We went to Suffolk University today. Unfortunately, Suffolk is on spring break this week, so we couldn’t listen to any students speak, but a woman who works in admissions told us about the features of this university. I will write about two big points of these features.
First, there aren’t so many students, so the student to teacher ratio is very low. I thought this would be a very good environment to study in. Second, Suffolk University is famous for the liberal arts. There were many art works by students everywhere on the campus. They were very cool, and I enjoyed them a lot.
Suffolk University was very different from Japan. The campus buildings are very big, and I thought that I didn’t want to get lost. Through today’s experience, I found my choices.
M.T. (M3 girl)
Emerson College has two main types of majors categorized into two groups, which are the School of Communication, and the School of Arts. The School of Communication includes majors like the Business of Creative Enterprises, Communication Sciences & Disorders, or Journalism, whilst the School of Arts holds majors such as Performing Arts, Film & Video Production, or Comedic Arts.
Emerson College is not just in Boston but has campuses in other locations as well. One is in Los Angeles, where most programs require internships. People usually move there for a summer program.
For applications, they do not require TOEFL scores if we take regular English classes like we do at Hiroo. They look at our GPA grade from 9th?11th grade (M3?H2). They also require an essay that is titled after our own life story, so they can get to know what kind of person we are.
Majors like Film & Video production do not necessitate a prior skill level, but rather look at whether we have the strong intention to take the major or not. Therefore, for example, submitting a short film that is about 5 minutes as part of the application is only recommended but not required.
Although Emerson College require a lot of money to pay, all of the technological gear bought for the college is for all of the students and they have the permit to use it for their own projects without having to pay back for them. Emerson also updates their technology every 2?3 years so that the students can learn how to use them, as technology will improve in companies as well.
Emerson College was the college I had the most interest in, and after listening to the lecture and tour, I gained even more interest and I was also able to gain more knowledge about this college. The people were all very kind and welcoming, the security at this college is very safe, and their majors are what I’m most interested in taking, so going to this college was a great experience for me.
– K.I. (H1 girl)
In the afternoon, we went to Northeastern University. Northeastern University has an undergraduate enrollment of 18,463, which is very large. 20% of the undergraduate population are international students. The student to faculty ratio is 14:1. There are many early admission options, including early decision and early action, as well as the regular decision. 92% of undergraduate students are employed in a full-time job or enrolled in graduate school within nine months of graduation. All students are equally considered for a merit-based scholarship. There is no separate application process.
Popular majors include business, management, engineering, etc. Other than these, there are more than 175 majors in this university. The interesting aspects of this university are the combined majors, which allow two majors to be combined into one. For example, I am interested in Computer Science and I have options to take Computer Science and Design, Computer Science and Economics, Computer Science and Information Science, Computer Science and Journalism, Computer Science and Philosophy, and so on.
Unfortunately, the university tour guide was full, so we ask several questions to the admission officers and we went through the campus by ourselves. We visited the library, research center, and one of the on-campus residence buildings. The research center we visited was for graduate students, but undergraduate students also can visit there to study. The residence building we visited was named the “International Village” where lots of international students live. I personally liked the mood of the university, as well as the rich major options including combined majors.
– T.M. (H1 boy)