I know from experience that finding the best college for kids and people returning to school can be difficult. I know when I was thinking about going back to school it was so hard to find a respectable college that is accredited and accepted by businesses everywhere. You want the best for your money and to also get the best education in the shortest amount of time. There is no sense in paying for something that you can’t use. In this day and age people are having it hard enough paying for their bills plus the education of their children so they are not wanting to waste money.
I have found this awesome book that is filled with all the best colleges to attend. The book that I found is called Best Colleges 2014. The book tells you the where the best colleges are located and the ranking of the colleges. It also has a huge directory of the colleges and it tells you all about the details about the colleges. There is also a page that tells you 6 ways to make your application a winner and a to-do list which is great to help keep everything in order and to also make sure you have everything you need. Here is an excerpt from the book just to give you an idea of the information presented in the book
11 Hot College Majors With Strong Job Prospects
Looking for a direction with terrific growth potential? U.S. News & World Report recently delved into a few hot majors you might want to consider:
1. Biomedical Engineering: The folks standing at the intersection of the life sciences, engineering and medicine are working on such advances as an artificial kidney to help 2 million people worldwide give up their dependency on dialysis, “designer” blood clots created from artificial platelets to save wounded soldiers on the battlefield, and the use of stem cells to build new blood vessels to repair damaged hearts.
2&3. Biometrics & Forensic Science: As more experts are needed to operate the increasingly sophisticated tools being invented to prevent and investigate crimes, colleges have begun stepping up to fill the need. Biometrics teaches students how to build automated identification devices, such as facial recognition systems. Forensic science focuses on using technology to analyze evidence.
4. Computer Game Design: The global market for video and online games is expected to reach $82 billion by 2017, compared to $67 billion in 2012, according to DFC Intelligence, a San Diego-based market research company. So it’s hardly surprising that 212 colleges and universities now offer majors in game design, development and programming.
5. Cybersecurity: Large companies and governments are moving aggressively to protect their computer systems. Between 2014 and 2016, the Pentagon plans to add more than 4,000 experts to the current 900 at its Cyber Command. Specialists in cybersecurity can also expect to find openings in health care, keeping patients’ medical records private; energy, where the online systems controlling water and power supplies are susceptible to attack; and at security services firms.
6& 7. Data Science & Business Analytics: The International Data Corporation, a Framingham, Mass.-based technology market research firm, says the global volume of computerized data is doubling every two years. This will help create some 4.4 million jobs worldwide by 2015, estimates technology research firm Gartner Inc.
8. Petroleum Engineering: New technology such as horizontal drilling and multistage hydraulic fracturing (fracking) have opened up shale formations thought unproductive 10 years ago, and a new crop of petroleum engineers will be needed to tap these reserves; half of the current supply are expected to retire in the next decade.
9. Public Health: Two factors give public health majors rosy prospects: the threat of global epidemics, and the part of health reform that focuses on prevention.
10. Robotics: Metra Martech, a market research firm based in London, has projected that between 2012 and 2020, robotics will create from 2 million to 3.5 million new jobs – hardly surprising in a field helping to expand human capabilities across every walk of life. Anesthesia bots are assisting in surgery, oceanographers are using underwater robots to map the underside of Arctic ice, and NASA’s robotic rovers are currently surveying the surface of Mars.
11. Sustainability: New and retooled environmental degree programs are placing fresh emphasis on practical problem-solving
Now I found this to be very helpful in finding schools in my area that are the best. It is a good way to stay away from the schools that have a lot of fancy commercials and not so much for accreditation.
Admissions Officers Speak Out: Application Mistakes To Avoid
Some types of mistakes on college applications drive admissions staffers crazy (and sometimes send the applicant straight to the rejection pile). U.S. News asked pros from around the country to weigh in on what they recommend you not to do on your application. Here’s a sampling from the 13 goofs they identified:
Let parents take the lead
“It doesn’t tell us that a student is interested if we get 15 phone calls from Mom,” says Tom Weede, vice president for enrollment management at Butler University. “We want families involved. But the student needs to take the lead.”
Submit a lengthy résumé
“At my stage in my career, I shouldn’t have a three-page résumé. So no 17-year-old should be submitting a three-page résumé,” advises Leigh A. Weisenburger, dean of admission and financial aid at Bates College . “I know many college counselors encourage students to write one as a process to help the kid recognize all she’s accomplished, but we don’t need to see it if you’ve filled out the application properly.”
Hit submit without proofreading
“Using spell-check isn’t enough – you have to proofread,” warns Debra Chermonte, dean of admissions and financial aid at Oberlin College. Admissions officers tell of one applicant who described having an “international bachelorette” degree and another who wrote a passionate essay about the musical “Lion King.”
Wait until the last minute
“Many students who submit on the date of the deadline assume that everything transmitted and was received. But sometimes things are lost in cyberspace,” says Julie Shimabukuro, director of undergraduate admissions at Washington University in St. Louis. “We try to give a few days’ grace period, but colleges and universities expect you to confirm that your application has been received and that it is complete. Check your status through the college’s or university’s web site first to see if everything is there.”
Write a one-size-fits-all essay
“If you write an essay for a university, and then you write that essay again and it’s just a matter of changing the name of the university, then it’s probably going to be a poor essay. And yes, we have gotten students who forget to change ‘Northwestern’ to “Rice,’” reports Chris Muñoz, vice president for enrollment at Rice University. “Why, specifically, have you chosen us? Demonstrating true interest and care can make a difference on the margin.”
Trump up your extracurriculars
“We want to know where a student’s passions lie, and genuine interests tend not to appear suddenly in senior year,” states Sarah Richardson, director of admissions and scholarships for Creighton University. “I’d rather see quality over quantity. Include as much detail as you can so that we can understand what kind of a fit you’ll be for our institution.”
Fail to check our requirements
“There’s nothing more disappointing than to review an application of a student who might otherwise be competitive for admission and realize she is ineligible because she didn’t take the required courses, says Kelly A. Walter , associate vice president and executive director of admissions for Boston University. “For very focused and specific programs and majors like business, you’re required to have specific quantitative skills. Or for physical therapy and athletic training, a very strong foundation in both science and math is a critical factor in the admissions process. So look at all the curriculum requirements for things you may be interested in.”
These excerpts are just a few things that show you how awesome this book is and how big of a help it can be.
I was getting ready to transfer when I received this book and looked up the school I was going to transfer to. Let’s just say I didn’t transfer and I was very disappointed. On the good side I didn’t waste my time or money on a school that wouldn’t get me the job that I needed. This is a great book and I recommend it to anyone that is looking for a school or knows someone looking. If you are serious about your education or your children’s education, I would seriously get this book.
You can purchase Best Colleges 2014 HERE.