Which School is Right for You?

Are you planning to attend a university or college in the United States? Then you might want to know the many differences between universities, colleges and community colleges.

In this video, Carol Proko Easton and a few of her students from the class of 2014 at the Escuela Americana in San Salvador discuss these differences and offer some advice on how to choose between the school types available.

At this fall’s Linden U.S. University Fairs, you will find many types of schools. Register to speak with university representatives in your city to learn more about which type is right for you.

Wisdom in Numbers

As a high school sophomore, I knew exactly where I wanted to attend university. I hadn’t decided exactly which degree program to pursue, but I knew two things: I wanted to skate, and I wanted to study abroad for a full year. My first choice was a school in Ohio that offered both of these activities, along with strong academic programs in a variety of subjects. After visiting the campus, I was sold. This was my school.

Fast-forward to the beginning of my senior year in high school. I applied to the school in Ohio along with a few others. Yet, the more I researched, the more I realized there were many schools with skating teams and study abroad programs. A friend of mine helped open my mind to other options by sharing her university research experiences. She posed questions that I hadn’t, which got me thinking. In April of that year, I had to choose. Guess where I ended up? Massachusetts.

One of the many pieces of advice I received during my university research process was, “Don’t choose a school based on where your friends go.” 

I agree. However, don’t discount your friends as resources in your school process. Our friends are our sounding boards. They share the good, help us navigate the bad and are there for us when things get truly ugly. So why not include them in the college search process?


Do you have friends who are also applying to university? Attend a university fair together! Even if you are decided on a school, see how many of the schools at the fair have the programs you want, and speak with those representatives about their schools. Listen to the questions your friends are asking. You may learn something. More importantly, you may open your mind to the possibilities and find an even better fit than you had previously imagined.

Check www.lindentours.com for a fair near you, and don’t forget to register online!

2,364 Doors: Choosing a School in the United States

If you are looking to study at a four-year, degree-granting institution of higher education in the United States, you have 2,364 options. Also considering two-year institutions? Then bump that number up to just over 4,100. Choosing to go to school in the United States can be a big decision, but the real decision-making comes when choosing the exact institution at which you want to study. Some students base their decision entirely on location. Some make a fully academic decision and choose based on degrees offered. Others still look at school athletics and pick based on how many sports are offered, or if there is a top football team.

When there are so many options, it is natural to feel challenged. However, if you know what you want in a school, you can quickly narrow down your search, and at the end of the process, you will be more likely to have found a good fit for you.

Do you want to attend a large, medium or small school? Are you interested in participating in any sports? What do you want to study? These are all questions you may ask yourself when looking for the place where you will spend the next chapter of your life.

One of the best ways to narrow down your options is by talking to international admissions representatives from different types of schools at university fairs. At the fair, you have an opportunity to get a better idea of what life is like on a specific campus through photos, printed materials and personal anecdotes. Representatives will also be able to help you connect with alumni in your area.

If you are currently living in Asia or South Asia, there is a fair coming your way this spring. Check the schedule at: http://www.lindentours.com/?page=38. Don’t forget to pre-register if you can make it to the fair!

Linden in the Lands of Tea and Spice – September 2011!

Our travel season begins this year with the great nations of Sri Lanka and India. To these two nations, diverse in landscape, language and religion, we bring more than thirty university representatives from the United States. At this year’s fairs, these representatives will share with you important facts about their schools’ academic programs, student populations and application processes, but today they’d like to share a few fun facts and photos.

Since we have so many schools on the tour only a handful will be highlighted each day, but check back often to see highlights from more schools visiting your city! Also, visit our website at any time to pre-register for one of our university fairs: http://www.lindentours.com/?page=78.

Fun Facts about Universities Visiting India and Sri Lanka:

NEW JERSEY: New Jersey has the highest per capita income in the United States!

Ramapo College of New Jersey : Two hundred fifty companies in New York City offer internships and co-ops to Ramapo College students, including BMW, Law & Order: SVU, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, New York Yankees, US Department of State, Sony Electronics, Bank of America, Mercedes Benz USA, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer.

*Photo courtesy of Rhoda Leshowitz of Ramapo College of New Jersey

RHODE ISLAND: Nearly 1/3 of Rhode Island’s 1, 214 miles are coastline—that’s more than 400 miles and earned R.I. the nickname, “The Ocean State!”

Roger Williams University : RWU’s food ranks in the top 5% of the nation according to student satisfaction surveys. Have dietary requirements? We’ve got options!

NEW YORK: Dairying is New York’s most important farming activity with over 18,000 cattle farms. (from Awesome America)

Rochester Institute of Technology: RIT has 15,194,656 bricks, which is more than the Great Wall of China! The color of the bricks at RIT is also copyrighted.

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York: Millard Fillmore, president of the United States (1850-1852) was also one of the founders and the first Chancellor of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York since its founding in 1846. http://library.buffalo.edu/archives/ubhistory/presidents.html

PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania was home to the first piano built in America, the first American flag and the first daily newspaper.

University of Scranton: The Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/) recently rated The University of Scranton among the top 8 Friendliest Schools in the United States.  The article touts Scranton’s sense of community, welcoming campus atmosphere, and thriving campus ministry program.

*Photo courtesy of Michael Shertz of University of Scranton

Thanks for tuning in to fun facts from these five universities visiting India and Sri Lanka this September! Don’t forget, the representatives will be in your area for just a short time, so check here for the fair schedule and come meet them!