Five forgotten colleges in the US
Do you want to study at a college in the US? Make sure to make the most of your studies abroad. Here are five exciting schools that can offer you a unique college experience.
The first four schools below are Community Colleges where may take a two-year Associate Degree and then transfer directly into year three on a Bachelor’s Degree program at an American university. Starting at a Community College is the most economical way to take a Bachelor in the US.
Lake Tahoe Community College - one of America's most beautiful places
Lake Tahoe is a large lake located north of Yosemite amid the American Alps of Sierra Nevada, California. Lake Tahoe has been voted one of America's most beautiful places in numerous polls. Rough Guides recently rated Lake Tahoe as the eighth most beautiful place in the United States, ahead of national parks like Yellowstone, and Funzine ranked Lake Tahoe as one of the world's ten most beautiful lakes. There is a wide range of sports and nature activities available here such as water sports, hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing.
Lake Tahoe Community College is a friendly school with 3000 students per semester of which about 40 are international. Here it's easy to make American friends. Class sizes are small, and the teachers get top grades from their students. After two years many students transfer to the prestigious University of California and California State University systems.
Seattle Central College - study in one of America's trendiest cities
Less known to international students, Seattle is one of the trendiest cities in the US. It is the home to companies like Starbucks, Amazon, Boeing, and Microsoft. It has been voted the best US City For Culture, and it is also one of the most beautiful cities in the USA with a mild climate and perfect summer weather. Unlike many American cities, it is quite easy to get around on foot, by bicycle or by public transportation in Seattle.
Seattle Central College is conveniently located right in the center of the city. It is the most flexible school in this list. Here you can take English courses, Study Abroad semesters, Associate Degrees or a Bachelor. They also have a unique High School Completion Plus program, where you can get both an American High School Exam and an Associate Degree in just two years. Perfect for those who want to study in the United States but have not finished high school. SCC offer a guaranteed transfer to about twenty well known universities in the Western United States.
Valencia College - in the middle of beautiful Florida
Imagine studying in Orlando, in the middle of beautiful Florida. Summer weather and outdoor bathing all year round. There are plenty of theme parks (such as Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios), beaches, parks, shopping and dining and sporting events.
Valencia College is a high-ranking Community College with many different programs and degrees. Choose between subjects such as business, biology, culinary arts, dance, it, drama, tourism, public relations, psychology and much more. The school's film program has been praised as one of the best by Steven Spielberg himself. Valencia College has five different campuses around Orlando and there is almost always something happening on campus. Valencia College offer guaranteed transfer to Florida's 12 Public Universities.
College of the Desert - study where California's jet set go on holiday
College of the Desert is located in the Palm Springs area. Los Angeles and Las Vegas is only a couple of hours drive away and many city dwellers go down to Palm Springs to get away for awhile. Here they have 350 days of sunshine per year. The famous national park Joshua Tree lies next door and the well known Palm Springs International Film Festival takes place once a year. Palm Springs has been a popular resort for musicians and Hollywood stars since the 1920s. Don't be surprised if you run into celebrities like Leonardo di Caprio or Beyonce while you study in Palm Springs.
College of the Desert has an active student life and offers great value. I doubt that you can find a college with better prices in the US. At the same time they have good academic quality and many of their students transfer to the University of Californa or the California State systems to complete the last two years in a Bachelor's Degree after taking the first two years at the College of the Desert.
Concordia College - in a quiet suburb of New York
New York City needs no introduction. It is a world-class city that offers endless entertainment, shopping and attractions. Studying and living in the middle of New York can be stressful as living costs are high and you are constantly surrounded by noise and people. Most colleges in Manhattan only consist of some office-like buildings and lack a real campus. Therefore, it may be a good idea to study in a suburb like Bronxville, half an hours train ride from central New York.
This is the location of the classic Concordia College on a lush campus, designed by the same architect as the main building on well-known Ellis Island. It is a four-year college where you can choose between taking English courses, Study Abroad semesters or a Freshman year in the fields of Pre-Engineering, Business or Digital Media / Video Production. Then you can proceed to a Bachelor's Degree in a variety of subjects for another three years of study. Study in a peaceful environment from where you can quickly travel into bustling Manhattan in the afternoons and on weekends.