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The following are news items from schools participating in this education guide.

Barry University: Imagine living in a place where minds are as open as the clear, blue skies. At Barry University in sunny Miami Shores, Fla., you’ll find that and more. Named one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes magazine, Barry was founded in 1940 and is the second-largest Catholic university in the Southeast. Our palm-tree-lined main campus is just a few miles from the ocean and Miami.

Choose from more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, health sciences, human performance and leisure sciences, law, podiatric medicine, public administration and social work.

No matter which program you choose, you’ll find the support you need to advance your career. With small classes, you receive personal attention from distinguished professors. You learn with students from nearly 120 countries, offering diverse perspectives that enrich your experience. Internships, study-abroad opportunities and service learning take your education beyond the classroom.

At Barry, you’ll also find ways to express yourself and gain leadership skills, with more than 60 on-campus student organizations.

Barry University accepts applications year-round, participates in the full array of federal and state financial aid programs, and offers grants and scholarships to students who qualify. Ready to find yourself at Barry University? Visit barry.edu.

Carlow University: This small, comprehensive Catholic university offers professional and liberal arts programs. Founded as Mount Mercy College in 1929 by the Pittsburgh Sisters of Mercy, Carlow embraces collaborative teaching methods, civic engagement and service learning as it prepares its students to become leaders in the 21st century. With a 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, Carlow students have the opportunity to work with faculty in a student-centered learning environment, both on campus and around the world through the many study abroad options.

Carlow University’s main campus is located on 15 acres in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, which is adjacent to several world-class research and medical centers. As one of the largest college towns in the nation, Pittsburgh also boasts having the most “green” buildings as it has transformed itself from an industrial city to a vibrant and safe city with top-notch medical, social and cultural centers.

Carlow, which boasts a total enrollment of approximately 2,300 students, has more than 50 undergraduate academic programs in fields such as art, accounting, biology, business, creative writing, education, nursing and more.

Carlow’s Graduate School offers master’s degrees in business, counseling, creative writing, education, fraud and forensics, and nursing, and it offers doctoral programs in counseling psychology and nursing.

For more information about Carlow University, visit carlow.edu, or call (800) 333-2275 or (412) 578-6059.

Concordia University: Learning that enriches, faith that uplifts and leadership that takes you places. Concordia University Chicago provides a well-rounded liberal-arts-based Christian education focused on faith, values and service to others. A CUC education equips men and women to serve and lead with integrity, creativity, competence and compassion in a diverse, interconnected and increasingly urbanized world.

Concordia’s distinctive academic programs are designed to meet the needs of the world in which students live, serve and work. Known historically for its excellence in teacher education, CUC offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. New programs like the joint nursing degree with Resurrection University and online master of business administration prepare students for in-demand jobs and high-level careers.

Students enjoy one-on-one attention in small classes from experienced faculty who actively connect students to educational opportunities, research and internships in education, business, the arts, government and the nonprofit sector throughout metropolitan Chicago and beyond.

CUC students are part of a community where they are inspired, challenged and appreciated for their contributions on and off campus. Service learning is an integral part of the Concordia-Chicago experience. Classroom learning quickly translates into hands-on opportunities to serve in local and national communities where students can change and improve the lives of others.

Learn why Concordia-Chicago is the right choice by scheduling a campus visit today. For more information visit CUChicago.edu/admission, call (877) 282-4422 or email admission@CUChicago.edu. Find CUC on Facebook at facebook.com/CUChicago.admission.

Ferris State University: Ferris State University was founded in 1884 by Woodbridge and Helen Ferris, whose commitment to providing education and opportunity for all led them to establish a unique school with a practical approach, offering degrees that fit students’ personal and academic needs to help them build better lives and a better world.

Though much has changed at Ferris State over the years, its philosophy remains the same. Today, state-of-the-art resources, internship and networking opportunities, and industry advisory boards complement the university’s original commitment to providing students with excellent academic experiences personalized to meet their needs.

At Ferris students choose from more than 180 degree options to develop in-demand skills and find paths to rewarding careers. The university offers unique doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs. Small classes (most have 25 or fewer students) are personal and engaging academic experiences led by faculty, not graduate students.

With a safe, friendly campus and a variety of support resources, Ferris State provides a great environment for students to learn and grow. Located in Big Rapids, Mich., a city with about 12,000 permanent residents and a welcoming atmosphere, Ferris offers a comfortable setting with lots of choices to let students create a personalized, rewarding college experience.

To learn more about Ferris State or to schedule a campus visit, visit ferris.edu, call (800) 433-7747 or find Ferris State University on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Rosalind Franklin University: Assistant professor Beth Stutzmann, Ph.D., has spent the last 10 years investigating neuronal signaling in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. At the root of her many questions is the desire to understand the early disease processes that cause brain cells to malfunction in Alzheimer’s. In other words, what pathological events are occurring before the tragic physical and behavioral changes develop. Uncovering these events may offer more effective strategies to prevent disease progression. Stutzmann’s research suggests that alterations in critical neuronal signaling factors, such as calcium, are an early component in the disease cycle that contributes to the memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease.

Stutzmann came to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) from the University of California, Irvine, in 2005 to explore this area of interest, intentionally seeking RFUMS for its commitment to research paired with its strong basic science program, an environment where she knew her research would thrive.

“I love the process of investigation. There are things that, as researchers, we believe are important and we get to explore them. Not only is this satisfying on a personal level, you feel you’re contributing to a greater good. It’s enormously satisfying when you add even a little piece to the puzzle,” Stutzmann said.

Her desire to help students is clear. She speaks passionately about teaching and mentoring, saying her own mentors had the biggest impact on her career.

“I really believe in paying it forward and encouraging all young scientists,” she said.

RFU is at 3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago; call (847) 578-3000 or visit rosalindfranklin.edu.

Grand Valley State University: GVSU is a comprehensive four-year public institution that has established a reputation for preparing its more than 24,500 students to excel in virtually every field. Grand Valley has more than 200 areas of study in 82 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs. Our focus on individual student achievement has created unique undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that attract top students from across the country and around the world.

Grand Valley’s liberal education focus emphasizes critical thinking, creative problem solving and cultural understanding, preparing students for life in a fast-changing world. It fosters a commitment to economic, social and environmental sustainability and it’s an inclusive campus that values diversity. Through this forward-thinking education, students are empowered to positively affect the global community now and in the future.

Grand Valley’s main campus in suburban Allendale, Mich., is nestled in 1,304 acres of open green spaces and wooded ravines. The campus is home to modern classrooms and labs, some of the newest and most inviting living centers in Michigan, outstanding fitness and sports facilities, a comprehensive library and much more.

Just 15 miles east, in the heart of Michigan’s second-largest city, the 33-acre Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus offers a dynamic urban academic setting. The Pew Campus features the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, which has made Grand Valley a catalyst for unique health care partnerships and joint ventures that put students in the heart of unique learning experiences in Grand Rapids’ Health Hill.

Call (800) 748-0246 or visit gvsu.edu.

Indiana State University: Choosing the right college is an investment in your future. You are wise to seek a college that will give you more — more choices, more experiences, more value.

That’s just what you’ll find at Indiana State University. Why? Because for us, “More. From day one” is not just a slogan. It’s our personal promise to you. ISU is committed to providing you with more of what you’re looking for in a university — from day one.

Indiana State expands upon tradition. Established in 1865, ISU is a four-year public university that embraces its mission to prepare you to be a leader. With a focus on experiential learning and civic engagement, Indiana State excels in working with community leaders across the state to create and implement a vision for a better tomorrow.

Indiana State fosters an active environment of experiential learning. From day one, you are challenged through well-rounded academic programs and reap the benefits of working side by side with expert faculty. Through this personal interaction, you’ll gain confidence, experience and a resume of accomplishments that goes far beyond the classroom. That’s real experience, real value.

Located in a parklike setting in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana State University has the facilities, diversity and distinctive academic programs associated with much larger universities, but within the comfortable atmosphere of a small, close-knit campus. You’ll also find Indiana State can provide an affordable path to your future.

Call (800) 468-6478 or visit indstate.edu.

Indiana University Northwest: Illinois residents now cross the state line for higher education options without having to pay out-of-state tuition rates. Thanks to the Illiana Merit Scholarship Program at Indiana University Northwest, academically qualified students in the Chicago area can earn IU degrees close to home for the same cost as Indiana students. That is an annual savings of more than $10,000.

Past academic performance is the only eligibility requirement for the Illiana Merit Scholarship, which is available both for undergraduate and graduate programs. Incoming freshmen and transfer students can apply.

To be eligible, recent high school graduates must possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher along with a combined SAT score of 1000 (critical reading plus math) or greater or an ACT composite score of at least 21. Transfer and graduate students must have maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA from a baccalaureate institution.

The scholarship is renewable from year to year as long as the student maintains a 3.0 cumulative GPA and remains enrolled as a full-time student. Graduate students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Satisfactory progress toward the degree must be maintained.

Recipients of this scholarship essentially receive the difference between the Indiana resident rate and the nonresident rate. Based on rates for the 2012-13 academic year, for example, students would receive a scholarship estimated at $10,851 per academic year. This figure is based on two terms at 15 credit hours each. Ordinarily, non-Indiana residents would pay $16,894 for two 15-credit- hour terms.

To learn more about the Illiana Merit Scholarship Program, go to iun.edu/illiana.

Current college students from across northwest Indiana and the Chicago area also are eligible for transfer scholarships when they transfer to IUN. These scholarships, which first became available for the 2012-13 academic year, are intended to strengthen IUN’s transfer relationship with graduates of Ivy Tech Community College and to benefit those who previously attended other regionally accredited institutions.

A limited number of scholarships remain available for the spring 2013 semester. IUN will continue the program in future years.

Students need not formally apply for the transfer scholarships. Once they are admitted to IUN, students will be notified by admissions if scholarship funds are available and if they meet the scholarship requirements. With a student’s acceptance of the aid, the scholarship funds will automatically be applied to that student’s tuition.

The transfer scholarships are available to full-time and part-time students. Scholarship totals range between $2,000 and $6,000 for a two-year period.

For more information, go to iun.edu/admissions or contact IUN admissions at (888) 968-7486.

Kendall College: Chicago’s Kendall College has become the first private institution in Illinois to freeze tuition for a student’s entire time in college, according to a recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business.

The school announced that 2,200 current students and students who enroll before Jan. 7 will not have tuition costs increase year to year. The only qualification is that students must be enrolled in three out of four quarters each year. The tuition freeze applies to all of the school’s degree programs, which include bachelor’s degree programs in business, early childhood education, culinary arts and hospitality management.

The College Board of New York reports that tuition has grown an average of 2.6 percent beyond inflation each year since 2001 at four-year private, nonprofit schools. At four-year public schools, the cost has jumped an average of 5.6 percent over inflation during this same period.

In this challenging economic environment, Kendall’s initiative to reduce financial uncertainty can help education become more accessible to students and their families. “We made the decision that we can deliver a high-quality product without relying on tuition increases,” said Kendall President Emily Williams Knight. “I can’t make college free, but I can take a step to make it attainable.”

For more information on the tuition freeze, visit kendall.edu or contact enrollment at (888) 905-3632.

Lawrence Technological University: LTU is a private university providing students a high-quality education that pays off. A 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek survey ranks the earning power of a Lawrence Tech bachelor’s degree in the top 20 percent of all U.S. universities, meaning Lawrence Tech grads tend to earn more during their careers than their peers. Most Lawrence Tech students are employed within a month of graduating.

Located in Southfield, Mich., Lawrence Tech offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs — many available online — in colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Students can earn degrees and “fast track” certificates in emerging fields such as robotics, alternative energy, defense and the life sciences.

Students use advanced facilities, including the Center for Innovative Materials Research, architectural and design studios, a structural testing center and labs for alternative energy, robotics, biomedical research, graphics and much more.

More than 60 student clubs and organizations sponsor activities on Lawrence Tech’s modern 102-acre campus. Students enjoy a dynamic athletic program; learn more at BlueDevilAthletics.com. There also are a wide variety of intramural leagues and club sports.

Enhancing the university’s experiential “theory and practice” approach to learning, students benefit from individual attention, a high-tech learning environment and faculty with industry savvy. Hands-on experience in projects, competitions, internships, co-ops, applied research and more provides students with the skills they need to succeed.

Call (800) 225-5588, email admissions@ltu.edu or visit ltu.edu. Apply free at ltu.edu/applyfree.

Marquette University: Your college search can be an exhilarating time, but it’s not without stress. Marquette officials offer these tips for finding — and financing — the right school for you:

Be early: Marquette’s priority application deadline is Dec. 1, but Roby Blust, dean of undergraduate admissions, recommends students apply a month before to ensure that all materials arrive in time. Deadlines are equally critical for financial aid. “The earliest date you can file the free application for federal student aid is Jan. 1 and the earlier you file, the better,” says Susan Teerink, Marquette’s financial aid director. “You don’t have to wait until your tax returns are complete.”

Be inquisitive: Go beyond the basics of majors, extracurriculars and tuition costs. When it comes to financial aid, ask about procedures and deadlines, and don’t be scared off by the “sticker price.” At Marquette, more than 90 percent of undergraduates receive some sort of financial aid. All colleges are required to include a net-price calculator on their websites, which can help you estimate your likely financial aid.

Be present: If possible, visit your top three schools. Check out the union, academic facilities and residence halls, and spend some time exploring the surrounding city as well. Financial aid is no different. Keep in contact with the financial aid office. Don’t make the mistake of filing the FAFSA and then forgetting about it until school starts — you may not have any financial aid waiting.

Call (800) 222-6544 or visit marquette.edu.

Milwaukee School of Engineering: MSOE is known for its academic reputation and outstanding career placement rates, and now it is known for changing the way students apply to college.

MSOE launched an online admissions community called Bridge. Prospective students can learn more about the university, complete an application, monitor their admission progress, ask questions and chat with their admission counselor, other prospective students and current MSOE students and faculty.

“A great part about MSOE was that I didn’t spend all my time learning from a book. I experienced course concepts firsthand in the lab. Even in my introductory courses I spent a lot of time on fun and engaging projects,” said Joel Kloppmann, a computer engineering major who graduated in 2012 and now works for Microsoft.

Students spend an average of 600 hours gaining laboratory experience, so it’s no wonder graduates get into the job or graduate school they want. The placement rate is 95 percent with a high average starting salary of $53,300.

At MSOE the average class size is 18 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 14-to-1. All classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants, and students are admitted directly to their program of study, giving them a full four years of learning their specialty. MSOE offers degrees in the engineering, engineering technology, building and infrastructure engineering, computer, business, nursing and health-related engineering fields.

Are you interested in learning more? Visit admissions.msoe.edu and create your free account on Bridge. You also can call (800) 332-6763 or email explore@msoe.edu.

Robert Morris University: That’s a comment from a Robert Morris University graduate who looked beyond the traditional college experience to learning, living and enjoying college in the heart of downtown Chicago.

As an affordable, highly ranked, not-for-profit private university, Robert Morris provides professional, career-focused undergraduate and graduate education. With the lowest tuition of any private university in Illinois, RMU awarded more than $25 million in scholarships in 2011.

For students who choose to live in the city over commuting, housing is available at the vibrant University Center next door on State Street. With several floor plans, the University Center is home to students from different institutions, creating a unique and diverse student housing environment. Additionally, RMU’s Passport Chicago program lets students experience the city through fun, free activities, turning every student into a real Chicagoan.

RMU’s athletic program, the largest of any private college in Illinois, offers scholarships and the opportunity to play at the intercollegiate level. The intra-collegiate sports program offers an active schedule of play among RMU campuses. Extracurricular activities round out the college experience, from clubs and organizations to performing arts. There is something for everyone at RMU.

You’re busy thinking about tomorrow, but look further down the road. RMU’s graduation rate ranks in the top five among private universities in Illinois. Join the next group of RMU graduates.

Call (800) 762-5960 or visit robertmorris.edu.

Northeastern Illinois University: NEIU is considered one of the best investments in the nation and in Illinois, according to Newsweek magazine’s annual College Rankings edition.

NEIU is ranked sixth in the United States and No. 1 in Illinois. Northeastern sits alongside Harvard, Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the rankings. Graduates earn an average mid-career annual salary of more than $70,000 with a starting annual salary near $40,000. The ranking showed students attending Northeastern could expect to pay less than $20,000 a year in tuition and living expenses.

“This ranking makes me proud to be a Northeastern student,” said Maria Rios, senior biology student at Northeastern Illinois University. “I made a really good choice coming to NEIU and obviously it was a good investment. Once I graduate, I know I’ll get a good job.”

Northeastern is also recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most diverse universities in the country and is federally designated as a Hispanic serving institution.

NEIU is a fully accredited public university serving more than 11,000 students in the Chicago area. The university offers more than 80 academic programs in the arts, sciences, education and business.

Come check out what Northeastern can offer you at an open house on Oct. 8 at its main campus, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave. in Chicago. For more information, visit neiu.edu.

North Michigan University: Why is Northern Michigan University’s tag line “Northern. Naturally.”?

Well, there are the snowy peaks. And the crashing waves. And the more than 400 miles of rivers and streams just minutes from campus. But we also say it because you may find the fit so perfect — so natural — you’ll never want to leave.

“Northern offers so many things that other colleges don’t,” said NMU graduate Tara Baker. “Nature is all around you and Lake Superior is just a five-minute walk away. Plus the class sizes here are perfect and yet it isn’t so small that I would know everybody on campus.”

How do you know if a university is a good fit for you? A visit to the campus in person is probably the best way. Come for one of two Wildcat Weekends a year where visitors can get a sample of academic life in a group setting. Or, Northern offers a personalized campus visit where you can sit down with a faculty member. We give a campus tour, plus time to meet with financial aid representatives, tour the recreation facilities and pursue other options you select.

“I lived in Van Antwerp Hall and it was a community in the best sense of the word,” said Robert Rustman (2004) of McHenry, Ill. “We played sporting events together, ate dinner together and went to see movies and hit the stores together. It made for a real connection to the students around me.”

Call (906) 227-1000 or visit nmu.edu.

Northwestern College: Northwestern is a family owned institution celebrating 110 years of providing career-focused training to students throughout the Chicago area. Founded in 1902, Northwestern College offers diplomas and degree programs in some of the nation’s fastest-growing careers, including massage therapy, health information technology, radiologic technology, medical assisting, coding specialist, business administration, executive accounting, human resources management, paralegal, criminal justice and nursing. The college is known for its small class sizes and valuable one-on-one contact between students and instructors — with many instructors having real-world experience in the fields they teach.

Maintaining three campuses throughout the Chicago area (Bridgeview, Chicago-Jefferson Park and Naperville), Northwestern College continues to meet the needs of men and women of all ages seeking to sharpen their skills or pursue a new career path in a growing field. Part of Northwestern College’s uniqueness is its 110-year tradition of adapting its focus to the changing needs of society, most recently with the development of NC Online. NC Online offers a variety of online degree programs that combine the benefits of the college’s practical, regionally-accredited coursework with flexibility for students to pursue their studies via the Internet.

Visit Northwestern at nc.edu or call (888) 205-2283.

Purdue University Calumet: Purdue University Calumet: The following are 10 key facts about obtaining a Purdue University degree in Calumet.

1. Big enough, small enough, convenient enough. Nearly 10,000 students attend Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Ind.

2. Purdue Calumet graduates earn a world-respected Purdue degree.

3. Student success is Purdue Calumet’s strategic cornerstone. We measure student success by degree attainment. Plenty of resources, services and caring faculty/advisors help students succeed.

4. Experiential learning is distinctive. All undergraduate students enroll in experiential learning. Our program integrates traditional and applied learning in real-world environments. Students learn experientially by conducting research, interning, assisting employers and more.

5. Purdue Calumet prepares today students for tomorrow. Cutting-edge resources include our Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation and White Lodging Center for Hospitality and Tourism Management, which open doors into an exciting, emerging world of tomorrow.

6 Purdue Calumet appeals to prepared, motivated students. We offer an honors program complete with scholarships, full-tuition Chancellor’s Awards for valedictorians and salutatorians, and numerous other scholarships.

7. Purdue Calumet has national and international appeal. Our engineering program has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report. Our MBA for Executives program was recognized by Fortune magazine.

8. Purdue Calumet offers campus housing facilities that are not dorms. They are apartments.

9. Our professors are respected worldwide. Their fields include steel manufacturing technologies, high energy physics, water quality and more.

10. Purdue Calumet has a growing athletics program. We field basketball, tennis, cross country, soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s golf squads.

IUN is at 3400 Broadway in Gary, Ind.; call (888) 968-7486 or visit iun.edu.

Saint Louis University: Saint Louis University is a Catholic Jesuit university ranked among the top research institutions in the nation. Founded in 1818, it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River and the second oldest Jesuit university in the United States. Through teaching, research, health care and community service, SLU has provided one-of-a-kind education, leadership and service for nearly 200 years and truly forms men and women for others.

Saint Louis University is founded on the Jesuit tradition of “educating the whole person” — learning as much as possible about arts, sciences, business, health care, engineering and service while committing to serve humankind with compassion. As a result, SLU’s interdisciplinary education provides a strong base for solving the world’s problems and preparing for the future.

Ranked among the top Jesuit universities in the country, SLU has been lauded as a character-building college and is considered one of the nation’s best values in higher education.

Saint Louis University offers nearly 100 undergraduate programs that are challenging and relevant to today’s world; many programs continue to the master’s and doctoral levels. These majors are praised by U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review and other publications.

Call (800) 758-3678 or visit slu.edu.

South Suburban College: Established in 1927, SSC is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college with a diverse annual student population of more than 16,000. Located in South Holland, SSC offers more than 50 career and transfer programs awarding associate degrees, professional certifications and transferable credits. The college’s counselors work with students to develop an academic plan that will best help them to achieve their educational and career goals.

SSC also has numerous community outreach programs including adult basic education, general education development, English as a second language, continuing education and much more. In addition, SSC’s Business & Career Institute provides training, testing, consulting, and economic and business development resources for the region.

SSC’s tuition rate is considerably lower than most public or private universities. The college also offers special rates for residents of Lake County, Ind. Full-time students can attend for just more than $3,000 a year within a short distance from home, saving thousands of dollars in additional room and board expenses. SSC’s financial aid office will work to maximize student aid and tuition waivers, and the SSC Foundation offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities for all students.

The fall “second eight-week” class session begins Oct. 15. For more information, to schedule a tour or to get your college education started at South Suburban College, visit ssc.edu or call (708) 210-5718.

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale: All the brains of a nationally ranked research university. All the heart of a small college.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has everything students need to build their future, as well as all the support they need to launch it. We offer the facilities, programs, people and commitment to invest in innovations that improve the quality of life for all of our students. Here are just a few reasons SIU can keep that promise:

1. Mentorship. More than 96 percent of our faculty members are full-time teaching and research professionals, dedicated to sharing what they know with a new generation of thinkers. It’s the perfect balance of teaching and research without compromising on either.

2. Recognition. SIU is a tier one university and one of the Top 100 Public Universities according to U.S. News & World Report. We were also named Best in the Midwest by Princeton Review. Among more than 200 majors, minors and specializations, our eight colleges and three schools offer a variety of top-ranked programs, including aviation and zoology.

3. Welcoming. Our campus is a welcoming, collaborative environment where students from all 50 states and more than 92 countries feel right at home.

So no matter where your student is in the decision process, SIU invites your family to visit campus and consider an education where big things are always within reach. Our next open house is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5. Register now at siu.edu/admissions.

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville: SIUE is a nationally recognized institution that boasts a 17-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and offers the advantages of a small, liberal arts college with the lowest tuition of all 12 state universities.

Only 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, with its nationally known Fortune 500 companies, professional sports venues and cultural offerings, the SIUE campus is situated on 2,660 acres of forested woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland. It is home to The Gardens at SIUE — a 35-acre public botanical garden recognized as a Signature Garden by the Missouri Botanical Garden — and a 380-acre nature preserve for research and study.

In addition to its emphasis on undergraduate education, the university is focused on faculty research, creating practical applications for student learning. More than 14,200 students interact with faculty at all levels, a critical factor in academic success. The university offers a variety of scholarship opportunities and an atmosphere committed to diversity. The freshman class includes approximately 550 merit and need-based scholarship recipients with an average ACT of 27. All have been recognized for their academic abilities and talents.

Since 1957 SIUE has been shaping the future in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The university offers 44 undergraduate and 70 graduate and professional programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, engineering and nursing. The schools of dental medicine and pharmacy award professional degrees in dental medicine (DMD) and pharmacy (PharmD).

Find out more at sieu.edu or by calling (800) 447-7483.

University of Illinois at Chicago: The University of Illinois at Chicago hosts the eighth annual Chicago Graduate and Professional School Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. The free fair, co-sponsored by 23 other universities and colleges, provides an opportunity to speak directly with more than 200 recruiters from across the country. This year we are also proud to have the Midwest Alliance for Law School Admissions co-sponsor the event. With its assistance, more than 40 law schools will be available at the fair.

Last year recruiters met with more than 950 candidates to discuss their programs, admissions, financial aid and career options. While some of this information can be found online, nothing replaces the ability to ask recruiters from multiple institutions specific questions pertinent to the process. A little bit of your time can help you get the information needed to make the right school selection, to get admitted and to minimize the cost to attend school.

Three workshops also will run concurrently with the event and cover topics such as “Law School Admissions 101,” a panel discussion about specialized programs in graduate business and “Graduate and Professional Admissions Process: Tips on Submitting a Strong Application.”

More information about the schools registered and the academic areas that they will be representing is available at chicagogradfair.ocs.uic.edu.

University of St. Francis: Recently recognized as a College of Distinction and a Military Friendly School, the University of St. Francis is a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts. For the ninth year in a row, it has been ranked in the top tier of colleges by U.S. News & World Report and was again named one of the best colleges by the Princeton Review. USF serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering 44 undergraduate programs, four degree-completion programs and 15 graduate programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing and health care, and social work.

There are exciting things happening on campus that support recent rankings. First, a Fulbright scholar-in-residence has joined the university teaching staff. Marcelo Arze’s presence, combined with the launching of an entrepreneurship major, a preparation program for school principals, a 3+1 nursing program (RN to BSN), an English language and acculturation program, and an intermodal transportation institute is proof that USF is making the grade when it comes to new and competitive academic programming.

Why USF? Attend an upcoming admission event to discover all the benefits of a USF education. Admissions counselors will be on hand to answer questions and application fees will be waived for attendees. More information about your visit will be available when you RSVP.

Freshman Visit Day: 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 30.

Freshman Preview Days: 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 8 and Nov. 12.

Adult and Transfer Open House: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet.

Register at (800) 735-7500 or stfrancis.edu/openhouse.

Virtual Open Houses: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 and Nov. 13.

Visit stfrancis.edu at session time to log in.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: When you’re just starting college you’re faced with a lot of decisions, but the biggest one might be choosing a major. What you need are powerful ideas that can take you to the next stage of life. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee we’ve been delivering those proven results for more than 50 years.

To get you started on creating your own brilliant ideas, UWM is hosting an open house on October 26-27 in the UWM Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

The event gives prospective students a chance to meet faculty from all 14 schools and colleges, along with staff and current students who can guide you through student services, like housing and financial aid. Take a tour of campus or hop on an exciting trolley tour through the surrounding community. Speak with UWM alumni and check out fun interactive displays that will show you what it’s like to be a Panther.

The open house runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oc. 26 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27. You can choose to stay an hour or the whole day.

Come and check out UWM. And see why nearly 30,000 current students and 140,000 alumni are getting proven results from our powerful ideas.

The open house draws around 3,500 visitors from across the Midwest. Register on the ground floor of the union when you arrive. For more information, call admissions at (414) 229-2222 or visit uwm.edu.

Western Michigan University: WMU prides itself on being learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged, and its appeal begins with its strong sense of place. More than 24,000 students from some 90 nations are enrolled at the university, which is located in Kalamazoo, Mich., a Midwestern college town with all the cultural amenities and entertainment options usually associated with a much larger city.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified WMU as one of the nation’s major public research universities. It offers an academic climate with the top-notch programs, faculty, facilities and hands-on learning opportunities that students need to prepare for and excel in graduate school or the work place. U.S. News & World Report rates WMU among the best national universities and among the top 30 in the Midwest, while the Washington Monthly includes the school in the top 100 of its 2012 National Universities list.

The university is large enough to provide the resources of a large research institution and still small enough to allow students one-on-one interaction with some of the world’s leading scholars. Despite the university’s size and complexity, students who attend WMU expect and receive personal attention from senior-level faculty. A full two-thirds of undergraduate classes have 30 or fewer students.

WMU offers more than 240 academic programs from which to choose. The university is recognized around the country as one of the best places to study in disciplines ranging from jazz studies and engineering management to creative writing, marketing, aviation and audiology.

Call (269) 387-2000 or visit wmich.edu.