Michigan State University, MI, USA
Just before the vacation Missy received her first college acceptance: from Michigan State University (MSU). She was not required to declare a major, but will likely take courses leading to a career in international relations.
MSU is a public institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of +39,000, and is set on a 5,192 acre suburban campus. MSU's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is #84 in the ‘National Universities’ category.
MSU was the first land-grant institution in the USA and became a model for similar schools. It is also home to one of the nation's only environmental journalism organizations, a solar car racing team, and a student-run organic farm.
Students can join more than 900 clubs, including 60-plus fraternities and sororities, and they can take advantage of more than 275 study abroad programs. www.msu.edu
Michigan State University Merit Scholarship
Missy has also been awarded a merit scholarship from MSU. This is in recognition of her academic achievements in the last two-years of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, her grades so far in the Diploma Programme, and her standardized test scores.
Well done Missy!
Missy also submitted applications to the United Kingdom and has been receiving acceptance decisions over the vacation:
University of Newcastle, UK
Missy has been offered a place to study for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Politics and International Relations at the University of Newcastle.
The 50-acre campus in Newcastle city centre is the hub for teaching, research, and collaboration. It includes facilities for research innovation, teaching and learning, and engagement. Students benefit from facilities such as the award-winning library service and Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport.
Newcastle aims to be a sustainable campus, promoting initiatives to encourage students and staff to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.
The University’s environmental commitments have been rewarded with a First Class award from the People and Planet University League.
The University of Newcastle has campuses London, Singapore and Malaysia too, providing the University with a global reach. www.newcastle.ac.uk
University of Brighton, UK
The University of Brighton has offered Missy a place to study for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Ethics. The course explores topics such as: What does ethics mean in a world divided by war and inequality? Can philosophy help us to answer the most pressing questions of the twenty-first century?
Students of Philosophy, Politics, Ethics address a range of political problems in a critical, interdisciplinary environment. Guided by internationally renowned staff, and taught in small seminar groups, they develop skills in public-speaking, debating, and critical analysis: developing their capacity to solve real-world problems and relevant for a wide range of careers.
The first year provides key skills and knowledge. In the second year students begin to specialise, choosing from option pathways. In the third year, they continue their option pathways and also carry out an independent project. Guided by a supervisor, students will become experts in their chosen areas of research preparing them for life after graduation.
Situated on the south-coast of England, Brighton’s student community is friendly and diverse. There are many opportunities each year to organise and attend events, where students meet and work with international scholars, politicians, activists, and writers. www.brighton.ac.uk
Bournemouth University, UK
Missy applied to read Politics at Bournemouth University and she learned recently that her application has been successful. Also on the south-coast, Bournemouth is situated between one of the UK’s newest national parks, officially the best beach in Britain (according to TripAdvisor, 2018), and the second largest natural harbour in the world, with the World Heritage Jurassic Coast located nearby. Good transport links mean that London is only two hours away.
Bournemouth University holds the EcoCampus Platinum award for its work in making the university sustainable. From bee hives to solar panels, free or subsidised bus journeys for staff and students, and a raft of other initiatives, the University continually seeks to increase its sustainable impact.
Bournemouth University has over 18,000 students, with 2,000 students from 100 different countries and regions. Courses have a strong professional orientation with a focus on academic excellence and graduate employability. www.bournemouth.ac.uk
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