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1) Morehouse College Ranks Among the Top Feeder Schools to Elite Graduate Programs
(2) THE 8TH ANNUAL SPRING COLLEGE TOUR (Kansas City, Missouri) March 14 – 21, 2004
(3) Debt of HBCU Graduates (Sample Listing)
4) Tax Tip to Students and Parents Footing the Bill
(5) 3rd Annual Black College Tour (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority)
April 5-9, 2004 (Georgia-based)
(6) Tuskegee U: 4th Annual Undergraduate Science and Engineering Conference (Nov. 14-16, 2003)
Morehouse College Ranks Among the Top
Feeder Schools to Elite Graduate Programs
The Wall Street Journal recently conducted a study to see where first-year students at the nation's five highest-ranked graduate programs in law, business, and medicine got their undergraduate degrees. The study examined the backgrounds of over 5,000 students who entered top graduate schools this fall such as Harvard, Yale, M.I.T., Columbia, and the U. of Penn (Wharton Business). This study was targeting all students, not just Black students. Many were surprised that historically Black Morehouse College was placed 29th among all colleges, ranking with top schools like Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and the elite schools. Stanford, for example, sends 10% of its students to these schools, while Morehouse gets 3% through such doors. Morehouse was the only HBCU to make the list.
(Info prepared from combined news sources, including the story that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.)
THE 8TH ANNUAL SPRING COLLEGE TOUR
(Kansas City, Missouri)
March 14 – 21, 2004
This tour is sponsored by the Beta Lambda Charter of ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. The tour will include visits to Rust College (MS), Mississippi Valley State U., Alabama A&M U., Oakwood College (AL), Stillman College (AL), Morehouse (GA), Spelman (GA),
Clark Atlanta (GA), Claflin College (SC), Morris College (SC), Winston-Salem State U. (NC), Barber-Scotia (NC), and Lincoln U (MO). The cost is $420. Price includes: 54-passenger Luxury Coach Bus and Lodging. Partial payments accepted. For more info contact: Mr. Jim Buford, Tour Coordinator at 816-795-7813 (Day or Night).
Make checks payable to: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Send to: Jim Buford at 2809 Castle Drive South, Independence, MO 64057. $25.00 will reserve your seat. Final Payment Due: Feb. 13, 2004. No Refunds after Feb. 13. Extra info: http://www.betalambda.org/collegetour/
Debt of HBCU Graduates
This listing originally appeared in our July 2002 newsletter. We received dozens of letters of "shock" at the debt we leave college with. Our listing of PWIs (white colleges) also appeared in the same edition. Sadly, this kind of debt is a fact of life. The old link is at: http://www.blackexcel.org/july-2002.htm.
Spelman College (GA)---$17,125
Morris Brown College (GA)---$34,825
Hampton University (VA)---$23,000
Lincoln University (PA)---$17,200
North Carolina A&T State University (NC)---$10,650
Morgan State University (MD)--$18,306
University of Maryland at Eastern Shore (MD)---$10,000
Alabama State University---$20,500
Philander Smith College (AR)---$16,125
Bethune Cookman College (FL) ---$25,500
Dillard University (LA) ---$20,620
Southern University & A&M College (LA)---$10,000
Alcorn State University (MS)---$5,000
Tougaloo College (MS)---$17,000
Johnson C. Smith University (NC) ---$10,000
Winston-Salem State University (NC) --$10,900
Claflin College (SC) --$14,455
Fisk University (TN) --$20,000
Lane College (TN) ---$17,862
Lemoyne-Owen College (TN)---$11,000
Tennessee State University (TN) --$9,347
Virginia State University (VA) --$18,500
Source: This list was created using data from the US News & World Report (2002 College Edition).
Tax Tip to Students and Parents Footing the Bill
Soon tax time will be upon us again. Students and parents should be aware that there's a "College Tuition" deduction (up to $4,000 in 2004 and 2005) that should be taken on your Federal Tax forms if a child is in college. This deduction reduces your adjusted gross income. The key
deduction line is on the 1040 Form. You can take the deduction if your family earned less than $65,000 (single) or $130,000 (married).
More Tax Tips Next Month!
3rd Annual Black College Tour
(Delta Sigma Theta Sorority)
April 5-9, 2004 (Georgia-based)
This tour is sponsored by the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. It's a 5-day tour of HBCUs that includes workshops on the College Application Process, SAT/ACT Preparation, Financial Aid, and more. Schools to be visited will include Florida A&M, Dillard, Southern U, and A&M College, Grambling State U, Jackson State, Tuskegee, Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark-Atlanta. The cost is $500, which includes housing for 4 nights, luxury coach buses, 3 Workshops with Expert Speakers, a Riverboat Ride, and more. Info Session: Sept, 7, 2003 3:00 p.m. Location: Decatur Library/215 Sycamore St./Decatur, GA 30030/Phone: (404) 370-3070. For more info contact JoSette Broiles at email@example.com or go to: http://www.geocities.com/smlacbct/
Tuskegee U: 4th Annual Undergraduate Science
And Engineering Conference
(Nov. 14-16, 2003)
Undergraduate students attending HBCUs are strongly encouraged to participate. The goal is to encourage student involvement in research and graduate studies. Students will hear about undergraduate and graduate research opportunities at other HBCU’s, and be able to network and hear motivational speeches from nationally know speakers. The conference will be held at the Kellogg Conference Center on the campus. There will be no charge for registration for faculty, students
and staff. For more info, go to. http://www.tuskegee.edu/Global/ story.asp?S=1441302.
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