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Colleges and guns

The US has long had a special relationship with guns, one that often puzzles many international students. Several states potentially allow tudents to carry concealed guns. While some states allow it, they leave it up to the invidual institution. Others do not permit an instutional choice. The map below, from armedcampus, gives a quick insight of states and their guns on campus policy:

RED = Concealed guns allowed by law
GREY = Concealed guns allowed by law, but schools limit locations/who carries
GREEN = Concealed guns on campus prohibited by law
YELLOW = Schools decide weapons policy
ORANGE = Concealed guns allowed only in locked cars in parking lots

Colleges and guns

The US has long had a special relationship with guns, one that often puzzles many international students. Several states potentially allow tudents to carry concealed guns. While some states allow it, they leave it up to the invidual institution. Others do not permit an instutional choice. The map below gives a quick insight of states and their guns on campus policy:

Colleges and guns

The US has long had a special relationship with guns, one that often puzzles many international students. Several states potentially allow tudents to carry concealed guns. While some states allow it, they leave it up to the invidual institution. Others do not permit an instutional choice. The map below gives a quick insight of states and their guns on campus policy:

Hand tool

Often a lot of insight can be garned from documents like the common data set or a university’s strategic plan. Certainly you can google it, but some universities bury it it. I stumbled on this tool today from the Association of American University Date Exchange. “These are links to various resources at member institutions including the websites for the institution and IR office, course catalogs, factbooks, Common Data Set, organizational charts, and financial reports.”

U Maryland defers the use of the coalition application for one year

The Coalition has been absolutely lousying at communicating. They hired a new execuative director. Nothing has changed. No newsletters. No press releases. The last press release was in October. Somewhere in there several artciles focused on who would actually be using the coalition application. The current number is 56. One quietly dropped out. No surpised. Many of us are skeptical that the platform will work properly. Three universities had planned to utalize only the coalition appliation. But University of Maryland quietly deferred starting to use it until Fall of 2017. 

Q: How can my student apply to the University of Maryland (UMD)?

Students seeking admission during the 2016-17 academic year should apply using our secure Application Portal. The application for freshman admission for the Fall 2017 semester will be made available in mid-August 2016.

Beginning in mid-August 2017, UMD will use the application provided by The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. This application should be used by students seeking freshman or transfer admission, or students seeking admission to the University of Maryland, College Park at Shady Grove.

As for the other two “exclusive” Coalition University: University of Florida states they are a proud member of the coalition, but offers no other details. University of Washington makes no mention of the coalition on thewebsite and states their application will open in October. 


Colleges for Twins

Got Twins?

Sure they are twice as much fun, and often twice the price, but it does not have to be that way when it comes to colleges. Twinversity offers up important considerations in the colleges search. Verywell offers a specific list of colleges offering discounts or scholarships for Twins



One For All: Scholarships for Multiples Who Attend the Same College

Generally, the available scholarship funding is offered when twins attend the same college.


Here are some colleges and universities with specific programs.

  • Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia. Offers a 15% discount on tuition when both twins are enrolled; the scholarship is renewable each year of enrollment. There is no application process; contact the financial aid department for further information. In 2008-2009, five sets of twins took advantage of the discount.
  • Sterling College, Sterling Kansas. Sterling College has had a Twin Scholarship program for 20 years or so. Each twin (or multiple births) students receives a 50% tuition scholarship. For 2009, that amount would be $9,000 for each twin. Both twins (or multiple births) must be enrolled full time at Sterling College and must meet admissions requirements of a 2.2 GPA and a score of 18 or above on the ACT.
  • Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Wilson College is another all-female school that offers an annual scholarship for twins and triplets. It will pay 45% of each student’s annual tuition. To be eligible, all of the female siblings must enroll full-time each semester. Each recipient must submit her enrollment deposit by May 1 in order to receive this scholarship. Awards are made on a first come, first-served basis.
  • Carl Albert State College, Poteau, Oklahoma. The Paula Nieto Twin Scholarship was established by her twin, Penny Nieto Gooch, and family friends. This cash scholarship is awarded to twins. In 2006, the amount was $200 to each student.
  • Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio. This full tuition scholarship (up to 18 credit hours per semester) is awarded 50/50 if both are enrolled full-time at Lake Erie College. In essence, both twins can attend LEC for the tuition cost of only one.



  • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College , Miami, Oklahoma. The Twin/Triplet Dorm Waiver covers the amount of semi-private room expenses for each twin or triplet who attend NEO together. It is available for both fall and spring semesters. Anapplication form is available online.
  • Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. The Layton Frazier McKinley Scholarship is given to twins with a preference given to identical twins. Twin students must have a 3.33-grade point average or higher with a first choice of accounting as their major at the school. The amount is unconfirmed.
  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Furlotte Twins Endowed Scholarship is for upperclassmen enrolled in the College of Education Elementary Education Program with a minimum 3.0 GPA that exhibits promise, creativity, and academic conscientiousness. Preference is given to twins.

Multiple Sibling Discounts

Even if a college or university does not have a specific scholarship fund or award designated for twins, they may have a sibling discount program.



These programs offer a discount when siblings from the same family are enrolled simultaneously. Amounts vary and may be a set discount (ex. $500 per semester) or a percentage of tuition (such as 10-50% off the cost of tuition).


  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. Full-time, undergraduate siblings concurrently in attendance at Quinnipiac are eligible to receive an additional $2,000 award, per year, in addition to their regular financial aid award. This award is applicable toward tuition only and is renewable each year in which undergraduate eligible siblings are concurrently in attendance.
  • George Washington University, Washington D.C. Not just for twins, the family program at GWU offers a 50% discount for a second sibling. For more information about the Family Grant at GWU, contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 2121 I St., NW #310, Washington, DC 20052, (202) 994-6620 or (800) 222-6242.
  • California Baptist University, Riverside, California. The Multiple Sibling Discount is designed to assist students from families with two or more members who are simultaneously attending the traditional undergraduate program at the university on a full-time basis. Recipients must be immediate members of the same family (siblings or parents) in which two or more family members are currently enrolled at California Baptist University on a full-time basis. Recipients receive $500 per semester for the Spring and Fall semesters.

Some others from TwinStuff

  • Morris Brown College (web site) — Atlanta, GA
    • Provide some financial relief for parents with twins who are enrolled full-time at Morris Brown College by waiving full tuition for one of the twins. Each twin must maintain a 2.0 GPA at the end of each academic year. Tuition for 2002-03 was $4184 per semester.
  • Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College (web ?site) — 200 I Street NE, Miami, OK 74354
    Twins/Triplets must attend NEO together. Provides $440 for each twin/triplet each fall and spring for room expenses.

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania  Bonnie Evans Feinberg Scholarship
    To an incoming first year student from a middle-class, multiple – sibling family who is a solid “b” or better student. Renewable with maintenance of a 3.0 gpa (awarded to one student only per year).

Stats, lies and distortions

Inc. in declared: “LinkedIn Reveals the Schools Desired by Top Companies” which led me to the original study by Withmydegree who stated they “Using LinkedIn, we took a look at the hiring trends for alumni from top colleges to learn more. ” Only their results reveal something entirely else. Yes many significant companies hire from top schools. In this graphic, the vast majority companies hire more than 50% of their workforce from not the top 100:

Facebook is an exception, hiring 50% from the top 10 colleges. Facebook has 13,598 employees as of March 31, 2016. USing linked in myself I determined that 1300 current employees came from the US News top 10. This works bout to about 10%. Hardly the 55% the chart shows. In fairness, the article does state new grads. My basic linked in account does not allow for that differentiation. Facebook had almost 12,000 employees as of 9/15/15. This suggest they hired about 1600 people this past year. The chart suggests 900 came from the top 11 schools (we have a tie in number 10). Zuck’s own “strategy” on hiring gives little insight: “So the Facebook CEO said that his team looks for people whose values align with the company’s. ”Facebook is not a company for everyone in the world,” he said.” Director of Product Design, Julia Zhou says:

Sometimes, designers without traditional training possess an ingenuity that you don’t usually see. We’re really just looking for people who have that element of extreme pro-activity. Even if they did go to a great school, they should have experience stretching themselves on projects both inside and outside of the classroom. Great candidates take the initiative to experiment, design and build on their own.


While the liberal arts rock, if you gain these skills, you will roll into the job market

While politicians decry the neccesity of the liberal arts, many business leaders see the inherint value in the soft skill development embedded within their approach. 
But developing those skills only gets you so far. Want to be more competitive for the job market and be rewarded for it? Add at least one of the skills sets from below:

Straight from the horse mouth

WHo shares insights straight from their admission officers and students?

  1. MIT Admission Blog–students and faculty. One of the oldest and still one of the best. 
  2. Tuft’s Inside Admissions
  3. Olin’s Admission Blog
  4. Babson’s Admission Blog
  5. Women who will blog–Wellesly
  6. Amherst admission blog
  7. Speaking of Princeton
  8. UPENN’s admission Blog
  9. SWATSTRUCK-Swarthmore
  10. Penn State’s admission blog
  11. Cornell University Admission Blog
  12. Access Juliard Blog
  13. Life at UB–SUNY Buffalo
  14. Oberlin admission blog
  15. Admissions @ Lawrence
  16. Siena’s Admission’s Blog
  17. UVA’s Notes from Peabody–one of the original’s and still one of the best
  18. William and Mary’s Admission Blog
  19. Marymount’s admission Blog
  20. Vanderbilt’s admission blog
  21. Georgia Tech’s admission Blog
  22. University of Georgia
  23. Rice Owl’s Admission Blog
  24. Tulane’s admission Blog
  25. University of Denver promises Real People, Real Stories
  26. Stanford’s admission blog
  27. Cal Berkeley’s Golden Bear Blog
  28. University of Southern California’s admission Blog
  29. Cal Tech’s As it happens
  30. Harvey Mudd admission Blog
  31. Pitzer unpeeled –perhaps the best named blog
  32. Whitman college admission blog
  33. University of Illinois’ admission Blog
  34. NorthWestern’s Admission Blog
  35. U Chicago’s uncommon admission blog
  36. Loyola Chicago’s Admission Blog
  37. DEpauw Admission blog
  38. U Michigan’s Admission Blog
  39. Kalamazoo’s admission blog
  40. Carelton’s admission blog
  41. Experience Iowa‘s admission blog
  42. Luther College Admission blog
  43. Univeirsity of Nore Dame’s admission Blog

Not specific to a university:






Sports scholarships

Wow, this looks cool: Look up who gives scholarships for which sports.  

For example, here is golf. 

1,328 schools sponsored varsity level Golf teams during 2014:
                Athletic Scholarships Average Athletic  
  Number Number of teams Varsity Athletes (1) Average team size limit per team ** Scholarship (2)
Division  of Schools Men’s Women’s    Men       Women  Men’s Women’s    Men       Women     Men       Women 
NCAA I               319               300              263               2,988               2,242            10              9                4.5                    6  $        14,234  $        15,373
NCAA II               248               231              181               2,431               1,416            11              8                3.6                5.4  $          5,770  $          7,024
NCAA III               311               293              184               3,180               1,424            11              8                     -                     -  $                   -  $                   -
NAIA                177               170              146               1,695               1,065            10              7                    5                    5  $          6,529  $          7,084
NJCAA               193               189                54               1,423                  267              8              5                    8                    8  $          1,800  $          2,170
Other Divisions                  80                 73                40                  575                  224              8              6                     -                     -  $              332  $              446
Totals            1,328           1,256              868            12,292               6,638            10              8      $          5,675  $          6,319