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  Information about Saint Xavier University nontraditional students, registering in a technical degree program to develop job skills, and taking free practice tests online. Which college degrees will give you the best chances of finding a job after graduation? Some students select a major because it offers practical skills that are valuable in the workplace. Other students choose their major because they enjoy the subject material. Earning an advanced degree isn't as hard as it may seem, and by combining work-study or internships with your class schedule, you can defray tuition costs. The most popular college major is business administration, split equally between men and women. On the other hand, men make up the large majority of computer science and engineering majors. For women, the fields of education, English and liberal arts dominate the list.

To prepare for graduate school, students can enhance their regular schedule by adding online classes. Distance education reduces the need for high-priced, course textbooks, as many books are now available on Kindle, or as shareware. Online education gives you the opportunity to take difficult courses that won't show up on your transcript, if you so choose. Alternatively, you may be able to complete online credits for a grade. Advanced Placement exams are offered in a variety of subjects, offering college credit for classes that you have done well in. Test yourself with free practice exams, before visiting the College Board website to register to take your actual AP Tests. If you earn a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam, you may be able to receive advanced placement in college.

Online Courses - MOOCs

Saint Xavier University nontraditional studentsThe best college for a student is not necessarily the highest ranking in the Forbes or US News listings, but the college that offers a student the most career opportunities. Pursue your career interests, not just a high salary, and your overall job earnings will increase over time as you gain experience. If you focus your degree choice on salary alone, there's the risk that you'll suffer early signs of burnout, and be forced to change careers.

Technical training programs are a low-cost alternative to attending a regular, four-year college, and you still might end up earning a lot of money as a highly-skilled, technical consultant. By taking some of your degree courses online, you may be able to graduate earlier, saving money on tuition, as well as entering the job market sooner. If you're currently employed, you can take online courses in your spare time to advance your present career. Massive Open Online Courses are known as MOOCs, utilizing cloud-based software and Google apps.

An online degree may be just as marketable as a college degree earned on campus. Udemy online learning, a site which allows anyone to build (or take) online courses, is a new startup with backing from the founders of Groupon. Khan Academy now offers over 3,900 micro-lectures available via YouTube. Coursera, another online-learning software platform, has millions of enrolled students around the world. Through MIT Open Courseware online classes, educators can improve development of their curricula, making their instruction more effective.

Online Tests - Free Practice!

This section offers practice tests in a variety of academic subject areas. Each of the following multiple-choice tests has 10 questions to work on. No sign-up required, just straight to the test.
Business Tests

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Other colleges near Chicago, Illinois:

Take a few moments to browse other colleges and universities near Chicago. It's a good idea to compare all schools in the area, as well as consider taking some of your classes online, to save on tuition fees. By continuing your education, you can improve your salary prospects or train for a more interesting position. According to the Occupational Outlook Quarterly, from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, college graduates are twice as likely to find employment as those without a college degree in today's competitive job market. Further, it may be possible to receive degree credit via Advanced Placement exams, as well as through honors classes that you've taken.

Financial aid deadlines are typically scheduled well in advance of regular admission dates, so be sure to apply early. You may request free information from several different schools below, without making a commitment.

College GuidePhoneIn-state TuitionOut-of-state TuitionStudent Body SizeRequest Info
Cannella School of Hair Design Chicago
    Chicago, IL
(773) 278-4477 $$$ $$$ very small Program Info
University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
(773) 702-1234$$$$$$$$very large Program Info
University of Aesthetics Chicago
    Chicago, IL
(773) 661-0026 $$$ $$$ very small Program Info
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
(312) 629-6100$$$$$$$$ medium Program Info
University of Illinois at Chicago
    Chicago, IL
(312) 996-7000 $$$ $$$$very large Program Info
National Latino Education Institute
    Chicago, IL
(773) 247-0707 $$ $$ very small Program Info
American College of Education
    Chicago, IL
(312) 821-6300 $ (low) $ (low) medium Program Info
East West University
    Chicago, IL
(312) 939-0111 $$$ $$$ small Program Info
Harper College
    Palatine, IL
(847) 925-6000 $$ $$$ very large Program Info
Southeastern Illinois College
    Harrisburg, IL
(618) 252-5400 $ (low) $ (low) medium Program Info
Bradley University
    Peoria, IL
(309) 676-7611$$$$$$$$ large Program Info
Southwestern Illinois College
    Belleville, IL
(618) 235-2700 $$ $$ large Program Info
Midwestern University Downers Grove
    Downers Grove, IL
(630) 969-4400 $ (low) $ (low) medium Program Info
Rock Valley College
    Rockford, IL
(815) 921-7821 $$ $$$ large Program Info
Hebrew College
    Skokie, IL
(847) 982-2500 $$$ $$$ small Program Info
Highland Community College
    Freeport, IL
(815) 235-6121 $ (low) $ (low) medium Program Info
Prairie State College
    Chicago Heights, IL
(708) 709-3500 $$ $$ large Program Info
Universal Technical Institute of Illinois
    Glendale Heights, IL
(630) 529-2662$$$$$$$$ medium Program Info

US College Rankings:

The US News college rankings rely upon data which US News collects directly from colleges and universities, either from an annual survey, or from the school's website. Best known for their 'Forbes 400' list of the richest people in America, the Forbes rankings have been getting a lot of attention for their list of America's Best Colleges. New college rankings aim to reflect a greater emphasis on student satisfaction, as well as recognizing academics. For critics of the US News & World Report college rankings, the new Forbes College Ratings seem to be more balanced, and include high rankings for many smaller colleges.

Although the cost of tuition has risen for most 4-year colleges and universities, community college remains an affordable option for those looking to earn an associates degree. The average community college student graduates with only a few thousand dollars in debt, compared to bachelors degree graduates. Further, if you're planning on transferring to a four-year program, you can save money for the first two years of your education by studying at a local community college, but still receive your bachelors degree from a well-known, four-year university.

College Admissions Guide

The admissions office wants to know how a given applicant may perform in college, so just be yourself, and work on improving your grades. High school grades are the single most important factor in winning admission to college. Therefore, maintaining high grades throughout the year is especially important. Many colleges are paying greater attention to a student's grades during their senior year, not only in core courses, but in AP or honors courses as well. In fact, an ideal academic record is one of progressively better grades in courses of increasing difficulty.

As the admission's office handles thousands of applications at some colleges, your goal is to stand out in a good way. Your task is to show the schools exactly where you will fit into their freshman pool. Search Google for professional resume samples, like you were applying for a job interview, and write your college application in the same way. The overall time-span for higher education is lengthening, because more undergraduate students are considering going on to graduate school. Regarding test scores, over half of juniors retaking the SAT as a senior saw improvements, so try these free practice exams online. About half of colleges use a waiting list, particularly those which are more selective. It's important to realize that almost 30% of wait-listed students are eventually accepted.

Financial Aid Applications

Please note that financial aid application deadlines are strictly enforced by college financial aid offices. The official FAFSA website is and is free. The College Board Scholarship Search service advertises several thousand sources for possible scholarship funds. Student loans often carry an origination fee, a one-time charge based on the total amount of the loan.

Federal Direct Student Loans, also known as Direct Loans, are funded by the US Treasury Department. Student loans in general should be seen as 'the measure of last resort,' as this entails graduating with substantial debt. Even worse, student credit cards may seem like a short-term solution, but the interest rates are high, and credit cards often carry an annual fee. If you do end up using credit cards to meet some expenses, pay off the outstanding balance in full every month, and do not miss any payments. The interest rate can be increased suddenly if you're late on even a single payment. US Federal student loans and some private student loans can be discharged in bankruptcy only with a showing of undue hardship.

Nursing & Medical Job Listings

Earning a CNA degree (Certified Nursing Assistant) is the first step towards becoming a fully-qualified nurse. Most CNA programs can be completed within a few months, allowing you to join the workforce quickly. The next step in a nursing career is to become a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) or LVN ( Licensed Vocational Nurse). These are year-long programs, in which you'll work under an RN distributing meds, treating wounds, and providing basic patient care.
Nursing & Medical Careers
Each link lists current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Clinical Psychologists$66,110$92,730
EMT, Paramedics$36,390$65,280
Occupational Therapists$66,010$87,330
Physical Therapists$58,050$94,810
Registered Nurses (RN)$49,730$83,440
Respiratory Therapists$68,610$94,190

In order to become an RN (Registered Nurse), a bachelors degree in nursing is recommended. RN's command a greater salary, and are responsible for an enlarged scope of practice over LPNs and CNAs. Students will receive classroom instruction and clinical training in a hospital setting. A 4-year BSN program allows students to further specialize in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics and mental health. After completing your nursing education, you must be licensed by the state in which you'll be practicing, given that state boards of nursing each have specific certification requirements.

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3700 W 103rd St
Chicago, IL 60655

Phone: (773) 298-3000
Fax: (773) 298-3076

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Saint Xavier University
3700 W 103rd St
Chicago, IL 60655

Phone: (773) 298-3000
Fax: (773) 298-3076
Fill out the form to request Saint Xavier University course info.
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Skilled Careers
Current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
Computer Programmers$75,500
Financial Analysts$71,240
Graphic Designers$49,400
Film & Video Editors$58,100
Public Relations$40,670
Registered Nurses (RN)$49,730
Stock Brokers$60,190
Website Designers$42,640

Saint Xavier University has a reputation for academics, allowing you to pursue the degree program that's right for you. Additionally, career placement services can help you to structure your job search after graduation. If you'd like to request course information, please use the inquiry form at the top of this page.

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