50 States, 50 Colleges: New Jersey

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Today we stop in New Jersey for our 50 States, 50 Colleges feature!

S.W. Bowne Hall

S.W. Bowne Hall

College in the Spotlight:  Drew University

Location:  Madison, NJ (40 minutes from NYC, and about a 4 hour drive from Lowell Catholic)

Size:  2,369 students (1,532 undergrads)

Fast Facts:

At Drew, you’ll only be 30 miles from New York City (and a 10 minute walk from the train that will take you there), but you’ll be going to college in a forest.  Drew’s campus, nicknamed “The Forest,” is a 186-acre wooded preserve with glacial ponds, wildlife, and many different plant species.  It’s a living laboratory for science students and a peaceful retreat for all!

Undecided about your major?  Want to explore your options?  As a liberal arts school, Drew University appreciates that.  According to their website, the school thinks your desire to test different majors “shows a healthy curiosity about the world and your place in it.”

One of the many advantages to Drew’s proximity to New York City is its “Experience Semester” program.  The Semester on Contemporary Art may take you from a cozy artist’s studio in Brooklyn to a seminar in front of a Van Gogh painting at The Museum of Modern Art.  Rub elbows with world leaders during your United Nations Semester.  Interested in business and finance?  The Wall Street Semester will likely help you find an internship – which may turn into a job!

The Princeton Review consistently ranks Drew’s theatre program first or second in the nation.  The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey calls the campus home and provides internship opportunities to students.

Small class sizes mean that you’ll get to know your professors well, and you’ll be able to interact with them outside the classroom in fun ways.  The Anthropology department is famous for its end-of-semester feasts, the Computer Science department celebrates the end of fall with a cookie decorating party, and Psychology professors ask their students to judge their annual brownie bake-off.

The Drew Rangers have 11 NCAA Division III teams.  The men’s tennis team has won 12 straight conference championships!

Want to learn more?  Visit www.drew.edu

All information is taken from Drew University’s website.  Photo from Wikimedia Commons.


50 States, 50 Colleges: South Carolina

Today’s featured college for 50 States, 50 Colleges is from South Carolina!

College in the Spotlight:  Clemson University


Location:  Clemson, South Carolina

Size:  16,552 undergraduate and 4,206 graduate students

Fast Facts:

  • Founded in 1889, Clemson is a selective public research university best known for Science and Engineering programs.

  • Students have over 80 majors and 75 minors to choose from!

  • Clemson’s campus borders Hartwell Lake where students can often be seen swimming, boating, water skiing, and sailing.  The campus is also surrounded by its own forest!  

  • 91% of Clemson seniors say they would pick Clemson if they had to make the decision all over again.

  • Clemson was named the 4th friendliest college in the nation by the Huffington Post!  The 2011 survey highlighted Clemson’s students as approachable, supportive, and charitable.

  • Clemson offers study abroad programs on every continent except Antarctica

  • Homecoming has been a Clemson tradition since 1914.  The pep rally that weekend is called Tigerama–it involves fireworks and skits by student organizations and is one of the largest student-run pep rallies in the nation!

  • The Clemson Tigers have 7 NCAA Division 1 athletic teams–Go Tigers!


  • Many of Clemson’s majors require a capstone project in which students solve real world problems they are interested in.
  • There are over 400 student clubs and organizations, including 50 club sports!

  • Students applying to Clemson can also apply to the elite Calhoun Honors College, which offers smaller classes, innovative programs and individualized attention.

  • There are 1.5 million items in Clemson’s libraries!

  • The Fike Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art fitness facility including an indoor track, 25-yard pool, and climbing wall!

  • Clemson’s Agricultural Mechanization and Business program features one of the world’s only cutaway tractors made entirely by students!  This is a one-of-a-kind inside out tractor designed to show the details of how tractors function.


Want to learn more about Clemson?  Visit www.clemson.edu

Major Monday: Athletic Training

A new feature we are starting is Major Monday.  Every Monday, we will highlight a specific major/career with some general information and resources.  If there is one that you would like us to feature, please let us know!

Featured Major: Athletic Training

Do you like sports?  Are you athletic?  Do you enjoy helping people?  Are you interested in the medical field?  If you find yourself answering yes to these questions, athletic training may be the career for you!

General Description: Athletic trainers are individuals who prevent and treat sports related injuries for athletes and sports teams.

Required Degree: Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from a college/university that has an accredited athletic training program and pass an exam to become board certified.  About 70% go on to get a Master’s degree.

Job Placement: In addition to school athletic programs, athletic trainers can find jobs in physicians offices, hospitals, physical therapy clinics, and in occupational settings.

A day in the Life:

This story is about my sister -in-law Janielle.  Although she is a full-time nurse, she was first an athletic trainer and still continues to work as one when she is needed.  Working at a Methuen High School hockey game in January, her quick actions saved a life.  Watching a particular player, she knew something wasn’t right and ran to him in the rink.  A blade cut his wrist, severing an artery and tendons.  Doctors reported that if another two minutes had passed, he may not have lived.  You can read the full story here. In the article Janielle gives a great quote about athletic training, which is “I can’t give it up. It’s one of my passions.  I love being on the sideline, and the energy the kids have is awesome.”

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