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At the University of Baltimore, we believe our mission is aligned with yours: to equip students with the skills, knowledge and resources they’ll need to achieve success in whatever they endeavor.
Students are cordially invited to our upcoming Open House, where we’ll show them that success is closer than they think.
UB FALL OPEN HOUSE
DATE: Saturday, Nov. 18
TIME: 10 a.m.-noon
LOCATION: William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center
(11 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201)
For more information, visit ubalt.edu/open. We encourage students to RSVP, but walk-ins are welcome.
Why UB? Students who attend UB gain Knowledge That Works—a world-class education with the real-world career preparation and hands-on experience employers demand—at a fraction of the cost of other institutions. UB offers:

SAVE THE DATE: The next UB Open House is on Saturday, March 3.

Please feel free to forward this message to others who may be interested in University of Baltimore.

Questions? Contact us at admission@ubalt.edu or 1.877.ApplyUB.

Sincerely,
UB Admission

Academic Center, Room 117
1420 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
1.877.ApplyUB
admission@ubalt.edu

Admissions Updates from Northeastern University (MA)

Greetings from Boston! Now that the November 1 application deadline for Early Decision I and Early Action has passed, I wanted to provide you with a brief update. We’ve seen growth in both applicant pools—with a 22% increase in Early Action and a 17% increase in Early Decision; needless to say, we are working tirelessly to complete files and evaluate applications. We anticipate these will be two very competitive rounds of admission selection and will keep you updated as we move through the cycle.

There are a few additional items I’d like to share with you as we move forward into this year’s applicant cycle:

  • For the second year, we asked students via the application for their preference about whether they would like to participate in The N.U.in Program, our first-year global experience. We’re eager to have this context as we make decisions, although a student’s preference does not guarantee a decision that matches that preference.
  • Similar to the past few years, students in the ED I pool may receive offers of admission for Fall 2018, as well as for The N.U.in Program, as we remain committed to providing these students with a final decision at this time. For students admitted to The N.U.in Program, their decision will be non-binding with a May 1 deposit deadline.
  • We will also offer a small number of EA admission offers to The N.U.in Program, along with those receiving an offer of admission for Fall 2018.

Students who applied Early Decision I will be notified electronically of their admissions decision by December 15, and those applying Early Action will be notified by February 1.

My team is eager to assist you throughout this process. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 617.373.2200, touch base with your Admissions representative, or Tweet your question to @NUAdmissions with #askNUAdmission.

Warm regards,

Elizabeth Cheron
Dean of Admissions
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Northeastern University
northeastern.edu/admissions

360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
617.373.2200
TTY 617.373.3768

Contact: Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Trinity College (CT) Updates

 

If you are like me, then the start of each school year brings with it renewed energy and tremendous excitement. This year, though, was also accompanied by enormous anxiety for our profession. Our world has changed dramatically over the last year, and we are all impacted by the challenges that each day brings. Many of the things we hold dear—including education—are under attack. We must continue to stand together to safeguard education and its potential to change students’ lives and nurture tomorrow’s leaders.

While we have grappled with these challenges at Trinity, we are also working to turn them into opportunities. We have recommitted ourselves to delivering extraordinary experiences for all of our students. We are conducting workshops to teach students to have civil discourse across difficult divides and leading seminars on how to best serve an increasingly diverse student body. We are also committing more funding to our financial aid program so that more students can attend Trinity College regardless of their socioeconomic status.

I am an optimist. Whether I’m teaching in the classroom, chatting with students in the dining hall, or engaging prospective students on our campus and around the world, I always walk away with a sense of hope. The future is bright, and our students will lead the way.

I look forward to partnering with each of you as our journey ahead continues. And, as always, if I can be of help to students as they consider joining the Trinity College community, don’t hesitate to reach out. My team and I are here for you.

Best,
Angel

Angel B. Pérez, Ph.D.
Vice President
Enrollment & Student Success


Campus Highlights


Enrollment and Student Success News

  • Exciting news from Lukman Arsalan, senior associate director of international admissions and student success, about our new international first-year students: An Inside Higher Ed article, “Shaky International Yields,” reports that “the yield rate for international undergraduates declined modestly from 26 to 24 percent from fall 2016 to fall 2017.” Against the backdrop of this two percent drop nationally, however, Trinity College witnessed a 14-point increase in our international student yield rate. Moreover, we saw an increase of over 25 percent in the number of applications coming from international students. This in turn allowed Trinity College to enroll the largest international class in its history,bringing the number of countries represented at Trinity to over 70.
  • We are now recruiting for our January 2019 J-Start cohort. J-Start is a program for students who, for a variety of reasons, want to start college in January rather than September. Perhaps they want to take a gap semester or engage in a study project prior to enrolling in college. Whatever their reasons may be, the program is designed for motivated, high-achieving students who know what they want and seek to get the most out of college. Students looking for a personalized liberal arts education and extensive opportunities to connect their academics to the real world will find all of that and more at Trinity. Think you have students who fit that description? Visit the J-Start website for details or click the image below to download the J-Start postcard.

Connect with Us!

Trinity College
Admissions Office
Hartford, CT
Admissions.Office@trincoll.edu
www.trincoll.edu/Admissions

Swarthmore College (PA): Updated Standardized Testing Policy

I am happy to share news from Swarthmore College regarding our standardized testing reporting policy. As part of our efforts to reduce barriers during the application process, applicants may now self-report their standardized test scores when applying to Swarthmore (in lieu of providing an official score report).

We have a long history of partnerships and programs that expand access to students for whom sending an official score report was a financial burden. This change to our score reporting policy expands those efforts for all of our applicants.

Applicants may now provide their test scores to us in several ways: self-reported on the Common, Coalition, or QuestBridge Application; as an update via their application portals once they have applied to Swarthmore; or by sending official score reports from the College Board or ACT. Additionally, we will continue to accept as official any scores sent to our office from a school official via email, fax, or postal mail. You can find more details on these processes here.

Please note that our standardized testing requirements have not changed. In addition, we will require matriculating students to submit official score reports for data verification purposes.

Access and affordability are at the core of our mission, and inform how we engage with you and your students. I hope this change will reduce financial barriers for your students who might be a good fit for Swarthmore. You can learn more about our access efforts on our website, and learn more about our generous, loan-free financial aid policies.

Warmly,

Jim Bock ‘90
Vice President and Dean of Admissions

Swarthmore College Admissions
admissions@swarthmore.edu
(610) 328-8300

Meet the Dean: Penn State and Schreyer Honors College

There are many students that have already submitted their applications for Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College or are working on the final touches. We want to connect with you and see how you are doing and answer any questions you might have about the application processes, housing, academic program options, and student life.

Mark your calendar and join us for our “Meet the Dean” webinar on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 PM EST. Schreyer Honors College Dean Peggy Johnson, current Scholars and our Admissions team will be online to meet you and talk about the benefits of Penn State and the Honors College. Pre-registration is not required.

Clicking on the button at the top of this e-mail will bring you to the virtual event site where you may log in with a MyPennState account or sign in as a guest to join the webinar. Access this site several minutes before the webinar start time to make sure your computer or device can connect properly.

The one-way webinar viewing format will allow you to see and hear the speakers. Questions and comments can be submitted using the chat module during the webinar.

Thank you very much for supporting Penn State University and the Schreyer Honors College. We look forward to speaking with you on November 8!

Please feel free to contact us at 814-865-2060 or scholars@psu.edu with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Deyo Olorunnisola
Director of Admission
Schreyer Honors College

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IMPORTANT DATES

Priority Filing Date
Wednesday, November 30
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Final Filing Date (New for 2017-18)
Wednesday, December 20
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FAFSA Priority Filing Date
Thursday, February 15
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University Park, PA 16802

Pratt Institute (NY) Admissions Updates


Image: Pratt’s Historic Brooklyn, New York Campus 

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Top Ranked Art, Design, and Architecture College in Brooklyn, New York

 

 

We are aware of the critical role you play in helping students decide where to apply, and we are grateful to those of you who have sent students to Pratt Institute.  If you have sent us students, I sincerely thank you.

Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, is ranked by Business Week as one of the top design schools in the United States and offers majors in virtually every area of art, design, and architecture.  With almost all programs ranked among the top five or ten in the country, Pratt attracts the brightest and most talented students in the US.  Over 1000 faculty members, most of them practicing professionals, connect students with internships and eventually jobs–87% of undergraduate students are employed within one year of graduation. Payscale, 2014, lists Pratt graduates with the second highest mean starting salaries of all the universities offering art and design.

Some statistics that might interest you, including our student profile, are below my signature. 

MAJORS
Pratt offers majors in fine art, fashion design, communications design, interior and industrial design, animation, motion arts, interactive arts, history of art and design, art and design education (teacher preparation), writing, and critical and visual studies, and more.   The School of Architecture offers the five- year NAAB accredited architecture degree and a four-year degree in construction management. We also offer an associate’s degree (transfer track) in painting/drawing and graphic design/illustration for students who are not ready or not interested in a four-year program.

The difference between our Bachelor of Fine Art and a Bachelor of Arts is the fact that the studios and professional courses constitute about two-thirds of the BFA curriculum.   Students apply for a particular program– art, design, architecture, or writing–and begin studying in that program their first year.  (The admissions requirements include evidence of talent in addition to academic ability.)

View our Gallery of Student and Faculty Work! 

IDEAL CAMPUS LOCATIONS

Brooklyn (main campus): A 25-acre campus with 35 buildings, some historic, some contemporary, grassy plazas, and residence halls on campus makes Pratt a top choice for students looking for a traditional college experience in the context of an art and design school. Pratt is the only art, design and architecture college in New York City with an actual traditional college campus.  All programs but the two-year associate degree programs and both the two and four-year construction management programs are located on the Brooklyn campus.

Manhattan: Pratt’s Manhattan campus is located in the exciting Chelsea area in a restored historic building.

Extension Campus: PrattMWP College of Art and Design is Pratt’s upstate New York extension campus in Utica.  It offers the first two years of Pratt’s BFA programs in fine arts, photography, art and design education (teacher preparation), and communications design (graphic design, illustration, advertising art direction).  There are many reasons why students choose PrattMWP, including a substantially lower cost. Information is available at www.mwpai.edu

Applying: The deadline for the fall semester is January 5th.  November 1st is our non-binding early action deadline. Because we have an enrollment cap with strict limits on certain majors, we strongly encourage students to apply early if Pratt is their first choice.  Pratt has a generous merit scholarship program; all applicants are considered.

Interested students may request information about Pratt at www.pratt.edu/request.  If you’d like to schedule an art class group tour, email visit@pratt.edu. 

If you would like to reach me directly, please feel free to email me at dliebeno@pratt.edu. 

Marjorie, I thank you again for your assistance!

Sincerely,

Dustin W. Liebenow
Asst. Vice President for Enrollment



Student Profile 2016-2017
Total Enrollment:  4,659

3,310 Undergraduates
1,349 Graduates

96% of Undergraduates are full-time
100% of First-Year Freshmen are full-time
92% of Graduates are full-time

31% of Undergraduates are male, 69% are female
27% of Graduate Students are male, 73% are female

Pratt students come from  48 states and 81 countries

International Students
Undergraduate: 27% international

Faculty
1,132 faculty

Average student:faculty class ratio: 9:1 ( 9.5 to 1)

Percent from out of state
71% of Undergraduates
79% of First-Time Freshmen

Percent living in residence halls
54% of Undergraduates
90% of First-Time Freshmen

Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading: 25th percentile:  540 / 75th percentile:  640
SAT Math: 25th percentile:  550 / 75th percentile:   670
SAT Writing: 25th percentile:  540/ 75th percentile: 640

Average age of full-time freshmen: 18
Average entering GPA:    3.74

Retention rate for first-time freshmen (2014-2015):   87%

Pratt Institute
Office of Admissions
200 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn New York 11205
United States

Kenyon College: Young Writers Contest for HS Juniors & Sophomores

Kenyon Review

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

Do you love to write poetry?

Are you a high school sophomore or junior?

Then here’s a great opportunity for you! You’re eligible to enter the 15th Annual Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers contest, presented by the Kenyon Review, one of the country’s most respected literary magazines. If you are the winner or one of the two runners-up, you will see your poem published in our bimonthly journal and on our website. In addition, the winner receives a full scholarship to the 2018 Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop in Gambier, Ohio, next summer.

It’s easy to enter:

  • Go to kenyonreview.org/groddprize.
  • Submission button will be live November 1-30, 2017.
  • High school sophomores and juniors only, please.
  • Limit of one unpublished poem and one entryper person.
  • No submission fee, it’s free!

We look forward to reading your poem!

The Kenyon Review  •  Gambier, Ohio  •  www.kenyonreview.org
Young Writers is fun!

Pen and Paper

Stairs

The Kenyon Review, Finn House, 102 W. Wiggin St, Gambier, OH 43022

Babson College Early Decision and Early Action Deadline Extension

Dear Colleague,
We want to share a few updates with you regarding our November 1 Early Decision and Early Action deadlines. We are aware that this fall has been challenging for many with hurricanes, wildfires, changes in test dates, and other recent events that may have impacted you and your students. In order to accommodate any student whose college plans have been disrupted, we will be extending our Early Decision and Early Action deadlines to November 15th.

 

In addition, applicants can now provide self-reported SAT and ACT test scores with their application. We will require and verify official scores only for students that matriculate at Babson. We encourage you to learn more about our new standardized testing policy and we hope this change will make applying to Babson more affordable and accessible to your students moving forward.

 

Please reach out should you have any questions. We look forward to working with you throughout the 2017-2018 admission cycle and thank you for your continued support. 

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Babson College | Lunder Undergraduate Admission Center
781-239-5522 or 800-488-3696 ugradadmission@babson.edu 

Warren Wilson College (NC) Announces Free Tuition Scholarship!

Milepost One. It’s the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a relaxing drive that meanders for 469 miles and is adjacent to Warren Wilson College’s beautiful campus near Asheville, North Carolina.
Milepost One is also a full-tuition scholarship program for students with total family income levels equal to or below $125,000 per year. This means that students who may not be eligible for federal or state need-based grants still have an opportunity to earn a full tuition scholarship.
Students will apply by submitting a 2-minute (or less) video on the following topic:
We know that there are people whose hard work and commitment have made it possible for you to be at the point in your life where you’re going to college. Share with us how these people (maybe your mom, dad, coach, grandparent, teacher, pastor, sibling, or friend)  impacted you, and what it would mean to you and to them if you receive a full tuition scholarship to Warren Wilson College.
Learn more about Milepost One and please share this exciting program with students who might be interested in Warren Wilson College.
Best,
Janelle Holmboe
VP for Enrollment and Marketing
P.S. More good news! To further expand access, we have eliminated the $50 application fee for all students. Apply now!

Warren Wilson College Admission Department |  PO Box 9000  |  Asheville, NC  28815
tel: 800-934-3536  |  email: admit@warren-wilson.edu

University of Rochester (NY) Admissions Updates

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Dean’s Greeting

Greetings! This newsletter will inform you and your colleagues of new developments here at the University of Rochester and in the Office of Admissions.

Our new student cohort of 1,549 is the largest ever and 10% larger than intended. We had a 10% increase in applications, which can decrease yield, as the ever-better-qualified, interesting students have many more options to choose from. Instead, our yield increased. Our first-year students are not just the biggest class, but the best:

  • The class has an average 3.8 GPA with more than 90% completing advanced academic programs.
  • Our new students have expressed interest in 66 of Rochester’s 67 majors.
  • We’ve welcomed five new self-identified non-gender-binary students.
  • It’s by far our largest group of African-American, black, and Hispanic students ever.
  • We’ve welcomed 479 new international students from 101 countries.
  • Since 2006, Rochester has ensured equal access to admissions and financial aid for applicants who are US residents without a legal status or path.

With our mission to learn, discover, heal, create—and make the world ever better, the University of Rochester creates a pluralistic, challenging, and inclusive environment for all students.

Our thoughts go out to our students and their families dislocated throughout the Americas by hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes, and in the world beyond by more disasters, violence, and strife. Each year we extend our deadlines for any students affected. Our Students’ Association has also created a fund to support their classmates’ DACA renewal fees.

We would like to thank all of the counselors, teachers, and administrators who helped this application cycle. If you haven’t attended any of our events for counselors around the world recently, please let us know so that we can invite you. Amazing students come to Rochester because of your work, and I look forward to building our relationships with you and them in the years ahead.
Johnathan Burdick
Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

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Jason Nevinger: Director of Admissions

Greeting from the Director of Admissions

I’d like to introduce myself as the new Director of Admissions at the University of Rochester. While I am new to this role, I have been with the Office of Admissions for the past two years as a regional associate director located in Raleigh, NC. I traveled in several regions of the US and world. Prior to Rochester, I spent 17 years in college admissions in western Pennsylvania where I worked at Westminster College, Duquesne University, and Carnegie Mellon University.

I appreciate you, our school counselor colleagues, for all you do to support your students and their families throughout the college search process. George Eastman said, “The progress of the world depends almost entirely upon education.” In light of our current political and national climate, that statement is truer now more than ever, and the work you do to help students navigate their educational journeys is invaluable.

In the months ahead, our admissions staff will again be traveling across the country and throughout the world. Connect with us during our many high school visits, college fairs, and other recruitment endeavors in your area. Additionally, we have a number of counselor fly-in programs throughout the year and we’d love to host you on our campus.

Again, thank you for all you do. I wish you and your students an enjoyable, successful, and “Meliora” year ahead.
Jason Nevinger
Director of Admissions

Samantha Veeder: Associate Dean of College Enrollment and Director of Financial Aid

Greeting from the Director of Financial Aid

Over the past year, we have been working together to help students and families adjust to the changes in FAFSA filing, specifically Early FAFSA and Prior-Prior-Year income reporting. Students can complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017, for the 2018–19 academic year using income information from an earlier tax year (2016 income for the 2018–19 FASFA). We did not change our financial aid deadlines for incoming students. They are still December 1 for Early Decision and February 15 for Regular Decision.

During the 2017–18 processing cycle, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) functionality that allows income from the parent and student tax returns to automatically populate the FAFSA was suspended due to concerns over identity theft. While the IRS DRT will remain unavailable for the remainder of the 2017–18 FAFSA filing cycle, it will be available on October 1, 2017, for the 2018–19 cycle. To better protect applicants’ information, the tool will return with some changes. The IRS DRT will limit the information that displays to the applicant to enhance security and privacy of personal data transferred to the FAFSA from the IRS.

With those changes, students and parents might have questions about whether they should continue to use the IRS DRT. Please encourage students to continue using the tool. Although it is optional, is does pull information directly from the IRS, eliminating manual entry errors, and it can save time on the back end if their FAFSA is selected for verification. Reassure families that the information on the FAFSA will be accurate if they filed their tax return correctly.

As always, feel free to reach out to me or your local financial aid office with questions as we continue to implement the new process requirements.
Samantha Veeder
Associate Dean of College Enrollment
Director of Financial Aid

Events, Scholarships, Resources, and More…

High School Awards Program

High School Awards Program

Nominate up to four qualified juniors for one of Rochester’s High School Awards: the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award, the George Eastman Young Leaders Award, the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, and the Xerox Award for Innovation and Technology. Students will receive an award and certificate, a Rochester application fee waiver, and will be eligible to be considered for a merit scholarship of at least $10,000 per year if admitted to Rochester.
Handler Scholars

Alan and Jane Handler Endowed Scholarship

With a permanently endowed fund, the Alan and Jane Handler Endowed Scholarship is the University’s leading award. It is a more-than tuition, four-year scholarship for selected students who do not otherwise have the financial means to attain a Rochester education. Scholars are selected based on academic excellence, outstanding potential to be future leaders, and demonstrated mastery of complex challenges.
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SALT: Financial Literacy Software

The University of Rochester has partnered with American Student Assistance to offer students and alumni a new program called Salt®. Salt is a free nonprofit-backed program dedicated to helping students plan for, pay for, and repay the cost of their degree while preparing them for a successful financial future. Salt provides resources for students to confidently achieve their financial goals.

Veteran and Military Family Services

The Veteran and Military Family Services (VMFS) office serves as a resource to all student and dependent veterans at the University of Rochester. Rochester has been a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program since 2009, so veterans (and qualified dependents) who qualify for 100% Post-9/11 educational benefits can attend the University of Rochester tuition free. Please email our office with questions.

Office of Disability Resources

The Office of Disability Resources supports the needs of students with documented disabilities by offering academic adjustments and residential accommodations. The office also offers UR Transition, a pre-orientation opportunity designed to help first-year students connect to Disability Resources’ staff, access college resources, and gain a sense of belonging in Rochester’s learning community.
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Upstate New York Counselor Tour

In early May, the University of Rochester, along with several other colleges, hosts counselors to visit and experience Upstate New York in the spring, and all we have to offer. Check online for specific dates for the 2018 tour.
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Research Rochester (Open-House Days)

These open-house programs are prospective students’ ideal opportunity to visit Rochester. Encourage your students to register today for one of the dates below:

  • Saturday, November 4
  • Friday, November 10

Recruitment Travel and Off-Campus Events

We’re traveling all over the country and the globe. If your students would like to connect with us, please encourage them to interview. Interviews are a big part of our process and can help an applicant be more competitive for scholarships. Students can sign up for an in-person interview when we are in their area, or a Skype interview no matter where we are.

Colleges of Rochester Tour (CORT)

The University of Rochester and other area colleges welcomed counselors last month for the annual Colleges of Rochester Tour. Participants spent three days touring the area colleges including Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and St. John Fisher College. If you’re interested in next year’s event, contact Catherine Lewis.