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College Major Trends: Humanities are Struggling

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Much has been written recently on trends in college majors. For example, compared to 10 years ago, only engineering, health and medical sciences, and the natural sciences have seen increases in the share of bachelor’s degrees awarded. On the other side of the equation, majors in the Humanities (e.g. English, languages, etc.) have declined over 12%. Check out this article that offers some insights: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/06/05/analysis-finds-significant-drop-humanities-majors-gains-liberal-arts-degrees

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

Colleges are slowly migrating away from offering majors in the liberal arts

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The following article will offer some insight into the current trend of colleges moving away from major offerings in the liberal arts such as Languages, History, Philosophy, and English and toward stronger applied majors such as Engineering, Nursing, Business, and Allied Health. These trends are important since many colleges are in the process of shuttering liberal arts majors and students considering those majors may be impacted depending on college choice.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/06/06/cuts-leave-concerns-liberal-arts-tulsa

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

College Programs to Support Students with Learning Differences – The PLUS Program

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In my last blog entry, we looked at University of Mount Saint Joseph’s impressive “Project EXCEL.” Their strong staff of experienced, professional tutors and structural supports were impressive indeed. In today’s blog, we will look at one of the oldest and easily the largest program serving students with learning differences in Ohio, Muskingum University’s “PLUS Program.”

Launched in 1983 (only one year after the University of Mount Saint Joseph’s Project EXCEL), Muskingum University’s PLUS Program has become nationally known and recognized.The PLUS Programis a comprehensive academic support service for college students with learning differences (ADD, ADHD, & Specialized Learning Disabilities such as dyslexia, etc.). Designed to empower, not rescue, the PLUS Program is staffed by an Executive Director, administrative personnel, and a full complement of adult learning consultants (10-12), learning associates, mentors, and auxiliary tutors. All professional Learning Consultants, Learning Associates and Mentors have Bachelor or Master’s degrees.

Students in the PLUS Program are supported outside of class in their state-of-the-art facility while attending classes with everyone else. Through “Embedded Learning Strategy” instruction, students are provided instruction in learning strategies that are embedded in course content. This instruction builds upon the strengths of each student while addressing levels of comprehension and mental organization that are often difficult for students with learning differences.Three levels of service are offered and additional fees are charged depending on the level of service. Many students begin at Muskingum utilizing “Full” services, but later migrate to the “Maintenance” or “Essential” levels of service as they gain confidence and skill.

Full ($8,780 per year) andMaintenance ($5,300 per year) levels of PLUS Program services includes:

  • An Average 2-4 hours per week of weekly individual consultations
  • Personalized and course-specific embedded learning strategy instruction
  • PLUS professional Learning Consultants/Associates
  • Learning Conversations with academic coaching
  • Executive Functioning support
  • Strengths-based approach
  • Focus for Success system
  • Academic oversight. For Full Services, a learning plan is included

The “Maintenance” level offers the same services as the “Full” level, however with less frequent specialized course learning strategy instruction.

Essential ($2,900 per year) level of PLUS Program services includes:

  • up to 2 hours per week of weekly individual consultation
  • Individualized general strategy instruction
  • PLUS professional mentors
  • Strengths-based approach
  • Academic oversight

Currently the PLUS Program serves approximately 180 Muskingum students (out of approximately 1400 full-time undergraduate students). This makes it the largest program of its type in Ohio. It should be noted that University admission requirements are the same for all students and the Non-PLUS student population has no knowledge or care as to who is a PLUS student.

Students may apply to Muskingum University and the PLUS Program after completing the junior year of high school, or they may transfer from other postsecondary programs. Qualified students may apply for PLUS Program services either when applying for admission to the University or following their enrollment. Each applicant is evaluated by a committee for his/her potential to complete degree requirements.Space in the PLUS Program is limited, and students are encouraged to apply early.Students should have a strong college preparatory secondary school curriculum as course and graduation requirements are not compromised for PLUS students.Based on careful evaluation of admission materials and documentation, applicants are invited to the campus for a personal interview with a member of the PLUS Program staff. At this time they can also talk with the Admission staff, members of the faculty, and other students.

The PLUS Program is one of the two oldest programs in Ohio supporting students with learning differences and easily the largest. Their resources are substantial and their approach is time tested and effective.

Next week we will take a look at a unique program specializing in providing learning/living support for students with spectrum disorder. Don’t miss it.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

Ghost Stories from Ohio’s Colleges: Kenyon’s Ghost Train

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Some college ghost stories emerge out of fictional accounts, but others are born out of real campus tragedies. This story is one of the latter.

Around 9:41 pm on October 28, 1905, a freshman, Stuart Lathrop Pierson, was struck by an unannounced train traveling next to the Kokosing River adjacent to the Kenyon College campus. He was killed instantly. Pierson, a Delta Kappa Epsilon pledge, was participating in a fraternity initiation at the time. Some contend that he had been bound to the tracks and blindfolded, however authorities later concluded that he had been directed to the railroad bridge by his fraternity brothers and asked to stay there until retrieved. Members claimed that the experience was intended as an opportunity for him to contemplate his impending membership. Unfortunately, the surprise of an unexpected oncoming train in the darkness caused Pearson to stumble into harm’s way. Pierson’s death launched a dark and challenging chapter in the history of Kenyon College. Administrators point out that over time the college recovered and was able to put this tragedy behind them, however many students believe Pierson is still hoping to complete his initiation.

If you visit Kenyon College today, you will find that the railroad bridge where Pierson was struck and killed has been transformed into a bike trail. The tracks were long ago covered over with asphalt. Each year the DKEs mark the anniversary of Pierson’s death with a ceremony. Reportedly, they carry a coffin filled with stones down Middle Path and gather at the fateful trestle bridge where fraternity officers read the coroner’s report by torchlight. In recent years they also read passages aloud from Fred Kluge’s Alma Mater. The ceremony ends with the burning of a wooden DKE sign, which they extinguish in the river, leaving its ashes behind on the bike trail covering the old train tracks.

Some say that on those evenings, as they hike back to campus, they still hear the whistle of a train in the distance. But that’s not all – residents of Old Kenyon residence hall claim Pierson can still be seen staring out the window on the fourth floor. Doors open and close and footsteps are heard coming from empty rooms.

So, if you ever visit Kenyon college around Halloween, be sure to enjoy the changing leaves and beautiful campus. As the sun sets listen carefully and you might hear the sound of a mournful train whistle passing over a nearby bridge. Then, as you walk by Old Kenyon, the oldest residence hall in Ohio, glance over your shoulder and check out the fourth-floor window. The spirit of a former Kenyon student may grace you with his presence.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

Important things to consider as you visit colleges: Understanding Major course requirements may make all the difference!

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At CBA, we spend considerable time helping families consider how potential college choices differ in terms of the courses they require in a Major of interest.  So, for example, in terms of courses required, a Biology major at one college may be required to take a significantly different set of courses (both in the major and in the core curriculum) from the same major at another college.

For example, a Geology major at the University of Akron is required to complete a four course, 14 credit hour, foreign language sequence (Wow!!!), two semesters of Calculus, and three semesters of Chemistry. At Ohio University a Geology major needs only one foreign language course, one semester of Calculus, and two semesters of Chemistry. That is a significant difference!!

Ohio’s Catholic colleges typically require two courses in Theology and two courses in Philosophy in their Core Curriculum whereas at most non-Catholic colleges there is no Theology requirement and Philosophy is available as a Humanities option. While four courses in some combination of Theology and Philosophy may  not sound like much, it does constitute 10% of a student’s total required credit hours for graduation (out of 120).

At Cedarville University, all students are required to complete a minor in Bible comprised of 5 courses or 15 credit hours (13% of the total credit hours for graduation).

Similarly, majors in general fields or that have overlapping content may have very different requirements. For example, there are significantly different math, science, and engineering course requirements among the following majors: Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Software Engineering. Additionally, each of these majors will differ between colleges.

You can be assured that each college mentioned above can articulate a cogent argument for the structure of their curriculum. These arguments are often made in terms of the college’s mission or core values. We are not questioning that. We are just suggesting that prospective students and parents should make it point to “look under the hood” when comparing colleges and majors. A review and comparison of required courses (both in the major and core curriculum) for each major of interest is a great way to begin understanding how institutions differ from each other. It may even be the difference in your final choice!!

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

 

Miami University

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In 1985, Richard Moll wrote a book about America’s premier public universities where he describes Miami as one of America’s original eight “Public Ivies.” Today, Miami lives up to its reputation as one of the premier public undergraduate-focused universities in the country. Direct entry as a freshman is quite competitive, however similar to OSU, “back door” entry is possible at lower GPA levels for transfer students.

Since Miami offers relatively few graduate programs, they focus on undergraduate education and do it well. At Miami, over 90% of all students are undergraduates. All classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. There is a strong commitment to the liberal arts and, akin to Ohio’s Big 5 Liberal Arts colleges, many majors are interdisciplinary by design. While there are also many professional programs, all are undergirded by a strong commitment to the liberal arts.

Miami offers over 100 undergraduate major options, with particularly strong programs in Business, Political Science, Nutrition, Physics, and in the Humanities.  The three largest majors are all in business and include Finance, Accounting, and Marketing. Kinesiology, Public Relations, Zoology, and Early Childhood Education are also large majors.

In addition to strong academics, Miami offers students over 500 student organization with options including a vibrant Greek system (35% of students involved), NCAA Division I athletics, including one of the most exciting Hockey teams in Ohio, over 50 Club Sports, and another 30 intramural sport offerings. Study Abroad is popular at Miami with over 45% of students participating before graduation. Winter break extends over 6 weeks and includes a 3-week “January Term” that many students use to study abroad. All-in-all, it’s doubtful anyone is ever bored in the quaint village of Oxford, Ohio!

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed for only $10, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Wright State University

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Wright State University, located in Dayton, began in 1964 as a branch campus of Miami University and The Ohio state University. Much of the land WSU sits on was donated by the United States Air Force from excess acreage of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In 1967, following a period of substantial growth, the Ohio Board of Regents transformed the campus into today’s Wright State University. The name was chosen in honor of the Wright brothers, Dayton residents who are credited with the invention of the world’s first successful airplane.

Today, WSU enjoys an undergraduate enrollment of 12,000 (3,000 in campus housing and another 5,000 living in adjacent apartment housing) and a graduate enrollment of 4,000. Admission requirements are doable for most and remedial courses are readily available if needed. Students separately apply when they are ready for entry to academic majors which have varying requirements. Strong programs include Business (AACSB accredited business school), Engineering, Nursing, Education, and Theatre. A wide variety of major and minor options, relatively small class sizes, and modern facilities support student learning and success.

The WSU campus is ranked 3rd nationally in terms of “physical disability friendly.” This designation is, in part, a result of their more modern facilities and the accessible tunnel system that links academic buildings underground. No need to walk out in the snow storm at WSU!

We were impressed with so many things about WSU and also appreciated their low tuition (3rd lowest in Ohio). Check ’em out!

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our most recent visit to Wright State University:

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed for only $10, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

University of Akron

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The University of Akron is a public research university located on the edge of downtown Akron, Ohio. Known nationally for its world-class work in Polymer Engineering, UA offers an extensive menu of over 200 undergraduate majors to 20,000 undergraduate students. With a AACSB accredited Business School, wide set of STEM offerings including an excellent College of Engineering, not to mention the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education and College of Health Professions, UA has a nearly unlimited set of excellent major offerings. Did we mention their excellent Art program?

When we first visited campus, we were surprised to see so many new and beautiful buildings and experience the feel of an academic enclave belying its urban location.  Campus design and street configuration creates the sense of a rural campus. UA’s nationally rated Student Recreation and Wellness Center offers gym space, pool, workout space, weights, rock climbing, and even a lazy river. The new student center offers a variety of food options including Panda Express, Qdoba, Chik-Fil-A, Einstein Bagels, as well as the traditional cafeteria style options.

UA’s NCAA Division I varsity teams are know as the “Zips” (it’s a long story) and Zippy the Kangaroo is the mascot. The 2000 student strong “AK Rowdies” paint-up and enjoy special seating at all athletic events as they raise the roof!

We loved UA! There’s a good chance you will too!

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to the University of Akron:

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s Beautiful College Campus Buildings: Enjoy Part II

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We hope you enjoyed Part One of our College Building anthology. Let’s take a look at Part Two!

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s Beautiful College Campus Buildings – A Photo Anthology to Music – Enjoy Part 1!

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At College Bound Advantage, it’s time to celebrate the start of spring, and along with it, hiking season! After completing nearly 60 visits to Ohio’s college campuses, we selected some of the most beautiful photographs to share in a photo anthology and partnered it to the song, Silver Lakes by Wes Hutchinson. Enjoy the richness that is higher education in our state of Ohio!  Hats off to Carlos Velez for his work! Click Here:

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s Conservatories of Music: Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music

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Baldwin Wallace University is one of our favorites among Ohio’s private Universities and it doesn’t hurt that they are the home to one of Ohio’s five Conservatories of Music. The Conservatory is composed of three buildings connected by the Boesel Musical Arts Center. They are known for their Music Theatre program, “All Steinway” status, and their role as host of the oldest collegiate Bach festival in the U.S., among other things. BWU’s Conservatory offers a wide range of performance majors as well as Music Composition, Music Education, Music History, Music Theatre, Music Theory, and Music Therapy. If you are visiting conservatories in Ohio, don’t miss this one!

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to Baldwin Wallace University:

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s Conservatories of Music: University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music

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Ranked nationally for both undergraduate and graduate music programs, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is housed in Memorial Hall, a stateley gothic structure divided into studio, classroom, and performing space. Formed in 1867, CCM is the only public university Conservatory in the state and, as  a result, offers a much broader set of offerings including programs in Electronic Media; Ensembles and Conducting; Keyboard Studies; Theatre Arts; Production and Arts Administration; Performance; Composition; Musicology; and Music Theory. CCM boasts an impressive roster of over 150 internationally known faculty who work with students hailing from all over the world. They are also an “All Steinway” school with 165 new Steinway pianos. Rumor has it that CCM’S order of 165 Steinways was the largest single order in Steinway’s history. Now that’s something to sing about!

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our most recent visit to the University of Cincinnati:

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s Conservatories of Music: Cleveland Institute of Music

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The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), another of Ohio’s “All Steinway” conservatories is located in University Circle, the heart of culture and education near downtown Cleveland. The home of the Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall is located only blocks from campus. CIM is small and selective, admitting only 30% of applicants, but boasts an excellent reputation across the board. They are particularly well known for music performance in strings and woodwinds and over half of CIM’s faculty are past or current members of the world-class Cleveland Orchestra. Specializing in undergraduate education and recognized nationally as a top 20 (top 10 in some ratings) conservatory of music, CIM has a lot to offer.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s Conservatories of Music: Oberlin Conservatory of Music

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The Oberlin Conservatory of Music is the oldest Conservatory of Music in the United States. It was founded in 1833 and is affiliated with Oberlin College. Oberlin’s Conservatory is typically ranked as one of the top Conservatories in the country and is particularly well known for its programs in contemporary and baroque music as well as its unique Technology in Music and Related Arts Program (TIMARA). Oberlin’s conservatory has an enrollment of around 600 and admission is very competitive. Considered an “All Steinway” conservatory, Oberlin is the proud owner of 233 Steinway pianos. Some Conservatory students double major in music with another major offered at Oberlin College – time to completion is five years for most students. Architecturally unique, Bibbins Hall, the home of the Conservatory, was designed by Minoru Yamasaki who also designed the prior World Trade Center buildings. Bibbins houses 40 studios and 10 classrooms.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our most recent visit to Oberlin College and Conservatory:

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s Renowned Conservatories of Music

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We hope you enjoyed strolling through just a few of Ohio’s unique college majors. In a similar vein, let’s set up camp and take a look at Ohio’s Conservatories of Music. Consider that there are only 53 public and private conservatories in the United States and Ohio has five of them, including a few that are among the best in the land.

A college “Conservatory of Music” is dedicated to training students who have a passion for music and plan for music to be central to their professional life. In choosing a conservatory, students look for a college with a strong reputation in training musicians in their chosen instrument or area of interest for a professional career. Conservatory students have opportunities to perform, conduct, or have their music played by others. This may be solo or as part of an ensemble, band, or orchestra. Some conservatories exclusively focus on music while others may expand to include musical drama and/or dance. Most conservatories focus on Western classical music and a broad range of related instruments, but some include jazz, world music, or pop music.

Alternatively, “university music departments” have historically placed more emphasis on the academic study of music instead of performance and their graduates are less likely to pursue professional careers in music. However, this varies from institution to institution with performance being emphasized more than in the past.

So enough talk, let’ take a look at these Ohio jewels.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Unusual Majors Offered at Ohio’s Colleges – Environmental Safety and Occupational Health

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Beginning in 1986, the University of Findlay launched their Environmental Safety and Occupational Health major and certificate. It was the first hazardous waste management program in the state, and it remains an internationally recognized program. Students receive hands-on training beginning in their freshman year at UF’s nationally-known All Hazards Training Center. The program has a 100% placement rate and average starting salaries are around $50,000. Many students work for OSHA and the EPA. Students need strong communication as well as technical (science) skills. Environmental, safety and health management students work summers for employers including the Ohio EPA, Marathon Petroleum and Rolls-Royce.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to the University of Findlay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wtt7anT57k

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s private colleges with strong professional programs: Case Western Reserve University

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With less than 25% of the student body from Ohio, Case has become more of a national university than a local one. Similarly, with less than half of the student body in undergraduate programs, Case has also become more of a graduate school than an undergraduate one.

None-the-less, with around 5,000 undergraduate students and 82% of them living on campus, a vibrant Greek system, state-of-the-art facilities and a nationally ranked set of STEM and business programs, Case is one impressive institution.

Particularly well respected for their Nursing and Engineering Programs as well as their schools of Law, Medicine, Dentistry, and Business, Case has some of the best professional programs in the state. It hasn’t hurt that they have taken advantage of their University Circle location in Cleveland near many cultural, business, educational, and health care institutions in order to provide students clinical, internship, co-op, and research opportunities.

Case has plenty to be proud of!

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to Case Western Reserve University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Cnqolwj-Y

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s private colleges with strong professional programs: The University of Dayton

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The University of Dayton (UD) is a private Roman Catholic University located in Dayton. Founded in 1850 by Catholic Marianists, UD is the largest private university in Ohio. Located on 388 acres, UD has 8,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students hailing from across the US and 40 countries.

Academic programs are organized into the College of Arts and Sciences; School of Business Administration; School of Education and Health Sciences; and School of Engineering. As one might suspect, programs in engineering, business, education, and health sciences are all strong at UD.

Outside of the classroom UD offers 240 student organizations, NCAA Division I athletics (Rudy Flyer is the mascot!), a vibrant Greek system, and plenty of community outreach. With over 85% of students living on campus, many in unique small cottages, there is always plenty going on.

The UD Research Institute attracts over $90 million in sponsored research each year, much of which is supported by student involvement. Professional preparation is important at UD as evidenced by 95% of graduates employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos taken on our last visit to the University of Dayton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56sGCMwQMvQ

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s Art and Design Colleges: Columbus College of Art and Design, an Ohio Art College

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Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is a private college of art and design located in downtown Columbus. Originally founded in 1879 as the Columbus Art School, CCAD is one of the oldest private art and design colleges in the U.S. They are also the largest private art and design college in Ohio.

Located next door to the Columbus Museum of Art, CCAD offers students 10 major areas of study, 16 minors, and 12 concentrations. The largest majors are Illustration, Advertising & Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Animation, but all are strong. Most importantly for artists and designers, students declare one major area of study, but enjoy plenty of elective space to integrate course work relevant to their unique set of interests and professional goals. CCAD is a creative think tank; ideal for artists who take their craft seriously and can appreciate working alongside others who do too.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to Columbus College of Art and Design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-Fx9GYXrGc

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s Big 5 Liberal Arts Colleges: Denison University

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Denison University is a selective, private, residential liberal arts college located on top of a beautiful hill in the quaint village of Granville. Granville is only 30 miles east of Columbus and thus offers access to the amenities of a large metropolitan area. Dennison was founded in 1831 making it Ohio’s second oldest liberal arts college (Kenyon College was founded in 1824). Denison is a member of Ohio’s nationally recognized “Big Five” liberal arts colleges.

The student body is diverse in a number of ways. First, about a quarter of students identify as multi-cultural and another 25% are first generation college students. Additionally, less than 25% of the students come from Ohio.

Nearly all of Denison’s 2,200 students live on campus. Sports are popular and the university offers NCAA Division III varsity sports, intramurals, and club sports. Now, we’re not talking just any club sport – how does Fencing, Rugby, Squash, Ice Hockey, Clay Target, Equestrian, Quidditch, Rock Climbing, Sailing, and Zumba sound? If that doesn’t sound interesting, perhaps the other 180 student organizations might capture your imagination.

In terms of academics, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics is a unique interdisciplinary major that attracts strong students, many of whom later migrate to graduate business or law school. The fastest growing major is Cinema and the newest is Data Analytics.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos taken on our most recent visit to Denison University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hQDG7O_J9A

Stay with us because next week we wander down the trail to to the final member of Ohio’s “Big 5,” Oberlin College – Can’t wait!

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

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