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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. + Read More

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. + Read More

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. + Read More

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. + Read More

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. + Read More

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. + Read More

50-50 College List Highlights: Lycoming College, Linfield College, Towson University

Photograph of Long Hall at Lycoming College
Photograph of Long Hall at Lycoming College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lycoming College is a Liberal Arts College?  in Pennsylvania. The Institute for Management Studies provides a hands-on approach to business education with special international programs.?  Students interested in the environment can do internships and study projects with the Clean Water Institute. The Center for the Study of Community and Economy allows students to produce original, applied research.

Linfield College is a small, all undergraduate college in Oregon. It has a January Term that offers study abroad opportunities.?  Linfield was one of the country’s top producers of Fulbright scholars in 2006 and 2010, with 22 scholarships awarded in the last 12 years (six in the past two years). Students can participate in the Linfield Research Institute which has promoted student and faculty research since 1955. + Read More

50-50 College List Highlights: Spring Hill College, Seattle University, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Stewartfield (c. 1850) at the end of its alley...
Stewartfield (c. 1850) on the Spring Hill College Campus in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Spring Hill College is a small Jesuit?  College in Mobile, Alabama.?  You can experience social justice travel at its Italy Center in Bologna. They have established a new LEAP Program for freshman that focuses on Five LEAP Themes to build community.

The Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public institution located in Rolla, Missouri with 15 accredited undergraduate engineering programs. Mining majors and explosive engineering minors gain hands on experience with a university operated experimental mine.?  Students interested in nuclear engineering have access to the on-campus nuclear research reactor for students. The university offers a variety of opportunities for undergraduate research. + Read More

50-50 College List Highlights: Birmingham Southern College, Hope College, and Iowa State University

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Iowa State University (Photo credit: Wikipedia, Johannes Cater)

I found three colleges especially interesting last week in my 50-50 College Profiles. Iowa State University, as you would expect, has some very impressive agricultural related programs including its BioCentury Research Farm which has integrated research and demonstration for biomass production and processing. But they have more than just agriculture. Majors in the College of Design, including Architecture, Graphic Design, and Landscape Architecture, can take a semester abroad in its Rome Program. Iowa State offers various undergraduate summer research opportunities including a 10 week program in Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy. Undergraduates can participate in over 80 learning communities including Business Learning Teams, Microbiology, and Music. + Read More

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