Monthly Archives: October 2013

STEM Majors vs Liberal Arts: Making Financial Sense of Your Major

This article was written by Olu Sanya, Executive Director of Success Prep.

If you’re considering a major, there is an increased need for STEM majors in the United States. More students are opting for liberal arts degrees, however there is less demand and lower salaries in those career paths. STEM majors, on the other hand, are finding employment much faster. Many companies across the country are unable to fill jobs because of the lack of STEM majors. In the United States just 5.6% of college students are STEM majors, but a career in science, math or technology could provide unlimited potential.

STEM majors far out-earn liberal arts majors, on average. It’s typical for STEM majors to earn as high as $100,000 after graduating, while liberal arts majors typically need to attend grad school. That builds further debt and after graduating liberal arts majors only make an average of $30,000. While you can’t put a dollar amount on finding a career that will provide you happiness, being able to earn a salary and pay back student loans will go a long way in providing a strong future and stability.

The job market for STEM majors is also another benefit to the career path. While the unemployment rate was 7.3% in August, there is actually a shortage of workers needed in the science, technology, engineering and math fields in America. The Partnership for a New American Economy based in New York reports a shortfall of 230,000 STEM majors by 2018.

This gives STEM majors an advantage in the job market. A study by NPR reports that it can take 6-12 months for liberal arts majors to find a job in their field. The reality is that is an average, and it could take a number of years of working menial jobs before landing a job in a liberal arts major’s chosen career.

STEM majors, on the other hand are typically offered employment right out of college. Some STEM majors find that they will be offered full time employment through a college internship, meaning STEM majors are ready to start their career immediately after walking off campus.

SuccessPrep can help STEM majors prepare for their future now with a line of test preparation and tutoring in the Atlanta area. For more information please visit our contact page to fill out our form.

Olu Sanya | Executive Director

College Highlight of the Week – Colleges That Change Lives Edition – Antioch College

This week continues our highlight of the “Colleges that Change Lives,” by writer Loren Pope. Antioch College is located in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It was founded in 1850 and has a very low enrollment number of 183 students. Students can expect to get one on one attention from professors. Colleges that Change Lives wrote, “There is no college or university in the country that makes a more profound difference in a young person’s life, or that creates more effective adults than Antioch.” This is a very strong statement! Let’s find out more to see what makes Antioch great!!

One very interesting fact about Antioch is that each student is expected to participate in a comprehensive work program. All students work ten hours per week during each study term. Leaders at Antioch believe in community and learning to assume responsibilities. They work as one of the group, which is an important characteristic for adults in the work force today.

Antioch has four major areas of study. These are Art, Humanities, Social Sciences and Science. Faculty members help each student to develop their own concentration in these areas. Interestingly, all students are required to attain intermediate proficiency in a language different than their native language. Alumna from the college includes Coretta Scott King, Nobel Prize winners and several civic leaders.

The college sits on 200 acres and consists of 25 buildings. It also opens onto a large park of ancient trees owned by Antioch that has woods, fields, streams and wetlands to explore. Yellow Springs, Ohio has plenty of nightlife and shopping. There are often live bands and independent films along with other activities for students to enjoy. It was named “One of America’s Most Fun Small Towns,” by USA Today and “Best Ohio Hometown,” by Ohio Magazine.

For students and parents who are interested in visiting Antioch College, tours are offered three days per week on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. The tours are one hour long and followed by an information session held by an admissions counselor. A great way to tour the school while also getting a chance to meet many of the faculty and staff is through attending one of the Open Houses offered on Friday, November 22nd and Friday December 6th. For more information about scheduling a visit to Antioch College, click here.
Students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. They are a test optional school.

Colleges That Change Lives – Allegheny College

Acclaimed writer Loren Pope felt that too often college choices were made based on lack of information or false perceptions which leads to dropout or transfers. He wanted to inform his readers and share his thoughts about colleges that he believed “Changed Lives.” Some of the criteria for this title includes low student to faculty ratios, teaching by dedicated professors, not TAs, smaller student enrollment, out-of-classroom learning activities and much more. Each week we will be highlighting one of the “Colleges That Change Lives.” The first is Allegheny College in Meadsville, Pennsylvania.

Allegheny College was founded in 1815 and is the 32nd oldest college in the country. One reason it was chosen to be on this list of distinction is, “It has a long record of producing not only future scientists and scholars, but business leaders as well.” ( Meadsville, PA is located two hours from Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo. The downtown area is within walking distance of campus. The campus itself consists of 562 acres, a 283 acre nature reserve and a 203 acre recreation complex. It is also seen as a “College That Changes Lives,” due to the fact that 90% of graduates have full time jobs within eight months of graduation and acceptance rates to medical, law and business programs are twice the national average.

One interesting thing about the college is that each student completes a major and a minor program. They have over 900 selections to choose from. Students are also expected to attend seminars that focus on communication and career advising. Travel seminars are offered and are led by faculty members. These are off campus in locations such as Greece, Nicaragua, Turks and Caicos and South Africa. Credit is given for completion of each seminar.

On campus activities are abundant. There are over 100 student ran organizations, clubs and honor societies, 21 sports teams and wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities. Some of the outdoor recreations sports include backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, sailing, skiing and whitewater rafting. Allegheny definitely has several options for the adventurous student! 90% of students choose to live on campus.

If you are interested in Allegheny College, there are several visiting options. Students and families can visit throughout the year at open houses, individual tours or the Senior Overnight Visit where students spent a night in a residence hall and have an option to attend a class.

The student/faculty ration of 12 to 1 and average class size is 21.
Enrollment: 2,100 Students

Application Deadlines: Early Decision- November 15; Regular Decision February 15

Top 5 Majors:
English Language
Political Science

Tuition and fees are $49,000. (75% of the student body receives financial aid.)