Monthly Archives: July 2013

College Highlight of the Week – Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College is a private, liberal arts college for women. It was founded in 1889 and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church but open to students from all faiths. It is located in Decatur, Georgia, about 6 miles from the center of Atlanta. The college’s mission is “educate women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.” ( Past students have earned academia’s most prestigious scholarships including the Marshall, Rhodes and Fulbright.

According to the Women’s College Coalition, “graduates of women’s colleges tend to hold higher positions in careers, obtain a larger percentage of advanced degrees, and are generally happier than women who attended coeducational schools.” Students have many leadership opportunities at Agnes Scott, which helps them to build skills to further their future careers and become leaders in their fields.

86 percent of the 904 students live on the 100 acre campus shaded with some of the state’s oldest trees. The Collegiate Gothic and Victorian red brick and stone buildings have won national awards for design and resulted in Agnes Scott’s recognition for the second most beautiful campus in the country by The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges article. Students can become involved outside of the classroom by joining one or more of the 45 student organizations, and participating in or attending Varsity sports events. The Scotties have six Varsity teams: basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

Agnes Scott has 34 Undergraduate majors and 31 minors. The student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1 and there are about 18 students per class. Since class sizes are small, “professors will recognize contributions and push students to improve as a thinker, writer and communicator of ideas.” ( As for academic support, the college offers a Center for Writing and Speaking which is a peer tutoring organization devoted to improving and enhancing students’ writing and speaking skills. The Office of Academic Advising provides support services from time-management and test-taking workshops to disability services. They also have a Resource Center for Math and Science that offers peer tutoring and support in the two areas.

To apply to Agnes Scott College, students need to submit the Common Application and SAT/ACT scores.
The deadlines for applying are November 15th, 2013 for Early Action I and February 1, 2014 for Early Action II. There are a few different options when it comes to visiting the campus. Students have the choice of day visits, group tours and overnight visits. For more information or to schedule a tour, click here.

Top 5 Majors:
Social Sciences
Biological Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts

Tuition and fees are $33,461.

College Highlight of the Week – Mercer University

Mercer University is a private, co-ed institution with three campuses located in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia. The largest and main campus in Macon covers 150 acres and has been recognized as “One of the Five Most Beautiful Campuses” in the United States. “Mercer was founded in 1833 and today remains committed to an educational environment that embraces intellectual and religious freedom while affirming values that arise from a Judeo-Christian understanding of the world.” ( Today, there are more than 8,300 students, 4,427 which are Undergraduates, enrolled in twelve schools and colleges.

The University’s mission is “to teach, to learn, to create, to discover, to inspire, to empower and to serve.” ( For the 13th consecutive year, they have ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of the comprehensive universities in the South. They are also ranked number 7 in the South in the area of “Great Schools, Great Prices.” Undergraduate students can select from more than 60 majors among five schools and colleges, which are Liberal Arts, Business, Engineering, Education and Music.

On campus, students have many opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. There are over 140 student organizations, club sports, intramural sports and fitness classes. Mercer is a NCAA Division 1 institution and competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference. They offer a number of student services including tutoring, placement services and also health services including counseling and psychological services. The student to faculty ratio is very low at 12:1 and 90% of the faculty members have earned Doctorates or the highest attainable degree in their field.

Mercer’s admissions counselors highly recommend taking a campus tour. In the Summer and Fall, tours are offered at the Macon campus Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. They are also offered on select Saturdays. You can schedule a tour by clicking here or calling the Office of Admissions at (800)-840-8577. Students can also get a great idea of what life is like as a Mercer college student through a program they offer called “Mercer Day and Night.” Students can stay overnight on campus with a freshman host, eat meals on campus, attend a class, take a tour and meet with admissions counselors. To read more about admissions, click here.

The application deadline for Mercer University is November 1st for Early Action and July 1st for Regular Decision. The acceptance rate is 82.8%.
The average high school GPA is 3.65.

Tuition and fees are $32,466. 65% of students receive need-based financial aid.

School Highlight of the Week – Paideia School

The Paideia School is an independent, co-educational college-preparatory school for ages 3 to 18 located on a 16 acre campus between Downtown Decatur and Downtown Atlanta. It was founded in 1971 by parents who wanted an individualized, creative and intellectually challenging education for their children. Their idea was that children have different interests, learning styles and also progress at different rates. Therefore, “Paideia’s philosophy is based on the belief that schools can be informal and individualized, yet still educate well.” (Paidiea website) The school prides itself on having excellent programs in the fine and performing arts, sports and community service.

The campus is located in the Druid Hills neighborhood near Emory University. It includes fourteen buildings and has a twelve acre park for the school with soccer and baseball/softball fields. Honors courses are offered in every academic area and there are 1260 computers for students to use on campus. Seventy percent of the 975 students at Paideia School participate in at least one sport and also have many opportunities to take art and theater classes.

Parents are extremely involved at Paideia. The school calls itself a community for the whole family. Parents help in classrooms, serve on committees, play roles in talent shows, raise money through fundraisers for financial aid and much more. They also enjoy attending and helping out at sporting events, concerts, dances and many other events. Respect for diversity is an important value at Paideia School. There are two multicultural coordinators that work with students and staff in elementary, junior and high school to foster understanding and appreciation of the different cultural backgrounds of all the students.

The admissions process at Paideia School includes prospective parent meetings, campus tours, submitting applications and an interview with both students and parents. To learn more about admissions, click here. Tuition ranges from $11,676 for ages 3 (half day) to $21,036 for Seniors. Need based financial aid programs are available.

Paideia School Headmaster: Paul Bianchi
Click here to visit website.

College Highlight of the Week – Georgia State University

Georgia State University was established in 1913 and has a total of 32,022 Undergraduate and Graduate Students. It is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, a city known for its’ diversity of cultures and lifestyle, on a 48 acre campus. Georgia State offers 55 degrees and has more than 250 fields of study in their 8 different schools.

One benefit of Georgia State being in Atlanta is the more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies whose headquarters are right in the city. Atlanta is 4th in the World on the list of cities with the most Fortune 500 companies. This is great for students because they have access to wonderful internships and job opportunities. Students can meet friends and become involved outside of the classroom by joining one or more of the 250 student organizations and clubs. Georgia State also offers over 150 unique recreational services for students such as intramural sports teams, aerobics, personal trainers, outdoor trips and much more!

The university has a student to faculty ration of 21:1 and 16% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Although students are in a large city, they still get the one on one connections with professors who learn who they are and have time to discuss studies outside of the classroom. The most popular majors at Georgia State are Business, Social Sciences, Psychology, Education and Visual and Performing Arts.

The instate tuition including fees is about $9,928 per year. Many students receive help with this cost from scholarships. For students interested in applying, the application deadline for Early Action is November 1st and the Regular Decision deadline is March 1st. The acceptance rate is currently 51%. If you would like to visit the campus, information sessions and tours are available Monday through Friday each week at 10am and 2pm.
To sign up or for more information, click here.

To visit Georgia State’s Admissions page, click here.