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Industrial Technology is a field of study in business focused on the fusion of manufacturing and engineering to help make the production process more efficient, faster, and less complicated.  An industrial technologist will spend substantive time and resources to improve a businesses processes.  Industrial technology professionals help a business in the following aspects:

  • Intimately understand operational flow
  • Master the intricate details involved with fabrication process
  • Streamline existing processes
  • Create new manufacturing processes to optimize fabrication
  • Enhance productivity through lean processes and technology innovation
  • Increase the overall profitability of each unit produced

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$88,680

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

58.20%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

281,950

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

2021 Best Industrial Technology Degree

About
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, is a public, four year institution that was established in 1901. The school was originally a vocational high school, which changed when it came under the stewardship of the state, resulting in it becoming a two year institution in 1933. By 1942 the school had begun offering four year degree, followed by master's degrees in 1949. By 1960 the school's control was transferred to an independent board of trustees that later became the California State University System. The school is one of two polytechnic institutions in the California State University System, the second being California Polytechnic State University Pomona, which was originally an extension of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo founded in 1938.

Academics
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo offers a large number of bachelor and master degree programs, most of which are dedicated to technical and applied science majors. Bachelor degree programs take approximately four years to complete and require the student take a combination of lower and upper division courses related to their major, general education courses, and elective courses that allow students to experience classes and ideas outside of their major. Additionally, students are able to take on a minor degree through additional courses that confer allow for a second area of study.

Master degree programs require students to have earned the appropriate bachelor's degree to be considered for admission. Students will have to take a graduate exam and have a strong academic record to be considered for admission. Individuals will apply to a program rather than the school, and space for a given program is limited each year.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Individuals wishing to enroll at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo must complete the application for admission,  provide all pertinent transcripts, write the required essays, provide teacher recommendations and any other information the school may ask for. Students will have their application reviewed by the school, and if they meet or exceed the requirements for admission, the student will be admitted to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Any California residents that meet the California State University GPA to SAT/ACT test score scale will be guaranteed admission to a California State University school, though not necessarily the one they have chosen.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA), which is the primary source of information for the school's financial aid department when reviewing student need and aid program eligibility when constructing an aid packet. California residents are also eligible for CalGrants, which are offered based on academic success as well as need. Aid must be applied for prior to each academic year, and students should complete the process early to ensure they meet all posted deadlines.

Athletics
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo participates in athletics through the NCAA Division 1. The school's mascot is Musty the Mustang, and the school maintains a rivalry with UC Santa Barbara. Individuals participating in athletics are required to maintain a certain level of academic performance. Individuals will also learn valuable skills, such as leadership, teamwork, and discipline. Interested students should contact the school's athletic department to begin the process of participation, including tryouts and forms.

Athletic programs include:

  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Acceptance Rate

28.42

Student to Faculty Ratio

21:1

Purdue University was established in 1869 and stands as the flagship campus of the Purdue University System. About 270 programs are offered at the main campus in West Lafayette together with regional campuses located in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Westville, and Hammond in Indiana. Ten other locations throughout the state serve as schools for the Purdue College of Technology, with programs focusing on the use of information technology for both the government and business sectors.

Ranked among the best research universities in the country, Purdue's Discovery Park complex is home to the university's nanotechnology research facility along with other programs in agricultural research, engineering, and environmental studies. Research grants are provided by a number of federal executive departments as well as NASA.

Purdue also features a number of student and recreational facilities which include a sports center, aquatic center, golf courses, and a health center. In celebration of its diverse population, the university provides for cultural learning via the Black cultural center, Latino cultural center, China center, Confucius institute, as well as the Native American educational center.

Traditions and celebrations abound at Purdue, highlighted by annual Fountain Runs and a 50-mile go kart race dubbed as the Purdue Grand Prix. Involvement in intercollegiate athletic events is spearheaded by the Purdue Boilermakers, representing the university in football, basketball, tennis, and wrestling, among others.

Student housing is available both within and outside campus grounds, with an office for Off-campus Housing Services lending assistance to students seeking residency in nearby neighborhoods. A partnership with the West Lafayette City Bus provides for free transportation to all members of the Purdue community. Campus security is presided over by the university's police department.

Acceptance Rate

59.83

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

MSU provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Mississippi State, Mississippi and publically funded. As a land grant institution this school is one of the larger public institutions in the state of Mississippi. MSU enrolls nearly 20,000 yearly, making it one of the largest schools in the state.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs MSU offers:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Psychology

To be considered for admissions, students may be required to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school transcripts, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. Students may take either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions to this school. A score between 970 - 1235 on the SAT, or 20 - 27 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. Approximately 60% of all students that applied were admitted at this school, with 47% of those accepted choosing to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The tuition at this school varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay nearly $6,400 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $16,000 annually. The price of on-campus housing is about $5,100 for the year. This school may help with costs by offering financial aid for students that are eligible by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

Athletic programs are available at MSU through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate sports. Athletic programs available include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)

Students who would like to view more about MSU can check out their website at http://www.msstate.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

53.86

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

San Jose State University (SJSU) is located in downtown San Jose, California, the heart of what is known as "Silicon Valley" - a busy area for the high-technology industry. The SJSU location is halfway between San Francisco and Monterey, California.  SJSU is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system, and offers more than 134 undergraduate and graduate degrees in 110 concentrations or areas of emphasis.

SJSU boasts many famous and illustrious alumni including author Amy Tan, Olympic medallists Lee Evans and Chuck Adkins, and gorilla researcher and author Dian Fossey, among others.  SJSU is one of the top 200 research universities in the U.S.

History

San Jose State University was founded in 1857 as a frontier school that trained teachers.  Over time it matured into a metropolitan university.

Academics

San Jose State University follows the semester-format academic calendar, with a fall and spring semester.

Colleges and Schools

San Jose State University offers 69 undergraduate and 65 graduate degrees in a full range of majors, with a selection of minors, from its seven colleges and many departments, including:

  • Applied Sciences & Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Humanities & the Arts
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

SJSU also offers many certificate programs.

Student Life

San Jose State University offers its students the opportunity to participate in more than 150 clubs and organizations as well as NCAA athletics. SJSU also offers on-campus access to many student resources including student housing and dining, events, study abroad programs, student advising and learning assistance, career advising, a health center, and more.

Athletics

The SJSU athletics department competes in many intercollegiate sports with its "Spartans" teams, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming/Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Community Life

Students from San Jose State University benefit from the campus's location in the heart of "Silicon Valley" through the many research programs and internships offered at local Silicon Valley companies.  Further, San Jose is a cultural metro center with many opportunities for recreation, arts and entertainment.  It also is conveniently located to San Francisco and coastal cities like Santa Cruz and Carmel.

Acceptance Rate

63.57

Student to Faculty Ratio

26:1

Northern is a nonprofit private institution located in Ada, Ohio and provides a large number of program options for students. The school's United Methodist affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's vision. Northern has an annual student enrollment of about 3,600. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Engineering
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Students applying for admission are generally required to submit an application, transcripts, records, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the school. Students may take either the SAT or ACT exam scores to be considered for admissions at Northern. A score between 1580 - 1900 on the SAT, or 24 - 29 for the ACT is common among admitted students. Approximately 80% of all applicant were admitted at this school, with 27% of those accepted choosing to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at onu.edu. The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $38,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to get a better idea of their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $5,500. Some students at Northern may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically provided as grants or student loans. The mascot for Ohio Northern University is the "Polar Bears", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)
Students who wish to get more about Northern may visit their website at www.onu.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

70.15

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

University of Dayton is a nonprofit private institution that has many degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Dayton, Ohio, in a predominantly urban area. The school's Roman Catholic affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's mission. Approximately eleven thousand students enroll at UD yearly.

Students may choose from several areas of study, including:

  • Education
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism

To be considered for admissions, students may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit any transcripts or test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions office. Either the ACT or SAT exam can be taken to apply to University of Dayton. Scores between 24 to 29 on the ACT or 1060 to 1260 on the SAT are required to greatly increase your chances for admission. University of Dayton accepts approximately 80% of applicants. Of those accepted, around 22% of students enrolled. More information on admissions can be found at udayton.edu.

Undergraduate tuition is approximately $35,000 annually, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students may visit the school's net price calculator to determine cost. School housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is about $6,800. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The mascot for University of Dayton is the "Flyers", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AA)

Students can take a look at the school's http://www.udayton.edu to view additional information.

Acceptance Rate

72.03

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

California State University - Fresno ("Fresno State") is a public university situated in Fresno, California, a 3-4 hour drive south of San Francisco. Fresno is located at the base of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains in a successful agricultural area of California known as the San Joaquin Valley. Fresno State is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system. Fresno State offers a wide range of degree programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.

There are more than 1,000 faculty members at Fresno State. Distinguished alumni include acclaimed writers, set designers, producers, top business leaders, including the founders of Patagonia, Inc., and Jenny Craig, Inc., a U.S. Ambassador, NASA astronaut, and an Olympic Gold Medal winner, among others.

Fresno State's Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology has world-class agriculture programs, including the first commercially bonded winery on a U.S. university campus. The agricultural school also runs pioneering water development and irrigation programs, and is home to a student-staffed farm that raises annual crops and livestock.

Fresno State runs the Summer Arts program that attracts students from around California to learn from world-renowned performers and artists who give public performances during the summer. The program includes a festival in visual, performing and literary arts. There are two-week residency courses at all degree levels in creative writing, dance, music, film, video, theatre/performance, visual arts, design, arts education and new technology.

History

California State University - Fresno was founded in 1911 as "Fresno State Normal School. In 1921, it became a teacher's college. In 1949, it began offering advanced degrees.

Academics

The academic calendar for Fresno State follows the semester system with fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semester is comprised of a few shorter sessions.

Colleges and Schools

The academic schools, colleges and divisions at California State University - Fresno include:

  • Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • Craig School of Business
  • Kremen School of Education and Human Development
  • Lyles College of Engineering
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • College of Social Sciences
  • Graduate Studies
  • Continuing and Global Education

Student Life

There are numerous student clubs and organizations available on the Fresno State campus for student involvement. Choices range from academic, professional and honorary interests, to cultural, recreational, religious or special interest. There is an active Greek Life on the Fresno State campus, with many active fraternities and sororities.

On campus housing is available through several residential halls, and there are many options for dining on campus.

Student activities and entertainment are plentiful at Fresno State, with a 16,000-seat concert venue (the Save Mart Center) that is also home to many Bulldog athletics. This concert venue has headline performers like Madonna and the Rolling Stones, as well as hosting rodeos and other events.

Fresno State also has a large student recreation center that hosts many programs.

Traditions

The school colors for California State University-Fresno are red, blue and white.

The school mascot is the bulldog, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Fresno State "Bulldogs."

The Fresno State football team wears an additional color and symbol on the back of their helmets - a green and red "V." This "V" is a representation of the San Joaquin Valley agricultural community. Many "Bulldog" players come from the San Joaquin Valley community, which is a major supporter of the football program at Fresno State.

Fresno State Fight Song

Fight! Varsity. On your toes, dig in and hit that line!

We're all pulling hard for you, so fight and give the best there is in you.

Fight! Varsity. On your toes, dig in and hit that line!

We'll fight on to victory. We're always true to Fresno State!

Athletics

The Fresno State "Bulldogs" compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Fresno State's "booster" group or cheering squad is called the "Red Wave," which is one of the largest in the country. The university's "Bulldog Foundation" is one of the nation's top volunteer fundraising teams.

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main 388-acre campus in Fresno, California State University - Fresno has a 1,000-plus-acre University Farm campus, on the northeastern side of Fresno.

Community Life

The city of Fresno is in Central California, located equidistance between San Francisco and Los Angeles, roughly a three to four hours' drive from each. The campus community is committed to community service as part of the Fresno State experience. The Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning Program is dedicated to promoting the value of community service to Fresno State's students, faculty and staff.

The Smittcamp Family Honors College at Fresno State offers scholarships to California's highest achieving high school students. These scholarships cover the costs of education, living expenses and encourage participation in community service.

Fresno State runs several environmentally friendly initiatives that aim to develop "green living" habits throughout the community. The Water and Energy Technology Center on campus fosters businesses that come up with good "green" efficiency ideas. The school partners with the community to improve recycling, energy conservation, alternative fuels, better use of public transportation, and more.

Acceptance Rate

57.94

Student to Faculty Ratio

23:1

About California State University - Chico, located in Chico, California, was established 1887 and began operations in 1889 as the Chico Normal School, an institution dedicated to training and education teachers in Northern California. Over the years the school expanded its focus, offering more programs and growing its facilities, as well as going through a number of name changes that reflected the school's growth.

In 1972 the school became known as the California State University - Chico, and currently operated as part of the California State University System, offering over 100 undergraduate programs to students. The main campus is located in Downtown Chico, though additional facilities are located about a mile away on land owned by the school.
Academics Students have over 100 options to choose from when considering a major at Chico State. The school provides an in depth education in one's major, alongside a large number of minors. Students are required to take a number of general education courses to fulfill educational requirements, along with upper division courses related to one's major.

In addition the school offers distance learning opportunities for students in need of flexible scheduling. Graduate programs are also available for students wishing to continue their education past a bachelor's degree. Such programs normally require a reasonable GRE score as well as a bachelor's degree for admission.
Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid As a public university in the California State University System, Chica State has a number of requirements necessary for admission. These include having completed the core curriculum of a high school education or equivalent and having earned the appropriate ACT/SAT test score to GPA ratio. Admissions gives priority to California residents, and tuition costs are lower for residents. Students wishing to enroll may begin the process online through the CSU FastPass system, which allows students to apply to multiple CSU schools.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used to determine need, eligibility and awards. Residents of California may also be eligible for CalGrants, also determined by a completed FAFSA or through academic excellence. Scholarships may also be awarded both by the school or through external organizations offering awards for a variety of reasons.
Athletics The Chico State Wildcats participate in intercollegiate athletics through the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Intercollegiate athletics allow students the opportunity to pursue personal and team success in an environment of healthy competition.

Participating students will be able to travel across the state, as well as to tournaments given seasonal success, allowing for a broadening of one's views while developing skills, such as discipline, teamwork, and good health habits, which are useful for one's academic and professional career. Athletic programs start at varying points throughout the school year. Students interested in trying out should visit the athletic department to obtain the dates and times to begin the process.
Athletic programs offered at Chico State:

  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball (Women Only)

Clubs and Organizations California State University - Chico has a number of clubs and organizations in place and encourages students to participate in one or more in order to expand their interests or to focus on existing ones. Clubs and organizations focus on a variety of topics related to social causes, academics, extracurricular activities and more. Students will find like minded individuals to socialize with outside of a classroom setting, allowing for the free exchange of ideas and the participation of events to encourage promotion and growth.
Clubs and organizations include:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Investors Club
  • Japanese Animation Club
  • Cycling Team
  • Birding Club

Acceptance Rate

72.33

Student to Faculty Ratio

24:1

Eastern Illinois University provides a variety of program options for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Charleston, IL and publically funded. Approximately twelve thousand students are enrolled yearly at Eastern Illinois University.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Education
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies

The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, transcripts, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. Most students accepted to EIU score in a range of 19 to 23 on the ACT exam. EIU has an admissions rate of about 68 percent of which only 29 percent chose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at eiu.edu.

Tuition & fees at Eastern Illinois University vary for in-state and nonresidents. In-state tuition costs approximately $11,000 per year with out-of-state tuition costing $28,000 annually. Some students at this school may qualify for financial aid, which is typically offered in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The EIU "Panthers" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AA)

Students may visit the Eastern Illinois University website to get a complete list of areas of study, programs, financial aid details, and more.

Acceptance Rate

52.5

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Western Carolina University is a public institution located in Cullowhee, North Carolina and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Approximately nine thousand students are enrolled per year at WCU. Here is a list of some of the popular programs WCU offers:

  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Business And Marketing Studies
The admissions process starts with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to be able to apply to WCU. Scores between 19 to 24 on the ACT or 1390 to 1660 on the SAT are needed to greatly increase the chance of getting accepted. This school has an acceptance rate of about 39 percent of which only 25 percent chose to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at wcu.edu. The cost of undergraduate tuition is different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state residents pay nearly $5,900 and nonresidents pay $16,000 annually. The cost of on-campus housing is about $3,700 annually. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is generally offered as scholarships, grants, and loans. The Western Carolina University "Catamounts" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)
Students who would like to get more about Western Carolina University can take a look at their website at http://www.wcu.edu.

Acceptance Rate

68.71

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

About
Appalachian State University, located in Boone, North Carolina, was founded in 1899 by Blanford B. Dougherty and his brother Dauphin as the Watauga Academy. The initial enrollment of 53, the school was purposed with providing education for teachers within the mountains of Northwest North Carolina. By 1929 the school became a four year institution and was renamed Appalachian State Teachers College, and had a grown enrollment of 1,300. The school grew in size and scope in the following years, obtaining accreditation in 1939 and 1942. The school attained university status in 1967 which doubled its enrollment within 3 years. Since that time the school has increased in size, scope, offerings, and enrollment, providing a variety of programs and opportunities to students through cutting edge programs and quality faculty. The school has become a nationally recognized leader in business education, and its undergraduate programs is noted for being comprehensive well ranked.

Academics
Appalachian State University offers a number of degrees resulting in a number of majors, taking approximately four years to complete. Programs may result in a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. Major programs require students to complete general education courses, lower and upper division courses related to their major, and to take elective courses outside of their major, allowing for education in areas outside of one's major. Students may also take on a minor degree. Minor degree programs allows for additional study in a secondary field, with less overall coursework, in areas that may be separate from or accentuate one's major. Graduate programs are also available for students wishing to continue their education at either the master's or doctoral degree level. Graduate programs have separate admissions requirements, requiring a lesser degree to be earned, appropriate graduate exam scores, and academic proficiency from their previous studies.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and FInancial Aid
Individuals interested in enrollment at Appalachian State University must submit an application for admission, along with test scores, transcripts, recommendations and essay. The school will review all documents submitted and render a decision on admission based on multiple criterion on a student by student basis.Once a final decision has been made, the school will notify the student, and if admitted, provide information regarding housing, registration, financial aid and tuition costs.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting information from which will be used by the school's financial aid department to identify the students financial needs, aid program eligibility and monetary awards package. Students are required to reapply for financial aid prior to each academic year due to the possibility of changing financial circumstances. Additionally, students may be asked at random to provide additional financial information to verify the FAFSA's accuracy as per new federal regulations.

Athletics
The Appalachian State University Mountaineers participate in intercollegiate athletics through the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I. Intercollegiate athletics provide students an opportunity to experience healthy competition in a controlled setting, developing physical skills and mental skills, such as good health, teamwork, discipline and leadership. all of which  may be applied to one's personal, professional and academic life. Students interested in joining one or more of the many teams fielded by the school must try out, seeking additional information such as tryout dates and times and entry forms through the school's athletics department. Individuals participating in intercollegiate athletics must balance their schoolwork with their team sports, making time for both while maintaining a GPA that allows continued participation in athletics.

Athletic programs offered include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track and Field
  • Outdoor Track and Field
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Acceptance Rate

76.81

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Central Connecticut State University is a public institution that has a fair number of degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in New Britain, Connecticut, in a predominantly suburban area. Approximately twelve thousand students are enrolled per year at Central Connecticut State University. Here is a list of some of the popular programs Central Connecticut State University offers:

  • Psychology
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Communications And Journalism
The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, school records, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions committee. Most common exam scores among students accepted to CCSU are between 20 to 22 on the ACT, or 1380 to 1640 on the SAT exam. Central Connecticut State University admits around 60% of students applying. Of those students admitted, nearly 34% of students enrolled. More information on admissions can be found at ccsu.edu. Tuition & fees at CCSU are different for in-state and nonresidents. In-state tuition costs around $8,900 per year with out-of-state tuition costing $21,000 per year. Housing is available for students and costs approximately $6,300 per year. Students attending Central Connecticut State University may qualify for aid which is typically grants and loans. The mascot for Central Connecticut State University is the "Blue Devils", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)
Students who would like to see more about Central Connecticut State University can visit their website at http://www.ccsu.edu.

Acceptance Rate

65.63

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Farmingdale State College, a public institution, offers a large number of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Farmingdale, NY, the campus offers a suburban setting for students to study in. Enrollment at Farmingdale State College exceeds six thousand per year.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, student records, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. Most students admitted to Farmingdale State College score in-between 1360 - 1610 on the SAT exam. This school has an admissions rate of about 41% of which only 42% chose to enroll.

The tuition at this school varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay approximately $7,100 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $17,000 for the year. Housing may be available for students that want to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $7,100 annually. Students enrolled at this school may qualify for aid which is typically grants and loans.

This school has a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division III)

Students may visit the Farmingdale State College website to obtain a complete list of academic programs offered, student services, and more.

Acceptance Rate

54.89

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

California State University - Los Angeles (CSULA) is one of 23 campuses in the CSU system. The entire CSU system represents more than 400,000 students and more than 40,000 faculty and staff members, offering hundreds of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, making it one of the largest university systems in the United States.

CSULA provides high-quality degree programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels in more than 60 subject areas. CSULA has many nationally recognized programs, including business, science, engineering, criminal justice, nursing, the arts, education and the humanities. Professors at CSULA are recognized leaders in their field and are noted for being highly accessible to students.

History

California State University - Los Angeles was founded in 1947. The university's first engineering student graduated in 1953. Its Computer Science department was formed in 2001.

Academics

The academic calendar for Cal State LA operates year round on the quarter system. It has four quarters that run for 11 weeks.

Colleges and Schools

Cal State LA has six academic colleges that include 50 departments and divisions.

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business and Economics
  • Charter College of Education
  • College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Natural and Social Sciences

Student Life

The California State Student Association (CSSA) keeps students at all CSU campuses informed on the system wide topics that matter to them. Students at the Cal State LA campus can find out more information about the latest news that affects them through their CSSA office. Students seeking more involvement beyond the classroom may join one of the many student clubs and organizations available on the CSULA campus.

One of the benefits of attending a CSU campus is that many of the student services and resources are provided system wide. If a student at one campus cannot find what they need on their campus, they have online access to "systemwide" Information Technology, Library Services, Student Newspapers, Alumni Relations, and more.

Other student services at the Cal State LA campus include a career development center, tutorial center, writing center, testing center, health center, and children's center, cross cultural centers, a student union, on campus housing and dining, and much more.

Traditions

Each of the 23 CSU campuses has its own school colors and mascot. The traditional school colors for Cal State Los Angeles are black, white and gold. The CSULA mascot is the golden eagle, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Cal State LA "Golden Eagles."

Athletics

The Cal State "Golden Eagles" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

California State University - Los Angeles is just one of the 23 campuses in the CSU system. The other university campuses are:

  • California State University Bakersfield
  • California State University Channel Islands
  • California State University Chico
  • California State University Dominguez Hills
  • California State University East Bay
  • California State University Fresno
  • California State University Fullerton
  • Humboldt State University
  • California State University Long Beach
  • California Maritime Academy
  • California State University Monterey Bay
  • California State University Northridge
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • California State University Sacramento
  • California State University San Bernardino
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • California State University San Marcos
  • Sonoma State University
  • California State University Stanislaus

Community Life

The CSU Los Angeles campus is located just minutes from the metro center of Los Angeles and at the intersection of two freeways. It is easy to reach, and near many points of interest - from the beaches to the mountains, museums and concert venues, theme parks and sports arenas.

California State University students are known for contributing their time and valuable resources to the communities around their campuses through service and leadership initiatives. CSULA students may earn academic credit for community service activities that include social services, education, safety, and crime prevention. National programs, such as AmeriCorps and Serve America, allow CSU students to serve communities further afield.

Acceptance Rate

47.81

Student to Faculty Ratio

24:1

Ball State University is a comprehensive public research university located on a beautiful campus with buildings of Classic architecture in Muncie, Indiana. It offers roughly 180 undergraduate majors and 12 pre-professional programs, and more than 100 programs at the master's and doctoral levels. The Princeton Review has deemed Ball State one of the best colleges in the Midwest, and U.S. News & World Report has ranked it number eight among "up-and-coming" colleges. Top-ranked programs include architecture and landscape architecture, entrepreneurship, telecommunications and education.

Ball State is known for its commitment to immersive learning, with most programs incorporating research, community partnerships, practical experience and projects into the curricula. The immersive learning approach is an integration of content, skills, societal need and student interests. These programs can be completed on campus, off campus, throughout Indiana, or overseas. Practical, real-world experience is emphasized. For example, students in Ball State's entrepreneurship program must pitch a business plan to a panel of experts, who judge its viability. Students in the performance arts at Ball State participate in talent showcases held in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Ball State boasts an excellent faculty of top experts, with professor-level instructors teaching more than ninety percent of all classes. Thanks to Ball State's approach to immersive learning, all faculty members are heavily involved in projects, research and partnerships as part of the teaching curriculum. The research faculty benefit from Ball State's increasing emphasis on technology transfer and commercialization to support faculty in bringing their ideas to market for the benefit of Indiana's economy.

There are a variety of learning opportunities at Ball State, including internships, study abroad programs, a Building Better Communities Fellows Program, and many community charter schools for local children. Ball State has an outdoor classroom and laboratory that provides hands-on learning for its nature programs, including a forest, a prairie, wetlands, greenhouses, and agricultural ground.

History

In 1899, the community of Muncie, Indiana founded as a private teacher-training college. The college did not thrive, and its land and buildings were later purchased and donated to the city by the Ball brothers - industrialists who aimed to establish a local college that would help to boost Muncie's development. The new school that was established as a result of this gift was called the Indiana State Normal School Eastern Division. It opened in 1918, but was renamed the Ball Teachers College in 1922. It was renamed again in 1929, becoming Ball State Teachers College.

Throughout the 1960s, the curricula expanded and the college attracted top faculty. Enrollment and funding increased. In 1965, the college was renamed Ball State University.

Academics

The Ball State University academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semester is comprised of two shorter sessions.

Colleges and Schools

Ball State University has seven academic colleges that offer approximately 170 majors, 88 master's degrees, 16 doctoral degrees, and four specialist programs.

  • College of Applied Sciencesand Technology
  • College of Architecture and Planning
  • Miller College of Business
  • College of Communication, Information, and Media
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Sciencesand Humanities
  • Teachers College

In addition to its colleges, Ball State has many academic centers, institutes, clinics and bureaus, as well as academic research and outreach units.

Student Life

Students at Ball State University are encouraged to become involved in one of the many organizations available on campus in order to develop social and leadership skills and serve the greater community. Involvement in clubs can also provide opportunities for professional networking and can boost a resume. There are clubs and organizations that focus on professions, academics, cultural heritage, religion performing arts, special interests and sports. Additionally, there are many active fraternities and sororities on campus, and university housing organizations that provide opportunities for making the Ball State campus a better place to live.

The Ball State events calendar includes tours of Broadway shows, top division athletics, music headliners, professional dance companies, guest speakers and more.

Traditions

The traditional school colors for Ball State University are red and white with black as an accent color.  The school mascot is a cardinal, who appears as "Charlie Cardinal" at many athletic events to energize and entertain the crowds. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Ball State "Cardinals."

Fight Song
Fight team fight for Ball State
We must win this game
Onward now you Cardinals
Bring glory to your name
Fight! Fight! Fight!

Here's to both our colors
Cardinal and White
Praying for a victory
So fight, fight, fight!

Athletics

The Ball State "Cardinals" athletic teams participate in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Ball State University has only one primary campus, but offers many International Programs and distance or online education that lead to a degree, certificate or continuing education credits.

Community Life

Ball State University conducts many projects and a significant amount of research to help drive innovation in the State of Indiana. The Building Better Communities initiative provides an opportunity for students and faculty to partner with local leaders on development projects.

Acceptance Rate

76.71

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

University of Northern Iowa is a public institution located in Cedar Falls, IA and provides a large number of program options for students. Around 13,000 students enroll at UNI per year. Here is a list of some of the popular programs UNI offers:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • History
To be considered for admissions, students may be asked to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then evaluated by admissions officials. Most students admitted to University of Northern Iowa score in-between 21 to 26 on the ACT. UNI accepts about 80 percent of applicants yearly. Of those students admitted, about 54 percent of students attended the school. More information on admissions can be found at uni.edu. The cost of tuition varies for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state residents pay around $8,100, while out-of-state residents pay $18,000 per year. Housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is approximately $4,000. Students attending University of Northern Iowa may qualify for aid which is usually grants and loans. The University of Northern Iowa Panthers participate in several athletic programs, within the NCAA organization. Athletic programs offered include:
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)
Contact information, academics information, areas of study, and much more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.uni.edu.

Acceptance Rate

79.05

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

BGSU is a public university that has a large number of degrees available for students to choose from. The school is located in Bowling Green, OH, in a predominantly rural area. Approximately 18,000 students enroll at BGSU yearly. Here is a list of some of the popular programs BGSU offers:

  • Education
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, school records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. Students may take either the SAT or ACT exam scores to be considered for admissions to this school. A score in a range of 1300 to 1660 on the SAT, or 19 to 24 for the ACT is common among accepted students. BGSU admits approximately 80% of students applying annually. Of those students admitted, nearly 32% enrolled. More information regarding admissions can be found on the school's primary portal or by requesting information here. Tuition & fees at Bowling Green State University are different for in-state and nonresidents. In-state tuition costs approximately $11,000 per year and out-of-state tuition costing $19,000 per year. School housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $5,200. Some students at Bowling Green State University may qualify for financial aid, which is generally offered as grants or student loans. The mascot for Bowling Green State University is the "Falcons", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through the NCAA. Available sports offered may include but not limited to:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-A)
For a complete list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please take a look at the school's website at bgsu.edu.

Acceptance Rate

71.82

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

San Francisco State University (SFSU), located in San Francisco, California, offers 115 bachelor's degrees, 97 master's degrees, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership, a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Special Education, and a Master's of Science (M.S.) in physical therapy.  Additionally, SFSU offers 27 credential programs and 37 certificate programs.

SFSU is known for its innovative learning programs and excellent faculty.  The faculty at SFSU includes Academy Award winners, renowned researchers and professionals who are known for their commitment to public and community causes.

History

San Francisco Stat University was founded in 1899 as a two-year teacher training college. Its first name was "San Francisco State Normal School.  It had five names over the years, becoming San Francisco State University in 1974.

The first graduating class, in 1901, included 36 women. SFSU became part of the California State College System in 1960.

Academics

San Francisco State University runs on the semester system, with fall and spring semesters of 16 weeks each, and a summer semester that runs June through August.

Colleges and Schools

The academic colleges at San Francisco State University are:

  • College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Creative Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Ethnic Studies
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Science and Engineering

Student Life

The motto of SFSU is "Experientia Docet," which means "Experience Teaches."  There are many opportunities for learning experiences at San Francisco State University, including on-campus living in one of the many residence halls and apartments available on the main campus.  There are "Theme and Learning" communities available for those students who wish to be placed with others sharing similar majors and interests.

For SFSU students interested in arts and culture, there are many workshops, conferences, lectures, debates, forums, exhibits and other programs to attend or participate in.  The College of Creative Arts also produces many dramatic, musical and dance performances that are open to students and the public.

Further, like the city it is located in, San Francisco State University is known for its political activism, social engagement and community service.  Princeton University has deemed SFSU one of the "Colleges with a Conscience" in America.  Thus, there are many causes and social programs for students to become involved in at SFSU.

There are almost 300 student clubs and organizations at SFSU that help students connect and explore their interests.  Additionally, there are many services and amenities offered to students including childcare services, affordable healthcare, legal resources, and more. Intramural sports leagues are also available.

Athletics

San Francisco State University has 10 athletics teams competing in intercollegiate sports. Its mascot is the alligator, and the school colors are purple and gold.  The SFSU "Gators" teams include the following:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to SFSU's main campus in the Southwest region of San Francisco, there are several off-campus centers, including:

  • Downtown Campus
  • Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies
  • Sierra Nevada Field Campus
  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Community Life

San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in California, if not the world.  Like the city, SFSU has a very diverse, international population. Students will find it easy to commute to and from SFSU campus via public transport, as well as by bicycle or car.  Though SFSU's main campus is well outside the downtown area, there are many parks and beaches nearby, along with renowned attractions that are easy to visit like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Coit Tower, Fairmont Hotel, Fisherman's Wharf, and more.

Acceptance Rate

67.3

Student to Faculty Ratio

23:1

East Carolina University (ECU) is a public research university in Greenville, North Carolina. ECU offers nearly 200 academic degree programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral and professional degree levels. The university's Main Campus in Greenville is situated on 530 acres. Its Health Sciences Campus is situated on 206 acres, and its West Research Campus is situated on 650 acres. East Carolina University is the third largest university among the 16 institutions of The University of North Carolina. ECU's student-to-faculty ratio is 18-1.

ECU is a higher education leader in several areas, including its teacher preparation, research, and nursing programs.  The ECU distance learning programs also receive high marks. ECU offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs online in subjects ranging from healthcare to business and technology. ECU's distance education programs in nursing, construction management and education are considered among the best in the nation.

East Carolina University's Honors College allows high-caliber students to earn renewable scholarships enabling them to participate in seminars, research, and service-learning activities. Honors students may also study abroad.

ECU boasts many loyal and well-known alumni, including Academy Award winning actress Sandra Bullock, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Rick Atkinson, NFL Player Chris Johnson, New York Times photo editor Margaret O'Connor, and "CSI Miami" actor Emily Procter, among others.

History

East Carolina University was founded in 1908 as a two-year teacher training school. It opened as "The Teacher's College" in 1909 with 174 students enrolled. The first class graduated in 1911. Over the years it developed from a teacher training college to a large national research university.

Academics

The academic calendar of ECU follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and two summer "sessions."

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts and Communication
    • School of Art and Design
    • School of Music
    • School of Theatre and Dance
    • School of Communication
  • The Graduate School
  • College of Health and Human Performance
  • The Honors College (Does not award degrees)
  • College of Human Ecology
    • School of Social Work
  • The Brody School of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Technology and Computer Science

Student Life

There are many options for on campus living and dining. For students who wish to connect with others and become more involved, there are hundreds of student clubs and organizations available, including many chapters of fraternities and sororities. The office of Student Affairs offers lists of organizations, events and activities that are available to ECU students.

ECU offers large events on campus such as "Pirate Palooza," "Barefoot on the Mall," and "Family Weekend, as opportunities to connect.  There are the many student services available such as a Career Center, a Student Employment Office, and Campus Recreation and Wellness facilities, among others.

Traditions

The ECU school motto is "to serve." Its school colors are purple and gold, and its mascot is the pirate.

Athletics

ECU has a well-supported athletics department and top-notch sports facilities including Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum, and Clark-Le-Clair Stadium. The ECU "Pirates" athletics teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Main Campus (or Central Campus) in Greenville, North Carolina, ECU has three satellite campuses in the Greenville area:

  • Health Sciences Campus
  • West Research Campus
  • Athletics Campus

Community Life

There are many shopping and entertainment venues in and around Greenville, and ECU students can ride the ECU Student Transit for free to reach various recreational destinations around the city.

Acceptance Rate

78.72

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL), is a top public research university that has pioneered many "firsts." It was one of the first institutions of higher learning west of the Mississippi River to grant doctoral degrees (the first it awarded was in 1896). UNL was also the first university to establish ecology as an academic discipline, and its campus is a perfect representation of nature, with beautiful arboreta and gardens. One of the earliest universities to celebrate the arts and literature, UNL gave birth to the literary magazine "Prairie Schooner." It also created foundations for the University of Nebraska Press and the Sheldon Museum of Art.

UNL has many well-funded research projects, led by faculty who are recognized scientists and scholars. In addition to its research and graduate programs, UNL is known for its excellent undergraduate programs. Some of these programs include the Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience Program (UCARE), which connects research faculty to students for collaboration on independent study projects. Outstanding students who wish to develop leadership skills can enroll leadership programs in the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management.

The entire undergraduate student body can participate in the Nebraska Colloquium, which involves the UNL academic community in an annual intellectual discourse on a topic of importance. This program provides a mechanism for activities and events in different academic units that contribute to the theme. Additionally, the University Honors Program hosts Honors Forum talks on world issues.

History

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln was established in 1869, and covered four city blocks. University Hall was the first campus building, which began to crumble by the time a second building was constructed in 1886. The conditions of the prairie were quite harsh, killing many of the trees and flowers that were planted on campus. In the 1890s, the university constructed its library from stronger materials that would withstand the elements of the prairie.

In 1873, the university established a nearby farm campus, and later an experimental research station in North Platte.  In 1902, the Medical College of Omaha merged with the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. In 1909, UNL was admitted to the Association of American Universities.  In 1906, John D. Rockefeller contributed funds for the construction of a student activity center, known as the Temple Building, among others.

Academics

The academic calendar for the UNL follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

The colleges of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln include:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • College of Architecture
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education and Human Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • College of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • College of Law 

UNL also offers programs through the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and the UNMC colleges of Nursing and Dentistry.

Student Life

More than 400 student clubs and organizations are offered at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. These organizations cover student interests ranging from academic or professional to social, cultural, religious or athletic. There is a campus-based office of Greek Affairs, and there are numerous local chapters of fraternities and sororities available for participation. Student government offers many opportunities for leadership, and many other student activities and events foster the learning of new skills and forging of new friendships. There is an RSO Fair offered every semester to help students choose the club or organization that is right for them.

The office of Student Involvement offers these additional resources for students who wish to form their own student organization:

  • Learn how to plan a budget, receive an excused absence from a class and more
  • Free Pepsi for your organization
  • Meet other students and learn about organizations at the RSO Fair
  • Create a website or email address for your organization
  • Search for a Recognized Student Organization
  • Start your own Recognized Student Organization
  • Get help with event planning
  • Get your organization its own office space
  • Promote your event with the help of the Creation Station
  • Request funds for your organization
  • Find out how to properly use UNL logos
  • Read the RSO Newsletter
  • Read or sign up to a email list 

On campus housing is available, as well as a variety of dining services. In addition, there is now a campus-based "Campus NightLife" that provides safe, free activities for students wishing to enjoy a nightlife within their campus community. Some of the sponsored events and entertainments include the outdoor music concert called "Midwest Acoustic Fest," the "Husker Watch Party," that allows students to view Huskers athletics games on the Jumbo Screen at Memorial Stadium, and many other themed and seasonal events.

Traditions

The UNL school colors are red and white, and the school mascot is the huskers.

Athletics

The UNL "Huskers" athletic teams compete in numerous intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball 

Satellite Campuses

UNL has two primary campuses in Lincoln, Nebraska - its City Campus and East Campus.

Community Life

UNL is located in Lincoln, Nebraska, a large, friendly midwestern city with vibrant culture and entertainment. Known for its abundant parks and extensive bike trails, the Lincoln offers many outdoor activities. It is also known for its safety, low cost of living, and increasing business development, making it a highly desired place to live.

The university is contributing to the local community through its Global Water for Food Institute, a program that helps meet a critical need for using water resources efficiently for agriculture.

Acceptance Rate

78.23

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

Minnesota State University - Moorhead provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Moorhead, MN and publically funded. Enrollment at MSU Moorhead exceeds 7,500 per year. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. A SAT or ACT exam is required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1003 - 1120 on the SAT and between 20 - 24 on the ACT is typical among students admitted to Minnesota State University - Moorhead. This school has an acceptance rate of about 63% of which only 43% decided to attend.  Key admissions information can be gathered by completing the form on this page or calling the school. The cost of tuition is close to $8,100 annually. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and that is why students should use the school's net price calculator to understand their cost of attendance. Housing may be available for those who wish to live on-campus for around a cost of $4,600 per year. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The MSU Moorhead "Dragons" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available:
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)

Acceptance Rate

65.38

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

Illinois State University (ISU) is comprehensive public university located in the twin-city community of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. It is in central Illinois, roughly 135 miles southwest of Chicago, and 165 miles northeast of St. Louis.

One of 12 public universities in Illinois, the academic departments of Illinois State University offer more than 160 majors and minors at the undergraduate level, and more than 40 master's, doctoral and specialist programs. The faculty members are recognized as scholars and experts in their fields and have been recognized at national and international levels.

The university's Milner Library contains more than three million holdings and special collections. Illinois State University's College of Applied Science and Technology is home to the oldest collegiate circus in the United States - the Gamma Phi Circus.

History

The University was founded in 1857 as Illinois State Normal University, the first public institution of higher education in the state. It was established as a teacher education institution, but over the years developed into a comprehensive university with degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Academics

The academic calendar for Illinois State University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. There is also a May Interim session, which is shorter than the traditional semester.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Applied Science and Technology
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business, Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Mennonite College of Nursing
  • The Graduate School 

Student Life

Students at Illinois State University are encouraged to become involved in campus experiences beyond the classroom. There are more than 300 student organizations available on campus, as well as student activities such as cheering on the Redbirds athletics teams, choosing to take an "Alternative Spring Break," or getting involved in student government.

Student resources include intramural athletics and campus recreation, student center events, career events, civic engagement projects, College of Fine Arts events, wellness programs, and more.  Recent student events on the Illinois State University campus have included a resume critique walk-in, a shopping trip to the Woodfield Mall and IKEA, Music for the Holidays and A Night of One Acts.

Traditions

The traditional colors for Illinois State University are red, white and gold.  The nickname for the school's athletic teams was originally the "Teachers," but in 1923 was changed to the "Redbirds" to complement the school colors. The school wanted to name their teams the "Cardinals," but wanted to avoid confusion with the St. Louis Cardinals professional baseball team.

There is a tradition at home games for student-athletes to touch the "Battle Bird," a sculpture of the "Redbird."

Athletics

The Illinois State "Redbirds" athletic teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Illinois State University is very active in hosting and co-sponsoring civic and political events on and off campus.  The Campus Communications Liaison is available to assist students and faculty with increasing opportunities for becoming engaged with the community.

Community Engaged Campus (CEC) is a relatively new initiative at Illinois State University to advance civic engagement as a core value on campus. In an effort to impact student education through a curriculum-based service learning and civic engagement program, the CEC program seeks to (1) facilitate an excellent working partnership between ISU's campus and the community and (2) ensure that Illinois State University students understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy. The program works toward its goals by encouraging and supporting curricular activities that engage students in projects addressing human and community needs. The program is designed to help ISU faculty identify community agencies and organizations that have projects suitable for student involvement.

Acceptance Rate

81.94

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

Washington State University (WSU) is one of the top 60 public research universities in the U.S. The main campus for WSU is its Pullman Campus, located in southeastern Washington and 75 miles south of Spokane. WSU also has campuses in Spokane, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities.

The faculty at WSU is highly acclaimed, and includes Fulbright Scholars, National Science Foundation awardees, and members of the National Academies among its researchers.  WSU offers more than 200 fields of study, with 95 majors available for undergraduates and 64 master's degree programs available for graduate students. There are 44 doctoral degree programs available, and two professional degree programs (Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine). WSU offers many study abroad programs in 91 countries.

History

Washington State University's Pullman was Washington's original land-grant university, which was founded in 1890.

Academics

The academic calendar for Washington State University follows the semester system with fall and spring semesters and a summer session.

Colleges and Schools

Washington State University has 12 academic colleges, a graduate school and a center for distance learning and professional/career education:

  • Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Honors
  • Liberal Arts
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Sciences
  • University College
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Graduate School
  • Center for Distance and Professional Education

Student Life

There are more than 300 student clubs and organizations available to students at Washington State University, with many of opportunities for civic engagement, leadership, and student government.  There are also multicultural student centers, as well as mentorship programs that offer peer tutoring in topics that include writing, engineering and mathematics.  There are also many chapters of national fraternities and sororities available on campus.

The WSU Pullman campus has many residential halls for students who wish to live on campus. The residence halls feature "living-learning communities" that help to keep freshmen students focused on their studies.  Off campus housing is also available in the tree-lined communities that surround the Pullman campus.

Athletics

The "Cougars" athletic teams of Washington State University compete in numerous intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball 

The athletic department of Washington State University also runs a baseball academy for youths.

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Pullman Campus, Washington Status University has campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver, Washington. It also has Extension Offices in every county of Washington State, and offers online programs that are available to students around the world.

Community Life

The WSU Community Action Center serves as a connection or liaison between families and their community. Its mission is to help low to middle-income families become self-sufficient and self-sustaining. The WSU faculty and staff are involved to help with activities and programs such as the food assistance services, nutritional counseling, assistance and guidance with budgeting, and more.

Among its many other community programs, WSU offers agricultural research stations throughout the state that provide benefits to local industries and communities through research and services. WSU also has Small Business Development Centers, the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, and a 4-H Youth Development Program.

Acceptance Rate

75.8

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

NCAT is a public historically black institution located in Greensboro, NC. A majority of historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were founded after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. As a land grant institution this school is among larger public institutions in the state of North Carolina. Approximately eleven thousand students enroll at North Carolina A & T State University annually. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Communications And Journalism
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Psychology
The admissions process will include the submission of an application, transcripts, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. Students may take either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions at NCAT. A score between 1150 - 1420 on the SAT, or 16 - 21 for the ACT is common among accepted students. Roughly 60% of all students that applied were admitted at North Carolina A & T State University, with 54% of those accepted choosing to attend. More information on admissions can be found at ncat.edu. The tuition at North Carolina A & T State University varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay approximately $5,100 per year and out-of-state residents are charged $16,000 per year. Housing may be available for those who wish to live on-campus for a cost of $3,700 each year. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically offered as grants or student loans. Athletic programs are available at NCAT through the NCAA, allowing students to participate in intercollegiate sports. Athletic programs offered include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Softball (NCAA Division I-AA)
To see a full list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please take a look at the school's website at ncat.edu.

Acceptance Rate

58.29

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

Tarlton provides a variety of program options for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Stephenville, Texas and publically funded. Tarlton has an annual student enrollment of over 11,000.

Areas of study available at Tarlton include but are not limited to:

  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Psychology
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies

The admissions process starts with the submission of an application, transcripts, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. Either the ACT or SAT exam can be taken in order to apply to Tarlton. Scores between 18 to 23 on the ACT or 1280 to 1580 on the SAT are needed to greatly increase your chances for admission. This school has an acceptance rate of about 63% of which only 52% decided to enroll. More information on admissions can be found at tarleton.edu.

The tuition at Tarleton State University varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay around $5,800 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $14,000 annually. Student housing is available for students and costs about $4,700 each year. Some students at Tarleton State University may qualify for financial aid, which is generally offered as grants or student loans.

The mascot for Tarleton State University is the "Texans", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through the NCAA. Available sports offered:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)

Students can visit the Tarleton State University website to get a complete list of academic programs offered, admissions information, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

55.77

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

Industrial Technology Training

Students in IT will receive extensive training in both engineering systems and manufacturing processes to help an organization better produce. Formal and informal training will include a number of disciplines and manufacturing theories that will include: manufacturing design, computer aided design (CAD), work-cell training, fabrication expertise, computer aided manufacturing (CAM), lean manufacturing exposure, materials engineering, work-cell training, systems engineering, and materials management.

Top Industrial Technology Degrees

A degree in industrial technology can come via a variety of programs offered at colleges, universities, community colleges, trade schools, and technical institutes.  Research indicates the two most commonly conferred degrees include the associate degree and the certificate program.  Both pathways provide students the knowledge and skills to continue their education in an adjacent field of study or move directly into their career of choice.

To help students understand the options within industrial technology, we have gathered important information on the most popular paths of study.  You can quickly link up with accredited schools by simply reaching out to programs of interest.

Industrial Technology Certificate Programs

Industrial technology certificate programs are programs designed to be completed quicker than a traditional bachelor’s degree in a series of focused courses.  Certificate programs can take students a few to complete up to two-years of full-time study.

The factors that go into your time commitment will fluctuate as a function of the school’s curricular design, scope of the program, and educational requirements of the school.  In some cases, a certificate is a short intensive set of classes targeting a specific discipline within IT that can be completed in a few months.

Conversely, there are accredited colleges that have certificate programs covering rudimentary courses in IT through advanced-level electronics that may take a few years of full-time work to finish.  Understand, the employers in your area may favor one type of certificate over another.  As such, take the time to research the best program for you given the employment market coupled with online learning tools.

Industrial Technology Associate Degrees

An associate’s degree in industrial technology will be conferred as an Associate of Science or AS degree given the science and math-rich coursework involved in the program.   The associate degree is a 2-year program that fuses liberal arts classes with core classes in IT.   General education classes such as philosophy, English composition, psychology, communications, and economics are designed to help students build a set of integrative thinking skills.  A sampling of core classes in the industrial technology space may include the following topics:

  • Hydrology
  • Motor Controls
  • Industrial Robotics
  • Construction Materials, Processes, & Equipment
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Quality Control
  • Variable Speed Motors
  • Advanced AC/DC Machines
  • Industrial Wiring
  • Commercial Wiring Methods
  • Industrial Motors
  • Advanced Controls
  • Computer Aided Design
  • HVACR Principles
  • Conduit Installation
  • Gas Technology
  • Metal Technology
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Mechanical Technology

Educational Requirements for Industrial Technologists

In terms of educational requirements, Industrial Technology degree holders will have typically studied the following courses while in college:

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Employment & Industrial Technology Specializations

Students earning a degree in industrial technology can expect an immense future ahead. The engineering tools coupled with manufacturing prowess can make for an impactful career. The specializations that a graduate can pursue may include various disciplines in the industrial sector. Examples include proficiency in a variety of areas:

An Industrial Technology specialist will have the academic chops and real-world know-how to perform an array of tasks. Specializations and certifications may include a variety of areas of proficiency that can include:

  • Engineering CAD
  • Automated Machinery Systems
  • Electronics & Robotics
  • Fluid Power
  • Materials Science
  • Quality Assurance
  • Packaging
  • Quality Control
  • Lean Production
  • Welding & Brazing
  • CNC Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Facility Design
  • Operations Management

Industrial Technologists Job Outlook

Job growth in Industrial Technology remain well above the national average per the BLS. Specifically, the job growth prospects in for an industrial machinery mechanic is expected to vault 16% through 2024. This growth will add approximately 33,000 new jobs for this trade and provide opportunity for career growth and mobility.

The related fields of work for industrial technologists include machinery repair, repair & maintenance, CNC manufacturing, systems engineer, equipment operator, manufacturing engineer, and facility manager. Associations such as the NAIT and the TSIA provide graduates with ample resources and tools to help advance their body of knowledge in IT.

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