Monthly Archives: April 2013

College Highlight of the Week – Berry College

Berry College is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts college with Christian values. It was founded in 1902 and has approximately 2,100 students. The college offers Undergraduate degrees in the sciences, humanities, arts, social sciences, business and teacher education. Berry College emphasizes the importance of a comprehensive and balanced education that unites a challenging academic program with opportunities for meaningful work experience, spiritual and moral growth, and significant service to others. College founder, Martha Berry expressed this as “Head, Heart and Mind.”

At Berry, founders believed in an educational program committed to high academic standards, values based on Christian principals, practical work experience and community service in a distinctive environment of natural beauty. The college is located next to Rome in northwest Georgia, about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta. Berry’s 27,000 acre campus is one of the worlds’ largest! It includes fields, forests, lakes and mountains. Students can hike 36 miles of trails, experience outdoor movies and horseback ride.
There are more than 75 student organizations as well as intramural teams, leadership programs, academic clubs and many more for students to meet others and become involved outside of the classroom. The average freshman retention rate, which is an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.2% The most popular majors at Berry are Business, Agriculture and Education and 60% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
One really neat thing about the college is the College Work Experience Program, which is like no other! All full-time students are guaranteed on-campus jobs during fall and spring semesters. Most students choose to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

An important aspect of the Work Experience Program is that students first work in an entry level position and then have the opportunity to accept increasing responsibility and increasing pay. Many students ultimately end up serving as supervisors, trainers and mentors to other students. This is amazing training for a student’s future career.

To schedule a visit at Berry, Click here! When touring the school, students have the choice of “add ons,” which include observing a class, meeting with faculty and coaches, dining on campus and staying overnight in a residence hall. These are great opportunities for students to get a feel of what college life will be like.

Berry College is selective and has an acceptance rate of 62.3%. Applications are due by July 27th at the latest and the $50 fee is waived if students apply online.
To visit the Admissions page, Click here.

Summer Writing Programs

Summer is a wonderful time for high school students to improve their creative writing skills. A program gives them opportunities to meet others with a similar interest, gain technique and add an impressive activity to their resume. Below are six programs offered this summer in Georgia, Florida, California and Tennessee. The program links and registration deadlines are included.

1. The University of Georgia
Summer Academy Creative Writing
Click HERE for Link
No deadline listed- registration is open

2. UC Berkely
Emerging Writer’s Institute
Click HERE for Link
No deadline listed- registration is open

3. Emory University
Pre-College Program/Writing for College Success
No deadline listed-registration is open

4. Savannah College of Art and Design
Ivy Hall Young Writer’s Workshop – Atlanta, GA
Click HERE for Link
Application Deadline- June 20th

5. Savannah College of Art and Design
Writing About Place Summer Program – Savannah, GA
Two sessions Available 6/23/13- 6/29/13 or 7/14/13- 7/20/13
Click HERE for Link
Application Deadline- May 1st

6. Rhodes College
Summer Writing Institute – Memphis, TN
Click HERE for Link
Application Deadline- April 30th

College Highlight – Kennesaw State University

Established in 1963, Kennesaw State University is the third largest University in Georgia with more than 24,600 Undergraduate and Graduate students representing 132 countries. It is located northwest of Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the 328 acre, beautifully landscaped campus. They offer more than 70 Undergraduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, business, education, computing and health sciences.

The University’s mission is to provide educational programs that serve a diverse student body which includes young adults who enroll as freshman or undergraduate transfers and an equally large number of older adults who return or transfer to the University. Their nursing program is the largest nursing program in Georgia. The graduating nurses have the highest passing rates on the statewide licensing exam and are highly sought after in the medical community. The College of Education is the 2nd largest preparer of teachers in Georgia and the Executive MBA Program is the recognized among the best in the world by CEO Magazine.
KSU has been recognized ten consecutive years for its 1st year program and as one of the
top universities in the region by U.S. News and World Report in the America’s Best
College’s issue. The statistics show that freshman really enjoy their first year because the average retention rate is 76.2%. While receiving an education, students have the opportunity to get involved by joining any of the 150 students groups and organizations.

One great aspect of KSU is their low student to teacher ratio of 21 to 1. 21% of the classes have fewer than 20 students, so students can get to know professors and have plenty of time for one on one help with course work. The three most popular majors are Business and Marketing, Education and Communication. The University offers tutoring to all students and has a wonderful safety program that includes 24 hour patrols, late night transportation services, 24 hour emergency telephones and controlled dorm access just to name a few.

The application deadline for Kennesaw State University is May 11th and the fee is $40. The acceptance rate is 62.5%.

In state tuition and fees are $6,486 and out of state tuition is $18,762.

Click Here to see a list of available tours and visitor information.

For information about applying to Kennesaw State University, click here.

School Highlights – Two Minute Tuesdays

Hello Readers! I hope you are enjoying your Monday morning. I am going to try my best to write about US Colleges and Private Schools in Atlanta on Tuesdays of every week. I welcome any ideas, comments or questions! It is my hope that the highlights will give you a brief bio about the school’s mission, academic focus, and admissions criteria as well as any hot programs that the school currently features. I will be starting here in Georgia with my Alma Mater, Kennesaw State University. Go Owls!

Owning Your College Years

If you talk to adults who have graduated from college, they probably have a list of things they wish they would have known to improve their grades and experience during their first year. Most students only get four years of being an Undergrad, so make the best of it! In this blog, I will list many ideas and pointers to help you own your time at school.

-Go to class!
The most basic thing you can do to improve your grades in college is going to each and every class. When you do this, you get all of the important information and ideas. You will also hear about exams and papers; and then be able to ask questions. Some professors will give hints about what to study for! Also, be sure to get to class on time so you are not a disruption to other students.

-Make a Plan
Balance your calendar! Write down class times, exams, professor’s office hours and when papers are due. It can also help to write down each day when you plan to study. Check things off after completing them. With so many classes and assignments, it can be easy to get overwhelmed if you don’t have a plan.

-Study, Study, Study!!
One rule of thumb says to spend two hours studying outside of class for every hour you spend in class. This means if you take 15 hours, then you should spend 30 hours studying each week. If you want to take a break on the weekends, then study 6 hours each day/night. This may sounds like a lot, but you should look at your college experience as your “job.” It will truly pay off when you are making high grades!

Find an appropriate environment to study in. Make sure it is quiet without distractions. Turn off your devices if you will be distracted by friends or social media.

-Take thorough notes
In many introductory classes, lectures create the testing material. You should try to write down everything your professor says. If you can’t write as fast then be sure to record the lectures.

-Find classmates to study with
Many students improve their grades by having study buddies or study groups. Try to meet once a week or more.

-Read for pleasure during your free time
Reading during free time can help improve your writing and college will involve A LOT of writing! When you read often, you internalize clear, polished and concise writing skills. It will also get you into the habit of reading your notes from class.

-Wait until your second semester to get involved
Getting involved during college is a great idea!!! Each student should find a club, sport, organization, etc. that interests them. With this being said, many students have better grades when they wait until their second semester to participate. You need to get a feel of how much time your classes and studying is going to take up and then you can better commit to outside activities.

Making Private School Education More Affordable – Private College 529 Plan

If you are searching for college savings options, look into the Private College 529 Plan. This plan is for families who dream of private school benefits, but are worried about the rising costs of tuition. Through this program, you can pre-purchase tuition at today’s rates at participating colleges and universities around the country. There are hundreds of schools who participate, and some of the colleges in Georgia are Agnes Scott College, Berry College, Emory University and Wesleyan College. Since tuition prices rise about 5% per year, this plan can save your family a great deal of money. Friends and family may also make gift contributions, the plan can be used for up to 30 years after purchased and there are no enrollment or annual fees.

The plan allows you to start small by only contributing $25 per month. For more information or to enroll in the Private College 529 Plan, click here.