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North Carolina College Visits

on February 7, 2011 in College Visits

Many colleges and universities in North Carolina offer an excellent value. Applicants from the Seattle area are sought after, as few apply or are familiar with the region. Popular schools such as the University of North Carolina, Davidson College and Duke University are the exception, but there are many other options worth considering. For more details on visits to UNC, Davidson, and Duke, read these previous posts. North Carolina schools offer an alternative to the California colleges many Seattle students seek out for warm weather and sunshine.

Elon University is a mid-sized university of 5,000 students located in the center of the state, near Greensboro/Raleigh. The campus is lush and the weather mild, and the calendar is on the 4-1-4 system, with students taking four classes each semester and one in January. Elon’s Greek system is popular.

Elon offers 50 majors, and none requires a separate application with the exception of theater and fine arts. Popular majors include business, communications, psychology, and education. Many students both major and minor in their fields, and leadership is valued and developed on campus. Students with an interest in business can use the trading room and build a mock portfolio. The state-of-the-art communications center offers many hands-on studios and opportunities for students. Students are able to focus on Sports and Event Management or other offerings such as cinema, journalism, broadcast and new media.

Criminal justice, game design, and exercise science are also popular programs. Study abroad, internships, research and engaged learning combine to create an excellent experience for students. In addition, if students attend the salsa program or weekly meetings at the Spanish Club, they get a free roundtrip ticket to any Spanish-speaking country!

Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of the Colleges That Change Lives, has many ponds and trails throughout campus. Guilford has a Quaker background, with two-thirds of the students coming from out of state. New students meet with Guilford faculty and administrators for milk and cookies to connect and talk about the transition to college life. The atmosphere is supportive, and the education is experiential. Many students study overseas as part of their experience. Guilford athletics are strong, and the men’s basketball team made the Final Four for Division III last year.

A wide range of students, including many international students, is admitted to Guilford. Those students who might benefit from their unique Student Success Program are accepted conditionally and are supported through the first year to assure success in the college transition. Learning support on campus is strong, and all freshmen must live on campus. An interview is encouraged during the admissions process.

Academic opportunities are varied and include strong departments in philosophy, forensic science, art, and Peace and Conflict Studies.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers a unique Interior Architecture Program and many interesting courses through the School of Health and Human Performance. The cost is similar to attending an in-state university in Washington. Students are friendly, and the new residence halls are a strong addition to campus.

High Point University is unique. The president, Nido R. Qubein, is a motivational speaker and chairman of the Great Harvest Bread Company. President Qubein teaches a class for all freshmen on life lessons, time management, and finances.

Campus tours are in golf carts, and the admissions office abounds with candy bars and cold drinks. Students may make reservations at the campus steakhouse where a dress code applies and tips on manners are offered. High Point is a Division I university with 4,000 students and plans to grow annually. Seventy-five percent of the student body is from out of state.

The Schools of Business and Commerce feature trading rooms and a mock boardroom for presentations in entrepreneurship classes. Businesses compete for funding, which is provided through a $2 million endowment. New buildings, including a recently opened math and science building and a new gaming, graphic design and virtual reality lab, dot the campus. Top majors include communications, business, psychology, biology, and education.

There are many choirs on campus, and students are very involved in religious services at the school (there is a strong Christian focus). Tutors sit in on all classes and take notes, and 90% of students live on campus all four years in very luxurious dorms. HPU recently received the CIDA certification for their rigorous Interior Design program.

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