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Selecting an U.S. University on the East Coast

Our speakers are Ms. Marguerite Dennis from the Association of American Community Colleges and Ms. Ellen Wang from the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE).

Selecting an U.S. University on the East Coast
Tuesday, September 13 2005 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

Please note: Portions of this transcript have been edited for clarity

Host: (Marguerite Dennis):

Greetings to everyone who signed on to this chat room. My name is Marguerite Dennis and I am the Vice President of Enrollment and International Programs at Suffolk University in Boston. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of American universities with you and I hope I can help.

 

Host: (Ellen Wang)

Hi , this is education advisor Ellen Wang from fulbright foundation, Taiwan. 大家好,我同時也以中文回答你們的問題,請盡量發問。我會以教育顧問的身份,盡量提供建議。

 


Start of Chat


 

Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
我想知道,美國東岸設計類大學,有associate degree的學校,也就是有設計科系的社區大學的資訊或介紹。還有唸完associate degree是否可以申請一般正式大學的senior?
A
There is an Association of American Community Colleges. You should check their web site and it will tell you which have design schools. I also recommend that you check four year schools. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:08)
 
Host: (Ellen Wang)
Q
我要申請美國藝術治療學系的碩士班,我想知道申請需要的TOEFL, GRE分數及其他需要的條件,我還想知道有哪些學校可以申請。
A
通常TOEFL的成績要求會在學校的頁面上顯示,例如平均 213。但是如果你特定的學校,建議你連結到該校網頁。如果你還不清楚去哪裡找到學校的網頁,你可以先到 http://www.petersons.com 蒐集更多的學校介紹。這是一個非常好用的免費網站。還有一般來說,很多美國學校傾向不公佈GRE成績,如果你想知道學校關於留學測驗的要求,你也可以寫信向學校詢問。 (2005-09-13 14:08)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
I would like to know which Universities have beautiful campus in East coast. Thanks.
A
Well, of course my university has the most beautiful campus on the East Coast because we are right next to a beautiful park - the Boston Common. I recommend that you take a virtual tour of each of the schools you are considering and that you follow-up with getting a view book from the schools under consideration. Finally, ask the schools to give you the name of a graduate of that school so that you can speak with a person who actually enrolled there. They will tell you not onoy about how beautiful the campus is but how good the educational programs are. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:10)
 
Host: ( Marguerite Dennis)
Q
How about Univeristy of Maryland-College Park & Northeastern University?
A
Both of these institutions are VERY large. There are thousands of students. The University of Maryland is a public school land and Northeastern is a private school. I would ask about the number of international students at the school, the number of Taiwanese students. I would ask about resources for international students, networking opportunities and alumni clubs after graduation. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:25)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
What is MBA?
A
Master in Business Administration. (2005-09-13 14:21)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
Is it true that community colleges are easier to get in than other four year universities?
A
In general, the earlier you apply the better. Because this means that you will be given consideration not only for admission but for scholarships and for on-campus housing. I recommend that you get your applications in by December 1. That is the usual deadline. With regard to the"top"schools of course you must have outstanding grades and SAT and TOEFL scores. You must also have outstanding extracurricular activities and in general, be a superstar. But there are 3,500 colleges and universities in the US. Look beyond the top schools and you will be quite pleased with the quality and diversity of the schools. I believe that there is a right school for everyone who wants to attend a college in the US. That is one of the benefits of the US higher education system. In general it is easier to get into a community college than into a four year school. However if you have at least a B average and over 1100 in your SAT and a TOEFL score of 5590 you are a candidate for many four year schools. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:14)
 
Host: (Ellen Wang)
Q
希望可以得到一些東部學校communication或是public relation的碩士班的資訊。
A
這問題範圍很大,我舉例以麻州的傳播碩士來說,這各連結可以幫助你找到很豐富的資訊,建議你看一下http://www.petersons.com/gradchannel/code/AcdSearchResults.asp?sponsor=1,其中波士頓大學的傳播碩士課程就很受台灣學生喜愛。 (2005-09-13 14:18)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
我最近開始找申請MBA的學校了,我仔細閱讀他們的admission policy發現了一個很嚴重的問題, 他們不接受已經有MBA degree的人申請,由於我已經在台灣唸完會計研究所(1999畢),中文畢業證書學位為會計碩士,然而前一陣子發現我的英文畢業證書上面是Management of Business Administration, major in Accounting,不知道這樣的情況我還可以申請美國MBA program嗎?
A
As long as you have an undergraduate degree you will be fine; I suggest that you look for MBA programs that have the AACSB accreditation. That is very important since that is an international accreditation. You should also check out the Princeton Review's "Best 143 Business Schools in the US". I am very proud that my university, Suffolk University, is in that book. It is an excellent resource. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:19)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
Do I need a SAT if I just want to apply for a community college?
A
That will depend on the community college. In general you need either the SAT or a TOEFL score, And of course in order to get a visa you need to show proof that you can read and write English. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:21)
 
Host: (Ellen Wang)
Q
在校本科系成績不太好,留學考試托福尚未達到250,準備再報考一次,想請問這樣想要申請明年秋季班的 mass communication or public relation相關科系, 要怎麼選擇學校還有要怎麼增加自己的有利條件呢?
A
很不錯看來你的準備進度已經開始,我會很鼓勵你的TOEFL成績可以準備到250以上,你的語言優勢會強一些。另外這兩各領域也需要準備GRE,也可多花力氣好好考好分數。另外經常有台灣學生有大學成基不夠漂亮的考量,我會建議如果時間允許,多些工作經驗會讓你的申請強度增加,尤其傳播和公關這兩項領域尤其重視工作經驗。 (2005-09-13 14:27)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
How to compare schools? For example: I want to know the difference between Boston Uni. vs. Boston Colleague....but in each school I just can find the curriculums are similar...all other data I can find the difference is the class size...do you know where to find other info?
A
I recommend again that you refer to the Princeton Review's "Best 357 Schools". Both of these schools are in that book. Boston College is a large, Catholic school. Boston University is a very large private school. It all depends on what you are looking for in a school. Do you want large or small classes? Do you want to be in a city or not? Is it important to have lots of international students from other countries or not? What about job opportunities and internship programs? What about career placement help at the time of graduation or before? Get all of this information about any school you are considering before you make a final decision. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:28)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
When I apply the MBA, it seems I need to decide the field I want to join...can I change them after I enrolled?
A
No, our MBA program for example is a general one. You do not have to make a decision when you apply and you can alter the concentration of courses you take at any time during the program. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:29)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
我在台灣已讀到大學二年級,請問若想出國唸設計學校除了托福還需什麼別成績嗎?
A
In general, you will have to have a portfolio of your work and that will be a major consideration in admission. You can check our website and since we have an art and design school all of the general requirements will be listed for any school. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:33)
 
Host: (Ellen Wang)
Q
Some people told me the information from Peterson are too old ... do you have other recommends?
A
Well....first you have to make sure you are searching the latest webpage or the books. However, i still believe Peterson is a really good resource for int'l students like us. And, you must check the info on the pages of schools which u are going to apply. That's very important! (2005-09-13 14:35)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
Is the GRE -subject very important in bio-med application?
A
This would depend on what graduate degree you want. And each school will have different criteria. Check with each school you are considering. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:35)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
如果拿到associate degree之後,可以申請任何一般四年制大學的三年級嗎?
A
Absolutely! You can apply and if you have a GPA of 2.5 most schools will accept you for transfer. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:37)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
Is there any famous design schools you recommend in Boston or New York?
A
Of course. There are several good art and design schools. The most famous in New York is Parsons School. Boston I recommend the Art Institute and of course my own school, The Art and Design Scvhool at Suffolk University. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:42)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
Who should I ask for a recommendation letter? Since I work in teaching but I want to make a change to my work field...Is it good to take friends to write a recommendation for me?
A
It's important to have a letter of recommendation from someone you work with, especially if that person supervised you and another letter should be a faculty member who taught you. That is the best combination. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:42)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
希望知道一些美國當地人熟悉且優良的學校。
A
PLEASE check the Princeton Review's "Best 357 Schools" because the schools that are in that book got there because of what their students said about the school. It's not some arbitrary ranking but rather the inside story on the school by the students who are enrolled there. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:52)
 
Host: (Ellen Wang)
Q
留學是否一定要找留學代辦?若不找留學代辦有什麼是應該要注意的呢?
A
如果你能夠主動積極蒐集留學資訊,多詢多問有經驗的學長姐,或是留學顧問的建議,相信你一定可以順利的自己完成留學申請。例如學術交流基金會的圖書館就豐富的留學申請工具書籍可以提供你使用。或是像台北市立圖書館的留學資料中心,你也都能得到很實用的資訊。 (2005-09-13 15:01)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
寫讀書計劃或其他申請文件時,有需要特別注意的地方嗎?
A
On your statement of purpose be as honest and sincere as you can. Don't write what you think the admission officer wants to read. Honesty and sincerity will go a long way in securing your admission success. Thank you. (2005-09-13 15:01)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
Could you tell me more about your school?
A
We are 100 years old and are a school of 8,500 students. We have arts and science, design and business and law. (We will be at the art and design fair in Taipei.) We have a student and faculty ration of 1 to 14 and we have 10percent of the student body that is from Asia. We have 1,000 international students from over 100 countries and we have a Center for International Education with a staff of 10 professionals who do nothing but take care of international students. We are located in the heart of Boston, on Beacon Hill. We have over 80 majors and offer 800 courses each year. We have 34 study abroad sites as ell as internships and employment programs. We have an active Taiwan Alumni Club which we visit each year. Good luck to all of you and I hope to see some of you in Boston. Thank you (2005-09-13 14:57)
 
Host: (Ellen Wang / Marguerite Dennis)
Q
Is there any educational fair this fall? Do we need to prepare anything before the fair?
A
Ellen:I got some good news for those want to apply design school. There is going to have a design school education fair in Taipei on OCT 1. If you want to check more detail info. Here is website http://www.lindentours.com/int_students/fairs/art_design_fairs_fall05.shtml. I would highly recommand students go to fairs and ask questions face to face. Marguerite:I think students should do their homework before the fair. It can be very confusing to get so much information from so many schools. Prepare yourself before the fair. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:51)
 
Host: (Ellen Wang)
Q
請問還有什麼地方可以查詢到更多有關美國學校的資料?
A
如果大家對於美國學校還有更多的了解,最近學術交流基金會整理了豐富的學校資料,翻譯成中文方便台灣學生查詢,如果各位想知道更多清楚關於學校的介紹,可以參考下的網址http://www.ustudy.org.tw/college_intro/default.htm (2005-09-13 14:42)
 
Host: (Marguerite Dennis)
Q
What can I do to raise the advantage when applying?
A
The better your grades are and the higher your scores the greater will be your chance for admission. But you should apply to a variety of schools and you should compare their admission and scholarship requirements. Thank you. (2005-09-13 14:40)


End of Chat


 

 

Host: (Marguerite Dennis)

Our time is up and I would like to thank you all for “chatting” with me. This is the first time I have participated in a chat room and I thank you all for giving me easy but thoughtful questions. Good luck in your college search. You can email me at mdennis@suffolk.edu if you have any questions which we did not answer today. Good luck. Thank you.

 

Host: (Ellen Wang)

很謝謝大家來參加今天的線上諮詢,學術交流基金會很高興能夠協助台灣學生順利留學美國。如果計畫明年秋天申請入學的話,今年秋天就會是你的申請的高峰季節了,如果同學們在過程中,很需要協助選校或是個人諮詢的幫助,都歡迎你到學術交流基金會來,我們所有的諮詢服務以及演講都是免費為學生或家長所準備。預祝大家申請順利。