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UC Merced, 10/14

·  Address: 5200 Lake Rd, Merced, CA 95343

·  Acceptance rate: 64.9% (2013)

·  Enrollment: 6,000 (2013)

·  ·  Founded: 2005

·  Phone: (209) 228-4400

Opening in 2005 as the 10th campus of the University of California, UC Merced continually strives for excellence in carrying out the university's mission of teaching, research and service, benefiting society through discovering and transmitting new knowledge and functioning as an active repository of organized knowledge. As a key tenet in carrying out this mission, UC Merced promotes and celebrates the diversity of all members of its community.

A research university is a community bound by learning, discovery and engagement. As the first American student-centered research university of the 21st century, UC Merced's strong graduate and research programs mesh with high-quality undergraduate programs. New knowledge increasingly depends on links among the disciplines, working together on questions that transcend the traditional disciplines. UC Merced fosters and encourages cross-disciplinary inquiry and discovery.

Interdisciplinary practice in research nourishes undergraduate learning, building a foundation in connecting the ways that academic disciplines understand and grapple with society's problems. UC Merced undergraduates experience education inside and outside the classroom, applying what they learn through undergraduate research, service learning and leadership development. As apprentice scholars, graduate students build their understanding of and ability to do independent research in their chosen field, as the groundwork for entering professional life. Lifelong learners continue to hone their knowledge and workplace skills.

The twenty-first century ushered in the promise of new ways of connecting people to new knowledge and to one another. UC Merced capitalizes on this promise by functioning as a network, not simply a single place, linking its students, faculty and staff to the educational resources of the state, nation and world. The idea of network extends to UC Merced’s relationships with neighboring institutions: educational, cultural and social. Born as a member of the distinguished network known as the University of California, UC Merced seeks strong and mutually supportive relationships with a variety of collaborators in its region: public and private colleges and universities; federal and state organizations that share UC Merced’s educational and research goals; and cultural and social institutions.

This networking principle is also realized through the physical and intellectual integration between UC Merced and its surrounding community. The campus has been established as a model of physical sustainability for the twenty-first century, inviting all members of the campus and surrounding community to think and act as good stewards of the environment that they will convey to future generations. UC Merced celebrates its location in the San Joaquin Valley, reflecting the poetry of its landscape, history, resources and diverse cultures, while capitalizing on and expanding the Valley's connections to the emerging global society. UC Merced recognizes that research that begins with the natural laboratory at home can extend what is known in the state, nation and world.

Current Schools

Planned Schools

  • School of Management
  • School of Medicine

UC Merced offers a growing list of majors and minors, and graduate programs taught by more than 140 full-time faculty members, visiting professors and lecturers, who have come to us from some of the world's top-ranked universities.

Our Students

As of fall 2013, UC Merced has more than 6,200 undergraduate and graduate students making up the Bobcat community.

They are some of the best and brightest students from around the country, and are integral to the university’s mission of education, research and public service.

Since 2005, our students have formed almost 200 clubs and organizations, written their own constitution and created a thriving governing body. They participate in research across the campus, serve internships at companies, nonprofits and in government, study abroad, contribute to the local community through outreach projects and pride themselves in having helped build the foundations of this campus.

In addition, our graduate and undergraduate students are conducting some of the most cutting-edge research of our time, including stem cells, artificial intelligence and renewable energy.

A Focus on Research

Just like at other UC campuses, academic research is a critical part of UC Merced's mission. The process of discovery provides our students with a deeper understanding of the world and its cultural, social, natural and engineered systems, but more, it solves issues and challenges that are critical to the growth, health and overall wellbeing of the region, the state, nation and world.

Our researchers are conducting groundbreaking work in diabetes, cancer, bacterial diseases, antibiotic resistance, solar energy, climate change, water quality and availability, ecology, engineering, archaeology, cultures, history, political science, computer science, and much, much more.

Special research institutes established at the university include:

In addition, startup funding has been received for the:


Cal State Fullerton, 9/29/14

·  Address: 800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831

·  Acceptance rate: 46% (2012)

·  Phone: (657) 278-2011

California State University, Fullerton is a major regional university in a vital, flourishing area that includes Orange County, metropolitan Los Angeles and the expanding Inland Empire. The beautiful, 236-acre campus is set in Fullerton in north Orange County, about 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles and about 21 miles from nearby beaches.

Cal State Fullerton has more than 37,000 students and approximately 1,800 full- and part-time faculty members. The University offers 107 degree programs in eight colleges.

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, CSUF is fourth in the nation for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to minority students and first in California for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics.

In 1957, Cal State Fullerton became the 12th state college in California to be authorized by the Legislature as a degree-granting institution. The following year, a site was designated for the campus to be established in northeast Fullerton. The property was purchased in 1959. This is the same year that Dr. William B. Langsforf was appointed as the founding president of the school.

Today, Cal State Fullerton is a comprehensive, regional university with a main campus that consists of 29 permanent buildings, a picturesque 26-acre Arboretum and student residence halls. The campus also features the Student Recreation Center, a $40.6-million, two-story 95,000-square-foot facility located west of Titan Gym.

The Performing Arts Center is a $48-million complex that provides state-of-the-art facilities for audiences and performers alike, as well as instructional facilities for students.

The $87.5-million Steven G. Mihaylo Hall is home to the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics – the largest accredited business school in the state and nationally recognized for accreditation in both its business and accounting programs.

The University is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system. Since the campus opened, CSUF has awarded degrees to more than 215,000 graduates. Many are leaders in business, government, education and the arts.

Rankings and Honors

  • U.S. News Ranking
    U.S. News & World Report (September 2013) ranks CSUF among "Top Public Universities," (No. 7 among Top Public Universities-Master's institutions in the West) and 35th among "Best Regional Universities" in the West.
  • Degrees Awarded to Minority Students
    Diverse Issues in Higher Education (June 2013) ranks CSUF 11th in the nation in terms of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minority students, based on data from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Degrees Awarded to Hispanic Students
    Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education (May 2014) ranks CSUF No. 1 in California and tenth in the nation among top colleges and universities awarding bachelor's degrees to Hispanics, based on 2012 data from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Business School Listing
    The Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, the state's largest accredited business college, is included in the 2013 edition of Princeton Review's Best 296 Business Schools (2013 edition).
  • Student Leadership Program
    The Templeton Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development lists CSUF's Student Leadership Institute among "Exemplary Programs" in the student leadership category.
  • LEED Certification
    All new buildings erected since 2006 meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification standards. These include the Student Recreation Center, Children's Center, Fullerton Arboretum Visitor Center and Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Museum, as well as the newly opened student residence halls and dining complex.
  • Athletics
    Men's intercollegiate athletics programs are NCAA Division I baseball (2004, 1995, 1984 and 1979 national championships), basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and track and field. Division I women's sports are basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer, softball (1986 national championship), tennis and volleyball.

Sonoma State University, 9/22

·  Address: 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

·  Enrollment: 8,668 (2011)

·  Acceptance rate: 81% (2010)

·  Mascot: Seawolves

·  Phone: (707) 664-2880


Located in California's premier wine country 1 hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma State is a small campus with big ideas.With a tradition of promoting intellectual and personal growth, leadership opportunities and technological proficiency, SSU offers its students a friendly, safe and informal atmosphere on a beautiful campus setting. Currently, campus housing accommodates students in both apartment and residential suite style facilities.

While SSU generally accepts all qualified students who apply from high schools in its service area, 80 percent of the freshmen and 55 percent of the junior transfer students come from outside the North Bay region. With 34 percent of the student body living on campus, it is one of the most residential campuses within the California State University system.

Academic Profile

The SSU educational experience fosters intellectual, cognitive, social and personal growth. The faculty and staff provide collaborative relationships with students and an education that fosters ethical exploration, civic engagement, social responsibility, and global awareness combined with a solid foundation in an academic discipline. Many classes average fewer than 40 students, allowing close interaction between students and faculty.

SSU has a commitment to graduating students who have the ability to think critically and ethically and can effectively use information technology. There is a strong move to develop a global perspective in much of the curriculum to prepare students for the needs of the 21st century workplace.

The University is comprised of six schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Extended & International Education, Social Sciences and Science and Technology. Degrees are offered in 46 majors and 47 minors at the bachelor's level and 15 at the master's level. The University offers a joint master’s degree in mathematics with San Francisco State University and a joint doctorate in educational leadership with the University of California, Davis. There are nine credential programs and eight undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. SSU also offers one of the only Wine Business Institutes in the country.

Awards and Honors

One of the most requested campuses in the CSU system and regularly named a “Best Regional University” by U.S. News & World Report. SSU has also been named one of the “most wired” campuses in the nation by Princeton Review. It is the only California university invited to be a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, the prestigious group of 25 universities and colleges across the nation committed to providing superior liberal arts and sciences education to their students.

Fall 2013 acceptance rate


Application deadline

November 30

SAT/ACT scores must be received by

December 1

Xavier University of Louisana, 9/15/14

·  Address: 1 Drexel Dr, New Orleans, LA 70125

·  Phone: (504) 486-7411

·  Acceptance rate: 64% (2010)


Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.


From its founding Xavier has embraced a special mission to serve the African American Catholic community; however, its doors have always been open to qualified students of every race and creed. Today 71.4 percent of its enrollment is African American and 26.5 percent is Catholic.

More than one-half of Xavier students are from Louisiana (54.2%), primarily from the New Orleans area. Non-local enrollment continues to increase with students coming from 39 other states – most notably Texas and Georgia. Nearly a dozen foreign countries are represented on campus.

Student life is enriched by the social and cultural setting of New Orleans, and by campus activities designed to enhance personal growth, interpersonal skills, and leadership in such areas as community service, the environment, cultural concerns, and social justice.



Xavier is first among the nation’s colleges and universities in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school, according to data compiled by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Xavier had 60 African-American graduates earn medical degrees in 2011, the latest year for which complete data is available.

Xavier is one of the nation’s top four colleges of pharmacy in graduating African Americans with Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degrees.

A National Science Foundation report ranks Xavier 1st in the nation in producing African American graduates who go on to receive life sciences PhDs., 5th in the nation in producing African American graduates who go on to receive science and engineering PhDs, and 7th in the nation in producing African American graduates who go on to receive physical sciences PhDs. A Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine report showed Xavier tied for 12th nationwide in the number of African American students earning professional doctorate degrees (in this case, the Pharm.D. degree) with 54.

The Department of Physics is number one in the nation for awarding African Americans baccalaureate degrees in physics and the physical sciences, according to the latest report from the American Institute of Physics (AIP). Xavier is consistently ranked by the American Chemical Society as one of the top 25 universities in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees in chemistry.

The 2015 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges has tabbed Xavier as among its “Best Buy Schools” for academics and affordability. The publication has designated 41 such institutions, 20 public and 21 private, – as “Best Buys.” XU is the only Louisiana institution – and one of only three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) – to make the list.

Xavier was also singled out as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in the 2015 edition of its annual “The Best 379 Colleges”.

Xavier was named one of the top colleges and universities in Louisiana for “return on investment” by, which places Xavier fifth in the state among colleges that the organization feels “balance cost with long-term earnings potential”.

Xavier is ranked No. 13 on the Affordable website’s list of the Top 36 Most Affordable Roman Catholic Colleges with High Starting Salaries. XU is the only predominantly Black and the only Louisiana institution to make the list.

Xavier tied for the No. 5 spot among Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the 2014 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group. Among all U.S. colleges and universities, Xavier was for 161st in the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges category.

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Morehouse, 9/8/14



·  Address: 830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

·  Enrollment: 2,377 (2013)

·  Acceptance rate: 67% (2013)

A Proud Tradition of Producing Outstanding Leaders

Although times change, Morehouse’s mission remains steadfast: to produce academically superior, morally conscious leaders for the conditions and issues of today, whether “today” is post-Civil War or turn of the new millennium.

Martin Luther King Jr. led the country through one of its most transforming civic movements; David Satcher resuscitated the issues of health care disparity and access; Maynard Jackson taught the world the value of diversity and equal access as the first African American mayor of Atlanta; Donn Clendenon scored in the history annals and was part of a miracle when he was named a World Series MVP; and Shelton “Spike” Lee continues to challenge how the world views blacks in life with critically acclaimed films.

All helped change the world. All are Morehouse men.


When applying to Morehouse College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 1 and November 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at Morehouse College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.4 percent and an early acceptance rate of 40.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.



Fall 2012 acceptance rate


Application deadline

February 15

SAT/ACT scores must be received by

February 15




Life at the 'House

From motivated, inspired students hurrying to class or taking a moment to relax on the "Yard," to jazz wafting on the plaza outside Jazzman's, to the prodigious words of Martin Luther King Jr. '48 etched on the base of a statue of this nation's greatest civic transformer, life on the Morehouse College campus is full of sight, sound and wonder.

An enriched environment—where just as much attention is given to creature comforts and aesthetically pleasing surroundings as to the tools for advancing academics—is necessary for a quality education. Numerous lectures, seminars and conferences, a plethora of student organizations, and social and sports activities mean that life on campus is always exciting and engaging. It is fertile ground, where potential and possibility inevitably turn into purpose, scholarship and leadership.

As dynamic as the campus is on its own, Morehouse is a part of two other vibrant and diverse communities.

The first is the Atlanta University Center, the largest consortium of black colleges and universities in the world. Besides Morehouse, other member institutions include Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Interdenominational Theological Center and the Morehouse School of Medicine. Students regularly intermingle in classes, seminars and social events, further expanding their exploration of knowledge and life itself.

Secondly, the campus is located in the historical West End community and is only minutes from downtown Atlanta, a mecca of black professionalism that features major entertainment and sports venues.



Howard University, 9/2/14

·  Address: 2400 Sixth St NW, Washington, DC 20059

·  Enrollment: 10,002 (2012)

·  Acceptance rate: 49.3% (2012)

·  Website:

To study at Howard University is choosing an institution that is experienced, dynamic, and diverse – with a tradition of quality education since 1867 provided by the constant engagement of its faculty toward the students and their needs, and by its rich campus social and cultural life.

With such a diverse student body, it comes as little surprise that life thrives on the Howard University Campus. Whatever your particular interest – culture, religion, sports, art, music, theater, politics – you will be assured of linking up with others who share it.

Coming to Howard is about connecting – with the life of the mind, the heart of a tradition, and the soul of a people. In addition, coming to Howard means connecting with the future – with success in your education and your chosen careers.

Howard University, founded in 1867, is a private, comprehensive, historically black university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Dentistry; Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences; Medicine; and Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences; through the Schools of Business, Communications, Divinity, Education, Law and Social Work; and through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Howard has an international faculty representing over 65 countries and a student body from 104 countries. This makes for personal growth and academic excellence. The university has the largest collection of materials dealing with people of color of any university in the world. It also has available close by the resources of many important government agencies and the Congress of the United States. Its main campus is located in central Washington, DC.


Admissions Data (2013):

  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 490 / 590
    • SAT Math: 480 / 590
    • SAT Writing: 480 / 580
    • ACT Composite: 21 / 26
    • ACT English: 21 / 27
    • ACT Math: 20 / 26
  • Gender Breakdown: 33% Male / 67% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $22,683
  • Books: $3,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,460
  • Other Expenses: $2,500
  • Total Cost: $41,643

Howard University Financial Aid (2012 - 13):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 76%
    • Loans: 66%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,148
    • Loans: $8,509

Application Deadlines





November 1 - Early Action
February 15 - Traditional Action


November 1

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April 1

          February 1


Early Action

Applicants who submit complete application packages by November 1 will receive notification of the admission decision by late December.

Howard University Campus

Howard University Campus

Barnard College, 9/25/14



·  Address: 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

·  Acceptance rate: 20.5% (2013)

·  Enrollment: 2,489 (2013)

·  Website:

Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Ours is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal arts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away—in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.

On our leafy four-acre campus on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, our world-class faculty of teacher-scholars educates nearly 2,400 inspired and intrepid undergraduate women—women who, as a matter of course, have gone on to achieve great things. Throughout our history, Barnard graduates have made their mark as leaders in the arts, business, government, and science, and as activists for causes too numerous to name.

Over one hundred and twenty years ago, Barnard was the first college in New York City—and one of the few in the world—where women could receive the same liberal arts education available to men. Today, we are the most sought-after liberal arts college for women in the United States. With our cosmopolitan setting and the strength of our academic programs, the broadening of our global perspective, and our ongoing commitment to diversity, we continue to do what we have done from the beginning with a keen eye to the future.

Barnard women change the world and the way we think about it.



Class of 2017 Profile * as of June, 2013

Who Applied, Who was Admitted

Applications  5606
Admit rate  20.5%
Matriculants  585

How Students Describe Their Ethnic Backgrounds

African American/Black 10.4%
Asian/Asian American 18.6%
Caucasian 53.7%
Hispanic/Latina 10.8%
Native American 1%
Multiracial or Other 2.7
Unknown 2.7%

What Students Scored

Middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading (620–730)
SAT Math (620–710)
SAT Writing (640–740)
ACT Composite (28–32)
Average GPA 3.865/4, unweighted (A-)





Deadlines & Decision Programs

Admission Plans and Application Deadlines for First-Years

All First-Year students apply for entry beginning in the fall term. Apply for financial aid, if appropriate, at the time you apply for admission.

Early Decision

Deadline: November 1
Notification: Mid-December

Students who have selected Barnard as their first-choice college may choose to apply for admission through our binding Early Decision plan. Although she may initiate applications to other colleges, a student admitted under Early Decision agrees to submit a nonrefundable deposit and must withdraw all other applications upon acceptance to Barnard College. The Committee on Admissions may choose to postpone the decision on an Early Decision application until the spring. In that event, the candidate will be asked to submit the Midyear Report and would not be bound by the Early Decision agreement to enroll, if admitted in the spring.

Regular Decision

Deadline: January 1
Notification: Late March
National Reply Date: May 1

Students who have been enrolled at another college or university and will have completed less than one academic year and fewer than 24 credits at the time of matriculation must apply as first-year students. Students with 24 credits or more from another college or university following high school must apply as transfer students (see Instructions for Transfer and Visiting Student Admission). These 24 credits do not include credit granted for AP/IB scores, college courses completed in high school, or courses taken during the summer before matriculation.

Barnard College Campus

Barnard College Campus