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Case Western Reserve            Cleveland, Ohio

Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Management

Students interested in engineering, math, science, or a strong liberal arts program might consider Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Admission to all schools is open, allowing students to decide once on campus if a particular program is a good match. Faculty teach 96 percent of the classes at this university of 4,500 undergraduates. Case is for students who are serious and motivated; co-op, internship, and research opportunities abound.

The Co-op program is one of 13 accredited programs in the US. From January to July, students participate in paid internships around the world. Half of the students who complete one co-op continue to complete a second one. Study abroad is more difficult for students participating in co-op, but some co-op is international. Bio-medical engineering is offered at Case, as well as direct admit programs for medicine, law, dentistry, and social work.

Case is a Division III school and one-third of its students take part in the Greek system. Public transportation is free to all students, and “Little Italy” is adjacent to campus for fun dining options. Many scholarships are available and are renewable by maintaining a good GPA. Case offers a five-year program for Art Education through the Cleveland Institute of Art and a dual program with the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Marymount College                        Palos Verdes, California

This is one of the few two-year co-ed residential programs in the country. Marymount College is a Catholic institution located in Palos Verdes, California. While most of its programs are two-year, it has recently added a bachelor’s degree in a few areas. This is an excellent opportunity for blossoming students to build a strong record, apply to a four-year institution, and continue with their

Marymount College Campus

degrees. Marymount has matriculation agreements with many universities.

Each student builds a two-year plan and is assigned an advisor who will later write their recommendation letter. Many of the students have diagnosed learning disabilities, and the academic support is excellent. Transfer counselors assist students with the transfer process if they choose to proceed with an application.

Popular majors include psychology, business, sociology, the sciences, film, art, and graphic design. Residence halls are currently a 7-mile shuttle ride from campus; however, new dorms are planned. Many students matriculate at popular four-year programs such as Loyola Marymount, the University of California system, Chapman, or the University of San Francisco. Marymount has a guaranteed transfer agreement with Suffolk University in Boston. Merit aid is available and begins for students with a 2.8 GPA and an SAT combined math and reading score of 1210. The acceptance rate at Marymount is 85%. Students should consider this option if they are working on building an academic record for a four-year university.

University of Victoria            Victoria, BC

Located in Victoria, BC, Canada, the University of Victoria is home to 17,000 undergraduates, many from California, Oregon, and Washington. Housing is guaranteed the first year, and most rooms are singles. Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 are guaranteed admission and are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Students with lower GPAs will need to submit either SAT or ACT scores. In most cases, essays are not required for admission; however, Business requires a resume and short answer, and Art requires a portfolio. US students apply as international students. Students with strong GPAs are eligible for direct admit into certain programs. Engineering requires two years of high school physics, and this can be an issue for some US students. However, it is possible to transfer into engineering after some coursework at UVic.

University of Victoria Campus

Costs are reasonable, with total room and board totaling approximately $23,000 (US dollars). Paid internships, scholarships, co-op opportunities and proximity to local jobs in Victoria combine to make this a good financial option for many. Automatic scholarships and one year of credit are offered to students with a full IB diploma. Popular programs include business, sciences, marine biology, psychology, engineering, visual arts, theater, and music. One of UVic’s unique programs is Medieval Studies. The writing program, with higher GPA requirements, is one of the toughest to get into. Seventh semester grades are needed before an offer of admission is made.

The average class size at UVic is 25 students. Disability services are housed in a large center on campus, and they provide extensive support, including note-taking, for students. Half of students live off campus after their first year, and overall the university is one-third the size of UBC in Vancouver. Sports are popular and include rowing, golf, and skiing on Mount Washington; students may join a club for bus rides to Whistler Mountain.

College of Charleston            Charleston, South Carolina

Admissions representatives from College of Charleston recently visited Seattle and provided an excellent update on its programs. After Boeing’s recent move to the area, its employees will now be offered in-state tuition. College of Charleston was founded as a private institution in 1770 and became a public university in 1970. The elegant grounds and buildings reflect the long history of the university. For students interested in a mid-sized school (10,000 undergraduates), small classes and dedicated faculty, this is an excellent choice. The College is located in the center of downtown, and students have the opportunity to become part of this vibrant city.

College of Charleston has several innovative interdisciplinary majors including Computer Science/Art, Arts Management, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Discovery Informatics, and Marine Science. The Classics department is the oldest in the US, and the language offerings are deep and include Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese and Japanese. College of Charleston is one of only ten universities in the US to have a program in Cuba.

Merit scholarships are available for out-of-state students; the Honors College is an excellent option for strong students and is accompanied by merit scholarships.  Astrophysics majors may take advantage of the observatory on campus. The Jewish Studies program recently received a $1.5 million donation and will continue to expand. Sailing is a popular program at this Division I school, which also boasts a new sports arena.

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