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New England Institute of Technology

New England Institute of Technology (visited 4/29/19)

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The interior of the main Academic building with a fountain (complete with goldfish) at the bottom.

If a student wants hands-on, experiential, practical education, this school is worth looking at.

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The large, 400=bed dorm from one of the lounges; the building is in a large U shape with lots of game rooms, kitchens, and other meeting spaces.

NEIT is an interesting place that seems to have sprung suddenly on the college scene in the last decade or so. It’s still very much a regionally known place mostly because it had been a commuter school for so long. However, with the recent addition of a 400-bed dorm (with another one planned to be completed within the next couple years), NEIT is expanding its reach beyond the local and is becoming well known in the New England region. They are now trying to get their name out there beyond the immediate area.

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Some of the interior design student work

Right now, I’d hesitate a bit before sending a student from too far away simply because there’s not much happening on the weekends. “It’s pretty quiet,” said one of the students. However, they’re really happy here. “You can definitely find things to do.” Providence is only about 15 minutes away with a lively college scene. Boston is about an hour and NYC is about 3 hours on the train which runs through the area. I think once the 2nd dorm goes up and the residential population grows with that, this will become a more vibrant campus and they’ll continue to attract more students who will want to stick around on the weekends.

NEIT mascotThe main campus is located in East Greenwich. Campus is new (they moved to this location in the early 2000s) and has up-to-date technology for the students. There are 2 satellite campuses in Warwick and Providence. This one houses the Automotive center; students can get degrees in Auto Technology (Regular or High Performance), Auto body, Collision Repair, and even Marine Technology!

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One of the many labs

They offer an extensive array of Associate’s degrees, many of which lead into a Bachelor’s if students want to continue on. Students who want to go directly into a trade (think electrical, plumbing, HVAC) and health sciences (PT or OT assistant, Respiratory Care, Paramedic, Vet Tech, etc) will be well trained and usually get jobs before graduation. Nursing is also offered as an AA degree, but they recommend staying for the BSN to be more marketable/hirable. Some of their more unusual Bachelor’s degrees include Construction Management, Vet Practice Management, Game Development & Simulation Programming, and Cybersecurity and Network Engineering.

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Another lab

This is a great choice for students who are looking for engineering technology, not engineering itself. In addition to the more typical engineering fields (civil, mechanical, etc), they also offer Software, Electrical, and Architectural Building Engineering Tech. The students we talked to are very happy in their classes; one student at my lunch table was in the engineering tech program and said that he had a lot of friends at URI’s engineering. “They’re getting much more of the theory. We’re getting the actual knowledge of how to run things. When they get hired, they often don’t know how to run the machines. We do.”

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The motion capture area in one of the Game Development labs

Classes are held on the quarter system, and many students are able to finish an AA degree in 18 months by taking classes year-round. Bachelor’s can be finished in 3 years. However, their 6-year graduation rate hovers in the mid-50% range which isn’t spectacular but still slightly above the national average. However, job placements out of here tend to be very high for those who do finish.

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Manor College

Manor College (visited 7/20/16)

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This building holds the dorm, the dental labs, and more.

Manor is a 2-year, private college founded by the Sisters of St. Basil and affiliated with the Ukrainian Catholic Church. They have a Ukrainian Heritage center, which unfortunately we didn’t get to see. This is a bit surprising since it’s one way that the school could distinguish itself, and our tour guide himself had emigrated from Ukraine when he was 5. He pointed out where it was located, and we could see a bit of clothing through a window, but that’s as close as we got.

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The main building from the parking lot in the middle of campus

Manor is also unusual in that it’s a private 2-year school with housing provided. Currently, there are only 85 beds on campus, and the admissions rep said that they were not currently at capacity. However, Manor enrolls about 700 students in total; these students are twice as likely to graduate and transfer than students at peer institutions. Over half of the student body self-identify as racial or ethnic minorities.

Jonathan Peri took over as college president about 9 months ago, replacing a president who had been in office for about 30 years. He has already set several plans in motion, and there were quite a few renovations in the works. “You’re here 40 days before the grand unveiling, and if you’re able to come in the fall, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!” he told us at lunch.

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The library

This small campus – three buildings making a U around a parking lot – is in need of work. The main academic buildings are reminiscent of an elementary school. Currently, they’re redoing the library, a large room on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the main building. The main area is 2-stories tall with windows stretching floor-to-ceiling, letting in lots of light. The balcony area houses many of the books. Some of the renovations in there include putting trees along the windows, creating study areas along one side of the room, and a computer area on the other side.

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One of the classrooms.

Other renovations include tearing up an area behind the dorm to put in “Blue Jay Beach,” a full-sized beach volleyball court, Adirondack chairs, and more. They’re definitely trying to make the area more appealing and resident-friendly. This will be helpful in attracting more students who want to live on campus; I think once that ball gets rolling, more and more students will want to take advantage of the option to live on campus. Our tour guide was very sweet and loved being at Manor; like most students, he is local and commutes to school, “but I’m often here in the evenings hanging out with my friends. I’m teaching a friend to play guitar so we’ll do that in the dorm.”

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One of the labs.

Students can choose from over 35 AA/AS degrees and Certificate programs within the Allied Health, Legal Studies, Math, and more. There are many hands-on, career-path majors here, including Vet Tech, Paralegal, and Dental Hygiene. They have a full dental clinic on campus, and anyone – students, staff, and community members – can get their teeth cleaned for $20. “Students coming here do so because they’re choosing a smarter career path,” said the President.

They are starting 3 new programs (including Business Admin and Liberal Arts) that will be fully online and entirely equivalent to the on-site programs to allow for more flexibility in students’ learning options. This is the first time that Pennsylvania has allowed students in a program of this sort to use Financial Aid.

Tuition is affordable at just under $16,000 a year – and last year, they even had a tuition freeze. Allied Health Tuition is a bit higher (about $16,700) and Dental Hygiene students pay an additional $1900 lab fee, as well. Room and Board starts at $7500 a year, with single rooms being a bit more.

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Vermont Tech


Vermont Tech sculptures and quadVermont Tech has some wonderful, unusual programs. About a third of the students enroll in one of the engineering programs, and another quarter in nursing and allied health programs. The Dean of Enrollment said that during a conversation with a CEO of a company, he was told “Vermont Tech grads are ready to work on the first day.”

Vermont Tech sculptureVermont Tech Clarke HallThe main campus houses about 950 students with another 700 more using the satellite campuses around the state. Only about 500 students live on campus in one of the 4 residence halls. Some degrees are only located on particular campuses, such as the Aviation Degree at Williston because of the proximity to Burlington airport (students in this program can graduate with their pilot license). Other campuses are primarily nursing and some respiratory majors. Architectural Engineering is math and science based. A Farm is attached to campus. The equine and agricultural majors have chores.

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A VT dorm

VTC hosts the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology (or VAST) for HS seniors; now in its 25th year, this is an early-entry program in which students complete 1 year of college while finishing High School (they can go back to walk in their home ceremonies). They live on campus with other VAST students. It’s free for Vermont students, and “reasonable for out-of-staters.” The dean described this as a program for “academically hungry students.”

Vermont Tech dining hall

Dining Hall

There’s not a lot going on around campus. Our tour guide said that weekends can be slow and that a lot of people leave, but they’re working on providing more to do so people stick around. Karaoke drew a big crowed. A couple big events on campus include Spring Bash (with fireworks, dunk tank, slip and slide, and more) and Country Dance (complete with a mechanical bull), and trips to Boston. Basketball (their teams are DII) draws a big fan base, but “soccer, not so much.” They have a small ski slope with a tow-rope on campus, and students built a heated ski hut at the bottom.

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The Vet Tech lab

They have rolling admissions except for nursing, dental tech, and vet tech which all have a 12/1 deadline because of limited spots in the programs. Admissions are looking for “good solid students who know what they want to do.

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Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona (visited 1/16/14)

The library and triangular main Admin building

The library and triangular main Admin building

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (or Cal Poly Pomona), one of the 23 CSU campuses, has traditionally been both a regional campus and the “little brother” of the better known Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Because of the nature of the CSUs which serve specific areas in the state, they do tend to draw heavily from the local area. However, this seems to be changing due to increased national awareness of the university’s offerings and more aggressive marketing by the new Director of Enrollment. They’re seeing an increased number of out-of-state students at the transfer level; this is trickling down to the freshman level.


Some of the planes built by students

~CPP 5During our visit, we met with Mario Cordova, an Admissions Representative. Applications have risen over the past four years from 20,000 to 32,000. Admitted students have about a 3.5 GPA and an 1100 on the CR and M sections of the SAT or a 26 on the SAT. Acceptance rates now hover around 50%, but Mr. Cordova said that this is a little deceiving since it fluctuates by major. Engineering is the most popular major, but other academic strengths include programs such as hospitality management, vet tech (CPP is 1 of 3 schools in the country where students can take the Vet Tech exam directly after graduating without additional training), architecture, sciences, and even music industry studies! About half of their impacted majors are in the engineering fields; the others are in architecture, some sciences including animal sciences and kinesiology, and a few in the social sciences. The architecture department needs more space; currently, they’re only taking a few students each year in order to provide them with appropriate studio work space.


One of the original buildings dating back to when the property was a horse ranch

Mr. Cordova told us that their goal class is about 3,000. Currently, only 18% of students live on campus, and they’ve added 600 new beds over the last three years. Demand to live on campus isn’t overwhelming since they’re still pulling so many kids from the local area who don’t need to live on campus. First-year dorms are stereotypical dorms. Suites with 4 bedrooms and kitchenettes are newer and tend to house upperclassmen; these are located behind the bookstore. The Village is the off-campus apartment area. The traditional dining halls are in the dorms and utilized mostly by freshmen. There are a lot of fast-food options (sushi, subway, Qdoba, etc) in the Union which was busy as we came through to get lunch at about 12:45, but not overwhelming. We didn’t wait more than 5 minutes for food and we were able to get a table.

This get repainted several times a year by students intrepid enough to climb up the hill

This get repainted several times a year by students intrepid enough to climb up the hill

“You Hour” is held from 12:00 to 1:00 on Tuesdays and Thursday. No classes are held during this hour, and the quad was full of student groups advertising their activities, holding fund-raiser BBQs, and more. One of the BBQs was sponsored by Delta Alpha Beta, a Hispanic/multi-cultural frat. They do a lot of community service, especially with kids. We stopped to talk to the guys to ask them about their experiences. One of them does AF ROTC on the USC campus and enjoys being here but having access to the other campus. The boys told us that Greek Life at CPP was small and had been on the decline, but seems to be picking back up again.

~CPP acad bldg 3Although there seems to be a lot to do on campus, we were told that we hit a “busy time” when a lot of people were out and about, but the crowds we saw only represented a fraction of the students. There are certainly people who don’t feel like there’s enough of a social scene and transfer out. Another reason people give for transferring is that the quarter system is a little too intense for them. Some students aren’t fans of the local area; town is not always safe and there’s not much within walking distance.


The Japanese Garden

As we walked across campus, two students were helpful in helping us find the building we were looking for; they were both freshmen recruited athletes from California (the volleyball player was from Stockton; the baseball player was from Temecula). Both are happy with their choice and felt that they fit here and were getting good educational and athletic experiences. The school is starting to get recognized nationally, partly because they just won a DII basketball title. Later, we had lunch with a brother (senior) and sister (freshman) from the area who answered a lot of our questions. The sister was an architecture major and part of the Honors College and was loving her experiences so far; she felt part of the community already. The brother was a big fan of the Integrated General Education requirements; instead of separate, lecture-based classes, the IGE program brings together social sciences, humanities, writing requirements, and more into the program. He felt that this approach was more interesting and conducive to his learning style. He’s studying Industrial Engineering. A lot of people in that area tend to specialize in supply chain management, and graduations have gone on to work at major companies like UPS, Netflix, and Amazon. He’s a member of Hillel which he said has 20-25 active members, and Shabbat Dinners are a regular things. They’re always looking for regular donors since it costs about $300 per dinner.

© 2014

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