Selecting & Visiting US Universities
The college application process can be daunting. Even touring colleges can be chaotic if you don’t properly organise your day or schedule interviews. A-List is here to advise you through the entire process. We can help you set up your priorities, schedule all necessary events to make the most of your visiting, and guide you on simple things you can do to make your visits as effortless and valuable as possible.
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We can provide any or all services listed below:
- Selection: Creating the list of schools to visit
- Planning: Researching tour dates and times available
- Scheduling: Choosing dates that are most advantageous – advising on best and worst times to go
- Coordinating: Working with your schedule and interests to build a plan of action
- Making contact: Calling schools to set up tour reservations
- Travel: Assisting with travel arrangements
- Interviews: Setting up meetings with professors in departments of interest
Liberal Arts Education
One of the advantages of going to university in the states, is that the education system is based on a liberal arts platform. What does this mean? It essentially means that you will get a variety of general education courses, which will include math, science, english, etc. It also means that you are able to join your university as an undecided major! You don’t have to commit to a major until later on in your education. As such, each university (although the majority will be similar) will have different general educational requirements. Therefore, it is important to research and visit universities that are in line with what you find interesting!
Ivy League: Name Origin History
Many of you are probably already familiar with the renowned Ivy League status in the states. The schools within this system include: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown, Columbia and Penn. Although these exclusive northeast schools are known for their academics, the Ivy League originated as a collegiate athletic conference. The Ivies have been competing in sports as long as intercollegiate sports have existed in the United States. Of these sports, rowing is particularly competitive. Rowing teams from Harvard and Yale met in the first sporting event held between students of two U.S. colleges on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, on August 3, 1852. The Ivies continue to dominant in this area of sport to this day.
You may also have heard of the term ‘public ivies.’ Public Ivies refer to America’s best public undergraduate colleges and universities that provide an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public school price. The original Public Ivies included: College of William & Mary, Miami University, University of California, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Texas at Austin, University of Vermont and the University of Virginia. These were coined by Richard Moll, who earned his Master of Divinity degree from Yale University in 1959. He identified these eight public universities as Public Ivies by comparing them to the Ivy League Institutions. They had to have academic excellence, visual appearance, age, as well as school traditions similar to the Ivy League in order to qualify. This list has been updated over the years, and has more recently been organised by region for the entire United States.
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