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What is Interior Design?

Interior design is an area of study that constructs aesthetically pleasing environments using material, color, fabric, spacing, shelving and lighting in order to meet the needs of clients. Designers must be knowledgeable in multiple fields, including architecture, design, safety regulation, and art and must be able to keep pace with trends while remaining creative and distinct. Designers will collaborate with architects, electricians, contractors and landscapers in order to complete the designs to spec. Designers must also be able to read blueprints, know fire codes and regulations, and be knowledgeable of software relating to design.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$56,220

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

34.07%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

53,160

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

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The University of Texas at Austin is a flagship institution within the University of Texas System. This pubic research university is located in Austin, Texas, about one mile from the State Capitol.

History

The first indication of a university in Texas can be traced to 1827. The consensus was to establish a place where students could be educated in the arts and sciences. In 1836, Texas gained independence from Mexico. This is when the Constitution of the Republic was adopted. The Constitution included a clause to establish public education. The Congress of Texas agreed that fifty leagues of land should be used for public educational facilities within the State and forty acres of that land was reserved for that purpose in Austin. It was named College Hill.

 

Texas was annexed into the US in 1846. At this time, $100,000 in US bonds was designated towards establishing a university by the Act of 1858. Land that had at one time been reserved for railroad development was now designated for universities. Development of this plan was prevented when the Civil War broke out and because Texas seceded.

The Morrill Act of 1862 facilitated Texas A&M University after the Civil War. It became known as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in 1876.

Austin was chosen for the site of the main university in 1881. The medical department would be located in Galveston. Construction began on College Hill in 1882. The building that was erected is now called the old Main Building. Students were first welcomed there on September 15, 1883.

On May 22, 1971, former President Johnson and his wife, as well as President Nixon, attended the official dedication of the first presidential library on a university campus. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is located on the eastern side of the main campus, which consists of 350 acres.

Around Campus

The buildings with the highest prestige are those in the West Mall. These include the Main Building, Battle Hall, Goldsmith Hall and the Texas Union Building. There are various green spaces on campus, including benched gardens, natural habitats for animals and birds, beautiful old trees and turtle ponds.

Two of the most regarded places on campus are the Architecture Library and the Life Sciences Library. Granite sculptures, large wooden beams, carved wooden furniture, dappled light and classic quotations etched into the ceilings make these a favorite place for students to relax or study.

Academics

The University of Texas at Austin offers:

  • Organized Research Units
  • Undergraduate Degree Programs
  • Graduate Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary units include, but aren't limited to:

  • Computational and Applied Mathematics Graduate Program
  • Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Texas Materials Institute
  • Center for Cellular and Molecular Toxicology

Colleges and Schools

There are sixteen colleges and schools within the University of Texas at Austin. Examples include:

  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • School of Architecture
  • Cockrell School of Engineering
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Law
  • Jackson School of Geosciences
  • School of Social Work

Student Life

The University of Texas at Austin is a multicultural education facility. Students from all 50 US states attend as well as students from over 100 foreign countries. The University is home to a very active Greek community.

There are fourteen residence halls, which are often spoken for well in advance. Most students live in apartments, housing cooperatives or private resident halls off campus.

Organizations

There are more than 1,000 student organizations at the University of Texas at Austin. The Student Government was founded in 1902 and represents student's general interests. The hub of student activity is the Texas Union Student Events Center. The oldest honor society is the Friar Society.

Athletics

The University offers a wide variety of intramural and varsity sports. Both men's and women's athletic teams have been dubbed the "Longhorns." Texas State University was selected by Sports Illustrated as America's Best Sports College in 2002. The University is considered a football powerhouse.

Local Community

On campus be sure to visit the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. The collections and exhibitions are extensive.

Downtown attractions include:

  • The Capitol Building
  • The Governor's Mansion

Be sure to take in a show at Austin City Limits or enjoy a ghost tour on Friday or Saturday night. Other venues include, but aren't limited to Austin Duck Adventures, Austin Steam Train, Austin Zoo, Bear Creek Stables, Capitol Cruises and much more.

If you're interested in nightlife, there are bars, music venues and restaurants. The nightlife hotspot is Sixth Street.

Locals and tourists alike converge on the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk between March and September to witness bats by the thousands feeding on insects. This is a very popular spot, so get there early to get a good viewing spot.

The Paramount Theatre is a century old. It was the office of Sam Houston and also the War Department of the Republic of Texas. Be sure to take in a show at this beautiful theatre that was once home to Vaudeville.

If you enjoy the great outdoors, spend a day at Lady Bird Lake, just south of the downtown area. It's a great place for canoeing, kayaking and rowing or a lovely spot to relax and read a book. If you enjoy hiking, there is a 10-mile trail that goes around the lake. Lady Bird Lake is a popular spot for locals and students alike.

Acceptance Rate

31.82

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

The University of Florida is located in Gainsville, Florida and is one of the three largest single campus universities in the US.  It is one of three research flagship universities within the State University System of Florida and is the most prestigious school of higher learning in the state.

The University of Florida has a 2,000 acre campus and has been recognized as a "Public Ivy" facility. It has 150 research centers and institutes and is the home of 16 colleges.

History

The Buckman Act of 1905 consolidated all Florida colleges into three institutions that were segregated by race and sex. They were:

  • The Florida Female College for white women.
  • The University of the State of Florida for white men
  • The State Normal School for Coloured Students, which accommodated African American men and women

The State University System of Florida was reorganized by the Buckman Act and allowed the system to be governed by the Florida Board of Control, which chose Gainsville for the new campus. 102 students were welcomed there on September 26, 1906.

The name of the school was changed from the University of the State of Florida to the University of Florida in 1909. In 1911, the alligator was chosen as the school's mascot.

In 1924, the Florida Legislature mandated that women over the age of 21 years and who had completed 60 semester hours could enrol at the University of Florida in programs that weren't offered at the Florida State College for Women. Lucy Goodbread-Black enrolled at the College of Agriculture in 1925. She was the first woman to attend the University of Florida.

When WWII ended, many returning military men applied to the University of Florida under the GI Bill of Rights. The University couldn't meet the demand and the Tallahassee Branch was opened on the campus of the Florida State College for Women. 954 men had enrolled by 1947. To meet the demand the Florida State College for Women reverted to co-ed status and the name changed to Florida State University.

By 1958, a medical school and Shands Hospital had been founded and African American students were allowed to enrol. Campus expansion increased dramatically at this point and continues to do so.

Many of the buildings on the campus of the University of Florida have significant historical value. The Historic District covers about 650 acres and is comprised of 19 buildings, some of which are listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. Examples include:

  • Buckman Hall
  • Century Tower
  • Carlton Auditorium
  • Florida Gymnasium
  • Women's Gymnasium
  • Mallory Hall
  • Infirmary
  • The Hub
  • Plaza of the Americas

Academics

Students world-wide attend the University of Florida. Professional degree programs include but are not limited to:

  • Law
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Medicine

The University of Florida ranks 17th in the US for the largest international student body. It ranks 2nd in the US for bachelor degrees awarded to African Americans and 3rd for Hispanic students.

The application process for the University of Florida is very competitive. The freshmen retention rate is 94%. Students who wish to apply to the University's honors program must do so after being accepted to the University. Over 100 programs are offered in the honors program. Freshmen must have a SAT score of 2070 and a GPA of 4.0 minimum.

The University of Florida is comprised of 16 colleges and over 100 educational research and service centers. It offers 200 graduate degrees and more than 100 undergraduate majors. Examples of colleges include:

  • College of Nursing
  • College of Medicine
  • Levin College of Law
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health and Human Performance
  • Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences

Student Life

At Reetz Student Union students will find the Career Resource Center, which provides services for alumni and students. These services assist in career experiences, employment opportunities and career development.

More than 15% of undergraduate students belong to a fraternity or sorority. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Alpha Gamma Ro
  • Delta Chi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Sigma Chi
  • Theta Chi
  • Chi Omega
  • Kappa Delta
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Phi Mu
  • Zeta Phi Beta

The Reserve Officer Training Corps was officially founded in 1905 and is the official training and commissioning program.

There is housing for 9200 students at the University of Florida. Privacy and cost vary.

Local Community

There is lots of green space on campus, including picnic areas, ponds, open space and a wildlife sanctuary that is comprised of 81-acres. The University owns Lake Alice and there are many recreational rivers and lakes in the area. Sports facilities are plentiful both indoors and out, including the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, Plaza of the Americas and the University Golf Course.

Besides these, there are a wide range of museums, attractions, festivals, events, hiking trails, swimming, canoeing and wildlife viewing. There are also dozens of hotspots for those who enjoy a night out on the town.

Acceptance Rate

36.58

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

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

NYSID, located in New York, New York, is a nonprofit private art institution that offers interested students a comprehensive education and training in the field of interior design. The largest programs offered are the interior design associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs, with more than 560 future interior designers graduating in the past few years. To help support students, NYSID may offer student services like:

  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance

Student success after graduation may be determined by a number of factors, including graduation rate and loan default. At New York School of Interior Design, the graduation rate is around 82%, and the school has an average loan default rate of around 6%.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has accredited the program courses of New York School of Interior Design for over three straight years. Get more information by visiting the school's official website, where you can see admissions information, tuition, and disclosures.

Acceptance Rate

24.12

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

George Washington University (GW) is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., a short distance from the White House. Students and faculty of GW have the opportunity to work on projects alongside leaders of politics, science, law and many other disciplines. Students also have the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill, or attend national events and listen to world leaders speak. The commencement ceremonies for graduates are held on the National Mall.

The three major campuses of GW University are the Foggy Bottom Campus and Mount Vernon Campus in D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Virginia. All the campuses offer excellent facilities, including a library system that houses more than two million volumes, and opportunities to attend professional sports events, headline entertainment, top art exhibits, and more. Off campus and distance learning is also available through online courses.

The GW alumni are internationally recognized, and include former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Arnold "Red" Auerbach, former coach of the Boston Celtics, actors Alec Baldwin and Kerry Washington, and more than 50 Fulbright scholars, among others.

GW University offers hundreds of options for academic majors and minors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can choose their major and minor from among the following academic interest areas:

  • Business & Management
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Health, Medicine & Nursing
  • History & Government
  • International Studies
  • Literature & Language
  • Media, Journalism & Communication
  • Professional Studies
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Security and Public Safety
  • Social & Human Behavior
  • Visual & Performing Arts

History

The George Washington University was founded in 1821 as "Columbian College" through an Act of Congress. It was established in response to George Washington's vision of an institution in the nation's capital that would educate and prepare its future leaders. Washington died before his vision was realized, but President James Monroe and others were committed to carrying out the venture. The university opened with three faculty members and 30 students enrolled.

Now the largest university in the District of Columbia, GW is comprised of three campuses: Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses in D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. GW also has several graduate education centers in the D.C. area.

Academics

The academic calendar for the George Washington University follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and multiple shorter summer "sessions."

Colleges and Schools

  • Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Law School
  • School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Graduate School of Education & Human Development
  • School of Business
  • Elliott School of International Affairs
  • School of Public Health & Health Services
  • College of Professional Studies
  • School of Nursing

Student Life

There are more than 300 student clubs, groups and organizations for GW University students to get involved in. Student engagement at GW is high, and when students aren't participating in some of the many community service or leadership events or hands-on learning labs or partnerships available through local organizations, there is plenty to do to engage students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. GW offers a world-class library, state-of-the-art facilities, and a full range of sports, arts and entertainment.

The Washington, D.C., region offers many cultural and outdoor activities as well. The campuses are all well situated in interesting neighborhoods, with easy access to all the metro area has to offer.

Traditions

There are many rich traditions at the GW University, many of them tied to the school's namesake, President George Washington.

The school colors are Blue and Buff (pale gold), and the GW fight song makes reference to these colors:

Hail to the Buff,
Hail to the Blue,
Hail to the Buff and Blue!
All our lives we'll be proud to say,
We hail from GW! (Go Big Blue!)
Oh, by George, we're happy we can say,
We're GW, here to show the way, so
Raise high the Buff!
Raise high the Blue!
Loyal to GW
You bet we're
Loyal to GW!
Fight!

Athletics

The George Washington University "Colonials" athletic teams compete in 22 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Polo 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

The GW University has three major campuses: the Foggy Bottom Campus in the "Foggy Bottom neighborhood in the heart of Washington, D.C.; the Mount Vernon Campus in the wooded "Foxhall" neighborhood on the former site of Mount Vernon College; and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia - an area known for its focus on technology research.  Each campus has a distinct ambiance with integrated services and amenities.

In addition to its three major campuses, GW has education facilities throughout the region of Washington, D.C., that serve as centers for graduate professional studies programs.

Community Life

Students at all three main GW campuses enjoy great neighborhoods. The Foggy Bottom Campus is located in 18 city blocks of the "Foggy Bottom" neighborhood, known for its low-rise brick and brownstone buildings and streets lined with trees.

Students on the Mount Vernon Campus will enjoy a quieter setting on 23 acres within a wooded residential area.

Students at GW are very likely to be involved in community activities and service, contributing to hundreds of organizations from non-profits to politics. Students in the GW athletics department are active volunteers of community organizations, including motivational presentations to local high school groups, clean-up activities at local parks and facilities, assisting local youth sports, and more.

Acceptance Rate

40.84

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Marist College, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Poughkeepsie, New York, the school offers a suburban setting for students to study in. Marist College has an annual student enrollment of about six thousand.

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

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Services

Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. This school has an admissions rate of around 34 percent of which only 31 percent chose to attend. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $32,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and that is why students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to get a better idea of their cost of attendance. The cost of on-campus housing is estimated to be $8,600 annually. Marist College may offer financial aid for students that are eligible as grants and loans.

The Marist College "Red Foxes" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered:

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

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

Acceptance Rate

49.23

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

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

Texas Christian University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the school offers an urban setting for students to study in. The school maintains a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Around 9,100 students enroll at Texas Christian University yearly. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
To be considered for admissions, students may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores between 1600 to 1920 on the SAT and between 24 to 29 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to Texas Christian University. 38% of those students that apply are admitted to Texas Christian University, of which 26% choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here. Tuition is approximately $36,000 for the year, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students should check the school's net price calculator to determine cost. School housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is around $7,100. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is generally offered as grants or student loans. The mascot for TCU is the "Horned Frogs", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-A)
Students who would like to learn more about TCU may check out their website at http://www.tcu.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

47.12

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

Known as the largest college in the northwestern region of the United States, the University of Washington is comprised of three campuses, the largest being UW in Seattle. It was founded in 1861 and now belongs among the top universities in the world. UW is also recognized as a premier public research university, receiving one of the biggest amounts of federal funding for university research throughout the country. Over 4,000 faculty members oversee 18 schools and colleges, offering more than 250 graduate and undergraduate programs.

Contributing to the university's prominence is the UW School of Medicine, acknowledged to be the best in primary care education and medical research in the country. Faculty members are comprised by physicians from Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, and numerous UW Neighborhood Clinics in the Seattle area. Since 1946, UW Medicine has constantly ranked among the country's top biomedical research facilities and has grown to accommodate a total of 30 academic departments and several graduate programs in biomedical sciences.

Students at UW are entitled to many university services for healthcare, counseling, on and off campus housing, a U-PASS commuter services program, and a childcare program for student-parents. UW is also famous for its commitment to environmental stewardship, switching to the use of renewable sources of electricity within campus grounds. Several student organizations are at the helm of promoting sustainable living and advocating environmental causes such as UW Farm which oversees the local production of food and promoting organic farming inside the UW community.

Establishments within the UW campus include several galleries and exhibits such as the Burke Museum which stands as the state museum of natural history, the Henry Art Gallery featuring contemporary art, the Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, and the UW Botanic Gardens. The athletic complex, on the other hand, includes the Dempsey Indoor Track, Nordstrom Tennis Center, King County Aquatics Center, Bank of America Arena, and the Husky stadiums for football, baseball, and soccer.

Acceptance Rate

51.76

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

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

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

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

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

Acceptance Rate

39.27

Student to Faculty Ratio

23:1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acceptance Rate

53.89

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Acceptance Rate

36.24

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

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

  • Fine Studio Arts
  • Illustration
  • Fashion Design
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Interior Design

To support students and graduates, Moore College of Art and Design may offer support services like:

  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Assistance to find work

Student success after graduation may be determined by a number of factors, including graduation rate and loan default. At Moore College of Art and Design, the graduation rate is about 57%, and the school has an average loan default rate of around 3%.

This school has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education having first received its accreditation from that agency in 1958. Get more information by visiting the school's official website, where you can see admissions information, financial aid & tuition, and disclosures.

Acceptance Rate

46.99

Student to Faculty Ratio

7:1

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

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

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

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

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

Acceptance Rate

59.83

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acceptance Rate

43.78

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acceptance Rate

55.5

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

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

The New School is a nonprofit private school that has a large number of majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in New York, New York, in a predominantly urban area. Approximately 11,000 students are enrolled per year at The New School. Students can select from a few areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Communications And Journalism
To be considered for admissions, you may be asked to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions officials. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to apply to The New School. Scores between 22 to 27 on the ACT or 1510 to 1875 on the SAT are needed to increase the chance of acceptance. 69% of applicants are admitted to this school, of which 32 percent choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found here. The cost of tuition is approximately $42,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to identify their costs. Housing is available for students, which costs approximately $13,000 for the year. This school may help with costs by offering financial aid for students who qualify in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans.

Acceptance Rate

57.34

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Maryland Institute College of Art is a nonprofit private art school located in Baltimore, Maryland, that provides specialized education and training in a variety of art related fields. Over twenty different programs are offered at MICA, with a Master's degree being the highest level available. Listed below are the more popular programs offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Intermedia, Multimedia
  • Painting
  • Illustration
  • Sculpture

To help students and alumni succeed, MICA may offer services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work

Student success after graduation may be determined by a number of factors, including graduation rate and loan default. At Maryland Institute College of Art, the graduation rate is about 71%, and the school has an average loan default rate of around 3%.

The last reported accreditation for this school was done by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. To read more and get consumer disclosures, you can visit mica.edu.

Acceptance Rate

63.89

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

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

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

History

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

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

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

Academics

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

Colleges and Schools

Virginia Tech's colleges are:

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

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

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

Student Life

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

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

Athletics

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

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

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

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

Community Life

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

Acceptance Rate

70.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

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

History

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

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

Academics

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

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools at Brigham Young University include:

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

Student Life

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

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

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

Traditions

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

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

Athletics

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

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

Men's Sports Teams:

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

Women's Sports Teams:

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

Satellite Campuses

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

BYU satellite campuses include:

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

Community Life

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

Acceptance Rate

67.49

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

Harding University is a nonprofit private school that has many majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Searcy, AR, in a predominantly rural area. The Churches of Christ affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. Approximately 6,700 students enroll at Harding University per year. Areas of study available at Harding University include but are not limited to:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. Either the SAT or ACT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to this school. Scores within the range of 22 - 28 on the ACT or 1000 - 1260 on the SAT are recommended to increase the chance of admission. Harding University admits roughly 70% of applicants. Of those applicants accepted, about 66% registered for enrollment. More information from the admissions office can be found at harding.edu. The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $16,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's tuition calculator to identify their costs. Housing may be available for those that want to live on-campus for a cost of $3,300 annually. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the necessary requirements. The Harding University Bison participate in several athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Available sports offered may include but not limited to:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
Students should visit the Harding University website to see a complete list of areas of study, programs, admissions information, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

61.34

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Wentworth Institute of Technology, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Boston, MA, the campus offers an urban setting for students to study in. Around 3,800 students enroll at Wentworth Institute of Technology per year. Areas of study offered at Wentworth Institute of Technology include but are not limited to:

  • Architecture
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Engineering Technology
  • Engineering
  • Computer And Information Sciences
To be considered for admissions, students may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit school transcripts, which are then studied by the admissions committee. Very common standardized test scores among students accepted to Wentworth Institute of Technology are within the range of 21 to 26 on the ACT, or 1430 to 1740 on the SAT exam. 61% of applicants are accepted to Wentworth Institute of Technology, of which 32% choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at wit.edu. The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $28,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's net price calculator to understand their cost of attendance. Students attending Wentworth Institute of Technology may qualify for aid which is generally grants and loans. The Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards participate in a number of athletic programs, within the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)
  • Ice Hockey (NCAA Division III)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division III)
For a complete list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please take a look at the school's website at www.wit.edu.

Acceptance Rate

68.55

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

Educational Requirements for Interior Designers

A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required to begin apprenticing as an interior designer, though those with an associate's degree can work as assistants. Individuals will study a variety of topics during the four year that it typically takes to earn a bachelor's degree. Some individual's will also take on internship opportunities or seek employment during the course of their education in order to augment their studies with practical experience. Interior design requires an understanding of several different fields often reflected in a typical curriculum.

Interior design majors will have varied courses which may include:

What Do Interior Designers Study?

In addition to the classes listed, interior designers will study an array of subjects depending on the degree track and institutional requirements. For example, students enrolled in a bachelors degree program in interior design (either Bachelor of Science in Interior Design or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design) can range from three to four years while an Associate Degree in Interior Design is typically a 2-year program.

Both programs provide the curricular design to provide students with integrative thinking skills coupled with requisite creative tools and analytic skills. General education courses for interior designers may include English composition, philosophy, math, and creative writing. Core courses will help students understand color, lighting, fabrics, architecture, landscaping, ergonomics, and spatial design.

Online Interior Design Degree Programs

For some students, earning an interior design degree online is an ideal solution. Online interior design programs may be a great fit with your schedule, life, goals, and independent learning style. By leveraging technology, students will have access to create aesthetically pleasing spaces that are safe, sustainable, and accessible to patrons with varying needs. These spaces will be back-tested to meet todays rigorous regulations and technical standards.

Online interior design degree programs include vital aspects of the trade such as color, proportion, lighting, rendering, perspective, and drafting. With these basics in place, students will move to furnishings and textiles through computer-aided design and human design. These skills coalesce to provide interior design students with a highly dynamic platform to successfully approach projects in residential design, office design, commercial design, and industrial design.

What Skills Can I Expect to Learn as an Interior Designer?

Outcomes for online interior design degree programs and on-site degree programs are tightly aligned.  In both cases, accredited colleges expect students to acquire a defined set of skills and knowledge to be work-ready.  A common set of skills will include:

Professionalism – Interior design graduates will be asked to deftly apply their knowledge and ply their trade in an ethical and consistent manner.  Regardless of the scope of the job or geographic location, interior designers are equipped to design spaces to meet customer needs and adhere to applicable rules and regulations.

Building Systems – Onsite and online interior design students will learn to utilize the right finish materials to meet and exceed customer expectations.  Factors involved in accomplishing this include aesthetics, budget, regulatory compliance, safety, maintenance, sustainability, and standards of use.

Problem Solving – Interior designers will learn problem solving skills leveraging the design process and knowledge of design theories and applications.  This deep analysis will help propel a project from concept into reality through collaboration and synthesizing customer information.

Communication – Successful graduates will effectively communication through oral, visual, and written methods to project stakeholders.  Using creative methods and real-world renderings, designers will help set expectations and ensure projects are carried out through completion.

Interior Design Solutions – Producing end-results that effectively integrate into a space is key.  Interior design graduates will take into account environmental and building systems by blending sustainability & maintenance in proper ratios to satisfy customer demands.

What is the Difference Between Interior Design and Interior Decorating?

While related, interior design and decorating are not the same job function.  An interior designer works with designers, architects, project managers, and developers to design and modify a defined office or residential space.  These spaces will adhere to all applicable regulations, codes, and aesthetic requirements of a municipality and county.  On the other hand, an interior decorator will apply finishes to a room that will include furnishings and color.

After graduating, designers will be able to pursue apprenticeships that may last between 1-3 years prior to a graduate practicing interior design. Most states require licensing and the exam is administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, requiring 6 years of combined education and experience and at least 2 years of post secondary education. Accreditation bodies for programs include the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

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Employment Opportunities and Design Certifications

Interior designers will work with architects to assist in the designing or remodeling of a space. This will be done based on client's desires and realized through a process of sketching and modeling utilizing a variety of mediums. An understanding of costs and planning is necessary to determine the length of time and materials necessary to realize the client's visions. The use of computer aided design (CAD) software is commonplace among interior designers and proficiency in its use is a requirement for success.

Individuals may specialize in a particular type of architecture and design, utilizing motifs from a particular time period to establish a style or mood. Others may specialize in a particular type of building or buildings, such as offices, hospitals or hotels. The variety of specializations available to interior designers is many, and allows for flexibility. Some may choose to be sustainable designers, focusing on efficiency of resources to maintain more environmentally friendly spaces, or may focus entirely on lighting and how such fixtures may affect the atmosphere of a room. Often times, such interior designers will work with one another, each focusing on his or her specialty in order to produce a final design.

Interior designers may pursue certifications to expand their area of expertise. Such certifications are generally available through trade or professional associations and demonstrate proficiency in a particular area of design, such as kitchens closets. Interior designers with such certification may find themselves in higher demand due to their ability to focus on a larger area of design. By earning such certifications and renewing them as needed individuals will be able to build client confidence, with successful designs in those areas adding to one's portfolio and increasing a demand for their work.

Top States of Employment for Interior Designers

  1. California 7,390
  2. Texas 4,970
  3. Florida 4,730
  4. New York 2,970
  5. Illinois 2,400

Top Paying States for Interior Designers

  • District of Columbia $80,950
  • Rhode Island $72,130
  • New York $65,760
  • California $64,940
  • Massachusetts $62,780

Job Growth & Career Outlook for Interior Designers

Work opportunities are available for interior designers and the field is expected to expand in the coming years as demand increases. Work environments will widely vary as locations for jobs will change. The average salary of an interior designer is approximately $49,810 per year with entry level positions will starting around $28,000 based on national averages. Interior design is a competitive profession requiring determination, skill, innovation and experience to progress and succeed. If you are interested in interior design, you may also be interested inillustration,fashion and apparel design, and graphic design.

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