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The cost of tuition seems to be rising every year, making it hard to be able to afford college without going into massive debt.
Students wishing to save on tuition should look at other cheap alternatives, which still provide a decent college education.
By far the cheapest choice is your local community college. This is especially the case at California community colleges, where in-state residents only pay about $20/credit.
If it's a 4-year school you wish to attend, a public in-state school is the way to go.
Some notable cheap and affordable colleges that offer a low in-state tuition rate include:
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- University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - The University of North Carolina has been known for providing a high quality college education at an affordable price, making it one of the best bargain colleges out there. Part of the reason is they provide some of the best financial aid in the nation.
- University of Florida - With an enrollment of almost 35,000, the University of Florida is the 3rd largest public university in the US. In 2006, Florida was ranked the top value college by the USA Today.
- University of Virginia - Home to one of the best business schools, the University of Virginia is another example of a fine education at a great price. It awards very generous financial aid packages.
- Florida State University - Yet another Florida school on the list of affordable colleges, Florida State covers about 70% of tuition and expenses with financial aid. While this is not as high as the University of Florida, it's something that can easily be covered with other scholarships.
- San Diego State University - With only a $3122 in-state tuition, the only thing that may hurt you here is room and board, which can get quite expensive when living in San Diego.
- College of William and Mary - William and Mary is one of a few colleges in the nation that offer its lower income applicants a full financial aid package, without student loans.
- University of Nevada - The University of Nevada - Reno and University of Nevada - Las Vegas both cost about $3500 in tuition and fees.
- Appalachian State University - Tuition and fees only add up to $3917 at this college with a rural setting.
- University of Washington - The University of Washington is one of the best colleges to attend, and it even offers its in-state residents free tuition.
- California State University - Long Beach - Many of the schools in the Cal State University system are cheap and affordable, with Long Beach being the cheapest college with a tuition rate of $2864.
Also consider these schools in which ALL students receive financial aid:
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Follow these admission tips when filling out and preparing the College Admission Application:
- Start early - While this won't help your chances of getting in, it will give you plenty of time to prepare and perfect your college admission application.
- Have a backup plan - Apply to more than one school. You should apply to about 4 or 5 colleges just in case you don't get accepted to your first couple of choices. While everyone wants to go to the best colleges and the most popular, many admission applicants will find that these are some of the hardest to get into. Have a backup plan, such as a community college or other colleges that are easy to get into.
- Career Counseling - Meet with a college career counselor to go over any college admissions questions you may have.
- Common Application - If you can, use the Common Application to easily apply to more than one school at a time.
- Proofread the Application - Make sure you fill out the application for admission completely.
- FAFSA - Get it in on time. You will want as many grants and scholarships as you can get to pay for college. College scholarships will greatly reduce tuition expenses.
- Admission Deadlines - Watch those deadlines. There are different deadlines for admission applications, financial aid and transcripts.
- Apply Online - Many colleges give the option of applying for admission online. This is a great way to speed up the college application process.
- Admission Application Fees - Remember to include any application fees, if required.
- College Admissions Essay - Master the admissions essay. Write about something you are enthusiastic about. Proofread many times and revise. Use your own words, rather than picking words out of the thesaurus.
- Letters of Recommendation - Have your best teachers write you letters of recommendation.
- Follow Up - Make sure the college receives all required information and documents. Make multiple copies of your application just in case.
- SAT - You can take the SAT as many times as you like. A higher score will increase your chances of getting accepted. Be sure to follow SAT test tips to help increase your score.
- Stay in constant contact - Respond immediately to all questions and provide additional information, if contacted by the college admissions department.
- Thorough College Evaluation - Thoroughly evaluate the college you would like to apply to. Ask questions, visit the campus, read up and do your homework.
These are general tips on college admission. Of course, there is more required if you are applying to an Ivy League School.
Here is a quick and easy 10 step guide to building and creating a facebook platform app.
- If you don't have one already, sign up for a facebook account.
- Add the facebook Developer Application to your facebook account.
- Download the client library of your choice.
- Request an API.
- Refer to FBML - The Facebook Markup Language.
- Visit the step by step guide to creating a facebook app and integrate a "Hello World" example.
- Take questions to the facebook developer FAQ.
- Get involved in facebook developer discussions.
- Create your facebook platform app. Test and debug.
- Submit to the Facebook Platform App directory
Besides wasting time playing video games and checking facebook, here are some productive ways to stay busy over summer break.
- Read a Book - They say the difference between yourself now versus a year from now is 3 books you will read over the course of that year.
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- Organize - Organize old work from throughout the school year, so you can easily come back to it.
- Recreation - Join a summer league of your favorite sport: softball, volleyball, basketball, etc.
- Learn New Things - Just because you are on summer break doesn't mean you have to stop learning.
- Get Up - Become an early riser. Get the things you need done in the mornings so you can enjoy your evenings.
- Get Out - Get some sun, it's good for you, and hey...it's summer break!
- Have a Family Reunion - Family time is always quality time...well almost always (Never mind that annoying brother or sister).
- Help Others - From neighbors to the elderly. You'll feel better about yourself afterwards.
- Take an online class.
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- Learn a new language.
- Find a Hobby
- Study Abroad
- Travel - See the world. Take a Summer Break Cruise.
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- Build a loft bed for your dorm room
- Ride a Bike - Save gas.
Getting a job after just graduating from college can be difficult if you are not prepared. Follow these ten tips to help secure post-college employment and get a start on a new career.
- Do an Internship - An Internship will give you on the job training and will get your foot in the door for a job after college.
- Plan Ahead - Start looking for a job before you graduate. Be on top of things by having a plan after graduation.
- Business Connections - Make business connections at college and keep in constant contact with them. This could lead to a job offer down the road.
- Get an MBA - Can't score that top job you wanted? Increase your self-worth by investing in an MBA at a top business school.
- Be a Leader - While in college, join and participate in clubs, sports teams and campus activities.
- Flexibility - Be willing to relocate. Being flexible after you graduate from college gives you more opportunities.
- Career Fairs - Visit career fairs at your local college and make an effort to meet prospective employers.
- Do what you Love - Go for a job you will like, something you will be enthusiastic about and truly enjoy.
- Have a killer Resume - Spend time perfecting it.
- References - Have your favorite teachers write letters of recommendation.
But most importantly...
Start Looking for a Job before you Graduate!
It's time to drop the coffee getting intern stereotype and look at these Top 10 internship programs for college students.
Google is the Top Internship Program
An internship at one of these companies will be fun, knowledgeable and career building.
It is a great way to gain experience and determine if you are interested in a certain career, receive on-the-job training and get paid for it at the same time.
The typical college internship program last 8-12 weeks during the summer months.
- Google - Working at Google has many perks, like three free gourmet meals a day, a game room, a lap pool, a rock climbing wall and just an overall great culture.
Some people even compare it to a college like atmosphere. Being a Google Intern may be your best shot at a career at the GooglePlex, considering Google only hired
2200 regular job applicants out of over a million last year.
- Microsoft - The Microsoft Internship is a 12 week long program. There won't be any coffee fetching here; interns do the same work as regular hires.
The program is topped off with a summer BBQ at Bill Gates house.
- Southwest Airlines - Headquartered in Dallas, TX, the Southwest Airlines internship program
is a great way for college students to both work and travel over summer break. Especially with their biggest perk being Free Unlimited Southwest Airlines travel. Southwest also offers career development classes and has a casual dress code, which is great for that summer heat.
- Apple - The Apple Internship Program is a 12-week paid summer internship in the Silicon Valley. Apple's casual work environment also has benefits such as relocation assistance, a medical plan, and employee discounts on Apple products.
- Genentech - The Genentech Internship Program is an intensive 10-12 week summer program. Interns are placed in project teams of research, development, manufacturing or business areas related to their major.
Genentech prefers college juniors who major in life or physical sciences or chemical engineering for its internship program. The company was also named Fortune's "Best Company to Work for" in 2006.
- Edward Jones - Interested in being a Stock Broker? New brokers at Edward Jones get mentored by a veteran broker for a whole year.
Interns are put through a cross-training experience and are given training in Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Products & Services, Research, Sales, Hiring & Training, Service, and Trust.
- Nike - Nike Internships last from June 19 - August 24 in Beaverton, Oregon near Portland.
The best perks of interning at Nike include a membership at their state-of-the-art fitness centers and access to the Nike Employee Store.
- Pixar - A Pixar internship lets student interns work assisting in the production of a feature film.
It's a great internship position for Linux or UNIX users and those interested in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Art.
- Sun - An internship at Sun Microsystems is a year round internship with the goal of hiring the student upon graduation.
Most of the Internships in the San Francisco Bay area are available for business, engineering and computer science majors.
Besides having a casual work environment and a casual dress code, other perks at Sun include free software, access to Sun University Classes, and a Fitness Center.
- Exxon Mobil - Here is your chance to work for the company that tops the Fortune 500 list nearly every year.
An internship is a great way towards career development and getting a job after college. An internship at Exxon is the best way to get your foot in the door, while receiving competitive pay at the same time.
Most internships are filled through on-campus interviews so look out for the next career fair to get into this 10-14 week summer program.
After incidents of violence at Virginia Tech and the University of Washington, certain steps need to be taken at college campuses
nationwide. Safety and security need to be increased to ensure these tragedies do not happen again.
College Administrative departments need to plan and prevent by taking the following safety measures.
On-Campus Safety Measures
- Have a good system in place for announcing emergencies.
- Be able to quickly shut down a college campus.
- Have the proper alarms and sirens in place.
- Be able to remotely lock down doors to buildings and halls.
- Be able to send a mass emergency text message and SMS warnings to all students and staff, as they happen.
- Place Locks on classroom doors, so students don't have to risk their lives by trying to wedge doors shut when a killer is on the loose.
- Try not to walk alone, especially at night.
- Have a campus escort service in place, where someone can walk a student home, or provide a shuttle service.
- Make sure all areas of campus are well lit.
- Offer a help line for troubled students
- Have Security on foot patrol around campus.
- Maybe even post up one security guard per building or area of campus.
- Make safety a priority, rather than parking tickets.
- Keep close watch on those individuals with histories of violence and danger.
Dorm Room Security
- Install more sturdy and secure dorm room doors. Most are cheap and hollow.
- Have 24-hour dorm security.
- Don't let strangers in, only admit your own visitors to residence halls.
- Ensure all entrance doors are securely shut.
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