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March & April 2008 Visits

on April 22, 2008 in College Visits

clark-lg1My road trip through Connecticut and Massachusetts continued with a visit to Clark University (right photo). Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark iis included in the Colleges That Change Lives, a collection of 40 colleges selected for their high levels of faculty engagement and student learning in the liberal arts tradition. Clark’s most popular programs include geography, psychology, physics, and communication and culture. Students may take advantage of an accelerated degree program for a masters degree with a fifth year tuition-free. Internships are encouraged through the 14-school Colleges of Worcester Consortium.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts offers a unique schedule for the engineering student with four, seven-week terms and three classes per term. Submission of SAT/ACT scores is optional at WPI. Teamwork is essential in programs in computer science and engineering, in which two-thirds of students complete one or more projects off-campus and overseas. Unlike many engineering programs around the country, WPI students are encouraged to study abroad, and the unique schedule allows students to accomplish this with multiple offerings of sequential courses in engineering. Other offerings include biology, biotechnology, international studies and a unique BS degree in robotics engineering. WPI offers merit scholarships for strong studentsand summer programs for high school students.

Wheaton College, also one of the Colleges That Change Lives, is located in Norton, Massachusetts, a suburb south of Boston. Wheaton is one of the only small, co-ed liberal arts colleges in the Boston area, and 99% of the students live on campus, helping create a strong sense of community. Hands-on learning (including internships, volunteer research, jobs and resume support) is part of the process at the Filene Center for Work and Learning, helping students transition from graduation to work and graduate school. Students may take four courses at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Free shuttles are offered to commuter trains and nearby towns. Showing your interest in Wheaton is important in the application process, so let them know that you have visited and/or researched the school well.

The individual is paramount at Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut. Mitchell offers a strong student-centered learning environment, with both associate and bachelors degrees available. Twenty-five percent of students have documented learning disabilities, and Mitchell provides extensive support services through their CARES Program. C.A.R.E.S. stands for Careering, Advising, Retaining, Educating, and Supporting, the five areas Mitchell has determined critical to student academic success. The Discovery Program is specifically designed to provide special courses, additional advising and services to help students realize their potential and settle on an academic major.

College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts is a Jesuit institution of over 2700 students. Popular programs include biology, English, history and economics. Holy Cross offers strong pre-med and pre-dental programs, including internships and research opportunities. Classes are small, and students can explore programs in peace and conflict studies as well as service learning courses through local volunteer, education and health organizations. The Division I school is part of the Patriot League that includes Colgate, Bucknell, Army, Navy, American, Lehigh and Lafayette.

See the March & April newsletter for more new information.

Pictured from left to right: Wheaton, WPI, Mitchell, and Holy Cross

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