Post University was founded in 1890 as a business school to fulfill the educational and training needs of industry in central Connecticut. It was named after Henry C. Post, who became principal and later president of the school. It became a four-year college in 1976. In 1990, it affiliated with Teikyo University in Japan and was renamed Teikyo Post University. In 2004, Teikyo University transferred control of the university to a new board of directors, and the school was renamed Post University. The first master’s degree was offered in 2006, and it became the largest provider of online education in Connecticut.
Post University is a small school with a big reach. Founded in 1890 in Waterbury, Connecticut, it has a traditional on-campus undergraduate population, as well as vital evening and weekend, graduate, and online education programs. The undergraduate enrollment hovers around 800 students,with a very low student/faculty ratio, which is very positive for classroom learning. The university offers 17 undergraduate majors including equine business management, legal studies, and sports management, as well as the more typical business and liberal arts majors. The student body breaks down into 60 percent female and 40 percent male; and one percent international students, with 15 countries represented. Fifty-six percent of students are from instate; 44 percent from out of state.
The university also offers many programs for adult and nontraditional students, making it easy for transfer students and adult learners who want to return to school to finish their degrees. Approximately 450 students participate in Post’s evening/weekend programs and receive the same degrees as full-time students. The accelerated degree programs enable students to complete their degrees entirely online or through a combination of online/onsite classes at either the main campus or at one of the regional locations at Danbury, Madison, Meriden, or Norwalk. Certificates in a number of subject areas are also available.
The largest student population at Post is its online population, currently numbering more than 4,000. Online degrees are offered in eight week modules, so an undergraduate degree can be earned as quickly as 18 months, while a master’s degree can be completed in 12-24 months. Graduate degrees offered through weekend/evening or online courses include the master of business administration, master of education, master of human services, and master of public administration. The university also offers unique military programs for active duty, veterans, and military dependent students with no out of pocket expenses.
The school lists other options for study as cooperative education, cross registration, double major, honors program, independent study, internships, liberal arts/career combination, and study abroad. The school’s motto “Student-Driven, Career-Focused,” is more than a catchy phrase, administrators say; it is a promise that you will get the personal attention and practical skills and experience you need to succeed in your career.
The university is accredited by both the state of Connecticut and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
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Criteria for admission to Post University includes academic history, standardized test scores, personal qualities, and individual characteristics. These can be broken down into various levels of importance. Very important criteria include high school GPA, the interview, and student’s level of interest. Important factors include standardized test scores, character/personal qualities, extracurricular activities, talent/ability, and volunteer work. Additional factors taken into consideration include essay, recommendation, and alumni/ae first relation first generation. Admission is made on a rolling basis when a candidate’s file is complete. Percent of applicants admitted hovers around 62 percent.
Students can get advanced placement credit for receiving a grade of three, four, or five on the Advanced Placement Examination of the College Entrance Examination Board, as well as by receiving a passing grade on certain CLEP examinations.
The average high school GPA for 2010 was 2.7, with 90 percent of students from public high schools. GED is accepted. Minimum TOEFL score is 500 for non-native English speakers, or a score of 70 on iBT or 5.5 on IELTS. For those who only speak a little English, students can take English Language and Communications courses while working on their college degree.
Students should request an application from the Office of Admissions or can complete it online, and should have their high school transcript forwarded to the university or provide a copy of your GED test results.
Post University has a flexible transfer policy that allows students to transfer up to 90 credits towards a bachelor’s degree, get credit for military and life experiences, or transfer in all 60 credits from an associates degree from an accredited institution.
The financial aid staff works with applicants to make their education at Post University affordable. When applying for admission, students need to indicate if they intend to apply for financial aid. Students are encouraged to apply for all available scholarships, loans, grants, and federal aid, and the financial aid staff can deliver an award letter within 10 days of completing the financial aid forms. Student employment is also available through the federal work-study program. Approximately 75 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid.
Students are at home on a safe New England campus, but are also not far from Boston, Hartford, and New York City and all those cities have to offer.
There is guaranteed on-campus housing for all undergraduates. Sixty-six percent of first-year students and sixty percent of all undergraduates live in college housing, In addition to their studies, students can have fun and stay busy as members of any of 30 registered clubs and organizations, including an environmental club, Chinese club, and criminal justice society.
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The Post University Eagles are a member of the NCAA and have a number of men’s, women’s, and coed sports. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, and sprint football. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Coed sports are dressage and equestrian.
Complete Book of Colleges, New York: Random House, Inc., 2010. Print.