College Visits and the Decision Making Process of Teens
Mar18

College Visits and the Decision Making Process of Teens

College Visit – College Smidget! You may be shocked to learn that for some students visiting a lot of colleges is not a top priority during the college selection process. In fact, going on a traditional campus tour and sitting in an hour-long information session is just not that important–at least, that’s what three University Honor Students at Virginia Tech conveyed to me at recent dinner event. There I was, sitting with a small group of really bright, ambitious, college students excited to learn about what led them to choose to study at Virginia Tech. Their stories were all different and each one surprised me: Student #1 attended the graduation ceremony for one of his friends and decided Tech was where he wanted to go to school. Done deal. He applied, was offered admission and he accepted. No reason to come back until freshman orientation. Student #2 came to visit a friend already enrolled at the university. They two of them spent the weekend hiking in the gorgeous New River Valley, known for its natural beauty. He never set foot on campus but left Blacksburg knowing this was where he wanted to enroll. Student #3 applied to Tech at 10 PM, just 2 hours before the midnight application deadline, was later accepted, and came up for Hokie Focus in April (to his credit, thinking that perhaps he should at least see campus before accepting the offer of admission). However, it was not the beautiful campus that inspired him to accept the offer right then and there, it was meeting the head of the University Honors program. The student left a deposit and accepted the offer of admission before leaving campus. So, what does all this mean?   That what “everyone” tells you to do–begin college visits in your junior year…visit before you apply…that the visit is the  most important part of college selection process–is wrong? No, of course not.  It simply means that each student has to find his or her fit his or her way. Each of these three students enjoyed a visit experience that gave them comfort and insight about the future they considered. Alternatives are nice. From attending an event, such as graduation, to visiting the region as a tourist, to participating in a program on campus, there are many ways to discover which school is the right one.  What’s right for you? Virginia Tech will offer an expanded information and campus tour schedule to accommodate the increase in campus visitors during the peak visit periods when high school students are typically on spring break, March 31 – April 13, 2012. Registration is required. Hokie Focus,...

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Smart Learning: Forensic Science at University of New Haven
Feb24

Smart Learning: Forensic Science at University of New Haven

A High-Tech Learning Advantage By Su Clauson-Wicker Cue the music: Whoooo are you? Who Who?   Who Who? I really want to know… Forensic Science students at the University of New Haven want to know, too, especially when it comes to expanding their knowledge about crime scene investigation. A surge of interest, plus a high-tech learning facility, is why Forensic Science has become one of the most popular majors on campus. Getting into the right program and gaining experience at a leading crime laboratory is crucial to building a career in forensics and the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences is just the place to begin. The Forensic Science program was founded by the internationally renowned Henry C. Lee, who has been involved such high profile cases as the O.J. Simpson investigation, the JonBenet Ramsey murder, and the Chandra Levy investigation. Lee and other faculty remain professionally active and current in the field. In 2010, UNH completed the new Henry C. Lee Institute, equipped with high-tech classrooms, forensics museum, and virtual crime scene labs where students step into a crime scene and experience in three dimensions the details of an actual, historical murder. Other new technology available include: ground-penetrating radar for locating bodies; a high-intensity laser to determine a bullet’s trajectory; and portable vapor detection instruments to analyze chemical and biological matter. The facility also has a cutting edge forensic crisis command center where UNH experts connect by satellite with police and other agencies to examine evidence beamed to them — thus providing help as if they were physically at the crime scene. Degree Programs Undergraduate Degrees: Forensic Science, B.S. Graduate Degrees: Forensic Science, M.S., Ph.D. See For Yourself Students interested in the Forensic Science major can sign up for an enhanced visit for a tour of the facility. “UNH provides an amazing Enhanced Visit experience when prospective families visit our campus,” says Admissions Counselor/Coordinator of Social Media and Online Recruitment Zack Rosen. The enhanced campus visit program allows prospective students the opportunity to get an up-close look at the forensic science program and their facilities. Special presentations, tours of the classrooms, and meetings with faculty are all part of the visit. Enhanced visits are held throughout the academic year; registration is required. If you can’t schedule an Enhanced Visit, UNH can also arrange for you to meet forensic science faculty members and tour the facilities during a traditional campus visit. It’s best to register ahead, so the admissions staff can accommodate your requests. Call 203.932.7319 or e-mail [email protected] to arrange a visit. The University of New Haven is a medium-sized, private...

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