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So You Messed Up in High School: 10 Great Colleges That Are Looking For You

So You Messed Up in High School: 10 Great Colleges That Are Looking For You
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5. DePaul University

DePaul is a private university in Chicago, Illinois founded by the Vincentians in 1898,  and named after a 17th century French priest,  Saint Vincent de Paul. It is the largest Catholic University by enrollment in the U.S. Following in the footsteps of those who founded the university, there is a special emphasis on admitting first generation people of a family who have never attended college, as well as others who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

DePaul’s two main campuses are located in Lincoln Park and the Loop. There are 16,000 undergraduate students enrolled at the university. The athletic teams are known as the Blue Devils and compete in Division I in the Big East Conference.

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“US News and World Report” has ranked DePaul as one of the top schools in the nation for “service learning” in which volunteer work in the inner city has become an instructional tool. In 2007 “The Princeton Review” ranked DePaul #1 in the nation in the “Diverse Student Population” category. DePaul has ten colleges and schools which range from the College of Business, the College of Communication, the College of Computing and Digital Media, the College of Education, the College of Law, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the College of Science and Health. The most popular majors are Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services, Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, Humanities, Social Sciences and Computer Science. There are active fraternities and sororities and 8% of full time students are members of these organizations. There are numerous clubs and organizations for students to belong to and get involved in throughout their academic career at DePaul.

The range of SAT Scores accepted (25th – 75th percentile) 1080 – 1400. The range of ACT scores accepted 22-28. Average GPA in Incoming Freshmen/Minimum GPA accepted 3.56/2.0. The acceptance rate is 72% and the Freshman retention rate is 86%.


4. Rutgers University

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The State University of New Jersey is also referred to as Rutgers University. It’s a public research university and the largest institution of higher learning in the state of New Jersey. Rutgers is the 8th oldest college in the U.S. and was established in 1766 as one of the 9 “Colonial Colleges” which obtained their charter before the American Revolution.

The name Rutgers came from Col. Henry Rutgers (1745 – 1830), whose generous gift of a $5000 bond allowed the university to reopen after suffering some severe financial problems. For most of its years, Rutgers was affiliated with the Dutch Reformed Church and was specifically a private liberal arts college. When Rutgers was named the state’s sole land grant college in 1864, its curriculum expanded to include agriculture, engineering, and science.

Rutgers was named “The State University of New Jersey” in 1945. At that time, it became a coeducational and public research university. Rutgers has three campuses throughout New Jersey – the New Brunswick campus in New Brunswick, there is the Newark campus and the Camden campus as well. There are 48,000 undergraduate students that fill these three different campuses. Rutgers offers both a suburban and urban college settings for incoming freshman. This year, 2016, Rutgers is celebrating it 250th anniversary. Rutgers is accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of The Association of American Universities.

Rutgers is ranked 28th among public universities by “U.S. News and World Report”. All freshmen live in a campus dormitory. All three campuses have easy access to public transportation to New York City and Philadelphia. There are over 700 student organizations and chapters of many Greek organizations including fraternities and sororities. Rutgers is known for its vocal ensembles and its athletics. The Scarlet Raptors athletic teams of the Camden campus and the Scarlet Raiders on the Newark campus all keep compete in Division III athletics. The Scarlet Knights of the Brunswick campus compete on a Division I level and are members of the Big Ten Conference.

There are over 100 majors and students pick from the essential majors of Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Economics, Business as well as many more essential majors that make up the 100.

The range of SAT scores accepted (25th -75thpecentile) 1080 – 1290. The average GPA for incoming Freshmen/Minimum GPA Accepted 3.63/2.5 and the acceptance rate is 58% and the freshmen retention rate is 92%.


3. Baylor University

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Baylor University is a private Baptist University in Waco, Texas. It was chartered in 1845 and is the oldest operating university in Texas. It is one of the largest Baptist Universities in the world.

Baylor is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In the 2017 “Best Colleges” rankings by “U.S. News and World Report” Baylor is tied for 71st place in the National Universities category. “The Princeton Review” ranked Baylor as a “Best Western College”.

There are 270 clubs and organizations which are open to all students. The are active fraternities and sororities and the other clubs and organizations fall into different categories to fit the needs and interests of the student body.  These interests range from religious, community service, special interests and spirit/sport.

There are more than 14,000 undergraduate students at Baylor and all 50 states are represented. The students live in college owned properties and they also live off campus. There is an extensive intramural sports activities schedule that is offered to all students. Baylor also offers students an Air Force and Army ROTC programs. Athletics play a big part on all college campuses and Baylor is no exception. The Bears athletic teams participate in NCAA Division I and are part of the Big 12 Conference.

Fifty-four percent of Baylor’s classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors are Biology/Biological Sciences, Registered Nursing, Psychology, Accounting and Marketing Management.

The range of SAT Scores acceptable (25th – 75th) 1200 – 1390. The range of ACT Scores accepted 24-29. Acceptance rate is 44%. Baylor does not identify a minimum GPA for acceptance*. The Freshmen Retention rate is 87%.

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