Increase in college enrollment: pros and cons

College enrollment has increased dramatically after the financial crisis of 2008 as newly unemployed professionals as well as young adult college students hope to attain the best college degrees so they can be more employable and find a lucrative career. According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, between 2001 and 2011, enrollment increased 32 percent to a total of 21 million students.

Learn how an increase in college enrollment affects you. (Credit: Edsteinink.com)

Learn how an increase in college enrollment affects you. (Credit: Edsteinink.com)

The percentage increase of students older than 25 is larger than that of younger students. Here is some discussion on attracting and enrolling the non-traditional student, competition for jobs among degree holders and the economic pros and cons of the increase in college enrollment. Read more

6 college tips for learning a foreign language

Many college students who study business are encouraged to learn a foreign language, such as Mandarin Chinese. But all students, regardless of major, can improve academics and boost their career opportunities.

There are many good reasons to learn a foreign language. (Credit: NAPPS)

There are many good reasons to learn a foreign language. (Credit: NAPPS)

Whether you decide to study Spanish, Chinese, Arabic or French, here are six college tips for learning a foreign language. Read more

Internships and other ideas to help you choose the right career path

What’s your college major? Fellow college students and others who want to get acquainted with you will want to know. By the way, you need to know, too! It helps when choosing courses. The best career path for you may be one that you haven’t considered.

Defining your career path in college can be difficult. (Credit: Career Services)

Defining your career path in college can be difficult. (Credit: Career Services)

A visit to your campus career center is a good start. Also knowing how to get an internship will help you to check out the best careers from the field of possibilities. Let’s take a look at how you can “try on” different careers before you make a commitment and spend years of studying. Read more

Be prepared: A degree planner tracks academic progress

With the new semester starting, now is a great time to take stock of your progress toward your degree. College students should learn how to use a Degree Planner to calculate the courses you still need to take so you can graduate on time.

An example of a degree planner. (Credit: rosi.utoronto.ca)

An example of a degree planner. (Credit: rosi.utoronto.ca)

A Degree Planner helps you track your academic progress, calculate your college GPA standing, and be prepared for degree and course requirements before graduation. Here are some college tips for finding and using a Degree Planner. Read more

5 common myths about college academics debunked

Too many myths about academics hinder college students from performing academically and improving their college GPA.

There are many myths about the life of a college student. (Credit: Jay Mathews, Washington Post)

There are many myths about the life of a college student. (Credit: Jay Mathews, Washington Post)

Here are some common myths debunked so you can be prepared for your final exam and term paper and perform well in school. Read more

Why aren’t more women college students aiming for STEM careers?

A blond, female MIT engineering student was recently featured in a story where she discussed people’s reactions to her major. Most expressed disbelief that she is studying engineering. These reactions may reveal why there aren’t more women in engineering, or math careers. STEM careers include those in science, technology, engineering and math.

Learn more about why women should pursue a STEM career. (Credit: reddit.com)

Learn more about why women should pursue a STEM career. (Credit: reddit.com)

If you love math and science, don’t let your fears or the prejudices of others keep you from the career of your dreams. There is plenty of inspiration to be found for aspiring women in STEM. Read more

Liberal arts: Best college degrees?

There has been a debate for years about the value of a liberal arts and social sciences education to a successful professional career. Some say that in our increasingly globalized world, the best college degrees for college students are in such fields as social sciences, multiculturalism, politics, world religions and communications.

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Learn more about the value of a liberal arts degree. (Credit: newslanc.com)

Others say that a more concentrated study in a field like business would contribute more to society and American success. Still others say that the debate itself is misguided. Read more

Life hacks for college students to find your career

The biggest, most important of all life hacks for college students? It has to be how to find your career. No matter where you are in your college career—from a freshman to a senior—you have spent time wondering what your future job prospects will be when you receive that diploma.

College is the time to decide on a career. (Credit: Youniversity)

College is the time to decide on a career. (Credit: Youniversity)

Read on to learn the facts about the state of jobs for grads, and how you can improve your odds. Read more

College comparison: Larger vs. smaller colleges

The college you pick says a lot about what you want out of college life. Besides academics and college sports, college students consider many features when choosing a college.

Classroom sizes will vary no matter if you attend a small or large college. (Credit: Her Campus)

Classroom sizes will vary no matter if you attend a small or large college. (Credit: Her Campus)

The size of the school you attend can determine the diversity of students, professor to student ratio, prestige, class size and other factors. Here is a college comparison of large versus small colleges. Read more

Creative writing tips to improve academics

No matter what your major is, it might be fun to take an Intro to Creative Writing course. In addition to studying literature and Expository Writing, learning how to write and think creatively can improve all aspects of academics.

Creative writing can greatly improve one's learning skills. (Credit: garyvarvel.com)

Creative writing can greatly improve one’s learning skills. (Credit: garyvarvel.com)

When you practice creative writing exercises, you are learning problem solving and discipline. Here are some creative writing tips and methods for writing fiction. Read more