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September & October 2006 Visits (& News)

on September 1, 2006 in College Visits

carnegiequadMany colleges are hosting preview days this fall to help students learn more about life on campus. Visit the websites of each college admissions page and see what is planned as these can be a great way to get a feel for life on campus. Here is a sampling of upcoming preview days in the Northwest:

The Center for Student Success in Seattle is another helpful resource for college-bound students and their families. The center offers a number of free seminars to help with the college process. Here are some dates and topics for October:

  • Wednesday, October 11th (4-6 p.m.): Secret Tips for Interviewing (for high school freshmen through seniors)
  • Thursday, October 12th (5-6 p.m.): Applying for College (for high school juniors, seniors and parents)
  • Thursday, October 19th (6-7 p.m.): Understanding the FAFSA (for high school seniors and parents)
  • Wednesday, October 25th (4-6 p.m.): Writing College Essays (for high school juniors and seniors)
  • Thursday, October 26th (5:30-6:30 p.m.): Paying for College (for all interested parties)

We recently visited Carnegie Mellon University (top photo) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Construction on campus includes the new Gates Center for Computer Science, which will enhance an already top program in computer science. CMU is unique in that it is equally strong in the arts, with top music and drama programs, including musical theater.

CMU’s Fifth-Year Scholars Program offers strong students both the opportunity to attend for a fifth year tuition-free plus an additional scholarship to pursue a new area of study. Their architecture program for undergraduates has several offerings, including a five-year program allowing a double major.

CMU engineers may complete a dual BS/MS degree, or an industrial internship co-op program that places students in companies throughout the world. CMU has many overseas options, including programs designed to allow students in engineering and computer science to study in China, Taiwan, Switzerland and Mexico.

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