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Structural engineering is a discipline within civil engineering.  A structural engineer focuses on linking the numerical quantities of physical forces with physical force-resisting elements.  The basic problem-solving tools of a structural engineer lies in analysis, design, implementation.

Analysis is the process of understanding forces of each element as related to other defined elements.  Design follows mathematical and statistical analysis by configuring elements to properly resist forces.  Preliminary analysis and design are followed by implementation and testing of a new or modified structural element.  Analysis is performed and additional design work is executed prior to final implementation to ensure iterations result in optimal results.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$83,540

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

55.63%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

281400

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

2021 Best Structural Engineering Degree

The University of Southern California (USC) has two main campuses, both located in Los Angeles, CA.  USC's University Park campus is near downtown-metro Los Angeles, near the city's major museums.  The University Park campus is home to most of USC's professional schools and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School and the School of Dentistry.  USC's Health Sciences campus is northeast of downtown Los Angeles and is home to the School of Pharmacy, the Keck School of Medicine and three teaching hospitals.  Many other USC programs are conducted at different locations in the Southern California area.

USC is the oldest research university in the West and continues to be a leader in this area with an award-winning faculty and strong medical-health and science programs that have given rise to many new ideas and new technology over the years. USC receives top ranking and federal funding for its research activity.

USC attracts many international students and also offers many study abroad programs and internships.  The university encourages collaboration, interdisciplinary studies, public service and professional education.  Through its flexible programs like "Renaissance Ideal," "Thematic Option," and many interdisciplinary majors and minors, USC encourages entering students to create their own major/minor study programs to further interdisciplinary endeavors and new ideas.

One of the great attractions of USC for many students is its distinguished faculty.  The university boasts many renowned innovators and award-winners including members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.  In 2011, USC Professor and historian Dr. Kevin Starr was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

History

Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California opened its doors with 10 teachers and 53 students.   In 1885, USC established its College of Medicine, which was the first in Southern California.  In 1888, USC Trojans played their first football game.

Academics

The University of Southern California's academic calendar follows the semester format, with a fall, spring and summer semester.

The University of Southern California (USC) offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctoral degrees as well as continuing and professional education.  USC also offers a Progressive Degree option to high-achieving undergraduates who wish to begin work on a master's degree while completing their requirements for a bachelor's degree.

USC offers hundreds of options for majors, minors and degree programs to undergraduates and graduates through many flexible study options.  Students can choose from several areas and departments to pursue a major or program of study including arts and humanities, social studies, natural sciences, engineering, computer quantitative, and technical sciences.

For students pursuing research, there are many research centers and institutes, as well as laboratories and research units to choose from at USC that include arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering and technology.  Some key areas for research at USC include genomics, biomedical imaging, nanoscience, digital media and high-performance computing.

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools of the University of Southern California are located at its two primary campuses: University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus.  The colleges and schools of USC are:

  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • USC Leventhal School of Accounting
  • USC School of Architecture
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • USC Annenberg School for Communication, Journalism
  • Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
  • USC Rossier School of Education
  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • USC Roski School of Fine Arts
  • USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • USC Thornton School of Music
  • Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • USC School of Pharmacy
  • Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
  • USC School of Policy, Planning and Development
  • USC School of Social Work
  • USC School of Theatre

Student Life

USC is a large university and there are a host of student services available to help students navigate campus life. There are "Academic Services" that include online resources, academic support, libraries and computing.  Through "Campus Life" USC offers countless campus activities and programs, groups and organizations for students to become involved in.  Other student resources include Career Services, Financial Services, Student Health Services, International Students and New Students services, as well as the many programs and services offered through Student Affairs.  Intramural sports and spirit groups are a popular way to get involved in campus life and meet other students.

There are at least 12 residence halls on the USC campuses and many more USC-owned properties nearby that provide housing to students.  USC has three main restaurants on campus that have a selection of menu plans and are conveniently located near the residence halls.

Athletics

Athletics are an important part of the college experience at USC.  The USC Trojans teams compete in the following intercollegiate sports:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its two main campuses, USC runs programs at several locations throughout Southern California (Marina del Rey, Orange County, among others) as well as educational centers in Sacramento, California and Washington, D.C.

Community Life

USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles with many important museums close by and a host of recreational facilities and attractions in the area.  The USC Arts & Events Calendar offers an award-winning selection of art exhibits, public lectures, music, theatre, and film.  Additionally, there are many cultural events and activities in the Los Angeles area, as well as the many tourist attractions offered by Hollywood and the entertainment industry.

USC has many partnerships with organizations and groups in its surrounding neighborhoods and communities, offering students many opportunities to get involved in community programs, campaigns and initiatives that benefit local children, families and community members.

Acceptance Rate

11.42

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Originally established in Detroit in 1817, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is Michigan state's oldest public university. It serves as the main campus for the University of Michigan, with regional campuses located in Dearborn and Flint. There are over 9,000 faculty members in 200 departments across all campuses.

U of M in Ann Arbor spans over 600 acres in combined area and has four main sections known as the North campus, South campus, Medical campus, and Central campus. All four areas house thirteen undergraduate and eighteen graduate schools and colleges in total.

The University of Michigan is also recognized as one of the top public universities worldwide and holds one of the highest budgets among research universities in the country. Its Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) alone has over 1,000 students and over 600 faculty members involved.

In direct collaboration with the U of M Medical School is the University of Michigan Health System consisting of three hospitals, 120 outpatient clinics, and several centers for medical research and learning. Its C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is known to be one of the best children's hospitals in the country.

Famous for its success in football and ice hockey, the U of M is represented by the Michigan Wolverines in intercollegiate athletic events. Sports activities are overseen by the Department of Recreational Sports. Other student organizations in the university include the Pops Orchestra, Men's Glee Club, and the Musical Society which is made up of the Choral Union and the University Orchestra.

Student housing within university grounds is the sixth largest in the country, providing room for over 12,000 students. The university is also home to a golf course, a number of museums, galleries, planetariums, the Nichols Arboretum, and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Acceptance Rate

22.91

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

About

The University of California – Los Angeles, located in Los Angeles, California was founded in 1882 as the southern campus of the California State Normal School, originally located in what is now the Downtown Central Library, followed by a brief tenure on Vermont Avenue on what is now known as Los Angeles City College. UCLA is the second oldest campus of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system, having joined in 1919.

UCLA is a public research university in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westwood, with convenient access to a large part of Los Angeles' cultural facilities. The school is considered among the best public institutions in the country, offering an excellent undergraduate program along with a large number of graduate opportunities, serving nearly 40,000 students annually.

Campus

A number of residential complexes are available on campus, from student halls to university apartments. In addition, numerous recreation facilities such as the Marina Aquatic Center and the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center are made accessible for all students to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles.

The school has over 160 buildings situated upon 419 acres of land in western Los Angeles, with structures utilizing a number of architectural styles. UCLA itself provides relatively easy access to main Los Angeles conduits, including Sunset Boulevard and 405 San Diego Freeway.  Additionally, the school is relatively close to Santa Monica Beach and the Los Angeles coastline.

Education

More than 300 programs are offered by several undergraduate departments and the Professional Schools of Architecture, Theater, Law, Public Affairs, the Samueli School of Engineering, and Anderson School of Management. Programs in Health Sciences are provided at the Geffen School of Medicine, the schools of Nursing and Dentistry. Research in Health Sciences are also conducted at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Semel Institute for psychiatry and neuroscience.

The UCLA Institute of the Environment consists of several research centers on climate change and environmental management. Among these are the La Kretz Center for California Conservation and the centers for Air Pollution and Exposure, Climate Change Solutions, Tropical Research, as well as the center for Corporate Environmental Performance.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

UCLA uses a variety of admission criterion to determine whether or not a student will be admitted, including test scores, GPA, class rank, strength of one's high school curriculum, particularly during senior year, courses taken on top of standard requirements, if the student took advanced placement or other high level classes, and participation in academic activities over long periods of time.

Students will also supply a personal statement that will provide the college with one's background and abilities, and is used in conjunction with the above material to make a final determination. Admitted students will be notified through a packet providing the information necessary to begin one's academic career.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs available at the state and federal level. Students in need of financial assistance will obtain a federal PIN and submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used by the financial aid office to calculate need, identify aid program eligibility, and determine monetary awards.

Students may also be eligible for academic merit or athletic scholarships offered by the school. Individuals may also apply for external scholarships which offer awards for a variety of reasons. Financial aid must be reapplied for at the start of each academic year, and students may be asked to provide additional financial documentation to the financial aid office to ensure their SAR is accurate prior to the disbursement of funds.

Athletics

The university is also known for the UCLA Bruins and participates in intercollegiate athletics through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the Division 1A Pacific 10 Conference. As of 2009, UCLA holds the most number of team championships in the NCAA.

Intercollegiate athletics provide students a forum for healthy competition, allowing the development of skills such as discipline and teamwork, providing good health habits and allowing individuals to feel the bonds of camaraderie formed through the successes and failures one experiences when working with others toward a singular goal. Students interested in participation in an athletic program should visit the athletic department for tryout dates and relevant forms.

Athletic programs offered:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Student Life

Student life involves many UCLA traditions including the annual Dance Marathon for the Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Jazz Reggae Festival on Memorial Day, and the Unicamp summer program for children of Los Angeles which is organized and spearheaded by hundreds of UCLA student volunteers. New events are also held throughout the year, encouraging students to participate in extracurricular activities and maintain an active social life.

A series of showcases, theatrical performances, and other such events are held on campus throughout the year, as are intramural sport activities which allow students on campus to engage in friendly competition with one another. Students may also enroll in one or more of the 800 clubs and organizations available on campus, participating in a group atmosphere related to topics of personal interest. Interested students should contact the Department of Student Affairs for assistance in finding clubs, intramural participation, and other events on campus.

Acceptance Rate

12.32

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

New York University's main campus is located in Greenwich Village. It is a private, non-sectarian, research university and the largest non-profit institution of higher learning in the US. Study abroad facilities are located in a wide variety of countries around the globe. New sites are planned for Abu Dhabi in 2010 and Washington DC in 2012.

History

New York University was established on April 18, 1831 by bankers, merchants and traders in order to provide young men with a higher education. They were to be admitted on merit alone, with no focus on social status or birthright.

On April 12, 1831, the New York State Legislature gave the school its charter and it was incorporated as the University of the City of New York. The name was changed to New York University in 1896 by popular demand. The first students were welcomed in 1832 and attended classes in rented rooms of Clinton Hall.

Academics

New York University is ranked 22nd of the world's top universities by the Global University Ranking. It is made up of 16 colleges, institutions and schools. When the university was founded, the only school was the College of Arts and Science.

Undergraduate schools include:

  • Education of Human Development
  • Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • School of Social Work
  • Stunhardt School of Culture
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Stern School of Business
  • Tisch School of Arts

Postgraduate schools include:

  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Dentistry
  • Institute of Study of the Ancient World
  • School of Law
  • Courant School of Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Graduate School of Arts and Science
  • Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

New York University is the only private university in the US with two medical schools, as it also awards the degrees for Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Campuses

New York State University's buildings are situated on approximately 229 acres between 14th Street in the north, Broadway on the east, Avenue of the Americas to the west and Houston Street to the south. Washington Square Park is the core of New York University's buildings and has been since 1970. The Washington Square Arch is the unofficial symbol of the University.

During the 1990s, New York University became a double square university when a second community was established around Union Square. Other campuses and facilities include but are not limited to:

  • Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • New York University Medical Center
  • Belleview Hospital Center

Athletics

New York University's sports teams are known as the Violets. Their colors are violet and white. Dictated by geography and history, Columbia University are their rival. The University's team mascot is the bobcat. Most of New York University's sport teams participate in the University Athletic Association and the NCAA's Division III.

Student Life

The governing student body at New York University is the Student Senators Council. The University has more than 350 clubs and organizations for students on campus. These include fraternities, sororities, sports teams and those that focus on arts, culture and entertainment.

New York University first formed a Greek community in 1837. Greek  life at New York University is governed by four boards.

Community Life

New York is known as The City That Never Sleeps and there is much to see and do. Take in a festival, enjoy nightlife, enjoy a Broadway show or visit Rockefeller Center or Central Park.

There are an abundance of free venues, such as Central Park Stage, Brooklyn Museum, BB King Blues Club and Grill, Studio Museum of Harlem, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum. Be sure to check times for free admission and also check out other free venues. There's something for everyone in New York City.

Acceptance Rate

16.2

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

University of California - San Diego (UCSD) is a top-ranking academic and research institution in the University of California system.  It is situated along the Pacific Ocean on a campus of coastal woodlands.  UCSD offers hundreds of academic degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. It also offers many professional degrees.  Its academics cover a wide range of disciplines including science, technology, social sciences, medicine, business and the humanities.

The school offers a diverse selection of interdisciplinary programs with many majors and minors in innovative areas.  UCSD has an award-winning faculty, all of whom are experts in their fields, at the cutting edge of science, medicine and technology.  The UCSD faculty boasts many Nobel Prize winners, two Pulitzer Prize winners, a Tony Award, and an Academy Award, among others.

The Chancellor of UCSD has been leading a "Leadership Team" for several years with a goal of influencing the local, national and global communities for the university.

UCSD has a strong Extension and Lifelong Learning program, offering more than 130 academic programs, professional education and public service courses to the San Diego community.

History

UCSD was founded in the 1960s as a research institution, which evolved out of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, founded in 1903.  UCSD grew over the next three decades into a more comprehensive academic institution, in addition to being the nation's first oceanographic institution.  From the beginning, its faculty has included top experts in science and research, including the areas of physics, chemistry, geology, biology, and climate.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of California at San Diego follows the quarter system, with fall, winter and spring quarters running from 55-60 days each.

Colleges and Schools

UCSD has six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, five graduate and professional schools.

Divisions and Schools:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Biological Sciences
  • Jacobs School of Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
  • Rady School of Management
  • School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
  • School of Medicine
  • Scripps Inst. of Oceanography
  • Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Undergraduate Colleges:

  • Marshall
  • Muir
  • Revelle
  • Roosevelt
  • Sixth
  • Warren

Student Life

The UCSD campus is located near the Pacific Ocean, and is not far from the Mexico border.  There are many places to explore in the area, and the weather contributes to rich opportunities for outdoor activities. UCSD has a page on its website called "Campus Fun 101," which links students to a host of activities and opportunities for engagement.  There are more than 400 student clubs, organizations, societies, adventure excursions, group activities, sporting events, theatre performances, art tours, aquarium visits, and more.

UCSC students will also find opportunities to study abroad, engage in career preparation programs, and participate in leadership training, among others.  There are also many student services available including wellness facilities, a cross-cultural center, and more.

Campus housing and dining are available, and there are excellent fitness facilities and swimming pools.

Traditions

The UCSD school colors are blue and gold. Each college at UCSD hosts many traditional events each year that are open to all students on campus. One of these traditional events is "Warren Live," a music concert from Warren College held in the spring that features headline musical groups.

Athletics

The UCSD "Tritons" athletics teams participate in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Community Life

UCSD offers many opportunities for volunteerism in the San Diego community and involvement in local non-profit organizations.  Its Center for Student Involvement provides information about how to get involved in programs focused on environment, youth, hunger, and more.

Acceptance Rate

31.48

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

LU, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, it resides in an urban setting for students to study in. Approximately seven thousand students are enrolled per year at LU. Here is a list of some of the popular programs LU offers:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Physical Sciences
To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then studied by admissions staff. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to apply to this school. Scores between 28 to 31 on the ACT or 1220 to 1400 on the SAT are needed to increase the chance of getting accepted. LU has an admissions rate of about 33 percent of which only 31 percent chose to enroll. More information on admissions can be found here. The cost of tuition is close to $45,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and that is why students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their cost of attendance. Student housing is available for students, and generally costs around $6,800 for the year. Lehigh University may offer financial aid for students that are eligible as grants and loans. The LU Brown and White participate in a number of athletic programs, overseen by the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division I-AA)

Acceptance Rate

32.1

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Stevens Institute of Technology provides a variety of program options for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Hoboken, NJ and operated as a private institution. Stevens Institute of Technology has an annual student enrollment of over five thousand. Students can pick from many areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Engineering
  • Computer And Information Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Engineering Technology
To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. Most students admitted to this school score in a range of 1750 to 2040 on the SAT exam. 42% of students that apply are accepted to Stevens Institute of Technology, of which 37 percent choose to attend. More information on admissions can be found here. Undergraduate tuition is approximately $46,000 per year, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students may check the school's price of attendance calculator to determine a more personalized cost estimate. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is around $7,900. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements. The Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks participate in several intercollegiate athletic programs, overseen by the NCAA. Available sports offered:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Fencing (NCAA Division III)
Students can visit the website to obtain a complete list of academic programs offered, financial aid details, and more.

Acceptance Rate

39.96

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Aside from being among the oldest members of the California State University system, SDSU is also the first and largest college in San Diego, California. It is now a highly-regarded research university, having come a long way from starting as an institute for teacher training under the name San Diego Normal College in 1897. There are currently almost 200 fields of study being taken up by students throughout all undergraduate and graduate levels in all of its seven colleges, namely: Arts and Letters, Sciences, Engineering, Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Health and Human Services, Business Administration, and Education.

Enrollees at both the main and the Imperial Valley campuses are entitled to apply for opportunities to be part in any of over 300 educational programs in more than 50 countries all over the world. Possessing at least $1 billion worth of study grants, SDSU students are directed by its Division of Research Affairs in pursuing research activities in numerous fields such as public health, transportation safety, and computational science.

Recreation and athletics also play a great part of college life at SDSU. The San Diego State Aztecs have teams representing the school in basketball, baseball, football, soccer, among others. Celebrations on campus grounds are highlighted by Homecoming Week during the fall term. Spring term is marked by Green Fest, another week-long event that promotes environmental sustainability.

San Diego State maintains a huge role in emphasizing the importance of higher education among younger students in the surrounding communities. As a partner in the Compact for Success program, it assists the Sweetwater Union High School District in implementing courses that will prepare qualified students for admission to the university after graduation.

Acceptance Rate

34.13

Student to Faculty Ratio

27:1

The University of Central Florida is located in Orlando. It is a metropolitan research university of the State University System of Florida.

History

The University of Central Florida was founded on June 10, 1963. At that time it was known as Florida Technological University. Its goal was to train highly skilled individuals to work at the Kennedy Space Center. The University is a space-grant university and has made notable contributions to a number of fields, including:

  • Computer Science
  • Digital Media
  • Education
  • Optics
  • Modeling and Simulation

Florida Governor Claude Kirk presided over the ground breaking ceremony in March 1967. The school was a coeducation and non-segregated institution. It was once known as a small commuter and technology school. Today, it is the largest university in the US in terms of undergraduate enrolment and the largest in Florida.

Academics

The University of Central Florida's academic calendar is based on the semester system. Fall semester begins late in August and runs until early December. Spring semester begins in January and runs until May. There are four summer semesters that run anywhere from six to twelve weeks.

Colleges

Colleges with the University of Central Florida number twelve. Examples include:

  • College of Sciences
  • College of Optics and Photonics
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Health and Public Affairs
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • The Burnett Honors College
  • College of Arts and Humanities

Student Life

The University of Central Florida encourages its students to become involved in a variety of organizations. Examples include, but aren't limited to:

  • The Campus Activity Board
  • Office of Student Involvement
  • Volunteer UCF
  • Multicultural Student Center

Student housing is mainly for freshmen, with the exception of Towers at Knights Plaza, which houses honor students, student athletes and upper level students.

Fraternities and Sororities

The Inter-fraternity Council at the University of Central Florida is comprised of 16 fraternities and ten sororities. There are a variety of honor and multicultural organizations. The Diversified Greek Council consists of nine cultural organizations, five sororities and four fraternities.

Traditions

The only time that students are allowed into Reflection Pond is at Spirits Splash, which is a homecoming tradition. A pep rally takes place on the Friday before the big homecoming game. Students descend into the pond to show their school spirit. Spirit Splash was named the best college and university tradition in Florida by Florida Leader magazine in 2000.

Athletics

The collegiate teams of the University of Central Florida are the UCF Knights. Women's teams include:

  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Track and field
  • Cross country running
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Rowing
  • Volleyball

Men's teams include:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Cross country running
  • Tennis
  • Golf

In 2007, Knight's Plaza, a new athletic village was developed at the north end of the campus.

Satellite Campuses

The University of Central Florida has several satellite campuses. Three are located in downtown Orlando. Others are located in Claremont, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Cocoa, Ocala, Leesburg, Heathrow, Sanford and Palm Bay.

Community Life

Of course everyone knows that Disney World is the number one attraction in Orlando, but there is much more to see and do that is of interest. If you want to explore a different theme park, enjoy thrill rides at Universal Studios. Cirque du Soleil is a great experience for those who enjoy a Circus atmosphere. Animal lovers will enjoy Animal Kingdom or, for the thrill of a lifetime, Sea World, where you can interact with the dolphins and stingrays.

For a change of pace, go bowling at World Bowling Center, where the murals are whacky and whimsical. Bowling can be a lot of fun with a group of friends and it is great exercise.

There are several mini golf courses in Orlando, as well as 18-hole courses for those who enjoy a day on the greens. Eat at Sonic, America's Drive-in, where a car hop will deliver food to your car just as they did in the 1950s. Movies are fun at Regal Cinemas Stadium 20+ IMAX, or enjoy some Italian fare at Maggiano's Little Italy.

Enjoy a night out at The Lucky Leprechaun or visit Church Street Station, which includes several bars and nightclubs. Other things to do in Orlando include shopping, skateboarding and swimming.

No matter what your interests, there are thousands of attractions and venues in Orlando for you to enjoy.

Acceptance Rate

44.36

Student to Faculty Ratio

30:1

SUNY at Buffalo is "University at Buffalo - The State University of New York." The University at Buffalo is the flagship institution in the SUNY system, as well as its largest campus. Altogether, there are 64 campuses in the SUNY system.

The University at Buffalo, or "UB," is a top public research university.  It is known for academic excellence, as well as its culture of creativity and resourceful thinking.  UB offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees, 205 master's degrees, 84 doctoral degrees and 10 professional degrees.

The distinguished faculty members of UB have contributed to many innovative inventions, including pattern recognition software, the PSA test for prostate cancer, photodynamic cancer therapy, and an implantable battery-operated cardiac pacemaker, among many others.

SUNY alumni from all 64 campuses include many notable figures, including a leading NASA astronaut, the prime minister of Somalia, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, the cofounder of Miramax Films, CEOs of Paramount Pictures, J. Crew and many other leaders from well-known organizations.

History

SUNY at Buffalo was founded in 1846 as the very first institution of higher education in the State University of New York system.

Academics

The academic calendar of SUNY at Buffalo, or UB, follows the semester format.  It has fall and spring semesters, and a few, shorter summer "sessions."

Colleges and Schools

  • The School of Architecture and Planning
  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The Graduate School of Education
  • The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • The School of Law
  • The School of Management
  • The School of Social Work
  • The Academic Health Center (AHC), a consortium of five health sciences schools:
    • Dental Medicine
    • Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • Nursing
    • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Public Health and Health Professions
    • Roswell Park Cancer Institute Graduate Programs

Student Life

The UB activities and opportunities for involvement at UB are numerous.  The school offers excellent facilities for health and wellness, as well as top venues for arts and culture, including The Center for the Arts and Lippes Concert Hall. These venues host many concerts and performances by students and faculty, and also attract premier guest artists from around the world.

Traditions

The UB school mascot is "Victor E. Bull."

Athletics

The UB athletic teams compete in 20 intercollegiate sports at the Division I level, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

The University of Buffalo, or SUNY at Buffalo, has three campuses:

  • North Campus (Amherst, New York)
  • South Campus (Buffalo, New York)
  • Downtown Campus (Buffalo, New York)

More than 10 percent of UB students study abroad, via exchange programs with 65 universities around the globe.

Community Life

The "Our Impact" program at SUNY at Buffalo reaches out to the community of the Buffalo Niagara region in a variety of ways.  The UB is an integral partner in programs that improve the region and enrich the community including involvement in programs for youth, local businesses, housing and healthcare.

Acceptance Rate

61.08

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona (CPP), or "Cal Poly Pomona," is a public university situated barely 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Cal Poly Pomona is one of only two "Polytechnic" universities in the California State University System. It is one of just seven in the U.S., and has been widely recognized for its project-based and learn-by-doing coursework.

The term "polytechnic" refers to the honing of skills in many arts through a hands-on training approach. In this spirit, the faculty members at Cal Poly Pomona are top professionals in their fields, in addition to being teachers, and can instruct their students through practical application. Students are guided through research, internships, competitions and community development projects. The school's philosophy is "Learn by Doing," and graduates of Cal Poly Pomona have practiced their skills while earning their degrees.

Cal Poly Pomona offers more than 100 fields of study that are comprised of 62 undergraduate majors, 27 graduate programs and 63 professional or vocational credential programs.

There are many points of interest at Cal Poly Pomona, many of which are unique to this campus, including an Arabian Horse Center that runs a breeding program, the Bio Trek learning center that supports a tropical rainforest and native American garden, a 16-acre demonstration community that showcases self-sustaining technologies, historical buildings from the original ranch and home of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg.

History

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located on what was once the winter ranch home of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. Mr. Kellogg raised Arabian horses on his ranch, the descendants of which are still featured in horse shows on the CPP campus. The first incarnation of Cal Poly Pomona was founded in 1938, with an enrollment of 110 students. The original student body was comprised of all male students, who enrolled at the original San Dimas location to study agriculture. Over the next seven decades, the school moved locations to the Kellogg ranch in Pomona, expanded its curriculum from agriculture to encompass more than 100 fields of study, and opened its doors to female students.

Academics

The Cal Poly Pomona academic calendar offers four quarters per year, running 11 weeks each.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education and Integrative Studies
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Environmental Design
  • College of the Extended University
  • The Collins College of Hospitality Management
  • College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Science 

Student Life

More than 280 campus clubs and organizations are available to Cal Poly students, including groups that focus on student government, service learning, leadership development and intramural sports. Those who are looking for activities beyond the classroom can get involved in campus activities such as helping to build the annual float for the Tournament of the Roses Parade in Pasadena, or take part in a theatre or music production. Cultural month celebrations offer more opportunities for involvement, and the Bronco Fitness Center is another great place to meet other students. Greek Life is active at Cal Poly, with several local chapters of fraternities and sororities.

On-campus living is available, and residents of the campus housing have access to a range of amenities including Fitness Express, satellite TV, wi-fi Internet, a swimming pool, basketball court, pool tables, and many dining options and convenience stores.

Traditions

The traditional colors of Cal Poly Pomona are green and yellow, with white as an accent color. The school's mascot is the bronco, nicknamed "Billy Bronco." The athletic teams are called the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos.

Athletics

Football, softball and water polo are no longer offered at Cal Poly Pomona, but the achievements of those past sports are still a source of "Bronco Pride." The Cal Poly Pomona "Broncos" athletic teams have claimed several national team titles and currently compete in 10 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Community Life

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is centrally located in the Los Angeles area, with easy access to the amenities of Southern California. Students can enjoy trips to the beach or hiking the San Gabriel Mountains around the campus, or a bit further beyond in the desert areas. Skiing and snowboarding opportunities are a short drive away. The local cities around Pomona have many art galleries, museums and botanical gardens to explore. Several large amusement parks are a short drive away, as are campgrounds and other recreation areas.

Acceptance Rate

54.59

Student to Faculty Ratio

28:1

Illinois Institute of Technology provides a variety of degree programs for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Chicago, Illinois and operated as a private institution. Enrollment at Illinois Institute of Technology is nearly 7,800 per year.

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

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Engineering
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Computer And Information Sciences

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school records, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. Most common scores among students accepted to IIT are in the range of 24 - 31 on the ACT, or 1666 - 1988 on the SAT. 64% of those students that apply are accepted to IIT, of which 29% choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The cost of tuition is close to $38,000, but may change per year. Students are encouraged to use the school's price of attendance calculator to better understand their cost of attending this school. Housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is around $5,900. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements.

The Illinois Institute of Technology Scarlet Hawks participate in several intercollegiate athletic programs, as part of the NAIA organization. Athletic programs offered include:

  • Baseball (NAIA Division I)
  • Track & Field (NAIA Division I)
  • Soccer (NAIA Division I)
  • Swimming and Diving (NAIA Division I)

To see a full list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, student services, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.iit.edu.

Acceptance Rate

60.23

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Citadel Military College of South Carolina, a public institution, offers a large number of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Charleston, South Carolina, the campus offers an urban setting for students to study in. Approximately three thousand students are enrolled per year at Citadel Military College of South Carolina.

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

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Engineering

To be considered for admissions, students may be asked to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school transcripts, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. The majority of students admitted to Citadel Military College of South Carolina achieve an SAT score between 960 to 1170, or an ACT composite score in a range of 20 to 23. This school has an admissions rate of about 57 percent of which only 45 percent decided to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at citadel.edu.

Tuition & fees at this school vary for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs around $11,000 per year and out-of-state tuition costing $30,000 annually. This school may offer financial aid for students that are eligible in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

This school has several athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Available sports offered may include:

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

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

Acceptance Rate

74.73

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Seattle U. is a nonprofit private institution located in Seattle, WA and provides a large number of degree programs for students. The Roman Catholic affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and mission that defines the school. Enrollment at Seattle U. is nearly 7,800 yearly.

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

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Psychology

Students applying for admission are usually asked to submit an application, transcripts, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Students may provide either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions at Seattle U.. A score in a range of 1580 to 1890 on the SAT, or 24 to 28 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. 71% of applicants are admitted to Seattle U., of which 20 percent choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $36,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to visit the school's tuition calculator to better understand their personal tuition costs. Student housing is available for students and costs around $9,900 annually. Students attending this school may be eligible for aid which is typically loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Seattle U. Redhawks participate in a number of athletic programs, as part of the NCAA organization. Available sports offered may include the following:

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

Students who wish to get more about Seattle University can check out their website at http://www.seattleu.edu.

Acceptance Rate

78.48

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, a short distance from downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, California State University, Northridge was established in 1958 as a 4-year college and satellite campus to Los Angeles State College.  Cal State Northridge, or CSUN, is now one of the most popular universities in Southern California.  It is situated on 356 acres, making it one of the largest campuses in California.  It boasts a diverse community and a long list of successful graduates that include a state governor, space shuttle astronaut, many well-known newscasters, public officials, and Grammy Award winners.

CSUN is known for its diversity and hands-on approach to education.  The college attracts students and faculty from near and far, who are drawn to CSUN's rich culture and reputation for providing practical experience in many courses of study.  There are 9 colleges at California State University, Northridge, offering more than 55 different degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The greatest number of degrees from CSUN awarded to graduates in 2009 from the following areas of study: Psychology, Sociology, Business Administration, Financial Management, Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. There is also a rich research program at CSUN, where the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects assists faculty and staff in obtaining funding for research and creative activities, which also benefit and involve the students.

California State University, Northridge attracts a relatively young student body, with 23 being the average age of students on campus.  Many students attend CSUN through its Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), which offers academic opportunities to highly motivated low-income, first-generation college students, further enriching the school's diversity. EOP students receive a modest grant and have access to several transfer and transition programs as well as a Faculty Mentor Program for additional training and resources.

California State University, Northridge is a hub of cultural activity and a prime attraction is the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) on campus that provides top-line entertainment to the students and surrounding community.  The VPAC has featured sold-out performances by the Russian National Ballet, Joan Rivers, Ed Asner, Shirley MacLaine, Shawn Colvin and more. The VPAC also offers an Arts Education program, which provides integrative and multicultural arts education for PK-12 students and their classroom teachers. This program also tours performances for students, teachers and families, as well as offering professional development programs for PK-12 teachers and administrators.

Those who love art, media and entertainment will enjoy the campus-based art galleries, the KCSN Radio Station, activities at the University Student Union and productions in one of three theatres located in the Department of Theatre's Nordhoff Hall.  Athletes and sports enthusiasts will enjoy the strong Matador Athletics program at CSUN, with a full roster of men and women's sports from baseball and basketball to tennis, track and field.

Community service and volunteer activities are encouraged at CSUN, where students can choose to serve as peer mentors, tutors and educators.  There are numerous internships to choose from to gain job experience and expand career interests, in addition to the more than 200 clubs and organizations on campus.  Students who wish to live on campus can choose from one of several residence halls for apartment-style living or may opt for a more traditional dormitory.

Acceptance Rate

59.34

Student to Faculty Ratio

26:1

Milwaukee School of Engineering provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and operated as a private institution. Approximately 2,600 students are enrolled yearly at MSOE.

Students may pick from several areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Engineering
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Engineering Technology
  • Communications And Journalism

Students applying for admission are generally asked to submit an application, transcripts, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Either the ACT or SAT exam can be taken to apply to this school. Scores in a range of 24 - 29 on the ACT or 1150 - 1380 on the SAT are recommended to increase the chance of admission. This school accepts approximately 60% of students applying yearly. Of those applicants accepted, around 32% of students enrolled. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The cost of tuition is nearly $34,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and that is why students should visit the school's net price calculator to identify their cost of attendance. Housing may be available for students that would like to live on-campus for around a cost of $5,500 each year. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the necessary requirements.

The mascot for Milwaukee School of Engineering is the "Raiders", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the NCAA. Available sports offered:

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

Students can visit the school's http://www.msoe.edu to see additional information.

Acceptance Rate

61.71

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

University of Louisville (U of L) is a research university located in Louisville, Kentucky. The university is comprised of three campuses in the Louisville metropolitan area. The U of L Belknap Campus, just a few miles from downtown Louisville, houses seven schools and colleges. Located in downtown Louisville is the Health Sciences Center, which houses the university's health-related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. The Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.

University of Louisville offers degrees at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional levels. It has more than 170 fields of study in its 12 schools and colleges. It also offers a post-baccalaureate Pre-med Certificate Program, and many Study Abroad programs.

History

University of Louisville was conceived in 1798 as the Jefferson Seminary in Louisville, and opened in 1813. By 1829 it had closed. In 1837, the Louisville Medical Institute (LMI) and the Louisville Collegiate Institute (LCI) opened. In 1840, LCI changed its name to Louisville College, and later inherited the estate of the Jefferson Seminary that was designated for higher education in Louisville. While LMI thrived, LCI did not. In 1846, the medical school and college were combined with a newly created law school to form the University of Louisville. The college did not survive this change, while the other two divisions prospered.

In 1907, the liberal arts college was revived and added new programs that included the Graduate School, Speed Scientific School, University College, School of Music, and others. A full-time faculty and administrative staff were appointed before the onset of World War I.

After World War II, there was an effort to desegregate the local colleges and the university. Desegregation was achieved from 1950 to 1951. In 1970, the university joined the state system of higher education for financial survival.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Louisville follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semester is broken into several terms, as follows: Term I, Term II, Ten-week Term, Term III

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools of the University of Louisville are:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business
  • School of Dentistry
  • College of Education & Human Development
  • School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
  • Kent School of Social Work
  • Brandeis School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Music
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health & Information Sciences
  • Speed School of Engineering

Within each school or college at UoL are different divisions, centers and departments.

Student Life

U of L is a social campus, with a Student Activities Center, Student Affairs Office, Student Government office, a full Student Events Calendar, 28 Greek organizations, and more than 300 student clubs and organizations.

On campus housing is available, along with a wide variety of dining options. The student newspaper, The Louisville Cardinal, keeps students informed of news, events and activities on campus. The "Cardinal Card" is every students ID card and discount card, granting access to campus health services, on and off campus student services and activities.

Traditions

The traditional school colors for the University of Louisville are red and white, with black as an accent color. The school mascot is the cardinal, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the U of L "Cardinals."

Fight! U of L - by R.B. Griffith

Fight now for victory and show them
How we sure will win this game
Fight on you Card'nals and prove to them
That we deserve our fame.
Rah, Rah, Rah!
Roll up the score now and beat the foe
So we can give a yell
With a FIGHT! give them all you've got
For we are with you U of L.

All Hail U of L - by Alan Greener

All hail to thee our U of L
As we stand up for her fame.
All hail to thee our U of L
As we fight to win this game.
Sing praises for a victory,
We wish our heroes well.
All hail the Cardinal Spirit.
All hail our U of L!
GO CARDS!

Athletics

The U of L's athletics teams have won two NCAA Division I championships, and many of its athletic programs have received top ranking. The U of L's "Cardinals" compete in numerous intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

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

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

The University of Louisville has three campuses:

  • Belknap Campus, with seven of its 11 colleges and schools
  • The Health Sciences Center, with all health programs and the University of Louisville Hospital
  • Shelby Campus, in Eastern Jefferson County

Community Life

The city of Louisville has long been known as a hotbed for arts and culture. It is home to the Actors Theatre of Louisville, which has introduced many renowned new plays through the years that resulted in many prestigious awards. Other cultural attractions in the community include the Center for Performing Arts, Frazier International History Museum, Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Science Center, Louisville Slugger Museum, and the Muhammad Ali Center, among others.

Historical attractions in Louisville include two important vessels that have become National Historic Landmarks: The Riverboat Spirit of Jefferson, and the Steamer Belle of Louisville. Both boats are at Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville.

The U of L has many community partnerships that benefit the school and the region, including:

  • University Partnerships for Urban Development
  • Urban Studies Institute
  • Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
  • Kentucky Population Research/State Data Center
  • Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods
  • Kentucky Institute for Environment and Sustainable Development

Acceptance Rate

69.28

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Missouri University of Science and Technology, a public institution, offers an assortment of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Rolla, Missouri, the campus resides in a rural setting for students to study in. Missouri University of Science and Technology has a yearly student enrollment of about 7,200.

Areas of study available at Missouri University of Science and Technology include:

  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Computer And Information Sciences
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies

To be considered for admissions, you may be asked to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then reviewed by the admissions office. The majority of students admitted to Missouri University of Science and Technology have an SAT score in a range of 1150 - 1400, or an ACT score in a range of 25 - 31. 90% of applicants are accepted to Missouri University of Science and Technology, of which 44 percent choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at futurestudents.mst.edu.

The tuition at Missouri University of Science and Technology varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay nearly $10,000 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $24,000 annually. Housing is available for students, and generally costs about $6,000 annually. Students attending Missouri University of Science and Technology may qualify for aid which is generally grants and loans.

The mascot for Missouri University of Science and Technology is the "Miners", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through oversight by the NCAA. Athletic programs available include:

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

Students may visit the website to obtain a complete list of academic programs offered, admissions information, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

79.18

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

The University of Akron (UA), located in Ohio, is a public research university. UA offers 300 undergraduate academic degree programs and also many programs at the graduate levels. UA has many new or updated buildings on campus with modern amenities and high-technology classrooms.  In addition to its degree programs, UA offers workforce and career training, continuing education, distance training via online courses, and international study programs.

UA has a highly acclaimed faculty, is considered a "Best in the Midwest" college by the Princeton Review, and has many top-ranking academic programs. Some of UA's most recently top-ranked programs include chemistry, business, science and technology, and engineering.

History

In 1870, the Ohio Universalist Convention founded the University of Akron was founded as "Buchtel College." Originally a church-focused school, the emphasis shifted to non-denominational interests and curricula by 1907. In 1913, the trustees created the Municipal University of Akron, which became the University of Akron (UA) in 1926.  In 1959, the University of Akron became the fifth university in Ohio to offer a doctoral degree. In 1967, UA became a state university.  In the 1990s, a new campus was developed, with 9 new buildings reaching completion in 2004. In 2008, the on-campus sports stadium, InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field, was completed. In 2010, UA was named an Ohio Center of Excellence for its biomedicine, healthcare, and enabling technologies programs.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Akron follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and two summer sessions.

Colleges and Schools

The University of Akron has 14 academic colleges and schools, including:

  • College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • Law School
  • Summit College
  • University College
  • Wayne College
  • Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Creative and Professional Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences and Human Services
  • College of Nursing

Student Life

There are more than 200 student clubs and organizations available at UA for student involvement and enrichment. Students at UA can choose from groups focused on politics, faith, ethnicity, academic interests, hobbies, music, careers, and more. There are local chapters of national fraternities and sororities. More than 12 intramural sports and clubs are available for student participation. Campus-sponsored events and activities include inner-tube water polo and ultimate Frisbee tournaments. The Student Recreation and Wellness Center has more information about intramural sports and athletics activities.

Traditions

The University of Akron's school colors are blue and white, and its mascot is "Zippy" the kangaroo.

The athletic teams for the UA were christened the "Zippers" or "Zips" in 1925, after a campus-wide contest was held to choose a nickname.  The origin of the "Zippers" was inspired by a zip-up style of rain boots, or galoshes, that were invented by the B.F. Goodrich Company of Akron, Ohio.

Athletics

Many of the University of Akron's "Zips" athletes have become professional NFL players. The UA "Zips" athletic teams compete in 19 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Akron Campus location, the University of Akron offers many courses at locations around the Ohio region via its distance-learning program. Satellite locations include:

  • Wayne College (Orrville, OH)
  • The Medina County University Center (Medina, OH)
  • The Wayne College Holmes County Higher Education Center (Millersburg, OH)
  • Midpoint Campus Center (Brunswick, OH)
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (Rootstown, OH)

Community Life

The UA is integral to the regional economy of Akron, Ohio, with partnerships in local business and government providing students and graduates with many learning and career opportunities.  Communities bordering the university's Akron campus have been refurbished into healthier homes through UA programs and initiatives.

The city of Akron offers many opportunities for recreation and entertainment, with a vibrant downtown area and many parks for outdoor activities. The UA campus has easy access to the downtown area, and to highways and airports.

Some of the region's points of interest include the EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, the Akron Art Museum and Cleveland Museum of Art, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Cuyahoga Valley National Park, among others.

Acceptance Rate

73.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Kalamazoo, is Michigan's fourth largest institution of higher education and research. It is designated a high-research-activity university by the Carnegie Foundation, and is ranked in the top 100 American universities by U.S. News & World Report.

WMU offers more than 140 academic programs at the bachelor's degree level, and more than 65 at the master's degree level. WMU also offers 29 doctoral programs and one specialist program. Many of these programs receive high ranks among similar programs nationwide.  The engineering, nuclear physics, specialized education, flight safety and clean energy programs are particularly notable.

In addition to its traditional campus-based programs, WMU offers online programs for distance learning, and continuing education courses. It has six regional learning sites located throughout Michigan, which offer graduate and professional education.

The campuses of WMU boast excellent amenities in more than 150 buildings, including a student recreation center, and state-of-the-art facilities for science research, health and human services, visual and performing arts.

WMU offers a strong international education, with a majority of its faculty engaged in collaborative work or projects on six continents. International students represent nearly 95 countries around the globe, and study abroad programs are offered in 24 countries. WMU has many majors or minors that offer interdisciplinary study programs in global studies, comparative politics, international business, foreign languages, and more.

History

Western Michigan University was founded in 1903 as a regional teachers college called Western Michigan College. It became Western Michigan University in 1957, when it was designated a public university in the Michigan system.

Academics

The academic calendar for Western Michigan University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and winter semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Aviation
  • Haworth College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Graduate College
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Lee Honors College

Student Life

Students at WMU have roughly 300 student organizations and clubs available on campus for participation. These groups represent interests ranging from academics to politics, cultures and the arts. Student services including computing facilities, laboratories, and a stellar library system that includes the Archives and Regional History Collections, Education, Music and Dance, and the main Waldo Library.

Traditions

The WMU school colors are brown and gold, with black as an accent color. The school mascot is the bronco, and "Buster Bronco" can be seen at sporting events promoting the WMU Bronco team spirit.

Athletics

The WMU "Broncos" compete in 16 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis 

Women's Sports:

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

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main campus in Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University has the Parkview Campus, which houses its Business Technology and Research Park and Engineering College. WMU's Aviation College is housed at the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Michigan.

WMU offers Extended University programs online and at six satellite learning sites around the state of Michigan:

  • Battle Creek
  • Benton Harbor-St. Joseph
  • Grand Rapids
  • Lansing
  • Muskegon
  • Traverse City

Community Life

There are many opportunities for recreation and entertainment in Kalamazoo, including historic walking tours of old Kalamazoo, exhibits at the Gilmore Car Museum, and activities at Kalamazoo Valley museum. There is also the Psycho Ward & Nightmares Haunted House on the Kalamazoo Speedway, for those who enjoy haunted attractions.

The Chenery Auditorium offers many orchestral concerts, including the musical works of Mozart, Schubert and Ravel. Students and visitors can enjoy theatrical performances at The New Vic Theatre.

Acceptance Rate

79.86

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) is one of six community colleges in Central Pennsylvania's Community College District. The other campuses in the district include locations in Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York. The HACC also has a Virtual Campus for online or distance learning. The Virtual campus offers more than 150 online courses in a range of subjects, and also offers student support services for online students. Students can also choose to follow an academic program through a blend of online, on-campus and hybrid courses.

HACC has expanded to include developing technology and trade programs to add to its roster of 16 programs. Through its combined locations and programs, HACC offers nearly 200 associate degrees, certificates and diplomas.

HACC also offers non-credit programs for personal enrichment and lifelong learning. Included in this curriculum are public safety training for volunteers and professionals, as well as workforce development for business, industry, healthcare, and human services.

All the college locations in the HACC offer excellent facilities with modern equipment, and high-quality programs and services.

History

Harrisburg Area Community College was founded in 1964 at the Harrisburg Academy site as the first community college in Pennsylvania. Its first class had 426 students enrolled. In 1965, Hershey Junior College in Pennsylvania closed and that school's faculty and students joined the HACC. In 1966, HACC broke ground at a new campus location in Wildwood Park.

In 1967, the HACC became the first community college in Pennsylvania to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. That same year, the college moved to its new campus with the completion of three of its major buildings.

Over the years, HACC added many more buildings to its campus and eventually expanded further with additional campuses. HACC has become one of the largest undergraduate colleges in Pennsylvania.

In 1987, HACC began offering courses through its Distance Learning program. In 1999, the Distance Learning program added online courses. In 2002, the online programs became part of the HACC Virtual Campus.

Academics

HACC offers a variety of academic calendars for flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of all students. The academic calendar for HACC generally follows a semester format, with fall and spring terms, and several shorter summer sessions.

Colleges and Schools

The academic units for Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) are organized into divisions, as follows:

  • Business, Hospitality, and Tourism Division
  • Communications, Humanities, and the Arts Division
  • Health Careers Division
  • Mathematics and Science Division
  • Social Sciences Division
  • Technology Division

Student Life

There are many opportunities for student involvement beyond the classroom, and the HACC offices of Student Life and Student Affairs provide information about student clubs, organizations and campus activities. Activities vary from campus to campus, so students are advised to consult the Student Life office at their specific campus for a list of activities.

Student clubs and organizations offer chances for meeting other students and developing social and leadership skills. There are also groups that focus on specialized interests and common goals, whether they are academic, cultural, social, political or other.

Some of the recent or upcoming activities at HACC include a "Bus Trip to New York City, World AIDS Day, and Stress Relieve Week.

Traditions

The school colors of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) are maroon and white. The HACC school mascot is the hawk, and the athletic teams are referred to as the "Hawks."

Athletics

A member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (EPCC) and the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association (PCAA), the HACC "Hawks" athletic teams regularly compete in at least five intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to it Virtual Campus and the Harrisburg Campus, HACC has four satellite campus locations in the Central Pennsylvania Community College District, including:

  • Gettysburg
  • Lancaster
  • Lebanon
  • York

Courses are also offered at additional satellite locations in south-central Pennsylvania, including:

  • Midtown 1
  • Midtown 2
  • Penn Center 3
  • Hanover Hospital
  • Campus Square

Community Life

The HACC Foundation is a non-profit educational trust that raises private and corporate funds to support the HACC and its students, facilities and programs, including those that benefit the community.

Acceptance Rate

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Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is the largest public college in the state, offering mostly two-year courses throughout its Charleston, Cheyenne, and Henderson main campuses as well as nine other learning centers in the Las Vegas area. CSN was founded in 1971 as the Clark County Community College, opening its doors to a mere 400 students at the time. There are now over 40,000 students availing of more than 200 degrees and technical programs in the CSN schools of Arts and Letters, Applied Technologies, and the Engelstad School of Health Sciences, among others.

As its contribution to the community, CSN's Division of Workforce and Economic Development offers various training programs for workforce skills enhancement and career development. Since its inception in 2005, about 65,000 students have enrolled in courses for adult literacy, business services, occupational safety, and different technical programs.

High school students of Southern Nevada are accommodated by CSN via the Jumpstart Dual Credit Program. Jumpstart was designed to allow young students to earn early college credits at their respective schools. The CSN High School, on the other hand, provides high school courses for juniors and seniors who wish to attend classes at the CSN campus.

Establishments within CSN include a Fine Arts Gallery, Performing Arts Center, the Desert Garden Center, and the only public planetarium in Southern Nevada. Its Campus Child Care facility provides daycare services for student-parents to aid in their academic pursuits. CSN Henderson houses the Lied Field at Morse Stadium, home to the CSN Coyotes baseball team.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

23:1

What Does a Structural Engineer Do?

A structural engineer may be hired to perform a number of critical tasks and projects.  Examples of what a structural engineer does include:

  • Analyze the soil composition of a project
  • Write specifications for building processes
  • Produce various load reports
  • Develop blueprints using CAD software
  • Adhere to local building codes
  • Design elements of a project ad hoc

A structural engineer will need to have a number of innate skills in their proverbial quiver to succeed on the job.  Engineers must be equipped with exceptional communication, detail orientation, synthesize new information quickly, solve complex problems as variables change, utilize deductive reasoning, gather information quickly and accurately, collaborate with others, work with computers, comply to exact specifications, take initiative, work independently, look to enhance safety measures, and recognize opportunities for cost savings.

What is a Structure?

Simply put, a structure is anything resisting a lateral and gravity load.  Structural engineers work with structures that range from skyscrapers and power plants to windows and chairs.  The analysis and design required by each structure must be calculated to exact specifications by a structural engineer to balance utility with cost.

Difference Between Gravity Load & Lateral Load

All structures are affected by gravity.  In the world of a structural engineer, a gravity load can be a lateral load or gravity load.  A lateral load is a horizontal force generated by such things as wind, hurricanes, explosions, and earthquakes.  A gravity load, on the other hand, is a vertical force known as a permanent load or dead load.  Gravity loads entail the weight of a structure such as beams, walls, floors, furnishings, electrical systems, and mechanical systems plus temporary loads such as inhabitants, rain, snow, and contents.

Structural Engineer Requirements

A program in structural engineering will focus on the physics of architectural frames and foundations, allowing an individual to learn to identify flaws in design and planning to ensure that the proposed project is constructed and built to last.

As a sub field of civil engineering, exposure to large projects relating to infrastructure are common, including sewer systems, freeways, roads and other public projects.  A structural engineering degree will provide students with an education in science, architecture, mathematics, and city planning.  A curriculum may include:

  • Physics
  • Structural Materials
  • Calculus
  • Engineering Design
  • Spatial Visualization
  • Mechanics: Statics, Dynamics, Vibrations
  • Solid Mechanics & Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Principles
  • Computing for Engineers
  • Statistical Analysis, Probability, and Reliability
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Composite Structures
  • Design and Structure
  • Seismic Design
  • Foundations and Frames
Hallmarks of Top Engineering Schools

Students searching for top rated structural engineering schools should research schools offering structural and civil engineering degrees.  The hallmark of top tier engineering departments are ones that will 1) maintain close to ties to local projects and government agencies, 2) offer students internship or research opportunities, and 3) invest in modern facilities with leading edge equipment and technology.

Access to reviews and contact information for such departments should be readily available.  Students should research structural engineering degrees thoroughly as part of the university vetting process.

What Do Structural Engineers Learn in School?

A structural engineer must be equipped with skills, theories, and knowledge to succeed in a variety of work settings. Structural engineers must have working knowledge of a number of academic disciplines such as: statistics, hydrology, mathematics, physics, geophysics, construction engineering, chemistry, geology, computer-aided design (CAD), architecture, seismology, project management, and chemistry. Utilization of key engineering disciplines will vary by school yet the cornerstone principles of structural design and engineering will permeate all programs.

Employment Opportunities for Structural Engineers

Individuals will seek employment in public agencies or through private contractors. Individuals may seek entry level employment with a bachelor’s degree, but most supervisory and research positions require at minimum a master’s due to increasing complexity of the work. The demand for educated structural engineers is expected to increase proportionally to the number of public projects and infrastructure developments taking place over the next decade.

Where Do Structural Engineers Work?

A structural engineer can work for a variety of institutions across a number of industries.  Trained structural engineers can work for private firms, public utilities, local government agencies, consulting firms, civil engineers, public companies, non-profit organizations, construction companies, sustainable energy companies, auto manufacturers, aerospace companies, and transportation organizations.

They will generally split time between field work and office work to accurately collect information and match computer-based designs with real world designs.  Projects can range from small projects to large project, both internationally and domestically.

Top Employers of Structural Engineers

  • Architectural and Engineering Firms   153,310
  • State Government Agencies                     33,530
  • Local Government Agencies                    29,590
  • Commercial Building Companies           18,770
  • Federal Government Agencies                  9,360

States with the Highest Employment of Structural Engineers

  1. California          38,440
  2. Texas                  26,580
  3. Florida               16,390
  4. New York          15,450
  5. Pennsylvania    12,490

Top Paying States for Structural Engineers

  1. Alaska                            $120,580
  2. District of Columbia   $107,210
  3. California                      $104,570
  4. Texas                             $99,810
  5. New Jersey                   $98,930

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