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Grove City College, a Hidden Gem

On occasion people ask me where are the hidden college gems?

I have a found that the 50 Best Colleges list (www.thebestschools.org) is a pretty good source of hidden gems. The list’s primary criterion is that college is for undergraduates, not graduate students—which eliminates many of the big names, such as Harvard or Northwestern. It surveys the record of achievement among a college’s graduates to determine whether they have the skills to succeed in the real world. It also considers whether a college offers a ‘diversity of courses’ free of dogmatism, ideology or political correctness, delivers academic rigor so that students master their subjects, and watches its expenses to avoid adding an unwieldy debt load that indentures many graduates for decades to come. 

UC Davis, the UC System’s Pearl of the Sacramento Valley

 

  • UC Davis Applications Rise 2012
  • The Bike Culture
  • Challenging Academics
  • UG Research Emphasis
  • Run by Students for Students

Despite the buffets of budget cuts, the UC System is more popular than ever. This year, UC applications hit over 161,000, up 13% from last year. UC Davis, located just 15 miles west of Sacramento, best known for its biology, agriculture, and engineering programs, was up 5% from a year earlier with slightly more than 62,000 applications. This in the face of the ill-conceived Davis police pepper spraying of students protesting student tuition increases. The steady rise of applications-despite the pepper spray gaff-speaks to the resources and boundless educational opportunities Davis offers.

Davis is a large campus of over 23,500 undergraduates, yet, it has a much smaller and personal feel. Some of this can be attributed to its ‘bike culture.’ The campus consists of 5,300 mostly flat acres—including a 100-acre arboretum and over a thousand buildings webbed together by an extensive network of bike paths. A bike is essential student transportation at Davis. To keep the paths safe, there is a bicycle police force empowered to write tickets for infractions-even for issuing BUI (biking under the influence) citations.

Chances are the academic workload will not allow for many BUIs, as the 10-week quarter system, and the usual load of 3-4 classes, will demand the full sober attention of most students. If this academic pace doesn’t challenge, then possibly an invitation to Davis’s Integrated Learning Program, which is by selection from the incoming freshman class, or the Davis Honor’s program, which any ambitious freshman or sophomore might elect to enroll in, will ratchet up the challenge.

Davis is demanding. The College of Engineering, offering 15 majors, from biomedical to optical engineering, enrolling over 5,000 students, has a national reputation. The College of Agriculture has one of the top pre-veterinary medical programs in the country, and the best viticulture (winemaking) program; it also offers pre-professional programs in Landscape Architecture and Managerial Economics (reminiscent of Cornell U:niversity’s College of Agriculture with its variety of applied economics degrees).

If the rigors of a major are not enough of a challenge, or, to the contrary, are too overwhelming, changing majors, or even colleges, can be done with relative ease. Davis acknowledges that over three-quarters of its students will change majors at least once, and it seeks to accommodate. Within majors and departments there are faculty advisors, though most of the best advising comes from peers who are familiar with the structure of majors, the professors, and the challenging courses, and helps an advisee plan accordingly.

Davis places an emphasis on undergraduate research and internships. Davis’s ICC program assists students in obtaining research and internship positions. Over half of the UC Davis undergraduates work on research with a faculty member before they graduate; annually, more than 5,000 perform internships. Furthermore, to abet research efforts, Davis’s library system has over 3.5 million volumes, making it the 48th largest college library collection in the country and, through the UC Melville System, a student can access all books and resources from any UC library collection. A bus even runs regularly to UC Berkeley’s 27 libraries and 10.1 million volumes (the 5th largest library in the country) should a personal search there be required.

UC Davis, in many areas excluding its police department, sports an air of great efficiency. One key reason is it is a college that is run, to a great degree, by students for students. The campus’s Unisys bus system, which contains a preponderance of double decker British buses, is completely composed of student bus drivers. The Davis fire department consists of UC student volunteers. The COHO student union, which houses in its basement 18 bowling lanes, is almost completely run by students.

Davis, like many large public universities, is what you make of it. There is no reason a student cannot attain a Rhodes Scholarship, play on one of Davis’s 27 Division I teams, and become a volunteer fireman while majoring in viticulture, and minoring in chemistry or classical studies. Davis has the tools, departments, and people to enable unparalleled intellectual growth; the rest is up to you.   

Ralph Becker, Ivy College Prep, LLC, is a resident of Long Beach, he has been counseling students for the last 7 years. A former Yale Alumni Interviewer, he has a college counseling certification from UCLA Extension, and is the author of SAT Vocab 800 Books A, B, C, & D.

 

UC Davis, Sacramento Valley 위치한 UC 진주

  • 2012 application 접수 증가
  • 자전거 문화
  • 우수한 Academics
  • UG 리서치 강조
  • 학생자율 차지제도

엄청난 예산삭감에도 불구하고 UC대학들은 여전히 인기를 누리고 있다.  올해는 지난해 보다 원서가 13%상승하고 161,000개나 쌓였다.  UC Davis는 Sacramento에서 15마일 떨어진 곳에 위치하며, 생물학, 농학, 공학이 유명하다.  올해 원서는 5%가 상승한 62,000장이 접수되었다.  이번에 Davis경찰이 등록금 상승에 반대하는 학생을 향해 pepper spray를 뿌린 상황에도 원서의 꾸준한 상승은 Davis가 제공하는 우수한 교육기회와 자원을 증명하는 것이다.

Davis는 23,500명의 학부생이 있는 큰 캠퍼스임에도 불구하고, 작고도 개인적인 분위기를 갖게 한다.  이것은 ‘자전거 문화’때문이다.  캠퍼스가 5,300에이크의 평지로 100에이크의 식물원과 1000개가 넘는 빌딩이 자전거길로 연결되어 있다.  이 길을 안전하게 하기 위해 담당 경찰은 BUI (biking under the influence:음주금지) 티켓을 주며 지키고 있다.

위반자들은 10주간으로 이루어지는 쿼터제에서 3-4과목을 신청하기 어렵다.  정말 맑은 정신으로 공부해야 한다.  그래도 더 집약적인 공부를 원한다면, Integrated Learning Program을 신청하거나 Davis Honor’ program에 들 수 있다.  정말 도전을 하게 될 것이다.

Davis는 쉽지 않다.  공학대학은 15개의 전공으로 biomedial에서 안경공학까지 다양하며 5,000명의 학생이 있다.  농과대학은 전국에서 가장 우수한 수의학 예과와 비티컬쳐 (포도재배학)이 있다; 조경학과 경영경제학도 제공한다(Cornell 대학 농과대학의 다양한 응용경제학과 유사하다).

여기서는 공부가 너무 도전적인지 아니면 힘들든지 쉽든지, 전공 바꾸기가 상대적으로 쉽다.  ¾의 학생들이 적어도 한번 전공을 바꾼다.  그래서 전공 상담교수가 있어서 상담을 하여 가장 적절한 전공으로 안내하고 있다.

Davis는 학부의 리서치와 인턴십을 강조한다.  ICC프로그램은 학생들이 이런 기회를 갖도록 돕고 있다.  ½의 학부생이 교수와 함께 졸업 전에 리서치 기회를 갖는다; 또한 매년 5,000명이 인턴십을 가진다.  더욱이 이것을 돕기 위해 도서관은 전국에서 48위에 해당하는 3.5million의 책을 보유하고 있으며, UC Melvill system으로 학생들은 모든 UC 도서관의 책을 빌릴 수 있다.  더욱이 UC Berkeley의 27개의 도서관(전국 5위)과 10.1million의 책을 볼 수 있도록 왕복버스가 운행되고 있다. 

UC Davis는 경찰부서를 제외하고는 정말 효능적이다.  중요한 요인은 학생에 의해 운영되어 진다는 것이다.  캠퍼스의 Unisys버스체계는 2층의 영국스타일의 버스로 학생에 의해 운영되어 진다.  소방소는 학생들의 자원자들로 구성되어 있다.  COHO학생회는 18개의 볼링라인을 갖고 학생에 의해 운영되고 있다.

Davis는 다른 큰 공립대학들과 같이 여러분이 원하는 것을 찾을 수 있다.  포도재배학을 전공하면서 화학이나 고전을 부전공으로 택하면서, Rhodes 장학금을 받을 수도 있고, 27개의 운동부서에서 활동할 수 있고, 소방관으로 자원할 수 있다.  Davis는 가능한 도구와 전공부서를 갖고 있고, 비교할 수 없는 지성을 쌓을 수 있는 곳이다.  나머지는 여러분에게 달려 있다.

Why Swarthmore Warrants a Glance

 

  • Beautiful Campus outside Philadelphia
  • Solid Engineering Program
  • Oxford-like Honors Program
  • Peerless Student Writing Support

While Swarthmore might be small in numbers, with fewer than 1,550 undergraduates, its breadth and depth seem unrivalled. Swarthmore is international in scope: Swarthmore students (Swatties) come from every state, and 49 foreign countries. Its student faculty ratio of 8 to 1 enables students to develop an intimate relationship with professors. The alumni base of 19,000 is active, accessible, and devoted. Swarthmore also has a track record of producing Nobel Prize and MacArthur Grant winners, along with numerous PhDs per capita, exceeding all but a handful of schools.  Couple all this with an endowment of over $1.2 billion, and there is a lot to like about Swarthmore.

Swarthmore’s 425-acre campus is a mix of suburban and arboreal splendor with easy access to central Philadelphia: a mere 20 minutes away by train. Inscribed throughout the campus are phrases such as “Use well thy freedom.”  Even the trees, shrubs and flowers bear Latin labels. Scott Arboretum, contained within Swarthmore, is comprised of extensive lawns, a creek, tree clad hills, and numerous hiking trails. The edifices of many of the campus buildings are composed of stones from local quarries. There is solidity, beauty, and an aura of intellectuality woven into the tapestry of the campus, and for good reason.

Despite the small number of students, the curriculum includes 32 major offerings, 7 foreign languages (including German, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese), and a full BS in Engineering with concentrations in electrical, mechanical, computer, and civil and environmental. Many engineering majors also take a full set of liberal arts courses and gain a BA as well. Swarthmore’s extensive course offerings allow that over three quarters of the classes have fewer than 19 students. This means becoming immersed in class discussions and gaining access to professors is a given.

The Honors Program, also known as the ‘External Examination Program,’ begins junior year. It’s comparable to the independent research program at Reed, or a tutorial at Oxford. The Honors seminar is composed of fewer than eight students who meet in either a special seminar room, or the professor’s living room, for weekly 5-hour meetings. The intensity and rigor is on a graduate school level. At the end of the two years, each student is subjected to a week-long series of written and oral tests administered by outside examiners. This is comparable to defending a thesis and taking comprehensive exams compressed into a week. It’s grueling, but those who master their subjects are undoubtedly ready for the rigors of a PhD program, which probably explains why a huge portion of Swarthmore graduates go on to become PhDs (in fact, Swarthmore is fifth on the list of schools producing the most science and engineering PhDs (from 1997-2006)—right behind Cal Tech, Harvey Mudd, MIT, and Reed).  

The writing assistance program at Swarthmore, called the Student Writing Associate Program, is also exceptional (and I’ve reviewed the writing assistance available at Carnegie Mellon, most of the Ivy League, Stanford, Occidental College, and the University of California). The program is designed to help all student writers at all stages of the writing process across all disciplines, in questions of structure, organization, and style to grammar and tone. A student writer can drop into the center, attend a workshop, or even set up a weekly tutoring session with a Writing Associate Mentor. To view Swarthmore student writing, go to Alchemy, (http://www.swarthmore.edu/x33287.xml), which is an annual sampling published by the Program.  

Of course, not all aspects of Swarthmore are perfect. There is a thread of political correctness that is reportedly heavy in the English and gender studies departments. Additionally, for some students, the intimacy of just 1550 undergraduates can become claustrophobic. Obviously, like any school, it’s critical to visit before making a commitment; however, if you’re after serious academic rigor, learning how to write well, getting to know your professors well, being surrounded by both brilliant peers who are more collaborative than competitive, and a beautiful campus, then Swarthmore warrants a glance-- possibly even a searching stare.

Swarthmore 대학은 고려할 가치가 있다.

  • 필라 교외의 아름다운 캠퍼스
  • 우수한 공학 프로그램
  • 옥스포드대와 유사한 Honor Program
  • 최고의 Writing 프로그램

학부생이 1,550명이 좀 안 되는 Swarthmore대학은 작은 대학이긴 하지만, 학문의 깊이와 넓이에 있어서는 대적이 없어 보인다.  Swarthmore는 국제적이다: 전국에서 학생이 오며, 49개국에서부터 외국학생들이 온다.  교수대 학생의 비율은 1:8로써 교수와 잘 알게 되게 되는 것은 당연하다.  19,000명의 졸업생들은 활발히 학교를 위해 활동하며, 헌신적이다.  또한 Nobel Prize, MacArthur Grant 수상자들과 수많은 박사들을 배출하였다.  손 꼽히는 대학에 들며, 기부금도 $1.2 billion을 보유하고 있으며, 더 많은 장점을 갖고 있다.

Swarthmore의 캠퍼스는 필라 가까이(기차로 20분)에 교외적이며 숲의 장관을 이루고 있다.  교정 곳곳에는 “Use well thy freedom (자유롭게 잘 사용하시오)”의 글귀가 새겨져 있다.  나무, 숲, 꽃에 까지.  교정에 있는 Scott Arboretum에는 펼쳐진 잔디와 개울, 나무와 언덕, 여러 하이킹 도로가 있다.  교정의 건물들은 주변 채석장에서 온 돌로 지어졌다.  견고함, 아름다움, 지성이 캠퍼스를 수 놓고 있다.

작은 재학생 수에도 불구하고, 32개의 전공과 7가지 외국어(독일어, 러시아어, 중국어, 일본어 등)을 제공하며, 전기, 기계, 컴퓨터, 토목 등의 공학학위를 제공한다.  공학전공자들은 공학뿐만 아니라 전 인문학 과목들도 택할 수 있다.  폭넓은 강의를 제공하므로, 수강생은 19명 이하인 경우도 많다.  따라서, 토의와 교수와의 교제가 폭넓다.

Honor Program은 ‘External Examination Program’으로 불리며, 3학년 때 시작된다.  Reed대학의 리서치 프로그램, Oxford의 tutorial과 유사하다.  Honors 세미나는 8명 이하로 세미나실이나 교수연구실에서 주간 5시간씩 만난다.  대학원에서는 공부의 심도와 난이도가 대단하다.  2년 후에는 외부의 감독관에 의해 구두시험과 필기시험을 일주일간 본다.  논문과 종합시험에 비교될 정도이다.  힘든 과정이지만, 이렇게 준비하므로, 이 대학은 박사를 많이 배출한다 (1997-2006까지 과학과 공학에서의 박사배출이 5위이다: Cal Tech, Harvey Mudd, MIT, Reed다음으로). 

작문지도는 Student Writing Associate Program으로 불리며, 매우 우수하다.  이런 프로그램은 Carnegie Mellon과 대부분의 아이비 리그, Stanford, Occidental College, University of California에 있다.  이 프로그램은 학생들에게 전공에 따른 글쓰기 훈련과 더불어 문장 구조, 구성, 문법, 스타일, 어조 등을 지도한다.  학생들은 센터에 들려 워크샵에 참여하거나, 개인지도(Writing Associate Mentor)를 신청할 수 있다.  자세히 알고자 하면, 이 프로그램에서 매년 발간하는 Alchemy (http://www.swarthmore.edu/x33287.xml)를 보면, 자세히 알 수 있다.

물론 이 대학이 완벽하다는 것은 아니다.  한편, 영문과와 여성학과는 정치적으로 정의를 너무 외친다는 비판도 있다.  또한 어떤 학생에게는 1550명 밖에 안 되는 대학에서의 친밀성이 부담이 될 수도 있다.  그래서, 결정하기 전에 방문해 보는 것이 필수적이다.  한편, 정말 학문에 열정이 있고, 글쓰기를 잘하고 싶고, 교수를 잘 알고 싶고, 경쟁적이기 보다는 협동하는 동료들 사이에서, 그리고 아름다운 캠퍼스에서 공부하고 싶다면, 눈길을 이곳에 보내야 하며, 높이 바라보아야 할 것이다.

3+2 Dual Degree Program: Engineering (BS) and Liberal Arts (BA) Degrees

3+2 Dual Degree Program: Engineering (BS) and Liberal Arts (BA) Degrees

There are a number of paths for studying engineering. If you’re resolved to be an engineer then state engineering schools (Purdue, Virginia Tech, or Colorado School of Mines) are solid choices. If you’re a cerebral genius who solves Rubric cubes blindfolded in less than 15 seconds then MIT, Princeton, Columbia’s Fu School of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon, or Harvey Mudd should be in your scope.  Even if you’re one of those rare birds who is torn between becoming the next great novelist while solving the mystery of Saturn’s rings, there are liberal arts colleges with very solid engineering programs (Lehigh University, Bucknell, Lafayette, or Swarthmore). There are even boutique engineering schools to accommodate the most discerning students: Franklin Olin School of Engineering, Cooper Union, and the Webb Institute (Naval Architectural Engineering), all tuition free, come to mind.  

The Science of Teaching Science: It’s the Method not the Teacher that Matters

The Science of Teaching Science: It’s the Method not the Teacher that Matters

If you were to discover a method to almost double the learning from the same amount of time spent in class and on homework, chances are you’d want to use this method across all your studies.  Research just published in the Science journal by Louis Deslauriers and Carl Wieman, a Nobel Prize winning physicist at the University of British Columbia (UBC), showed that a method called “deliberate practice” produced dramatic results.

The Engineering Major

The Engineering Major

Engineering programs attract students who like to design, develop, and create solutions, and who have an aptitude for structural visualization. Certainly, a burning curiosity and tenacity to wrestle with physical puzzles, such as building a tunnel through the side of mountain, is advantageous. If that description sounds as if it’s been extracted from your resume, the next step is to figure out which engineering discipline fits best: aeronautical, architectural, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical…the College Board’s Majors and Career homepage lists over 40 different engineering degrees.

Knowing a College Well: An Exercise at Bucknell University

The summer is an ideal time to ‘test drive’ a college. Even though the bulk of your undergraduate years will be spent inside the classroom and library walls (at least they better be), knowing the campus and the community where you’ll be spending at least the next four years, possibly longer, is important. A good exercise to help you explore a school you’re serious about is to pretend you’re already there.

To begin, let’s choose a college. If you’re thinking of engineering, or chemistry, and have a penchant for liberal arts programs as well, Bucknell University in Pennsylvania might be of interest. We’ll want to gather as much information as possible by touring its website, http://www.bucknell.edu/x19.xml, reviewing its course catalog, http://www.bucknell.edu/catalog.xml, researching its core requirements, and looking at its admissions rates, which can be readily found on the College Navigator site. 

The next step is to imagine you’re in Bucknell, nestled in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, a town rated 15th in the 100 best, small towns in America. You are now living in one of the five college-owned apartment buildings and you’re finishing up a meal at the award-winning Bostwick Cafeteria, which offers “local produce and lots of healthy and vegetarian options.” (Fiske Guide to Colleges 2010, page 83). You might take a stroll among the 450 secluded, hilly acres overlooking the Susquehanna River, walking by one of the 100 buildings, the recently constructed, $8-million, Breakiron Engineering building. The place has the feel of a country club, which isn’t too surprising as it’s the sixth most expensive university in the country.

Now it’s time to choose your courses and consider which of the 50 majors and 60 minors are of most interest. If it’s chemistry, there is a lot to consider: a chemistry major with a minor in biology, or possibly a combined chemistry major with a liberal arts degree, a five-year program. There are a lot of options to consider.  The university has writing requirements (all students are required to successfully complete three writing courses) and lots of undergraduate research opportunities; Bucknell will supply a stipend of $2,500 for the most promising ones.

Exploring the academic environment in greater depth, we discover Bucknell is comprised of two undergraduate colleges: Engineering (650 students), and Arts and Sciences (2,900 students). Additionally, Bucknell has no core curriculum, though the College of Arts and Sciences offers a “Common Learning Agenda” that consists of 6 courses of questionable efficacy. The student/teacher ratio is 11:1, not bad (and not too surprising in light of the generally small class sizes: 93% of the classes have fewer than 50 students.). Furthermore, the quality of the professors is high. According to the ISI On-line College Guide, http://www.collegeguide.org/index.aspx, the professors like to teach, over 60% are tenured, and virtually all have terminal degrees (PhD). The faculty does teach all the classes.  The leading departments are engineering, computer science, economics, and chemistry. The acclaimed professors include Tristan Riley in sociology, Eric Tilman in chemistry, and Nancy White in Economics. You can do a fairly thorough examination of a portion of the faculty at ‘Rate My Professor.com’, http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/SearchSchool.jsp.

Finally, the acid test of this exercise is to produce a concise list of the pros and cons of the school, preferably on one sheet of paper.

What have you actually accomplished with this exercise? Undoubtedly, it will make you an expert on each college you review. Furthermore, if you encounter the question about ‘Why Bucknell?” on the application, you won’t have any difficulty pulling together your facts. Should you interview at the school or with an alumni, you’ll be thoroughly prepared. In fact, examining any school at this level gives you the knowledge that few applicants might have. The admissions office will certainly be impressed by your knowledge, and awareness of the college equates with a high interest level. The school will know you’re serious, that you care, and that you’ll probably be a dedicated member of their college community. It’s a good way to gain acceptance.  

대학을 알자: Bucknell University

여름은 대학을 시험 운전처럼 알아보기 좋은 시간이다.  물론 여러분이 대학 진학 후, 강의실과 도서관에서 시간을 보내야 하지만 (좋은 일이다), 여러분이 4년 혹은 더 길게 보내야 될 캠퍼스와 그 동네를 알아보는 일은 중요하다.  대학을 탐험할 때는 마치 이미 그 대학에 있는 것처럼 생각하는 것이다.

먼저, 대학을 선택하자.  만약 공학, 화학, 그리고 인문학의 애호가라면, Bucknell University in Pennsylvania 가 흥미를 끌 것이다.  다음, 대학의 웹싸이트 (  http://www.bucknell.edu/x19.xml), 과목 카탈로그 (http://www.bucknell.edu/catalog.xml ),와 College Navigator 싸이트에서 알 수 있는  중요 요구조건들, 합격률 등 가능한 많은 정보를 수집하도록 한다.

다음 단계로 여러분이 미 전국 최고의 100위 소도시들 중 15위에 드는 Lewisburg, Pennsylvania의 이 대학 안에 있다고 가정하자.  그러면, 여러분은 5개의 대학 아파트 빌딩 중의 한 곳에 살 것이며, “근교 생산물의 건강식과 많은 야채를 제공”(Fiske guide to Colleges 2010, page 83) 하는 품질상을 받은 Bostwick Cafeteria 에서 식사를 할 것이다.  여러분은 이 대학내의 100개 건물 중의 하나인, 최근 800만 달러를 들여 건축된 Breakiron Engineering 건물을 걸으면서, Susquehanna River를 내려다 보는 450 에이커의 한적한 언덕길을 산책하고 있을 것이다.  이곳은 마치 컨트리 클럽을 생각나게하는 전국에서 6번째로 비싼 대학인 것이 놀라운 사실이 아니다.

이제 50개의 전공과 60개의 부전공 중에서 교과목을 선택하자.  화학을 택한다면, 여러 가지를 고려할 수 있다: 화학전공+생물학 부전공, 혹은 5년 과정의 화학전공+인문학 등 여러 선택이 있다.  또한 대학은 작문을 요구하며(모든 학생이 3과목의 작문을 마쳐야 한다), 여러 리서치 기회가 있으며 좋은 연구에는 $2,500을 제공한다.

이 대학의 학문적 깊이를 따져보면, Bucknell 은 2개의 학부 대학이 있다: Engineering (650명), 인문학(2,900).  그리고 인문대학에서는 6개의 교과목 중심의 “common Learning Agenda”를 제공하며, 핵심 커리큘럼은 없다.  학생/교사 비율은 11:1로 나쁘지 않다(93%의 학급이 50명 미만의 소규모 수업이다).  더욱이, 교수의 질이 높다.  ISI On-line College Guide(http://www.collegeguide.org/index.aspx )에 따르면, 교수들이 가르치고 싶어하는 곳으로 60%이상이 종신직이며, 전교수가 최고학벌(Ph.D.)이다.  모든 과목을 실제 교수가 가르친다.  우수 학과는 공학, 컴퓨터학, 경제학과 화학이다.  명성높은 교수는 사회학의 Tristan Riley, 화학의 Eric Tilmn, 경제학의 Nancy white 이다.  ‘Rate My Professor.com’ (http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/SearchSchool.jsp )에서 자세한 조사를 할 수 있다.

무엇보다 이 시험운전의 가치는 한 장 이상의 찬반론을 제가할 수 있다는 점이다.

이 시험으로 무엇을 얻을 수 있는가?  여러분은 각 대학의 전문가가 될 것이다.  만약 여러분이 ‘왜 Bucknell?’인가 질문을 받는다면, 거리낌없이 말 할 수 있을 것이다.  만약 이 대학 선배와 면접을 하게 된다해도, 자신있게 답할 수 있을 것이다.  이 정도라면 어떤 응시자도 알지 못하는 정보를 지니는 것이다.  입학심사관은 여러분의 지식과 대학 관심도를 높이 평가할 것이다.  대학은 여러분이 이 대학을 진지하게 생각하고 신경쓴다는 점에서 이 대학을 위한 헌신된 학생으로 생각할 것이다.  그런 점에서 입학을 얻어 낼 수도 있다.

 

How Colleges and Salaries Match Up

There will always be endless debates about whether an Ivy League school or other highly selective school is worth the price of admission. Now, however, there is hard evidence about the actual payback for attending a certain school. Not that this information is the last word in these debates, but it certainly supplies the numbers one might want to see  when sharpening the pencil and figuring out what are the probable returns associated with attending an UC San Diego instead of a Princeton.