Originally published in Hindustan Times, Education Supplement
It’s not too late! If you don’t have a plan for college either for June in India or for August abroad there are still options. Despite the promise of what the future holds, many students reach this time of year with a feeling of dread or disappointment. Due to poor planning, overconfidence or simple bad luck some students do not have an inspired plan for their first year of college. If this is you, there is still hope for study abroad options.
Not interested in a small college or Liberal arts? No worries there are also several outstanding public colleges on the list. For example included is The University of Maryland in College Park, MD, which is ranked, 17th among Public Universities by US News and World Report, has four Nobel Laureates on faculty and has excellent schools of Engineering and Business. University of Maryland was also identified as one of the best colleges from which graduates are likely to get a job in a Wall Street Journal survey of recruiters. Other excellent, large, public colleges listed are Colorado State, Arizona State and University of Arizona.
For techies, Michigan Tech, Illinois Institute of Technology and Missouri University of Science and Technology are also on Forbes’ list. And, incidentally, these institutions also offer degrees in business, design and humanities.
Not looking at going to the US? Check out the American College in Dublin with majors in international business, finance, accounting and hospitality management. Or, for out of the box thinkers, the ECLA Bard program, which offers a four-year liberal arts degree run by the US based Bard College. The program is unique in its concentration on “art and aesthetics, ethics and politics, or literature and rhetoric”. (As a side note, Bard College is also affiliated with Bard College- Simon’s Rock a unique opportunity for students as young 10th grade to start an “early college” experience.) In London there is Richmond American International University, which boasts a diverse student population of students from over 100 countries and an impressive record of post-graduate placements. As a bonus at Richmond, SAT scores are optional for admissions consideration.