5 Things You Might Know about Sonoma State…and 5 Things You Might Not!

College Visits are a great way to check out a college for yourself, and see how you feel on the campus. Summer visits don’t give you the usual hustle and bustle feel, but there will usually be some students there, and a quiet, subdued visit is better than no visit at all!

If you are a junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  Seniors might choose to make a visit before they send off their applications, or wait until they have been accepted instead.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on Sonoma State University, located in Rohnert Park, CA.

 


 

5 Things You Might Know:

• A 269 acre campus, in the wine country of Sonoma County.

• Division 2, Sea Wolves, and part of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (for 10 of their sports).

• Enrollment for 2013-2014 was approximately 9,000 students.

• Cost to attend (2014-2015) for a California resident is $23,665 a year.

• The student to faculty ratio is 23:1, with an average class size of 25, but “101” classes (general ed.), which students take about 4 of, average 150 students.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Sonoma State (SSU):

• The Jean and Charles Shultz Information Center houses the 3-story library, where students can get free coffee at the Charlie Brown Cafe during finals.

• There are pools by 2 of the dorm buildings and an Olympic-sized pool for athletics.

• A student’s ID card lets them fish at either of the 2 stocked lakes on campus.

• The Green Music Center, only 2 years old,  seats 1,500 inside.  Upcoming performers for Fall of ’14 include Frankie Valli, Bill Maher, Diana Ross, Trace Adkins, and the Santa Rosa Symphony.

• If you have a 3.0 GPA or higher in high school, you are eligible to apply for one of the 150 SSU scholarships.

Sonoma State is considered a “hidden gem” of the Cal State system, go see why for yourself!

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Kate visiting her Alma Mater!

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The beautiful, new library.

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Stevenson Hall

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Brand new recreation center

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Indoor track in the Recreation Center

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Indoor basketball courts

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Rock-climbing wall

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Zinfandel Village, one of the many housing options on campus

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Two rooms (2 students in each room) that share one bathroom and a living room

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Living room

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One of the pools at the dorms, next to Zinfandel Dining Room

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One of the lakes on campus, and also where graduation ceremonies are held

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Tennis courts

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Baseball field

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The door was open, so we snuck a peek into the indoor baseball facility!

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5 Things You Might Know About The University of Hawaii at Manoa… and 5 Things You Might Not!

If you are a junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on The University of Hawaii at Manoa, located on the beautiful island of Oahu.

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5 Things You Might Know:

• A 320 acre tropical campus located in Honolulu, HI.

• Division 1, Rainbow Warriors, and part of the Western Athletic Conference.

• Enrollment for 2013-2014 is approximately 20,000 students, which includes close to 6,000 graduate students.

• Cost of tuition (2014-2015) for a Non-Resident is $28,632 a year.  However, U of H at Manoa participates in the WUE Program which could bring down the tuition costs to $14,760.

• The student to faculty ratio is 14:1.

5 Things You Might Not Know About U of H at Manoa:

• All students take an Intro to Hawaii Pacific class to learn cultural information.

• Currently finishing construction of a new student recreation center, to open in Spring of 2014.

• Known for their Biology and Marine Biology programs.

• About 70% of the students are residents of Hawaii.

• Class sizes can range from 6- 250, but average 25-35.  Honors classes are capped at 30 students.

This school is very diverse, and while on the larger size, has a very friendly feel!

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Welcome!

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The odds of a freshman getting a parking pass are very slim…good thing these buses take you wherever you need to go on the island!

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The Queen Lili’uokalani Center for Student Services- and where you will begin your tour of the campus.

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The view out the window of the main dining area.

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Murakami Stadium, on the lower end of campus.

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Tennis courts, parking structure, and Stan Sheriff Center.

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These round buildings are the freshman dorms.

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These towers are upper division housing.

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5-story Hamilton Library.

5 Things You Might Know About Claremont McKenna College….and 5 Things You Might Not!

If you are a junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up below to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on Claremont McKenna College (CMC).

5 Things You Might Know:

• Claremont McKenna College, one of the 5 Claremont Colleges, is a private Liberal Studies college of approximately 1,300 students.

• Cost to attend with room and board is approximately $60,000 a year, but CMC meets 100% of demonstrated financial need.  [Check out the FAFSA 4caster at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and to determine your own financial need.]

• A Division 3 school with 21 sports (combined with Harvey Mudd and Scripps College and known as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps CMS)

• About 95% of the students live on campus.

• CMC shares a Health Center, Library, and Campus Safety System with the 4 other Claremont colleges, the 2 Claremont Graduate Universities, and the Claremont University Consortium.

5 Things You Might Not Know:

•The Kravis Center holds 5 research institutes- providing hands-on work experience to students.

• If you were to poll the students, you would probably find that CMC is the most politically balanced of the colleges. (Pitzer is probably the most Liberal.)

•The Athenaeum frequently hosts guest speakers during lunch and dinner time.  Parents are even welcome to attend if there is space available.

• The residential halls have lounge areas and laundry rooms; rooms are cleaned every 2 weeks.

• There are 7 dining halls amongst the Claremont Colleges; your meal plan allows you to eat at any school!

Claremont McKenna college has a very small-college feel, with big-college amenities and opportunities.

Inside the Athenaeum.

CMS (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) Athletics.

“Ponding” (getting thrown into a pond) is a tradition at CMC that goes way back! Once used to celebrate engagements, it’s now used for birthdays.

One of the biggest, grassy quads that we have seen!

This is the view you are met with to start your tour! The cube in the picture is a study center, open 24 hours.

The Importance of College Visits

As a kid growing up, going to college was never discussed because it was an expectation, a requirement, and a mandate. Which college was I going to go to? Well, that was easy as well. I was going to apply and attend wherever I was accepted. That was it. The schools I applied to were the ones where everyone else was applying to–all the in-state schools and where it was most popular to attend. Looking at it in hindsight, it was not the best way of picking a school. The main and probably one of the most practical things that I did not do was go on some college/campus tours to see whether I would like the school or not. More so, was that school going to be the right “fit” for me?

There really is no other feeling like that of walking onto a campus and experiencing first hand what it is like to be a college student there. Whether you’re walking onto the quad or into the student union or bookstore, there is an initial sense of excitement that you can’t help feel and just smile. Most colleges provide a campus tour throughout the calendar year. You just need to schedule one and go! They can last anywhere from one hour to  two and a half hours, depending on the size of the group. The way to make the most of the time that you are on a tour is to have questions ready to ask that you could not find the answers to online. Study a little bit about the campus so that way you are a little informed about the school. For the tours, they are usually given by student ambassadors-those students who are currently enrolled there and can tell you first hand what their experience has been like for their first year and on. Because these tours will show you the highlights of the school and campus, it is best advised to spend some time either before or after the tour just meandering around the campus to see what else there is. Take a camera and record your tour, or use some of the wonderful apps out there to journal your trip, such as Vine. Opportunities are also available to attend a class or two for the intended major. In addition, some schools even invite prospective students to stay overnight to experience what it would be like to be a student there: dorm life, social activities, cafeteria, athletics, etc. Be sure to ask and research for these availabilities.

When should you start taking college tours? NOW. Honestly, if college is an option, you should start taking tours after the start of your freshman year. Once one year of high school has been experienced, a student’s level of maturity grows and begins to understand the seriousness and importance of what it takes to go to college. The preparation that is involved in researching and learning about the different kinds of schools that are available to them are somewhat overwhelming. However, by taking some tours in small increments, you’re able to see what the possibilities are.

There is so much more to offer about the importance of college visits that this post can go on and on. Check out the following link at collegboard.com (one of our favorites) and read up on what you can do to help prepare for your first trip out.

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5 Things You Might Know About Cal Baptist University……..and 5 Things You Might Not!

If you are a junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up below to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on California Baptist University (CBU)

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CBU Seal

CBU Seal

5 Things You Might Know:

• Cost to attend ranges from around $28,432 for the commuter student and $36,172 for tuition with room and board.

• Besides offering financial assistance based on need, CBU offers grants and scholarships for academics, art, music, journalism, athletics, drama, and engineering.  The academic scholarships start at $4,500 for a GPA of 3.3-3.74 and go up to $8,000 for a 4.0 and above.  These scholarships are per year, as long as the minimum GPA is maintained.

• Enrollment for 2012-2013 is just around 4,000 undergrads but the school is envisioning an expansion to 8,080 by 2020.

• A Division 2 school currently transitioning from NAIA to NCAA in the Pac West.

• Over 100 majors with some of the most popular being Business, Education, Nursing, and Engineering.

5 Things You Might Not Know About CBU:

•70% of the students live on campus in Male or Female dorms, cottages, or on-campus apartments.

• Most general ed classes have around 28 students, but the average is 21 students per class, with the largest classrooms holding 70 students.

•The recreation center is brand new (just opened in January of 2013) and 3-stories. It offers rock-climbing, cardio equipment, racquetball courts, and workout rooms for classes.  The basketball flooring is Grade 1 (NBA quality).  On the roof of the building is a futsal field and turf track.

• There are no Greek organizations at CBU, but there is a big focus on community life.  Clubs, recreational sports, and weekend excursions are available, and many participate.  Specialty workshops are offered through the career center with topics such as “Business Dinner Etiquette (Which fork do you use??)”.

• 100% of the faculty are Christian and Chapel is required 15 times each semester for students who are encouraged to “live their purpose”.

Even though we visited CBU during the summer season, with very few students on campus, we really got a feel for the opportunities that students are given to connect to each other and their school.

Time to start our tour at CBU!

This is the view coming out of the cafeteria.

The cafeteria  (which is All-You-Can-Eat Buffet style).

The cafeteria (which is All-You-Can-Eat Buffet style).

Our tour guide, Mikayla, took us all around the campus on a golf cart!

A very clean and state-of-the-art classroom.

A dorm room in the Women’s dorms.

A peek at the baseball field.

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Futsal and an outdoor turf track on the roof of the Rec Center.

5 Things You Might Know About UCR…and 5 Things You Might Not!

 

If you are a junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

 

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on the University of California, Riverside (UCR)

 

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UCR logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

5 Things You Might Know:

 

• There are over 360 Greek organizations on campus.

 

• A Division 1 school in the Big West Conference playing big name schools like USC and UCLA with 17 sports teams.

 

• Enrollment for 2012-2013 is just over 21,000 and most of them are Undergrads.  About 30% of the students live on campus.

 

• Cost to attend ranges from around $23,000 to live at home while attending to $37,000 for out-of-state residents.

 

•  A GPA of 3.0 is required to apply along with the ACT with Writing or the SAT Reasoning test.

 

5 Things You Might Not Know About UCR:

 

•Larger class sizes (could be a concern to someone who is looking for a smaller environment) of 100-220 students for the GE classes with the largest auditorium holding 538 students.

 

• Ranked as the 8th most diverse university in the nation.

 

•4 libraries on campus, all with computer labs.

 

• An Honors Program is available for qualified students that ensures priority registration (even above athletes).

 

• UCR is a public, research university that partners with many outside agencies for development and advancement.

 

To us, UC Riverside seemed very well organized and had a studious vibe.  Many students were walking around with headphones on or studying in quiet areas.  With its Medical School opening in August of 2013, we are sure this high quality school will continue to grow in size and reputation.

 

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UCR Bell Tower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Things You Might Know About UNLV…and 5 Things You Might Not!

If you are a junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

We toured this school on May 14th, at a lovely 93 degrees for our 10:00 A.M. tour.  We would suggest that you not wait much longer if this is a school you are interested in visiting!

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English: logo for UNLV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5 Things You Might Know:

• A 332 acre campus which includes an 80 acre arboretum.

• A Division 1 school in the Mountain West Conference.

• Enrollment for Fall of 2013 was 27,848 students but only about 2,000 live on campus.

• Cost to attend (with housing) is around $33,270 a year for out-of-state residents.

•  The Thomas & Mack Center seats over 19,000 and is the home to the UNLV Men’s basketball team.

5 Things You Might Not Know About UNLV:

• Lied library is 5 stories and bigger than the Thomas & Mack Center.  It holds over one million books with another 600,000 books held in storage that can be retrieved by a robotic arm upon request.

• The Student Recreation and Wellness Center is 4 floors and includes a swimming pool, indoor soccer and basketball, cardio machines, and an indoor track.

•The Schools of Business and Hotel Management are the biggest.

• Most of the freshman dorms feature two bedrooms that share one bath.  Brita water-filling stations are located on campus for students as well.

• There are 70 emergency phones on campus, with 30-40 police officers.  The average response time to a call made at one of the phones is 30 seconds.

We were surprised to note how shady the campus was, with lots of grassy areas under trees.  As the average age of a student at UNLV is 24, the campus has a slightly mature feel, and while signs of school spirit were present, they weren’t everywhere.  The majority of the students here are in-state, and mostly locals to boot.

Thomas & Mack Center

The Library

Las Vegas Shade found on campus.

The School of Law at UNLV.

School Mascot Hey Reb!

A freshman dorm room.

Student Wellness and Recreation Center

Inside the Rec Center

5 Things You Might Know About UCSB….and 5 Things You Might Not!

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Santa Barbara (Photo credit: Travis S.)

If you are a junior in high school right now, it’s definitely time to start thinking about your college visits – a perfect time to see what a school you might be considering is really like without solely relying on their website or brochure.  With all of the colleges out there, how do you begin to narrow your college search?  Check back with our blog frequently (or better yet-sign up to get our blog sent straight to your email), as we will be posting things we have observed on our most recent college visits.

Today, the KaMi Spotlight is on UCSB. The pictures are from our visit there in the Spring of 2013.

5 Things You Might Know:

• Located in Goleta, CA, on a sprawling ocean-side campus that even boasts its own beach.

• A Division 1 school in the Big West Conference.

• Enrollment for 2014 was 23,051 students.

• For the 2015-2016 school year, the cost to attend (for a California resident living in the residence halls)  was $35,313 a year.

• In addition to the standard tests you might be taking or have scheduled, UCSB also requires that you complete the ACT Assessment + Writing or SAT Reasoning tests.

5 Things You Might Not Know About UCSB:

• UCSB has a very social student body, strong school spirit, and over 400 clubs.

• 1 out of every 5 students studies abroad.

• There are over 14,000 bikes and over 7 miles of bike paths on campus.

• The library is 8 stories tall, and you are allowed to bring food in (or even have pizza delivered there).

• The College of Creative Studies has approximately 300 students and is a graduate school for undergrads.

UCSB’s mild weather and beach access make it a great school for someone who wants to be outside and involved!

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Overlooking the lagoon, with the beautiful Pacific Ocean in the background!

The Library at UCSB

The Library at UCSB

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