Continuing on with the theme of colleges, in the previous story I put the top 3 colleges in the state and now here are the next 3:
#4 Utah State University
Acceptance rate: 96.7%
Tuition (in state): $6,250
Utah State seems to be a popular choice among many people with a low tuition cost and a high acceptance rate. The average ACT score to enter is a 23 and the average entering GPA is 3.75. The three most popular degrees appear to be: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Economics, and Business Administration and Management. Utah State may not as popular as BYU or U of U but it’s a school you should really consider if you want to stay closer to home.
#5 Southern Utah University
Acceptance Rate: 57.1%
Tuition (in state): $6,138
SUU is a little cheaper and a lot further from home than USU. Going here may mean that you don’t go home as often as you would like because Cedar City is relatively far away from the Salt Lake Valley. SUU also has a rather small student body of approximately 7,500 students. The three most popular degrees are: Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, Psychology, and Biology. There are only 68 other degrees offered whereas other schools have closer to 200. The average GPA is 3.75 and average ACT score is 23 which is the same as Utah State plus, it’s much harder to get accepted here with a very low acceptance rate. But, perhaps SUU has some hidden charm to it that can’t be recorded in facts, if you’re thinking about going there tour it and tell people how it is.
#6 Weber State University
Acceptance Rate: 100%
Tuition (in state): $5,184
Honestly I never thought I’d see a college with 100% acceptance rate. With an average GPA of 3.12 and an ACT average of 21, it is pretty easy to get accepted. But acceptance rates and tuition aren’t everything, it is ranked very low among western colleges. However, it does have 129 degrees available which is more than SUU. The most popular degrees are; Nursing, Psychology, and Business management. Weber State may not be the college to go to if you want a more social experience in college, there aren’t a lot of fraternities or sororities so it may be harder for you to meet new people. It’s also not described as a ‘fun’ school, people say get your degree then get out because it’s just a school. But really, like life, college is what you make of it.
2016 is upon us which means we’re all one year closer to graduation. We’ll all move on: some to college, trade school, military etc. And for those still a little undecided about college I’ve compiled a list of the top 3 most popular universities and colleges in Utah.
#1: Brigham Young University
Acceptance Rate: 49.1%
BYU, is possibly the most well known school in the state. With over 31,000 students and a religious affiliation to the LDS church, if you live in Utah, chances are you know someone who attended or is currently attending BYU. The most popular majors at BYU are Exercise Science, Management, and Psychology. And with very low tuition it is a prominent choice for students (if you can get the grades to be accepted that is.) On average students entering BYU have a ACT score of 28 and a high school GPA of 3.8. Plus with an acceptance rate of 49.1% it can be very competitive to get in.
#2 University of Utah
Acceptance Rate: 81.7%
Tuition (in state): $7,835
The University of Utah is another fairly well known state with 32,000 students. And it is a public college making it just a bit easier to to get admitted than BYU. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to get accepted the freshmen of 2014 had a gpa averaging between 3.33-3.88 with an ACT 21-28 and/or an SAT 1020-1290. Also, according to the U of U admissions site it helps to know previous alumni like a parent or grandparent. Right now the most popular degrees are: Psychology, Communications, and Human Development and Family Studies.
#3 Westminster College
Acceptance Rate: 75.2%
Westminster is another private school in Utah. Acceptance appears to be very competitive with this school it has an estimated population of only 3,108 students. However not many students actually apply to the college. Also, as you may have noticed tuition is EXTREMELY expensive--almost expensive as an Ivy League school. You also generally need a high school GPA of 3.75+ to even consider applying. The most popular majors right now are: Nursing, Psychology, and Speech Communication Rhetoric. But if you’ve got the grades, own the money, and have the balls, go apply.
Of all the colleges in the country, our state has some pretty good ones so when applying I suggest applying in state first.
Seniors all over the nation are writing essays, filling out applications, making sure their grades are superior, and researching what programs interest them all in preparation for college. Could the students use some assistance, though? The state of Utah has created a week specifically for college readiness-- UCAW. Utah College Application Week (November 16-20) is specifically designed for the counselors at the five Canyons School District high schools to help their seniors apply for college. It is their goal to have every senior applied to at least one college. According to canyonsdistrict.org, “They are planning a number of activities in the weeks prior to raise awareness among peers that college is not only within reach, but an important part of their futures.” Many students think that they will not be able to get into college due to their poor grades, they are discouraged by how expensive college is, or maybe that college isn’t important for a successful future. UCAW is designed specifically to get students out of that mindset. Grades do not determine everything. College may be expensive, but there are several options available to help with that such as FAFSA, Federal Pell Grants, scholarships--there is millions of dollars worth of scholarship money every year-- and student loans. Student loans should be your last resort because you must pay the government back for those. And to those students who don’t think college is important, here is what a counselor at CCHS says to that.
Another thing available to help make college cheaper is AP and concurrent enrolment classes. If a student passes these classes/tests they can eliminate general classes which in turn will eliminate hundreds of dollars spent otherwise. Being a senior I know how helpful this can be. I have taken seven AP classes and one concurrent enrolment class over the course of my high school career and I did some research to see how many classes that eliminated for me. The only general classes that I will be required to take are a humanitarian class, a math class and a science class. Preparing for college is extremely important--just imagine walking into a campus with a blindfold on and no one telling you what to do; this is exactly how it would be going to college without preparing. The counselors hope to prevent that stress happening to any of the senior students, which is exactly why they are doing a college application/prep week.
By: Miki Morris
Are you someone whose anxiety uproars as soon as the word standardized testing is spoken? Or maybe you just can’t grasp the whole testing idea to begin with, no matter what your situation is, it’ important to know you decisions. Many students from the east side are pushed towards taking the SAT whereas here on the west, more students take the ACT. But are these tests completely different? There’s a great deal of evidence claiming yes, however it mostly depends on what type of tester you are.
Differences between the SAT and ACT:
Here are five key differences that will you zero in on what exam is right for you. First off, ACT questions tend to be more straightforward and easier to understand. On the SAT, you may spend more time figuring out what the question is really asking. Secondly, the SAT has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary, so if words aren’t your smoking gun, I recommend the ACT. But for everyone who loathes the science section, the SAT might be your safe haven. Students taking the ACT are required to complete a science section, but don’t worry, you don’t need to know how chemicals react with others or memorize the periodic table. The science section is completely based off your knowledge of how to read and interpret data and graphs. Is the SAT sounding better? Well here’s another plus that might sway you into taking the SAT; math concepts and problems on the ACT are more advanced and not as straightforward.
When taking standardized tests it’s important to look at the big picture. Do you test well when sections are broken down into into ten sections (SAT), or how about four (ACT)? Are you strong in one area but weak in another? College admissions officers care about how you did on each section of the SAT. On the ACT, they're most concerned with your composite score. So if you're weak in one content area but strong in others, you could still end up with a very good ACT score and thus make a strong impression with the admissions committee. Also keep in mind what colleges you're planning on attending or applying for. Does this college require writing in addition to your standardized test? The 25-minute SAT essay is required and is factored into your writing score. However, the 40-minute ACT writing test is optional. If you choose to take it, it is not included in your composite score — schools will see it listed separately. Many colleges require the writing section of the ACT, so be sure to check with the schools where you are applying before opting out.
When making the decision of taking the SAT or ACT, consider all factors. It may seem like another pointless test that doesn’t count towards your school grade, but it may be the deciding factor between community college and Harvard.