Advertising

What does an Advertising major do?

Advertising is a creative field that involves producing an image or motion picture to motivate its viewing audience to purchase a product or service and/or contribute money to a cause. An advertising major studies all aspects of the creation of commercial advertising to determine the most effective way to do this and turns those studies into reality through the creation of advertisements.

Part of the advertising major involves learning the art and design of creating new ads as well as studying how a designer’s choices affect the product’s intended audience. Another aspect of the major has a psychological emphasis and focuses on theorizing why certain advertisements are effective while others are not.

Marketing vs. Advertising major

While many people conflate advertising and marketing degrees in their minds, there is a distinct difference between the two. Marketing revolves around every aspect of releasing a product for consumption—from its conception through its manufacturing all the way to its distribution. Advertising, by contrast, focuses solely on the selling and promotion of the product. If you’re looking to concentrate on the creative sales end of business, you’ll want to major in advertising.

Is Advertising a Good Degree for Me?

The first quality an advertising student needs is a strong sense of communication. The world of advertising is filled with soundbytes, calls to action, and strong driven language to convince consumers to spend money on a given product. With that in mind, the ability to write and edit concise and persuasive sentences is essential to this major. Students will also have to be comfortable working on deadline, an important part of the advertising business. For those studying the graphic arts in relation to advertising, a strong sense of artistic talent is necessary. 

It’s also important to be intellectually curious about marketing psychology. A large function of the advertising industry centers around studying the most effective methods of selling a product and integrating them into future ad campaigns. With this in mind, a willingness to collaborate is necessary in order to unite data driven research departments with the creative side of the business.

Finally, a large part of the advertising major involves presenting and pitching new ad campaigns to faculty and peers. In order to improve, students will need to be able to accept constructive criticism and learn from the suggestions offered in response.

Associate level

While most 2-year colleges don’t offer a specific degree in advertising, students who are interested in that field often choose to earn an associate degree in business administration with a concentration in advertising. Associate degree-level courses cover the basics of the industry including advertising technique and composing ad copy. These programs also include marketing theory, history of advertising, market research, business math, economics, management techniques, and retailing.

Examples of Jobs You Can Get with an Associate Degree in Advertising: As referenced previously, most 2-year college students looking to study the advertising field earn an associate degree in business administration or marketing. With this degree in hand, it’s possible to land an entry-level job outside of the advertising realm like Customer Service Associate, Administrative Assistant, Retail Sales Worker, Store Manager, Sales Consultant, or Relationship Banker.

Salaries for these positions range from $27,000 (Customer Service Associate or Retail Sales Worker) to between $44,000 (Administrative Assistant) and $50,000 (Store Manager).

Baccalaureate level

For most students, the first step toward landing a job in the advertising industry is to complete a 4-year bachelor’s degree in advertising. This degree features a combination of classes in the arts and sciences, incorporating subjects such as visual design and copywriting with consumer psychology and strategic analysis. Throughout their four years of undergrad, students also begin building a portfolio of creative advertising work. In addition, advertising bachelor’s degree programs usually incorporate an internship and several schools steer students toward a business minor. While most advertising degrees are conferred as a BA, certain schools offer a BFA major in Advertising Arts. In both cases, the curriculum is a combination of creative arts and science courses, but the BFA will lean more heavily on classes within the advertising major.

Advertising courses at the bachelor’s degree level include: media planning, advertising strategies, retail advertising, advertising sales, research & analytics, brand management, consumer behavior, and advertising law. There is also a general education requirement that covers broader subjects like statistics and multicultural studies. Several schools offer an advertising bachelor’s degree online.

Examples of advertising major jobs you can get with a bachelor’s degree: Copywriter, Event Planner, Art Director, Production Coordinator, Graphic Designer, Media Buyer, Web Designer, and Sales Representative.

The average advertising major salary for these positions ranges from $50,000 (Event Planner, Graphic Designer) at the low end to $58,000 (Copywriter, Web Designer) in the middle and $65,000 (Art Director) at the high end.

Graduate level

Students who want to pursue management-level careers in the advertising industry often need to pursue a grad school-level education in the subject. Master’s degree programs in advertising present a deeper dive into subjects studied on the undergrad level with specially focused class topics such as consumer behavior analysis, brand communication, international advertising, and advertising account management. 

Additionally, advertising master’s degree programs feature case studies that function as career simulations for students. Many master’s degree programs also include internships with nearby agencies or corporations to give students a sense of advertising jobs in the corporate world.

Certain graduate schools also offer a PhD in advertising and these programs usually take four to eight years to complete. These programs combine academic classwork, independent research, a dissertation, and an apprenticeship in the industry. Many students pursue a PhD in order to pursue teaching careers in higher education, often finding employment at business schools. 

Examples of advertising degree jobs you can get with a master’s: Advertising Manager, Ad Executive, Marketing Manager, Marketing Communicator, Product Manager, and Creative Manager.

The average advertising degree salary for these positions starts at $50,000 (Advertising Manager, Ad Executive) and goes up to $81,000 (Marketing Manager) and all the way to $105,000 (Product Manager).

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Colleges

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State, is a land-, sea-, and space-grant university with a main campus in University Park. This public research institution was founded in 1855 and is one of the largest universities in the US by student body. Its...

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Your Gen Eds are a hit or miss but your teachers will generally know their stuff, some more than others. Overall, my classes taught me what they were supposed to and I genuinely enjoyed learning the courses I had chosen. You're the one responsible...

” – Ashley from Shohola, PA
University of Florida

One of the few land-, space-, and sea-grant institutions in the US, the University of Florida is a public research university founded in 1853. It is the eighth largest single-campus university in the United States. U.S. News & World Report have...

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This is the best school in the state hands down, and is also a powerful name amongst all colleges in the nation, both private and public.

” – Jerry from San Antonio, FL
University of Central Florida

Featuring the largest single-campus enrollment in the United States, the University of Central Florida is a public university in Orlando. UCF is home to 13 colleges granting degrees in over 200 academic majors. Additionally, UCF is a space-grant...

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Since I have been at the University of Central Florida I have learned more than I could imagine. The professors truly know what they are teaching and are more than welcomed to give you any additional help if needed. There is no excuse that they...

” – Rebecca from Kissimmee, FL
The University of Texas at Austin

A Public Ivy and space-grant institution, the University of Texas at Austin is one of nine academic universities in the UT system, and also the first. Founded in 1883 and home to 18 schools and colleges, it is one of the largest schools in the US but...

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I know you are hearing all about how big UT is and how big the classes are and how big campus is. All this might be a little intimidating and even scary for you! But no worries! There will certainly be one or two classes that you will have that are...

” – Lila from Houston, TX
Boston University

Boston University is a private, non-profit university with a heavy emphasis on research. BU’s main location is right in its name—Boston, MA—but the university has flagship locations around the world, including in London, Sydney, and Washington, DC...

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This year I've taken General and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry, Principles of Biology I, Principles of Biology II, Fourth Semester French, college writing, college research writing, and Introduction to Religion. I have learned more than I ever...

” – Chelsea from Rumford, ME
Michigan State University

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is a large public research institution in East Lansing, Michigan, and a multicultural student population representing more than 140 countries. MSU is home to more than 200 areas of study through 17 degree...

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As one of the eleven Big Ten schools, Michigan State's prestige includes it's wonderful learning opportunities. We have amazing professors that push academic limits beyond the class room. Although Michigan State is one of the largest universities...

” – Paulina from zeeland, MI
Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, research institution located in the New York town of the same name. SU’s 13 academic divisions offer 200 majors and 100 minors for undergraduate students, as well as multiple international study programs in  60...

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The selection of classes is amazing -- it is impossible to be disinterested in each and every one. Even in the required courses (generally speaking, there's only one, all the rest are options) you will be able to learn and stay interested...

” – Angela from Syracuse, NY
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public institution in central Illinois and the flagship campus of the U of I system. UIUC is home to 15 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 150 areas of...

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I've learned things so far in every course I've taken and have met really great professors and instructors. You learn a lot from the people as well. They're from all over the world.

” – Kristen from Chicago, IL
University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is a land- and sea-grant public research university in Athens, GA. Founded in 1785, University of Georgia is one of three public universities to hold the title of the oldest public university in the US. With 17 different...

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At UGA you get what you sign up for. I am currently taking 15 hours and all 15 of those are spent taking serious notes and paying close attention to learn the new material. I am learning new stuff everyday and am tested on it every 3 weeks. Coming...

” – Paige from Blythewood, SC
University of Miami

Founded in 1925, the University of Miami is a private research institution in south Florida. The U encompasses 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 180 fields of study. Away from the classroom, the Miami campus is home to...

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The University of Miami is a prestigious school with a lot to offer. The school is diverse and gives a small university feel in a big town environment. The University of Miami is a great place to go to school because it provides a good degree, has...

” – Maureen from Webster City, IA
University of Oregon

With a campus along the Willamette River, the University of Oregon is a 4-year public university in Eugene and the flagship campus of the UO System. The UO is home to nine colleges hosting more than 300 degree-granting academic programs. To provide a...

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I went to a top-rated, public high school and thought I was going to coast in college. I am taking 2 chemistry classes, math and English and am really being challenged. I have also been able to get the help I needed from professors and affordable...

” – Alexandra from San Diego, CA
Washington State University

Founded in 1890, Washington State University is the state's first land-grant university. Washington State University offers more than 200 fields of study, including 96 undergraduate majors, 86 minors, and more than 140 graduate and professional...

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The Professors at WSU are thorough in their teaching but sometimes lack the patience for slower students. The curriculum while tough is also very educational and I have found it to be rather enjoyable.

” – John from Clarkston, WA
University of Houston

The University of Houston is a public research institution and the third-largest university in Texas. UH is home to 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 108 fields of study. A diverse campus, UH has been designated an Hispanic-...

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No matter what major you'll get into, you'll definitely learn a lot. There a many professors who care if you're actually learning or not and they will try to engage you as best as they can with the amount of students they have. I'm in the Honors...

” – Gregory from Houston, TX
Central Michigan University

Originally founded as a teachers college, Central Michigan University has grown to become a 4-year public research institution. CMU encompasses eight colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic programs. In addition, CMU is home to...

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Central Michigan is a large MAC school with a small school feel. It is friendly and filled with people who seem to have a lot in common with me. There are a ton of options here, for everything from where to live to what to study to where to eat to...

” – Lauren from Bloomfield Hills, MI
Temple University

Temple University is a 4-year public research institution in Philadelphia. With its main campus set against the Philly skyline, Temple is home to 17 colleges and schools conferring degrees in over 400 academic programs. In addition, Temple features...

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Temple offers a myriad of degree programs. This allows everyone to find the perfect combination of majors and minors. I would like to become a teacher, so I learned a lot about what there was to choose from between browsing their website and taking a...

” – Kathryn from Wallingford, PA
Texas State University

Founded in 1899, Texas State University is a 4-year public school in south Texas and the largest campus in the TSU system. TSU hosts nine colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in 98 academic majors. Every year, Texas State unveils a Common...

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I received 42 credit hours from IB and AP classes in high school and my first semester courses were just basically review classes for me. However, since I have all of my core classes out of the way, I can take Upperclassmen and Honors courses for my...

” – Laura from Garland, TX
University of South Carolina-Columbia

The University of South Carolina is a 4-year public research institution in the state capital of Columbia. South Carolina encompasses 12 colleges conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, U of SC is home to the first freestanding academic...

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At the University of South Carolina in Columbia, there are a multitude of classes to choose from. From the Psychology of Sex to the Philosophy of Contemporary Moral Issues, this University has many classes that will tickle your fancy. Being the...

” – Emily from Ladson, SC
University of Denver

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain Region. DU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic fields of study and every major enables students to take courses across different subjects...

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It isn't hard to learn a lot if you go to classes and pay enough attention to your environment. It's also easy to learn a lot of lessons outside of the classroom by volunteering for events and getting involved with on-campus groups.

” – Michelle
Pace University-New York

Originally founded as a one room accounting school, Pace University is a 4-year research institution in Manhattan. Pace is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 65 academic majors. In addition, the Manhattan campus...

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Pace University has an amazing staff. Professors are dedicated to helping students during class and outside of the classroom setting. The class size is just right to be able to learn and focus.

” – Nichole from Brooklyn, NY
Pepperdine University

With a campus overlooking Malibu Bluffs and the Pacific Ocean, Pepperdine University is a 4-year Christian institution in Malibu affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Pepperdine is home to colleges of Business, Law, Arts & Sciences, Public Policy...

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definitely an expensive school! but they're pretty good about financial aid and it's well worth it.

” – Rachael from Spokane, WA
Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university located in Ames, IA. The 1,813-acre campus features 6 undergraduate colleges offering 100+ majors, as well as residence hall, apartment-style, and Greek-life housing options for more than 35...

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The learning environment at Iowa State is unlike anything else, there's no doubt in my mind that it has been a challenge, but the school offers many resources for any student who is willing to seek them out. the collegiate learning experience demands...

” – Jennifer from Shoreview, MN
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Founded two years before Tennessee achieved statehood in 1794, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is the flagship campus of the UT system and the first public university west of the Appalachian Divide. UT is home to nine colleges and schools...

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I have completed a total of 34 hours at the UT campus. So far, I have learned a lot from my professors. While some classes are huge (200+), others allow for one-on-one time with other students and faculty. Even in the 200+ classes, discussion...

” – Brittany from Morristown, TN
University of San Francisco

Founded by Jesuits in the mid-nineteenth century, the University of San Francisco is a private Catholic university and the first university established in the city. The 55-acre urban campus located near Golden Gate Park is home to 49 academic majors...

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Considering the fact that USF has different types of students from different areas, I feel strong to say that I will definitely learn a lot throughout ethnicity, religion, and culture.

” – Laura from Tustin, CA
Brigham Young University-Provo

Brigham Young University-Provo is a private research institution located in Provo, Utah, and founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU offers study abroad programs through their satellite campuses in more than 20 sites...

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All of the professors are experts in their fields, and are willing to go the extra mile to help make sure you learn what you want to.

” – Michelle from Provo, UT
Appalachian State University

Originally founded as a teachers college, Appalachian State University is a 4-year public university in the Blue Ridge Mountains region of North Carolina. As a campus of the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian is home to six colleges...

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Appalachian State is not your typical college learning experience. When I was searching for the right college I was really looking for a school that not only prepared me academically for life after college but also taught me things that aren't...

” – Lauren from Myrtle Beach , SC
San Jose State University

San Jose State University is the oldest public university on the west coast, and is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University System. Located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose, SJSU offers more than 145 areas of study with an...

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my first year at san jose has been all i could have imagined. the professors are enlightening and the counselors are always there to help. as for the students, this school is very diverse. i have met people from all over the states, and found...

” – graciela from seaside, ca
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University is a 4-year public research institution in Flagstaff and a designated Hispanic-serving institution. NAU is home to nine colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 12 academic divisions. To take advantage of its setting in the...

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The teachers that I have had for the most part have been amazing. Use upperclassman and online prof. grading sites as a resource though, because there are a few snoozers out here. If you can catch the right professor at this school, they can change...

” – Christian from Las Vegas, NV
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a 4-year public institution in central Oklahoma. OU offers bachelor’s degrees in 170 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom space, the OU campus hosts the National Weather Center featuring a...

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OU professors really teach you to think for yourself, especially your English professors. OU professor also teach you different research skills. You really do have to study a lot to make the grade but it is worth it. There are so many diverse...

” – Jayla from Tulsa, OK
Rowan University

With campus a short drive from the Delaware River, Rowan University is a public institution in southern New Jersey. Rowan confers bachelor’s degrees in 74 academic areas of study and is one of just over 50 American colleges to offer programs in...

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Not only have I learned a lot academically from my teachers and peers, I have learned a lot about myself. Rowan has provided me with great teachers who enjoy teaching their class and always are there for extra help!

” – Bevin from Lindenwold, NJ
Marquette University

Founded in 1881, Marquette University is a Jesuit Catholic institution in Milwaukee. Marquette is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees. The university is also home to a number of academic centers and...

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Marquette is a well-rounded university and it is a joy to go here. I know at MU, I will get a great education and become a better person as a whole. They have all the qualities I was looking for, and more!

” – Kara from Palatine, IL
Ball State University

Originally founded as a teacher’s college, Ball State University is a public institution in eastern Indiana. Ball State is home to seven colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in more than 120 academic majors. Throughout the year, Ball State...

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Ball State University is a great place to get a college education. As they say, Education Redefined. All professors and grad students are there to help. The learning center is an amazing place to get help with tutoring done by peers or even...

” – Kaysee from Schererville, IN
Emerson College

Emerson College is liberal arts college focusing on communication and the arts located in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1880 as a "school of oratory," Emerson still focuses largely on communication, just through 26 majors that culminate in a...

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Emerson College's Film Program is a great place for determined artists to find their voice and hone their filmmaking skills. The professor's are all very attentive and try their best to help each student get the education they need in any given class...

” – Emily from Campton, NH
Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University is a 4-year public research university and the flagship campus of the TTU System. Texas Tech encompasses 12 colleges and schools and is the only Texas college to feature an undergraduate university, law school, and medical...

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Basics are too general. Once you get into higher level courses, they begin to be more linked and in tune with your major. Courses are tough but the faculty and professors are always open to questions and are willing to work with your schedule if you...

” – Marie from El Paso, TX
Kent State University at Kent

Originally founded as a teacher-training school, Kent State University is a 4-year public research university in northeast Ohio. Kent State hosts ten colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in more than 300 areas of study. Additionally, KSU is home...

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At Kent I am able to challenge myself at whatever level I choose. Academically for my major, I learn a fair amount, and on top of that there are thousands of other courses I can take that are not mandatory, but just great learning experiences. With...

” – Steven from Parma, OH
Loyola University Chicago

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the city of Chicago. Loyola has four campuses in the Chicago area–the main Lake Shore Campus along Lake Michigan, Water Tower Campus in the heart of downtown, the...

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Loyola is located in one of the greatest cities on Earth, Chicago! There are so many opportunities open to students here, not only at the school itself, but in the whole city from prospective jobs to internships to volunteering to just having fun...

” – Alexis from Kenosha, WI
Western Michigan University

Established in 1903, Western Michigan University is a four-year public university in Kalamazoo. WMU is home to eight colleges and schools as well as Lee Honors College—the oldest honors college in the nation. Unique to Western, WMU Signature...

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The academics offered here at WMU are great. The school is not too big that it is hard to get individual help, but its big enough to teach you how to learn on your own and use the facilities the school provides as help. The student writing center and...

” – Tim from Kalamazoo, MI
Suffolk University

Located a short walk from the Massachusetts State House and Boston Common, Suffolk University is a private research institution in Boston. Suffolk confers undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 100 fields of study. For students interested in...

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The professors are really great. They tell personal experiences that you can learn from and relate to and are always available for extra help or a question. They really help you learn and care about your success.

” – Ashley from Everett, MA
Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University is a public liberal arts institution with three regional campuses in western Michigan. GVSU offers undergraduate degrees in 91 academic fields of study. For students who wish to experience another culture during their...

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There is a broad variety of classes that are available and the professors are great. They make you feel important by learning and calling you by name. They make an effort to get on a 1-on-1 relationship with each student.

” – Brianna from Kentwood, MI
Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is a private non-profit college located in the heart of Chicago. The one and only campus has more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from, in addition to programs available entirely online. Every...

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The phrase you get what you put in is thrown around, and for good reasons. This could be the greatest place in the world, putting you in connection with your industry's greatest innovators, or you could barely float along and graduate not having...

” – Selena from Orlando, FL
University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is a 4-year public school in northwest Idaho and the oldest public institution in the state. The U of I hosts 10 colleges granting undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 300 fields of study. In addition to...

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University of Idaho I think is a great school that should be considered seriously. I have personally met many professors and students that were both friendly and brilliant that attend this school. Even with the large class sizes, it has never stopped...

” – Matt from WA
Xavier University

Xavier University is a Jesuit Catholic institution in Cincinnati and the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. Xavier is home to colleges of Arts & Science, Business, and Professional Sciences offering bachelor’s degrees in over 90 fields...

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I am majoring in Natural Sciences at Xavier University. They provide a mass load of science help and much more, such as, Supplemental Instructions and tutoring. Supplemental Instructions are sessions in which upperclassman teach and review material...

” – Rachel from Fort Wayne, IN
Southern New Hampshire University

Originally conceived as a school of accounting and secretarial science, Southern New Hampshire University has grown to become a 4-year private university. SNHU confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 150 academic majors available both on campus and...

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Easy to apply and admissions counselors are with you every step of the way. The online class formats are self-explanatory, and you quickly learn the ins and outs. You academic adviser is constantly available and takes the initiative in knowing how...

” – Katty from Reno, NV

Wesleyan College is a private, 4-year, women’s institution. Founded in 1836, Wesleyan was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to woman, and its 200-acre, wooded campus has since been added to the National Register of Historic...

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Wesleyan is an academically challenging school. The classes sizes are very small so you receive a lot of one on one attention from your professors. The faculty and staff are willing to help you in anyway that they can.

” – Jordan from Griffin, GA
Ferris State University

Ferris State University is a 4-year public university in west central Michigan. Ferris State is home to eight colleges conferring over 190 undergraduate degrees as well as an honors program. For students who wish to learn in a foreign culture, Ferris...

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I am currently enrolled at Kendall (Ferris affiliate) and I find that the art studio and elective classes are very thorough and challenging. The professors are enjoyable, the atmosphere is non-competitive and the student life enjoyable and fun...

” – Samantha from Grand Rapids, MI
Quinnipiac University

A private university, Quinnipiac University is comprised of three regional campuses in Connecticut that feature the College of Arts and Sciences and eight professional schools. Quinnipiac puts extra emphasis on professions and career-readiness...

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The professors at Quinnipiac University are extremely helpful. Sure, you'll find an exception to that rule, but I have found that the majority of teachers excel at aiding their students in their education, and personal growth. I dare say that in my...

” – Gray from Kinnelon, NJ
Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University is a Tier 1 University with higher research activity and rated as having a more selective admissions process. The TCU mission is "to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the...

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I feel like I am learning a lot! The professors have been great and are very helpful. It is a lot of work, but it keeps me busy and very focused on my education.

” – Emily from Fort Worth, TX
Fashion Institute of Technology

The Fashion Institute of Technology is a public college of design, fashion, and art in New York City and part of the State University of New York system. FIT offers undergraduate programs in 29 fashion and artistic disciplines such as Menswear...

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The teachers are all well experienced and have been in the industry for a minimum of ten years before teaching. They all held high positions related to the fashion industry so they bring their knowledge into the classroom. They give hands-on...

” – Tina from Quincy, MA
Rochester Institute of Technology

The Rochester Institute of Technology is a 4-year private university of technology, arts, and design in northwest New York State. RIT is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, RIT offers a co-op program that...

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Part of being a Software Engineering major means spending a year with Computer Science students learning the basics of computer programming. When I first came to RIT, I knew nothing about writing code but the classes challenged and taught me well and...

” – Geoff from Avon, NY
The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a public research institution considered to have the "highest research activity" by Carnegie.  THe campus in the heart of North Texas and features 9 different schools and colleges, a Smart Hospital, Gallery at...

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UTA offers these courses where you will learn different study tips. They also offer many study aides like tutoring, writing and math clinic, and many more other things.

” – Cindy from Arlington, TX
Southern Methodist University

The Southern Methodist University is a private research institution in Texas featuring a liberal arts curriculum. The Dallas campus provides more than 200 areas of study to choose from, along with the Locomotor Lab to address scientific questions on...

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Heck yes. SMU gives you MANY opportunities to perform extra research and try out other projects AS AN UNDERGRAD (if you so seek).

I'm always getting e-mails from my department about opportunities to get involved - and even get published. AS AN...

” – Theresa from Dallas, TX
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Founded in 1869, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the oldest university in the state and flagship of the NU system. Nebraska is home to nine colleges conferring undergraduate degrees. In addition to classroom facilities, the NU campus hosts The...

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I feel like the Math Placement Exam is a bit ridiculous to have to take as a freshman to see what class you should take based on about 18 questions, but I guess it's acceptable. Aside from that, even though I'm a freshman and haven't been here for...

” – Kathryn from Denton, TX
Drake University

Calling Des Moines, Iowa, its home, Drake University is a midsize, private institution of higher learning with more than 70 majors available to its undergraduate students. Cultivated over 130 years of educating, The Drake Curriculum features small...

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I would rate drake a 4.8. We are a one of the top best value schools, because of the low tuition price and our great academics. Drake is a prestigious college that will take you places.

” – Crysta from Florissant, MO
Bradley University

Originally founded as a watch-making school by Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897, Bradley University is a private institution in central Illinois. Bradley confers bachelor’s degrees in over 185 academic areas of study. Throughout the year, Bradley programs...

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I absolutely love my classes and teachers at Bradley. I am learning a lot and the teachers make time for students to come in for additional help and questioning. Since Bradley is small, there are small class sizes which I find extremely helpful...

” – Kristin from Bettendorf, IA
Lamar University

Named for the second president of the Republic of Texas, Lamar University is a 4-year public school in southeast Texas and a member of the Texas State University system. Lamar encompasses five colleges granting bachelor’s and graduate degrees in over...

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Even though the beginning of the classes are reviews from what I learned in high school i'm still learning new things that I find useful.

” – Di'Andra from Houston, TX
Western Kentucky University

Founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University is a 4-year public institution with campus perched atop a hill. WKU is home to six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 101 academic majors and 111 minors. The university also hosts the Colonnade...

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I've learned a lot about myself and what i am capable, which i find important in pursuing my career. Not to mention the immense amount of knowledge I have already acquired.

” – Shaniequa from Bowling Green, KY, KY
Barry University

Founded by the Adrian Dominican Sisters in 1940, Barry University is a private institution in the Miami metro area and one of the largest Catholic universities in the southeast. Barry is home to eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate and...

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I am a double major in Criminology and Biomedical Forensic Photography Major, every time I attend class I learn something new. The teacher actually knows who you are and what work you have done (or not done) in their class. You learn that criticism...

” – Catalina from Miami, FL
Lee University

Lee University is a 4-year institution located in Cleveland, Tennessee. They offer 55 majors on the more than 119 acre campus with the focus of “develop[ing] within the students knowledge, appreciation, understanding, ability and skill which will...

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Lee is Cleveland, Tennessee's best kept secret. From the great campus that is a wonderful combination of brick buildings and gorgeous landscapes to the people, the professors, the friends, and everyone in-between. Lee University is my home.

” – Anna from douglasville, GA
North Park University

Founded in 1891, North Park University is a Christian institution in Chicago affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church. North Park is home to six colleges and schools as well as a seminary conferring degrees in over 60 undergrad and graduate...

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north park university is one of the best christian university in chicago. the diversity population and a great sense of community makes you feel right at home.

” – elizabeth from chicago, il
St John's University-New York

St. John’s University is a private Catholic university in New York City, in the neighborhood of Queens. The urban, 102-acre campus offers more than 100 degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels within six schools and...

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The campus is beautiful. The study spaces are very convenient. The food is great.

” – Bayyinah from Jamaica, NY
Susquehanna University

With a campus overlooking its eponymous river, Susquehanna University is a 4-year institution in central Pennsylvania featuring a liberal arts curriculum and pre-professional studies. Susquehanna is home to schools of Business and Arts & Sciences...

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My main interest in both high school and college was science, and for me, there was no better place than Susquehanna! In March of 2010, Susquehanna University opened its New Science Building (see here: http://www.susqu.edu/26110.asp) for classes...

” – Joe from Pennsylvania
Rider University
Lawrence Township, NJ
Rider University

Originally founded in 1865 as a business college, Rider University is a 4-year private school in western New Jersey. Rider is home to colleges of Business Administration, the Arts, Education, and Liberal Arts offering undergraduate degrees in 71...

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The professors are very knowledgable. Many of the professors take the time to get to know their students.

” – Robert from Hamilton, NJ
Gannon University

Founded by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Gannon University is a 4-year Catholic liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania and one of 11 Diocesan universities in the United States. Gannon grants bachelor’s degrees in 64 academic fields of...

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Gannon has provided all the necessary information to me about academics, scholarships available, and financial aid.

” – Anonymous
Oral Roberts University

Named for a famous televangelist, Oral Roberts University is an Evangelical Christian institution in Tulsa. ORU is home to six colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in over 77 academic majors and 65 minors. As an evangelical institution, Chapel...

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Not only am I learning SO much in regards to my media major and other general courses, I feel that I am learning so much about life and how to be a prospect for change in my community.

” – Chris from Tulsa, OK
Murray State University

Murray State University is a 4-year public school in southwest Kentucky. Murray State is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 126 academic programs. For students interested in the performing arts, Murray State mounts an...

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No matter what school you choose be sure to get involved in some way, it makes college much more enjoyable and Murray is a great place to get involved.

” – Kayley from Morganfield, KY
Santa Monica College

With campus a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area. SMC grants associate degrees and certificates in more than 80 academic fields of study. In addition, Santa Monica...

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Santa Monica College is a very good school where learning is easy and fun. The teachers are very good and they are willing to help you when you need it. There is plenty of help and one-on-one counseling. I really am learning a lot of what is expected...

” – Jesus from Los Angeles, CA
University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi is a 4-year public school in southeast Mississippi. Southern Miss is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing as well as the sixth-oldest acceptance-based Honors College in the...

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The Professors here are really dedicated to making sure the students understand the material. The classes are fun and easy to get to.

” – Janna from Slidell, LA
New York Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology is a private university with campuses on Long Island and New York City. New York Tech is home to six schools and colleges conferring degrees in over 90 career-centered academic programs. Additionally, New York Tech...

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I was truly impressed by innovative facilities and how my questions were answered in a friendly manner. I was impressed by their well-presented computer-engineering workshop. The teachers explained everything on what to do and what not. They also...

” – Hector from Bay Shore, NY
Drury University

Originally established in 1873 as Springfield College, Drury University is a liberal arts college based in southwest Missouri. DU is home to the Your Drury Fusion academic program combining professionally-oriented majors with concentrations in purely...

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Drury University is a small, private, liberal arts college in the heart of the Midwest. The area is beautiful and provides the perfect environment for a great education. The staff and faculty are very helpful and truly care about the education and...

” – Brianna from Springfield, MO
Salem State University

Established in 1854, Salem State University is a 4-year public school in the greater Boston area. Salem State grants bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic programs with a focus on liberal arts and sciences. In addition to classroom facilities, Salem...

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I think Salem State University is a great four year institution, and I am extremely happy that I chose to go here out of all the schools I applied to. The class are small and the professors really care about how you are doing and are really there for...

” – Emma from New Bedford, MA
Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University is a state-funded institution based in the rural town of Maryville, Missouri. The tree-filled campus is designated as the official Missouri State Arboretum. Business, elementary education, and communications are...

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It is a beautiful campus with lots of nature. The professors care about the student's success. The school seems to try hard to make sure student's are able to pay their way through school and graduate.

” – Accalia from Peculiar, MO
South Dakota State University

Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is a 4-year public school in eastern South Dakota and the state’s largest university. The oldest institution of higher education in South Dakota, SDSU awards bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic...

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SDSU has a wide variety of programs and opportunities for it's students. They constantly have construction going on, which I did not like as a student because I never really felt like I was getting the typical college experience because of it. The...

” – Stephanie from Brookings, SD
Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University is a private liberal arts university based in Saint Charles, MO, and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Lindenwood’s eight academic schools offer more than 120 programs, which can be completed traditionally, online...

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A great learning environment. Instructors are very knowledgeable and concern with the success of students.

” – Malinda from Belleville, IL
Webster University

Webster University is a private institution based in Webster Groves, Missouri. Webster operates campuses around the nation and abroad, in countries such as Ghana, the Netherlands, Thailand, and Greece, that students may transfer to for a semester...

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Webster University is a great place for learning to things and networking with outstanding people. Webster University Professors make it fun by teaching hands-on for each subject of learning. People here are really friendly, which makes it easier to...

” – Jordan from High Ridge, MO
Harding University

Formed by the merger of two junior college, Harding University is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in northern Arkansas. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Harding confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 100 academic majors and minors. As...

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It really is great to be at Harding! The campus is beautiful and the people are incredible what more do you need?

” – Nick from Hoschton, GA
Oklahoma City University

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City University is a 4-year liberal arts and sciences university in Oklahoma’s capital city. OKCU hosts 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 70 academic majors. For...

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I feel that I am challenged by several of my teachers. My English composition teacher Ms. Keller really helped me learn how to write a cohesive and interesting essay. My public speaking teacher helped me get over my fear of formally speaking in front...

” – Shavonne from Oklahoma City, OK
Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University is a 4-year public school and urban research university based in northeast Ohio. Youngstown State awards undergraduate degrees in over 115 academic majors and is home to research centers including the Center of Excellence...

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At Youngstown State University I have learned so much and I am continuing to grow with knowledge. The professors want you to challenge yourself not only in the classroom but also outside the classroom. I have not had a professor yet that I have not...

” – Joline from Akron, OH
American River College

Founded as a training center for civilian soldiers in World War II, American River College is a 2-year community college in California’s state capital of Sacramento. ARC confers associate degrees and certificates in over 80 academic fields of study...

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I am currently studying as a music major at American River College. The teachers are excellent and push you to become a better musician. For a community college, we have teachers that are willing to help their students through the internet, office...

” – Jessica from Sacramento, CA
Palomar College

Palomar College is a public community college operating one main campus and three academic centers around San Diego County, California. Many students choose to study the social sciences, fire prevention and safety technology, or paramedic training...

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Classes are good, just be sure to pay attention and not fall asleep during lectures!

” – Cate
Sacramento City College

Sacramento City College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of California. Along with the main campus, SCC also maintains two academic centers in Davis and West Sacramento. Students attending SCC’s main campus can take advantage of a...

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sacramento city college is a great place to meet new people. the professors are kind and gives attention to every student. the campus is beautiful and the classes are also very easy to find.

” – Karen from Elk Grove, CA
Union University

Founded in 1823, Union University is an evangelical Christian liberal arts institution in west Tennessee and the oldest university affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Union confers undergraduate degrees in over 100 Christ-centered...

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Union University is a fantastic school that, for the most part, lives up to its portrayal of itself. Union claims to be excellence driven, Christ-centered, people-focused, and future-directed. It truly does meet those claims.

” – Kat
Point Park University

Originally founded as a business training college, Point Park University is a 4-year liberal arts college and the only university in downtown Pittsburgh. Point Park is home to five colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in over 70 academic...

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i love this school. its a nice urban campus thats probably bigger than alot of people would think. this school also has a wide range of diverse people.

” – LaQueisha from Pittsburgh, PA
The University of Alabama

Established in 1821, the University of Alabama is a 4-year research institution in Tuscaloosa and the oldest and largest public university in the state. UA features 12 colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 70 fields of study. For...

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I think my courseload is exactly what I signed myself up for. I'm challenged in my classes, which is what every student needs. My professors make learning the material interesting, and even fun!

” – Rachael from Elgin, IL
Southern Adventist University

Founded in 1892, Southern Adventist University is an evangelical Christian college in south Tennessee affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The first Adventist school in the south, Southern confers undergraduate degrees in 64 majors. As a...

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When I went to Southern I learn so about the school and what I should expect when I attend. The staff are very friend and treat everyone with kindness.

” – Child of God from Norcross, GA
Ringling College of Art and Design

The Ringling College of Art and Design is a private college focused on the creative arts in western Florida. Ringling College confers bachelor’s degrees in 14 artistic subjects such as Entertainment Design, Visual Studies, and Illustration and the...

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Ringling is an incredible school, built on a solid foundation and teachers that do a phenomenal job at upholding such high standards. The program for Interior Design received outstanding ratings by CIDA, the accreditation committee who regulates the...

” – Karrie from Wapakoneta, OH
Sinclair Community College

Sinclair Community College is a public institution located primarily in Dayton, Ohio, with satellite campuses in Centerville, Englewood, and Huber Heights. The college offers a full array of degree and certificate programs, and provides additional...

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I have received more than just an academic education at Sinclair. I have gained a lifelong experience that will greatly benefit my future.

” – Erika from Dayton, OH
University of Southern Indiana

With campus a short distance from the Ohio River, the University of Southern Indiana is a 4-year public school in southwest Indiana. USI confers bachelor’s degrees in 87 areas of study featuring a community-focused curriculum with an emphasis on...

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University of southern Indiana is challenging. University of Southern Indiana provides everything a larger college does in a smaller atmosphere. University of Southern Indiana engages every level of student to achieve.

” – Katelynn from Kokomo, IN

South Plains College is a 2-year community college based in Levelland, Texas with satellite branches in Plainview and Lubbock. SPC awards professional and technical certifications as well as associate degrees. Popular fields of study include welding...

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Wow I can't tell you how much I learned at this school. To me it was hard work but I learned more than I ever did in all 4 yrs of high school in one semester

” – Alicia from Odonnell, TX

Butler Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in El Dorado, Kentucky, with satellite campuses in Rose Hill, Andover, Wichita, Marion, and Council Grove. Butler offers Meta Majors as one of their many pathway options, which are...

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Yes! I am learning a ton. Especially with the Computer classes and the General Eds

” – Ethan from Bel Aire, KS

Northwood University is a private, 4-year institution established in Midland, Michigan. The college maintains a number of regional education facilities in Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Texas, California, and online in order for students to complete...

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When I visited they said the professors had a one year contract and if they weren't performing well that they were gone. The school also has many varying options of degrees and classes to take that cover a wide variety of interests.

” – Christian from Zeeland, MI
East Mississippi Community College

East Mississippi Community College is a 2-year degree program and public institution based in rural Scooba, MS. The college offers associate degree programs and 1-2 year technical certification programs. Admissions are open and nontraditional...

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This is an excellent school to attend. Teacher's really care and try hard to help students. Its a peaceful environment to be apart of and the sports teams are great.

” – Brea from Hattiesburg, MS
Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles City College is a public two-year community college. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the Los Angeles Community College District. LACC offers 2-year associate degree programs and transferable courses. Favored areas of...

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Great motivational teachers. You get more one on one teacher time to ask more questions. Excellent tutoring programs, which you should definitely take advantage of.

” – Dulce from Los Angeles, CA
Minnesota State University Moorhead

Minnesota State University Moorhead is a 4-year public school in western Minnesota and a campus of the Minnesota State College and Universities system. MSUM is home to five colleges granting degrees in 82 academic majors. For sports fans, MSU...

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Minnesota State University Moorhead is an excellent place for people to become friends in a small community setting. Moorhead's small campus of only 8,000 students is the perfect size for an incoming freshman like myself. The faculty have been...

” – Laura from Bloomington, MN
Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University is a public, 4-year institution located primarily in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Along with the school’s main campus, MSU also maintains centers in both Midway and Minneapolis. While the college offers an expansive catalog of...

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Metropolitan state is a diverse school with supportive community. Been in my first I hard supportive instructors and peers who make my transition from high school to college in smooth way.

” – Adan from minneapolis, MN
Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian University is a private Christian liberal arts university founded in 1950 by members of the Churches of Christ. The 240-acre campus is on the north side of Oklahoma City and includes a 30,000 square foot Prince Engineering Center...

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The size is perfect for people who aren't quite ready to be thrown into the real world. The professors are personal and attentive. My fellow classmates are wonderful and so unbelievably friendly!

” – Whitney from Topeka, KS
Del Mar College
Corpus Christi, TX
Del Mar College

Del Mar College is a 2-year community college located in Corpus Christi, Texas. DMC provides associate degrees and professional certifications. Many students choose to study nursing, welding, or police and criminal science. Del Mar College is a...

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the paramedic program is top notch. and the nursing program for rn's is ranked top 5 in the u.s.

” – Joshua from Corpus Christi, TX
El Paso Community College

El Paso Community College is a 2-year community college based in El Paso, Texas. The school operates five campuses and offers courses throughout the El Paso and Hudspeth counties. EPCC has an open admissions policy and offers programs for...

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It is a great place to start. The educators are very knowledgable and I feel that I have gotten a lot out of the classes I have taken thus far.

” – Ashley from El Paso, TX
Morningside College

Morningside College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northwest Iowa affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Morningside is home to over 65 undergrad degree-granting and pre-professional programs. Every school year culminates in May Term, a...

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Most of my classes are a good mix of challenging and easy material. I do spend about 3 hours a day studying, but even so I find my chemisty class especially difficult. There are times, though, in all of my classes when I feel like I've learned the...

” – Jessyka from Linwood, KS
Waynesburg University

Founded in 1850, Waynesburg University is a private school situated in the hills of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and prides itself on being a “good value” school with tuition, room, and board priced below...

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I have visited waynesburg and love the togetherness I felt when I visited. It's small and you don't feel like student#89690. It makes it easier to make friends.

” – Olivia from Avella, PA
Johnson & Wales University-Providence

Johnson & Wales University is career-focused institution with a main campus in Providence and branch campuses in North Carolina, Florida, and Colorado. JWU is home to six colleges conferring bachelor’s degrees in 28 fields of study. All JWU classes...

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I think so far I've learned alot here not just about school work and my profession or major, but about life and being an adult at this school due to the many organizations this school offers.

” – Devin from Providence, RI
Kingston University London

Located just 25 minutes from central London, Kingston University offers internationally-recognized qualifications and welcomes around 100 new students from the USA every year, with many more on Study Abroad and exchange programs. Founded in 1899, the...