Uncategorized – Online College Blog and School Reviews http://www.online-college-blog.com Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:10:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Yale’s Foray into Online Degrees http://www.online-college-blog.com/uncategorized/yale%e2%80%99s-foray-into-online-degrees/ Mon, 08 Mar 2010 21:21:49 +0000 http://www.online-college-blog.com/index.php/uncategorized/yale%e2%80%99s-foray-into-online-degrees/ Ivy League schools were surprisingly some of the first schools to try out the online education community.  While they originally offered only open online classes, these schools were many of the first traditional schools to offer online degree programs to distance learning students and have inevitably lowered the price of these courses.  Yale has long been one of the top ranked Ivy League schools in the nation and one of the most prestigious in the world: the name alone sends visions of moss-colored buildings and New England style libraries from the eighteenth century.  However, Yale has now become associated with the online community and has taken on a new vision for future students: one of hope.

Yale as long prided itself on its selective admissions policies, and has thus reigned supreme in its collections of exclusive societies, awards, and future career opportunities.  However, while the traditional schools and its degree programs have remain unchanged over the years, the school has managed to evolve along with the rest of the world and jumped onto the online education bandwagon, much to its benefit.  Most traditional schools like Yale that have begun to offer online degrees have managed to boost their enrollment due to the expansive distance learning communities.  Even more than that, students now have the opportunity to earn a degree from Yale by taking classes through their computers.  I’m sure the original founders of Yale never foresaw this moment occurring hundreds of years ago, but Yale has proved to the education community that it is able to advance with the times, and is not simply a stoic rock in Connecticut. 

Many outsiders of the online education industry picture online degrees more like the “diploma mill” scandal, and are unaware that schools such as Yale offer online degrees as well.  However, this is far from true, and Yale is a standing contradiction to this idea.  University of Phoenix is not the only school out there (although their ads would make you think so), but in fact there are dozens of online colleges, which increase yearly.  Regardless of previous notions of online education, it has developed into a lucrative industry that has enraptured much of the nation.  The inclusion of schools such as Yale should prove to most outsiders that this is not merely a passing trend, but a new alternative for students around the world. 


Slowly Creating the Best Botany Ph.D. Schools in the Country http://www.online-college-blog.com/uncategorized/slowly-creating-the-best-botany-ph-d-schools-in-the-country/ Tue, 26 Jan 2010 16:46:09 +0000 http://www.online-college-blog.com/index.php/uncategorized/slowly-creating-the-best-botany-ph-d-schools-in-the-country/ Botany is a pretty specialized degree choice that many students do not consider as a viable future career choice.  However, this realm of science has produced much advancement in the structure of plant life and has helped research into little known species of plants, as well as has revealed insight into the development of so many different types of plants.  While many Ph.D. students go on to become professors, there are many other students who contribute to the ever-increasing advancements in their research of the plant world, devoting their life to the study of this discipline.  The best botany schools for graduate education have produced students who have made drastic developments in the field, although this niche in the science field is ever-expanding as many programs are more micro-biology than simply catering to botany. 

Most state schools offer programs in botany for undergraduate studies, encouraging a deeper foray into the biology realm of science in order to better equip students for the study of plant development.  California and Texas are two states which have large public state schools that offer advanced degrees in botany, better preparing students for a future career in research.  Learning at a large state school may seem intimidating, but is important for a career in the sciences because it allows students to work in an environment that has many research opportunities as well as world-class laboratories.  Furthermore, these larger schools have the potential to breed larger programs in the field of botany in the coming years. 

While the University of Texas at Austin does not offer a Ph.D. program specifically in botany, it offers the equivalent through its plant biology program.  This program offers students the opportunity to earn a degree within a school that has an international reputation for its teaching of plant sciences and allows students to be taught by a myriad of faculty who are experienced in different realms of the plant world.  Similarly, the University of California – Berkeley, offers a Ph.D. degree in plant biology, which emphasizes a study of plants at the biochemical, cellular, or molecular level, as well as stresses a deeper understanding of plant genetics.

While the botany graduate degree is one which is difficult for many students to place, and typically involves an overarching degree in microbiology or a similar field, the possibilities in the botany world are nearly endless.  New discoveries are made every year in regards to new species of plants, indicating that we have only tapped the surface in our understanding of the plant world.  Advanced degrees in this realm of science helps all of us in the science expand the knowledge to ordinary people around the world, knowledge that can be vastly beneficial in fields from health to genetics.  While botany is still a degree that is slowly coming to fruition in its ability to retain its own area of study, botanists around the world can tell you that it is an important degree for the advancement of a very specified niche of science.  Therefore, the need for even more graduate programs in botany around the country has increased in recent years solely so schools can produce students who graduate with the specific knowledge of plant evolution and life. 


10 Beautiful, Smart Celebrities Who Got a Scholarship to College http://www.online-college-blog.com/uncategorized/10-beautiful-smart-celebrities-who-got-a-scholarship-to-college/ Thu, 02 Apr 2009 10:45:43 +0000 http://www.online-college-blog.com/?p=626 Most people don’t think of celebrities as academics, but the fact is that there are a number of well educated celebrities out there. Some of them were even promising enough to be given scholarships to pursue degrees in language, dance, acting, music, and even political science. Read on, and you’ll learn about ten celebrities who were smart and lucky enough to take advantage of scholarships.

  1. Hugh Grant: This British actor received scholarships for two different schools. First, the Latymer Upper School where he participated in academic competition and sports including cricket, rugby, and football. Then, he received the Galsworthy scholarship to New College, Oxford. Grant studied English literature at Oxford and graduated with Upper Second-Class Honours.
  2. Madonna: Madonna’s dance skills have served her from early on. At Rochester Adams High School, she was a straight-A student and a member of the cheerleading squad. She was awarded a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan, where she was taught ballet by Chris Flynn.
  3. Denzel Washington: Denzel Washington studied drama and journalism at Fordham University, earning a BA in 1977. While at Fordham, he enrolled in the Lincoln Center campus to study acting, and received a scholarship to attend the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Denzel and his wife Pauletta now have the Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars Program in Neuroscience at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which offers awards to students in the field of neuroscience.
  4. Jeri Ryan: Jeri Ryan graduated high school in 1986 as a National Merit Scholar, and received a scholarship to attend Northwest University. At Northwestern, she was a member of Alpha Phi. Jeri also participated in pageants, winning Miss Illinois and 3rd runner up at the Miss America Pageant. She received a BA in Theatre from Northwestern in 1990.
  5. Alicia Keys: Alicia Keys attended the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, where she graduated as valedictorian. She received a scholarship to Columbia University in New York. Now, Alicia has donated to Frum tha Ground Up, an organization that offers scholarships to students from Jacksonville, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Harlem in New York City.
  6. Sharon Stone: Growing up, Sharon Stone loved to read, and was awarded a scholarship to Edinboro University in Pennsylvania when she was just 15 yeas old. There, she studied creative writing and fine arts. Sharon is also a well known MENSA member.
  7. Thandie Newton: Thandie Newton says that she likes learning and did well in school. At 11, she earned a scholarship to go to the Arts Educational School, a performing arts boarding school in Tring, Herfordshire. Later, she studied anthropology at Cambridge University.
  8. Tom Cruise: Tom Cruise’s early life was tough, and he ended up in eight elementary schools and three high schools. He graduated from Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey, where he played as a linebacker on the football team. At one point, he attended a Franciscan seminary in Cincinnati on a church scholarship, studying priesthood for a year.
  9. Kristin Chenoweth: Kristin Chenoweth earned a full scholarship to study voice at Oklahoma City University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in musical theater. Later, she earned a master’s degree in opera performance. She also finished runner-up in the Miss Oklahoma pageant.
  10. Elizabeth Shue: While studying at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Elizabeth Shue took on modeling and ad gigs, but was still able to complete her studies. She earned a scholarship to study political science at Harvard University and appeared in TV and movie projects including Adventures in Babysitting.
Harvard University Online http://www.online-college-blog.com/uncategorized/harvard-university-online/ Wed, 01 Apr 2009 21:22:39 +0000 http://www.online-college-blog.com/?p=706 Harvard University online has become the slogan of many distance learning students who have now had the opportunity to attend the prestigious school.  This New England school has been held in high regard for nearly four hundred years, and would seem to be one school which would not be eager to incorporate online classes into its repertoire. However, Harvard, Yale, and MIT were some of the first schools to offer online classes through their open courses, which thus expanded into full degree programs in selective subjects.  Harvard is a dream for so many students, and the fact that it is now offered online has allowed many of these students to fulfill lifelong dreams by earning a degree from Harvard.

Much different than other online colleges, Harvard has centuries of lineage behind it and the added prestige of being the first university in the United States.  Harvard helped prove to the colonists that they were able to meet England’s idea of society and additionally that they were able to function as their own entity, separate and apart from Cambridge and Oxford.  Since this point in history, Harvard has continued to impress the world with its revolutionary research methods, scholastic opportunities, and its students.  Because Harvard crept slowly into the online industry, more people have considered online education to be more reputable than it otherwise would have seemed.

While Harvard is far from offering the extensive degree programs that University of Phoenix or Kaplan University offer to their students, the fact that it is now available to distance learning students is revolutionary in itself.  Imagining the old brick university of 1636 as one of the first schools to offer online courses is quite a feat in itself, and Harvard has managed to overcome all odds and continue to be one of the leading forums in education.  Students from California can now attend Harvard classes without the cross-country move, thus saving thousands of dollars in the overall move and hundreds of dollars in the cost of classes.  It is amazing what technology has now allowed us to do, and Harvard has helped prove to all of us that online education does not need to be confined to for-profit institutions, but can be implemented in Ivy League schools as well. 

Harvard University online classes are still a work in progress, but the school continues to offer open classes, which serve to influence potential students to attend the school.  Open classes were the best source for traditional schools to attract new students because they allow anybody to view previous course lectures and notes without suffering the cost of enrollment.  Harvard updates its open course offerings every year and continues to update its degree programs as well, becoming a new face in the online world. 


Benefits of Earning an Online BA at Ivy League Universities http://www.online-college-blog.com/uncategorized/benefits-of-earning-an-online-ba-at-ivy-league-universities/ Fri, 20 Mar 2009 16:47:21 +0000 http://www.online-college-blog.com/?p=678 We all know the high levels of acclaim that are given to graduates of Ivy League universities, so it is no surprise that students are now vying for the chance to enroll in online degree programs at these very same institutions.  While this is an ongoing process (many Ivy League schools only offer limited courses rather than full degree programs online), students have remained enthusiastic about the prospect of earning an online BA from Harvard or Yale without relocating to New England.  The benefits are nearly endless for this type of degree which is so close in our future!

Columbia is one school that currently offers students the opportunity to earn an engineering degree via online classes.  While it offers a multitude of other courses that can contribute to a BA, currently there are limited options for a full degree program in the arts.  Harvard offers many students similar options as Columbia; while there are no full degree programs that are offered through its distance learning program, the school still offers many different courses without the full degree. 

Earning a BA online from an Ivy League school is one such hope for many online students who want to put this on their resume.  Thus far, however, it still remains in the future as many Ivy League universities are hesitant to offer an entire bachelor’s program through the internet.  Dartmouth is another school which offers limited online enrollment through its Tuck Business Bridge Program that allows its liberal arts graduates to gain “total immersion” into business programs.  While this type of program is only available for professionals hoping for a better understanding of the business world, it is a sign that Dartmouth at least is on the way to offering a full degree program online.  Yale is one school that surprisingly has yet to offer a BA through its online course listings.  This Connecticut Ivy League school was one of the first to jump on the distance learning bandwagon, and even offers “open courses” (free courses) to students around the country who wish to gain a deeper understanding of a specific subject.  However, the school has not yet offered any degree programs online and seems stuck in its offerings from years ago, rather than offering new courses with each semester.

We have yet to truly appreciate the offerings Ivy League schools have to give us, but as the years pass, we can only hope that they let down their walls and allow online education in.  Earning a BA from an Ivy League university is an acclaimed feat  for any person, and allowing degrees to be offered to students across the country will be an even larger feat for the university to accomplish, not to mention the joy it would bring thousands of students. 


Building an Online College Blog in a Social Media World http://www.online-college-blog.com/uncategorized/building-an-online-college-blog-in-a-social-media-world/ Sun, 15 Mar 2009 21:23:48 +0000 http://www.online-college-blog.com/?p=708 Social media has swept the world ever since the first days of Facebook and MySpace.  Since this point, we have witnessed social media sites come and go, and have additionally witnessed the huge revolution that has taken place as sites like Twitter have become a “go-to” spot for international news and a hub for oppressed citizens to voice the cruelty of their situations to the world.  Along with these sites has become the increased prominence of blog sites around the internet.  Blogs have been around for over a decade, but recently gained notoriety after journalists and politicians began to use them as a forum for their own political views and musings.  Since this point, ordinary citizens have begun to use blogs as a way to grow closer to their followers and simply to have a place to have their own creative space.  Different from a diary, the blog allows users to publicly discuss their day, the weather, their hobbies, or their political views.  More recently, online colleges have begun to develop blog sites in an effort to attract more students because of this “closeness” that social media sites create.

Blog sites for online colleges typically revolve around the easy adaptability to online education, the cost efficient tuition fees, easy schedules, and degree programs.  For future students of online universities, these blogs help them make the difficult decision whether or not to earn an online degree.  Blogs enlarge a bond with the reader, due to the closeness which social media sites have developed with their users.  Twitter is the best example of this, due to the many celebrities who constantly update, and their many followers who feel like they have a secret insight into their lives.  Blogs work on the same system, although they can have longer updates and are not confined to 140 characters.  Online college blogs appeal to many visitors of online college sites and are vital to the existence of the school.

Many blogs post frequent updates to engage the reader, and with the ever increasing sources of news in online education, blogs have a lot to comment on.  Online college blogs can comment on the bad reputation that many online colleges receive and how they serve to rebut these beliefs through their outstanding programs and faculty.  The possibilities are nearly endless for college blogs and can span a variety of subjects, although these blogs are more carefully honed into the interests of students.  Developing this type of blog may be difficult, since social media has transformed the way many of us read articles.  Blogs cannot be too long, but instead have to pull the reader in with sensationalized headlines (much like the early days of newspapers), and carefully broken up paragraphs.  Blogs are part of the wave of the future, and go hand in hand with the advancement of online education. 


100 Money Saving Financial Calculators for College Students and Parents http://www.online-college-blog.com/uncategorized/100-money-saving-financial-calculators-for-college-students-and-parents/ Wed, 04 Mar 2009 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.online-college-blog.com/?p=613 Thanks to inflation and college tuition hikes, planning for college requires a mastery of investing principles and figuring out all the little tricks that maximize your savings accounts. Most of us are a little rusty when it comes to picking out the best loan, savings bond or even credit card for the job, so these calculators will help you straighten it all out.

Financial Aid and Tuition

Calculate your Expected Family Contribution, overall cost of college, loan payments and more with these financial aid and tuition tools.

  1. College Cost Projector: Figure out how much you can expect to pay for your student’s tuition in a few years.
  2. Level Payment Calculator (Percent of Income): Parents can figure out what percent of their monthly income they will have to contribute to a college savings plan.
  3. Loan Calculator: Calculate your monthly loan payments and the salary needed to pay them here.
  4. College Cost Calculator: Here is another calculator to add up the total estimated costs of college.
  5. Expected Family Contribution Calculator: In order to qualify for financial aid, you’ll need to calculate the EFC.
  6. Federal Student Aid FAFSA4caster: Here you can determine whether or not your family qualifies for financial aid.
  7. Long Term Planning Calculator: This detailed calculator takes into consideration projected number of years in college, annual cost increase, current savings and more.
  8. Accrued Interest Calculator: Learn how accrued interest affects your loan payment plan.
  9. Student Loan Calculator: Figure out student loan repayments with the help of this calculator.
  10. Estimate your EFC: This is another Estimated Family Contribution calculator.
  11. Financial Aid Award Evaluator: Use this tool to understand how your scholarships and awards will impact your total payment.
  12. Loan Benefits Program Calculator: This tool helps you understand the savings you can accrue by using special benefits like auto-debit and on-time payments.
  13. How Much to Borrow: Find out how much financial aid you’ll need to supplement your own savings.
  14. Standard, extended and graduated repayment calculator: Calculate the repayment plans from your Stafford loan here.
  15. College Loan Prepayment Calculator: Pay off your loan faster when you see the benefits worked out here.
  16. Parent Loan Repayment Calculator: Parents can discover the kind of loan payments they can afford here.
  17. Federal Loan Consolidation Calculator: Determine if this method will be beneficial.
  18. Student Loan Calculator: Student Loan Repayment Calculator: Chase’s repayment calculator lets you compare up to three loans at once.
  19. How much will you pay?: CNN Money’s calculator helps you figure out the fastest way to pay off loans.
  20. Student Loan Calculator/College Savings Calculator: Submit current savings, rate of return monthly contribution and cost inflation to figure out your balance and expenses per year.


Find out just how much you should be saving each month and for how long with these tools.

  1. College Savings Calculator: This tool will help you budget your salary or income so that you’ll have enough for college.
  2. Savings Plan Designer: This calculator tells you how much you need to put in to an investment or interest-bearing bank in order to pay for college.
  3. Trust Fund Calculator: If you have a trust fund set up, find out if it’ll be enough to cover college expenses after interest and inflation are considered.
  4. Savings and Tax Plans: Find out if your current savings plan is enough.
  5. How much can you save?: Discover how much you can save in varying amounts of time.
  6. Saving for a goal calculator: Bankrate.com’s calculator will help you figure out how much you need to put away to reach your financial goal.
  7. College Savings Calculator: Enter annual college costs, years until enrollment, current savings and other factors.
  8. Savings Calculator: This tool shows you how long it will take to reach a financial goal.
  9. What will it take to save for a college education?: Consider inflation, federal tax rate, current savings and more.
  10. College Savings Plan Calculator: Here you will see a chart that details your savings balance and growth.

Basic Budgets

Use these calculators to straighten out your budget while you’re in school, documenting expenses for housing, food, laundry and more.

  1. Monthly Budget Calculator: When it comes to repaying your loans, this tool will help you evaluate your budget against your debt.
  2. College Expense Worksheet: Enter amounts for books, utilities, cell phone, laundry, entertainment and more to get a realistic budget.
  3. Budget Calculator: This FAFSA calculator helps students budget transportation, housing, food, and more.
  4. Student Budget Calculator: This calculator displays amounts in British pounds but has great entries for part-time jobs, holiday jobs, family contribution and more.
  5. Student Budget: Here is another calculator that organizes students’ expenses.
  6. Student Budget Calculator: Tally up your daily expenses on food, travel, clothing and loan payments.
  7. How much am I spending?: Parents and students can use this budget calculator from The Motley Fool.
  8. How much should I set aside for emergencies?: Consider how much of a cushion you want for auto repairs, medical bills, unemployment and other emergencies.
  9. Chase Student Loans Calculator: Consider expenses and income from your job, scholarships, books, room and board, and more.
  10. College Budget Planner: Fill in this calculator, compute and then print out so that you’ll stick to your spending goals for trips home, car payments, gas, snacks, clothes, rent and more.

Travel and Study Abroad

Travel actually plays a big part in some college students lives, from study abroad to campus visits to holiday trips home. Use these calculators to plan ahead.

  1. Trip Calculator: Calculate your gas budget on a road trip across the country here.
  2. AAA Fuel Cost Calculator: AAA helps you calculate the gas price of your trip and even considers your vehicle make, year and model.
  3. Travel Budget Calculator: Calculate your spring break or summer trip overseas with this tool.
  4. Universal Currency Converter: Study abroad students and their parents can use this tool to create a realistic budget.
  5. ISA Budget Calculator: Use this study abroad company’s customizable, fill-in budget to estimate the cost of commuting, passport and visa fees, housing, tuition, plane tickets, textbooks and more.
  6. WebFlyer MileMarker: Using this tool, you can better estimate how and when to use your frequent flier miles for a trip home.
  7. Roadtrip America Fuel Cost Calculator: Here is another calculator that will estimate what you spend on gas for a campus visit or trip home.
  8. Travel Budget Calculator: Customize your own travel budget for the amount of time you’ll be on vacation or visiting home with this tool.
  9. Backpacker Travel Budget Calculator: Calculate how much it will cost to backpack alone through Southeast Asia, North Africa or Europe.
  10. Travel Budget Calculator: Here you can add up expenses like car rentals, local transportation, airfare, bank fees, Internet cafes, rail passes and more.


Learn how to make room for auto payments and maintenance with these calculators.

  1. Monthly auto loan payment calculator: Discover how much you’ll need to pay per month for your car.
  2. Auto Loan Calculator: This tool from Edmunds.com calculates sales tax, title and registration, rebates, cash down and more.
  3. Yahoo! Autos Finance Calculator: Here you can determine loan payments or lease payments.
  4. Auto Maintenance Budget Calculator: Based on mileage, figure out your annual and monthly auto maintenance budget.
  5. Car Cost Comparison Calculator: Compare expenses like licensing, financing rate, annual insurance premium, mileage and more for two different cars.

Room and Board

Calculate the cost of living with these tools.

  1. Should I live on campus, off campus or at home?: Find out which option saves you the most money.
  2. MrLandlord.com: Access all types of rent and mortgage calculators here.
  3. Is a meal plan a good idea?: Here you can find out if a meal plan makes sense for your budget and dietary needs.
  4. How much should I budget for college living expenses?: Budget your cable, cell phone, laundry, food and other living expenses here.


From stocks and bonds to savings plans, these investment calculators can help you maximize what you started out with.

  1. Value of College Calculator: Here you can see just how beneficial a college education is.
  2. Calculate the value of your paper savings bond(s): Find out if this investment is really worth it for college.
  3. Which bond is better?: Compare the benefits and investments of two kinds of bonds.
  4. SEC Mutual Fund Cost Calculator: Here you can compare the fees of mutual funds.
  5. College Savings Calculator: See how your college investment is reacting to inflation.
  6. Stock Option Calculator: Enter your current stock price, number of options and other factors.
  7. Investment Returns: Discover the returns you’ll be getting on your investments here.
  8. Investment Loan: Find out if getting a loan to finance an investment is worth it.
  9. Taxable vs. Tax Advantaged Investments: Learn more about how taxes are applied to your investments here.
  10. Should I sell my funds now and invest the money elsewhere?: Get the most out of your investment by figuring out where to put it.
  11. When will I recover my fund costs?: Calculate when you’ll get your fund costs back using this tool.

Tax Deductions

Students and parents rely on tax breaks to get them and their children through school. Add up the benefits here.

  1. IRS Withholding Calculator: This official calculator will help you determine if you’ve been withholding the correct amount from your pay.
  2. Tax Exemptions and Deductions for Families: Learn all about family deductions and dependents here.
  3. TaxCaster: Estimate your 2008 refund here.
  4. TaxCaster Education: Calculate how much you spent for your child’s college education last year.


Besides paying for their kids’ college, retirement is a huge burden on many parents. Learn how to balance both budgets here.

  1. Retirement Planner: Enter your current age, desired retirement age, life expectancy, current income and other factors.
  2. How much money can I save in my 401(k) plan?: Determine whether or not you should count on your 401(k) to help you through retirement.
  3. Retirement Planner: Bloomberg.com’s planner takes into account your current savings balance and future withdrawals.
  4. Plan for your retirement: Discover if what you’re saving now is enough.
  5. Life expectancy calculator: Life expectancy is an important factor when organizing your retirement plan.
  6. How long will my retirement savings last?: State Farm helps you answer this question and adjust your budget accordingly.

Credit Cards

Learn about monthly payments, the damage of just shelling out the minimum payment, and the difference between credit card fees using these tools.

  1. The true cost of paying the minimum: Discover how painful compound interest really is to your budget.
  2. How will rate charges affect my balance: This tool estimates how rate charges come into play.
  3. Should I consolidate my debts?: Figure out if this option is viable for you.
  4. Is a lower rate worth the annual fees?: Here you can get help deciding the kind of credit card that will work best for you.
  5. Should I consolidate my credit cards?: Use this tool to decide how to cut credit card costs.


These debt calculators can help you figure out how much you can afford to accrue and when you can expect to pay it off.

  1. Parent Debt Calculator: Find out how much debt you’ll be able to take on.
  2. Debt-to-Income Calculator: Discover how much debt is actually manageable for your and your family.
  3. How long will it take to pay off my balance?: Discover how long you’ll be paying off debt and loans here.
  4. What will it take to pay off my credit card?: Figure out how long it will take until you’re debt-free.
  5. When will you be debt free: CNN Money helps you organize a realistic plan for dissolving debt.


After college, your salary will determine how fast you can pay off student debt. Get salary reports and calculators here.

  1. Salary.com: Get a personal salary report to find out if you’re making what you deserve.
  2. Cost of Living: Find out if the entry-level salary you can earn in the city you graduated in is better or worse than moving back home.
  3. What are you worth?: Find out how much your industry pays.
  4. PayScale: Compare your salary to the average in your area and across the U.S.
  5. Paycheck City: Calculate gross pay, pay frequency, federal withholding and more.


Turn to these calculators for even more money-saving resources and tips.

  1. Amount to Borrow Calculator: This calculator uses factors like EFC, scholarships and personal savings to estimate how much you should borrow.
  2. College Costs Calculator: Get a realistic idea of the cost of room, board, books, class fees, transportation, computers and more.
  3. What investments can I use to save for college?: Enter in your saving frequency and filing status to get savings plan ideas.
  4. What will it take to save for a college education?: Consider inflation, federal and state taxes, years until college and more.
  5. What expenses do I face prior to attending college?: Discover how application fees, campus visits and more can drain your college budget.
57 Useful, Fun and Bookmarkworthy Online “Generators” http://www.online-college-blog.com/uncategorized/57-useful-fun-and-bookmarkworthy-online-generators/ Tue, 17 Feb 2009 14:16:10 +0000 http://www.online-college-blog.com/?p=588 Online generators offer a great way to easily come up with ideas. From domain names to Twitter influence, the possibilities are virtually limitless. Read on to find a wide variety of generators available online.


Create names for your band, or just find out what your porn name might be with these generators.

  1. Random Name Generator: This generator will help you create a name based on gender, heritage, history, and more.
  2. Band Name Maker: Use this generator to come up with a randomized band name, or enter your own word or phrase to use in your band name.
  3. Hip Hop Rap Name Generator: Fill out the answers to a few questions to find our your hip hop name in this generator.
  4. Character Name Generator: If you’re playing Dungeons and Dragons, or any other related game, and you get stuck when trying to come up with names, turn to this generator that will help you create some.
  5. The Name Generator: This tool is a name generator for authors, available as a purely random tool, or with options and the ability to browse using tags.
  6. The Porn Name Generator: Come up with a classy porn name with the help of this generator.
  7. Fake Name Generator: Get a random name and identity with the help of this generator.
  8. Pirate Name Generator: Enter your current name into this generator to emerge redubbed as a pirate.
  9. The Random Name Generator: With this generator, you can get random names, from common to obscure.
  10. Prison Bitch Name Generator: Enter your name into this generator to find out what your nickname in prison might be.
  11. Fantasy Name Generator: Make up names for fantasy stories using the Fantasy Name Generator.
  12. The Hobbit Name Generator: Discover your secret name with this generator.
  13. Jedi Name Generator: Star Wars fans can use this generator to come up with your Jedi name.
  14. Vampire Name Generator: Create a vampire name just for fun or for use with gothic role playing games with the help of this generator.


Use these generators to make important business decisions, or just come up with strange acronyms.

  1. Web 2.0 Domain Name Generator: This generator simply creates random Web 2.0-friendly names.
  2. Brand Name Generator: Enter keywords relating to your business into this generator, and it will pop out with a list of original names.
  3. Web Economy Bullshit Generator: With this generator, you can come up with fun and useful phrases to use when describing the Web economy.
  4. Acronym Interaction, Expansion and Extrapolation Engine (AIEEE): Use the AIEEE to generate an important-sounding acronym.
  5. Product Name Generator: Come up with a name for just about any product with this generator.
  6. Web Two Point Oh!: Check out this satire generator to find pre-created Web 2.0 company names and products.
  7. Essay Generator: Simply plug your essay topic into this generator, and get a full essay in return.
  8. Random Logline Generator: Use this generator to come up with inspirational story and scene ideas to write about.
  9. Press Release Grader: Measure the effectiveness of your press release with this handy tool.
  10. Computer Job Titles: Create a totally random computer job title using this generator.
  11. Web 2.0 Name Generator: Enter a variety of words into this generator to create an associated Web 2.0 name.

Web Development

With these generators, you can find a domain name, create buttons, and more.

  1. Website Grader: Plug your URL into this generator to get a marketing and SEO score for your website.
  2. .htaccess Generator: With this generator, you can create the files you need to password protect a directory of your website.
  3. Dot-o-mator: Enter a prefix, suffix, or words to create the perfect domain name with the help of this generator.
  4. WordPress Theme Generator: Use this online generator to create your own custom WordPress theme.
  5. MyCoolButton: With this generator, you can simply and quickly make a custom button for your website or blog.
  6. Color Scheme Generator: Come up with a well-styled color scheme using this generator.
  7. Meta Tag Generator: Plug your URL into this generator, and it will find common words for you to place in your meta tags.
  8. Nameboy: Generate a domain name based on primary and secondary words with the help of this tool.
  9. Genfavicon: Use this generator to create a favicon for your website.
  10. Screedbot: With this generator, you can create your own scrolling typewriter text.
  11. Ajaxload: Create an Ajax loading gif with the help of this generator.
  12. CSS Menu Generator: With this generator, you’ll be able to create the CSS and HTML code for navigation buttons.
  13. Website Ribbon Generator: Use the Website Ribbon Generator to create and add a ribbon to your website or blog.
  14. Weebly: This website and blog generator will walk you through the steps of making your own web creation.
  15. Web 2.0 Logo Generator: Make a Web 2.0 logo with the help of this generator.

Social Media

Measure your strength and influence on the social web through these generators.

  1. Twitter and Facebook Status Generator: If you just can’t think of anything to say, say it with this generator.
  2. Twitter Grader: Measure the power of your profile with this generator that offers a ranking, suggested follows, and more.
  3. Facebook Grader: Use this generator to find out how powerful your Facebook profile is.
  4. Bubblesnaps: Using the Bubblesnaps generator, you can add a speech bubble or thought cloud to your photos, then share them on various social networks.
  5. Klout: With the Klout generator, you can track your influence across the social web.
  6. Tweetsnap: Generate a Twitter active badge that updates your status using this tool.
  7. MyTweetSpace: Use this generator to create a free Twitter background.


These generators are just for fun.

  1. Simple Map Generator: This map generator will highlight all of the countries you’ve visited in Google Maps and Google Earth.
  2. Nickname Generator: Get a LOST nickname from Saywer from this generator.
  3. Church Sign Generator: Have you ever wanted to rearrange the letters on a church sign to make your own message? Do it using this fun generator.
  4. Tombstone Generator: Here lies a fun way to write your own tombstone.
  5. Random Advice Generator: Find advice with no hidden agendas from this generator.
  6. The Gematriculator: Use this generator to simply determine how good or evil a web site or text passage is.
  7. Lucky Numbers Generator: Find lottery numbers, lucky numbers, and more with the help of this generator.
  8. The Joke Opener Generator: Come up with a joke setup using this generator.
  9. Custom Road Sign: With this simple generator, you can write whatever you want into a custom road sign.
  10. The Surrealist Compliment Generator: Load and reload this page to generate a new surrealist compliment every time.