Blacksburg Area Colleges & Universities

The following Smart College Visit posts feature colleges and universities located in the areas in or near Blacksburg, Virginia and the New River Valley. Check back for updates as you begin to plan to your college tour to a school in southwest Virginia. We have many more schools to cover! Smart See, Smart Do: Virginia Tech Student Panel Highlight of Radford Open House Related Posts Featuring Area Higher-Education Experts, Services, and Good Reads: Honors Programs: Get an Ivy-League Education at a Public School by Christina McIntyre, founder of BecomeAlum End of Semester Shift: What about All My Stuff? Helpful move-in/move-out solutions for residents of college dorms: Campus Carriers, founded by Dan Burdi. Growing Up Among Towns and Gowns – from the First College Visit Series published by Handshake 2.0 A Pretty Nice Place – from the First College Visit Series published by Handshake 2.0 Virginia Public Colleges & Universities Click here for a map of all of Virginia’s 4-year and 2-year...

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Where’d They Go to School?™ – Stars of GLEE

July 9, 2010 Way before they sang and danced through the halls of William McKinley High School, a lot of GLEE cast members did what you’re doing now — looked for a college. Below, see who studied where. Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester) New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury) Radford University Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) Illinois State University and Cornell University Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester) McGill University and Harvard University’s American Repertory Theatre Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang) Marymount Manhattan College Mark Salling (Noah Puck Puckerman) Los Angeles Music Academy Josh Sussman (Jacob Ben Israel) New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins) University of Oklahoma Patrick Gallagher (Coach Tanakain) National Theatre School of Canada {Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) was accepted at NYU’s Tisch School but chose to continue her stage career.} *** Kathie Dickenson is an award-winning higher-education writer and editor and a regular contributor to SmartCollegeVisit. “Where’d They Go to School™ is a series appearing on...

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Student Panel Highlight of Radford Open House
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Student Panel Highlight of Radford Open House

Radford University, located in Radford, Virginia, hosted a fall Open House program on November 14, 2009. The event filled the auditorium at Preston Hall. Dr. Steven Nape, vice provost, welcomed the families and led the presentation and Q&A. He was assisted by two admissions counselors. Together, they delivered a fine overview of RU that was warm and real. This approach carried over to the panel of five students who talked about where they came from and why they chose RU. They were all enthusiastic proponents of life at Radford and, at the same time, came across as honest and sincere. Their answers to some questions drew laughs from the audience. Their insights to life “on your own” included things like having to be responsible for getting up in time for an 8 o’clock class and having to clean your own bathroom. They discussed managing money and involvement in student clubs and, of course, the food.  The student interaction was eye opening for the two teens I brought on the tour. They came away with the feeling that Radford University held possibilities and opportunities for them. They were relieved by the programs at the school to help with the transition to college and the lack of pressure to choose a major right away. I mentioned in an earlier post on SmartCollegeVisit that we already “knew” Radford from having attended performances and galleries. We all realized that we really did not “know” the school, but having visited, we now know more and want to know even more.   *Photos taken with Olympus Stylus Tough on loan by Olympus to Z. Kelly...

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