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Landscaping is an area of study emphasizing the operations, design, resource management, scheduling, and labor involved in managing the appearance and growth of bushes, plants, terrain, structures, and groundcover.  The five essential elements of landscaping involve aesthetics, symmetry, and functionality.

  1. Forms - A form is a plant or structures given shape and size.  Forms are intended to blend in or stand out from a designated design theme.  As an example, an informal garden will have free-flowing forms that appear naturally occurring versus a manicured, formal garden.
  2. Textures - Landscaping texture is associated with a plant or hardscape appearing smooth, heavy, course, or light.  A fruit trees leaves, branches, flowers, and bark all have texture.  Plants, bushes, and shrubs with varying textures add variety to a yard or garden.
  3. Scale - The scale of a landscape design is the quotient between sizes and elements of a yard.  Scale is also a consideration given the size of a garden, home, and neighborhood as they are all relational.
  4. Coloration - The coloration of plants, shrubs, and hardscapes can bring a design to life.  In landscaping, color can be used to accentuate features, create mood, create contrast, provide seasonality, and draw disparate elements together.
  5. Lines - Vertical and horizontal lines can be implemented in landscaping to break up objects, create symmetry, and make spaces feel larger.

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George Washington University (GW) is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., a short distance from the White House. Students and faculty of GW have the opportunity to work on projects alongside leaders of politics, science, law and many other disciplines. Students also have the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill, or attend national events and listen to world leaders speak. The commencement ceremonies for graduates are held on the National Mall.

The three major campuses of GW University are the Foggy Bottom Campus and Mount Vernon Campus in D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Virginia. All the campuses offer excellent facilities, including a library system that houses more than two million volumes, and opportunities to attend professional sports events, headline entertainment, top art exhibits, and more. Off campus and distance learning is also available through online courses.

The GW alumni are internationally recognized, and include former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Arnold "Red" Auerbach, former coach of the Boston Celtics, actors Alec Baldwin and Kerry Washington, and more than 50 Fulbright scholars, among others.

GW University offers hundreds of options for academic majors and minors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can choose their major and minor from among the following academic interest areas:

  • Business & Management
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Health, Medicine & Nursing
  • History & Government
  • International Studies
  • Literature & Language
  • Media, Journalism & Communication
  • Professional Studies
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Security and Public Safety
  • Social & Human Behavior
  • Visual & Performing Arts

History

The George Washington University was founded in 1821 as "Columbian College" through an Act of Congress. It was established in response to George Washington's vision of an institution in the nation's capital that would educate and prepare its future leaders. Washington died before his vision was realized, but President James Monroe and others were committed to carrying out the venture. The university opened with three faculty members and 30 students enrolled.

Now the largest university in the District of Columbia, GW is comprised of three campuses: Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses in D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. GW also has several graduate education centers in the D.C. area.

Academics

The academic calendar for the George Washington University follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and multiple shorter summer "sessions."

Colleges and Schools

  • Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Law School
  • School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Graduate School of Education & Human Development
  • School of Business
  • Elliott School of International Affairs
  • School of Public Health & Health Services
  • College of Professional Studies
  • School of Nursing

Student Life

There are more than 300 student clubs, groups and organizations for GW University students to get involved in. Student engagement at GW is high, and when students aren't participating in some of the many community service or leadership events or hands-on learning labs or partnerships available through local organizations, there is plenty to do to engage students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. GW offers a world-class library, state-of-the-art facilities, and a full range of sports, arts and entertainment.

The Washington, D.C., region offers many cultural and outdoor activities as well. The campuses are all well situated in interesting neighborhoods, with easy access to all the metro area has to offer.

Traditions

There are many rich traditions at the GW University, many of them tied to the school's namesake, President George Washington.

The school colors are Blue and Buff (pale gold), and the GW fight song makes reference to these colors:

Hail to the Buff,
Hail to the Blue,
Hail to the Buff and Blue!
All our lives we'll be proud to say,
We hail from GW! (Go Big Blue!)
Oh, by George, we're happy we can say,
We're GW, here to show the way, so
Raise high the Buff!
Raise high the Blue!
Loyal to GW
You bet we're
Loyal to GW!
Fight!

Athletics

The George Washington University "Colonials" athletic teams compete in 22 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Polo 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

The GW University has three major campuses: the Foggy Bottom Campus in the "Foggy Bottom neighborhood in the heart of Washington, D.C.; the Mount Vernon Campus in the wooded "Foxhall" neighborhood on the former site of Mount Vernon College; and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia - an area known for its focus on technology research.  Each campus has a distinct ambiance with integrated services and amenities.

In addition to its three major campuses, GW has education facilities throughout the region of Washington, D.C., that serve as centers for graduate professional studies programs.

Community Life

Students at all three main GW campuses enjoy great neighborhoods. The Foggy Bottom Campus is located in 18 city blocks of the "Foggy Bottom" neighborhood, known for its low-rise brick and brownstone buildings and streets lined with trees.

Students on the Mount Vernon Campus will enjoy a quieter setting on 23 acres within a wooded residential area.

Students at GW are very likely to be involved in community activities and service, contributing to hundreds of organizations from non-profits to politics. Students in the GW athletics department are active volunteers of community organizations, including motivational presentations to local high school groups, clean-up activities at local parks and facilities, assisting local youth sports, and more.

Acceptance Rate

40.84

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

North Carolina State University at Raleigh (NC State) is ranked in the top 50 U.S. public universities, and number three in the U.S. among public universities that receive funding for research.  Research is a foundation of the academic culture at NC State, and 70 percent of the university's faculty conduct research. Many graduate students are supported by research funding.

NC State has its primary campuses located in Raleigh, North Carolina, which is considered one of the best places to live and work in the U.S.  The university's campuses - Main Campus (comprised of South, Central, North, West and East campuses) and Centennial Campus - are located in a region that boasts some of the country's top technology, research and pharmaceutical companies.

Known as "the People's University," NC State is the largest university in North Carolina, with more than 8,000 faculty and staff.  Since many of its classes are large, the university has a policy of providing smaller discussion groups and labs so students get more learning opportunities.  NC State has established the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, which provides research-based information to statewide communities.

History

Established in 1887 and opened in 1889, North Carolina State University began as the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.  In the 1900s, the school established the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service at State College, which led to many more extension programs, research and outreach work and, eventually, to an official name change.  The curricula expanded greatly over the years, moving far beyond agriculture and mechanic arts to offer all major academic disciplines and to receive top ranking in a number of disciplines.

Academics

NC State has 12 colleges and schools offering all major academic disciplines. Through its history, NC State has been a leading university in agriculture, forestry, wood and paper science, engineering, textiles, veterinary medicine and design. It is also strong in all the sciences, including nanotechnology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, and computer science.  NC State also has strong departments in the humanities and social sciences and mathematics, among others.

NC State's state-of-the-art research programs are among its highlights, offering students the opportunity to work on campus and off with leading researchers in many fields. NC State has made many important research discoveries, with roughly 660 patents to its credit. Some of NC State's "firsts" include the prototype for the artificial retina, and the first synthetic aorta.

Colleges and Schools

The 12 colleges and schools of NC State University are:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Design
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Poole College of Management
  • College of Natural Resources
  • College of Physical Mathematical Sciences
  • College of Textiles
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • First Year College
  • Graduate School

Athletics

The NC State University's athletics teams are known as the "Wolfpacks" or "Packs" for short. North Carolina State University teams have won two NCAA national championships and two AIAVV titles, among others.  NC State competes in 23 intercollegiate sports.

The school also offers 45 different club sports to NC State students, including 18 intramural leagues for all skill levels.

Student Life

Known as the "People's College," NC State has more than 400 organizations and activities for students to get involved in.  The myriad categories include:

  • Arts & cultural activities
  • Academic organizations & honorary societies
  • Service groups
  • Graduate student associations
  • Peer group, lifestyle & diversity initiatives
  • Political & social action groups
  • Professional & career support
  • Religious & spiritual organizations
  • Special interest opportunities
  • Sports, recreation & leisure activities
  • Student governing boards
  • Student media & publications

There are also many leadership opportunities through NC State's service-learning programs and community service initiatives that integrate community work with academics.

Year-round arts and entertainment programs and activities are also available for students and faculty.  There are arts organizations and exhibits, on-campus cinema, media outlets, theatres, crafts centers, dance performances, music performances and the summer TheatreFest.

The Division of Student Affairs at NC State offers support and services to students through many extracurricular recreational activities.

There are many choices for on-campus housing at NC State including residence halls at East, West and Central campuses.  There are also the "Living and Learning Villages," which are residence halls devoted to grouping students with similar lifestyle or academic interests.  The Wolf Village Apartments, Western Manor and E.S. King Village are conveniently located off-campus apartment complexes for married students.

Fraternities and Sororities

There are many fraternities and sororities open to students on the NC State campus.  There are local chapters of national organizations as well as many "social" groups who are involved in a variety of leadership, service, academic and social activities.

The school has issued a warning that the Zeta Psi fraternity has been suspended from the university for being found responsible for hazing and alcohol violations, among other infractions.

Traditions

Holladay Hall, which was built in 1889, was the first campus building for NC State and is still considered its "main building."

The "Free Expression Tunnel," a tunnel that connects two halves of NC State's Central Campus, was established in the 1960's as a place where students could express themselves through wall graffiti.

NC State's school colors are red and white, although the original school colors were pink and blue.

The school mascot became the "Wolfpack" in 1922 after its students were described as behaving like a "wolf pack" at sporting events.

An NC State student wrote the words to the school's fight song in 1926:

NCSU Fight Song
Shout aloud to the men who will play the game to win
We're behind you, keep fighting for State---
Hold that line, hold 'em fast,
We'll reach victory at last
We're behind you, keep fighting for State---
Rise up to the fray and let your colors wave,
Shout out for dear old N.C. State --GO STATE!
And where-e'er we go,
we'll let the whole world know,
We're behind you, keep fighting for State.

Community Life

NC State is a land-grant institution and, as such, it encourages and promotes community involvement in every department through extension programs, engagement initiatives, economic development efforts and many partnerships with outside organizations.

Acceptance Rate

45.13

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

University of Massachusetts - Amherst (UMass Amherst) is an institute of research and higher learning that is situated on a 1,450-acre campus in Western Massachusetts.  It is 90 miles from Boston. More than 80 areas of academic study are available, many of them in high-ranked programs. UMass Amherst offers six associate's degree programs, 86 bachelor's degree programs, 73 master's degree programs and 51 doctoral degree programs.  It has eight schools and colleges.

History

The University of Massachusetts - Amherst was founded in 1863 as a land-grant agricultural college. It was situated on 310 acres, with four buildings. It offered courses in modern farming, science, technical fields, and liberal arts. When it opened, UMass had four faculty members and 56 students.  The school grew over time, expanding its curriculum. It enrolled its first female student in 1892; the same year graduate degrees were authorized. In 1931, the school changed its name to Massachusetts State College.

Post World War II, the school underwent rapid growth and further expanded its curriculum, facilities and enrollment. By 1964, the student enrollment had increased to 10,500. By the 1970s, UMass had expanded to include a renowned Fine Arts Center, Library, and at least one fine dining restaurant.

Through the 1980s and 1990s, UMass evolved into a major research center. Its other programs expanded and gained an international reputation for excellence.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Massachusetts - Amherst follows the semester format, with a fall semester, shorter winter term, spring semester, and a summer session.

Colleges and Schools

  • Commonwealth Honors College
  • Graduate School
  • School of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Isenberg School of Management
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health and Health Sciences
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Student Life

The UMass has more than 200 student clubs and organizations on campus, focusing on a wide range of interests and missions. Included in these clubs are community service groups, student government, cultural groups, religious organizations, media-related groups, academic groups, fraternities and sororities, and more. Intramural sports clubs are also available, as are campus events and activities for politics, socializing, arts and entertainment.

The Fine Arts Center at UMass offers performances in theater, music and dance throughout the year. It also houses six art galleries that host many art exhibits. Student

The UMass library is an excellent resource for students, with more than 8 million items.

On campus housing is available, and there is a wide selection of dining services on campus, including the Berkshire Dining Commons. Student services include Student Success Centers, the Minuteman Marching Band, the Center for Student Development, Campus Recreation and Sports Clubs, and more.

Traditions

The school mascot is the minuteman. The UMass athletic teams are known as the "UMass Minutemen" or "UMass Minutewomen." Until the late 1960s, the UMass athletic teams were known as the "Redmen," but a group of Native Americans from New York wrote a letter requesting that the school curtail the use of "Redmen," as it was defamatory.  Through a student poll in 1972, the new school mascot and name for the athletic teams was chosen.

Athletics

The UMass "Minutemen" athletic teams compete in 21 sports at the NCAA Division I level. The UMass Minutemen and Minutewomen athletic teams include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Community Life

The Amherst area of Massachusetts is historic and picturesque, with forested hills and valleys and river plains.  It has many comfortable inns and restaurants offering fine dining. Amherst offers the charms of New England's country traditions, many museums, galleries, arts and crafts fairs, antique shops, boutiques and bookstores. The museums include the Emily Dickinson Museum.

Other schools in the area are Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts. There are many public services and the area is known for its safe and quiet neighborhoods.

Acceptance Rate

63.8

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Florida Southern College provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Lakeland, Florida and operated as a private institution. The school's United Methodist affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's mission. Approximately two thousand students are enrolled per year at Florida Southern College.

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

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

Students applying for admission are asked to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. The majority of students admitted to Florida Southern achieve an SAT score in a range of 1460 to 1750, or an ACT composite score within the range of 22 to 27. 65% of those students that apply are admitted to this school, of which 26% choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at flsouthern.edu.

The cost of tuition is approximately $29,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's net price calculator to identify their cost of attendance. School housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is around $5,500. Some students at Florida Southern College may be eligible for financial aid, which is generally provided in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The mascot for Florida Southern is the "Moccasins", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs offered may include:

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

Contact information, tuition information, programs offered, and more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.flsouthern.edu.

Acceptance Rate

52.13

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Temple University is a large university with more than 17 schools and colleges.  It is known as a world-class teaching and public research institution, located between New York City and Washington, D.C. Along with University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University, Temple is one of three public research universities in Pennsylvania.  Temple's research programs consistently receive top ranking in the U.S.

History

Dr. Russell Conwell founded Temple University in 1884.  Dr. Conwell was a minister, philanthropist, lawyer and writer. A public speaker known best for his "Acres of Diamonds" speech, the university's football team pays homage to Dr. Conwell by wearing diamond motifs on their uniforms.

Academics

Temple University follows the semester system, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Temple University has more than 130 majors for undergraduates to choose from, 121 master's degrees, and 56 doctoral degrees, and seven professional degrees.

Special Programs include Graduate Study and University Studies  (A resource center for undeclared majors or those in transition between majors.)

Colleges and Schools

  • Tyler School of Art
  • Fox School of Business Management
  • School of Communications and Theater
  • Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Environmental Design
  • College of Health Professions and Social Work
  • Beasley School of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Medicine
  • Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Podiatric Medicine
  • College of Science and Technology
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Tourism and Hospitality

In addition to its many colleges, schools and departments, Temple University has centers and institutes that offer opportunities for faculty and students to engage in multidisciplinary research, scholarship and service.  These centers and institutes include:

  • Institute on Aging
  • Center for Asian Health
  • The Biostatistics Research Suppport Center (BRSC)
  • Institute for Business and Information Technology
  • Criminal Justice Training Programs
  • Institute on Disabilities
  • The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History
  • Institute of Global Management Studies (IGMS)
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute
  • The Intergenerational Center
  • Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
  • Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Center for Obesity Research and Education
  • Pan-African Studies Community Education Program
  • Center for Preparedness Research, Education and Practice
  • Institute for Public Affairs
  • Institute for Schools & Society
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Center for Social Policy and Community Development
  • Center for Study of Force and Diplomacy
  • Institute for Survey Research
  • Center for Sustainable Communities

Temple University also has international sites in Tokyo, Rome and London.

Student Life

Temple University's main and Ambler campuses offer many on-campus concerts, performances, exhibits and lecture series.  The Arts Calendar provides information about events year round.  The following venues on campus offer arts and entertainment:

  • Temple Performing Arts Center
  • Contemporary Culture Collection
  • Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • Department of Film and Media Arts
  • The Liacouras Center
  • Department of Theater
  • Tyler School of Art

The city of Philadelphia offers many artistic, musical cultural and social events. Students interested in exploring the city's offerings can contact the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance or VisitPhilly.com.

The on campus residential resources at Temple University are limited due to the size of the student body.  The University is increasing its available on-campus housing, but juniors and seniors are required to live off campus.

Athletics

Temple University has many competitive intercollegiate athletics teams, and there are "Temple Owls" teams many men and women's sports including:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Temple University has a main campus Central Philadelphia, as well as the following satellite campuses:

  • Ambler (TUA)
  • Center City (TUCC)
  • Fort Washington (TUFW)
  • University Harrisburg (TUH)
  • School of Podiatric Medicine
  • Health Sciences Center (HSC)

Temple University also has international campuses in Japan and Rome, as well as Study Abroad programs around the world.

Community Life

The Office of Community Relations at Temple University support volunteerism in the community, hosts and partners with community organizations, and provides direct services to the university's neighbors.  The University's Community Education Center is home to the Office of Community Relations and is the on-campus hub for community organizations.

Acceptance Rate

60.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Brigham Young University (BYU) is an institute of higher learning located in the beautiful mountain region of Provo, Utah.  It is dedicated to academic excellence and the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and is recognized for very strong programs in language, performing arts, sports and international studies.

History

Brigham Young University was established in 1875 as "Brigham Young Academy" in the current city of Provo. The campus was moved in 1891, and the name was changed to Brigham Young University in 1903.  The original charge was that all teachings at the university should be rooted in scripture, and the integration of academics and faith in the gospel continues today.

The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints sponsors BYU, which is part of the Church Educational System. 

Academics

Brigham Young University follows a semester calendar with fall and winter semesters, and shorter spring and summer "terms."

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools at Brigham Young University include:

  • Marriott Business School
  • Continuing Education
  • McKay School of Education
  • Fulton College of Engineering and Technology
  • Family, Home and Social Sciences
  • Fine Arts and Communications
  • Graduate Studies
  • Humanities
  • Independent Study
  • David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies
  • Law School
  • Life Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Religious Education
  • Undergraduate Education

Student Life

Student Services at BYU include "Student Links," programs and organizations that help students to connect and become involved.  These programs include BYUSA (Student Services Association), Campus Life Events, clubs, a graduate study society, international cinema, intramural sports, new student orientation, Outdoors Unlimited, service and learning opportunities, and more.

Other student services include an accessibility center, a book exchange and bookstore, the Center for Conflict Resolution, the Counseling & Career Center, Health Services, Wilkinson Student Center, Women's Services & Resources, and a selection of dining spots, among other amenities.

Brigham Young University offers various living on-campus living options for single and married students.  Off-campus housing is also available from landlords who agree to abide by BYU's housing guidelines for students.

Traditions

BYU's mascot is "Cosmo" the Cougar, and one of BYU's two traditional spirit songs is known as "The Cougar Song" or "The Cougar Fight Song."  The other traditional spirit song from BYU is the "College Song for Brigham Young University."

There is a giant "Y" that stands on the mountain behind the BYU campus, which is lit for special occasions and events.

Athletics

Brigham Young University has one of the top intercollegiate athletics programs in the country, with many national championships to its credit.  The sports facilities at BYU are also top-notch, offering both indoor and outdoor training complexes and stadiums.

Intercollegiate sports at BYU include, but are not limited to:

Men's Sports Teams:

  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Women's Sports Teams:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

BYU's main campus is in Provo, Utah, but there are many BYU continuing education and literacy programs, as well as seminaries and religious institutes, around the world.

BYU satellite campuses include:

  • Laie, Hawaii
  • Resburg, Idaho
  • LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah

Community Life

Provo, Utah and Provo Canyon are beautiful regional areas, offering much to see and do.  There are many outdoor activities available, as well as musical concerts, films, museums and more.

Acceptance Rate

67.49

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

Michigan State University, located in East Lansing, is a public research facility. It was a pioneer land grant institution when it was founded in 1855. Under the Morrill Act of 1862, Michigan State University served as a model for future land grant schools in the US.

History

Governor Kingsley S. Bingham signed a Bill on February 12, 1855, establishing the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan. It was the first agriculture college in the USA. Students were welcome to the school in May 1857. At that time 63 male students attended. There were five faculty members and three buildings to accommodate the students. A curriculum was designed by school President Joseph R. Williams to balance liberal arts, practical training and science.

Women were first admitted to the college in 1870, even though no female residences existed. The faculty created a women's course in 1896. Home economics, liberal arts and science were melded into the women's course and old Abbot Hall was transformed into a women's dorm. The first African American student was admitted in 1899.

The early 20th century saw the curriculum expanded extensively. At that time, the name of the school was changed to Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1946, the largest expansion in the school's history took place, due to the 1945 G.I Bill. In its Centennial year, 1955, the name of the school was changed to Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1964, the words Agriculture and Applied Science were dropped and the institution became known as Michigan State University.

Campuses

Michigan State University is comprised of the North and South Campuses. The North Campus is located on the banks for the Red Cedar River. It is the oldest campus and this is where the original buildings stood. None of them remain today. The South Campus is located south of the Red Cedar River and is home to the Horticulture Gardens and the 4-H Children's Garden.

Academics

Michigan State University ranks 80th in the world. It has more than 200 academic programs and is comprised of 17 degree granting colleges. The Nuclear Physics program is ranked second in the US. Other notable programs include:

  • College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • College of Human Medicine
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Criminal Justice
  • Hospitality Business
  • Dietetics
  • Communications
  • Political Science
  • Music Therapy

Athletics

Michigan State University offers 12 varsity sports for men and 13 for women. The teams are known as the Spartans. The school participates in all Big Ten Conference varsity sports with the exception of ice hockey.

Football started as a club sport in 1884 and gained varsity status in 1886. The Spartans football team competes in Spartan Stadium. Football has a long tradition at Michigan State University.

Student Life

Michigan State University has the largest resident hall system in the US. However, 58% of students live in apartments, co-ops, fraternities and sororities that are off-campus.

Michigan State University has one of the largest Greek populations in the US.

Community

Michigan State University has a huge campus that offers a country like setting for biking, jogging, running and hanging out with friends. Nature lovers can enjoy a feast of the senses in all four seasons at Sanford Natural Area or Beal Botanical Gardens. During the hot summer months, enjoy an ice cream at Michigan State University Dairy Store.

Take in a football game at Spartan Stadium and watch the Spartans take on a competitive opponent. For sky-watchers, visit Abrahms Planetarium on Friday or Saturday night or Sunday afternoon for a public show.

Golf courses are plentiful in the area for those who love to hit the greens for a round of golf. History buffs will enjoy Kresge Art Museum with its collection of over 6500 Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts, among other exhibits, including medieval illuminations, paintings, prints and sculptures.

No matter what your interests, there is a variety of things to see and do in East Lansing, Michigan.

Acceptance Rate

71.12

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI), located in Pleasant Gap, PA, is a great vocational training opportunity for high school students and adults looking to further their education and careers. CPI hopes to produce highly competent individuals who are prepared and motivated to pursue the high skill careers of the 21st century. CPI is an accredited institution by the Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Education. 

CPI has 19 different programs offered to high school students. These programs include cosmetology, culinary arts, and welding and metal fabrication technology.  High school students that take advantage of these programs will finish with certifications and training either while still in high school or shortly after. 

CPI also has a great adult education program. They offer full-time programs geared around helping adults progress to a career by giving them the certifications and training they need to be successful. CPI offers the following adult education career programs:

  • Transportation/Automotive
  • Welding
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Computers/Information Technology
  • HVAC/R
  • Food Service

Tuition for these programs varies based on the length of the program and any required materials. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. CPI also offers a great online program. Their online program offers a wide variety of classes, including accounting and finance as well as writing and publishing. 

CPI offers great career placement services. They offer on-campus recruiting, job fairs, externships, mock interviews, resume classes, and cooperative education.

CPI is a vocational school geared toward helping high school students as well as adults reach their goals faster and more efficiently. 

Acceptance Rate

89.77

Tuition

$15,340 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

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

Oklahoma State University (OSU) is a public, land-grant university located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, that is committed to teaching, research and community outreach. OSU is one of the top universities in the nation, offering innovative study programs in a range of disciplines, top faculty, and a diverse student body.

OSU offers more than 350 academic degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Professional degrees include the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. OSU also offers Specialist in Education degrees in certain fields.

The Mission

Proud of its land-grant heritage, Oklahoma State University advances knowledge, enriches lives, and stimulates economic development through instruction, research, outreach and creative activities.

Research is very active at OSU. Oklahoma State University students can benefit from the university's membership in the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) - a consortium of 96 colleges and universities located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ORAU works with member institutions to assist students and faculty in gaining access to federal facilities nationwide for academic, research and partnership opportunities.

International studies and outreach are also thriving at OSU, which has a long tradition of excellent programs in international studies. Over the past 50 years, hundreds of OSU faculty members have participated in overseas projects through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

History

Founded in 1890 as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, the first students enrolled for studies in 1891. Established shortly after the Land Run of 1889, the school opened with no buildings or books, and early classes were held in local churches.

In 1894, the first academic building was completed. This building, called "Old Central," is still located on campus OSU's main campus. In 1896, the first six students graduated.

In 1957, Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College was renamed Oklahoma State University. The school established technical branches in Oklahoma City and Okmulgee. Over the years, many of these technical branches merged with other colleges or schools to form the various colleges and campuses that are now part of OSU.

Academics

The academic calendar for Oklahoma State University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. OSU also offers shorter pre-sessions or inter-sessions before the beginning of each semester.

Colleges and Schools

Colleges at OSU:

  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Center for Health Sciences
  • Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering, Architecture and Technology
  • Human Sciences
  • Spears School of Business
  • Graduate College

Student Life

There are many student organizations and clubs available for involvement at Oklahoma State University. Many student hobbies or interests are represented by already-established groups and range from political interests, to social, academic and recreational. However, students who are interested in forming a new student organization at OSU will find lots of guidance and support through the Office of Campus Life. Some of the resources available include graphic design services, advisor information, organizational leadership certificate, treasurer's module, customized workshops, and more.

The annual Camp Cowboy event offers incoming freshmen opportunities for making friendships and getting oriented to campus life before the start of their first academic year at OSU.

Fraternities and Sororities

OSU Greek Life is very active on campus, with many chapters of fraternities and sororities available. Community involvement through Greek Life is thriving and diverse, offering many opportunities for service and friendship.

Student services at OSU include:

  • Campus Safety
  • Counseling Services
  • Health Services
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Disability Services
  • Career Services
  • Student Government Association

Traditions

The official school colors for Oklahoma State University are orange, black and silver. The nickname for the men and women's athletic teams are the OSU "Cowboys" and "Cowgirls."

There are several traditional school songs associated with OSU, including:

The Waving Song

Oklahoma State! Oklahoma State!
We'll sing your praise tonight;
To let you know where e're we go,
For the Orange and Black we'll fight
We'll sing your worth o'er all the Earth
And shout: Ki Yi! Ki Ye!
In books of fame we'll write your name,
Oklahoma State!

"Ride 'Em Cowboys" Song

Ride, ride, ride, ride,
Ride'em Cowboys,
Right down the field!
Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Fight'em Cowboys, and never yield.!
Ride, ride, ride, ride,
Ride on, Cowboys, to victory;
Cross (opponent)s goal;
Then we'll sing 'O-kla-homa State!'

Athletics

OSU is a member of the Big 12 Conference. The OSU "Cowboys" and "Cowgirls" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

The Main Campus for Oklahoma State University is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma. This campus includes the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. There are four other campuses in the OSU System:

  • OSU-Oklahoma City
  • OSU Institute of Technology (formerly OSU-Okmulgee)
  • OSU-Tulsa
  • OSU Center for Health Sciences

Community Life

The Main Campus for OSU in Stillwater is in the north-central area of Oklahoma. Stillwater is roughly 60 miles from Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Acceptance Rate

69.98

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

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

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

Delaware Valley College provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and operated as a private institution. Nearly two thousand students enroll at Delaware Valley College per year.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Delaware Valley College offers:

  • Agriculture Operations
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Students may submit either the SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admissions to this school. A score between 1340 - 1660 on the SAT, or 20 - 27 for the ACT is usually submitted among accepted students. This school has an admissions rate of around 74 percent of which only 35 percent decided to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at delval.edu.

Undergraduate tuition is approximately $34,000 annually, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students should check the school's price of attendance calculator to see the personalize cost of attendance. Housing may be available for those that would like to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $5,400 annually. Some students at Delaware Valley College may qualify for financial aid, which is generally provided as grants or student loans.

The Delaware Valley College Aggies participate in a number of athletic programs, as part of the NCAA organization. Athletic programs that are available include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)

Acceptance Rate

92.72

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

University of Idaho is a public institution located in Moscow, ID and provides a large number of degree programs for students. As a land grant institution this school is one of the larger public institutions in the state of Idaho. University of Idaho has an annual student enrollment of over twelve thousand.

Areas of study offered at University of Idaho include but are not limited to:

  • Psychology
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. Very common standardized test scores among students accepted to University of Idaho are within the range of 20 - 26 on the ACT, or 1430 - 1780 for the SAT exam. University of Idaho accepts approximately 60% of students applying annually. Of those accepted, around 32% registered for enrollment. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The tuition at University of Idaho varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay around $6,400 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $20,000 per year. Some students at University of Idaho may qualify for financial aid, which is typically offered as scholarships, grants, and loans.

The mascot for University of Idaho is the "Vandals", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs available include:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division I-A)

Students may visit the University of Idaho website to see a complete list of programs offered, admissions information, and more.

Acceptance Rate

77.76

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

South Dakota State University provides a variety of degree programs for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Brookings, SD and publically funded. As a land grant institution this school is one of the larger public institutions in the state of South Dakota. Approximately thirteen thousand students are enrolled annually at SDSU.

Areas of study available at SDSU include:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Agriculture Operations
  • Psychology
  • Family And Consumer Sciences

Students applying for admission are most often required to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Most students admitted to South Dakota State University score in a range of 19 to 25 on the ACT exam. SDSU has an admissions rate of about 92 percent of which only 52 percent decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of tuition is different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state residents pay nearly $7,600, while nonresidents pay $9,500 per year. Housing may be available for students who wish to live on-campus for a cost of $3,000 annually. Students enrolled at SDSU may qualify for aid which is generally loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The South Dakota State University Jackrabbits participate in a number of athletic programs, within the NCAA. 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)

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

Acceptance Rate

90.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Brigham Young University - Idaho is a nonprofit private university that has many majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Rexburg, ID, in a predominantly rural area. The school's Latter Day Saints (Mormon) affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's vision. Approximately fifteen thousand students are enrolled yearly at BYU-I.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Brigham Young University - Idaho offers:

  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions

To be considered for admissions, you may be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then studied by admissions staff. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 930 to 1140 on the SAT and in a range of 20 to 25 on the ACT is common among students admitted to this school. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $4,200 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to identify their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is approximately $2,200. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

Students should visit the school's http://www.byui.edu to view additional information.

Acceptance Rate

95.77

Student to Faculty Ratio

22:1

SUNY College of Technology at Delhi is a public institution located in Delhi, NY and provides a large number of program options for students. Approximately 3,000 students are enrolled per year at SUNY College of Technology at Delhi.

Students can select from many areas of study, including:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Construction Trades
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Architecture
  • Mechanic And Repair Technology

The admissions process will include the submission of an application, school records, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. Most students accepted to SUNY College of Technology at Delhi score in-between 810 to 1020 on the SAT. Roughly 60% of all students that applied were admitted at SUNY College of Technology at Delhi, with 25% of those admitted choosing to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

Tuition & fees at SUNY College of Technology at Delhi vary for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs close to $7,500 per year with out-of-state tuition costing $12,000 for the year. Student housing is available for students, and generally costs approximately $6,400 per year. This school may help with costs by offering financial aid for students who qualify by way of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

Contact information, financial aid information, programs, and much more may be viewed on school's website at http://www.delhi.edu.

Acceptance Rate

72.03

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill provides a variety of program options for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Cobleskill, NY and publically funded. Enrollment at SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill exceeds 2,600 annually.

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

  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Agriculture Operations
  • Family And Consumer Sciences
  • Natural Resources And Conservation

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then studied by admissions officials. Either the SAT or ACT exam can be taken in order to apply to SUNY Cobleskill. Scores in a range of 18 to 23 on the ACT or 1290 to 1600 on the SAT are required to greatly increase the chance of admission. 36% of those who apply are accepted to SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, of which 68% choose to attend. More information on admissions can be found at cobleskill.edu.

The cost of tuition is different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state residents pay close to $7,200, while out-of-state residents pay $17,000 per year. Housing may be available for students that want to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $6,900 each year. Students at SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill may be eligible for aid which is generally scholarships, grants, and loans.

Athletic programs are available at SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Athletic programs available:

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

Contact information, academics information, programs, and more can be accessed on school's website at http://www.cobleskill.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

53.72

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Pennsylvania State University is located in University Park. It is a state-related, space grant, land grant public research facility. Also known as Penn State, the school has twenty-four campuses in Pennsylvania. University Park is the main and largest campus.

History

On February 22, 1855, Pennsylvania State University was established as the Farmer's High School of Pennsylvania. The name was changed to Agricultural College of Pennsylvania in 1862. In 1863, with the passing of the Morrill Land Grant Act, the school was chosen to be Pennsylvania's only land grand college. Within the next few years, enrolment fell because students were only able to acquire and agricultural education. In 1882, when George Atherton became president, the curriculum was broadened. Engineering studies were then offered. Penn State became one of the ten largest engineering schools in the US.

By the early 20th century, Penn State had grown considerably. In 1936, satellite campuses were established by President Don Hetzel in order to allow students of the Depression era to attend college. Since these students were needed to work at home during that time, without the satellite colleges, they wouldn't have been able to further their education.

School President Milton S. Eisenhower changed the name of the college to Pennsylvania State College in 1953 and the institution became state-related in 1970.

Campuses

The University Park campus has 13 distinct colleges. They are:

  • College of Health and Human Development
  • College of Arts and Architecture
  • College of Agricultural Studies
  • College of Communications
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Information Science and Technology
  • Penn State Dickinson School of Law
  • Smeal College of Business
  • Schreyer Honors College
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Education
  • Eberly College of Science
  • College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Academics

Since 1945, the Applied Research Lab has partnered with the United States Department of Defense. Research is primarily in support of the US Navy.

The library system of Pennsylvania State University began with 1500 book. Today it houses 500,000 maps, 5.2 million books, 180,000 films and videos and 5 million microforms.

Pennsylvania State University's University Park campus also hosts a Radiation Science and Engineering Center.

Student Life

Pennsylvania State University has one of the largest Greek communities in the US. In 1888, the Penn State Glee Club was founded. It is the oldest student organization on campus. Each year the Glee Club takes a spring break tour, which has taken them to a multitude of destination world-wide.

The Penn State Paranormal Research Society has earned an abundance of media attention in recent years. The A&E Network is working with the university to develop a reality series. Some filming will be done on campus.

Each year in February, students take place in the Penn State Dance Marathon. Millions of dollars are raised annually for pediatric cancer care and research.

Media

Penn State's student newspaper is The Daily Collegian. Since 1996, an online version called The Digital Collegean has appeared online.

Radio station WKPS-FM was founded in 1995.  It broadcasts from the ground floor of the HUB-Robeson Center. It serves the State College and Penn State communities.

Athletics

At one time a type of mountain lion roamed the University Park area. The Penn State mascot is the Nitany Lion. Some Penn State teams include:

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Lacrosse
  • Fencing
  • Women's rugby
  • Boxing
  • Gymnastics

Community Life

There is much to see and do in the University Park area. Take in the Arboretum at Penn State, which is also known as H.O. Smith Botanical Gardens.

Visit Penn State University creamery, also known as Berkey Creamery. Enjoy an ice cream or sherbet or purchase delicious cheese, all produced by the Department of Food and Science.

Take in a football game at Beaver Stadium or enjoy a basketball game at Bryce Jordan Center. Whatever you chose, there is a wide variety of attractions and events in the University Park area. Be sure to check for dates and times.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

South Georgia Technical College offers an outstanding education at an affordable price. The college has two campuses with one in Americus and the other in Cordele. The cost of in-state tuition is $2,250 a year.

The school offers outstanding hands-on training. Plus, there is a lot to do during your free time, so that there is never a dull moment. The campus offers student organizations, basketball, and a new student center. No matter whether you are living on or off-campus, you can participate in student meal plans.

South Georgia Technical College provides students with many options. Programs are offered in Culinary Arts, Welding, Marketing Management, Early Childhood Care, and Education. Courses are uniquely designed by combining classroom and hands-on training to give you real life skills.

Associate degree programs last two years and diploma programs typically take one year. Individuals looking to gain employable skills should try a technical certificate that can be obtained in two to eight terms.

South Georgia Technical College also has outstanding programs for international students. ESL classes are available to help prepare students for rigorous academic study. The school can also discuss financial aid with you.

Online classes allow students to attend courses at their own convenience. Many courses are given through GVTC (Georgia Virtual Technical Connection). GVTC is a group of 34 technical colleges who work together to offer online courses. These classes make education accessible, no matter where you are at. To attend these courses, all you need is internet access and a computer.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Southeast Technical Institute is situated in a community that is noted for its friendliness and inviting way of life. Sioux Falls, which was ranked number one as the best small place to conduct business and have a career, is home to museums, cultural centers and natural areas where one can enjoy camping, fishing, and hiking in their leisure time. The school, which is located at 2320 North Career Avenue, in Sioux Falls, offers degrees through the following schools:

  • The Institute of Advanced Technologies
  • The Institute of Engineering Technology
  • The Institute of Business and Communications
  • The Institute of Health Technology
  • The Institute of Human Services
  • The Institute of Transportation Technology
  • The institute of Horticulture Technology
Flexible degree options are offered so that you can take classes on-campus in the evening, totally online, or through a hybrid program, where you can take classes on-campus and through the Internet. Enrollment at the college is around 2,500 and the cost per year for students attending either from out-of-state or within the state is about $2,400. Some of the degrees offered at the school include two-year programs that lead to conferment in the area of:
  • Applied Horticulture and Horticulture Operations
  • Landscaping
  • Desktop Publishing/Digital Imaging
  • Design Animation
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Systems Networking
  • Information Systems Security
  • Biomedical Technology
Further information can be obtained by contacting the school at 605-367-7624 or by simply requesting information from our portal today.

Acceptance Rate

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Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

About
Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, Minnesota, was founded in 1969 through the approval of the state legislature and began operating in 1970 at a site formerly operated  by the University of Minnesota. The school operates several off campus sites that offer a variety of services to students and the community. Over the years increased enrollment has required the school to expand its programs and facilities, resulting in the addition of new buildings and a commitment to providing excellent services and education. The school has recently become involved in the Green Campus Commitment with the goal of achieving a neutral carbon footprint by 2020.

Academics
Dakota County Technical College offers students a large number of programs primarily dedicated to providing students with career training programs and opportunities.Such programs provide students the skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce as a qualified professional. This is accomplished through the combination of theoretical and practical courses that allow for the development and implementation of methods and techniques in a controlled environment in order to build experience. Students will earn a certificate or degree upon completion that demonstrates competency and allows for employment at the entry level. Graduates from DCTC have a 94% employment rate.

Students may also use earned credits from DCTC to transfer to a four year institution. Students will apply to a college or university after the completion of studies at the school, and if accepted will transfer credits and use them toward earning a bachelor's degree. Students wishing to pursue a transfer option should visit a counselor to discuss credit transfer, curriculum, and requirements for the student's desired school or schools, due to the fact the requirements will vary by college and certain credits may be non-transferable.

Programs offered include:

Continuing education courses are also available to practicing professionals wishing to update their education or are in need of a certain number of study hours to renew a license or certification.

Admissions and Financial Aid
Any individual interested in enrollment at Dakota County Technical College may do so if they meet the minimum requirements for admission, complete and submit an application, and pay all fees including tuition. Students should supply their transcripts and test scores and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration. New students are encouraged to participate in orientation to become more familiarized with the campus, services and activities and meet with a counselor to discuss future goals, program enrollment and curriculum.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which is used by the school to determine a student's needs and aid program eligibility when putting together a financial aid packet. Aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year. Students may also be asked to provide additional information to the school at random to verify the FAFSA's accuracy as per recent federal regulations.

Acceptance Rate

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Student to Faculty Ratio

21:1

Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute is a public post-secondary institution that serves as a regional campus, a technical school and a community college. As a constituent campus of the Ohio State University, this school offers initial credits for any of the OSU’s 127 majors and it employs an open admission policy. ATI is the only OSU campus that provides Associate of Applied Science degrees designed to cultivate students’ technical skills.

This school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).The central campus situated in 1328 Dover Road Wooster, Ohio 44691-4000 is a home to the following facilities: Grace L. Drake Agricultural Laboratory, Beef and Dairy Facility, Equine Center, Land Laboratory and the Hawk’s Nest Golf Course. Aside from these facilities, variety of services is available for the students including Career Services, Counseling Services, Learning Assistance and Program Excel. 

ATI values lifelong learning as it provides accessible and high quality education through its general and technical courses, continuing education and workforce development programs, and transfer programs. At the core of its academic programs is hands-on practical learning experience that enhances critical thinking, leadership and problem solving abilities of the students.Students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through off campus internships and on campus practicum.

ATIis highly regarded for its associate degrees, certificates and continuing education programs in the field of agriculture, horticulture, environmental sciences, business, and engineering technology, and certain specialty areas. These programs are aimed at equipping the students with the technical competency to succeed in their chosen career and become productive citizens.

Future Student's Guide http://ati.osu.edu/futurestudents

Academic Majors http://ati.osu.edu/currentstudents/academics/majors

Acceptance Rate

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Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

Florida Gateway College, formerly Lake City Community College is located in Lake City, Florida. The school was founded in 1947 as Columbia Forestry School, and became a junior college in 1961. The school adopted its current name in 2008 when it began plans to offer bachelor's degrees. The school began applications for their bachelor's of nursing program back in 2011.

Academics

Florida Gateway College primarily provides vocational programs that result in certificates and associate degree programs that can be used for career preparation or for transfer to a four year institution. The school offers a variety of programs to ensure that students receive the education they want heading toward their goal.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Enrollment at FGC is open, requiring only a high school diploma or GED, along with all pertinent transcripts. Some programs are considered limited access, and as such may require a second application to that program for consideration. Students interested in limited access programs should contact the program director to discuss the application.

Students interested in financial aid should complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the noted deadlines. Once eligibility is determined, students will consult the financial aid office to determine which grants or loans the student is will receive.

Acceptance Rate

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Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

About South Florida State College, located in Avon Park, Florida, was founded in 1965 and has an annual enrollment of over 16,000 students. The school was originally known as South Florida Community College, but changed its name in 2012 when it followed many other two year institutions in the state and began offering a limited selection of four year programs.

The school operates three campuses in the counties of Highland, DeSoto, and Hardee.  SFSC is one of the many schools that comprise the Florida College System.
Academics South Florida State College offers a variety of programs that allow students to choose which path is right for them, though it primarily focuses on community workforce development through career training programs that offer an education in the industries and areas that are in the highest demand in the service area.

Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a degree or certificate. Individuals may choose to pursue academic transfer by completing a curriculum that mirrors the first two years of a four year program, followed by applying for transfer to a four year institution to complete their bachelor's degree. Students applying to the supervision and management bachelor program will apply separately and completer all four years at SFSC.
Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid South Florida State College is an open enrollment institution. Any individual who is eighteen years of age or has earned a high school diploma may enroll through the submission of an application and payment of fees.

Students should supply transcripts and test scores, as well as participate in new student enrollment and meet with a counselor prior to registration. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships and are awarded based on need as determined by the information provided by the student in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Acceptance Rate

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Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Why Earn a Landscaping Degree?

Landscaping degree programs can help students think more formally about the trade. A college degree in landscaping will prepare students for the challenges of day-to-day operations, seasonality, time management, and resource terminology. A formal education can also help prepare student for a variety of commercial and residential jobs. Translating academic knowledge into a finished product will take time, effort, and training.

A landscape major will garner both practical experience and academic knowledge to be used after school. Skills learned while in school will be industry-specific and customer-centric. Skills learned in school to help connect with customers include: active listening, communication skills, customer service, non-verbal communication, accurate documentation, and time management.

Business skills you will learn in a formal landscaping degree program will include several key classes and projects. Popular landscaping classes you will find in college degree programs include: gardening management, horticulture, turf management, project management, soil management, plant maintenance, site safety, equipment operation, personnel management, resource management, construction documentation, cost control, loss mitigation, scheduling, business insurance, bid strategies, bonding, state laws, local regulations, and financial accounting.

What Do Landscape Managers Do?

Professional landscape managers and landscaping personnel are charged with the proper maintenance of property grounds. Through the use of hand tools and power tools, landscapers may be contracted to perform a wide variety of tasks. Jobs associated with a general landscape job may include the following: mowing, planting, sod laying, trimming, digging, watering, fertilizing, raking, building masonry wall units, and sprinkler installation.

Top Landscaping Degrees

For those considering a future in the landscape industry, there are a number of paths to consider.  Some individuals will elect to leverage education while others may prefer on the job training.  Students seeking a formal education will find two primary programs of interest.

Certificate programs and undergraduate degrees are the two most popular programs for students to consider at the college level.  Below we have summarized each to help you find the best program for you and your career in the field.

Landscaping Certificate Programs

A certificate program in landscaping is designed to be a focused program in this field of study.  Some certificate programs can be completed in as little as six months while others will take upwards of two years to complete.

The variation in the programs will depend on the design of the course coupled with your course load and pace at which you complete the classes required to earn a certificate.   Online landscaping certificates may be earned from an accredited college or university to help work around your busy schedule.

Landscaping Associate Degrees

On-site and online associate degrees in landscaping can be earned from a number of higher education institutions.  Accredited colleges and universities build associate degree programs to include both general education courses and core classes to provide a well-rounded educational experience for students.  General education classes may include English composition, philosophy, economics, and psychology.

Core classes will vary from school to school but will include courses to help students assess customer needs, theory, design, site evaluation, project analysis, base plan preparation, presentation, budgeting, and materials management.  Associate degrees can be conferred as either an Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Arts (AA) depending on the design of the program.

Landscaping Educational Requirements

The educational requirements to earn a degree in landscaping will vary by institution. Some schools will require more science-bases classes while others will focus more on business. Nonetheless, you will find a common set of classes across most college degrees in landscaping. Examples of those common landscaping courses include:

Employment Specializations in Landscaping

Investing in a landscaping certificate or landscaping degree will open up opportunities for students.  Career paths can be for specific aspects of landscaping or for associated trades within the construction industry.  Examples of specializations in landscaping can include a variety of job choice such as: landscape architect, specialty contractor, cost estimator, budget analyst, project manager, general contractor, hardscape manager, and bark technician.  It is worth noting some career paths may require additional training and/or certification.

Top Landscaping Careers

Students interested in pursing a career in landscaping will need to know the wide variety of jobs and titles associated with this vocation.  In fact, the breadth of careers in the landscape industry spans beyond what most people envision as a typical landscape career.  Below you will find the most common job titles associated with the landscape vocation to help you understand the myriad paths available to pursue.

Nursery Supervisor Grounds Maintenance Specialist
Grounds Supervisor Supervisor of Horticulture Services
Field Manager Landscape & Horticulture Specialist
Golf Course Superintendent Grounds Crew Supervisor
Landscape Contractor Groundskeeper
Groundskeeper Supervisor Landscape Specialist
Landscape Manager Grounds Maintenance Worker
Nursery Manager Groundskeeping Manager
Parks Supervisor Landscape Gardener
Production Superintendent Outside Maintenance Worker
Landscape Designer Grounds Foreman
Horticulture Manager Maintenance Supervisor
Gardener Grounds Manager
Greenskeeper Landscape Supervisor

Landscaper Salary & Job Outlook

Landscaper salary is estimated to continue growing above average according to the latest studies by the BLS. Currently, the mean average wage for landscapers is approximately thirty-thousand dollars a year and grounds maintenance workers at $35,000 a year. Tree trimmers salary is just under $40,000 a year with pesticide applicators around thirty-seven thousand dollars a year on average.

The aggregate job growth projections in landscaping is estimated at 11% for the coming reporting period. With nearly 1.5 million individuals employed in this sector of the economy, approximately 160,000 new jobs will be created in the coming decade. Rapid growth in landscaping will create job opportunities and mobility to try new things in this field.

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