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Navigating Rutgers University’s Latest Budget Announcement: What Students Need to Know

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New Brunswick NJ, as we gear up for the academic year ahead, Rutgers University students received news that might impact their wallets more than expected. Recently, the university approved a hefty $5.6 billion budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year, accompanied by a 4% increase in tuition and fees. For many undergraduates and graduate students alike, this means digging a little deeper into their pockets to fund their education.

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Reader claims Village Manager ordered removal of RHS 2024 class banners from Graydon fence

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Ridgewood NJ, a reader has claimed that Ridgewood Village Manager Keith KazmarFk ordered the removal of RHS class of 2024 banners from the fence at Graydon Pool prior to the Fourth of July parade.

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Ridgewood High School Well Represented at the 2024 North Jersey High School Sports Awards!

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Englewood NJ, Ridgewood High School  was well represented at the 2024 North Jersey High School Sports Awards at Bergen PAC in Englewood.

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Ridgewood High School Senior Creates “Access” Logo for Village of Ridgewood

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Ridgewood N J, Ridgewood High School senior MJ Aguilar has made a significant contribution to the Village of Ridgewood by helping to create an “Access” logo. This logo is part of the broader initiative known as Access Ridgewood, aimed at increasing awareness of individuals with disabilities and fostering a more inclusive community.

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FDU Poll: New Jersey Voters Not Buying the “Race Card”

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Ridgewood NJ, a state Superior Court decision and a Democratic candidate in next year’s gubernatorial election have made racial segregation a live political issue in New Jersey, but most voters don’t perceive the level of segregation in the state or see it as a problem. According to the latest results from the FDU Poll, just 12 percent of New Jersey voters say that the schools where they live are segregated, and just 19 percent say that they want more racial diversity in their neighborhoods.

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Ridgewood Board of Education’s roll call vote protocol comes under scrutiny

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Ridgewood NJ, the announced outcome of a roll call vote taken during Monday night’s Ridgewood BOE meeting has brought into question the legitimacy of the BOE’s roll call voting protocol.

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Playing Restrictions Based on Surface Temperature of Artificial Turf at RHS & Stevens?

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Ridgewood NJ, during Monday night’s Ridgewood, Board of Education meeting, the subject of surface temperatures on artificial turf playing fields came up, which led to a somewhat robust discussion.

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Ridgewood Board of Education meets Monday, June 24th at 6pm

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education meets Monday, June 24th at 6pm for a regular public meeting at the Education Center on Cottage Place.

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Why You Should Do College Research

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Deciding where to attend college is one of those big life decisions—kind of like buying your first car or choosing a place to live. It’s not just about the prestige or the campus vibes; it’s about finding a place where you can thrive academically and socially for the next few years. This decision becomes even more critical when you’re considering an objective such as pursuing a business degree online, where the fit with your lifestyle and career goals must be spot-on.

Knowing What You’re Getting Into

Think of choosing a college like planning a road trip. You wouldn’t just jump in the car and go without a map, right? Researching colleges is your way of mapping the journey ahead. It’s about more than just ensuring you have a place to study; it’s about making sure that place is one where you’ll be happy, productive, and successful.

Balanced College List: When you start your research, you’re aiming to create a balanced list of schools. This means having reach schools that might be a bit of a stretch, target schools that fit your qualifications well, and likely schools where you’re almost certain to get in. This strategy ensures you have options when decision letters start rolling in.

Dive Deeper Than the Brochure

Colleges are great at marketing themselves. Brochures show sunny campuses and happy students, but your job is to dig deeper. What’s the real story?

Academic Programs: If you’re aiming for a business degree, what kind of accreditation does the program have? What are the credentials of the faculty? And importantly, what do current and past students have to say?

Culture and Social Fit: Are there clubs and organizations that match your interests? What’s the campus culture like? If you’re considering an online program, what support systems are in place for online students?

The Online Education Angle

With the rise of online education, especially for degrees like business, understanding the nuances of an online program is crucial. This is where your research needs to zoom in on aspects unique to online learning.

Flexibility and Support: How flexible are the course schedules? What kind of technical support is available? This is vital for online students who may rely on robust tech support and flexible schedules to manage their studies alongside other responsibilities.

Networking Opportunities: One of the potential downsides of an online degree is the limited face-to-face interaction. Check how the school facilitates networking opportunities for online students. Are there virtual meetups, seminars, or perhaps even in-person events?

Utilize Every Resource

The internet is your research playground. Use every tool at your disposal to gather information about your potential schools.

Official Statistics: Start with the basics—graduation rates, employment outcomes post-graduation, and average class sizes. These can usually be found on the college’s official website or through educational statistics portals.

Unofficial Insights: Dive into student forums, social media groups, and review sites. Here, you can get the unofficial scoop on what it’s really like to attend the school or be part of an online program.

Why It All Matters

Doing thorough research before making your college choice can save you from the headache of transferring later or realizing too late that the school isn’t a good fit for your personal or professional goals. It’s about making an informed choice that aligns with your long-term objectives, ensuring you invest your time and money into a college experience that will serve you well beyond graduation.

Conclusion

The effort you put into researching colleges can dramatically shape your educational journey and influence your career trajectory, especially in fields like business where the market is competitive. Take the time to explore, question, and understand exactly where you want to spend the next crucial years of your academic and professional life. With the right research under your belt, you can confidently choose a college that not only meets your academic needs but also supports your career ambitions and personal growth.

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Congratulations to the Ridgewood High School Class of 2024!

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Ridgewood NJ, Congratulations to the Ridgewood High School Class of 2024! Surviving the heat for a beautiful commencement.

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BREAKING: Excessive Heat Pushes RHS Graduation Ceremony Back to 5:30 PM

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood High School Jeffrey Nyhuis, Principal said in an email ,”We look forward to graduating the Class of 2024 tonight at Ridgewood High School. In light of the extreme heat, we will delay the start of the ceremony by thirty minutes to 5:30 PM. We will also shorten the ceremony without affecting the student speeches and performances. The goal is to keep our students and guests safe.”

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Ridgewood Dominates to Clinch the Flag Football State Title at MetLife Stadium

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East Rutherford NJ, playing on the grand stage of an MetLife stadium brought out the best in Ridgewood’s flag football team on Saturday night. A fortunate bounce and perhaps a bit of divine intervention also played a role.

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Atlanta Falcons’ and Ridgewood Alum Younghoe Koo to Host “Koo’s Kicking Camp” in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl kicker and Ridgewood High School alum, Younghoe Koo, is set to return to Ridgewood this summer to host “Koo’s Kicking Camp.” This specialized training camp for aspiring kickers and punters in grades five through twelve is scheduled for July 8th. It will take place at Ridgewood High School’s stadium field from 9 a.m. to noon, with all proceeds benefiting the Ridgewood High School football program.

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RHS Girls and Boys 4x800m Relay Teams Grab Top Six Finish in State Meet

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Ridgewood NJ,  both the RHS girls and boys 4x800m relay teams make top six at the state Meet of Champions!

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