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Pacific Northwest Regional Admissions Counselors Event

Regional counselors from 13 colleges and universities provided updates on their programs. The following is a summary of the key highlights for each of the schools.

Football is Popular at Carroll College

Carroll College in Helena, Montana, is Catholic and value-priced, offering small classes and an environment promoting support and success. Lectures may take place in professors’ living rooms. Many students go on to medical school, and the math team wins international awards. The Human Animal Bond (HAB) program, with both canine and equine tracks, explores the relationship between humans and animals.

Students Enjoy the Grinnell Grill

Grinnell College in Iowa is a highly selective small liberal arts college that meets 100% of students’ financial needs. The isolation of the campus builds a strong sense of community, and Grinnell hosts many events on campus for students. A myriad of research opportunities are available for these intellectual and adventuresome students thanks to an endowment of well over $1.3 billion. Many go on to top graduate programs around the world. The academic resources are extensive as are internship opportunities, including three openings as assistants for members of Parliament in London.

Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, is a Division II Christian university with a total price tag of $20,000. New majors include Sports Management and Health Care Management. The Justice Program and Forensics are also popular.

Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu has two campuses, with connections between the two easily accessible. The student body is diverse and very international. Popular majors include Marine Biology, International Business, Asian Studies, and Nursing.

The University of Idaho has recently added a new program in Fire Ecology and Management, offering students the opportunity to intern at a fire station and study while being on-call for emergencies. Students who want to become firefighters while also completing a BA/BS degree can take advantage of this unique program. Many students find the size perfect, with just fewer than 9,000 students, and enjoy the strong Greek system and abundance of school spirit. The business and engineering programs do not require applications; their requirements are very straightforward and encouraging. The Lionel Hampton School of Music draws students from all over the nation.

Johnson & Wales University offers a three-day visitor program for $325, during which students can experience one of the many programs offered at one of their four campuses before applying/enrolling. The largest campus is in Providence, RI, and others include Denver, Miami, and Charlotte, NC. Culinary Arts are strong at JWU, with over 3,000 studying baking at the Providence campus. Wine and Beverage Service Management, Hotel and Resort Management, and Cruise Line and Golf Course Management are a few of the many unique offerings. DECA scholarships are available for students as well. This Division III school has many athletic teams on each campus and is a good fit for very hands-on students.

Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University

The University of the Pacific, a beautiful small liberal arts university that offers engineering, is located in Stockton, California. UOP recently received a $100 million donation and offers many merit scholarships. New buildings on campus include the LEED certified Student Center, science and technology buildings, and a gym. Admission to accelerated programs in pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, pre-law, dental hygiene, business (MBA), and physical therapy are highly competitive.  The Conservatory of Music and School of International Studies are excellent programs.

University of British Columbia: During the spring, UBC will host several  “Degree in a Day” programs for high school students interested in applying to UBC. Students will get the opportunity to explore various programs in depth in this beautiful setting in Vancouver, BC.

The University of Alaska, Southeast in Juneau has strong programs in environmental studies and marine biology. Fly-ins for students are offered by contacting the admissions office. The Anchorage campus offers aeronautics, and the Fairbanks campus offers engineering. Tuition is highly discounted through WUE scholarships for Washington residents.

Franklin College of Switzerland is an American- and Swiss-accredited liberal arts college in Lugano, the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. Fifty-five percent of the students are from North America, and the rest represent almost 50 countries. Academic travel is an integral part of the curriculum as students are required to complete a minimum of six, two-week travel programs led by Franklin faculty. Franklin has a matriculation agreement with the Monterey Language Institute, and students go on to futures in the London School of Economics and the State Department.  Students get a $500 credit if they visit and then attend Franklin.

Quest University, a new and growing private Canadian university of 220 students, founded by the previous president of University of British Columbia, is located in Squamish, BC, and operates on the one-course-at-a-time Block Plan. The first two years include a general education program with a balance among the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Students must create a Question to guide their studies in the final two years. The Question must be interdisciplinary, have a global context, involve experiential learning off campus, and culminate in a capstone program and public presentation. Admission interviews are required. Quest recently hired ten new faculty members.

Sarah Lawrence College is a small liberal arts college located in the beautiful suburb of Bronxville, NY, a short train ride from New York City. This idyllic, wooded campus has rigorous and creative standards that are fostered by small seminar classes and individual student-faculty tutorials. Thirty five percent of the students are from the West Coast, and many notable alumni return to campus to speak and provide internship support. There are no core requirements at Sarah Lawrence, and students take three courses at a time.

Villanova University Campus

Villanova University, a Catholic university located in a suburb 12 miles west of Philadelphia, has an undergraduate enrollment just above 6,000. The Villanova experience features community service and is filled with compassion and school spirit. The schools of Nursing, Engineering, Business, and Liberal Arts and Sciences combine to offer a true big-college experience with Division I athletics and a strong sense of community.

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