Five colleges hardly a prospectus make, so we’re back with five more Universities on the other side of the pond to consider when you’re thinking about making the transition into college life. We’ve compiled the list for you as an addendum to our previous post — so consider these to be the latter (but still useful and extremely competitive) list that latches onto the one before.
Without further ado, we bring you some more options to consider (and something less anxiety-fuelled to do) when you’re flipping frantically through those endless course brochures.
6. Pennsylvania State University (University Park).
It’s a course that is a little less specialized than its predecessors in the previous post, but you can pursue BSc forensics degrees with a focus on straight-laced chemistry or biology. It’s social networks and affiliations that contributed to its ranking as the nation’s 47th best college in 2011 — although it’s important to consider that this was a statistic across the entire University.
7. Drexel University (Philadelphia PA).
Drexel really is one of the few universities on the list to offer a vocational-based forensics degree for those without a science background. You can expect the work to be reasonably challenging, but rewarding, with a high prospect of future employability upon graduation.
8. State University of New York (Albany NY).
The recent recipient of a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Justice, we thought State University would be best placed as the “one to watch.” Add a DNA academy at the Northeast Regional Forensic Institute being located here, and you know you’re on to a definite winner.
9. Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond VA)
Accredited by FEPAC since 2005, VCU school offers a wide array of biochemical and forensics related courses. With unemployment amongst its graduates at a mere 2.8 percent, you can rest assured they’re doing something right.
10. Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Finally, Michigan offers its students specializations in forensic biology, forensic chemistry or forensic anthropology. Tracing its roots in forensics from 1946 (Take that, Ohio!) Michigan State has contemporary, state-of-the-art laboratories for forensic experimentation and a well-developed internship program with the Michigan State Police.
The MSP Forensics lab is, in fact, close to the University and the two have regularly collaborated on joint forensics projects – an ideal way to kick-start your career.
Your Turn: Graduated from one of these and don’t agree? We’d like you to add your voice to the discussion. Help out aspiring forensic scientists and let us know what you think about this list in the comments.