers in the Insurance Industry

Below you will find a list of the most popular career tracks in the industry. While not exhausting, the list will give you the ability to research divisions and sectors within the field of study to assess the fit for you and your career.

Policy Processing Clerks Insurance policy processing clerks process applications that come into the office. Job duties include reviewing the application for completeness, organizing data, updating internal records, gathering data on lapsed policies, canceling policies, and reinstating policies as needed.

Sales Agents Sales agents are individuals licensed by state agencies to write new business for the company. Developing new relationships and building a substantive book of business is the ultimate goal of a sales agent. Continuing education and additional licensure may be necessary for sales personnel depending on the company and state of residence.

Claims Adjusters Adjusters have overlapping responsibilities with an appraiser. However, many adjusters are tasked to perform additional duties above and beyond that of an appraiser. In fact, a claims adjuster may be asked to perform interviews and deep analysis to understand the validity of a claim.

Sales Managers Sales managers are tasked with managing the activities of a sales team. Aspects of managing a team of sales agents include motivating, communicating, leading, coaching, producing, and ensuring compliance is attained for all team members.

Claim Investigators A claims investigator helps manage and contain fraudulent claims. Claims investigators are most frequently employed by casualty, property, auto, and life insurers to mitigate invalid claims.

Underwriters Underwriters are tasked with carefully reviewing all applications that come into a company to assess risk and qualification. Policies are only issued to customers after an underwriter or underwriting team have completed their assessment of their application(s).

Claims Managers Claims managers ensure the claims team is providing a high level of customer service while adhering to the companys internal guidelines and expectations. Managers spend time teaching others, providing solutions to issues, and examining claims issues in the field & in the office.

Appraisers Appraisers are professionals that assess the value of goods and property in question. Fair market value is the baseline used by most appraisers to help companies understand insurability value along with replacement value if lost, broken, damaged, or stolen.

Title Examiners & Abstractors Examiners and abstractors pull title reports for various real estate transactions and records and analyze the results. They may also be charged with gathering large data sets for internal or audit purposes for private parties, attorneys, state agencies, banks, financial service firms, or insurance companies.

Financial Managers Financial managers are insurance specialists that manage premium dollars or corporate investments on behalf of shareholders and/or company stakeholders. They too assess risk and reward to place funds in investment vehicles that adhere with company objectives.

Actuaries The actuarial industry is a technical job that is heavily laden with math and statistics. As a primary function of an actuary, they calculate and measure risk to help companies properly set premiums. Actuaries span various industries from life, home, auto, and pension industries.

Insurance Jobs & Career Outlook

The projected job growth in the insurance domain appear to be trending well above the national median.  As an example, insurance agents are expected to see an increase in 9% and personal financial advisors a 30% growth rate.  These two job titles alone will add over 76,000 new jobs to the economy over the next decade.

Income for insurance majors will wholly depend on the specific job pursued along with your educational level and work experience.  To provide a range of income, a insurance sales agent averages $49,710 a year while underwriters average $69,760 a year.  Meanwhile, claims examiners average $64,900 a year on average.

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