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February 2005 Visits

on February 2, 2005 in College Visits

stanfordpalmdrive2We recently returned from a sunny and warm counselor tour of Northern California colleges and enjoyed getting updates on these colleges and learning about new programs and the admissions climate.

We started at Stanford University, which is on the San Francisco peninsula. Much emphasis is put on the undergraduate here, a sometimes unique characteristic for a major research university. The popular Sophomore College, overseas programs, and $3.2 million for undergraduate research continues to attract undergraduates to this beautiful campus shown here. Stanford’s introductory seminars allow students the opportunity to interact in small-group settings with some of the university’s most interesting faculty members. Focused on a narrow topic, each class is limited to 16 students and allows underclassmen to sample upper-division work before declaring a major. Division I sports, a vibrant speaker destination and arts attractions like the Rodin Sculpture Garden at the Cantor Center for Visual Arts pictured here are just a few of the highlights of this highly selective university.

Farther to the north in San Francisco itself, we visited the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit institution with a diverse student body in the heart of the city and within walking distance of Golden Gate Park. This unique setting allows students to sample a variety of internships while experiencing a strong core curriculum, Division I sports, and a guarantee of graduation within four years. The most popular study abroad program is USF in Budapest, and a popular stateside program is USF in Washington DC at American University. St. Ignatius Church, the largest church on a US campus is pictured here.

Menlo College
, a small liberal arts college located a few miles from Stanford, offers a unique program to jump-start college studies designed to help students transition smoothly to college life and academics. The Philler Curtis Excel Program starts a month before regular classes in the fall and includes extensive advising, on and off campus activities and seminars.

Santa Clara University, a mid-sized university on the San Francisco Peninsula and within minutes of the convenient San Jose Airport, offers a wide range of academic programs in the heart of Silicon Valley. The Jesuit tradition at Santa Clara University comes from connecting every aspect of a student’s education to create a total learning experience. Undergraduate programs include the College of Arts and Sciences, the Leavey School of Business, and the School of Engineering. High school students can explore this idyllic campus pictured here during the Summer Young Scholars Program.

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