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FAQ: What is a flagship university?

Postit What is a flagship universityThere is no official definition of what is a flagship university. In general, when people talk about flagship universities, they are referring to the most prominent public university of their state. It is usually the first public university that was established in the state and receives the most state support.

Gary Olson at The Chronicle of Higher Education offers the following definition: Continue reading

50-50 College Highlights: College of Charleston, Case Western, and University of St. Thomas

English: College of Charleston, 66 George Stre...
College of Charleston (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The College of Charleston in South Carolina has a School of Languages, Cultures and World affairs which includes International Studies as well as Classics.?  Marine Biology majors gain hands-on opportunities at the Grice Marine Laboratory including doing undergraduate summer research.?  Students?  develop leadership skills at the Ann and Lee Higdon Student Leadership Center?  through a variety of programs open to all majors including a free annual leadership conference. Continue reading

50-50 College List Highlights: University of Kentucky, Alfred University, and Providence College

Main building, University of Kentucky
Main building, University of Kentucky (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The University of Kentucky offers pre-veterinary students research and internship opportunities through the Gluck Equine Research Center. The Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering offers engineering students a certificate in Nano-Scale Engineering. College of Business students participate in the departmental Research Experience Program. Students in the College of Arts & Sciences are eligible for international travel grants. First-year students can participate in the Discovery Seminar Program as an alternative to the General Education requirement. Continue reading

50-50 College List Highlights: Saint Anselm College, North Central College, and University of North Carolina at Asheville

Saint Anselm College's Alumni Hall, built in 1...
Saint Anselm College's Alumni Hall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire is home to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics which provides students with a variety of opportunities. The school also has the Dana Center for the Humanities which is a premier performing arts center. All students take four Humanities courses as freshman and sophomore years in Portraits of Human Greatness. The college has an Undergraduate Research Scholar Program that supports summer research with graduate level faculty mentors the summer before their senior year.

North Central College in Illinois offers study abroad courses during a December term. Students can also participate in a Chicago Term which consists of two classes and an internship. Continue reading

50-50 College List Highlights: University of Denver, Drake University, and Saint Joseph’s University

Chamberlin Observatory
Chamberlin Observatory (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The University of Denver supports undergraduate research through its Partners in Scholarship program which includes funding. Cherrington Global Scholars are able to study abroad for the same cost as attending the University of Denver. Students have hands-on learning opportunities through the Mt. Evans Field Station, International Center for Journalism and New Media, and the Meyer-Womble Observatory.

The World Languages and Cultures Program at Drake University in Iowa is structured to have students learn to communicate in the language immediately. The J-Term program offers a variety of opportunities to explore areas students wouldn’t otherwise have time for. Continue reading

50-50 College List Highlights: Furman University, Butler University, and East Carolina University

Bell Tower at Furman University, Greenville, S...
Bell Tower at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Furman is a Liberal Arts University in South Carolina. Students can attend a assortment of conferences and lecture series at The Riley Institute at Furman. Furman provides a variety research programs through its Furman Advantage & Hipp Fellowship Programs.?  Students can major in multi-disciplinary majors including Neuroscience, Sustainability Science, and Asian Studies. According to its Common Data Set, the average merit award for freshman with no financial need was $18,012.

Butler University in Indiana sponsors an Annual Undergraduate Research Conference with 30 different institutions participating. Students at Butler can spend a semester in Washington DC or at other colleges in a student exchange program. Its Center for Urban Ecology manages an urban farm which provides internships and research opportunities for students. 21% of freshman have a high school GPA between 3.0 and 3.5. Butler doesn’t list its financial aid section of the Common Data Set. Continue reading

50-50 College List Highlights: Loyola University, Pittsburg State, and Rose-Human Institute of Technology

The front of the Sellinger School
The front of the Sellinger School (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Loyola University is a Jesuit institution in Maryland. The Sellinger Scholars program is an honors program for business administration. The School of Education has the oldest Montessori Institute accredited training center in North America. The Hauber Fellowships offers summer research in the sciences along with housing and a stipend. The Center for the Humanities funds summer fellowships for scholarly or creative projects in the humanities for undergraduates.

Pittsburg State University in Kansas offers business students Jungle Journeys to develop professional and personal skills for success. Students in the College of Technology benefit from the Kansas Technology Center which allows hands-on learning on the most up-to-date equipment. Continue reading

States with Highest Representation at Elite Colleges

United States
United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It seems to me that one of the appeals of attending a nationally recognized college would be to interact with other students from across the nation. And from a more cynical perspective, it allows that school to be “nationally” recognized.

Out of curiosity, I downloaded the “residence and migration of first-time freshman” from the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) database for a select number of colleges. I picked the colleges based on general prominence and an eye to geographic diversity–no sort of scientific rational involved. Continue reading

50-50 College List Highlights: Sonoma State, Rollins College, and University of Idaho

View of Rollins College from Lake Virginia
View of Rollins College from Lake Virginia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rollins College is a Liberal Arts College in Florida. It has a strong International Learning program including a London Internship and Australian Studies Program. Students benefit from public lectures and visiting experts at the Winter Park Institute. Students in the Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program are expected to complete graduate level research and produce a peer-reviewed publication.

Sonoma State University in California contains the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies which offers an integrated humanities program as an alternative to the General Education requirements. The Wine Business Institute offers a BS in Wine Business Strategies. Students in anthropology, archaeology, local history, and ethnography gain hands-on experiences in the Anthropological Studies Center. The Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Analysis provides students with the opportunity to work on research and service contracts. Continue reading

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