Jessica Velasco

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10 Reasons to Attend a Women’s College

In the United States, there are currently 42 institutions of higher learning that only enroll women students. The colleges and universities are located throughout the country and vary in their academic and social offerings. While they all have their unique personalities, they all promote empowering women. The percentage of women who attend women’s colleges is …
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10 Reasons to Attend a Religious College

Religious colleges are all over the country. Some of the more common religions with colleges in the U.S. include Protestant, Catholic, Latter Day Saints (LDS), and Jewish. While some colleges are only religious in their founding, others weave their religious faith into everyday life on the campus. For students who have a strong faith and …
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10 Reasons to Attend an Art School

If you’re an aspiring artist, an art school might be the place for you. Typical majors found at art schools include Animation, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture, just to name a few. Art schools that are members of the non-profit consortium called the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) not only …
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10 Reasons to Attend a Research University

A research university is known for being large and focusing heavily on research. In addition to offering numerous undergraduate degrees, research universities are committed to graduate education through the doctorate degree. The size of research universities can be a turn off for many students who want a more intimate college experience. However, most students at …
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10 Reasons to Attend a Liberal Arts College and Universities

So, what is a liberal arts college? They’re not always household names. For many, the first time you hear the name of a liberal arts college is when it comes up in your college search. However, these colleges provide amazing education, engaged communities, and superb preparation for the future. (And, most importantly, not “just arts” …
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10 Reasons to Attend a Public College or University

Public colleges and universities sometimes get a bad rap. For some reason, many people think state schools are not as rigorous or prestigious as fancy private colleges and universities. However, public colleges and universities offer many great advantages that may not be available at private institutions. State schools are not for everyone, but for some, …
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Finding the Right Size College: Small, Medium or Large Campus?

Whenever students are asked about their college preferences, one of the things students consider is the size of the school. The majority of college match tools, including College Raptor, ask about preferred college size. There are small, medium, and large size colleges, but how do students know what the right size is for them? Each …
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How To: Build Your College List

Starting to build your college list can be confusing. Some students start by putting down the names of colleges they know. Others ask for suggestions from people they trust. However, without knowing much about the colleges, those might not be the best way to build your college list. College is a huge investment in time …