Tag: college

Coppin State to Waive Tuition for Local High School Grads Who Earn Their Associate’s Degree

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Coppin State University’s Physical Education Complex. Photo via Visit Baltimore.

Coppin State University is piggybacking off of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s plan to send more city youth to college at no cost.

Stevenson University Taps San Diego State University President, Former UMBC Provost to be its New Leader

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Elliot Hirshman, photo via Stevenson University

Stevenson University has found its new president in Elliot Hirshman, a former top administrator at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the current president of San Diego State University.

Hopkins Offers Palate-Refining ‘Wine Appreciation’ Course Before Spring Semester

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

At most colleges, undergraduate students return from winter break, dig into their books and hit the ground running in early January. At Hopkins, students are afforded a softer entry to their spring semester with fun or exploratory mini-classes, such as this year’s “Wine Appreciation” course.

Hopkins Joins Initiative to Enroll More Low-Income Students

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Johns Hopkins University has jumped into a group of 30 top colleges and universities sporting high graduation rates that will aim to enroll and graduate tens of thousands more students from humble beginnings.

The Mystic Secret of College Tours

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Photo via americancollegetours.org
Photo via americancollegetours.org

This past weekend I took my daughter Jane, a high school junior, on the first of what will surely be many campus tours. She is my fifth and last child to go to college, if you include the ex-stepkids, and I realized early Saturday morning that I know something about this process that I didn’t the first several times through.

How to Change People’s Lives

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Tom Gleason
Tom Gleason

I heard over the holidays that my college advisor, a Russian History professor named Abbott Gleason, known as Tom, died on Christmas Day after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. The fact that I took even a single history course in college, much less ended up a history major, was completely this man’s doing.

Spring Break, On Campus

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True to the right of passage, we will spend the 10 days of John’s junior year spring break touring college campuses.  We have a list blending the suggestions of our private counselors, and a few that we have added.  Yesterday, we toured the first university on the itinerary.

College Counseling 

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I am so grateful for the questionnaire that we were asked to complete by the private college counselors we have engaged to help us build John’s college list for applications. It asks questions like: “How would you describe your son’s or daughter’s personality and values?” and “What is his or her greatest achievement?”

What College Means to the CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library

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In support of Baltimore City Public Schools and College Awareness Month in November, CollegeBound has launched a new series of online videos featuring prominent Baltimoreans talking about “what college means to me.” Through the end of the year, they’ll release weekly videos promoting college awareness among Baltimore City students. Guests include Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton, Enoch Pratt CEO Dr. Carla Hayden, MECU CFO Adrian Johnson, and many more. So stay tuned, and please share (especially with any K-12 students!). See previous videos in the series here.

Bad Moon Rising: A Halloween Story

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image via sheknows.com
image via sheknows.com

My 1979 Halloween was one strange trip. It was my sophomore year of college, already full of freedom and weirdness. That year, every day felt like Halloween as the country was swept up in the mania of The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s twice-weekly screenings at over 230 theaters. And punk rock ruled. It was the heyday of bands like the Ramones, the Cramps and Richard Hell and the Voidoids. I knew lots of people who sported mohawks, wore dog collars routinely and pushed giant safety pins through their lips. But this was Halloween, the freakiest night of the year, and I was eager to blend into the mayhem myself. But I had one mundane chore to finish first.