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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

Uncommon Majors Offered at Ohio’s Colleges: Interior Design

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Interior Design could be a home run major option for any student with both an artistic as well as practical/technical bent. Interior Design Majors apply traditional drawing, model making, and computer-based design software to the development and planning of interior space. The curriculum provides for the study of the foundational design elements such as space, form, color and light, as well as the functional and pragmatic application of construction systems, building codes and regulations, and the selection of appropriate finishes, materials and furnishings.

This major, often housed in Schools of Architecture or Art, teaches students to create distinct, responsive, functional, attractive, and dynamic environments for living and working. The major is interdisciplinary, and includes the study of the foundational art and design elements such as space, form, color and light, as well as the functional and pragmatic application of construction systems, regulations, and building codes as well as the selection of appropriate finishes, materials and furnishings. The curriculum also includes the study of design theory, behavior science and human behavior, as well as the history of the interior environments.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredits ID programs and Ohio has six accredited programs including ones at Kent State University, Miami University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Akron, and the University of Cincinnati. Programs not accredited by CIDA include Cleveland Institute of Art, Columbus College of Art and Design, Cuyahoga Community College, and Sinclair Community College. Graduates of both accredited and unaccredited programs may sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam in order to become Certified Interior Designers. Note that 3,530 ID work hours are also required to sit.

Prospective students should note that programs differ a bit in terms of where they are housed at a University. Interior Design programs in Art Departments favor the aesthetic and artistic aspects of ID, whereas those housed in Design or Architectural Departments favor the architectural and technical. A student’s preferences, interests, and strengths may align better with one or the other.

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 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/

Uncommon Majors Offered at Ohio’s Colleges – Planetary Science

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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/

 

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/

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

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Wittenberg University is a private four-year liberal arts college in Springfield, Ohio serving 2,000 full-time students representing 37 states and a number of foreign countries as well. With an emphasis on the liberal arts, an active Greek system, varsity and intramural athletics, and plenty for students to do on campus, Wittenberg has a lot to offer.

The most popular majors at Wittenberg, however, are not in the liberal arts. They are found in Business (majors in Accounting, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Finance), Education (licensures in Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, and Intervention Specialist), and Biology (Pre-Med, etc.). Students also say that they have good programs in Communication and Theatre.

The minor in Marine Science is unique, with many students taking a field trip or studying for a semester at the Duke University Marine Laboratory.

In 2010, the journal “Princeton Review” ranked Wittenberg 11th in the nation for “Best Classroom Experience”, and 15th in the nation for “Professors Get High Marks”. In addition, Princeton Review ranked the college’s campus the 18th most beautiful in the nation in 2009.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos taken at our last visit to Wittenberg University: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=VMvzxheRS1U

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

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If you have been following our blogs, you will recall that we spent some time looking at the unique attributes of Ohio’s “Big 5 Liberal Arts Colleges” – colleges that specialize in a broad, often interdisciplinary, curriculum integrating the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. We also looked at a set of Ohio’s private colleges that excel at offering professional programs such as nursing, business, engineering, pharmacy, and others.

Now that we have defined the poles of the liberal arts vs. professional program continuum in terms of Ohio’s private colleges, let’s look at some colleges that have retained their commitment to an integrated liberal arts curriculum while offering some professional programs as well. Simply put, professional programs at these institutions may not be as aggressively resourced; may involve fewer faculty; may achieve fewer accreditations, and may be less central to the academic structure and ethos of the institution. However, many offer students a solid professional education along with the advantages of a more diverse and interdisciplinary curriculum. At these schools, there is more intentionality around developing the “whole person” and a bit less around developing the “competent professional.” Many students and families prefer this more balanced approach to professional education.

As we continue our hike, let’s take a look at a few of these colleges.

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: University of Findlay

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img_0343Founded in 1882, the University of Findlay has grown significantly in recent years. Today, with over 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students UF enrolls students in one of 54 undergraduate majors, ten master’s degree programs and three doctoral degree programs. Over the years, UF has developed signature programs in Equestrian riding (Western and English styles), Animal Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Diagnostic Science (various options), Physician Assistant Studies, Pharmacy, Children’s Book Illustration, and Environmental, Safety & Occupational Health Management. How’s that for a diverse set of professional academic offerings! Add to that over 100 student organizations, an active set of 24 NCAA Division II varsity sports (including two equestrian riding teams), Greek Life, and a beautiful campus and it all adds up to a “Must See” institution!

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our most recent 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/

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/

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 private colleges with strong professional programs: Ohio Northern University

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Since 1871, Ohio Northern University has been focused on integrating a strong foundation in the liberal arts with a commitment to developing “competent and employable practitioners.” Very few institutions in Ohio effectively combine small size, teaching focus, highly rated professional undergraduate and graduate programs, liberal arts core, and an active set of co-curricular options on a beautiful residential campus. ONU does!

ONU is organized into five colleges (law, pharmacy, business, engineering, and arts & sciences). Their structure, dedicated college buildings, deans, and relevant accreditations reveal clearly their emphasis on, and commitment to, excellence in the development of competent professionals. Their liberal arts core is evidence of their “growing”  creative, critical thinking, and ethical graduates. Committing early in their history to “practical education,” ONU side stepped the “liberal arts versus professional program” identity confusion that, at times, confounds so many of Ohio’s private institutions.

With over 3,600 students, excellent academics, and a vibrant student life, ONU has a lot to offer.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos from our last visit to Ohio Northern University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ays6rODPmpM

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 Small, Private Colleges with Big Time Professional Programs

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Many of Ohio’s private colleges were formed in the 1800s as denominationally affiliated liberal arts colleges. These Liberal Arts colleges typically educated students from affluent families with the goal of helping them become well rounded, learned citizens with broad general knowledge and intellectual capabilities. They tended to be small, residential, collegial, and the curriculum included arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences (as opposed to professional or technical subjects). In a few of my prior posts, we looked at the renowned “Big 5 Liberal Arts Colleges of Ohio.”

The “professionals” in the early days, were educated and groomed through some combination of trade schools, technical schools, and/or apprenticeships. Of course things have changed. For one thing, professions have become much more complex, specialized, resource intensive, and demanding – can you say, “engineering, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law, business, and computer science?” For another thing, jobs have become more technical, often requiring professional education for entry. Thus the practical notion of earning a living has moderated the demand for a purely liberal arts education. The professional programs of today compete for our brightest students and challenge them with demanding academic programs. In many of today’s professional programs, yesterday’s liberal arts are transformed into “general education requirements.”

So, what has happened to all these small, Ohio liberal arts colleges that aren’t part of the “Big 5?” Well, the short answer is that they have, to different degrees and in different ways, migrated into adding professional programs…with varying results. So, let’s first take a look at a small set of Ohio’s smaller, private colleges that have found a way to become professional program powerhouses while still maintaining a strong liberal arts core.

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/

What is the Most Haunted College or University in Ohio?

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So, in this season of long shadows and dark hallways, have you wondered what is the most haunted college or university in Ohio?

Before answering this compelling question, let me first say that ghosts and ghost stories do a lot for a college. First, it is impossible to tell a ghost story, without also discussing the history of the institution. Ghost story tellers are both storytellers and historians. So ghost tours and books about campus ghosts help pass on a college’s history. Second, the ghost stories often reflect the values of the institution or offer lessons based on the calamities of the past. Third, they build community. There is nothing like sharing ghost stories in the dark with friends while knowing that generations of students have shared the same stories.

So, what is the most haunted campus in Ohio? Here are a few contenders:

  • Ohio University – Often considered the most haunted campus in the United States, this historic University sports ghost tours and a variety of haunted buildings, not the least of which is the Ridges Mental Health Institution (see picture above).
  • Ohio Wesleyan University – OWU is home to the Paranormal Research Society, a student organization that believes that many of their buildings are haunted. The OWU bookstore even sells the book, The Ghosts of Stuyvesant Hall and Beyond” as documented by John Ciochetty.
  • Kenyon College – Kenyon ghost tours are famous and their tales are linked to real tragedies of the past including a tragic dormitory fire and the death of a student as part of a fraternity initiation process.

Runners up: Miami University where stories abound, OSU with its new “Ghost Hunters in Ohio by Student Technicians – GHOST” student organization, and John Carroll University which sports its own “Paranormal Research Group,” an active student organization that investigates paranormal phenomenon.

Next Halloween season, we will offer one ghost story from each of our three winners, so keep hiking with us. There’s lots of trail ahead.

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/

Ghost Stories from Ohio’s Haunted Colleges: A mysterious call for help

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Our first story dates back to 1993, but has its roots much earlier. It occurred one dark night on the campus of Ohio Dominican College (now Ohio Dominican University). Sister Ulela Wehrle, a member of the founding Dominican sister’s congregation, died in 1959. Her family had donated the funds for the construction of Wehrle Hall which was built well before Sister Wehrle’s death. Sister Wehrle spent a considerable amount of time in Wehrle Hall as many of her art classes were held there and her office was also in Wehrle Hall.

Following her death, students began reporting “strange goings on” in the basement of Wehrle Hall, raising the suspicion with some that Wehrle Hall was haunted by the spirit of Sister Wehrle herself.

On July 15, 1993, Wehrle caught fire. It was summer, and virtually no-one was on campus. A phone call was placed to the fire department notifying them and asking that they “come quickly.” The caller provided specific instructions on how to get to the location of the fire including the particular campus sidewalks to take.

Thankfully, the firefighters arrived in time and the building was saved.  Later investigation revealed that Wehrle Hall had been locked with no one inside at the time of the fire. Information provided to the police by the “elderly female” caller was inaccurate in some ways. For example, the sidewalks described by the caller did not exist. Sisters, however pointed out that they did exist at the time of Sister Wehrle’s death.  Finally, and most compelling….the call that was made in the middle of the night, just in time to save Wehrle Hall, was made….. from inside the building.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos (including Wehrle Hall) taken at our last campus visit to Ohio Dominican University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfJsnrGcqJg

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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