Elementary Education and Teaching

The Elementary Education Degree

An elementary education degree programs focus on training future teachers in first through fifth or sixth grade levels. The elementary education degree focuses on strategies for instilling critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities in young children. Most students earning this degree go on to become elementary school teachers. Elementary education degrees are available at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels.

The Teaching Degree

An elementary education major is just one of several options you can choose if you want to become a teacher. If you know that you want to teach at an early grade level, elementary education or early childhood education are great fits. 

For students looking to teach at the junior high or high school levels, certain colleges offer a secondary education major. Another option to teach at the secondary level is to major in the subject in which you wish to specialize such as biology, history, or English. Regardless of which major you choose, you’ll have to get certified by your state of residence and obtain a teaching license in order to teach professionally. 

What Are the Requirements to Become a Teacher?

As mentioned above, an elementary education or secondary education major is helpful for becoming a teacher but it’s not a requirement. You don’t even need to attend one of the best colleges for teaching majors to enter the profession. Even if you decide you want to become a teacher after graduating, it’s still possible to research the requirements for teacher certification in your state and earn a teaching license in your area of expertise.

In most states, you’ll need to have student teaching experience in order to enter the profession. This will also give you a real-time sense of what teachers face every day as part of their job. You’ll be challenged to deal with children both as a class and in one-on-one situations. And you’ll receive evaluations and constructive criticism from a full-time teacher who functions as your supervisor. 

For students pursuing an education major, a student teaching experience will be programmed into the curriculum. For those majoring in a different subject or those who decide to pursue teaching as a profession after college, you can still pursue an internship that includes a student teaching assignment.

Once you earn a bachelor’s degree and finish your student teaching experience, you’ll need to get certified by your home state in order to become a full time teacher. Certifications differ depending on the grade level you want to teach and requirements to earn a license differ from state to state. In many states, you’ll need to pass a certification exam in order to earn your license. Search for your state’s teaching requirements online to get a sense of everything you need to do to become a teacher.

Associate Level

For students attending a community college who want to become teachers, an associate degree provides a grounding in the core courses needed to eventually earn a bachelor’s degree. Many community colleges offer an associate degree in elementary education although some schools refer to it as an associate degree in teaching. 

The curriculum includes courses in mathematics, history, humanities, and social sciences and many schools include a practicum. A typical associate degree takes two years to complete and most graduates transfer to a 4-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Examples of classes at the associate level include: education fundamentals, intro to elementary education, theories of learning, education technology, and instructional techniques. 

Examples of Jobs You Can Get With an Associate Degree in Elementary Education Include: Preschool Teacher, Childcare Worker, and Teaching Assistant.

The average salary for these positions ranges from $24,000 (Childcare Worker) to $35,000 (Preschool Teacher).

Baccalaureate Level

A bachelor’s degree in elementary education or a bachelor’s degree in teaching provide the training and foundation necessary to become a kindergarten or elementary school teacher. In addition to general knowledge classes in subjects like history and mathematics, the bachelor’s degree curriculum includes subjects specific to the educational field such as instructional planning, elementary reading methods, and educational assessment. 

A bachelor of elementary education program also features a student teaching assignment to provide real world experience and prepare you for the demands of the profession. Examples of classes at the baccalaureate degree level include: curriculum development, educational technology, evidence-based methods for students with disabilities, child development psychology, and classroom & behavior management.

For students requiring more scheduling flexibility, many colleges and universities offer an online elementary education degree. These programs feature classes in general education, child psychology, and teaching theory entirely online so students can complete them on their own schedules. An online teaching degree is especially helpful for working students or those raising families. Many online programs feature an in-person practicum requirement in order to gain hands-on experience.

Examples of Jobs You Can Get With a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education Include: Elementary School Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Instructional Coordinator, Standardized Test Designer, Guidance Counselor, Child Life Specialist, Admissions Counselor, Juvenile Corrections Worker, School Psychologist, and Career Counselor.

The average elementary education salary for teachers varies from state to state. Across the nation, the average salary is approximately $61,400 but be sure to check the figures for your state to get a more accurate picture of the average teacher salary where you live.

For the other positions, the average salary ranges from $46,000 (Guidance Counselor, Child Life Specialist, Admissions Counselor) to $62,000 (Instructional Coordinator) to $90,000+ (Curriculum Manager, School Psychologist).

Graduate Level

For students looking to land a teaching position in a better paying district or a job in school administration, several schools offer a master’s degree in elementary education. Certain master’s programs are designed for licensed teachers while others are teacher certification prep programs so be sure to research who a given program is designed for. 

The master’s degree program focuses on classes and research dedicated to teaching techniques and curriculum development. Some programs also focus on techniques for teaching specific subjects. A master’s degree in elementary education culminates in either a graduate thesis or a comprehensive exam and supervised practicum. Examples of classes at the master’s level include: learning theory, technology for teaching, the psychology of learning, and teaching English language learners.

Furthermore, for those looking to enter the school administration field or become educational researchers, some schools offer a PhD in elementary education. The PhD program features classes on subjects such as literacy development and theories of learning in education. These classes accompany independent research in topics like new educational technologies and progressive schools. A typical PhD program can be completed in five to six years.

Examples of Jobs You Can Get with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education Include: Principal, Curriculum Developer, Corporate Trainer, Child Care Director, Educational Policy Developer, and Educational Consultant.

The average salary for these positions ranges from $62,000 (Corporate Trainer, Child Care Director) to $106,000 (Educational Consultant) to $115,000 (Principal).

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Baylor University

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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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University of Maryland-College Park

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Clemson University

Clemson University is America’s second-largest university by student population and South Carolina’s land- and sea-grant institution. Clemson is home to seven colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in more than 80 academic majors. For...

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Most of the professors here are excellent. Like any other college though you are going to have a few in each course that aren't too great. But there are more good than bad so if you talk to older students and avoid the few, then you'll be golden.

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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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Even though most of my classes are intro (100 level) classes, I feel like I am learning a lot! My professors are all easy to get along with, easy to contact, and easy to approach for help. While each class is taught differently, they all have one...

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University of South Florida

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Besides your core classes that apply directly to your major, students must meet “Gordon Rule” requirements in order to graduate. These classes have broadened my horizon tremendously. I never would have taken Anthropology, World Regional Geography, or...

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Ohio University-Main Campus

The first university chartered by an Act of Congress; Ohio University is a 4-year public research institution in southeast Ohio. The Athens, Ohio, campus is home to nine colleges, including the highly regarded Honors Tutorial College, conferring...

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Pretty much all of my professors are enthusiastic about their topics. They are always looking to get their students as enthusiastic, so they make sure to keep the ball rolling fairly quickly, moving from topic to topic throughout the quarter. Don't...

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Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College

Boston College is a 4-year Jesuit Catholic University and the first institution of higher learning founded in the city of Boston. BC is home to eight schools and colleges conferring degrees in over 50 fields of study. As a Catholic university, Boston...

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Auburn University
Auburn University, AL
Auburn University

Auburn University is a 4-year public research institution and the second largest university in Alabama. Auburn encompasses 12 colleges offering undergraduate degrees in over 150 academic majors. Outside of the classroom, Auburn is home to the Auburn...

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Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University was founded in 1873 as a private research university in Nashville, Tennessee. Academically, the university focuses on an interdisciplinary approach,  encouraging students to take courses from any of the 143 areas of study. The...

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Temple University

Temple University, founded in 1884, is a public, four-year high research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Home to more than 37,000 students, Temple offers more than 600 academic programs in 17 schools and colleges, on several...

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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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The professors all have a passion for their craft, so no matter what class your in you will learn immense amounts of information with ease. I usually do not like political science, but my professor is so into it that it is difficult not to get fired...

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University of South Carolina-Columbia

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The classes at The University of South Carolina are great. The professors are always there to help you if you have any questions and they really want you to succeed in their classes. Plus, being at Carolina teaches you a lot about who you are and the...

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Oregon State University

Oregon State University is an international public institution located in Corvallis, OR. Originally Corvallis Academy, 150 years and more than 200 degree offerings later, OSU is one of only three universities in the US to have a land-, sea-, space-...

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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

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Liberty University

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University of Iowa

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Iowa City is a fabulous learning environment. In my first semester, all of my professors were very knowledgeable in each of their respective fields. I feel that at Iowa classes and degree requirements are designed to enable students to actually...

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University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky is a land-grant university that was founded in 1865 in Lexington, Kentucky. U.S. News & World Report ranks UK as #63 in Top Public Schools. The most popular fields of study at this “selective” university are Education...

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The University of Kentucky has provided me with a great sense of culture and community. They have proved to have courses that are meaningful and rigorous. I have learned a lot about how to commit myself to a program fully to allow me to be successful...

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DePaul University

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Rutgers University-New Brunswick

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George Washington University

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Pace University

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The University of Texas at San Antonio

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University of Kansas

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Drexel University

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Iowa State University

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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...

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University of Rochester

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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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this is such a wonderful school. I so much would like to attend as a Nursing student. I am working with all my heart to be accepted here. This is at the very top of my list.

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North Carolina State University at Raleigh

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I am pre-vet at NC State. Being involved in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), I tend to take many science and math classes. NC State is a great science and math school and I have learned so much already, even though I have just...

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West Virginia University

A real college experience — Big 12 athletics, R1 research, space-and-land grant opportunities packed into a tight-knit, welcoming community. Bring us your dreams, your determination, your sense of adventure. And we’ll help you turn your passions into...

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WVU is a big school; however, I have not met a professor who is not willing to help students outside of class. Even though there can be classrooms filled with 200 students at a time, it is very easy to get to know the professor and to work with them...

” – Mary from Chapel Hill, NC
Fordham University

At Fordham, the Jesuit University of New York, you’ll receive a rigorous education in one of the world’s greatest cities. Fordham students choose from three undergraduate colleges—Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and...

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Fordham truly has some amazing professors and courses. Naturally, you'll also run into some not so awesome ones as well, but my positive experiences have far outweighed the negative experiences. I have found that the overwhelming majority of...

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University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains and ranks #90 in National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report. They offer Residential Academic Programs (RAPs), multiple honors programs, and an Education...

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I am a psychology major in one of the largest and best psychology departments in the country. Admittedly, there are many schools that have quality psychology departments, but the University of Colorado's is very well equipped for research...

” – Alexandra from Boulder, CO
American University

American University is a research institution located in a residential neighborhood of Washington, DC. AU has eight schools on its carbon-neutral campus featuring more than 160 programs. American University is also home to many research centers...

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As a student of International Relations, I don't think I could have chosen a better school. My professors were not only well-versed on theory, but they had made (and were STILL making) valuable contributions to their fields. Relative to other schools...

” – Justine from Topeka, KS
Florida International University

Florida International University is the only public research university in Miami. FIU offers bachelor’s degrees in over 190 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom facilities, the FIU campus houses the International Hurricane Research...

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I am currently in the FIU Honors Program and it has been a great experience. The teachers are excellent and the classes are rich in knowledge, if you really want to take advantage of them though you absolutely need to put in your effort. A lot of the...

” – Taimi from Miami, FL
Florida Atlantic University

With campus a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Atlantic University is a 4-year public university in southeast Florida. FAU houses 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 170 fields of study. In addition to...

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I've been in the college of engineering, college of business, and now, the college of design and social inquiry. The curriculum is all about applications and examples and how to's so when you're reading the text, you know when to use which...

” – Melody from Boca Raton, FL
Brigham Young University

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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BYU is a great college. There are those classes where you will learn a whole ton if you haven't graduated preschool, and then conversely there are classes that are so difficult that they are impossible. So far, I haven't taken either of those type of...

” – Tyler from Highland, UT
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is the result of a merger between Indiana University and Purdue University and offers degrees from both institutions. IUPUI hosts 17 schools granting degrees in over 350 areas of study. Additionally...

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the teachers here are great. 71% of the classes have 30 or less students which help us have a more personal relationship with the teachers who prefer that because they want us to succeed. they give you their office hours and encourage you to come and...

” – Sara from Shawano, WI
University of Delaware

The University of Delaware is a 4-year public university in northern Delaware and one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the country—noting signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution in its first graduating...

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Pulling an all nighter never seemed so exciting before. One computer science class, and I felt like I could tackle and computer programming question out there. Most classes are similar in the amount of learning that goes on. Everywhere you turn...

” – David from Fairfield, CT
University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Originally founded as a small branch college, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a 4-year public university and an Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving institution. UNLV encompasses 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in...

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I learned more than I expected I would in my first year at UNLV. Not just from the courses I took but also the events held on campus. The Professors all were enthusiastic about the subjects they taught and applied what they were teaching to everyday...

” – Samantha from Henderson, NV
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

The University of Utah is a public research instititution situated in Salt Lake City that offers more than 100 undergraduate majors. The U is home to three professional arts organizations to complement the College of Fine Arts, and even features a 3...

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The University of Utah classes are both academically challenging and realistically applicable.The professors teach in ways that challenge me to think differently and openly relating to the real world. It's actually quite refreshing. Not only am I...

” – Abby from Salt Lake City, UT
Hofstra University

Hofstra University boasts small classes, dedicated faculty, and an energized campus within reach of New York City. Students can choose from about 160 undergraduate programs and about 165 graduate programs, in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business...

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Very homey feel on the campus. The faculty appear to be very well educated. Students were kind and helpful.

” – Luis from Palmetto Bay, FL
Nova Southeastern University

Founded by a group of local businessmen over breakfast, Nova Southeastern University is a 4-year private university in southeast Florida and an Hispanic-serving institution. NSU is home to 18 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in...

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My alumnus guidance counselor said she gained a lot from Nova.

” – Melinda
Illinois State University

Founded in 1857, Illinois State University is a 4-year institution in central Illinois and the first public university in the state. The ISU campus hosts six colleges and schools as well as an Honors Program and Milner Library. In addition, ISU is...

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If you are looking for a college that has a lot of tutoring this is the one everyone helps each other out. There is no such thing as every man for themselves as soon as you step foot on this campus you feel like your home. Overall Illinois state...

” – Shauny from Chicago, IL
Miami University-Oxford

Founded in 1809, Miami University is a 4-year public research institution in southwest Ohio and the state’s second oldest university. Miami of Ohio confers bachelor’s degrees in over 120 fields of study. For recreation, Miami is home to a unique...

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Several teachers teach from the course textbook, but also draw from their own experiences and other media/texts. Miami gives a well-rounded education because they stress that non academic activities are important, too. Learning comes from the...

” – Samantha from Erlanger, KY
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public, liberal arts university founded in 1891. The urban research campus offers 82 undergraduate degrees through six colleges and schools, as well as 74 master’s programs and 32 doctoral programs...

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The professors are great. I have not had a class Ive hated. The Classical Studies department is excellent. Never a dull moment with those professors. Professors are usually very understanding to those who are actively trying in the class. They will...

” – Brittany from Welcome, NC
University of Wisconsin-Madison

From its main campus located atop a hilltop in Wisconsin’s state capital, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a 4-year public institution and the flagship campus of the UW system. Founded in 1848 at the same time that Wisconsin achieved statehood...

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Uw- Madison is a fantastic school. The academics are strong, there is always something fun to do, the school spirit is remarkable, and on top of it al you live on a beautiful campus. I don't know any one that dislikes their experience here.

” – Cordell from Barneveld, WI
University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut is a public research university that houses 14 schools and colleges, and more than 100 undergraduate majors. Centered around Horsebarn Hill, the university features a floriculture greenhouse, animal barns, and Dairy Bar...

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The classes are very in depth. With the size of the classes, there isn't much one one one time with the professor, if any, so how much you learn depends completely on you. You can choose to stay on top of things on your own or you can utilize the...

” – Lilia from Willington, CT
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
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University is a four-year public research institution in Flagstaff, Arizona, which is consistently named among the nation’s best college towns. A variety of award-winning student resources and support are available to all students...

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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 North Carolina at Charlotte

Originally opened as a night school in Charlotte Central High School, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has grown to become a 4-year public research institution and campus of the UNC system. UNC Charlotte is home to seven colleges...

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UNC Charlotte is a great school with a gorgeous campus. It isn't the most popular NC public school but it has a lot of strong majors. I did not think I would like it at all when I first got here but I love it now and I always find myself missing...

” – Heather from Sanford, NC
University of Missouri-Columbia

Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri is a 4-year public school in central Missouri and the first university established west of the Mississippi River. MU is home to 13 colleges and schools conferring degrees in 97 academic majors including the...

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Mizzou is a huge learning experience in every aspect. I've learned not only about my subjects but about good study habits, organizational habits and myself. The teachers are generally understanding but tough and if you take the time to talk to them...

” – Philip from Saint Louis, MO
East Carolina University

East Carolina University is located in Greenville, NC, and is comprised of 13 colleges. This public research university offers 84 bachelor's and 71 master's degrees, and claims a spot as the state leader in distance educated by providing 90 online...

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East Carolina has a beautiful campus. There is so much to do and plenty of time to do it. The community is extremely close and there is always something fun going on.

” – Madeline from Richmond, VA
University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo is a 4-year research institution offering more than 140 undergraduate degree programs. UB is the largest university in the State University of New York system by enrollment, but maintains a student-faculty ratio of 14:1...

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This school has great programs for several different disciplines: Pharmacy, Architecture, Dentistry, Law, Nursing, Anthropology, etc. Spend some time really considering which one you would most like to pursue and then really immerse yourself in it.

” – Matthew from Stockbridge, GA
University of Illinois Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is a public research university located in the Windy City. UIC’s 15 colleges and schools offer 87 bachelor’s degrees, 53 certificates, and more than 150 graduate degrees, as well as multiple research...

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UIC is a great learning environment if you are able to use the resources offered to you. It's not always easy, and the classes are tough, but it's a great learning experience.

” – KN major.
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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Most of my professors at OU have been very good and actually care about their students. No one will hold your hand through college, but they definitely encourage independent thinking and hard work. OU emphasizes a liberal arts education, so they...

” – Kathryn from Norman, OK
Towson University

Located in Towson, MD, a suburb of Baltimore, Towson University is a diverse and inclusive campus community where your interests and talents have the platform to shine.

At Towson U, you get top ranked programs, small classes, and professors who will...

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Overall, I think Towson University is a wonderful school! I originally was going to go to another university in Philadelphia, however I fell in love with Towson while on a college tour. One thing that I especially love is that because it is a big...

” – Carly from Maryland
Mercer University

Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning, offering rigorous programs that span the undergraduate liberal arts to doctoral level degrees. While offering a breadth of programs found at much...

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Mercer provides students' a comprehensive liberal arts education comprised of engaging discussions, service learning and professors who care about your overall well-being. Classes are primarily discussion based and allow for student input and one-on...

” – Molly from Garnet Valley, PA
Butler University

Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, Butler University is a nationally recognized university with six academic colleges and more than 85 majors, spanning the arts, business, communication, education, liberal arts and sciences, and pharmacy and health...

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Butler University is a small school with all of the benefits of a large school. The professors know me by name, the students truly care about each other, and the university makes it easy to feel at home. It is perfectly located close enough to...

” – Miranda from Maple Grove, MN
Marshall University

Established in 1837 and named for former Chief Justice John Marshall, Marshall University is a 4-year public research institution in southwestern West Virginia. Marshall is home to seven undergraduate colleges conferring bachelor’s degrees in 57...

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You learn as much as you put into it.

” – Erin from Beckley, WV
CUNY Hunter College

Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, CUNY Hunter College is a public college and the largest school in the City University of New York System. Hunter is home to six colleges and schools conferring degrees in over 170 fields of study. In addition...

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No matter what major you are considering, Hunter can accommodate you. From philosophy, to economics, to biology, there are always professors and instructors that honestly care about enriching your learning experience. The science courses and...

” – Jessica from BROOKLYN, NY
University of Arkansas

Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Ozark Mountains, the University of Arkansas is the flagship campus of the UA system and the largest university in the state. Arkansas is home to six colleges and schools hosting undergraduate degree-granting...

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My visits and experiences with the University of Arkansas have been quite positive; the staff and teachers are helpful, and classes are fairly small. The student life has something for everyone; over a hundred clubs and sports make sure no one is...

” – Victoria
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Formerly known as Southwest Missouri State, Missouri State University is a 4-year public institution in southwest Missouri and the second largest university in the state by enrollment. The main campus of the MSU system, MSU Springfield is home to...

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I have learned a lot about my physical body and nutrition in our PE Class and about the world economy in my Economics class. Textiles has been interesting to see the different kinds of material that clothes can be made from. Art has been a learning...

” – Jessica from Chillicothe, MO
Morgan State University

Founded in 1867, Morgan State University is an Historically Black College and University in Baltimore and Maryland’s preeminent public urban research institution. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Morgan State offers degrees in more...

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you will always learn something being at Morgan. From the classrooms, to campus life to people that you'll meet on campus Morgan is definitely a learning experience that you would grow from. The teachers are great and some often help teach you life...

” – Ashlee from Annapolis, MD
Manchester University
North Manchester, IN
Manchester University

Originally founded as the Roanoke Classical Seminary, Manchester University is a liberal arts university in northeast Indiana affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Manchester is home to colleges of Arts & Humanities, Health Sciences, Business...

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Manchester University is a small school in North Manchester, Indiana. This University has a nice dorm life and offers plenty of activities on campus to do on weekends or during the week. Also I am a transfer student from Indiana Wesleyan University...

” – Taylor from Auburn, IN
Lehigh University

Founded by a local industrialist and philanthropist, Lehigh University is a 4-year private school in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Lehigh is home to colleges of Business, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Health, and Education granting...

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Lehigh is a beautiful campus with welcoming people but more importantly, a great academic climate. Classes are challanging and exams are difficult but we always have the greatest support from every staf member and faculty. The rigorous classes result...

” – Era from Philadelphia, PA
College of Charleston

The College of Charleston, founded in 1770, is a public university and is the oldest campus in South Carolina. The university offers 62 undergraduate majors and 80 minors from six schools, plus 23 master's degree programs and 9 graduate-level...

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Professors at CofC are truly invested in their students. They urge students to get help during office hours and do their best to make sure you are learning the material. The majority of the courses I have taken are challenging yet interesting which...

” – Sophomore Biology Major
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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The quality of the education and professors at Marquette University is excellent. All of my professors last year were extremely knowledgeable and besides teaching the curriculum, they also taught life lessons and gave advice.

” – Allison from Ballwin, MO
Chapman University

Chapman University is a private, liberal arts institution in Orange, California, that offers 110 areas of study through 11 schools and colleges. Chapman is also home to several independent research centers, as well as creative research centers...

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Chapman University is an up-and-coming school, as seen through not only the expansion of campus facilities but the growth in student resources. Chapman will continue to grow for the simple reason that people with not just higher SAT scores but higher...

” – theCollegeKid
Wake Forest University

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a 4-year private university with a liberal arts curriculum located in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest confers undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors and 60 minors and it does not require students to...

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The professors challenge students because they know only the brightest get accepted. In each of the classes I have taken, I have learned a lot that is applicable in real life, as opposed to high school classes, where it seemed like we learned facts...

” – Jennifer from Lake Bluff, IL
Elon University

Elon University is a selective, liberal arts institution located in central North Carolina. The 656-acre Greensboro campus hosts six schools and a number of academic ceenters, which include the Center for Enviornmental Studies, the Doherty Center for...

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I have loved my classes and teachers here at Elon. I transferred from a community college, so I dived right into some of the harder classes, but even the beginning ones I took taught me so much. My favorite class was Business Communications, our...

” – David from Hunt Valley, MD
Washington University in St Louis

Founded in 1853 and named for George Washington, Washington University in St. Louis is a 4-year private research university. WashU encompasses seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 areas of study. For artistically...

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I'm currently a freshman in the Olin business school and from what I've encountered, the professors here are great! Their lectures are pretty entertaining and informative at the same time. If you don't get something in class, always go to their...

” – Yuwei from St. Louis, MO
Kennesaw State University

One of the top 50 largest public schools in the United States, the third-largest university in the state, Kennesaw State University is a 4-year institution with two campuses in the Atlanta metro area. KSU is home to 13 colleges granting degrees in...

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The courses I have studied here are rigorous and numerous. General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Calculus I, II, and III, and Criminal Procedure are a few of the most challenging classes I have taken. However, the professors and fellow peers at...

” – James from Roswell, GA
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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All of the professors in the Journalism and TCOM departments all where their hearts on their sleeves; they clearly love their professions and create friendly yet professional atmospheres in their classes. Between being able to write for and learn...

” – Tyrone from Fort Wayne, IN
Hampton University

Founded in 1868 after the Civil War to provide education to freedmen, Hampton University is an Historically Black College and University on the Virginia Peninsula. Hampton is home to eight undergraduate colleges conferring bachelor’s degrees and...

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The best tips is to manage your time. College is so different than high school, meaning much more responsibility and experience makes you mature and grow much faster. It is your job as a student to maintain your grades, your social image ( and yes...

” – Katiria from Hampton, VA
High Point University

High Point University is The Premier Life Skills University. Having radically transformed the campus since 2005 under the leadership of President Nido R. Qubein, HPU knows transformation well. That’s why leaders commit to preparing students for the...

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Attend Summer Experience before your freshman year, you'll earn credit hours, meet other freshman and learn your way around.
Be sure you go to class. Classes are small and you will be missed.

” – Shana from Lexington, NC
St. Thomas University

St Thomas University is a private institution located in Miami Gardens, Florida. STU is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and Archdiocese of Miami, and their institution goal is to “form[] a community of co-learners that teaches and worships...

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Professors are great. Whats best is the same class sizes; they allow for a more personalized education. Plenty of areas of study to choose from, however, the classes in less demand are on rotation so you might have to wait a semester to take a class...

” – STU Bobcat from FL
Santa Clara University

Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, Santa Clara University is a Jesuit Catholic university in Silicon Valley and the oldest institution of higher education in California. SCU offers undergraduate degrees in more than 50 academic majors and...

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The faculty offer much more than what textbooks can do. Not only that, but just seeing all different types of people from different backgrounds builds the social aspect as well as the classroom aspect. It's also very easy to get to know people since...

” – Bao from San Jose, CA
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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As a nursing student at Loyola University I was immediately enrolled in classes directly related to my major. The teachers for my nursing classes encouraged me to take initiative in getting involved early within the nursing field. They taught me...

” – Heather