More college students moving from community college to four-year college

If you think that attending a four-year college is the one and only way you can obtain a college degree, then we need to have a talk. According to a report issued by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in 2015, more than 45 percent of college students have logged some time at a community college before concluding their four-year college degree.

More students are starting at community college and transferring to four-year colleges. (Credit: U.S. News)

More students are starting at community college and transferring to four-year colleges. (Credit: U.S. News)

Read on for tips on how to transfer and to determine if switching schools is the right choice for you. Read more

Get ready to apply for the FAFSA

It’s that time of year again–your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) can be filed. It seems earlier than before, right? That’s because this year, there’s an earlier filing date for the FAFSA: the application window opened October 1st. Don’t worry, the application deadline is still way off, but it’s a good thing to check on, because there are FAFSA deadlines at the federal, state, and even college level. (Colleges are being encouraged to set the deadline no earlier than February.)

Time to begin applying for the FAFSA. (Credit: PTC.edu)

Time to begin applying for the FAFSA. (Credit: PTC.edu)

I know it can be a hassle to apply for federal aid–I needed it for all four years of undergrad–but with some of the new tools, including the handy IRS Data Retrieval tool, the whole process is getting easier. Read more

Foreign affairs and geography facts: What do college students know?

Today’s world is more interconnected than ever, meaning that current events have much more of an impact on our day-to-day lives. A recent National Geographic survey, however, found that college students might need a bit of help in the areas of geography and foreign affairs.

How well do you know world geography? (Credit: The Telegraph)

How well do you know world geography? (Credit: The Telegraph)

I know it can seem like an impossible task to keep up with everything that is going on in the world, but read on for the things you need to know to improve your global literacy. Read more

New college rankings—How do we determine who is the best?

Everyone wants to be number one—institutions of higher education are not exempt from this. But figuring out who is the best can be a tricky proposition.

How much do college rankings matter? (Credit: American Observer)

How much do college rankings matter? (Credit: American Observer)

The latest college rankings have just been revealed, but what do they really say about which are the best colleges and what we value in education? Read more

Want an alternative to college? Here are 3 ideas!

While many high school students go directly into college after graduating, others take a unique path as an alternative to college. I wish I had taken a year off so I could earn money and mature a little—fourteen years in a row of school gets mentally tiring!

Have you considered an alternative to college? (Credit: New York Post/Shutterstock)

Have you considered an alternative to college? (Credit: New York Post/Shutterstock)

Here are some alternative ideas: take a two-year program, such as an associate in science or associate of arts degree; get IT certification (for example, Microsoft offers its MCP certification); or take a gap year between high school and college to gain experience or work before enjoying college life. Read more

Affirmative action programs upheld in college admissions

Some people have argued that in the twenty-first century, there should be no more need for affirmative action programs based on race or racial quotas in college admission decisions.

Find out how affirmative action affects college admissions. (Credit: Jose Luis Magaua/Reuters)

Find out how affirmative action affects college admissions. (Credit: Jose Luis Magaua/Reuters)

Others argue that racism is still prevalent in America and that affirmative action is unfortunately still a necessity as minorities continue to be discriminated against when it comes to admission to college. The Supreme Court ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas decided that colleges can use race in admitting college students. Read more

Career opportunities for an art degree

Some students think (and some parents fear) that getting an art degree means that you’ll spend your life trying to sell paintings or drawings on the sidewalk and live the stereotypical life of a “starving artist.”

Find out which jobs you can have that utilize your art degree. (Credit: Student World Online)

Find out which jobs you can have that utilize your art degree. (Credit: Student World Online)

In actuality, college students contemplating a bachelor of fine arts, or BFA, degree have far more career opportunities open to them than just being an art teacher or illustrator. An art education incorporates many skills and opens graduates up to a varied and fulfilling career. Read more

3 current trends in the college admission process

The college admission process can be a crazy and scary time—after all, you are basically using the next four years of your life to decide the rest of your life. Not to freak you out or anything … I know that the ins and outs of applying have changed.

The college admission process isn't what it used to be. (Credit: Yinyang, Getty Images)

The college admission process isn’t what it used to be. (Credit: Yinyang, Getty Images)

I’ve done some digging to find the three emerging trends that coming applicants may see when it comes to personalized learning, specialized degrees and the role of social media in their college experience. Read more

2016 conventions: Why college students should care

It’s summer and you’re probably not watching much television, but you should be. This week, the Republican National Convention endorsed Donald Trump as its candidate for president. Starting July 25, the Democratic National Convention is holding its convention. They will be nominating Hillary Clinton as its candidate.

Find out the importance of conventions. (Credit: Homes in Columbus)

Find out the importance of conventions. (Credit: Homes in Columbus)

Another function of political conventions is to create the policies that each party will run on. College students should pay attention to what’s going on because our choice for president will affect the country for decades to come. Read more

Free tuition at public universities? Hillary Clinton says yes

Many millennials were supporting Bernie Sanders in his bid for the democratic nomination because of his stance on offering free tuition at public universities and colleges. With Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee, these same people were feeling disappointment, thinking their hopes for a college education without giant amounts of student loan debt had been dashed.

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

But not so fast, I have some exciting news! The Clinton campaign announced that they now have a free tuition plan, too. But how does it stack up to Bernie’s plan? Let’s see, shall we? Read more