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Students Take College Tours in New York to Learn About Career Certificates and Degrees

New York State has many choices for students who want to obtain a college degree. For students whose primary residence is New York, attending a state college or university can be more economical than private institutions and still offer premier learning opportunities.  Out-of-state and foreign students will also find the tuition and living expenses to be reasonable, especially for New York State community colleges.

Becoming acclimated to academic life is easier for some than others. Many students who plan to attend college have the utmost confidence, while others are uncertain they can adhere to the requirements and regimes of academic life.  For some families and individuals, community colleges are a good idea for those who may be unsure of their career path, yet they are academically disciplined and have the desire to attend college.

This college tour is designed for students interested in touring community colleges and four-year colleges in New York. These colleges are all part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system.  All offer affordable tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. There is something unique about Herkimer and Sullivan, both community colleges. Students at these community colleges are encouraged to live in residence halls and apartments on campus – whereas most community colleges are commuter schools.   Students who attend community colleges obtain associates degrees in traditional academic subjects and certificates to work in the technology and health care sectors as well as other professions.

Taking a group of students on a college tour of state colleges in New York is a wonderful way to familiarize even the shy or hesitant student with life on a college campus.  Encourage students to pursue a college education in their junior or senior years of high school by taking a group of college bound students on campus tour.  This is a sample itinerary of what a state college tour of New York looks like. There may be other colleges that trip leaders want to add to this student tour itinerary – which is flexible – so long as chosen schools are in the same (or nearby) region.

Sullivan Community College (SUNY)
Located in the Catskill Mountains, several hours north of New York City, Sullivan Community College is a part of the State University of New York (SUNY). This is an excellent choice for a community college, because there is a mixture of traditional academic disciplines and programs designed specifically to prepare students for professional occupations upon graduation. Sullivan’s campus is set on 405 acres and with contemporary buildings, and even includes on campus housing – priced very reasonably.  There are approximately 1,750 students at Sullivan Community College. Areas of study include preparation for nursing, culinary arts, computer graphics/graphic design, communication/media arts, green building maintenance and management, fire protection technology and emergency management. Other degree areas include: accounting, business administration, computer information systems, liberal arts and sciences and criminal justice. If students are motivated and performing in these disciplines, the foundational years will help prepare them to enter another SUNY school, or another college of choice, to pursue a four year college degree or even a graduate degree.

Delhi College
Also known as SUNY Delhi, Delhi College is located in the foothills of the Catskills Mountains.  With a 625-acre campus and over 50 degree programs to choose from as well as specialized certificates, SUNY Delhi gives students a wide variety of choices. Students can pursue Associate Degrees and Bachelor Degrees here. SUNY Delhi is only 3.5 hours from New York City and two hours from Albany, the state capital. There are over 3,100 students enrolled at this school and nearly 65% live on campus. Delhi College’s campus is scenic, with a student center and outdoor track, soccer and tennis courts, and a Mini Dome that serves as the sports and year round recreation complex.

Herkimer College (SUNY)
This community college has notable excellence in academics because it was selected by CNN Money as one of the top 100 community colleges in the U.S. and cited for its high graduation and transfer statistics. The Herkimer College campus is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Mowhawk River, in central New York State.    The campus features athletic fields and residences and a nature trail and cross country skiing and running trails, making it ideal for the student athlete or fitness conscious student. There are approximately 3,200 students at Herkimer, another state funded community college in the SUNY system. Students study for more than 40 different degrees and certificate programs. The Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields are emphasized here, and students can also study traditional fields such as Communication Arts, Health Care & Services, Education, Business, Art, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Criminal Justice and Law.

Morrisville State College (SUNY)
Morrisville State College is located in central New York, not far from Syracuse and south of Utica. The college has two locations: one in Morrisville and another in Norwich, New York.  Students who want to pursue either a two-year (Associates Degrees) and/or a four-year (Bachelors Degrees) course of study may do so at this college.  There is plenty of programs to choose from that may not be found elsewhere:  Agricultural Business Development, Automotive Technology, and Entrepreneurship and Business Management as well as Equine Science and Horticulture Business Management. Like other colleges on this tour, Morrisville State provides student housing and dining programs and tuition and living expenses are very affordable.  Campus life includes athletics, student sponsored clubs and events and a dedication to experiential learning – or learning while doing. The school has an impressive list of labs (such as a public restaurant for those studying Entrepreneurship and Business Management, an Equine Therapy facility for individuals studying Equine Science, and Nelson Farm for those studying Horticulture).

New York State has some innovative and unique approaches to higher education that prepare students for degrees and give them valuable hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of professions.  The SUNY college system is an excellent example of the way in which academia can partner with corporations and organizations to prepare students for any number of occupations.  This makes the students’ transition from college to the professional world much easier because programs are specifically designed to train the workforce of the future.  For many students, a two year program that trains them for a profession will give them an excellent start in the workforce, while others will continue on to pursue four-year and advanced degrees.  This college tour gives students a glimpse into their possible future and is a great way of preparing them to make some career choices.

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California: State College Tours

Students preparing for college will want to take this tour that focuses on some of the finest state supported universities in California.  These schools are well-known for specific areas of academics or sports, offer affordable in-state tuition and have a unique history. Many of California’s state-supported universities began as Normal Schools to train teachers for the Western expansion.  These were later absorbed into the state college system.

Students will have the opportunity to tour campus grounds and ask questions.  Universities are located within urban areas such as San Francisco and San Diego, and in suburban and coastal areas, such as San Jose, Stanford and Pasadena.

Here is a brief overview of each campus on this tour.

UCLA

Based in the heart of Los Angeles, with almost 40,000 students, UCLA is a large urban campus that provides housing for approximately 9,000 students on the hill. Proximity to the movie and music industry makes UCLA a lively multicultural environment, ripe with professional opportunities and exposure to contemporary arts.   Students of the arts and sciences will not be disappointed.  From Nanotechnology to Egyptology to the School of Theater, Film and Television – UCLA has it all.  UCLA’s football team has always been a top contender and is well-supported by the campus community

USC

University of Southern California is also based in inner city Los Angeles.  This university has a large international student population, complemented by study abroad programs. Out of 37,000 students, nearly 7,000 come from across the globe.  USC stakes its reputation on research and offers students internship opportunities.  The university is distinguished for its programs in the arts, technology and business.

University of California Berkeley (Cal)

University of California Berkley is affectionately known as “Cal.”  It sits on the San Francisco Bay in a particularly scenic campus setting.  The student population is nearly 36,000. Cal is mainly known for outstanding and notorious professors who helped reshape politics in the sixties. Cal emphasizes the liberal arts, as well as innovation.  Cal professors and students have played leading roles in contemporary advances in science and technology.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Located in Pasadena, California, this well-known science and technology university has a relatively small student body with almost 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled.  There are almost 300 faculty, allowing for a close, interwoven campus community. CalTech’s astronomy program and observatory are known across the globe. CalTech’s professors have been Nobel Prize winners in the sciences.  The famous 200 inch Hale Telescope is housed at Paolomar, and it has been recognized as the Western Hemisphere’s most powerful telescope for over forty years.   The university is also known for geological studies, since two of its former professors, Harry Wood and John Anderson, invented the seismograph for measuring earthquakes, and Charles Richter invented the Richter Scale as a form of measurement of an earthquake’s intensity.

Stanford

Located south of San Francisco, Stanford University is an outstanding institution.  With an emphasis on health, the environment and sustainability, international affairs and the arts and humanities, Stanford trains students for public service and research. Stanford University encourages engagement with society and sponsors study abroad programs and semesters in Washington D.C.  The university is named for Leland Stanford, who founded it in 1891 and used his fortune to finance its construction. His largesse was obtained by selling supplies to miners in the Gold Rush of 1849 and later – the transcontinental railroad.  The university spans 8,180 acres and has over 600 major buildings on a campus with plenty of native trees.  This sustainable campus is an environment that appeals to students. About 95% of undergrads live on campus and almost 60% of graduate students do as well. More than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at Stanford University each academic year.

San Diego State University

San Diego State is an inner city university ranking 20 in the U.S. in racial diversity.  Students are encouraged to study abroad and practice community service and sustainability.  Founded in 1897, San Diego State University now serves 35,000 students.  The university is known for its programs in education, international business, social work,  speech-language pathology, biology and public administration.  Many of the programs at this California state university are recognized as leaders in research on a variety of topics.  The campus is filled with contemporary features such as: a Performing Arts Plaza, an open-air theater, a Pedestrian Bridge connecting housing to campus, an Aquaplex and more.

San Jose State University

Located in the center of Silicone Valley in San Jose California, this state university is worth a look — especially for students who excel in technical or scientific fields.  Serving over 30,000 students, with 93% residents of California, this university has a population of over 17,000 minority students. Many of the students who attend San Jose State University are first in their family to receive a higher education.  Because of San Jose State’s proximity to the tech hub of Silicone Valley, students have the chance to perform research and conduct internships in professional high tech settings.  Distinguished programs include the arts and engineering.

San Francisco State University

With nearly 30,000 students and a rich history in arts, culture, and creativity, San Francisco State serves a diverse, rural population in one of the most desirable urban centers in the U.S.  Known mainly for innovations and distinction in service learning, liberal arts and international education, this university is an epicenter in the San Francisco region.  Called a “College With a Conscience” by the Princeton Review, students and faculty are immersed in movements for social change and service to society.  The campus is easily accessible by public transportation and has established bike friendly routes to campus.

The richness and diversity of California is reflected in its state universities.

Tuition at these universities is still affordable, compared to private colleges and universities. These state colleges attract professors with names in their respective fields and create collegial environments for students from diverse ethnic backgrounds.  Serious students will want to consider a tour of California state colleges for a wider perspective on choices for their higher education.

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State College Tours: Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to some of the oldest and most distinguished colleges and universities in the United States.  For residents of Virginia, this can mean a first class education for the price of in-state tuition.  Out-of-state residents will attend these schools because of their reputation for academic excellence and historical significance.

This list is not inclusive of all state colleges in Virginia. I have highlighted the most widely known universities for this particular tour that is designed for high school juniors and seniors who are preparing for college.

College of William and Mary (Williamsburg)

Founded during the Colonial era in 1693, by King William and Queen Mary of England, this state college became publicly funded in 1908. The College is located in the heart of downtown Williamsburg and retains the character of centuries gone by with historic buildings and English gardens.   With nearly 6,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, the campus community is sizable.   The student faculty ratio is 12:1.  Academic emphasis at the College of William and Mary is on the liberal arts.  Student tours visiting campus may also want to explore Jamestown Island, Yorktown Battlefields and Colonial Williamsburg.

University of Virginia (Charlottesville & Wise)

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia is steeped in political and social history and inseparable from Jefferson’s vision of training the best minds as leaders.  With approximately 14,000 undergraduate students, 5,000 graduate students and 1,700 law and medical students, the university offers 51 bachelors degrees, 84 master’s degrees, two professional degrees in law and medicine, as well as 57 doctoral degrees in 55 fields.  Located in Charlottesville and Wise, Virginia, the heart of the main campus was designed by Thomas Jefferson and is visible from his estate, Monticello.  The original curriculum of University of Virginia was liberal arts and medicine, and the student body retains this character today.

Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU (Richmond)

This university serves 32,000 students with two campuses in Richmond:  Monroe Park and Medical College of Virginia (MCV).  VCU traces the founding date to 1838, when the medical college of Virginia was created.  The Monroe Park Campus opened in 1917.  In 1968, VCU was established as a public university.  Renowned as a research university, VCU offers the following degree programs:  60 Baccalaureate, 67 Master’s, and 40 Doctorate.  The university has a history of liberal arts teaching and also emphasizes medical research and health care.  Student life is focused in the historic downtown Fan district and at the many residence halls on campus.

Radford University (Radford)

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the New River Valley, Radford University is an aesthetically pleasing rural campus with an interesting history.  It originally began as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women in 1910 and the curriculum was designed to train teachers.  Later, it temporarily merged with Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VA Tech). When the turbulent 60s came and went, it impacted life on campus dramatically. Radford began a shift from a finishing school for girls to a public university open to men in 1972. Late in the 70s Radford attained university status.  Radford serves 9,000 students and provides 153 undergraduate and graduate programs. Though Radford began as an institution that trains teachers, it has expanded to a university that encompasses diverse academic studies. Colleges and departments include:  Business and Economics, Education and Human Development, Health and Human Services, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, Science and Technology and the Visual and Performing Arts.

Virginia Tech (Blacksburg)

Virginia Polytechnic University, also known as Virginia Tech, is home to the Virginia Hokies football team and has established a name for excellence in engineering and technical fields.  The school serves over 30,000 students and has a 16:1 faculty student ratio.  Virginia Tech was founded in 1872 and boasts one of the largest number of degree offerings in Virginia.  This public land grant university also houses a 1,700-acre agriculture research farm located close to the main campus.  Like Radford, it is also located in the New River Valley, in a particularly scenic, rural area of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  In addition to engineering, VA Tech is known for Architecture and Urban Studies, Science, Business, and Agriculture and Life Sciences programs.

College tours of state universities in Virginia are worthwhile for in-state and out-of-state students who are juniors and seniors in high school.  There are so many excellent state colleges to choose from in Virginia, all with rich and varied histories and curricula. Request a quote for college tours.