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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 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/

Uncommon Majors Offered at Ohio’s Colleges – Planetary Science

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  Perkins Observatory

Did you know that only one Ohio college offers an undergraduate major in Planetary Science? So, who offers it…..

Planetary Science is an interdisciplinary field that integrates coursework in Geology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Geography, and Physics all in the service of understanding planets and other small celestial bodies in our solar system and beyond. Students explore the origin of planetary systems; review planetary geochemistry and geology; and apply remote sensing data to help understand planetary terrestrial environments.

One might think it more likely that a large, comprehensive public institution would have the academic horsepower to pull together and integrate all those areas of study into one program – wrong!

Most Planetary Science students double major with either Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, or Astrophysics. Most move on to graduate school in one of these areas of interest.

So, enough wondering and waiting. So, where is the only Planetary Science Major in the state of Ohio? With all those hints, you may have guessed by now – it’s at Ohio Wesleyan University! OWU has a long history of offerings in the astronomical and geoscience areas. They even have two observatories on or near campus. Granted one is used by the Astronomy Club and is a bit run down and the other (Perkins Observatory) serves a broad audience including the community, students, and faculty/student researchers. Either way, Ohio should be proud to have this unique offering….even if only at one institution.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to Ohio Wesleyan University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExpBRG4ARDM

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 – Toxicology

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The Toxicology Greenhouse is behind that locked door! We’re dying to get in!

There are only 10 undergraduate Toxicology majors in the United States and one of them is in Ohio! So, what is Toxicology? It’s the study of the effects of poisons on living organisms. The curriculum includes extensive work in chemistry and biology as well as a course sequence specifically in Toxicology. Students ponder such questions as, “why some plants and animals are poisonous; why certain drugs have side effects; and how exposure to certain air pollutants impact human health?” The program is served by a special Greenhouse that grows toxic plants for use in the program. Needless to say, it is kept under lock and key.

Of course, most students majoring in Toxicology don’t plan on becoming toxicologists. Instead, they integrate the required courses for admission to medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, and others (most of those courses are already required) and go on to one or another health science graduate schools. How cool is that?

So, where is this unusual program offered? None other than at our very own Ashland University. It also might interest you that the median salary for a Toxicologist in 2016 was $74,000.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos taken during 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/

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/

Happy Thanksgiving

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CBA “World” Headquarters in Old Worthington

The thing I have always enjoyed about Thanksgiving is that it offers an opportunity to disconnect, reflect, and spend some time with family. No presents…no obligatory commitments…oh, and the Cowboys always play on Thanksgiving day. All-in-all, many good things indeed. This Thanksgiving is unique in that College Bound Advantage is about to open for business following a six month building process that included visiting over 50 Ohio colleges and universities. We are already working with clients however, and my son Brandon and I are sensing the significant change that is about to occur as the way we spend our time shifts from building knowledge capital, organizing web sites, traveling, writing, and opening an office to working with clients. What a nice adventure this has been and now the fun really begins.

To those of you who have discovered our blog, thanks for reading and….stay with us….next week we will adding the University of Findlay to our look at Ohio private colleges with particularly strong professional programs. In the mean time, enjoy your family, get outside and have some fun, and try to avoid the stores. Like REI employees (remember, our website is organized around backpacking metaphors), we are choosing to OptOutside. In fact, I am giving everyone in the office Black Friday off – easy for me to say…it’s just Brandon and I. You’ll find us hiking at Highbanks Metro Park, at least until we get lost and have to be airlifted out. Best wishes and Happy Thanksgiving!

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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