Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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Our Summer College 2017 application is now live. Your students can apply today for the best summer of their lives! Summer College students can explore their interests and experience all that college life has to offer at Syracuse University this summer. 

Students will:
·  Choose from 30+ credit and non-credit programs, 2 to 6 weeks in length
·  Explore college majors and future professions
·  Develop their portfolio for Art, Design, or Architecture school
·  Study at the college level - all programs are led by SU faculty and instructors
·  Make lifelong friends from across the country and around the world
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis - and many programs fill early - so share this with your students right away! 

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Please visit our web site for further details. 
Cornell University Summer College

Do you know high school students who might benefit from college-level summer study at one of the top universities in the United States? If so, please invite them to consider Cornell University's Summer College Programs for High School Students.

Cornell's Summer College is one of the longest running and most highly regarded precollege academic programs in the U.S. Over 1,300 motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world come to the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York, each summer for an extraordinary academic and cultural experience.

At Summer College, students:
  • experience what it's like to live and learn at a great Ivy League university,
  • take regular university courses with Cornell's world-renowned faculty,
  • earn three to six college credits, recorded on an official Cornell transcript,
  • explore majors and career options,
  • learn how to prepare successful applications to U.S. colleges, and
  • make friends from around the world.

We offer programs during two three-week sessions (June 24–July 1 and July 16–August 5, 2017) and one six-week session (June 24–August 8, 2017) in a wide variety of subjects, including architecture, art, design, and fashion; business, hospitality, and leadership; college success and English for speakers of other languages; debate and literature; engineering and robotics; government, history, and international relations; psychology, research, and science; social change and sustainability; and veterinary medicine and animal science. Students can also create their own six-week program.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Summer Pre-College Program

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Earn college credit and get a taste of campus life while still in high school.

Attention current sophomores and juniors! Expand your academic and creative aspirations this summer at Marist College. Students entering their junior and senior year of high school as of this summer are invited to attend one of the Summer Institutes at Marist College - ranked one of the "Best 373 Colleges and Universities," and "25 Most Connected Campuses" by the Princeton Review. You'll learn from experienced professionals and talented faculty, while spending two to four weeks in your choice of location: the heart of the historic Hudson River Valley, the birthplace of the Renaissance, or both!
You'll have several class sessions each day mixed with time to study, local excursions, day-long field trips and, of course, recreation. Living in dorms, eating in the cafeteria, studying in the state-of-the-art academic facilities, and enjoying either of the beautiful Marist campuses will provide you with a well-rounded college experience. Your days will be full, demanding, fun, and rewarding. You'll make new friends and maybe even discover what you want to be when you grow up. Think that'll happen at a summer job? 

Program Hi-lights Include:

  • Two or four week residential Pre-College program
  • Two exceptional campus locations to choose from
  • Three to six transferable college credits
  • An insight into the professional industry of your choice
  • Furnished bedroom suites with Internet access
  • 24/7 staffing
  • Access to Marist's state-of-the-art library, computer labs, and classrooms.
  • Experience what students have called "The Best Summer of My Life!"
Grade Point Opinion

Business is the most popular college major, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good choice
By Jeffrey J. Selingo January 28 

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A few weeks ago, a young woman approached me after I gave a talk about my book on finding a job after college. She was in her mid-20s and unemployed despite applying for dozens of jobs and taking on several unpaid internships. “I majored in business marketing,” she told me, “because everyone said it would lead to a job after graduation.”

She’s not alone in that line of thinking. It’s why business is the most-popular major on college campuses these days. The academic fields that make up undergraduate business — finance, accounting, marketing, management, and general business — account for about one out of every five bachelor’s degrees awarded each year.

But not all business majors are created equal in the job market. Research shows that students who major in general business and marketing are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed, meaning they hold jobs that don’t require a college degree. They also earn less than those in more math-focused business majors, such as finance and accounting.

Those gaps exist for all kinds of reasons, but perhaps the most telling is that math-focused business majors tend to work harder while in school than do those pursuing a general business degree. Students majoring in business spend less time studying than anyone else on campus, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement. They also spend less time reading and writing than other majors. One analysis of 10 public four-year universities in Texas found that of the 40 courses needed for a business degree, only one required a writing assignment of 20 or more pages, and only three required assignments of at least 10 pages.

What’s more, the results of national standardized tests, such as the Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus, given to freshmen and seniors, found that students who major in business made significantly fewer gains in college in critical thinking, writing and communication, and analytical reasoning than those who studied mathematics, science, and engineering, as well as the traditional liberal arts (philosophy, history, and literature).

Everywhere I go, parents and students ask me for advice about choosing a major. Here’s what I tell them: Find a major that will challenge you to work hard and spend time on specific tasks, such as writing, reading or math programs, and one that will present you with opportunities to learn from the best professors and be surrounded by peers who will constantly challenge you.

Students today are commonly told they should follow their passions and find a mission in life, but very few 18-year-olds or even 22-year-olds have enough experience in the world to know what truly excites them. Pick a major that interests you, but allow it and external experiences to help shape, not dictate, your mission in life.

While you should consider different majors, and you should keep your options open for a while, don’t think you can do anything you want or have all the time in the world to make a decision. Talent and drive matter to success in most majors. You can’t major in physics if you’re terrible at math.

If money is your goal, Tony Carnevale, the director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, will tell you that a certain group of majors provide a bigger return on investment over a lifetime. The Georgetown center has found in its research that of the 25 highest-paying majors, all but two (economics and business economics) are in STEM fields.

Even so, Carnevale warns students who pick their majors solely on the basis of the expected paycheck not to count their money too quickly. Salaries for specific majors can differ greatly, too. The top quarter earners who majored in humanities or the liberal arts make more than the bottom quarter of engineering majors. Just 22 percent of graduates with degrees in science and math actually get jobs in those fields and utilize their training.
Another study by the Brookings Institution analyzed the market value of the 25 most commonly cited skills listed by alumni of each college in their LinkedIn profiles. It demonstrated that skill development, not your undergraduate major or the college you choose, is most critical to your earnings potential.

Picking a major is not like buying a new car. You can’t easily test-drive a major, unless you plan to stay in college for many more than four years. A major reflects your interests at one moment in your life. Where you end up in a career is the result of a meandering pathway that most college graduates are destined to take after graduation. Some graduates apply their majors to their careers more than others, and some not at all.

Ask anyone working today if they knew exactly what they wanted to do with their lives at age 18, and they will probably say they had no idea (if they’re being honest). The longer they have been in the workforce, the less likely it is that they are in a career directly related to their college major.

And if you’re majoring in business and think the undergraduate degree doesn’t matter anyway because you’re going to business school, remember this: business students score lowest of all majors on the GMAT, the entrance exam for most MBA programs.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Get involved this summer!

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Rising high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen will learn more about entrepreneurship, the idea generation process, elevator pitches and more. Through engaging lectures and class activities, site visits and guest speakers, students will have the opportunity to earn three credit hours and compete for up to $10,000 in UD scholarship dollars in an elevator pitch competition — all while living on campus and experiencing life in Dayton.
Rising high school juniors and seniors will study sustainable food systems, availability, scarcity and justice issues with the collaboration of community partners, UD faculty, and students within the health and social sciences. Students will develop skills in preparing nutritious meals, learn how local foods are connected to social and physical health, and see what access to food in an urban community is like. Participants can earn one credit hour, which may be transferred to any college or university.
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Launch of the Columbia Engineering Summer High School Academic Program for Engineers (SHAPE). This is an exciting new program for high school students to take STEM courses on Columbia's campus in two separate three-week sessions over the summer.

SHAPE is a rigorous, selective program for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who have demonstrated achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Students must live within commuting distance to Columbia's Morningside Heights campus. SHAPE students will take courses with Columbia Engineering faculty in robotics or computer science, while also developing research skills, exploring engineering labs and the MakerSpace, and also take part in weekly college preparation workshops and field trips around New York City.

The priority application deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2017, and the regular application deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017Need-based scholarships are available; students applying for scholarships must submit their application by the priority deadline. Interested students can review the SHAPE website for further details; questions can be directed to engineeringoutreach@columbia.edu.

This program is in addition to our long-standing Summer Programs for High School Students, offered through our School of Professional Studies, in which high school students can take courses from over a dozen departments at Columbia College in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Please note that students who have attended a program on the Columbia campus are not given preference in our admissions process.