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What is American Sign Language?

American Sign Language is a system of communication taught in the United States to allow hearing impaired and mute individuals to communicate. The language has its own grammatical rules and vocabulary, and shares little in common with the English language.

As such, courses are necessary to properly understand, learn and utilize the language. American Sign Language uses a large number of gestures and movements to communicate words and ideas, requiring an excellent memory and good motor skill.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$73,750

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

49.74%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

28,720

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

2021 Best Sign Language Degree

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

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

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

The mission of Northeastern University:

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

History

Northeastern University was founded in 1898.

Academics

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

Colleges and Schools

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

Student Life

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

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

Athletics

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

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Community Life

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

Acceptance Rate

18.05

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

University of Rochester is a nonprofit private institution located in Rochester, NY and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Approximately nine thousand students are enrolled annually at University of Rochester. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Visual And Performing Arts
The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, student records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. Most common test scores among students admitted to University of Rochester are between 28 to 32 on the ACT, or 1860 to 2140 on the SAT exam. University of Rochester admits around 40 percent of students applying. Of those students admitted, around 24 percent of students enrolled. More information from the admissions office can be found at enrollment.rochester.edu. The cost of undergraduate tuition is around $46,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to visit the school's net price calculator to better estimate their cost of attendance. The price of on-campus housing is about $8,100 per year. This school may help with costs by offering financial aid for students who qualify as loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The mascot for University of Rochester is the "Yellow Jackets", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through oversight by the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)

Acceptance Rate

29.71

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

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

Goshen College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and assists students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Goshen, IN, which is a predominantly urban area. The Mennonite Church affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and mission that defines the school. The school's limited space in terms of enrollment, about 900 students, allows students to have a more hands on education due to the number of students per class and easier access to professors and faculty.

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

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

Students applying for admission are usually asked to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. An ACT or SAT exam is required prior to applying, with scores between 1460 to 1730 on the SAT and between 22 to 27 on the ACT is common among students admitted to this school. Goshen College accepts around 60% of students applying. Of those students accepted, around 41% of students enrolled.

Tuition is approximately $28,000 annually, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students should visit the school's net price calculator to determine cost. On-campus housing is available for students, which costs approximately $5,000 each year. Students at Goshen College may be eligible for aid which is usually grants and loans.

The Goshen College Maple Leafs participate in several athletic programs, as part of the NAIA organization. Available athletic programs offered:

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

To see a full list of areas of study, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.goshen.edu.

Acceptance Rate

62.99

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

The University of Houston is a leading public research university located in Houston, Texas - the nation's fourth largest city. It has nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that include both online and on campus courses.

The university is situated on a 667-acre campus in the center of the downtown area of Houston.  The campus is very green, with open spaces of manicured lawns and landscaped parks highlighted with many fountains and sculptures.

Research is a major interest and highlight at the University of Houston, with the faculty and students in every department conducting research through its 40 research centers.

The University of Houston (UH) is part of the University of Houston System (UHS), which is a group of six public institutions of higher learning (four universities and two teaching centers) in the Houston area.  They share common goals and are governed by a Board of Regents.

History

The University of Houston was founded in 1927, but didn't officially take the name "University of Houston" until 1934.  It moved to its permanent campus in 1939, and became a state institution in 1963.  In 1977, the school joined the University of Houston System.

Academics

The University's academic calendar follows the semester system, with fall and spring semesters as well as a summer session.

The University of Houston offers 120 majors and minors at the undergraduate level and 139 degree-focuses at the master's level.  It offers 54 doctoral programs and three professional degree programs. Additionally, the university offers online courses through its Distance Education program.  There are also noncredit courses available through the university's Continuing Education program.

Undergraduates can also choose from several pre-professional programs that lead to careers in medicine, law, pharmacy, veterinary science and accounting, as well as programs in teacher certification.  UH students can also participate in special programs such as a five-year dual-degree program, ROTC, Study Abroad, Honors College or the Undergraduate Scholars at UH program.  There are also Certificate Programs in areas such as Paralegal, Entrepreneurship or Sales Excellence, among others.

Colleges and Schools

The University of Houston is comprised of 12 academic colleges.  Each major and graduate program operates from within one of the 12 colleges.  Additionally, there is an interdisciplinary Honors College that provides courses and opportunities to students from all majors and departments.

The colleges at UH are:

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture

C.T. Bauer College of Business

College of Education

Cullen College of Engineering

Honors College

Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

UH Law Center

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

College of Optometry

College of Pharmacy

Graduate College of Social Work

College of Technology

Student Life

The University of Houston has a very active and lively student population with more than 400 student organizations and 16 intercollegiate sports teams.  Thousands of students live on campus in residence halls, apartments and townhouses.

Fraternities and Sororities

There is a Center for Leadership and Fraternity & Sorority Life at UH that helps students develop into ethical, purposeful leaders.  Its leadership development programs teach students to get involved and use self-awareness and critical thinking for growth.

The core values of the Greek community at UH are:

Collaboration, Personal Growth, Community Growth, Brotherhood and Sisterhood, Philanthropy and Services, Academic Excellence and Social Responsibility

Traditions

In 1947 the University of Houston adopted the cougar as its mascot, which is nicknamed "Shasta."

Athletics

Cougar athletics is big at the University of Houston.  The UH Department of Intercollegiate Athletics challenges student-athletes to achieve their highest academic, athletic and personal aspirations.

At UH there are cougar teams for men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track & field, and women's basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Satellite Campuses

The universities within the University of Houston System are the University of Houston (UH), UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown and UH-Victoria.  The Teaching Centers are UHS at Sugar Land and UHS at Cinco Ranch.  The University of Houston also offers programs through facilities at the Texas Medical Center.

Community Life

UH students can participate in one of the 600 UHS community initiatives available that allow students to become involved in local causes such as helping with local education and housing efforts, or assisting local government.  The UH Contact Center can provide information on all services and events.

The city of Houston is popular for many reasons, including its lively, bustling energy.  It is referred to as "the energy capital of the world."  The more than 19 Fortune 500 companies and large medical center located in the city provide ample opportunity for UH students and graduates to find internships and work.

Many Houston residents enjoy the full calendar of arts and entertainment the city offers year round.  There are performances from the Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera and Houston Symphony, and plenty of art exhibits in Houston's Museum District.  Plenty of award-winning restaurants and the Jazz and Blues Clubs add to the busy Houston nightlife.

Houston offers many outdoor activities including more than 150 golf courses, the Houston Zoo and hiking at the Armand Bayou Nature Center.

Acceptance Rate

64.98

Student to Faculty Ratio

22:1

Maryville College is a nonprofit private institution located in Maryville, Tennessee and provides a large number of program options for students. The school's Presbyterian Church affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's curriculum. Maryville College has an annual student enrollment of approximately 1,100.

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

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Social Sciences
  • History
  • 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 admissions officials. Most students accepted to Maryville College earn an SAT score between 950 - 1200, or an ACT score in a range of 22 - 27. This school has an acceptance rate of about 66 percent of which only 22 percent chose to attend. More information on admissions can be found at maryvillecollege.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $33,000, but may change each year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's price of attendance calculator to better understand their personal tuition costs. Housing may be available for students that want to live on-campus for a cost of $5,000 annually. Maryville College may help with costs by offering financial aid for students that are eligible by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Maryville College Scots participate in a number of athletic programs, overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available include:

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

Students may visit the Maryville College website to see a complete list of areas of study, financial aid details, and more.

Acceptance Rate

55.57

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

WWU/ William Woods is a nonprofit private institution located in Fulton, Missouri and provides a large number of degree programs for students. The school's Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's curriculum. Enrollment at William Woods University exceeds two thousand per year.

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

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Agriculture Operations
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Legal Professions And Studies

To be considered for admissions, you may be asked to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school transcripts, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to apply to WWU/ William Woods. Scores between 20 to 24 on the ACT or 1400 to 1780 on the SAT are required to increase your chances for admission. WWU/ William Woods has an admissions rate of about 80 percent of which only 32 percent chose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

Tuition is approximately $21,000 annually, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students should visit the school's net price calculator to determine cost. Housing may be available for those that want to live on-campus for a cost of $4,200 annually. Some students at this school may qualify for financial aid, which is typically offered as scholarships, grants, and loans.

The mascot for WWU/ William Woods is the "Owls", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the NAIA. Athletic programs available may include:

  • Baseball (NAIA Division I)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division I)
  • Track & Field (NAIA Division I)

Students can visit the William Woods University website to obtain a complete list of academic programs offered, student services, and more.

Acceptance Rate

64

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

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

College of St Catherine, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the campus resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The school's Roman Catholic affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's mission. Approximately 5,300 students enroll at College of St Catherine yearly. Here is a list of some of the popular programs St. Kate offers:

  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Library Science
  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
The admissions process starts with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions committee. Most students at St. Kate scored in a range of 22 to 26 on the ACT. St. Kate has an admissions rate of 56% of which only 25% chose to attend.  For additional information about admissions information, prospective students can call St. Catherine's or simply request information from this page. Undergraduate tuition is approximately $26,000 for the year, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's net price calculator to see the personalize cost of attendance. On-campus housing is available for students, which costs about $4,900 for the year. Some students at College of St Catherine may qualify for financial aid, which is typically offered as grants or student loans. College of St Catherine offers a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Ice Hockey (NCAA Division III)
To see a full list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please visit the school's website at stkate.edu.

Acceptance Rate

67.33

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

University of Iowa is a public university in Iowa City, considered to be one of the most dynamic colleges in the country, according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011.  The university offers more than 100 areas of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The school also offers professional degrees. Its graduate programs in creative writing, audiology, nursing service administration, and speech-language pathology rank very high.

The University of Iowa, commonly known simply as "Iowa," has a well-respected faculty, and offers small class sizes, research opportunities for undergraduates and graduates, honors courses, special programs for transfer students, and discussion sessions to help first-year students.  Alumni include many notable figures, including inventors, distinguished researchers, doctors, CEOs, musicians, performers, athletes, politicians, and most notably, writers.  The Writer's Workshop of University of Iowa, founded in 1936, has produced 13 Pulitzer Prize winners since 1947.

History

The university was founded in 1847 as the State University of Iowa, a mere 59 days after Iowa became a state. Faculty did not offer instruction until 1855, and became the first public university to offer higher education equally to both men and women.  The first class of 124 students included 41 women.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Iowa includes four academic sessions during the school year: fall, winter, spring and summer.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Tippie College of Business
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate College
  • College of Law
  • Carver College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • University College

Student Life

Students seeking involvement opportunities at University of Iowa have more than 450 student organizations to choose from.  There are also opportunities to attend a lecture by a visiting scholar, join a study group or a discussion group with an instructor.  There are many things to do on campus and also off-campus in Iowa City, including arts and entertainment, shopping, nightlife, sports and recreation.

There are 10 residence halls on campus, as well as university apartments for students with families.  Several of the fraternities and sororities near campus also offer housing.

Traditions

The University of Iowa school colors are black and gold.

Athletics

The "Hawkeye" athletics teams at the University of Iowa compete in more than 20 intercollegiate sports, with top teams in field hockey, wrestling and football.  The Dance Team and cheerleading are also very popular.

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

The Iowa River flows through the University of Iowa's main campus in Iowa City, splitting it into west and east sides.  The university has one satellite campus in nearby Coralville, which is called Oakdale Campus.  Oakdale is home to many of the university's research facilities.

Community Life

The University of Iowa combines the benefits of a large, top-ranked school with the benefits of small-town life.  The "pedestrian mall" of the city offers many restaurants and bars, boutiques and shopping venues, museums and galleries, and there are plenty of recreational activities in the area.

Acceptance Rate

82.55

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Liberty University is the largest Evangelical Christian University in the world. Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. founded Liberty University in 1971 as a religious co-educational institution with a mission to train and develop young Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge and skills needed to impact the future. Located on a 6,000-acre campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, this private college offers more than 60 accredited programs of study.

History

A center of commerce in the 19th Century, the city of Lynchburg, Virginia was established in 1786 at the site of Lynch's Ferry on the James River.  Thomas Jefferson's private country retreat, known as Poplar Forest, is located just outside Lynchburg and is an easy drive from Liberty University.  Jefferson's renowned Monticello estate is located in Charlottesville, an hour's drive north of Lynchburg.

The area around Lynchburg is quite rich with cultural opportunities and sites of American History, with Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C., both a four-hour drive away.  The Appomattox Court House National Historic Park is located just north of Lynchburg and boasts a historical village that has preserves the history of General Lee's surrender to Lt. General Grant towards the end of the Civil War.

Academics

Liberty University offers 135 areas for undergraduate study, 90 areas for graduate study, and four doctoral programs.  It offers both campus-based and online degree programs.  Additionally, Liberty offers a diploma program for students seeking a complete overview of the English Bible. All faculty members hold advanced degrees and, in addition to a commitment to teaching excellence, have demonstrated a born-again relationship with Christ.

Liberty's academic services and programs include:

  • Center for Academic Support and Advising Services (CASAS)
  • Center for Research and Scholarship
  • Graduate Senate
  • University Writing Program
  • Institutional Review Board
  • Quality Enhancement Plan
  • Office of the Registrar
  • Study Abroad Program

Colleges / Schools

Liberty University has several colleges and schools offering 37 majors with various areas of specialization or concentration.  Liberty students may also choose from among more than 52 academic minors.

  • School of Aeronautics
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Helms School of Government
  • Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
  • School of Business
  • School of Communication
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering and Computational Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Religion

Students who wish to pursue a more individualized course of study, may work through the Center for Academic Support and Advising Services (CASAS) to obtain a bachelor's degree in General Studies or Interdisciplinary Studies.

Student Life

Liberty University offers many academic organizations and clubs, as well as opportunities to volunteer for social causes.  Opportunities for campus recreation include various cafes, recreation and fitness facilities at LaHaye Student Union.  Other student activities include horseback riding, whitewater rafting trips, water skiing, video game tournaments and paintball, to name a few.

The LaHaye Ice Center is available for skating and athletic events, and Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre's Ski Slope offers year-round skiing, snow boarding and tubing.

Liberty University is dedicated to both academics and faith, and The Spiritual Life Department provides a variety of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism opportunities for students and their families.  The Campus Pastor's Office provides a Prayer Room, pastoral counseling, discipleship services and crisis intervention.  There also are Spiritual Life Director and Prayer Leader programs where students can lead prayer groups and provide ministry.  Light Ministries provides programs in cross-cultural ministry through short-term missions.

Traditions

Liberty University's traditions are termed "distinctives" - doctrines that set it apart from other Christian schools in America.  Liberty's "distinctives" are: Academic excellence, a commitment to training champions for Christ, an action-oriented curriculum, a Christian worldview, high behavioral standards, a modest dress code, a highly-qualified and non-tenured teaching faculty, 20 competitive NCAA Division I athletic programs, reasonable tuition costs, and required attendance at chapels and convocations.

Athletics

A variety of intercollegiate and intramural athletic programs are available to Liberty students. The home of the Liberty Flames athletic teams, Liberty University has achieved great success in college athletics.  It has 20 NCAA Division Athletic programs, 20 Club Sports and 19 Intramural Sports.  Many Liberty University athletes have gone into professional sports including former Atlanta Braves first baseman Sid Bream, former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Randy Tomlin, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kelvin Edwards, former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver James McKnight, among others.

Community Life

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the south bank of James River, Liberty University offers a safe, scenic and historic community to its students.  Lynchburg has four colleges or universities in its midst and was ranked the second-best "Small City" by Money Magazine.  Living costs in the Lynchburg area are relatively low, and students can enjoy many free or inexpensive local events and outdoor recreational activities.

On Liberty University's 6,000-acre campus, students will enjoy a hike or bike ride on one of the many tracks or roads of the Liberty Mountain Trail System.

Acceptance Rate

51.06

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

UMD is a public school that has a fair number of degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Duluth, MN, in a predominantly urban area. Enrollment at UMD exceeds twelve thousand per year.

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

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

Students applying for admission are asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores between 1400 to 1780 for the SAT exam and between 22 to 26 on the ACT is typical among students admitted to UMD. University of Minnesota - Duluth accepts approximately 80% of applicants yearly. Of those applicants admitted, nearly 37% registered for enrollment. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The tuition at this school varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay approximately $14,000 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $16,000 annually. UMD may offer financial aid for students who qualify as scholarships, grants, and loans.

The UMD Bulldogs participate in several athletic programs, within the NCAA organization. Available sports offered may include the following:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)

For a complete list of programs offered, enrollment information, student services, and more, please visit the school's website at http://www.d.umn.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

74.89

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, a public institution, offers a variety of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Eau Claire, WI, it resides in an urban setting for students to study in. Enrollment at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire is nearly 11,000 yearly.

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

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies
  • Psychology
  • Education

The admissions process will include the submission of an application, school records, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions staff. Most students admitted to UW-Eau Claire score in-between 22 - 26 on the ACT. Approximately 80 percent of all students that applied were accepted at UW-Eau Claire, with 41 percent of those accepted choosing to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

Tuition & fees at this school are different for in-state and nonresidents. In-state tuition costs approximately $8,800 per year, while out-of-state tuition costing $17,000 annually. School housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is around $3,300. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements by way of grants or student loans.

The University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Blugolds participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs, as part of the NCAA organization. Athletic programs that are available may include:

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

Contact information, tuition information, programs offered, and much more can be accessed on school's website at http://www.uwec.edu.

Acceptance Rate

81.63

Student to Faculty Ratio

23:1

Framingham State College is a public school that has a large number of majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Framingham, Massachusetts, in a predominantly urban area. Framingham State College has a yearly student enrollment of nearly six thousand. Here is a list of some of the popular programs Framingham State College offers:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communication Technology
  • Family And Consumer Sciences
Students applying for admission are usually asked to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Most students admitted to Framingham State College earn an SAT score in a range of 1400 - 1660, or an ACT score in a range of 20 - 25. 66% of those who apply are admitted to this school, of which 32% choose to attend. More information on admissions can be found at framingham.edu. Tuition & fees at FSC vary for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs around $8,300 per year and out-of-state tuition costing $15,000 annually. Student housing is available for students and costs approximately $6,700 annually. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans. The FSC "Rams" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
Students may visit the school's www.framingham.edu to view additional information.

Acceptance Rate

74.25

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Keuka College is a nonprofit private institution located in Keuka Park, New York and provides a large number of program options for students. The Baptist affiliation at the school is an important part of the history, education and mission that defines the school. Enrollment at Keuka College is nearly 1,900 per year. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Education
To be considered for admissions, students may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit school records, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. 76% of those who apply are admitted to Keuka College, of which 40% choose to enroll.  Detailed admissions information can be obtained by calling KC or completing the form on this page. The cost of undergraduate tuition is around $28,000, but may change per year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's tuition calculator to better estimate their cost of attending Keuka College. School housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is approximately $5,200. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements. The mascot for Keuka College is the "Storm", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through oversight by the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division III)
Contact information, financial aid information, areas of study offered, and more may be accessed on school's website at keuka.edu.

Acceptance Rate

71.96

Student to Faculty Ratio

8:1

Madonna University provides a variety of degree programs for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Livonia, MI and operated as a private institution. The Roman Catholic affiliation at the school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. Madonna University has an annual student enrollment of around four thousand.

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

  • Education
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Psychology

The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, student records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. Either the SAT or ACT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to Madonna University. Scores within the range of 20 to 25 on the ACT or 1020 to 1880 on the SAT are needed to increase the chance of acceptance. Madonna University accepts about 70% of students applying annually. Of those applicants accepted, nearly 35% registered for enrollment. More information on admissions can be found at madonna.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $16,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and that is why students should use the school's tuition calculator to get a better idea of their cost of attendance. Housing may be available for those that would like to live on-campus for around a cost of $3,700 annually. Students enrolled at Madonna University may qualify for aid which is generally loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The mascot for Madonna University is the "Crusaders", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the oversight and organization of the NAIA. Available athletic programs offered may include:

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

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

Acceptance Rate

74.6

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh is a public institution located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Enrollment at OW Oshkosh is nearly 14,000 annually. Here is a list of some of the popular programs OW Oshkosh offers:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions committee. The majority of students at OW Oshkosh scored between 20 - 24 on the ACT exam. This school has an admissions rate of 84% of which only 45% chose to enroll. More information on admissions can be found on the UW website or by simply requesting information here. Tuition & fees at this school are different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs around $7,700 per year and out-of-state tuition costing $16,000 per year. Housing may be available for those that would like to live on-campus for a cost of $4,000 per year. Some students at University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh may qualify for financial aid, which is generally offered as scholarships, grants, and loans. The mascot for University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh is the "Titans", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include the following:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
Contact information, admission forms, areas of study, and much more can be accessed on school's website at uwosh.edu.

Acceptance Rate

76.33

Student to Faculty Ratio

22:1

Bethel College - Mishawaka, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Mishawaka, Indiana, the campus offers an urban setting for students to study in. The Missionary Church affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. Approximately two thousand students are enrolled annually at Bethel College - Mishawaka.

Students may pick from many areas of study, including:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions staff. Students may submit either the SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admissions at Bethel College - Mishawaka. A score within the range of 1320 to 1710 on the SAT, or 19 to 26 for the ACT is common among accepted students. This school accepts about 70 percent of applicants yearly. Of those admitted, around 36 percent of students registered for enrollment. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

Tuition is approximately $25,000 for the year, though it may change based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's net price calculator to find what your personalized cost of attendance would be. Housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is about $3,900. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the necessary requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

Bethel College - Mishawaka offers several athletic programs overseen by the NAIA. Athletic programs available:

  • Baseball (NAIA Division II)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NAIA Division II)
  • Golf (NAIA Division II)

Students may visit the website to obtain a complete list of academic programs offered, student services, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

93.76

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Kent State University is a public research university, and one of the largest university's in the state of Ohio, comprised of eight campuses. Kent State offers high-quality bachelor's degree programs, as well as innovative graduate studies and research at the master's and doctoral degree levels. The Kent Campus is the university's main location, which offers on-campus housing and state-of-the-art facilities. Kent State's seven other campuses, located throughout Northeastern Ohio, are small liberal arts colleges. These regional campuses offer associate and bachelor's degrees, many with a technical or vocational focus, along with a few select graduate programs.

Kent State University offers 255 academic programs at the bachelor's degree level, 39 programs at the master's degree level and 21 programs at the doctoral level.  KSU has an award-winning faculty, with many renowned scholars and researchers leading programs in its institutes, centers and research departments. The KSU Liquid Crystal Institute leads research in technologies that are used around the world in laptops, flat screen televisions and calculators. Among KSU's notable alumni are 11 Pulitzer Prize winners who completed their studies at Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

History

Kent State University was founded as a teacher training school called "Kent State Normal School" in Kent, Ohio in 1910.  Sixty years later, in May of 1970, Kent State University made international headlines when a violent on-campus student demonstration held in protest of the Vietnam War drew gunfire from law enforcement that killed four Kent State students. In the years since that time, many events and memorials have been established on campus to honor those who died.

Academics

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

Colleges, Schools and Programs

  • College of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • College of the Arts
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Communication and Information
  • Office of Continuing and Distance Education
  • College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Technology
  • School of Digital Sciences
  • Honors College 

Interdisciplinary Programs

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Financial Engineering
  • Information Architecture and Knowledge Management

Other Programs

  • Aerospace Studies/Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp (AFROTC)
  • Military Science/Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Police Academy 

Regional College Programs

  • Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Graduate Studies
  • Undergraduate Studies

Student Life

Kent State is known for its student involvement, both historically and in recent years, and currently offers more than 200 student organizations for student participation. Student activities and organizations include everything from leadership programs, to community service, cultural awareness, sororities and fraternities, arts and theatre, sports and fitness, and more.

KSU student services include health and wellness services, housing, transportation, dining options, and a career services center, among others.

Traditions

The school colors for KSU are blue and gold. The school motto at sporting events is "get your gold on." The KSU mascot is "Flash," a Golden Eagle, and the sports teams are referred to as the "Golden Flash."

Athletics

The "Golden Flash" athletic teams of KSU compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main Kent Campus, Kent State University has seven satellite campuses in the Northeastern Ohio region, including campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas.

Community Life

The city of Kent, Ohio is one of the largest cities in the county. It has been nicknamed "Tree City, USA," for its abundance of trees, parks and gardens. Located 10 miles east of Akron along the Cuyahoga River, Kent has the ambiance of a small town, but the amenities of a big city. The "Festival of Trees" is one of many festivals held in the city throughout the year.

There are many longtime businesses in Kent, including the world headquarters for many Fortune 500 companies. The city is named for Marvin Kent, who established major railroad stops in the city, which fostered its growth and prosperity in the late 1800s.

Acceptance Rate

85.54

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

Siena Heights University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Adrian, Michigan, it resides in a rural setting for students to study in. The school's Roman Catholic affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's vision. Enrollment at Siena Heights University exceeds 2,400 per year.

Students may pick from several areas of study, including:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Communications And Journalism

To be considered for admissions, students may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then studied by the admissions committee. Either the SAT or ACT exam can be taken in order to apply to Siena Heights University. Scores within the range of 18 - 23 on the ACT or 911 - 1068 on the SAT are needed to greatly increase the chance of admission. 55% of students that apply are admitted to this school, of which 31% choose to enroll. More information on admissions can be found here.

Tuition is approximately $23,000 annually, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students may visit the school's price of attendance calculator to see the personalize cost of attendance. Some students at Siena Heights University may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically provided as grants or student loans.

Athletic programs are available at Siena Heights University through the NAIA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Athletic programs offered include:

  • Baseball (NAIA Division II)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NAIA Division II)
  • Golf (NAIA Division II)

Contact information, tuition information, areas of study, and much more may be accessed on school's website at http://www.sienaheights.edu.

Acceptance Rate

73.4

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Boise State University is a public college that has a large number of majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Boise, ID, in a predominantly urban area. Approximately 20,000 students are enrolled per year at Boise State University. Students can choose from many areas of study, including:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Education
  • Public Administration And Social Services
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 admissions officials. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1390 - 1700 on the SAT and between 20 - 25 on the ACT is typical among students accepted to Boise State University. Boise State University accepts approximately 80 percent of applicants yearly. Of those applicants admitted, around 52 percent registered for enrollment.  Additional information from the BSU admissions office can be found by visiting their site. Tuition & fees at this school are different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs close to $6,100 per year with out-of-state tuition costing $18,000 annually. Housing may be available for those that would like to live on-campus for a cost of $3,900 annually. This school may provide financial aid for students that qualify by way of grants and loans. The mascot for Boise State University is the "Broncos", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through oversight by the NCAA. Athletic programs available:
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-A)
Students who wish to see more about this school can visit their website at http://www.boisestate.edu.

Acceptance Rate

77.44

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is a public university located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on a campus covering more than 800 acres.  EMU offers more than 200 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the undergraduate level, the major and minor concentrations are delivered via the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Educaiton, Health and Human Services, and Technology.

The nearly 700 full-time faculty members at Eastern Michigan University have doctoral degrees and are experts in their fields. Many faculty members involved students in their research, including those at the undergraduate level.

History

Eastern Michigan University was founded in 1849 as the Michigan State Normal School to educate teachers for the state's public schools. In 1959, after several name changes, the "Normal School" became Eastern Michigan University. After training thousands of teachers for certification over its first 100 years, EMU expanded its curricula to match the demands of its university status.

More recent advances at EMU include the construction of the Terrestrial and Aquatic Research Facility, the Convocation Center, the Bruce T. Halle Library, John W. Porter College of Education, and the Everett L. Marshall College of Health and Human Services, among other school buildings.

Academics

The academic calendar for Eastern Michigan University follows the semester format, with fall, spring semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Technology
  • Graduate School

Student Life

There are hundreds of student organizations available on campus at EMU, including everything from an Accounting Club to the American Marketing Student Association, and Big Brothers Big Sisters to many sports clubs or fraternities and sororities.

Student services at EMU include:

  • Student Government
  • Service EMU
  • The Children's Institute
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Diversity and Community Involvement
  • International Students
  • Orientation
  • Veteran Services
  • Ombudsman
  • Academic Projects Center
  • Academic Advising
  • Holman Success Center
  • Library
  • CATE lab (Center for Adaptive Technology Education)
  • Writing Center 

On campus housing is available through several options, including Living-Learning communities. Many dining options are also available.

Traditions

The school colors for EMU are green and white, and the school mascot is the eagle. The EMU athletic teams are nicknamed the Eastern Michigan "Eagles."

Athletics

The Eastern Michigan "Eagles" athletic teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

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

Community Life

Eastern Michigan University has 14 research institutes and centers devoted to community improvement and civic engagement in several areas. Some of the community assistance provided by EMU includes:

  • EMU's Center for Regional and National Security and the Michigan Citizens Corps train high school students how to be first responders during emergencies on their campuses.
  • The University's Checkpoint Program has, for more than 10 years, helped both college students and area youth learn about alcohol and drug issues. 
  • EMU's Coatings Research Institute is working with the Pentagon to develop a coating to protect military equipment and vehicles from corrosion and chemical and biological weapons. 
  • The interdisciplinary EMU Water Resources Consortium is researching water concerns and the multifaceted importance of this valuable and endangered natural resource. Its research supports conservation projects and will help maintain high-quality supplies.

Acceptance Rate

74.06

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indiana's top urban university, is considered by U.S. News and World Report to be one of the top five "up and coming" universities in America.  IUPUI has top-ranked programs in public and environmental affairs, law, nursing and health.

IUPUI offers 200 different degree programs from both Indiana and Purdue universities.  It boasts 21 schools and, since it is located near downtown Indianapolis, offers many opportunities for civic involvement, internships, business and research partnerships, and more.

Known predominantly through the years as a research and health sciences university, IUPUI has expanded to include many innovative and interdisciplinary programs.  Its mission statement promises to deliver the following to its constituents:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

With each of these core activities characterized by:

  • Collaboration within and across disciplines and with the community
  • A commitment to ensuring diversity, and
  • Pursuit of best practices

History

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis was founded in 1969 as a partnership between two universities: Indiana University and Purdue University.  The partnership was formed in order to combine all the various schools of both universities together, in one location. 2005 marked the year when all the IUPUI schools had moved to one campus in Indianapolis, the IUPUI campus, a few short blocks from the Indiana State Capitol.

Academics

The IUPUI academic calendar follows the semester system, with fall, spring and summer sessions.

Colleges and Schools

IUPUI has 21 schools, with many departments in each, offering 200 academic degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.  Many professional certificates are also offered.

  • IU Herron School of Art and Design
  • IU Kelley School of Business
  • IU School of Continuing Studies
  • IU Graduate School
  • IU School of Dentistry
  • IU School of Education
  • Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
  • IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • IUPUI Honors College
  • IU School of Informatics
  • IU School of Journalism
  • IU School of Law
  • IU School of Liberal Arts
  • IU School of Library and Information Science
  • IU School of Medicine
  • IU School of Nursing
  • IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management
  • IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Purdue School of Science
  • IU School of Social Work
  • IUPUI University College

Student Life

The Office of Student Involvement, true to its name, encourages students to become involved in one of the many student clubs or organizations available on campus.  IUPUI promotes the idea that each student should find his/her niche in the campus community to enrich the educational experience.  To that end, there are many fraternities and sororities available to students, as well as many intramural sports leagues, and more.

Athletics

The IUPUI "Jaguars" athletics teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Community Life

IUPUI is dedicated to its many programs involving students in civic engagement, and it has been recognized for its commitment to these efforts.  The IUPUI Center for Service and Learning offers many programs for community involvement that include volunteering with non-profit agencies, participation in a service learning course, voluntary work for political campaigns, employment in community work-study positions, and more.

Acceptance Rate

80.73

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

North Central University is a nonprofit private institution located in Minneapolis, MN and provides a large number of program options for students. The school's Assemblies of God Church affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's vision. North Central University has a yearly student enrollment of approximately 1,400. Students can choose from several areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Theology And Religious Vocations
  • Family And Consumer Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Business And Marketing Studies
Students applying for admission are usually required to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to apply to North Central University. Scores within the range of 19 - 25 on the ACT or 870 - 1170 on the SAT are required to increase your chances for getting accepted. This school has an admissions rate of around 71% of which only 53% decided to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here. The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $20,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's tuition calculator to identify their cost of attendance. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is around $3,400. Students at this school may qualify for aid which is usually grants and loans. The North Central University Rams participate in a number of athletic programs, overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs offered may include:
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
Students should visit the North Central University website to see a complete list of areas of study, financial aid details, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

89.89

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Lamar University, a public institution, offers an assortment of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Beaumont, TX, the campus resides in an urban setting for students to study in. About fourteen thousand students enroll at Lamar University annually. Here is a list of some of the popular programs Lamar University offers:

  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
To be considered for admissions, you may be asked to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. A SAT or ACT exam is required prior to applying, with scores in a range of 1250 to 1580 on the SAT and between 17 to 23 on the ACT is common among students admitted to this school. Approximately 50 percent of all applicant were admitted at this school, with 53 percent of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information on admissions can be found here. The cost of undergraduate tuition varies for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state residents pay nearly $8,900 and nonresidents pay $19,000 per year. Housing is available for students, and generally costs about $5,400 each year. Students at Lamar University may be eligible for aid which is typically loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The Lamar University Cardinals participate in several intercollegiate athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AA)
Students may visit the website to get a complete list of areas of study, student services, and more.

Acceptance Rate

83.81

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

What Colleges offer ASL Interpreting Degrees?

There are a number of accredited colleges and universities across the country that offer sign language degrees and certificates of completion. From community colleges near you to state universities, ASL interpreting degrees are available from a variety of higher education institutions.

To find the best ASL program for you, start with creating a priority list of your career objectives and educational goals. Our nationally acclaimed reference guide, The Complete Guide to the College Admissions Process, contains a number of resources to help you better understand what is best for you. After you determine what your priorities and objectives are, you will then create a short-list of quality colleges and universities to research further.

As a portal for nearly 8,000 colleges and universities, MatchCollege makes this process easier than ever to simply request information from top schools given your goals and personal priorities. Simply research the schools below or utilize our proprietary matching system here to get matched to the best college for you in sign language.

Educational Requirements in ASL

The study of American Sign Language can be accomplished through short certificate programs, or longer associate and bachelor degree programs. Graduate degrees are also available with more intensive study in language development and culture.

Individuals studying American Sign Language will learn the various rules, structures, grammar and syntax necessary to convey ideas and communicate with others. Individuals pursuing higher level degrees may obtain research or teaching positions.

As American Sign Language is used by a community of individuals who are unable to hear, individuals of normal hearing will be immersed in the culture and environment that has allowed for the development of the language.

Classes in a Sign Language Degree Program

The scope of classes involved in earning a college degree in sign language will depend greatly on the program selected. For example, a bachelors degree in sign language will require students to take a number of general education courses such as philosophy, math, English, and psychology often not found in certificate programs.

The core curriculum of a sign language degree will typically include the following types of classes:

  • Introduction to American Sign Language
  • Sign Language Practicum
  • Sign Language: Fingerspelling
  • Interpreting
  • ASL Linguistics
  • Communication Disorders
  • Perspectives on Deaf Culture
  • Math in Deaf Culture
  • ASL Literature
  • Deaf People and Community Resources
  • Case Studies in ASL
  • Deaf Literature
  • Basics of Interpreting
  • Psychology of Deafness
  • Language Structure of ASL
  • Comparative Linguistics
  • Transliteration
  • Sign to Voice Interpretation

Top Sign Language Degrees

The length of time it takes to earn an academic credential from an accredited college or university depends on the path you decide to take.  In other words, your choice of program will dictate how long you are in school working on your degree or certificate of specialization.

For example, an online certificate in ASL may last 8-12 weeks whereas an associate degree will take 2-years to complete and a bachelor degree in sign language will be a four-year program.  Each degree type will have pros and cons that need to be weighed against your priority list in order to make the best decision possible for your career after school.

Online Sign Language Degree

Online learning or distance learning is the fastest growing segment within higher education today.  With the benefits of learning independently plus schedule flexibility not found in college programs a generation ago, online college degree programs are expected to grow by leaps and bounds in the coming decade.

An online sign language degree can be obtained from an accredited college or university.  Simply locate the best college for you by using our online degree matching tool and get information from schools with a few clicks.  Online learning programs can either be synchronous or asynchronous.  Synchronous programs require all students in a class to be online at the same time covering the same material concurrently.

On the other hand, asynchronous learning modalities do not require students to be present at the same time in a more self-directed learning ecosystem.  Make sure you ask which type of program is available so you can make the best decision for your schedule and learning style.

Certificate in Sign Language

A certificate in sign language is designed to provide students with the essentials of ASL.  This means a hyper-focus on sign language with little to no time spent on interpreting or related programs in the field of sign language.

Certificate programs can be 8-12 week programs allowing students to gain proficiency in ASL while working.  Whether you are looking to upskill in sign language or enhance your learning in sign language, a certificate of specialization may be worth researching further.

Associate Degree in Sign Language

The associate degree in sign language is a more complete program than a certificate as they require students to take liberal arts classes along with core curriculum courses in sign language.  Liberal arts courses like psychology, math, and sociology require students to think differently about the world around them shown to help enhance overall student learning.

Students in an associate program will be exposed to ASL hand-gestures and finger spelling coupled with deaf culture and linguistics.  Associate degree programs are typically two-year programs for full-time students.  Certificates of specialization in interpreting are available in some degree tracks which can help improve your resume and ability to assist others in the workplace.

Bachelor Degree in Sign Language

Students looking for a well-rounded education in sign language and interpreting may consider a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sign Language or Sign Language Interpreting.  The mix of classroom lectures, seminars, case studies, and practicum courses provide students with a blend of theoretical and practical knowledge.

Many students elect to add a foreign language as a minor degree to this bachelor degree track to help interpret ASL to English or a native language for the benefit of those in the home or in the workplace.  The BA or BS programs in Sign Language are 4-year programs replete with general education classes and rigorous core curriculum in sign language studies.

Employment Opportunities in Sign Language

Careers with a degree in American Sign Language typically involve either educational opportunities or translation. Educational opportunities include establishing local classes to assist in the teaching of basic American Sign Language to collegiate level instruction. The growing interest in the development and usage of American Sign Language has lead to an increased desire for individuals to learn the language, thus teaching opportunities are available.

The more common career in translation may involve additional education or certification as a translator. The necessity for translators in American Sign Language has increased as technology has made it easier for translation across long distances to become possible. Individuals interested in a career as a translator should complete courses relating to the practice of translation due to the need of professionalism when conducting such translations.

Where Do ASL Graduates Work?

Students specializing in sign language, as a major or minor degree in college, will find a variety of employment opportunities in different sectors across the workplace. Examples of common work settings for a sign language specialist include:

  • Schools
  • Referral Agencies
  • School Districts
  • Private Counseling Offices
  • Public Corporations
  • State-based Social Work Agencies
  • Mental Health Care Facilities
  • Video-Relay Providers
  • Hospitals
  • Private Corporations
  • Non-Profit Organizations

Sign Language Career Outlook

An American Sign Language Educator will receive between $53,000 and $77,000 per year, depending on location, position and experience. Educators will work with the hearing impaired and individuals of normal hearing as part of their regular courses.

Alternatively, an American Sign Language Translator will receive between $41,000 and $52,000 per year, based on qualifications and experience. Translators are typically in high demand, particularly those individuals who may translate from and to American Sign Language as there are not many professionals in the field.

Resources for Sign Language Students

Individuals interested in American Sign Language may also be interested linguistics of American Sign Language, American Sign Language translation, or linguistics.  The NAD and the ASLTA provide members unique resources and tools to advance their respective careers in the industry.

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