New MyMajors for 2014

The minions at MyMajors have been working pretty hard over the last 3 months to roll out a new MyMajors including more data, new design, and mobile optimized college and career readiness website for students, counselors and parents.

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We optimized The College Major Quiz to be even better and added 22,000 new pages for our students, counselors and parents. In those 22,000 pages, we added 400 new pieces of data for each of the 7,500 colleges and universities including:

  • Majors offered on campusUC Berkeley mobile New MyMajors for 2014
  • Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Certificate and Doctoral degrees offered on campus
  • Tuition: in state and out of state costs, room & board, fees, and book costs
  • Graduation rates – 4 year and 6 year
  • Number of enrolled students – male:female ratio
  • Where do freshmen come from map, including international and U.S. students by state
  • Diversity on campus
  • Admissions Requirements – ACT/SAT scores
  • Admitted Percentages
  • Number of Transfer students
  • Historical tuition costs
  • Financial aid awarded for students
  • Connect with schools Net Calculator
  • Retention rate of freshmen class
  • Size of school and weather on campus
  • Request information from Admissions or Financial Aid office
  • Study abroad options
  • Services on campus: career counseling, employment services, job placement, remedial services
  • ROTC programs on campus
  • Athletic associations
  • Connect with college’s social media feeds

Check out the new pages here:
www.mymajors.com/college/university-of-california-berkeley/
You can also search for other majors, colleges, or careers.

We have also reconfigured all the mobile pages to create a better experience on your phone and tablet.  We are still adding new features, data, and accessibility to major, college and career information.  With the new data and The College Major Quiz, you have the resources to create your college and career plan today.

If you are an advisor or counselor, you can sign up for a School Account for your students here.

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7 Tips to Graduate from College in 4 Years

You are taking the next step, you are ready to further your education and receive your degree and accept your dream job.  All you have to do now is go to college and get in and get out in 4 years, right?  Well…

84% of students think they will graduate in 4 years.

Only 38% actually graduate in 4 years.

(UCLA)

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This will cause additional costs, living expenses, and longer time before start your future career.  The longer you are in college, the higher likelihood that your normal life will get in the way and decrease your chances of graduating.  Why is graduating in 4 years important?  Each additional year of college can cost you over $15,000 in tuition, fees, room and board.  Also, many schools offer a Finish in Four program that includes financial benefits for students.  Finishing in the least amount of time possible can help you save money.  Right now you might be a little scared, but after reading these tips you can be prepared for the challenges ahead and have a plan to graduate in 4 years!

There are many causes to adding an extra year or two or three or FOUR of college, here are some of the most common:

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    Don’t be THAT guy…

    Changing Majors – 50% of students change majors at least one time in college. (Penn State University)
    *Changing to a major not offered at your current school can cause this next issue…

  • Transferring – transferring credits can be wasted if not properly planned while enrolled.  National averages show 30% of students don’t return their sophomore year. (NCES)
  • College Choice – your initial college choice was not what you thought it would be, you will need to make a switch.
  • Cost – the cost of college has increased every year and can be too expensive if not budgeted properly in the beginning – tuition, fees, books, pizza, room and board, meals, travel, parking, MORE PIZZA!
  • Family or Personal Challenges - you need to take time off or take less credit hours each semester and manage any life experiences.
  • GPA – most colleges require a certain GPA to enter a specialized school or degree program, failure to hit that mark might mean repeating classes to increase your GPA.

Did we miss any?  Comment below for any reasons that could lead to not graduating in 4 Years.

So now you know what to avoid, or at least plan for the future, here are the…

Tips to Graduate in 4 Years:

  1. Start your planning early in high school, as early as sophomore year:
    • What classes do you like, which ones do you hate?
    • What extracurricular activities do you enjoy outside of the classroom?
    • Get a summer job, preferably in a field you are interested in following, to gain experience and see if you like a specific career path.
  2. Find your Major and Career before College:
    • Take a quiz to figure out what is best for your strengths and weaknesses.  Take the College Major Quiz to find your recommended majors.
    • Research the major and career field – what types of students major in this, which classes will I take (do they coincide with the classes in #1?), what are the career potentials (salary, job growth, careers where I live).
    • Create a back-up plan – OK, I know you have your dream job and major in mind, but the reality is 50% of students change their majors at least once.  Even if it is in the same “School of…” you at least have a plan for taking the right classes.  For example: if you are thinking about Finance, many of the other business majors (Accounting, Marketing, Management, etc) might be a good fit as well for you, but make sure you have these in mind so you take the right classes.  Even if you are thinking Finance or Biology, make sure you understand the core classes that you need to have completed by the beginning of your junior year.  Or even think about a minor in one of those fields.
  3. Find the right College:
    • Create a list of schools that offer your intended major (and backup), and research which schools you can afford financially each year.  Look to FAFSA, scholarships and merit aid to get down to your estimated net tuition.  Find out what schools you can afford by visiting the Tuition tab on your School’s page.
    • Create time the spring of your junior year, during the summer, or fall of senior year to visit your list of colleges.  One of the common reasons for transferring or dropping out is because that campus might not be right for you, do your research, read reviews, watch videos and talk to actual students and alumni to get personal experiences.  Visit with academic advisors to talk about the program you are interested in enrolling, they will help you start your course planning and give you required courses to complete for graduation.  (Here a list of good questions to ask)
  4. Confirm your plan with Counselor, Teacher, Parent or Mentor while in High School:
    • These individuals will help you take the next steps to fulfilling your college and career plan.
    • They will also help connect you with individuals in your career plan to do a job shadow, and can talk to you about your future campus.
  5. 15 Credit Hours per Semester:
    • Your magic number is 120 total credit hours.  Typically you will need to complete 15 credit hours per semester to stay on path to graduate in 4 years – 120 total credits (4 years x 30 credits per year).  Some degrees and colleges require more credits for graduation, confirm the details with your advisor and tell them you are on a graduate in four plan.  Normally 60 credit hours will be for your specific career and the other 60 will be core courses for graduation – choose these courses wisely for enhancing your education and working with your GPA.
    • If you can’t complete 15 hours in a semester, think about taking summer classes online or on campus.  Advice: if you know one semester you are taking a very challenging course, take 12 credit hours, and then take a 3 credit hour course over the summer to get back to 30 completed for the year.  Even take that one difficult course in the summer so you will only have one class to focus your efforts for studying.
    • Some degree programs, such as engineering, require students to be enrolled in degree required courses early their freshmen and sophomore year, which makes #2 on this list important to find out first.
  6. Focus on GPA early and often:
    • Any college student will tell you high school courses are very different than a college class and exam.  This can impact your GPA your first semester of college, which might force you to fight to get your GPA back up.  Many degree programs require a certain GPA to be accepted in that major/school.  For example: to be an Accounting Major, you may need to have a 3.6 GPA compared to a Management Major may only be 3.0, this will influence your major and graduation time.  If you completely mess up a class final exam, think about retaking the course over the summer to replace that eye sore on your GPA.
  7. Meet with an Academic Advisor every semester:
    • The last thing you want in the final semester of Senior year is to realize you missed a required degree course to graduate.  If it is one class, don’t stress, many schools will let you walk in May, but you will have to complete a summer course to finish your degree and receive your diploma.  If you are short 6 or more hours, normally you will think about taking the fall semester and graduating after fall semester is completed.

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Many times graduating in 4 years is not the best plan for students.  For example, if you need to work a full time job and are taking night classes, you might not be able to complete 15 credit hours per semester.  Speaking with your Advisor you can create the best plan to complete your degree for what is right for you and your personal situation.

Do you have any personal tips for students to graduate in 4 years?  Add a comment below on your tips to share with others.  If you liked the tips share this with your colleagues, students and friends.

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Biochemistry Major – Description, Courses, Colleges, Careers, Salary

Love Biology and Chemistry?  ….well meet your future major: Biochemistry!

A Biochemistry Major focuses on:

  • The scientific study of the chemistry of living systems
  • Fundamental chemical substances and reactions
  • Chemical pathways and information transfer systems, with particular reference to carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids.
  • Includes instruction in bio-organic chemistry, protein chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, bioseparations, regulatory biochemistry, enzymology, hormonal chemistry, calorimetry, and research methods and equipment operation.

What types of students major in Biochemistry?
A biochemistry major must possess strong skills in chemistry, mathematics, biology, and physics. Other required skills include good writing and verbal skills. A student interested in biochemistry may like to perform experiments or is inquisitive about how things work.

Courses for Biochemistry students (including but not limited to):

  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Molecular and Celluar Biology
  • Gene Expression
  • Organismal Biology
  • Calculus
  • Physics
  • General Education Requirements (depending on enrolled college or university)

Check out a sample schedule of courses from Northeastern University

This major requires students to take chemistry and science courses early in freshmen year to meet requirements for graduation.

Students can focus on a range of specialties such as:

  • Zoology
  • Physiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • Ecology
  • Botany
  • Paleontology
  • Biological Science Education
  • Not sure what to major in?  Take the college major quiz.

There are over 520 colleges and universities that offer a Biochemistry Major.

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Future careers for Biochemistry Majors:
Biochemist, biophysicists, biological technician, biomedical engineer, chemist, epidermiologists, medical scientists, microbiologists, physician, surgeon, postsecondary teachers, zoologists and wildlife biologists.
*Most careers in Biochemistry require a Ph.D.

2012 Median Salary for a Biochemist was $89,470 per year.  Total estimated employed in the U.S. 26,410.
*Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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Inspirational Quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a true leader and still inspires us all today. As we celebrate him on Martin Luther King Day, here are some of the most inspirational quotes.  These are great motivators to get involved on campus, grow your career and work relationships, how to treat your family and friends, or even a complete stranger.

MLK Inspirational Quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  • “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
  • “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

I Have A Dream Speech on August 28th, 1963

What is your favorite quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?  Comment below:

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Accounting Major #MajorMonday

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Accounting Major Can Be Stimulating

What does Ultimate Fighting champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, wrestler D-Lo Brown, novelist John Grisham, jazz artist Kenny G., Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank, songwriter Tim DuBois, and FBI second-in-command Thomas Pickard have in common? They are or were all accountants. As a matter of fact, nearly 1,400 of the FBI’s special agents are accountants.

So do the above names like Liddell and Brown make you think of geeks crunching numbers and being antisocial? No, and you shouldn’t … because Professor Dewey Martin, director of the School of Accounting at Husson University at Bangor, Maine, wants students to know that if you might be shy or introverted and you can’t modify that to talk to people, accounting is not for you. “One of the basics is the need to talk to people,” he says.

Many would-be accounting majors like math; others thrill at the structure and the chance to be detailed to a laser-pointed sharpness, Martin says. “Students who do well thrive on challenges. They have taken rigorous courses in high school and they are hard-working people who are also extremely organized. However, some of the best auditors I have known are right-brained people.”

A couple of cool professions in accounting are forensic accounting and IRS special agents. The first is to investigate financial crimes and insurance fraud. The latter is to investigate criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes, often working closely with the Department of Justice, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Department of Homeland Security, to name just a few federal agencies.

Accounting QUote Accounting Major #MajorMondayFor fourth-year student Dustin Dubay, accountants aren’t stuffed shirts and dull men and women. “Many great CEOs and heads of companies started as accountants. The stigma of accountants being boring is not the case. I have met some eccentric and wild accountants. There are lots of options as far as jobs that can are available to accounting majors.”

At Husson, accounting classes are taken in the first year. Internships are required, paid and easily acquired. Martin says he could use more students to fill available internships. “Students can receive up to 18 credits for their internships. The norm is to take the eighth semester and go into an accounting firm,” Martin says. There is a 95 percent job placement rate over the past five years and the starting salaries are between $40,000 and $75,000. “We build a pipeline for the students to find firms for internships and careers. If our students have a successful internship, it becomes basically a three-month long interview and many of our students have a job waiting for them when they return to the campus.”

Learn more about the Accounting Program

Career Services Director James Westhoff says Husson students need to visit the office early in their college career. “I get into all the first-year success classes that we call the Husson Experience. From the beginning, I can work with students to help them decide on majors. I am a trained career counselor so I can help students move through career development. We can talk about personal assessments, discuss where they want to head, what possible internships may be available and part-time jobs. We do a little bit of everything; we work with students in developing their resumes, cover letters, sharpening their interviewing skills with practice interviews. It’s a team approach at Husson.”

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Dubay, from Fort Kent, Maine in the northern most part of Maine, is part of the five-year MBA program. “I explored a lot of schools and Husson has always been part of the discussion. My grandmother and father graduated from Husson. Husson’s price was hard to beat and after meeting faculty and admissions, I knew it was a good place for my education. Then everything kept pointing back to accounting as a major.”

Dubay’s father is a certified public accountant. “When I took the SATs, my test results showed that I am strong in math. I was fortunate to have good math classes and the ability to take business classes in high school. I even had a few accounting courses. I also took some AP and college courses in high school. None were accounting, but I am glad that I took English. We all have to know how to communicate.”

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Accounting Major
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He already has his first internship under his belt. “I interned with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. They take care of money for the military and defense of the nation. I learned about governmental accounting and I discovered it was not for me.” In January, he will begin an internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston. “I want to go into public accounting. I like dealing with clients; there’s a broader appeal to public accounting.”

And Dubay believes he is ready for his internship and his career. “The opportunities at Husson from the mentors to the clubs and organizations, my peers, the faculty have definitely prepared me. The coursework is rigorous and challenging. Also because of the size of Husson, you can have one-on-one relationships with professors. They can put a face and name to you.”

For more information, visit www.husson.edu or call (800)-4-HUSSON to speak to an admissions counselor.

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With 95% job placement rate over the past 5 years, you can start your accounting career at Husson University. Internships are required, paid and easy-to-find.  Schedule a visit to campus now.
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