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Starting your College Research: Career development

As discussed many times in this blog, your major may not matter as much as you think. That said, a growing number of people want a career outcome of going to college. If you look at historical trends as to why a student chooses a particular university you will see that what resonates with the students has grown:

  • This college’s graduates gain admission to top graduate/professional schools in 2005: 27.1% rated this as very important. In 2015: 33.7%
  • This college’s graduates get good jobs in 2005: 47.4% rated it as very important. In 2015: 57.9%

Contrary to what people think, Business may not be as prevelent as people think:

Interest in business as a probable field of study peaked in 1987 when more than one-quarter (25.7%) of students intended to major in a business-related field. By 1995, interest in majoring in business had fallen to 15.5% of incoming college students. After a slight recovery in the early years of the 21st century, students’ interest in business as a prob- able field of study fell to 13.5% in 2015, its lowest point since 1973 when 13.3% of students intended to major in a business-related field.

One of the more important aspects to pay attention to is how the college helps you onto your next steps. So when you research colleges, be sure to check out their career services. You could just google “Career Services”+ college name and read about what they offer. Let’s take two examples:

Elon Career pages include:

  • ELON JOB NETWORK
  • EVENTS
  • STUDENT EMPLOYMENT
  • FIRST DESTINATIONS
  • MEET THE SPDC STAFF
  • STUDENTS – ALUMNI

    CHOOSING A CAREER

    GRADUATE-PROF SCHOOL

    RESUMES-COVER LETTERS

    EJN JOBS-INTERNSHIPS

    INTERVIEWS

    TRANSITION FROM ELON

  • Sections for parents and employers

 

UC San Diego Career pages include: 

  • ·            Upcoming Events
  • o   Job Fairs, Employer events
  • o   Graduate and Professional School Fairs
  • o   Career Development and Job Preparation
  • ·            Career Advising
  • ·            Thinking about Grad School
  • ·            Career Exploration and Preparation
    • o   Explore careers and interest areas
    • o   Prepare for pre-med/health, pre-law, and graduate school
    • o   Prepare for jobs and internships
  • ·            Online Career Development Tools
  • ·            Sections for employers and parents.
  • Basically, both universities, vastly different, cover the information in basically the same way. They even use some of the same career development/job search tools. One area I was excited to see was the UCSD Alumni Destinations page which promised “This interactive graphic demonstrates the connection between areas of study at UC San Diego and the career paths of 73,500 alumni*. The left side of the circle is divided into 15 sections, each representing a major or grouping of majors available at UC San Diego. The right side of the circle is similarly broken into 15 sections, each representing a grouping of careers chosen by our alums.” Only this page no longer exists. It would have appeared very similar to Williams. Oh well. Elon’s page does work, but the information is superficial. One university that does an outstanding job at sharing this data is UC Berkeley. All universities track this data. Ask them for it. This is, in fact, a requirement in the UK and you can compare data by major between different universities at Unistats

    Good career services should be able to tell you:

    • Where their graduates are
    • studying grad school
    • working–both by company, title, industry and salary.
  • who recruits on campus
  • where the student intern
  • Entrepreneurial competitions
  • Career development activities
  • 1:1 advising
  • Princeton Review has provided a ranking of Career services every year, but the list is probably mostly useless. As Poet’s and Quants remarks:

    Of the 42 schools that have been listed in the last six years, only six of them were listed every year, indicating that exemplary career services are rare. However, it does seem like they’re more common at private schools, as only nine public schools were listed at all.

    Here are the schools with the best career services:

    The ‘Best Career Services’ Rankings From 2015 to 2010

     

    2015 Rank & School 2015 Rank 2014 Rank 2013 Rank 2012 Rank 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
     Northeastern University  1  2  1  2  1  4
     Pennsylvania State University – University Park  2  1  2  3  2  6
     Claremont McKenna College  3  4  3  6  7  7
     Bentley University  4  3  16  8  6  12
     Clemson University  5  11  5  9  NR  3
     University of Richmond  6  13  4  10  NR  NR
     Wabash College  7  6  NR  NR  11  NR
     Southwestern University  8  7  NR  NR  NR  NR
     Washington University in St. Louis  9  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
     University of Florida  10  5  6  1  4  1
     Kansas State University  11  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
     Southern Methodist University  12  8  7  19  NR  NR
     Sweet Briar College  13  10  NR  NR  8  8
     Villanova University  14  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
     Stevens Institute of Technology  15  NR  13  NR  14  NR
     Lafayette College  16  17  8  15  17  NR
     Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering  17  15  NR  20  NR  20
     Barnard College  18  9  11  5  5  2
     Connecticut College  19  NR  NR  NR  NR  11
     Wake Forest University  20  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
     Webb Institute  NR  12  NR  NR  NR  NR
     Smith College  NR  14  NR  NR  13  13
     Grove City College  NR  16  12  NR  NR  NR
     Scripps College  NR  18  NR  NR  NR  NR
     Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  NR  19  9  NR  NR  NR
     University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Campus  NR  20  19  NR  NR  NR
     American University  NR  NR  10  18  15  19
     Tulane University  NR  NR  14  NR  NR  NR
     University of Southern California  NR  NR  15  NR  NR  NR
     Missouri University of Science and Technology  NR  NR  17  11  NR  NR
     Virginia Tech  NR  NR  18  NR  NR  NR
     University of Texas at Austin  NR  NR  20  4  10  5
     Rochester Institute of Technology  NR  NR  NR  7  NR  18
     Spelman College  NR  NR  NR  12  NR  NR
     Yale University  NR  NR  NR  13  3  10
     Cornell University  NR  NR  NR  14  16  15
     University of Missouri – Columbia  NR  NR  NR  16  18  NR
     Worcester Polytechnic Institute  NR  NR  NR  17  20  NR
     Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology  NR  NR  NR  NR  9  9
     Middlebury College  NR  NR  NR  NR  12  14
     Stonehill College  NR  NR  NR  NR  19  17
     University of Notre Dame  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR  16

    Source: The Princeton Review

     

    Princeton Review wrote a book called Colleges that Create Futures focusing on how colleges help students with their future, profiling 50 colleges that are doing a great job. While this rather eclectic list shows breadth, they all share some common features: “hey have excellent career centers. They offer an array of internship opportunities, cooperative education, service learning, and experiential learning programs. They involve undergrads in collaborative research with faculty. They have strong cultures of civic engagement and support student participation in community service and study abroad programs. Their alumni associations are networking empires.

    Some of the schools and examples of their programs are:

    • Arizona State: At its “InnovationSpace” collaborative learning facility, students majoring in engineering, business, design, art, and sustainability work in teams that brainstorm and produce prototypes for real world products that “impact the daily lives of ordinary people.” 
    • Duke University: DukeEngage, a remarkable service-learning program, invites Duke students to identify an opportunity to provide a service anywhere in the world. Duke then helps the student act on that mission, assisting with the student’s travel, lodging, immunizations, and other expenses.  Nearly 3,000 Duke students have participated in this program and served communities in 78 countries.    
    • Northeastern University:  Participation in Northeastern’s cooperative education program –which operates in 114 countries and is one of the largest in the nation – is exemplary on all fronts: 95% of its students spend at least one semester working full time at a company in paid positions. By nine months after graduation, 90% of Northeastern students are employed or in grad school.
    • Washington University in St. Louis has one of the few undergrad entrepreneurship programs that enable students to launch their own on-campus businesses. Approved proposals are facilitated by a campus loan fund, faculty mentorship, access to school mailing lists, and other services. Among the success stories: a student-owned, on-campus bike rental and repair shop.      

     

     

    Other useful tools include:

    Linked in University tool–unfortunately, Linkedin killed this.

     

     

    Starting your College Research: Career development

    As discussed many times in this blog, your major may not matter as much as you think. That said, a growing number of people want a career outcome of going to college. If you look at historical trends as to why a student chooses a particular university you will see that what resonates with the students has grown:

    • This college’s graduates gain admission to top graduate/professional schools in 2005: 27.1% rated this as very important. In 2015: 33.7%
    • This college’s graduates get good jobs in 2005: 47.4% rated it as very important. In 2015: 57.9%

    Contrary to what people think, Business may not be as prevelent as people think:

    Interest in business as a probable field of study peaked in 1987 when more than one-quarter (25.7%) of students intended to major in a business-related field. By 1995, interest in majoring in business had fallen to 15.5% of incoming college students. After a slight recovery in the early years of the 21st century, students’ interest in business as a prob- able field of study fell to 13.5% in 2015, its lowest point since 1973 when 13.3% of students intended to major in a business-related field.

    One of the more important aspects to pay attention to is how the college helps you onto your next steps. So when you research colleges, be sure to check out their career services. You could just google “Career Services”+ college name and read about what they offer. Let’s take two examples:

    Elon Career pages include:

    • ELON JOB NETWORK
    • EVENTS
    • STUDENT EMPLOYMENT
    • FIRST DESTINATIONS
    • MEET THE SPDC STAFF
    • STUDENTS – ALUMNI

      CHOOSING A CAREER

      GRADUATE-PROF SCHOOL

      RESUMES-COVER LETTERS

      EJN JOBS-INTERNSHIPS

      INTERVIEWS

      TRANSITION FROM ELON

    • Sections for parents and employers

     

    UC San Diego Career pages include: 

    • ·            Upcoming Events
    • o   Job Fairs, Employer events
    • o   Graduate and Professional School Fairs
    • o   Career Development and Job Preparation
  • ·            Career Advising
  • ·            Thinking about Grad School
  • ·            Career Exploration and Preparation
    • o   Explore careers and interest areas
    • o   Prepare for pre-med/health, pre-law, and graduate school
    • o   Prepare for jobs and internships
  • ·            Online Career Development Tools
  • ·            Sections for employers and parents.
  • Basically, both universities, vastly different, cover the information in basically the same way. They even use some of the same career development/job search tools. One area I was excited to see was the UCSD Alumni Destinations page which promised “This interactive graphic demonstrates the connection between areas of study at UC San Diego and the career paths of 73,500 alumni*. The left side of the circle is divided into 15 sections, each representing a major or grouping of majors available at UC San Diego. The right side of the circle is similarly broken into 15 sections, each representing a grouping of careers chosen by our alums.” Only this page no longer exists. It would have appeared very similar to Williams. Oh well. Elon’s page does work, but the information is superficial. One university that does an outstanding job at sharing this data is UC Berkeley. All universities track this data. Ask them for it. This is, in fact, a requirement in the UK and you can compare data by major between different universities at Unistats

    Good career services should be able to tell you:

    • Where their graduates are
    • studying grad school
    • working–both by company, title, industry and salary.
  • who recruits on campus
  • where the student intern
  • Entrepreneurial competitions
  • Career development activities
  • 1:1 advising
  • Princeton Review has provided a ranking of Career services every year, but the list is probably mostly useless. As Poet’s and Quants remarks:

    Of the 42 schools that have been listed in the last six years, only six of them were listed every year, indicating that exemplary career services are rare. However, it does seem like they’re more common at private schools, as only nine public schools were listed at all.

    Here are the schools with the best career services:

    The ‘Best Career Services’ Rankings From 2015 to 2010

     

    2015 Rank & School 2015 Rank 2014 Rank 2013 Rank 2012 Rank 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
     Northeastern University  1  2  1  2  1  4
     Pennsylvania State University – University Park  2  1  2  3  2  6
     Claremont McKenna College  3  4  3  6  7  7
     Bentley University  4  3  16  8  6  12
     Clemson University  5  11  5  9  NR  3
     University of Richmond  6  13  4  10  NR  NR
     Wabash College  7  6  NR  NR  11  NR
     Southwestern University  8  7  NR  NR  NR  NR
     Washington University in St. Louis  9  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
     University of Florida  10  5  6  1  4  1
     Kansas State University  11  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
     Southern Methodist University  12  8  7  19  NR  NR
     Sweet Briar College  13  10  NR  NR  8  8
     Villanova University  14  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
     Stevens Institute of Technology  15  NR  13  NR  14  NR
     Lafayette College  16  17  8  15  17  NR
     Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering  17  15  NR  20  NR  20
     Barnard College  18  9  11  5  5  2
     Connecticut College  19  NR  NR  NR  NR  11
     Wake Forest University  20  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
     Webb Institute  NR  12  NR  NR  NR  NR
     Smith College  NR  14  NR  NR  13  13
     Grove City College  NR  16  12  NR  NR  NR
     Scripps College  NR  18  NR  NR  NR  NR
     Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  NR  19  9  NR  NR  NR
     University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Campus  NR  20  19  NR  NR  NR
     American University  NR  NR  10  18  15  19
     Tulane University  NR  NR  14  NR  NR  NR
     University of Southern California  NR  NR  15  NR  NR  NR
     Missouri University of Science and Technology  NR  NR  17  11  NR  NR
     Virginia Tech  NR  NR  18  NR  NR  NR
     University of Texas at Austin  NR  NR  20  4  10  5
     Rochester Institute of Technology  NR  NR  NR  7  NR  18
     Spelman College  NR  NR  NR  12  NR  NR
     Yale University  NR  NR  NR  13  3  10
     Cornell University  NR  NR  NR  14  16  15
     University of Missouri – Columbia  NR  NR  NR  16  18  NR
     Worcester Polytechnic Institute  NR  NR  NR  17  20  NR
     Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology  NR  NR  NR  NR  9  9
     Middlebury College  NR  NR  NR  NR  12  14
     Stonehill College  NR  NR  NR  NR  19  17
     University of Notre Dame  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR  16

    Source: The Princeton Review

     

    Princeton Review wrote a book called Colleges that Create Futures focusing on how colleges help students with their future, profiling 50 colleges that are doing a great job. While this rather eclectic list shows breadth, they all share some common features: “hey have excellent career centers. They offer an array of internship opportunities, cooperative education, service learning, and experiential learning programs. They involve undergrads in collaborative research with faculty. They have strong cultures of civic engagement and support student participation in community service and study abroad programs. Their alumni associations are networking empires.

    Some of the schools and examples of their programs are:

    • Arizona State: At its “InnovationSpace” collaborative learning facility, students majoring in engineering, business, design, art, and sustainability work in teams that brainstorm and produce prototypes for real world products that “impact the daily lives of ordinary people.” 
    • Duke University: DukeEngage, a remarkable service-learning program, invites Duke students to identify an opportunity to provide a service anywhere in the world. Duke then helps the student act on that mission, assisting with the student’s travel, lodging, immunizations, and other expenses.  Nearly 3,000 Duke students have participated in this program and served communities in 78 countries.    
    • Northeastern University:  Participation in Northeastern’s cooperative education program –which operates in 114 countries and is one of the largest in the nation – is exemplary on all fronts: 95% of its students spend at least one semester working full time at a company in paid positions. By nine months after graduation, 90% of Northeastern students are employed or in grad school.
    • Washington University in St. Louis has one of the few undergrad entrepreneurship programs that enable students to launch their own on-campus businesses. Approved proposals are facilitated by a campus loan fund, faculty mentorship, access to school mailing lists, and other services. Among the success stories: a student-owned, on-campus bike rental and repair shop.      

     

     

     

     

    The parent’s guide to college admission part 1

    What role should the parent be playing in the college admission process? Willard Dix suggest parents “Become a mentor as much as a parent” in his excellent artcile “Ten Ways For Parents To Get On Top Of The College Admission Process” providing a short guide to what he means by mentoring:

    This is the moment you can begin to step back from your authoritative role to become a mentor, “guiding without steering.” Instead of telling your student what to do, you start asking open-ended and non-directive questions like, “Tell me why you like that college?” or “How do you think that major will help you in the future?” Finding a good balance here can be difficult if you’re used to being more directive, but you’ll be surprised how positive transferring responsibility while offering help when needed can be.

    He follows this up with 9 other excellent points from “expect complications” to “talk about hopes” and “don’t nag.”

    I want to follow up more on the role a parent can play that moves applying to college from a transaction to its own journey into self and how parents can and sould be a guide for that journey. So expect a part 2. 

    8 Mistakes teens make in applying to colleges

    After having done this a long time, I notice students have a tendency to make certain mistakes. 

    1) Mistake #1: Waiting to the Last Minute 

    Fred Hargon, formerly of Princeton and Stanford, used to say that an application was not like a fine bottle of wine. It does not get better with age. Waiting to the last minute often creates stress for you and the people in your life. 

    Julie Shimabukuro, Director of undergraduate admissions, Washington University in St. Louis  offers this insighte:

    Many students who submit on the date of the deadline assume that everything transmitted and was received. But sometimes things are lost in cyberspace. By the time we process the thousands of pieces of information that come in on the final day, the actual deadline has come and gone, and it’s possible that something is still missing.

    The best tool to help you? Your calendar. 

    2)  Mistake #2: Not working with your counselor
    Your counselors often know a lot about admissions, specific colleges and universities and you. Your hopes and dreams, interests, quirks and pet peaves. Moreover, in many cases they will be directly advocating for your admissions. So it is encumbent on you to ensure your counselor knows you. To that end, aim to check in every two weeks or so. 
    3)  Mistake #3: Not applying deep
    Personally I love workith with ambitious students. But the goal of college admission is to not just get in, but to thrive when you get there. To first part, getting in, you need some schools on your list at which you will be a star. Malcolm Gladwell has a strong opion about going to the place you can be the star. 

    Work with your counselor to examine the specific selectivity of a college, especially as it relates to your school. Take advantage of visits to your campus. If a college is visiting, they are interested. 

    And every college on your list ought to inspire you. 

    4)  Mistake #4:Scratching the surface

    If a collges has a supplimentary question, it matters. Often they want to know your specific motivation. As Eric J. Furda, admissions dean at the University of Pennsylvania, indicates:
    “We wanted to know, why Penn? Did you submit a generic essay that was part of a school’s supplement—another school’s supplement? You may need to do a little bit more research before you hit the submit button. Take notes during the campus visit, and even if it isn’t your top choice, still understand that you need to speak to that school and show what you are going to contribute to that campus. Articulate why this school is for you. Students who do well will start citing faculty and programs they want to explore.”
    Typically, the application offers specific, limited opportunities to share about you. Amy Jarich
    UC Berkeley, offers this insight: 
    In the application, the real estate is so valuable. Each part of it should be telling us something new … If you’ve told us in one essay how you live with your extended family and how important that is in your life, don’t tell us in the second essay about how the person you most admire is your grandmother … You want us to think: “That brings a new piece to this puzzle. I like that.” 
    5)  Mistake #5: Well begun, half done
    Just write it. Students overthnk the essays, and underwrite. Or more precisely, underedit. I have found using the pomodero method can greatly help in your productivity as an applicant. There are a few stages in the technique:
    1. Decide on the task to be done–write an essay or fill in the application. 
    2. Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
    3. Work on the task until the timer rings. If a distraction pops into your head, write it down, but immediately get back on task.
    4. After the timer rings, put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
    5. If you are in the zone, continue on. If not, take a break (3-5 minutes–leave your desk)
    6. When you return do a different task with the same timer. 
    7. After you have 3 ticks, (ie you spent three pomoderos doing tasks, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.
    Learn more from the woman who originated it. Here is a free iphone timer
    Using your calendar to set specific tasks each week is inspired. Keep it simple and you will feel more satisifed. 
    Another part of the story to keep in mind: All admissions are conditional. SO aim to keep a storng year. Here are some tips to avoid senioritous. 

    6)  Mistake #6: Missing the Details, details, details

    Check deadlines directly with all your colleges.
    Check all entry requirements and admission documents specifically with your university. 
    Do both of these now. 
    Proof-read all your applications. 
    Have someone else profreed your applications. 

    7)  Mistake #7: Not owning the process

    Who is going to college? Yes, parents are paying and often know their teen well and thus should be involved, but as sounding board and coach. the student MUST take respoonsibility for all parts of the process from researching to applying. One idea I think works very well is a weekly meeting between student and mom and dad conducted in a business style. o it over lunch. Have to do lists. In between, avoid talking about college. The senior knows what needs to be done and needs space to do it. 
    Here is a handy to avoid role confusion. 
    8)  Mistake #8: Not looking after yourself
    Most teens are going to really blow it with the following:
    • Not eating well
    • Not getting enough sleep
    • Not exercising
    • Not enjoying life
    Technology is part of the issues, but it can also be part of the solution as I portray it in this article here. I am a big fan of also taking time every day to cultivate some stillness through mindfulness. My personal favorite is Smiling Mind, a free web platform and phone app. 

    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.”

    “Go beyond school” Urges Woz

    Steve Wozniak has sage advice for all people, but especially for teens. 

    “But even in school, if you love something like mathematics, instead of working the assigned problems, do all the other ones too. Just decide, this is something I really love in life. I’m going to go a little further than school wants me to.”

    And Mentors:

    “They looked at things I could do and saw the things that I liked and wanted to do but were outside of the normal school,” he said. “Look for mentors that want to help you in other places in life and take advantage of it when you can. Don’t turn down something that’s given to you.”

    Why the collegeboard’s new test date hurts international students

    For years, Internationla counselors have advocated for the collegeboard to add a test date to the testing cycle. They did, only the wrong date. They decided that the March test date does not serve international kids. But instead they added an August test date…and took away the January test date starting in August 2017. 

    Katherine Levin, a spokeswoman for the College Board, claims that the summer SAT will, “provide students with earlier opportunities to take the SAT before submitting college applications, and more time to focus on coursework, school activities, and college applications in the fall of their senior year.”

    The Atlantic rightly asks “Who Benefits From the New Summer SAT?” and suggests other than the Collegeboard, students who do summer prep really benefits and of course the test prep companies. “But will it provide a similar advantage to low-income students, or could the summertime SAT end up widening the gap between rich and poor?”

    2017-18 International SAT Administration Dates (Anticipated)
    SAT Date SAT Subject Test Available?
    Aug. 26, 2017 Yes
    Oct. 7, 2017 Yes
    Nov. 4, 2017 Yes
    Dec. 2, 2017 Yes
    May 5, 2018 Yes
    June 2, 2018 Yes

    Nancy Griesemer at the examiner weighs most of the issues out and concludes that “On balance, however, the late-August test date is a welcome move on the part of the College Board.” So far, no one has commented on how it impacts international students. Firstly, many international students take the SAT in January. Now they will have to wait until May, which often overlaps with the May Day long weekend and festivities. If a student takes the May test date they will have to register for the June Test before they have even sat the May test let alone gotten their scores. This will be compounded in the fall cycle. While certainly the summer test date allows kids coming from Prep (which they do a lot of) into the exam. But then, they will have to register for the October before they know the scores ect. Many international student actually do prep in December in anticipation of the January test date. 

     And many schools are actually not open in August overseas. While this may be true in the US, it is even more problemmatic overseas. And fo Chinese students, the August test date now adds another high price flight season as the Chinese student cannot test in China. In fairness, the January test often overlapped with Chinese New Year. 

    The fact is, at least at my test center, the January test date has become a dominate one, ahead of December, November and on par of Spring test dates. Many international counselors actively supported and lobbied for adding the March test date and eliminating the January test date. Why are we not being listened to?


    Commonapp essays remain the same

    but almost half respond to the first prompt:

    2016-2017 Essay Prompts 
    1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

     2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

    3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

    4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

    5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family. 

    You can create an account now to play around in it and it will roll over to next year. 

    • The student’s user name and Common App ID will all be preserved. This means they will be able to sign in to next year’s application system using the same email address they used this year.
    • All Common App data will be preserved.

    Want to live on campus? Check out these colleges

    FORBES TOP COLLEGE Dorm Capacity Frosh Soph Junior Senior
    Cooper Union 21% X      
    University of Texas, Austin 22%        
    University of Washington 28%        
    University of Wisconsin, Madison 31%        
    University of California, Berkeley 34%        
    University of Southern California 34% X X    
    University of Florida 36% X      
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 39% X      
    University of Virginia 44% X      
    Jonhs Hopkins University 48% X X    
    University of Notre Dame 50% X      
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 52% X X X X
    Lehigh University 52% X X    
    University of Maryland, College Park 52% X X    
    University of Chicago 53% X X X X
    Northwestern University 56% X      
    Whitman College 56% X X X X
    Santa Clara University 56%        
    University of California, Los Angeles 57% X X X  
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 58% X      
    Emory University 58% X X    
    New York University 59% X X X X
    Unviersity of Pennsylvania 65% X      
    Macalester College 65% X X    
    DePauw Unniversity 65% X X X X
    Washington and Lee University 66% X X X  
    University of Rochester 68% na na na na
    Tufts University 68% X X    
    Reed College 68% X      
    Georgetown University 69% X X X  
    Villanova University 69% X X X  
    Carnegie Mellon University 71% X X X X
    Rhodes College 72% X X    
    Georgia Institute of Technology 73% X X    
    Columbia University 76% X X X X
    Colorado College 76% X X X X
    College of William and Mary 77% X      
    Occidental College 79% X X X  
    Boston College 80% X X X  
    Brandeis University 80% X X    
    Boston University 80% X X X X
    Grinnell College 81% na na na na
    Brown University 81% X X X X
    Vanderbilt University 81% X X X X
    Wake Forest University 81% X X X X
    Skidmore College 82% X X X X
    Duke University 85% X X X X
    Rice University 85% X      
    Trinity University 86% X X X X
    Bucknell University 87% X X X X
    College of the Holy Cross 87% X X X X
    Scripps College 87% X X X X
    Dickinson College 87% X X X X
    Dartmouth College 89% X X    
    Claremont McKenna College 89% X      
    Wheaton College 89% X X X X
    Carleton College 91% X X X X
    Barnard College 91% X X X X
    Oberlin College 91% X X X X
    Trinity College 91% X X X X
    Yale University 92% X X X X
    California Institute of Technology 92% X      
    Williams College 93% X X X X
    Davidson College 93% X X X X
    Bates College 93% X X X X
    Wofford College 93% X X X X
    University of Richmond 93% X X   X
    Swarthmore College 94% X X X X
    Smith College 94% X X X X
    Colgate University 95% X X X X
    Lafayette College 95% X X X X
    Bryn Mawr College 95% X      
    Pomona College 96% X X X X
    Connecticut College 96% X X X X
    Bowdoin College 97% X X    
    Vassar College 97% X X X X
    Hamilton College 97% X X X X
    Middlebury College 98% X X X X
    Colby College 98% X X X X
    Harvey Mudd College 98% X X X X
    Franklin and Marshall College 98% X X X X
    Sewanee–University of the South 98% X X X X
    Cornell University 99% X X    
    Denison University 99% X X X X
    United States Military Academy 100% X X X X
    Haverford College 100% X X X X
    Wellesley College 100% X X X X
    Wesleyan University 101% X X X X
    Washington University in Saint Louis 101% X X X X
    Centre College 101% X X X X
    Mount Holyoke College 102% X X X X
    United States Naval Academy 104% X X X X
    Kenyon College 105% X X X X
    Amherst College 106% X X X X
    United States Air Force Academy 113% X X X X
    Union College 117% X X X X
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology 129% X X X X
    Princeton University 131% X X X X
    Stanford University 157% X X X X
    Harvard University 178% X X X X
    Sources: IPEDS, 

    Published in Forbes

    Entrepreneurship incubators in the form of colleges

    Want to create your own business? Head to business correct? Hang on, not so fast, at least according to Linked In and the editors of Forbes Magazine. On their 2015 Americas most entrepreneurial colleges, only 2 speciality busines schools made the list. In fact, most of these colleges do not even offer a business program. To arrive at their rankings, Forbes “ranked the country’s most entrepreneurial schools based on the entrepreneurial ratios – the total number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn, divided by the school’s student body (undergraduate and graduate combined).” They did the same for comprehsnive universities. I like their methodlogy as it focuses on what students actually do, rather than what the college says they do.I wish they provided the actual ratios so you could compare the university list with the college list. 

    The granddaddy of Entrepreneurial rankings come from Entrepreneurial Magazine, a publication that should know a lot about starting a business. They outsource the porject to Princeton Review: “The survey asked school administrators 60 questions covering: their schools’ levels of commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom, the percentage of faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, and the number and reach of their mentorship programs. The company also asked schools about their scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies, and their support for school-sponsored business plan competitions.” While their rankings seem to make sense when you look at it, in terms of academic preparation. But do they hold up to the real world test? Of the top 24 programs they ranked, only 8 made the rgade on Forbes/Linked in rankings that actually exmine who are entrepreneurs (at least say they are in their Linked-In Profile). 

    How about another list, put out by College Choice? They have rather nebulous criteria: “Through an analysis of data from Crunchbase, Angel List, public business data, and other factors (such as proximity to major metropolitan entrepreneurial ecosystems), we have brought you a list of the 50 best colleges in the U.S. for aspiring entrepreneurs.” Comparing Collegechoice with Princeton Review/Entrepeurship Magazine we see a higher levelof cross over with 11 schools appear on both lists. Only 7 schools appear on all three lists. 

     

    Princeton Reivew/Entrpreneurship

    Forbes/linked in

    College Choice

    1. Babson College

     

    33

    2. University of Houston

     

     

    3. Baylor University

     

    50

    4. Brigham Young University

    17

    32

    5. University of Oklahoma

     

     

    6. Syracuse University

    41

    48

    7. Northeastern University

    13

    40

    8. University of Southern California

    28

    5

    9. Baruch College

     

     

    10. Miami University

    36

     

    11. Temple University

     

     

    12. Uni. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

     

    41

    13. University of Dayton

     

     

    14. Clarkson University

     

     

    15. DePaul University

     

     

    16. Washington University in St. Louis

     

     

    17. Lehigh University

    44

     

    18. University of Michigan

    43

    8

    19. University of Washington

    45

    16

    20. Texas Christian University

     

     

    21. University of Maryland

    29

    20

    22. University of Arizona

     

    43

    23. Saint Louis Univers

     

     

    24. Bradley University

     

     

     

    So which list should you believe? Like any ranking, the key lies in the methodology: One set of criteria will review different facets. Reading beneath the text, what you should be looking for are schools that:

    • Start up money to get you going (this may be in the form of a competition
    • Provide real world mentoring opportunities so you have someone who has been there/done that to bounce ideas off of
    • A club or group that gives you the kindred spirits to support you
    • A rigourous training in critical and original thinking and problem identification

    Some examples:

    • Tufts University boasts an Entrepreneurial Leaderships Studies (ELS) program specifically for undergraduates. The Tufts Entrepreneurial Network keeps students connected to on-campus entrepreneurial activities as well as to alumni, and the Entrepreneurial Society sponsors several competitions, conferences, and networking opportunities.
    • the University of California Irvine is home to the Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which offers students opportunities to immerse themselves in a culture of innovation, ideas, and best practices. One of the most popular activities at the school is the annual Business Plan Competition, which offers over $100,000 in cash prizes for the most promising startup ideas. Merage offers a BA in Business Administration with several opportunities for specialization.
    • RPI has has eight Entrepreneurs in Residence, all successful business leaders.
    • At Middlebury, The four-week immersion program MiddCore has brought in over 40 entrepreneur mentors such as Peet’s Coffee and Tea CEO Dave Burwick.
    • Thanks to $1 million from alum and VC Michael Vlock, Hampshire is shelling out $200,000 a year to student ventures.

    Where are you at with your entreneurial chops? Check out Gallup’s Entrepreneurial Strengthsfinder which rates you on the 10 talents of successful entrepreneurs:

    • Business Focus: You make decisions based on observed or anticipated effect on profit.
    • Confidence: You accurately know yourself and understand others.
    • Creative Thinker: You exhibit creativity in taking an existing idea or product and turning it into something better.
    • Delegator: You recognize that you cannot do everything and are willing to contemplate a shift in style and control.
    • Determination: You persevere through difficult, even seemingly insurmountable, obstacles.
    • Independent: You are prepared to do whatever needs to be done to build a successful venture.
    • Knowledge-Seeker: You constantly search for information that is relevant to growing your business.
    • Promoter: You are the best spokesperson for the business.
    • Relationship-Builder: You have high social awareness and an ability to build relationships that are beneficial for the firm’s survival and growth.
    • Risk-Taker: You instinctively know how to manage high-risk situations.