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Smith College (MA) – Just the Facts

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Smith College – Just the Facts

Just a few short weeks ago we welcomed an enthusiastic first-year class to Smith. The class of 2022 is composed of bright, talented and engaged young women who have much to contribute to our community.  With that in mind, I hope you will take a few minutes to look over “Smith College at a Glance“, our fact sheet for high school counselors and agency directors. The fact sheet provides a statistical breakdown of our first-year class as well as general information about Smith.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at admission@smith.edu  or 413-585-2500.

Best wishes,

Deanna Dixon
Dean of Admission

Chapman University (CA): September Snapshot

Chapman Opens a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter this Fall!
Phi Beta Kappa
Facebook Live: All About Your Application
All About Your Application
Introducing our Brand New Keck Center
Keck Center for Science and Engineering
Schedule an Interview
Save the Date: Discover Chapman Day is November 10
Discover Chapman Day

MICA Presents Its New Website!!

See It Now! MICA's New Website

September 19, 2018


I am extremely proud to share MICA’s bold new website with you today. It has been created especially for the user with an innovative navigation system and powerful search tools – and, of course, you will notice it is particularly mobile friendly.

See It Now! MICA's New Website

Upfront and center on our homepage, you will find an ever-changing cornucopia of artwork; profiles of faculty, students, and alumni; and trending themes that underscore our mission and vision. It puts MICA on display in bold new ways and vividly demonstrates why MICA is continually named one of the top colleges of art and design in the nation.

I invite you to SEE IT NOW!

Theresa Bedoya

Vice President, Admission & Financial Aid

See It Now! MICA's New Website

Explore Kenyon College (OH)

Happenings on the Hill
News and Admissions Tips from Kenyon College
September 2018
Ask the Dean
What does Kenyon look for in an applicant? Read what Dean of Admissions Diane Anci has to say and learn how to apply to Kenyon.
Admissions Tips
Don’t get hung up on the idea of a “good fit” or “perfect match” in your college search. There are many colleges that will fit you, not just one.
Dates and Deadlines
Fall Visit Programs: Sept. 24 and Oct. 8
Attend classes, meet faculty, dine with current students, explore campus clubs and listen to student panels. Both programs include an option to stay overnight. Learn more.
Cultural Connections: Oct. 28-30
This overnight program for high school seniors includes opportunities to meet students and professors and learn how Kenyon embraces diversity and engages multiple viewpoints.
Travel Grants
Qualified students can apply for a Travel Grant, which covers all transportation costs to campus for an individual visit or for one of our visit programs.
Ready to Dig In
Hailing from 48 states and 49 foreign countries, 1,730 new and returning Kenyon students call Gambier home this semester.
Close Collaboration
A new program pairs women in the physical sciences with faculty mentors to pursue intensive research.
Set to Compete
Student-athletes set their sights on a promising fall season for the Lords and Ladies.
Ready to Roll
Masen Colucci ’19 puts skills learned as a film major into action as an intern at New York Magazine. 
Bryan Anderson
After Kenyon
Bryan Anderson ’08 is carving a niche for himself in the field of social work by providing young children with the proper tools to better understand and manage their emotions.
Your Burning Questions
We asked you what fires you up, and you answered. Here are the burning questions on your minds, as well as a response from Associate Professor of Physics Tom Giblin to the question, “How close have scientists come to making time travel possible?”
Kenyon College
Office of Admissions
Gambier, OH 43022
(800) 848-2468
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Happenings on the Hill is sent monthly to high school students and their parents who have expressed interest in Kenyon College.

Updates from Roger Williams University (RI)

Counselor Newsletter | September 2018
What’s New?
The RWU Class of 2022 joined our community earlier this month, representing one of the University’s strongest entering cohorts with median high school GPAs ranging from 3.00-3.72, SAT scores in the range of 1110-1240, and ACTs between 23-27. 89% of this year’s class has come from out-of-state and 16% identify as students of color, making this the most diverse entering class in our history. With campus-wide, on-going diversity + inclusion efforts and strategic planning, we continue to work towards improvement, yet are pleased with this forward progress.

For many years Roger Williams University has observed a test-optional policy; this year we will also allow students to self-report standardized test scores at the time of their application!  Scores may be entered directly into the Common Application, screen-captured from College Board or ACT, or sent electronically by a school counselor.

What’s Now?
Earlier this week the RWU campus community came together to celebrate the life and legacy of our late President, Dr. Donald J. Farish.  Our celebration of his love for students and his steadfast belief in the transformative power of higher education provides an important benchmark as we progress together in our search for the University’s 11th President.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Roger Williams University to offer scholarships and support to academically talented, low-income undergraduates pursuing majors in STEM fields.

The RWU Hawks look forward to another successful fall season, led by an undefeated start for our men’s soccer team who improved to 5-0 with a win on Sunday, and first- and third-place finishes from our sailing team at the Mt. Hope Bay Invitational.

What’s Next?
RWU welcomes prospective students and their families to visit campus over the coming months!  We’ll be hosting Open Houses on 9/23, 10/14 and 11/4 and offering campus toursMonday through Saturday throughout the school year.

Our counselors hit the road this week, for a season of travel that will take us through 16 states and 12 countries.  It’s likely that a member of our staff has already scheduled a visit to your school or within your community, but please feel free to contact the counselor for your area to request a visit or plan a presentation to help your students and families demystify the college search, the application process, the college essay or the financial aid process!

Your input is important to us
We will be collecting feedback on various topics related to the college admission process over the course of the upcoming academic year. Each survey will be just one question, and will take less than a minute to complete.

In this issue’s survey, what are your thoughts about the timing of providing families with need-based financial aid packages?

All the best,

RWU Office of Admission

Office of Undergraduate Admission at Roger Williams University One Old Ferry Rd. Bristol, RI 02809 401-254-3500

Connect with University of Evansville

University of Evansville
Counselor Connection - September 2018

It is officially fall on the UE campus! Our admission team is busy at work processing applications and traveling across the nation. Contact your admission rep to see if they will be close to you in the next few weeks. It is also a very eventful time in our admission office. The counselors that aren’t on the road are keeping busy with our junior and senior visitors. Recruiting our next class really keeps us on the move!

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UE Ranked Number 7 Best College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report

The University of Evansville has been named seventh best college in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges rankings. UE has risen two spots in this year’s overall ranking and was again named as one of the top 10 value colleges in the Midwest.

The University was also recognized as one of the Most Innovative Schools in the Midwest for the first time. Top college officials from across the country made nominations for this list, selecting institutions known for making the most innovative improvements in curriculum, faculty, campus life, technology, or facilities.

In May 2018, UE was designated as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U for its role as a leader in social innovation and changemaking in higher education. UE is the first Changemaker Campus in Indiana.

The University was listed on several other U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges lists this year. UE’s Schroeder School of Business was named the number three best undergraduate business school in the nation among small private colleges, with its accounting and finance programs coming in at number one and number tworespectively in the same category.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science was named the number 25 best undergraduate engineering school in the nation among small private colleges with no doctorate.

The University was also recognized as the number six Best College for Veterans in the Midwest and a Top Midwest School for International Students and remains a Top 10 Best Value college.

“To be recognized nationally on so many levels speaks volumes about the great programs, great people, and great qualities of this University,” said Shane Davidson, vice president for enrollment and marketing at UE. “We are especially proud of making the most innovative list – innovation and changemaking are at the heart of the UE experience.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are designed to help prospective students and their families evaluate college choices. The Best Colleges rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges and will be published in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2019 guidebook, on newsstands later this month.

The myStudentAid Mobile App is Now Available

Federal Student Aid is pleased to announce that students and parents may now download the myStudentAid app from both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android). The myStudentAid mobile app will provide the following functionalities:

  • myFAFSA: complete the FAFSA safely and securely from your mobile device
  • Profile: edit/manage an FSA ID
  • myFederalLoans: view federal student loan and aid history
  • Studentaid.gov: access FSA’s signature source of information on student financial aid products, processes and services
  • Contact Us: contact information for FSA’s contact centers

Key features of myFAFSA

The myFAFSA component – which is used to complete the FAFSA form – is currently the myStudentAid app’s featured function. Customers are offered the following features in the initial beta release of myFAFSA:

  • The ability to begin, complete, and submit a new FAFSA form for the 2019-20 FAFSA processing cycle (beginning October 1);
  • A customized experience based on whether they are a student, parent, or preparer. myFAFSA provides both guidance and assistance on how to answer the FAFSA questions, making the overall process more positive, engaging, and user-friendly; and
  • A secure channel with the same data protections as completing the FAFSA form through fafsa.gov.

Making the FAFSA form accessible through a mobile device provides students and their parents with improved options for completing the form. myFAFSA’s ability to customize the experience based on a specific role also makes it easier for students and parents to understand and complete the form. In addition, students and parents will have the ability to complete the FAFSA form on any device that they prefer.

UE’s ACE³ Program Named Semifinalist in National Competition – UPDATE!

It was just announced that UE’s Old National Bank ACE³ Microloan program is now a Pioneer (Final 10 of 140) in Ashoka and BNY Mellon’s Unlocking ₵hange Challenge. They will now be invited to New York (date TBA) to attend the Unlocking ₵hange Challenge event, network, participate in workshops, and leverage media on our ONB ACE³ program. The four winners will be announced on October 3, 2018.

The Unlocking ₵hange Challenge, a collaboration of BNY Mellon and Ashoka, supports the most promising social entrepreneurs in the United States with bold ideas to increase financial wellbeing, ensuring communities can set financial goals, grow their personal savings, and access capital, credit, financial services, and products needed to thrive.

To learn more, visit the ACE³ informational page on the Ashoka Changemakers website.

Easy Ways for Students to Visit

  1. Individual Visit – Monday through Friday and select Saturdays
  2. Open House – October 20, January 21, and April 6
  3. Purple Visit Days - November 2, February 18, and March 22
  4. Road Trip February 15-17 (Admitted students only)
  5. Fly-In – We will help with the cost of your flight!
  6. Online – Visit our virtual tour anytime

Open House

An Open House is a great opportunity to learn more about all aspects of becoming a UE student! At an Open House, families will have the chance to meet with UE staff, faculty, and current students. They will also get the opportunity to meet with a variety of academic major representatives and attend specific academic sessions. The day will include a campus tour and a financial aid session.

Check out our visit page on the UE website to help your students plan their trip to campus!

Meet Our Faculty

Yasser Alhenawi, PhD
Associate Professor/Finance

Yasser Alhenawi is an associate professor of finance at UE. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Damascus University (1999), a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Emporia State University (2004), a Master of Science in financial economics from the University of New Orleans (2009), and a PhD in financial economics from the University of New Orleans. He is a recipient of several academic awards including the Doctoral Crescent City Scholarship from the University of New Orleans (2007) and Toussaint Hocevar Outstanding Doctoral Student Award from the Business School at University of New Orleans (2010). Yasser Alhenawi Headshot

He has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in finance since 2005. He has also been active in academic research and professional consulting activities. His current research agenda is focused on the dynamic impact of strategic business transactions on corporation’s value and the characteristics of non-conventional investment themes. His long-term research agenda encompasses several philosophical and strategic topics including: modeling strategic decision-making processes at the individual and collective level; financial institutions and their strategic role in the economy; and the philosophy of borrowing and wealth management.

Meet Our Admission Counselors

Chad Hart
Territory: The Region (Indiana), Northwest Indiana; South Bend and Elkhart, Indiana; West Central Indiana; West Indiana; Springfield, Illinois; Decatur and Champaign, Illinois; Peoria, Illinois; Northeast Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; and the Quad Cities, Illinois.

Chad was born in Rockford, Illinois, and he and his brother were the first of their family to go away for college, so he understands what kind of a change, challenge, and opportunity it can be for many families. Chad’s advice to high school seniors is to visit, visit, and visit. He feels that there are a lot of places to get a good education, but they might not all be the best place for you. You have to do your homework. He feels strongly that at UE you won’t just sit in a classroom; you will engage in the community and prepare for a career you’ll love. You’ll get a supportive campus experience that gives you the confidence to head into life after college.

Chad Hart
Now is the time for your seniors to be visiting schools and collecting as much information as possible. Please reach out to our admission team with any questions on which type of visit would be best for your students.

Shane Davidson, MBA, EdD
Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing

Eckerd College (FL) Updates

Counselor Newsletter #31

Welcome to Issue 31 of the Triton Times!

We hope that you had a restful summer and that the new Fall semester is treating you well. In August, we welcomed more than 600 first-year students for Autumn Term. Now, our Eckerd admission counselors are currently traveling all over the country meeting with prospective students. See if they are coming to your area or high school here.

In this issue, you can read about:
Eckerd awarded NOAA grant to reduce single-use plastics on campus
With a $115,124 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program, Eckerd College has embarked on a campaign to reduce plastic waste on campus. Grant funds provide reusable alternatives to reduce single-use plastics campuswide—from plastic bottles to bags and ponchos. U.S. Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL-13) (above right) came to campus on Aug. 27 to congratulate the faculty on securing the grant. Awarded in early spring, the matching grant is giving Eckerd the freedom to launch a variety of initiatives—including providing umbrellas to all guests who tour campus on rainy days. Of the 23 organizations to receive a part of the $2.5 million in funding, only six were schools, and Eckerd College was the only awardee in the state of Florida.

Phi Beta Kappa chapter recognized for outstanding events, partnerships 
Leadership of the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Society recognized Eckerd College’s commitment to excellence and stellar programming during the honor society’s Triennial Council meeting held in Boston Aug. 2–4. Founded in 1776, PBK is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. Only 10 percent of American colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and Eckerd was awarded the sixth of seven chapters established in Florida.

Fall Presidential Events Series tackles America’s view on race post-MLK

2018, already a momentous year filled with royal weddings and political strife, is also the grim anniversary of the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In honor of Dr. King’s legacy, Eckerd College faculty undertook a project to put together a lecture/performance series that encompasses the ideals that the civil rights icon lived, and ultimately died, for. The result is this fall’s Presidential Events Series, Race and Class in America: 50 Years Without King. As the title states, invited guests will speak to the racial and economic progress of America since 1968, or lack thereof. The first speaker, poet and professor Claudia Rankine, had her poetry book, Citizen, selected as the summer reading assignment for all incoming first-year students at Eckerd. She visited campus on Monday, Sept. 10, sponsored by the Class of 1968 Distinguished Visiting Scholar Endowment. In October, the College will also welcome the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis—the current co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, an organization championed by Dr. King himself—and Ibram Kendi, Ph.D., professor and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and author of the National Book Award–winning Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. There will also be musical performances, a film screening, an art exhibit and a special theatrical presentation interspersed throughout the lecture series.


Greetings from Gettysburg College (PA)


Greetings from Gettysburg College!

At the end of August, the Gettysburg College community welcomed 750 first-year students to campus – our most diverse class in the College’s history. As we embark on the new academic year, I have a few exciting updates to share.

  • Gettysburg College is once again recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a Top 50 Liberal Arts College in the United States.
  • Innovation occurs across the academic disciplines here at Gettysburg College. Most notably, we are proud of our two new Anatomage virtual dissection tables- both alumni gifts- which will transform the way in which our students learn about the human body in both health and disease. Additionally, the Alden Trust awarded Gettysburg College a grant for a cutting-edge atomic force microscope. This year, the College will create a Multidisciplinary Imaging Suite, a shared space in the Science Center, to house these powerful instruments.
  • Before entering the workforce, students interested in economics and finance are now able to access and learn the fundamentals of the Bloomberg Terminal, a computer system that provides investors critical financial data in real-time. Additionally, the Business and Entrepreneurial Thinking Program- new this year- is designed to develop and expand the business decision making process and provide opportunities that will extend into students’ lives and careers after graduation.
  • “Think Critically, Act Compassionately” is the motto of the Center for Public Service (CPS), our hub for community service and social justice. CPS has been engaging students and community members for the past 27 years and, over the summer, it became our fifth Distinctive Program on campus.
  • In May, the women’s lacrosse team brought home the second consecutive NCAA Division III Championship Title. We are proud of their hard work and the College’s dedicated support for our athletes to have a well-rounded and highly experiential education. In fact, all the juniors on the team studied abroad in the fall semester last year!
  • The Center for Career Engagement works with all students to create a career plan, helping our graduates land great jobs and lead great lives. It pays off - 98% of the Class of 2017 is employed or pursuing an advanced degree. Three out of four recent alumni used the Gettysburg Network in their job search.

Students, we’d love to meet you for an interview either on-campus or off-campus. The admissions staff is offering Off-Campus Interviews throughout the fall.

Please stay in touch and feel free to reach out to me or my staff at any time.

Best wishes,

Gail Sweezey
Dean of Admissions
Gettysburg College

P.S. Fall Open Houses will be held: Saturday, October 13 and Friday, November 9th. Students may register online.

U of South Carolina: Early Answer Application Deadline Extension

Although the University of South Carolina was fortunate to avoid significant damage from Hurricane Florence,  many of our prospective students were affected by the storm.

As a result, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is extending the October 15 Early Answer Deadline to Sunday, October 21 at 11:59 PM for all students, regardless of state of residence

For a full list of deadlines, click here.


Undergraduate Admissions
University of South Carolina

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
902 Sumter Street Access
Lieber College
Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: 803.777.7700
Email: admissions-ugrad@sc.edu

Greetings from Sewanee: The University of the South (TN)

Greetings from Sewanee!

Admission travel season is question-and-answer season. We want you to have the answers to questions students have about applying to Sewanee. Here are a few of the answers we provide most frequently:

Q: Does Sewanee require an interview?
A: No, however we encourage students to meet with an admission counselor while they’re on the road. Of course the best way to understand Sewanee is by visiting campus. Students can schedule a custom conversation with a member of the admission staff or a current student while they’re here.

Q: Does Sewanee require a writing supplement?
A: No. Sewanee uses the Common Application and does not require a writing supplement. We evaluate applicants using the standard Common Application and the engagement they have had with the Office of Admission.

Q: What is required to apply for need-based financial aid?
A: We use the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE to award need-based financial aid. Need-based financial aid applicants must complete both the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE in conjunction with their application deadline. Financial aid applicants submitting their complete application by the stated deadlines are given priority consideration for institutional funds.

Q: Is it easy to apply test-optional?
A: Yes. We do not require additional materials when students apply test-optional, except on a case-by-case basis. As long as applicants indicate “test-optional” on the Common Application, we will review their applications without test scores.

Q: Does Sewanee allow students to self report test scores? 
A: Yes, for students that have already completed their Common Application, students can complete our new self-reported score form.

Q: Are there any new majors this year? 
A: Yes, neuroscience. Students have the opportunity to study the brain and nervous system through a truly interdisciplinary approach. Majors are required to take courses in both Psychology and Biology, and are highly encouraged to explore related courses within Chemistry, Computer Science, and Philosophy.

If you or your students need additional answers beyond what is available here or on our website, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to providing answers big and small this year!

Sincerely yours,

Lee Ann Backlund
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Vice President for Enrollment Planning

Video feature: Our Story

Encourage your students to schedule a visit. At Fall Preview, Sept. 29 and Nov. 10, your students will enjoy a campus tour, faculty sessions, student panel discussions, a “beyond the classroom” session, and a residential life tour.

The Sewanee Pledge

For each member of the incoming class, we pledge:

  • To secure Sewanee graduates’ places in top jobs and top graduate programs by providing a funded summer internship or research experience.
  • To secure our graduates’ places in a global world, wherever that may be, by providing full portability of aid for a semester abroad.
  • That students will graduate in four years.

Taylor Baird, C’15 joins the Admission team
Taylor has recently joined Sewanee’s admission staff as an Assistant Director of Admission. As we experience record growth in our campus visits and in our admission applications, Sewanee’s admission counselors travel farther and wider than ever before to meet new students and their families around the country. Taylor will provide an invaluable presence in our office and will be working with students from Colorado, Georgia (excluding Metro Atlanta), Central and South Florida, and North Carolina.

Explore Slate.org
Sewanee is in the Slate family of colleges and we invite you to be part of the Slate community.  Slate.org is a new resource which will allow you to support your students through this application process and stay connected to colleges.

If you are interested in exploring this new tool, please be in contact with us. For more background about Slate, take a look at the recent Chronicle of Higher Education article about the company and its founder. We look forward to discovering this new opportunity together!

Sewanee Features 
The Useful Summer

Meet a handful of the more than 250 students who spent the sunny season gaining valuable experience in Sewanee-supported internships.

Community Medicine

A student’s years-long involvement with a local rural medical clinic fosters deep connections to people and place, and prepares her for a future career.

Lending Support

A Sewanee alumnus’s VISTA project grows into a start-up business that offers local residents a welcome alternative to high-interest predatory lending.

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