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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HISPANIC AND LATINO STUDENTS

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College enrollment rates are rising among Hispanic men and women in the United States. Recent data from the Pew Research Center shows that 2.2 million Hispanics between the ages of 18 and 24 were enrolled in a two-year or four-year degree program in 2015; this figure represents a threefold increase since 1993. This rise in postsecondary attendance is largely attributable to the nation’s growing Hispanic population and a sharp decline in the high school dropout rate among this demographic. According to the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), the percentage of college students who identify as Hispanic rose from 4% to 15% between 1976 and 2012. Hispanic students reached a new milestone in 2012 when, for the first time, Hispanic high school graduates enrolled in college at a higher rate than their Caucasian counterparts. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates one in four college students will identify as Hispanic by 2020.

MINORITY STUDENT ENROLLMENT 1976-2012

MINORITY STUDENT ENROLLMENT 1976-2012

Persistent educational challenges continue to affect the Hispanic community, however. Many college-bound Hispanic men and women come from low-income families, and tuition rates for in-state students at public universities have risen 296% over the past 20 years. Consequently, many of these students are forced to absorb student loans to afford their degree. These loans carry steep monthly minimum payments and interest rates that can affect borrowers for decades.

TUITION GROWTH AT NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES

TUITION GROWTH AT NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES

Pew Research data shows that 22% of Hispanic students have outstanding student debt. While this is the lowest rate of debt among student racial groups, it should be noted that nearly half of all Hispanic students complete their education at a two-year community or technical college. These programs tend to be significantly less expensive than four-year programs, but they are also less likely to help students secure meaningful post-college employment. As of 2015, only 15% of Hispanics aged 25 to 29 held a bachelor’s degree in any subject.

FAMILY NEEDS

Family obligations present another challenge to Hispanic learners. A 2015 survey by the National Journal found that two-thirds of Hispanic men and women who sought full-time work or joined the military after high school claimed to have done so in order to financially support their loved ones. By comparison, only 39% of white men and women who bypassed college made the same claim.

FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS

First-generation Hispanic college students face additional obstacles. The percentage of first-generation students at all U.S. postsecondary four-year institutions fell from 38.5% to below 16% between 1971 and 2005, according to a report from UCLA. A study by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) further estimates that up to half of Latino parents have not received any postsecondary education. Many educational experts agree that parents without a college background are unable to fully prepare their children for the rigorous academics and the social pressures of institutionalized higher education. “Without family background in the college experience,” the study notes, “these students may find it difficult to fully engage in college life, which can lead them to drop out and not complete a degree.”

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

Language barriers are another factor. Hispanics made up 46% of all U.S. immigrants in 2013, according to data from the Migration Policy Institute, and the National Education Association (NEA) notes that roughly 80% of the country’s English Language Learners (ELLs) identify as Hispanic. Despite a widespread emphasis on English instruction in U.S. public schools, however, less than 20% of k-12 ELL students earn average or above-average reading comprehension scores. Furthermore, up to 10% of ELL students between the ages of 12 and 18 are forced to repeat a grade every year. The lack of English speakers in the home is a major reason for these trends.

CHILDREN OF MIGRANT WORKERS

Another underrepresented group are the children of Hispanic migrant workers. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education’s Migrant Education Program serves approximately 345,000 Hispanic students between the ages of three and 21. The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) offers financial support for college freshmen, along with five-year tuition grants, but because migrant families are constantly on the move, these students often perform poorly in the classroom and their secondary school dropout rates are higher than non-migrant students.

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Roughly 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year. The U.S. Department of Education guarantees public education for undocumented children through grade 12. Additionally, there are no federal or state laws prohibiting undocumented men and women from applyng to, enrolling in, and graduating from public or private colleges. A survey by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) found that 32% of public postsecondary institutions admitted undocumented student applicants.

However, many schools categorize undocumented students as “foreign”, thus making them ineligible for both federal financial aid and in-state reduced tuition rates. The Obama administration has introduced a bill known as the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act that would create a college pathway for undocumented students by providing them with permanent residency. However, the DREAM Act has yet to receive congressional approval as of April, 2016.

DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS

Students in the U.S. must be permanent residents before they can receive federal financial aid. Most immigrants earn permanent residency by applying for a Green Card, but current laws stipulate that undocumented citizens are unable to take this path; they must instead leave the United States and apply for permanent residency from a consulate office in their home country.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, seeks to ease college admission challenges for undocumented students. Under DACA, undocumented children who enter the U.S. prior to age 16 receive “deferred action status” and are categorized as DACA Students. They may also be able to obtain a social security number (SSN). While DACA students are still ineligible for federal financial aid, those with a valid SSN are able to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and they may receive state- or institution-sponsored funding.

DACA students may also qualify for reduced in-state tuition, although discounted rates are often available. A total of 18 U.S. states currently offer provisions for undocumented students to receive discounted in-state tuition. These include: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, and Washington. In contrast, three states have barred reduced in-state tuition for undocumented students: Arizona, Georgia, and Indiana. The remaining 29 states are classified as unstipulated.

Undocumented students should meet with their high school career counselor to discuss financial aid options for college. Most DACA students with a valid SSN are urged to complete a FAFSA in order to learn about state- and institution-based financial aid options. The Department of Education offers the following tips for DACA students who wish to fill out a FAFSA:

HOW TO FILL OUT THE FAFSA AS AN UNDOCUMENTED STUDENT

  • The FAFSA does account for the citizenship status of the applicant’s parents, but the form requests the SSNs of both parents. Applicants must write in 000-00-0000 for the SSN for any undocumented parent or legal guardian.

  • Applicants will encounter the following question: “Are you a U.S. citizen?” Undocumented students must check the box for “No, I am not a citizen or eligible noncitizen.”

  • There are also questions inquiring about the “legal state of residence” for the applicant and their parents. The correct answer will vary, as each U.S. state has different requirements for legal state residency. Applicants should consult their on-campus career counselor before completing this section.

  • The online FAFSA form features an IRS Data Retrieval tool that allows applicants to submit their tax information and their parents’ tax information. If the applicant or their parents did not file an income tax return during the previous year, then tax information may be entered manually.

HISPANIC-SERVING INSTITUTIONS

The Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) program was enacted through Title V of the Higher Education Act. HSI status is conferred on not-for-profit postsecondary institutions where at least 25% of full-time students identify as Hispanic. Under Title V, eligible HSIs can receive grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). Grant funding is then used to build on-campus resources and bolster support services for Hispanic students. Today, HSIs are represented by the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU); although HACU members comprise only 10% of U.S. postsecondary institutions, these colleges and universities are home to more than two-thirds of the nation’s Hispanic student population.

The rising number of HSIs in the U.S. directly correlates with the increasing number of Hispanic students enrolling in accredited college programs. There were 245 recognized HSIs in 2005, and as of 2014-15, there were 435 recognized HSIs that collectively enrolled more than 1.8 million students. The states with the most HSIs are California with 152, Texas with 78, Florida with 24, and New Mexico with 23. Additionally, Puerto Rico has 63 recognized HSIs.

latin_scholarships_guide-copyscholarship is a monetary gift for students to use for funding their postsecondary education. Scholarships do not need to be paid back, making them a desirable alternative to student loans. Scholarships may be used to pay for education-related costs including tuition, books, and other course materials. Some scholarships may also be used to cover food, room-and-board, laundry, and day-to-day expenses.

Thousands of different scholarships are available. Merit-based scholarships are typically given to students with high GPAs or an extensive record of community service. Other scholarships may be allotted to certain groups of people, including women or minority students. There are also scholarship options for students who demonstrate financial need.

In order to qualify for most scholarships, students must first complete an application. While the nature of these applications will vary by award, most will include the following general criteria:

  • Grades/Transcripts: Most scholarships (merit- and non-merit-based) require a minimum GPA for consideration; this minimum is usually 2.5 or higher. Additionally, some impose minimum scores on the SAT, ACT, or other college admissions tests.
  • Essay: Many scholarships require applicants to complete an original written testimonial explaining why they deserve the award.
  • Letters of Recommendation: A scholarship application may ask for letters of recommendation from teachers, school counselors, former employers, and other people who have interacted with the student in an educational or professional environment. These letters should not come from friends, relatives, or family acquaintances.
  • College Information: Many scholarships will only award money to applicants who have enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited postsecondary institution within the following year. Some are only allotted to students who plan to pursue certain fields of study.
  • Other Financial Aid: For needs-based scholarships, applicants may need to prove they are not receiving federal financial aid, additional scholarships, grants, or other forms of monetary support.

HERE ARE A FEW EXPERT PIECES OF ADVICE FOR FILLING OUT SCHOLARSHIP FORMS:

  • Begin your scholarship search during your freshman year of high school and compile an organized, comprehensive list of options before your senior year. Earning scholarship funding is essentially a numbers game; the more scholarships you apply to, the more financial support you’re likely to receive.
  • Apply to every scholarship award for which you are eligible. Smaller scholarships are generally less competitive, and these awards can increase your overall support.
  • Fill out all applications in pencil and be sure to proofread each section for misspelled words, grammatical errors, and awkward phrasing.
  • Essays should be personal and heartfelt. Applicants should take this opportunity to demonstrate their writing skills and speak directly to the scholarship committee; be as expressive and direct as possible.
  • If an online option is unavailable, submit your application to the scholarship committee by direct mail. In either case, be sure to keep a copy for your records in case the original application is not received.
  • Be mindful of deadlines and make sure every application has been finished and submitted before its due date.

EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES

Students who are unfamiliar with scholarship applications should seek advice from educational experts. Here are a few online resources for scholarship applicants to peruse:

QuestBridge: This organization provides assistance and support to low-income and underprivileged men and women with college aspirations. QuestBridge’s website features links to more than a dozen scholarship databases.

FastWeb!: This comprehensive financial aid database allows users to customize scholarship criteria in order to generate a list of applicable awards.

ScholarshipAmerica.com: This organization “works to engage private sector support for programs and policies that advance equity in postsecondary education.” Their site links to 15 government-sponsored and private financial aid databases.

CareerInfo.net: The scholarship aggregator on this U.S. government-sponsored site lets users customize scholarship options by award type, education level, state of residence, and award sponsor.

BigFuture: CollegeBoard’s customizable scholarship aggregator allows users to browse more than 2,200 scholarships, internships, and other financial aid opportunities.

Some of the most common scholarships include:

Colleges and Universities: Most postsecondary institutions offer scholarships to current and prospective undergraduate and graduate students. Many scholarships are specific to major fields of study or offered exclusively to students in certain gender or minority groups.

Foundations: Students should explore scholarship opportunities through established businesses and professional organizations affiliated with their proposed field of study. Other foundational awards are available through women’s or minority rights advocacy groups.

Local Community Organizations: Scholarships are often offered through community-based groups such as churches, youth centers, rotary clubs, and chambers of commerce. While these awards tend to be smaller in monetary value, they are also typically less competitive than national or statewide scholarships.

2017 Best Cities for Summer Internships

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Landing an internship is one of the best ways to get a head start on your career. In fact, a recent study from iCIMS showed that 70% of employers and recruiters say an internship is more important than a high GPA on a new grad’s resume.

But some places are definitely better than others when it comes to finding an internship. Students might find cities with more access to public transportation useful. And it’s hard to justify moving for an unpaid or low-pay internship to a city where rent is astronomical.

Those are just two of the metrics GoodCall analysts used to rank the 2017 Best Cities for Summer Internships. These are cities that have a high number of available internships per capita, where cost of living is reasonable and crime isn’t rampant. They’re also generally nice places to live, with abundant restaurants, bars and other amenities.

The top 10 Best Cities for Summer Internships were:

  1. Morgantown, W.V.
  2. Greenville, S.C.
  3. West Des Moines, Iowa
  4. Naples, Fla.
  5. Neenah, Wisc.
  6. Charlottesville, Va.
  7. Asheville, N.C.
  8. Golden Valley, Minn.
  9. Salt Lake City, Utah
  10. Portsmouth, N.H.

Morgantown, a city of just over 30,000, had the 12th highest internships per capita, eighth most restaurants per capita, a skilled workforce, and median rent for less than $600. The city in northeastern West Virginia is a college town – home to West Virginia University – and it sits on the eastern side of the Monongahela River.

The cities in the top 10% of the list were spread across the country, but many of the lowest ranked cities were in California and Texas. Top cities also tended to be a bit smaller: The top 10% average about 89,000 residents, while the bottom 10% averages over 103,000.

View the full list.

Methodology

Analysts ranked 1,122 cities based on 11 metrics to indicate areas that are great for students. Here’s breakdown of the score:

Potential for Students to Get a High-Quality Internship

25% – Number of Available Internships per 10,000 people. Data came from Indeed. using Indeed’s “internship” filter.

10% – Networking Potential. Data represents the number of firms per 1,000 people from the Economic Census 2012 Geographic Area Series. In cities where data wasn’t available, county-level data was used instead.

10% – Skilled Workforce. The percentage of the civilian employed workforce age 16 and older in management, business, science, and arts occupations from American Community Survey 2015 1-year supplemental estimates.

5% – Unemployment. Data came from the American Community Survey 2015 1-year supplemental estimates for residents age 16 and older.

Affordability

10% – Cost of Living. Costs include housing, groceries, health care, and other metrics, from Sperling’s best places 2016 data by city.

10% – Rent. The median gross rent from one-bedroom renter-occupied housing units paying rent from the ACS 2015 5-year estimates.

10% – Commute Time. Data shows the percentage of workers who do not work at home whose commute is less than 30 minutes, from the American Community Survey 1-year supplemental estimates.

5% – Public Transportation. The percentage of workers age 16 and older who commute to work using public transportation, from the 2015 American Community Survey 1-year supplemental estimates.

Nice Place for Students

5% – Restaurants and Bars. Metric shows the number of food and drinking places per 1,000 people, from the Economic Census 2012 Geographic Area Series by economic place. In places where city data wasn’t available, county-level data was used.

5% – Amenities. The number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities per 1,000 people, from the Economic Census 2012 Geographic Area Series by economic place. If city data wasn’t available, county-level data was used.

5% – Crime. The number of crimes per 1,000 residents, from the FBI 2015 data for cities.

International Graduates Winning Right to Work in U.S.

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International Graduates Winning Right to Work in U.S. - Topadmit

Study shows approvals have gone up for “optional practical training” of up to three years. Students from China and India account for more than half of those winning the prized approvals.

Many international students who enroll at colleges in the United States long to get jobs in the U.S. after they graduate. And while there is no right to do so on the basis of student visas, a program that allows such employment — and whose future is unclear during the Trump administration — is growing.

The Pew Research Center on Thursday released data showing that the annual number of “optional practical training” approvals rose from 28,497 in 2008 to 136,617 in 2014. The OPT rights are a major incentive for students from some countries to enroll at American colleges. And some American experts on enrollment trends believe that uncertainty about OPT’s future could be discouraging some international students from enrolling.

In many ways, the OPT program is consistent with some of what President Trump has said about visas, which is that they should favor those who want to work in high-demand fields. The OPT program favors those who work in science and technology fields, as visas for them can last for three years after graduation. For others, the program only lasts one year. But as the Trump administration’s policies on immigration are fluid, many remain nervous about what could happen to the program.

STEM graduates are nearly half (49 percent) of those approved for OPT in the last three years. Since those in STEM can stay longer, the share of OPT visa holders in science and technology jobs continues to rise. By far, the top countries of origin for those winning OPT visas are India and China.

At the universities for which graduates have the most success at obtaining OPT, thousands have won them in recent years.

Top 10 Universities Whose Graduates Won OPT Visas, 2012-15

Rank University Number
1. University of Southern California 7,485
2. Columbia University 7,116
3. New York University 5,260
4. Carnegie Mellon University 4,485
5. City University of New York 4,329
6. University of Illinois 4,247
7. University of Michigan 4,216
8. Northeastern University 4,076
9. University of Texas at Dallas 4,039
10. University of Florida 3,742

By Scott Jaschik May 19, 2017

What colleges are still accepting applications? [Updated May 18]

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High school seniors, stay on track for your Fall 2017 college applications with this deadline schedule for the 2017/2018 academic year. Be sure to confirm the dates with the schools directly. There are currently 444 colleges still accepting applications with 38 having admission deadlines closing within the next thirty days. 399 schools’ application deadlines have past and are now closed for new applicants for the Fall term. 

May Applications Due

May 31, 2017 application deadlines. You have 13 days left to apply.
American Jewish University May 31, 2017 13 DAYS 
Bard College at Simon’s Rock May 31, 2017 13 DAYS
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice May 31, 2017 13 DAYS
Kean University May 31, 2017 13 DAYS
University of Nevada Reno May 31, 2017 13 DAYS

June Applications Due

June 1, 2017 application deadlines. You have 14 days left to apply.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
Azusa Pacific University Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
Central Connecticut State University Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
Clark Atlanta University Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
Fisk University Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
Hendrix College Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
Jacksonville University Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
Keystone College Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
North Central University Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
North Park University Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
Northwest College of Art Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
Ohio State University Mansfield Campus Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
Ohio State University Marion Campus Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
Ohio State University Newark Campus Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
Paul Quinn College Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
Prairie View A & M University Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
The University of Texas at San Antonio Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
University of Washington Tacoma Campus Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
University of West Georgia Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
William Paterson University of New Jersey Jun 1, 2017 14 DAYS
June 3, 2017 application deadlines. You have 16 days left to apply.
Liberty University Jun 3, 2017 16 DAYS
June 7, 2017 application deadlines. You have 20 days left to apply.
The College of Saint Thomas More Jun 7, 2017 20 DAYS
June 15, 2017 application deadlines. You have 28 days left to apply.
Alabama A & M University Jun 15, 2017 28 DAYS
Central Bible College Jun 15, 2017 28 DAYS
Metropolitan State University Jun 15, 2017 28 DAYS
Regis College Jun 15, 2017 28 DAYS
Saint Bonaventure University Jun 15, 2017 28 DAYS
University of Alaska Anchorage Jun 15, 2017 28 DAYS
University of Alaska Fairbanks Jun 15, 2017 28 DAYS
University of the District of Columbia Jun 15, 2017 28 DAYS
Valdosta State University Jun 15, 2017 28 DAYS
June 17, 2017 application deadlines. You have 30 days left to apply.
Georgia Gwinnett College Jun 17, 2017 30 DAYS
June 30, 2017 application deadlines. You have 43 days left to apply.
Art Academy of Cincinnati Jun 30, 2017 OPEN
Bethune Cookman University Jun 30, 2017 OPEN
Columbus State University Jun 30, 2017 OPEN
Presbyterian College Jun 30, 2017 OPEN
The University of West Florida Jun 30, 2017 OPEN
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Jun 30, 2017 OPEN
Virginia Union University Jun 30, 2017 OPEN
Wilberforce University Jun 30, 2017 OPEN

July Applications Due

July 1, 2017 application deadlines. You have 44 days left to apply.
Alaska Bible College Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Albany State University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Alice Lloyd College Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Anderson University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Bethany Lutheran College Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Bryn Athyn College of the New Church Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Central Michigan University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Cincinnati Christian University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Clayton State University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Coastal Carolina University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
College for Creative Studies Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Concordia University Portland Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Dalton State College Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Dillard University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Dominican University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Duquesne University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Harding University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Harris Stowe State University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Iowa State University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Longy School of Music Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Marymount College Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Mercer University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Mercy College of Health Sciences Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Metropolitan State College of Denver Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Millsaps College Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Missouri University of Science and Technology Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Montana State University Billings Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Northeastern Illinois University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Northern Kentucky University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Our Lady of the Lake College Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Paine College Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Pennsylvania College of Technology Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Piedmont College Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Robert Morris University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Saint Augustines College Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Southeast Missouri State University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Southern Polytechnic State University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Southern University and A & M College Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Southern University at New Orleans Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Texas A & M International University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
The University of Texas at Brownsville Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
The University of Texas at Dallas Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Unity College Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
University of Akron Main Campus Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
University of Hawaii at Hilo Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
University of Houston Downtown Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
University of Memphis Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
University of Nevada Las Vegas Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Winthrop University Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
Xavier University of Louisiana Jul 1, 2017 OPEN
July 6, 2017 application deadlines. You have 49 days left to apply.
Northwestern State University of Louisiana Jul 6, 2017 OPEN
July 7, 2017 application deadlines. You have 50 days left to apply.
Ohio State University Lima Campus Jul 7, 2017 OPEN
July 15, 2017 application deadlines. You have 58 days left to apply.
Averett University Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Bowling Green State University Main Campus Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Coppin State University Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Divine Word College Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Elmhurst College Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Florida Christian College Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Fort Valley State University Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Lincoln University Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Mount Angel Seminary Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Philander Smith College Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Savannah State University Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Spring Hill College Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
SUNY at Purchase College Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Texas Woman’s University Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
The College of Idaho Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
University of Wisconsin Parkside Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
Watkins College of Art Design & Film Jul 15, 2017 OPEN
July 16, 2017 application deadlines. You have 59 days left to apply.
Macon State College Jul 16, 2017 OPEN
July 20, 2017 application deadlines. You have 63 days left to apply.
Missouri State University Springfield Jul 20, 2017 OPEN
July 21, 2017 application deadlines. You have 64 days left to apply.
Georgia Southwestern State University Jul 21, 2017 OPEN
July 25, 2017 application deadlines. You have 68 days left to apply.
Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary Jul 25, 2017 OPEN
Berry College Jul 25, 2017 OPEN
University of New Orleans Jul 25, 2017 OPEN
July 28, 2017 application deadlines. You have 71 days left to apply.
Regent University Jul 28, 2017 OPEN
July 30, 2017 application deadlines. You have 73 days left to apply.
Shaw University Jul 30, 2017 OPEN
July 31, 2017 application deadlines. You have 74 days left to apply.
Allen University Jul 31, 2017 OPEN
Conception Seminary College Jul 31, 2017 OPEN
Fresno Pacific University Jul 31, 2017 OPEN
Patten University Jul 31, 2017 OPEN
South Carolina State University Jul 31, 2017 OPEN
The University of Texas at El Paso Jul 31, 2017 OPEN
Trinity College of Florida Jul 31, 2017 OPEN
Trinity Washington University Jul 31, 2017 OPEN

August Applications Due

August 1, 2017 application deadlines. You have 75 days left to apply.
Alaska Pacific University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Alfred University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Auburn University at Montgomery Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Barclay College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Belmont Abbey College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Belmont University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Bethel College North Newton Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Blackburn College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Bloomfield College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Bob Jones University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Boise Bible College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Brevard College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Brewton Parker College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Campbellsville University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Cardinal Stritch University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Carson Newman College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Centenary College of Louisiana Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Central Christian College of the Bible Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Central State University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Chatham University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Coker College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Colorado Christian University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Colorado State University Pueblo Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Columbia College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Columbia International University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Columbus College of Art and Design Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Concordia University Saint Paul Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Concordia University Seward Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Converse College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Corban University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Delta State University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
DeSales University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Dordt College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Drury University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Eastern Kentucky University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Elizabeth City State University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Emmanuel College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Eureka College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Ferris State University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Florida College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Fort Lewis College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Georgetown College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Goshen College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Hastings College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Heidelberg University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Hollins University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Huntington University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Husson University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Jackson State University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Jarvis Christian College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Johnson University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Kansas City Art Institute Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Kentucky Christian University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Lamar University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Lane College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Maharishi University of Management Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Marian University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Martin Methodist College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
McPherson College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Mid Continent University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
MidAmerica Nazarene University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Midland University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Milligan College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Minnesota State University Moorhead Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Muskingum University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
New Hope Christian College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Niagara University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
North Carolina Central University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
North Dakota State University Main Campus Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Northern Illinois University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Northwestern College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Northwood University Michigan Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Northwood University Texas Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Nova Southeastern University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Oklahoma Baptist University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Olivet Nazarene University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Pacific Northwest College of Art Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Presentation College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Purdue University Calumet Campus Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Regis University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Rosemont College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Saint Cloud State University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Sam Houston State University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Schreiner University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Shimer College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Southeastern Louisiana University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Southwestern Christian College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Southwestern College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Spring Arbor University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Stephens College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Tarleton State University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Tennessee State University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Tennessee Technological University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Texas Lutheran University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Texas Tech University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
The Baptist College of Florida Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
The University of Tennessee Martin Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Thomas More College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Trine University Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Truett McConnell College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
Union College Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
University of Alaska Southeast Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
University of Arkansas Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
University of Hawaii West Oahu Aug 1, 2017 OPEN
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2,056 Accepted to Harvard Class of 2021

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Dean Fitzsimmons

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67.

UPDATED: March 31, 2017 at 1:21 a.m. 

Harvard admitted 5.2 percent of applicants to the College’s Class of 2021 Thursday, accepting 2,056 students of the nearly 40,000 applicants and posting an acceptance rate roughly equal to that of last year.

Harvard offered 1,118 students admission to the College Thursday through the regular application process. They join 938 applicants who were notified of their acceptance last December under the early action program into the Class of 2021.

After receiving a record 39,506 applications, the College’s acceptance rate is marginally lower than that of the previous year—5.20 percent this year, versus 5.22 percent for the Class of 2020.

The pool of accepted students represents a small decrease in total percentage of minorities from previous years, with largest decreases in Latino admits—from 12.7 percent for the Class of 2020 to 11.6 percent for the Class of 2021—and Native American admits, from 2.2 percent to 1.9 percent.

Certain racial groups, however, did see increased representation. African American students make up a record-high 14.6 percent of admitted students, an increase from 14.0 percent last year.

Amid a lawsuit alleging that Harvard discriminates against Asian American students in its undergraduate admissions processes, Asian American students make up a 22.2 percent of the admitted class, up marginally from a then record-high 22.1 percent last year.

Students who will be the first in their family to attend college comprise 15.1 percent of the admitted pool. The College will dedicate a new part-time “student advocate” to advising first-generation and low-income students, though Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana rejected a proposed summer program tailored towards those students earlier this semester.

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67, a first-generation college student himself, attributed the slight increase in part to the “startup grant,” a program started last fall that gives approximately one-fifth of incoming Harvard freshmen—many of whom are first-generation—$2,000 to adjust to extra costs in the first months of college.

“I’m very excited because I would have received one,” Fitzsimmons said. “I think you end up with enormous freedom and flexibility, especially in that critical first year.”

Slightly less than half—49.2 percent—of the accepted students are women, up from 48.4 percent the previous year.

In a slight downward trend, 15.5 percent of students indicated interest in studying the humanities, down from 16.9 percent the previous year. A plurality—26.5 percent—indicated interest in the social sciences, while 19.3 percent said they planned to study computer science and engineering.

International students comprise 11.4 percent of the admitted pool, and Fitzsimmons said he did not see an impact on international applications despite uncertainty generated by President Donald Trump’s recent orders limiting travel and immigration from a number of countries.

Fitzsimmons said the admissions department’s decisions were partly influenced by a report published last year encouraging admissions officers to evaluate college applicants beyond academics and traditional extracurriculars.

“I look at [the report]’ as one of these really important long-term efforts of breaking down stereotypes of what colleges are and what they’re trying to do,” he said. “We value whatever it is that people have done in addition to study.”

Admitted students will have the opportunity to stay at Harvard for Visitas, which is scheduled to run from April 22 through 24. Students will then have until May 1 to respond to their offer of admission.

Applicants to the seven other Ivy League schools also received admissions decisions Thursday. Yale—which will open two new residential colleges in the fall—accepted a record 2,272 students, or 6.9 percent of its total applicant pool. Columbia posted the second-lowest acceptance rate in the Ivy League, at 5.8 percent, while Princeton offered admission to 6.1 percent of applicants. Elsewhere in Cambridge, MIT accepted 7.1 percent of its applicants earlier than this month.

—Staff writer William S. Flanagan can be reached at will.flanagan@thecrimson.com. Follow him on Twitter @willflan21.

—Staff writer Michael E. Xie can be reached at michael.xie@thecrimson.com. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelEXie1.

Travel Hack For Student| Flying Low Cost with HelloWings

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As you finish your Bachelor’s degree or MBA, it’s time to return home with the glory to find the dream job! But wait, your tuition and living cost already cost you a fortune, so how to fund yourself while going around Asian countries for interviews? The general truth is that a better degree gives you a better salary, but not until you have a job. Before that the status of a broke college graduate still exists. And traveling between countries that require plane travel is where Travel Hack will take us today.

One of the frustrating things about full-service airlines is that when you want to just travel one-way, it is incredibly expensive to do so. Luckily, with the advent of budget or LCCs (Low-Cost Carriers), they have given travelers more options. However, there are still routes that have not been completely disrupted. For example, Taipei to Hong Kong is one of the busiest routes in the world and the price of a round-trip ticket between Taiwan and Hong Kong has come down significantly. I still remember the days when a round trip ticket cost US$400-500 on Cathay Pacific. There are now far more options and with direct links between Taiwan and China, round trip tickets on full-service airlines hover around US$180-200. But, if you want to fly just one-way, instead of being half, it is actually more. On EVA air, my preferred carrier, the cost of a round trip ticket was about US$172 vs US$304 for one-way–baffling logic.

I checked Hong Kong Airlines, which is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines. It sells one-way tickets, but it would still set me back US$130, better than EVA but I am still being penalized for flying one-way.

I decided to see if I could “hack” this route. I turned to HelloWings.com, which as far as I know, is the only price comparison search engine for budget airlines. Using HelloWings.com simplifies the research of figuring out which budget or LCC airline flies where, as well as being able to compare prices across a long travel period. Part of the logic behind budget airlines is that they specialize in a few high traffic routes and offer the most competitive prices.

It turns out that there are no budget airlines that fly the Taipei-Hong Kong route, but with a bit of out of the box thinking, I tried Taipei and Macau, which is about an hour away from Hong Kong by jet ferry. It turns out that Tiger Airways flies a direct Taipei to Macau flight. The price ranges from US$51 to US$300, but the lowest price that I could find was US$51.93. The cost of a jet ferry from Macau to Hong Kong is HKD 140 or around US$18. The total travel time is about 3 hours, but there is an added bonus that you’d get to arrive in Hong Kong Central, which saves the trouble of dragging luggage through the 300m of crowds between Airport Express and MTR.

Compare Airlines (Taipei to Macau vs. Taipei to Hong Kong)

TPE – Macau

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Taipa temporary ferry terminal (3km from Macau airport)

Walking – FREE!

Taxi ~ USD$2.50

Jet Ferry

Econ. Class:

4

Weekdays – US$18

Weekend & Holidays -US$20

Night Service – US$22

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Form Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal to Central

MTR Sheung Wan to Central:

HKD 4.5 ~ US$0.58

Total cost of trip to Hong Kong Central, including transportation into the city: US$74.81

 

TPE to HK

Hong Kong Airlines – US$136 one way

China Airlines – US$160 one way

EVA Air  - US$171 one way

Airport Express to Central

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Airport to Hong Kong station is US$13

Airport to Kowloon station is US$12

Bus to Central

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Total cost of trip to Hong Kong Central, including transportation into the city: US$149.58

50% off for your trip to Hong Kong: Travel Hack of the day.

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Harvard Law School will no longer require the LSAT for admission

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Harvard Law School will no longer require the LSAT for admission

 HARVARD LAW SCHOOL WILL NO LONGER REQUIRE THE LSAT FOR ADMISSION
 

For 70 years, the LSAT has been a rite of passage to legal education, a test designed to gauge students’ ability to learn the law.

But its dominance could change. Beginning this fall, Harvard Law School will allow applicants to submit their scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Law School Admission Test.

The significant change in admissions, a pilot program at Harvard, is part of a broader strategy to expand access. Because many students consider graduate school as well as law school, and because the GRE is offered often and in many places worldwide, the decision could make it easier and less expensive for people to apply, school officials said.

Harvard’s decision was announced this week, just before the arm of the American Bar Association that accredits law schools considers changing its standards to allow tests other than the LSAT.

Last year, the University of Arizona College of Law became the first law school in the country to allow applicants to submit GRE scores rather than LSAT scores. Two other schools followed. But for Harvard, which has one of the best law schools in the world, to do so could upend the admissions process for legal education.

“This is a very big deal,” said Bill Henderson, a professor at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University at Bloomington, who has written extensively about legal education and rankings. “This is a wise move. It makes them better off,” by allowing them to consider applicants in a more comprehensive way without worrying that their median LSAT score, and hence their ranking, will drop. It means they can look for leaders and academic brilliance and countless other qualities, even if those don’t always align with extraordinarily high LSAT scores. “It loosens the vise grip of these numerical admissions criteria on the legal academy. … This is really exciting, good news.

“I can’t imagine other top law schools not following suit.”

In a sense, it brings admissions full circle: “You go back to the 1940s, 1950s, Harvard and Yale were the folks that put these tests in place to begin with. In the postwar years, they were getting this tremendous rush of applicants,” Henderson said, and they were gauging aptitude for the law largely based on whether students were able to pass the first year. And the LSAT was a huge success, he said, providing an excellent measure that allowed both students and schools a way to determine that without wasting a year. The trouble came in more recent years, he said, as schools developed a lopsided dependence on the test scores because of their effect on rankings.

Something else has flipped since that time: the volume of applicants.

Kyle McEntee, executive director of Law School Transparency, thinks many law schools have already been considering this change “because schools across the board have been struggling with applications — not only applications, but the quality of applicants.”

The other schools “have come under criticism for basically just trying to expand their consumer base” by not requiring the LSAT, McEntee said. “That criticism is clearly not going to apply to Harvard.”

Nationally, he said, law schools have struggled in recent years in the wake of the Great Recession as people learned that job prospects were threatened.

“Schools are trying to find new ways to find people. Will other schools follow? Probably,” McEntee said.

By the end of last week, there were more than 42,000 applicants for the 2017-2018 academic year, a decrease of 1.5 percent from the year before, according to the Law School Admission Council.

The current numbers aren’t directly comparable with past numbers because of the way they are tallied, but there has been a significant decline in applicants; nearly 89,000 people applied in the fall 2006 admissions cycle, according to the Law School Admission Council.

Harvard, by contrast, had a 5 percent increase in applicant volume both last year and this year, said Jessica Soban, associate dean for admissions and strategic initiatives.

“Regardless of the number of applicants we have, this initiative is about making sure the most qualified candidates continue to consider us,” she said. “We have been out pretty publicly with a message that some of the cutting-edge legal issues rely on an understanding of science and technology and engineering problems. These are the questions that require not only great legal training, but the technical underpinnings really do help to understand the issues.” She said the school is “up to double digits” in people coming with science and technical backgrounds, and many of them may have initially considered other graduate degrees.

About 17 percent of its current first-year class is made up of international students, she said, so broader access to the GRE was a significant factor.

A study by the school examined the GRE scores of current and former students who took both the GRE and the LSAT and determined that the GRE is an equally valid predictor of first-year grades.

“Harvard Law School is continually working to eliminate barriers as we search for the most talented candidates for law and leadership,” Dean Martha Minow said in a statement. “For many students, preparing for and taking both the GRE and the LSAT is unaffordable.

“All students benefit when we can diversify our community in terms of academic background, country of origin, and financial circumstances. Also, given the promise of the revolutions in biology, computer science, and engineering, law needs students with science, technology, engineering and math backgrounds. For these students, international students, multidisciplinary scholars, and joint-degree students, the GRE is a familiar and accessible test, and using it is a great way to reach candidates not only for law school, but for tackling the issues and opportunities society will be facing.”

It’s all part of broader efforts, Soban said, to make the school more accessible. Some of the changes include using Skype for interviews, wiping out the requirement of a deposit for accepted students and beginning a deferred-admission pilot program to encourage applications from juniors at Harvard College who commit to two years of work experience before law school.

“The decision has the potential to create a domino effect among other law schools,” Jeff Thomas, executive director of pre-law programs at Kaplan Test Prep, wrote in an email. “When Harvard changes their admissions strategy, other law schools take notice.”

If other schools follow, it would provide more options for students. The GRE is offered almost every day, Thomas noted, compared with the LSAT, which is available only a few times a year.

Kaplan Test Prep surveyed 125 law schools in May, and 56 percent said they had no plans to adopt the GRE as an admissions alternative to the LSAT. Just 14 percent said they planned to do it. But the remaining 30 percent said they were not sure, which Thomas said signified a lot of room to grow. “We think that number is likely to increase over the next few months,” he said.

The council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, an agency of the ABA, has planned a meeting from Thursday through Saturday in California at which the question of whether the LSAT is fundamental will be considered.

Barry Currier, the section’s managing director, said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that his organization “will consider changes to Standard 503 dealing with admission tests at its meeting this weekend and whether to put these changes out for notice and comment. For that reason, at this point we will defer for now any comment on any individual law school’s proposal or pilot program on testing of prospective students.”

Minow said in a statement, “We look forward to working with the American Bar Association on finding the most effective ways to encourage the best students to enter the legal profession.”

Source: By Susan Svrluga - The Washington Post

Grammar Tips: Than Vs. Then

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Than Vs. Then

Two acquaintances who share many of the same features may be difficult to distinguish from one another. How can you tell them apart? One way is to get to know them better. Even identical twins have unique characteristics in their physical appearance and personality. A lot of people make errors with the nearly identical than/then pair, but you don’t have to be one of them. Just use the same strategy you use to tell one person from another—get to know them!

Than

A conjunction is a word that connects two clauses or coordinates words in the same clause. Than is a conjunction used to introduce the second part of an unequal comparison. It also introduces the rejected choice in expressions of preference. Finally, than can mean “except” or “when.”

Amanda is shorter than Annabelle is. She would rather die than wear high heels.

Than can also function as a preposition. A preposition connects a noun or pronoun to a verb or adjective in a sentence, usually to express a spatial or temporal relationship. As a preposition, than means “in relation to” or “by comparison with.” Here’s a (technically correct) construction you may not have seen before:

Annabelle is a friend than whom there is none more caring.
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Than appears in a lot of idioms. Many of them, such as “more fun than a barrel of monkeys” or “more dead than alive,” feature comparisons. You’ve probably heard some of the most popular ones (e.g., “easier said than done,” “better late than never”) but many may be new to you. For example, have you heard of “more sinned against than sinning”? Wouldn’t it be a fun project to find out how these colorful expressions started?

Then

Then often functions as an adverb. Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. Dictionaries define then lots of different ways: in that case, at that time, next in order of place or time, at the same time, soon afterward, in addition, or as a consequence.

Standing next to Edwin is Ethan, then my roommate Claire, then me. Edwin told me, “If we are having fun together, then you should take lots of photographs.” There were no digital cameras then!

Sometimes, then is an adjective or a noun. As an adjective, or describing word, it means “being such, existing, or being at the time indicated.” As a noun, it means “that time.”

My then roommate Claire moved out and I have not seen her since then.

Then appears in some idioms too. One means “on the other hand”: Edwin is funny, but then I laugh at everything. Another idiom means “at that exact time and place, or at once”: Ethan asked me if I wanted to take a road trip, and I went home to pack my suitcase right then and there.

Then and than have many similar characteristics. They are spelled alike, except for the E in then and the A in than. However, telling them apart is not impossible. They have different characteristics: How you define than is definitely not the same as how you define then! They have different “personalities” in that they function as different parts of speech. Do you feel that you know them better now?

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New Trend – Study and Work in Canada

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O Canada! International students have friendly study options in the Great White North

With the inauguration of the new Trump Administration, the educational winds may be changing for current international students and those who are still considering their options to study abroad. Among other things, students are concerned over a potential tightening in post-graduation US visa options including the OPT program and H-1B visa program.

No matter the short-term political bumps in the road, however, international education will increasingly be a must-have in the modern worker’s and manager’s tool kit. Moreover, current uncertainty just goes to show that agile thinking always pays in today’s professional environment. So what to do?

Consider Canada! This North American alternative is becoming an increasingly popular option for international students who are attracted by its friendly people, worry-free health care system, and astounding natural scenery. Furthermore, Canadian higher education is gaining increasing respect on the world stage.

Today, we take a look at the most popular Canadian MBA programs. Something to think about, eh?

Top Canadian Business Schools

5. HEC Montréal: Montreal, Quebec

Full-time Program Length: 13 Months

Full-time Program Cost: US$7,500 (Quebec residents) US$15,300 (out-of-province)

HEC  MontrealAbout: HEC Montréal is a French-language business school located in Montréal, Canada. Since its founding in 1907, the School has trained more than 78,000 students in all fields of management. HEC is the business school of the University of Montreal.

4. Schulich School of Business, York University: Toronto, Ontario

Full-time Program Length: 16 Months

Full-time Program Cost: US$70,710

Schulich School of Business, York University: Toronto, Ontario

About: Located at York University in Toronto, Ontario, the school is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). According to Forbes and CNN Expansión, Schulich has the best full-time MBA program in Canada.

3. Ivey Business School, Western University London: Ontario

Full-time Program Length: 12 Months

Full-time Program Cost: US$82,000

Ivey Business School, Western University London: Ontario

About: Ivey Business School (Ivey) is one of Canada’s leading business schools, located at the University of Western Ontario, a research-intensive university in London, Ontario, Canada. According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Ivey has the best full-time MBA program outside of the United States.

2. Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s University Kingston: Ontario

Full-time Program Length: 12 Months

Full-time Program Cost: US$77,000

2. Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s University Kingston: Ontario

About: Queen’s full-time MBA program was ranked as the number one full-time MBA program in Canada and number one outside of the U.S. by the bi-annual ranking of Business Week in 2004, 2006, and 2008. Environics ranked the Queen’s Full-time MBA program number one in Canada in 2006 in their Report on Executive Education in Canada. In the 2012 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report, the school was indexed as the 3rd best business school in Canada and the 16th best business school in North America.

1. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto: Toronto,  Ontario

Full-time Program Length: 20 Months

Full-time Program Cost: US$95,100

1. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto: Toronto,  Ontario

About: Rotman’s MBA program was ranked as 60th in the Global MBA rankings for 2016 issued by the Financial Times magazine. In the 2012 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report, Rotman was placed as the 9th best business school in North America, while in the 2011 BusinessWeek MBA rankings, Rotman placed 3rd in the best international business schools category (outside the United States)

What are the common requirements? Generally speaking:

·        For MBA programs, an undergraduate degree is needed but not necessarily in a business field, and two years of postgraduate work experience.

·        GMAT: 550 with at least a 50th percentile in the quantitative and verbal sections

·        GRE: 150 on the verbal and quantitative section

·        Demonstration of some English proficiency (varies according to school)

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