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January 2005 Visits

on January 3, 2005 in College Visits

northeastern1This month we are highlighting four more great colleges from recent visits: Northeastern, Drexel, Boston College, and the University of Southern California.

Located in Boston, one of the most interesting features of Northeastern University (right) is its co-op program. Students take alternate semesters off in paid jobs offered in 40 states and 30 countries. No tuition is paid while on these co-ops. The “real-world” experience often leads to job offers after graduation, and is a great way to cover tuition costs. The feedback from students involved in this unique program is tremendous. It was clear from all the new construction we saw on our visit that President Richard Freeland’s mission to overhaul this university has come to fruition.

Another university offering a great co-op program is Drexel University in Philadelphia, where worldwide jobs in architecture, film, fashion design, and engineering are among just a few of the options open to students. Learn more about Drexel’s co-op program here.

Boston College, in a beautiful suburb just a short train ride from downtown Boston, is a Jesuit college offering a broad core curriculum allowing students to get a taste of a variety of subjects in dynamic courses. Programs range from Irish Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, to business at the Carroll School of Management. Fifty percent of the students study abroad in their junior year. The Conte Forum (above) is the site of Division I basketball at Boston College and is just one of the features that adds to the strong sense of community on this campus.

Closer to home and a lot warmer is the University of Southern California, where students can choose from over 70 majors and 100 minors. Drawing on the tremendous assets of Los Angeles County, students can study and learn from many of the top media professionals and faculty in the Annenberg School of Communications and the School of Film and Television. USC also continues to attract top faculty in journalism from around the nation. The Thornton School of Music works closely with the entertainment industry in the region and offers a full range of programs from jazz to conducting. USC’s civil engineering and construction management program is also one of the nation’s best, and the Marshall School of Business offers students real world research opportunities.

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