College Admissions: 5 Colleges Where Summer Never Ends
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
1. University of Miami
2. University of Hawaii-Manoa
Goodbye mainland US, aloha Honolulu. This 300-acre campus in the heart of the city is home to 13,000 undergrads and has a student to professor ratio of just 14:1. It holds the rare distinction of being a land-, sea-, and space-grant research institution. Funding for the sciences and engineering is abundant and impressive. The study of languages and cultures is also an area of strength on this diverse campus that attracts students from all over the world. With an out-of-state total cost of just $34,000 a year, University of Hawaii-Manoa is certainly a “best buy” among US colleges.
3. University of California-Santa Cruz
If Gidget had gone to college, it probably would have been at UC Santa Cruz. Built in 1965 on a 2,000 acre ranch overlooking Monterrey Bay, the campus is quintessential California. The 15,000 students here are an eclectic mix of scientists and poets. Academics and research are enhanced by “advising clusters” and the university takes a very interactive and new age approach to learning. The official mascot is a banana slug and sports are not a priority on campus-unless you count surfing. But if 1960s hippie meets 2011 hipster is your style, Santa Cruz is for you.
High on the cliffs, overlooking the Pacific ocean and beaches of Malibu, the Pepperdine campus is among the most beautiful in the country. With about 3,500 undergraduates, this Christian college is focused on producing well-educated leaders with a sense of commitment to helping others. Business and international studies are popular majors on campus, as are the arts. Despite its Malibu location and proximity to downtown LA, this is not a college for surfers or star gazers; just 40% of applicants are accepted, so good grades are essential.
5. University of Arizona-Tucson
If dry heat, beautiful cactuses and the adobe flecked desert of the southwest sound like paradise, consider the University of Arizona. Located in a residential area of Tucson, this campus of 30,000 students is both big and beautiful. It boasts the nation’s largest honors college and some winning D1 sports teams. Resources at such a large school are plentiful and include state of the art environmental laboratories, great engineering and nursing programs and outstanding art facilities.
Cristiana Quinn, M.Ed. is the founder of College Admission Advisors, LLC which provides strategic college counseling, SAT prep and athletic recruiting services www.collegeadvisorsonline.com.
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