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College Search Websites: Introduction

Man looking at web pagesIf you were to visit the major college search websites, you would conclude that people have just a few considerations when choosing a college. Based on the search options common to eight of the most popular websites, students want to be able to pick a college based on its location, the location’s setting, size, tuition, selectivity, test scores, majors, whether it’s a community college or four-year institution,  and if it’s public or private. + Read More

What Do College Softball Coaches Want?

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I looked up the college softball recruiting questionnaires for the top 12 rated D1 softball programs in the country. Why 12? It was going to be 10 but apparently the University of Texas and the University of Arizona don’t bother with such things so we don’t know what they want. Talk about “don’t call us, we’ll call you.” Another interesting tidbit is that all of the University of Texas recruiting information (such as is available) is under the department of compliance. Very interesting. + Read More

50-50 Profile: Southwestern University

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Southwestern University-Private
Georgetown, Texas
1,535 (all undergraduates)
Does College Size Matter?
2012, 2013, 2014

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2013-14 Accepted: 52%
4 Year Graduation Rate: 65%
5 Year Graduation Rate: 70%
Why YOU Should Care About College Graduation Rates

FINANCES
2013-14 Total Expenses: $49,090
Average Net Price 12-13: $24,691
Freshman Non-Federal Loans: 9%
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5 Things to Know About Paying for College Before You Apply

75th PERCENTILE TEST SCORES
SAT Critical Reading: 640
SAT Math: 640
ACT: 29
The Truth About Scholarships

Common Data Set
Percent Freshman not in top quarter of class: 28%
Percent Freshman with GPA <3.50: not reported
Percent of Freshman Need Met: 87%
Percent of Non-Need Freshman Receiving Awards: 31.2%
Average Freshman Non-Need Award: $18,874

Class Schedule: Yes
Shows Class Capacity: Yes
Student to Faculty Ratios: Should they be part of your college rankings?

Athletics
NCAA D3, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

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Reasons to consider Southwestern University:
Paideia Program
The Catalyst Leadership Program
National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education
Environmentalist Abroad
The Writers Voice
King Creativity Fund
Shilling Lectures

Top Colleges for Business Majors

College of Business signWhich colleges are graduating the most students with majors in business excluding specialty schools?  I looked at schools with at least a 49% or better four-year graduation rate because “graduating” is an important part of this question. In terms of absolute numbers, the top 15 are pretty much large universities, almost all public universities with two exceptions, Indiana Wesleyan University and Bentley University.

Not surprisingly, these two universities are on the list of the top 15 institutions with the highest percentage of graduates with business majors.  These 15 colleges were all private and tended to be on the small size with Indiana Wesleyan University being the largest at just under 10,000 full-time undergraduates. The percentage of business majors ranged from 41% to 95% at Bentley University. + Read More

50-50 Profile: Sewanee-The University of the South

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Sewanee The University of the South-Private
Sewanee, Tennessee
1,701 (1,620 undergraduates)
Does College Size Matter?
2012, 2013, 2014

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2013-14 Accepted: 60%
4 Year Graduation Rate: 74%
5 Year Graduation Rate: 78%
Why YOU Should Care About College Graduation Rates

FINANCES
2013-14 Total Expenses: $49,700
Average Net Price 12-13: $25,994
Freshman Non-Federal Loans: 0%
Net Price Calculator
5 Things to Know About Paying for College Before You Apply

75th PERCENTILE TEST SCORES
SAT Critical Reading: 670
SAT Math: 650
ACT: 30
The Truth About Scholarships

Common Data Set
Percent Freshman not in top quarter of class: 34%
Percent Freshman with GPA <3.50: 39.5%
Percent of Freshman Need Met: 93.9%
Percent of Non-Need Freshman Receiving Awards: 20.5%
Average Freshman Non-Need Award: $9,984

Class Schedule: Yes
Shows Class Capacity: Yes
Student to Faculty Ratios: Should they be part of your college rankings?

Athletics
NCAA D3, Southern Athletic Association

Sewanee the university of the south athletic teams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons to consider Sewanee The University of the South (learn more):
Located on 13,000 acres referred to as the Domain
Biehl International Research Fellowships
Sewanee Environmental Institute
Yale Directed Research Program
Theatre Semester in New York
Haiti Institute in Sewanee
Babson Center for Global Commerce
Environmental Residents
Center for Religion and Environment
Landscape Analysis Lab
Island Ecology Program
Italian, French, German, Spanish, and Russian Houses

States with Highest Representation at Elite Colleges

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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. + Read More

Are college grad rates “bad data?”

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What data are you supposed to use?

There is a guest post on College Inc by Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, arguing that college graduation rates are bad data.

No, they aren’t.

To crib from the gun rights advocates, the information isn’t bad, it’s how it’s being used that is bad. For some reason, Ms. McGuire seems to think that people are using graduation rates to decide if Harvard or Trinity Washington is a better school. + Read More