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CSU Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime)

Highest ranked 4-year public university (out of 4,500 in the U.S.) in return on investment at 10, 15, 20, 30 and 40-year marks:

The following majors are available: Business Administration, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs, Marine Transportation, Mechanical Engineering, Facilities Engineering Technology, Marine Engineering Technology, and Oceanography.

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Located on a compact and scenic waterfront campus in Vallejo, California, California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is a unique and specialized campus of the 23-campus California State University system. Serving nearly 1,000 students, we are one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States — and the only one on the West Coast.

A key part of the campus experience is the annual training cruise aboard our 500-foot Training Ship Golden Bear. She serves as a floating classroom/laboratory where classroom concepts in marine transportation, engineering and technology are practiced and applied. School-sponsored, study-abroad trips provide those studying international business, logistics, maritime security and maritime policy with a first-hand exposure to those practices in locations around the world.

The unique Cal Maritime program combines classroom learning with applied technology, leadership development and global awareness. No one else does what we do!

Our graduates have excellent career opportunities on land, in ports, and at sea.

Cal Maritime has the highest employment rate in the CSU system - 94% within three months of graduation - with starting salaries near the top of national averages. Government data show Cal Maritime alumni have the highest average salaries of any college or university (public or private) in the western U.S.

Academies are generally small, focused, structured, and offer a high-quality education. These characteristics all describe Cal Maritime. Our 1,051 students study one of only seven majors, and students are generally very focused on their chosen fields. Quality, personalized teaching is provided with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1 and average class size of 20.

At Cal Maritime, all students are also cadets who comprise the Corps of Cadets that forms the basic organizational structure of the Academy. Your classes will teach you the "hard" skills and knowledge for your degree, but the Corps of Cadets stresses the "soft" skills such as responsibility, accountability, leadership, and professionalism. Those soft skills are what give Cal Maritime graduates such an advantage in their job search and later careers. Leadership is emphasized through our Edwards Leadership Program (ELP).

The Cal State University (CSU) Entertainment Alliance

The CSUEA connects the students, faculty and alumni, of the largest and most inclusive public university system in the nation, to the entertainment arts and media industry. Our programs support CSU students on their journey from campus to career by removing some of the financial and structural barriers to getting “a foot in the door” to these ultra-competitive fields.


Our campus network of 482,000 students, 4 million alumni & top-rated entertainment arts and media programs is a diverse, inclusive talent pipeline to the entertainment industry.


• 14 summer 2019 students provided free housing at Emerson LA • 5 Fall 2019 alumni provided free housing to participate in TV Academy’s Unscripted Apprenticeship Program • Students interned at major studies and companies including: Cartoon Network, Disney, NBC News, Sirius XM, Crown Media Family Networks, Endemol Shine, & Westlake Recording Studios • Student Industry Mentorship and tours from CSUEA Advisory Council Members: Maureen Droney, Carole Kirschner, Gregg Katano, Bettye Saxon, David Eilenberg & Juan Rodriguez

Pre-Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program - chapman university

Through the Pre-Pharmacy program, high school graduates can earn their Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) in just 5 years. 

This is done by spending 2 years on Chapman’s Orange Campus, where you complete course prerequisites for our School of Pharmacy. You would then spend your final 3 years earning your Pharm.D. on our Rinker Campus in Irvine.

Virtual Pre-Pharmacy Information Sessions

You can learn more about the program and pharmacy profession at an upcoming information session. Information sessions are lead by Program Director Laura Cook. Prospective students and families are welcome!

Register for an info session


One of two CSU campuses that offer the BS in Packaging program (CalPoly is the other) and nationwide there are very few Packaging programs.

A gem of a major and at SJSU it resides in the Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging department.  Currently seeking to grow the program.

What is Packaging?

The field of packaging includes disciplines of engineering, graphic design, project management, advertising, and material science. Every product manufactured from health care and beauty products to washing machines and drugs require packages to protect and sell the product.

Almost every firm that makes a physical product has a packaging department with 20-40 individuals engaged specifically in packaging technology and applied engineering. A huge multinational like Johnson and Johnson can employ hundreds of individuals involved with some area of packaging their products.

With this degree you are eligible to apply for career positions of packaging engineer, packaging technologist, and any other positions requiring a BS in Packaging.

Here is also a link to the program:

SJSU BS in Packaging

university of illinois, urbana-champaign


With the five-year B.S.-M.C.S. and B.S.-M.S. programs, Illinois Computer Science undergraduates can add a master’s degree in only two additional semesters immediately following completion of their bachelor's degree requirements. Open to current CS juniors enrolled in The Grainger College of Engineering, these combined programs allow students to dive deeply into the upper-level courses that are available in our highly-ranked graduate program.

Students are able to share three courses (9 to 12 credit hours) between their bachelor's and master's degrees, making this an efficient option for those seeking to extend their skills, increase their knowledge, and make themselves more attractive to employers. The B.S.-M.C.S. is a coursework only degree, while the B.S.-M.S. has a research thesis component.


CS + X Degree Programs

The University of Illinois has designed an innovative degree option, called CS + X, that allows students to pursue a flexible program of study incorporating a strong grounding in computer science with technical or professional training in the arts and sciences.

School of Medicine - University of Nevada, Reno

The Post-Baccalaureate (Post-bac) Program

The Post-Baccalaureate (post-bac) Certificate program at UNR Med is an early assurance admission program for individuals who require additional education in the sciences in order to be academically prepared for success in medical school.

The objective of the post-bac program is to help address disparities in education, health care, and the health care profession within Nevada. The program highly encourages candidates who are Nevada residents, individuals who are members of groups that are underrepresented in healthcare, or those who live in or were raised in a medically underserved community to apply.

Applicants accepted to the post-bac complete a rigorous program that purposefully mimics the intensity of medical school. Programs of study are created individually for each student based on their academic needs and may include upper-division biology, biochemistry, public health, and other related subjects.

Criteria for Assured Admission

Students accepted to the Post-bac who complete all requirements, exhibit excellent professionalism, who earn a 3.5 GPA in the program and meet the MCAT and Interview criteria are assured a seat as a medical student at UNR Med. Information about MCAT and MMI are determined each year by the Admissions Executive Committee and criteria is provided to candidates upon admission to the program.

Post-Bac Information Sessions

Information Sessions are offered in both Reno and Las Vegas and include a one-hour application workshop and the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the program staff and faculty, current students and/or alumni.

Combined Degree Programs

MD/MPH Options

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students have the opportunity to obtain both an MD and a Master’s of Public Health degree in just five years through a partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno's School of Community Health Sciences.

MPH specialization areas include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Social and behavioral health
  • Health administration and policy


University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students interested in administration and policy in health care may choose to complete a Master's of Business Administration while in medical school. Students complete Years I and II of medical school, then begin the intensive MBA program, which most students can complete in one year. Students then return to Years III and IV of medical school. This customized MBA program for M.D. students is structured for one year, at much less cost and time to students. Selected elective credits in the medical student's fourth year will count jointly towards the two degrees.

This combined degree is ideal for students considering advancement in medical leadership, either in group medical practices, government agencies, healthcare companies, or research and pharmaceutical firms.


PhD research training is offered in the following tracks of the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program. The Program is structured so that participants can earn the combined degree in a period of six or seven years.

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

Source: Information (except italics) taken directly from the websites of the colleges and universities.

Construction Management - CSU East Bay

The goals of the B.S. degree in Construction Management are to prepare effective managers for public and private construction projects, to prepare the workforce required by the construction industry, and to enable high school graduates, transfer students and working professionals to assume leadership roles in the construction industry. Special attention is given to promote students participating in internships and working professionals with classes offered mainly at times convenient to students.

With the expected increase in large construction work, in part stemming from the increase in public spending on California’s transportation infrastructure improvement, there is considerable demand for individuals who can technically and scientifically manage large construction projects. Also, there are increasing opportunities from the local and regional high tech sector for expansion and new construction projects. The construction industry, as a whole, is one of the largest industries in the nation with a great need for skilled project managers. Sample jobs are construction manager, site manager and others.

These program roadmaps represent recommended pathways through the program. Please see an advisor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs.

4-Year Freshman Roadmap

Construction Management, B.S. 

School of Medicine's Thomas Haider Early Assurance Program - UC Riverside

The Early Assurance Program (EAP) is a unique portal into the UC Riverside School of Medicine's Thomas Haider Program. It provides qualified, "mission-fit" UC Riverside undergraduate students or recent graduates with a guaranteed seat in a future UCR School of Medicine class. Admitted EAP students enter the School of Medicine one year after selection.

Applicants must demonstrate strong academic ability, significant clinical and volunteer experience, and a demonstrated commitment to practice medicine in Inland Southern California.


Who Can Apply?

Applicants must be UC Riverside undergraduates who meet the following criteria:

  • Current UCR undergraduate students in their third or fourth year who anticipate completing their B.A./B.S. degree by July of 2023.
  • Graduates of UC Riverside (B.A./B.S.) whose degree was conferred after June 2021 who have not previously applied to medical school.

What are the Benefits of Applying?

If accepted, you are guaranteed a seat in the UCR School of Medicine's Thomas Haider Program. Benefits include:

  • You will have time to focus on other activities in your senior year or gap year – such as more clinical experience, more community service, research, etc.
  • You do not need to take the MCAT.
  • There is no application fee. The program is free to apply.
  • You can save the expenses of having AMCAS send your application to many universities, completing and paying for secondary applications, and costs of traveling to other medical schools for interviews.
Bachelor of Architecture - CalPoly Pomona

The Bachelor of Architecture degree is offered in a five-year curriculum, which focuses on the design laboratory. The studio sequence consists of four segments: a three-year basic core, three-semester topic studios, and a two-semester long culminating senior project. Lecture classes in Architecture Theory and History, Human Behavior, Professional Practice, Programming, Sustainability, Building Technology, Structures, Codes and Digital Media are closely coordinated with the studio sequence, and students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of these areas in their design projects.

Course work within the Department of Architecture is open only to those students who have been admitted to the Department and are designated Architecture majors.

Undergraduate B.Arch Flow Chart

Cal Poly Pomona, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program(s): 

The DesignIntelligence list of the Top 25 undergraduate and graduate architecture programs in the country:

  • TOP 25 UNDERGRADUATE (BArch) Program in the United States: No. 12 Nationally
arizona State University

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The Cronkite School is one of the nation’s top journalism schools and is home to Arizona PBS, the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world. With professional programs in digital media, broadcast news, sports reporting, media innovation, public relations, digital marketing, Spanish-language news and more, Cronkite offers hands-on learning experiences and access to competitive internships and opportunities from day one.

* 200 media awards in the past 10 years

* 1.9 million households reached nightly by student newscast

* 100+ internships secured by students every year


Technological Entrepreneurship and Management (TEM) - WUE Tuition

The BS program in technological entrepreneurship and management brings a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) focus to coursework in order to prepare students to address social and corporate issues that can impact and change the world. Students learn to create, launch and improve technology-based products, services and ventures, and identify and solve open-ended problems using engineering and technological approaches.

After completing this program, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze and synthesize information to address and solve use-inspired, open-ended problems, assessing their impact on social, cultural and economic environments; formulate methodologies to advance the knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation; launch technology-based products and services from idea generation through actualization; use quantitative and qualitative methods to demonstrate continuous improvement of products, services and processes; and utilize a systems approach for the effective design and improvement of entrepreneurial and innovation ventures.

This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange program at the following location: Polytechnic campus. Students from Western states who select this major and campus may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150% of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees. Students should click the link for more information and eligibility requirements of the WUE program.

TEM Accelerated Program Options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years. It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Applied Leadership and Management, MALM

Global Management, MGM

Global Technology and Development, MS

Technology (Management of Technology), MSTech

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students are advised by their academic departments to apply. Accelerated options may not be available to ASU Online students.