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Ohio Colleges and the Coronavirus – Financial Challenges

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Recently the news has offered ongoing reporting of the challenges facing Ohio colleges and universities as a result of the recent COVID-19 outbreak. This post will begin a series exploring the effects of the pandemic on Ohio colleges and examining the choices they are making.

As you know, campuses across Ohio and the U.S. closed in March, sending students home to shelter in place while completing classes online. In the meantime, college campuses went quiet. residence halls were vacated, meal service halted, college sporting events cancelled, and bookstores closed. With little choice in the matter, colleges partially refunded residence hall and meal plan fees while retaining tuition income already paid by students in or around the beginning of the year. So, as the winds of change blew across campus, colleges were faced with budgetary as well as teaching-and-learning challenges. Additionally, they faced a set of high stakes next-step challenges and choices shrouded in uncertainty.

This post will dive a little deeper into the budgetary challenges posed by the pandemic and its fallout. The next post will explore teaching and learning challenges. Then we will look at college recruitment amid the crisis. Then we will dive into the choices colleges are trying to make as they prepare for fall.

Budgetary Challenges

One way to look at this is to consider that a college is actually multiple businesses in one. Unfortunately most of their businesses are not corona-virus friendly.

First, they are in the “hotel business.” They provide rooms, housekeeping, laundry services, and educational and social programming to large numbers of students living on campus. These enterprises employ residence hall directors, housekeepers, grounds keepers, and other service providers. Many, if not most, of these residence halls are supported by loans required to build them. Banks over the years have been particularly amenable to loaning money for residence halls as they have a captive student population and virtually guaranteed full occupancy.

Surprise! Students have just vanished, and related revenue had to be refunded. However, loan payments still must be paid, grounds and buildings still must be maintained, utilities must be paid, and staff retained as possible and/or necessary.

Next, they are in the “restaurant business.” Colleges provide ongoing food service to residence hall coffee shops, to faculty dining rooms, to special events, to large student dining halls, to concessions at sporting events – the list goes on. Many colleges contract with meal service providers but others take this on themselves. Even the majority who contract with others are still on the hook for some mix of shared costs. Of course they are fully responsible for all the bricks-and-mortar involved and, once again, many of these vast dining and meeting facilities are significantly mortgaged and require bills to be paid, spaces to be maintained, exterior grounds to be kept up and so forth. So, once again these facilities are now empty and colleges have partially refunded meal plan revenues while continuing to have to pay for all there related costs.

Are you getting the idea now?

They are also in the “athletics and fitness business.” The exorbitant cost of building and maintaining athletic facilities, stadiums, pools, tracks, gyms, and fitness facilities are also often undergirded by debt that is typically offset by ticket revenues, student fees, concessions, and donations. Large numbers of coaches, assistant coaches, fitness staff, campus life programmers, trainers, and others also must be paid. Since athletic programs are significant forms of student recruitment simply reducing staff is not without consequences.

Surely you are getting the idea now. I could go on and suggest that colleges are in the “medical and healthcare business” and discuss costs associated with their health centers and counseling centers. I could argue that they are also in the “social programming (entertainment) business” and discuss the costs associated with managing fraternities, sororities, and other student organizations. Not to mention, student activities and events. Once again we have costs associated with debt, staff, and facilities.

Wait…what about the fact that tuition was paid and the colleges got to keep that?

At last, a bright side…sort of. It’s true that most colleges were able to retain collected tuition. It was also fortunate that most colleges utilize the same sophisticated learning software to support both face-to-face classes and online classes. Thus most faculty were already using online learning software even if they weren’t teaching online. The conversation however was not without costs and challenges. Faculty had to be trained or find ways to learn how to deliver their classes online and there was little or no time to practice or explore how best to transition their content to an online format. The result was mixed – some faculty transitioned effectively and others struggled. As a result the student online experience was spotty to say the least. All-the-while colleges had salaries to pay, new training costs to absorb, and new virtual technologies to navigate.

The Result

As might be anticipated, the result was budgetarily catastrophic. Revenues plummeted while costs were only minimally changed. With revenues going through the floor colleges had to pivot to online learning. They cut costs across the board, furloughed or terminated employees where possible, and many even worked to renegotiate loans and otherwise reduce costs. Colleges with large endowments (savings accounts) initiated withdrawls while others, particularly small private colleges with small endowments and lots of debt, found themselves on the ropes. As if this wasn’t enough, they still had to find a way to recruit next year’s class against a backdrop of campus tour cancellations and campus closings.

The Worst May be Yet to Come

At this point, Ohio has already lost one private college – Urbana University, part of Franklin University, closed its doors in May and will not reopen. Valiant and creative efforts by their acting president, Christopher Washington, and tireless efforts of a game faculty and staff were simply not enough. Already Urbana University was a turn-around effort that was simply derailed by a pandemic they never expected.

I believe there will be more to come. Those institutions that have found themselves struggling mightily face an uncertain fall and, most likely, a reduced freshman class. Of course, the most daunting possibility is the possibility that they might not be able to open campus or, might have to close it again in the event of a spike in infections. Even the healthiest colleges and universities, including the public 4-year institutions are struggling as well albeit in a less life-threatening way.

Too Much Doom and Gloom?

So much for bad news. Most Ohio colleges will retrench, adapt, and respond creatively enough to survive and, at some point, thrive again. Unfortunately it is still raining and the storm clouds still surround us. So, in my next entry, we will dive a bit more deeply into the teaching and learning side of the current situation.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio and exploring the myriad of majors, minors, certificates, and workforce development programs in the state, 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.  CBA also specializes in helping students who want to explore non-traditional educational options that do not require a 4-year college degree. Finally, CBA works with students who started college, but found that, for any number of reasons, it was not for 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

Attributes of a College’s Strongest Majors

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As we travel to colleges across Ohio, we always ask, “what do you consider to be your college’s strongest (signature) majors and why?” Admissions counselors are quick to list their “strongest” majors – never a problem. They know that many students visit their campus because of those majors! It’s the “why” part that can be a bit more challenging. In our experience, a “strong major” seems to be a “know it when you see it” sort of phenomenon, at least it is if you listen to admissions counselors.

Over time, and with the help of faculty in these “strong” majors, we have developed some criteria that we believe reasonably correlate well with a major that can be considered to be, “strong.” Strong majors will exhibit some combination of the following criteria:

1. Strong majors have more rather than fewer faculty and they will have sufficient faculty to cover the most significant sub-disciplines in the major. For example, a strong Chemistry major will have, at a minimum, faculty with specialized expertise in Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry. They will also be proud of their faculty and tell stories about what they are working on or interested in.

2. Strong majors exhibit adequate resourcing – that is, the institution is proud enough of them to invest in them! Look for new or well-maintained buildings, named schools, floors, or dedicated classrooms tied to specific majors. Look for well-equipped labs, “endowed chairs,” modern equipment relevant to the major, up-to-date technology and software, and/or strong support services.

3. Strong majors have a sizeable presence on campus – that is…plenty of students. Strong majors attract, retain, and graduate students and those students will be excited and proud of their major. Of course, some majors are large everywhere (e.g. Business Administration, Nursing, Psychology, etc.) so size alone is no guarantee of a strong major.

4. Strong majors will have one or more active student organizations. So a strong history major may have an active History Club. These organizations bring together students around their major area of interest and often extend that interest beyond the classroom into the community or beyond.

5. Strong majors will offer major-related study abroad opportunities to students. For example, a Finance Major may sponsor faculty led trips to major financial center cities so students can extend their learning outside of class while connecting with each other and professionals as well.

6. Strong majors measure things that are important and can tell you about their metrics. Nursing programs measure their NCLEX pass rates; Engineering Programs can tell you about their specialty accreditations; English programs may measure % of graduates admitted to graduate school or certified to teach, etc. Many majors measure job placement rates, etc.

7. Strong majors connect students beyond the college. Perhaps they have an external advisory committee that helps ensure that the curriculum is relevant and helps students acquire internships or coops. Perhaps there are active efforts to connect students to field experiences or place them after graduation. Perhaps there are resources to support students in their efforts to identify and achieve admission to graduate schools.

At CBA, we recommend that once your student has identified one or more majors of interest and a few colleges of interest that students and parent’s request to meet with a faculty member from each of those majors and ask a few questions aligned with the criteria above. Then compare what you learned across colleges. We bet that after a few of these visits you may just become a connoisseur of “strong majors” yourself!

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

Ohio College Ghost Stories: The Legend of Tiberius

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If you find yourself east of Cleveland near the small town of Painesville, Ohio you should take some time to visit and tour the campus of Lake Erie College. Founded in 1856, you will enjoy exploring historic buildings and wandering around its beautiful park-like campus.  If you pay attention, you might notice the statue of a dog named Tiberius. Legend has it that Tiberius was a chocolate lab that belonged to Harriot Young, a Dean of the college in its early days when it was an all woman’s school. Each day, Tiberius would hang out on campus enjoying the students, wandering the buildings, and even attending classes. As the years passed, Tiberius became a central figure on campus – there wasn’t a student, staff, or faculty member who didn’t know and love Tiberius. Of course, all good things must come to an end.  Ultimately Tiberius became old and died. The entire campus mourned the loss of their guardian dog and honored him with a statue in 1910. It soon became tradition to pet the statue for good luck. You see, Tiberius had become in death, as in life, a campus protector and good luck charm. Students would pat Tiberius on the head for luck before exams, presentations, auditions, and athletic events.

While many students considered the Tiberius tradition to be nostalgically heartwarming, others wondered if Tiberius had ever really abandoned his watch over the students at Lake Erie College. And rightfully so! You see, one spring night in 1957, two woman woke up in their residence hall room to the sounds of a frantic barking dog. The women rose to investigate. They followed the sound out the front door of Memorial Hall only to discover that the building was on fire. They rushed back in, and woke up the seventeen other girls who lived in the dorm at the time. All nineteen of them then stood outside in only their night clothes and light coats, watching as Memorial Hall and all their possessions burned to the ground. Of course, that’s not the end of the story. You see, no one was able to determine the source of the barking. The next day, students gathered around the nearby statue of Tiberius wondering if their dog’s spirit had once again risen to protect his beloved students.

Today, Lake Erie College is on its fourth statue of Tiberius and students still seek protection and good luck by patting him on the head. So, if you happen to visit campus, stop by Tiberius’ statue and learn a bit more about his legend. Then, as night falls, if by chance you hear the sound of a frantic barking dog, don’t worry…it’s just an old friend trying to help his beloved students stay out of trouble.

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 Major Trends: Weird but Cool Majors

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This article offers a look at 35 “Weird but Cool” majors, many of which, in one form or another, are available at Ohio college as well. That’s right, Ohio has everything from Planetary Science, to Evolution Studies to programs focusing on winemaking, beer brewing, or horse training. Some of these programs are 4-year bachelor’s degree and others are 2-year associates degree programs. Everything from Culinary Arts, to Ecotourism and Adventure Travel to Wildlife Resources Management to Farrier Science to Natural and Historical Interpretation. Can’t forget Museum Studies, Cyber Defense, Information Assurance or Digital Forensics or Medical Illustration. I could go on….

I believe it is important for students to identify a major they can get excited about. Once they do that, they will never settle for “settling” again. They will be more likely to be satisfied, happy, engaged, and willing to work hard. If they change majors, it will only be for something they find more exciting. “Settling,” I believe is as much of a habit as “creatively exploring possibilities until finding something exciting to chase” is a habit.

Check out this article for a few more interesting and unusual major options.

https://www.fastweb.com/career-planning/articles/the-35-weird-but-cool-college-majors

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 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

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 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/

Uncommon Majors Offered at Ohio’s Colleges – Petroleum Engineering and Land & Energy Management

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Petroleum engineering is the study of how to locate and extract energy resources, such as oil and natural gas, from the earth. While Geologists and Geophysicists work to find Oil and Gas, Petroleum Engineers are concerned with how to get it out of the ground. PE is the highest paying of all Engineering Fields with the 2016 median salary of $152,000.

The Petroleum Engineering major is found at only one college in Ohio and it is a small liberal arts college located in the heart of Ohio’s oil country. It is the 10th largest program in the country and the only one at a small liberal arts college. This college also offers an excellent Geology program with petroleum options and another in Land and Energy Management (“Landmen” enjoy a median salary of $93,000). Petroleum “Landmen” represent oil companies in their attempts to identify land owners and negotiate oil and gas leases with them.

So which college are we talking about? You may have guessed – beautiful Marietta College located in the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio is the place. Offering a full slate of residential college activities (fraternities, sororities, student organizations, student athletics, and intramurals) as well as a broad set of arts, sciences and professional majors, Marietta College is worth exploring.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our most recent visit to Marietta College: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJWDwmtSUI8

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/

Uncommon Majors Offered at Ohio’s Colleges – Industrial Design

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Industrial designers are concerned with the appearance and usefulness of manufactured products. When creating products, industrial designers think about technical performance, environmental concerns, human comfort, and appearance. Since industrial designers are employed wherever products are planned for mass pro­duction, there are ample career opportunities available. Industrial designers are typi­cally hired as consultants or on the design staff of a corporation and work on projects including automobiles, human-powered and single person vehicles, furniture, appliances, house wares, electronic equipment, tools, toys, and others. In 2016 the average salary for an industrial designer was $67,000.

There are only four industrial design academic programs in Ohio. These programs are typically found in art and design departments or colleges and most begin with a set of “art foundation” courses. As students progress, design software becomes central to the work. So, where are these programs?

Ohio is blessed to have one of the top programs in the United States. Design Intelligence recently ranked the University of Cincinnati’s Industrial Design program first in the country. Other high quality programs are also found at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Columbus College of Art and Design, and The Ohio 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, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Uncommon, Niche Majors Found at Ohio’s Colleges

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The Historic Preservation Major at Ursuline College

Thank you for wandering down the trail with us. So far we have set up camp in some interesting places. Let’s see…we took a look at Ohio’s Big 5 Liberal Arts Colleges; explored Ohio’s Art and Design Colleges and wandered through Ohio’s Christian Colleges. We also took a look at some of Ohio’s private colleges with world class professional programs and also those who have historically emphasized the liberal arts, but are now offering some impressive professional majors as well. After all that, it’s hard to believe that we have only begun our journey.

Our next stop will be interesting. As we toured colleges last year, we kept an eye out for uncommon major offerings and found some fascinating undergraduate programs that are only available in one or a few of Ohio’s colleges. Our next stops will take a closer look at some of those.

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/

Trying to do it all: Small liberal arts colleges with professional programs: Heidelberg University

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Heidelberg University is situated on 110 acres in Tiffin, Ohio. Founded in 1850, Heidelberg offers over 36 major areas of study to their over 1,000 undergraduate students including strong programs in Education, Business (ACBSP accredited), Criminology (more policy focused as opposed to badges and guns focused), and Athletic Training. Students interested in a growing and developing marching band program, Heidelberg may the place – they recently hired former OSU band director, John Waters. For students who want an intimate, small university experience, but who also appreciate a beautiful campus, top-notch facilities, vibrant Greek system, active NCAA Division III varsity and intramural athletics, and solid academics, Heidelberg is worth a long hard look.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to Heidelberg University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEGfg6YGFxc

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/

 

Trying to do it all: Small liberal arts colleges with professional programs: Ashland University

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Ashland University is a small (2,500 full-time undergraduates), private university located in Ashland, Ohio. Ashland was founded in 1878 and is affiliated with the Brethren Church although Ashland’s faculty and students hail from a wide variety of faiths.

Today, located on a beautiful 135 acre campus, the university offers nearly 70 undergraduate majors and nine pre-professional programs. With Colleges of Business & Economics, Nursing, and Education, Ashland is organized and resourced for strong professional programs in those areas. The education program, which offers pre-K through doctorate level courses/major, is one of the largest among independent and state institutions in Ohio. It is their signature program.

Of course Ashland has more than academics. They also offer 100 student organizations, vibrant athletics, an active Greek system, and plenty of things to do on campus. We liked Ashland and imagine you will too.

If you visit, don’t miss their Toxicology Greenhouse, Geology mineral collection, or learning about the Ashbrook Scholars Program.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos taken at our last visit to Ashland University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P50KWJFR8v8

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/

Trying to do it all: Small liberal arts colleges with professional programs: Otterbein University

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Founded in 1847, Otterbein University, historically a liberal arts college, boasts a number of top notch professional programs as well. Nestled in the quaint suburban village of Westerville, Otterbein offers signature programs in Theatre, Zoo & Conservation Sciences, and Equine Science. They also offer solid programs in Nursing, Education, and several sport-related majors. Most recently, Otterbein migrated into STEM offerings including a new major in Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (new for fall, 2017). Their Engineering programs are housed in the new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Innovation Center. If you visit, check this out!

In addition to academics, Otterbein provides students a comprehensive set of co-curricular opportunities including an active Greek and residence life, NCAA Division III varsity athletics, intramurals, and over 100 student organizations.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our most recent visit to Otterbein University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPN58PWhnco

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/

Trying to do it all: Small liberal arts colleges with professional programs: Baldwin Wallace University

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Here at CBA, our journey around Ohio’s colleges began last May and our first institution visited was Baldwin Wallace University (BWU). We loved it then and we love it now! Baldwin Wallace University is a gem of an institution! It is located in a suburban park-scape near Cleveland, Ohio – close enough to take advantage of all the entertainment, shopping and internship opportunities of a large city, while nestled in the quaint town of Berea.  While BWU retains its long-term commitment to the liberal arts, they offer a number of strong professional programs including those in Business, Nursing, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Sport Management, and Software Engineering. Music and the performing arts are particularly strong at BWU. With one of only five Conservatories of Music in Ohio, BWU is nationally known for their fine music offerings including Music Performance, Music Theatre, and Music Education. The Theatre and Dance Department offers several options including Acting/Directing, Design, and Stage Management as well as a minor in Dance. Finally, they boast one of the best undergraduate Neuroscience programs in the country as well as strong programs in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. With over 120 student organizations, Division III athletics, and an active Greek Life, there is also plenty happening on campus. We love BWU and believe you will too!

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to Baldwin Wallace University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPSlQ4OUOc0

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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