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Boston University Class of 2022

Happy New Year from BU Admissions! We are very excited to begin 2018 with a record-breaking 64,401 applications for admission to the BU Class of 2022. This is a 6% increase in applications over last year.

While we are pleased that such a large number of students are attracted to BU, we are particularly proud that the academic quality of our applicants continues to strengthen. I would like to share some additional information about our applicant pool.

  • BU received 4,492 applications for admission through ED and ED2. We expect to enroll approximately 35-40% of our freshman class through these binding programs.
  • Applications from underrepresented minority students increased nearly 6.5% over last year. Enrollment of first-generation, low-income, and URM students continues to be a priority for BU.
  • We received 13,308 applications from international students representing 167 countries.
  • BU?s enrollment target for the Class of 2022 is 3,300 students.


We encourage students to set up and check their BU Web Accounts on the Applicant Link regularly to confirm that all required credentials have been received. Admission decisions will be released on Saturday, March 17. Students will receive emails when their decisions are available.

We wish all students the best of luck with their college applications.


Kelly A. Walter
Associate Vice President for Enrollment &
  Dean of Admissions

233 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

Academy Media Production Summer Program at Boston U for H.S. Students

Creative high school students develop their cinematic and journalistic storytelling skills producing films, videos, multi-camera productions and more at Boston University’s Academy of Media Production.
“AMP was immersiveexciting and challenging - I never imagined that I would learn so much, work so hard and have such a blast.”
It’s time to AMP UP!
The application deadline is
March 31, 2018.
Program Dates:
July 9 – August 3, 2018
Program Information &
Application Materials: bu.edu/amp
Contact the program at buamp@bu.edu
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UC Santa Cruz: eSlug Winter 2018 Newsletter

eSlug Newsletter Winter 2018
Our mascot's namesake, the banana slug, pictured here on campus. Photo by Woody Carroll.


Admission Notification Date for Freshmen – March 15

Admission Notification for Transfers – March 17 through April 30

Admission Acceptance Deadline for Freshmen - May 1

Admission Acceptance Deadline for Transfers - June 1

Summer Orientation Registration Deadline (for Frosh and Transfers) - June 4


UC Santa Cruz Magazine

UC Santa Cruz MagazineAn indelible mark: a tribute to the late Robert Sinsheimer [More]

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Our mascot’s namesake, the banana slug, pictured here on campus. Photo by Woody Carroll.

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Photo Essay: UCSC's New Coastal Biology Building


UC Santa Cruz marks gains in transfer, frosh applications.UC Santa Cruz marks gains in transfer, frosh applications. [More]

Two UCSC biologists receive Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor awards.Two UCSC biologists receive Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor awards. [More]

Summer session offers unique academic opportunities.Summer session offers unique academic opportunities. [More]

Looking back at a year of shooting for the stars.Looking back at a year of shooting for the stars. [More]

Tom Killion: A life in color.Tom Killion: A life in color. [More]

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Message from New Interim Director Blia YangMessage from Interim Director Blia Yang
Interim Director Blia Yang discusses UC Santa Cruz’s record application season and advises counselors on what applicants can expect over the coming weeks. [More]

UCSC Welcomes New Transfer Students for Winter 2018UCSC Welcomes New Transfer Students for Winter 2018
Welcome to UCSC’s 143 new transfer students for winter 2018! Students were greeted with a Winter Welcome program, held on January 12 and co-sponsored by Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS) and Campus Orientations and consisting of a college orientation and advising, an introduction to STARS and other campus resources, and a meal with continuing transfer students and academic advisors.

UCSC Summer Session Welcomes High School Students at 50% off!UCSC Summer Session Welcomes High School Students at 50% off!
Spread the word: High school students can take a variety of courses at UCSC Summer Session for half off this summer. Online courses available too! [More]


Writing and Editing: Jennifer Wright
Photography and Images: Woody Carroll, Rob Knight, Reidar Hahn (Fermilab), Mads Peter Heide-Jorgensen, Tom Killion, Matt Kroll, Carolyn Lagattuta, Courtesy UCSC Summer Session, Akhyar Zaman.
Web Design and Production: Sean Mikawa, Akhyar Zaman.
eSlug is published by the UC Santa Cruz Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Thank you for reading! The next edition of eSlug will arrive in the spring.

Is There A Gifted Gap?

Is There A Gifted Gap?


Schools have long failed to cultivate the innate talents of many of their young people, particularly high-ability girls and boys from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds. This failure harms the economy, widens income gaps, arrests upward mobility, and exacerbates civic decay and political division.

To address these issues, researchers Christopher Yaluma and Adam Tyner examined the extent to which access to and participation in gifted programs vary for different groups of students, particularly in high-poverty schools. Here’s what they found:
  • More than two-thirds of elementary and middle schools have gifted programs.
  • Overall, high-poverty schools are just as likely as low-poverty schools to have them.
  • Yet students in low-poverty schools are more than twice as likely to participate in such programs.
  • Even when black and Hispanic students have gifted programs in their elementary and middle schools, they participate at much lower rates than their peers.
  • In schools with gifted programs, only Maryland, Kentucky, and New Hampshire enroll more than 10 percent of the state’s black and Hispanic students in those programs; in twenty-two states it’s less than 5 percent.

Increasing the participation of qualified yet underrepresented students in gifted programming in elementary and middle schools would change the trajectories of these children and gradually lessen social and economic inequality. We offer three recommendations to help on this front:

  1. Consider universal screening and other ways to streamline identification processes and make them more equitable.
  2. Identify students for gifted programs using local norms.
  3. Counter bias in identifying and serving minority gifted students.

For tomorrow’s leaders to reflect America’s diversity, today’s schools must cultivate able kids from every kind of background. Toward that end, first-rate gifted programming in high-poverty schools can contribute a great deal.


Eckerd College (FL) Newsletter: Triton Times

Welcome to Issue 30 of the Triton Times!

We hope you had a relaxing holiday season and that the Spring is off to a great start. We are excited to have reviewed many students’ applications. This Spring, our admission counselors will be traveling to your areas for college fairs, receptions and one-on-one interviews with admitted students. We encourage students to come meet us at these different events.

In this issue, you can read about:
Also read these exciting stories: 
The Center for Visual Arts scheduled to open in February
Former skinhead speaks out against hate
2018 Writers in Paradise Conference kicks off

Eckerd ranks near the top among institutions for students who study abroad 

In a ranking of baccalaureate colleges, the Institute for International Education’s 2017 Open Doors Report for the 2015–2016 academic year shows Eckerd College as No. 4 in the U.S. for students participating in short-term study abroad and No. 10 in the U.S. for total participation in study abroad. “We appreciate IIE’s recognition of our efforts to give all students at Eckerd College an opportunity to study abroad, which provides experience and perspective we feel are essential to their education,” said Diane Ferris ’86, director of international education. “With more than 70 percent of our students participating at some point during their four years already, we feel confident we will meet our goal of 100 percent participation by 2021.” The news from IIE came just weeks before about 415 Eckerd students led by Eckerd faculty will depart in January to nearly 30 international destinations for Winter Term study. Students will again participate in the College’s annual Winter Term Photo Contest and Video Contest, which provide an annual gallery of their adventures.

Center for Visual Arts set to open in February 

We’re washing windows, making way for furniture and equipment, and packing boxes! Faculty soon will move into the new Center for Visual Arts, which will be used first for Winter Term courses in January. Grand opening events will take place in early February, and all will be welcome to see and enjoy this stunning new facility!

Former skinhead speaks out against hate

Frank Meeink shared with nearly 300 Eckerd students and guests on November 16 a colorful and raw tale of his rough upbringing in South Philadelphia, recruitment by neo-Nazis in the 1990s, ascent to leadership within the movement and his eventual incarceration—all while he was still a teenager. His introduction to the neo-Nazi movement took him from fearing his home, school and neighborhood to being the cause of fear in others. “I was craving the look of fear in others’ eyes because I feared everything,” he said. Although he’d had positive interactions with inmates of other races in prison, when he was released, he returned to the movement. It wasn’t until a Jewish business owner hired him, fostering in Meeink kindness and self-confidence, that he was changed. “He met me as a human being and showed me respect,” Meeink said. “I had a really bad karma score … but every time I did good things, my life got better,” he said. “In today’s world, it’s all about empathy for me.” He reflected on the alt-right movement in the U.S., saying, “The alt-right is just my group re-politicized and rebranded.” But noting his own story, he said, “Humanity is going to step up again.”

2018 Writers in Paradise Conference kicks off

The 2018 Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise kicked off on Jan. 13 in Eckerd’s Miller Auditorium with a reading and talk by Ana Menéndez, author of four books of fiction who has worked as a journalist in the U.S. and abroad, lastly as a prizewinning columnist for the Miami Herald. Award-winning novelist Russell Banks will close the weeklong conference and celebration of writing with a reading and Q&A. View this year’s full lineup at writersinparadise.com. Books will be available for purchase onsite during the readings, which are free and open to the public.

U of Texas: Summer Neuroscience & Microbiology Program for HS Students

The University of Texas at Austin
G9-12 students     6/23 – 7/13/2018
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Learn how various neural diseases are detected and treated while exploring one of our most complex organs. From anatomical structure in virtual reality to tapping into how bioengineered viruses might be a cure for cancer, you’ll marvel at the brain’s complexity and adaptability. Taught by UT neurobiology alum along with neurophysiologists, neuropsychologists, and neurosurgeons.
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Why are there so many different antibiotics? Dive into microbiology and discover how researchers and clinicians study, manipulate, and communicate with a world too small for the naked eye to see. Taught by microbiology instructor and award-winning Medical Illustrator.
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BARD: January 2018 News and Updates

Bard A Place to Think
News & Updates
January 2018
Image Profile: New Yorker Contributing Writer and Bard Alum Ronan Farrow Ronan Farrow ’04 talks about Hollywood, journalism, and the Weinstein exposé that launched a movement in this wide-ranging interview. more>>

Image Neil Gaiman, Frances McDormand, “Lemony Snicket” to Appear at Bard Neil Gaiman, Frances McDormand, Susan Orlean, and Daniel Handler, author ofA Series of Unfortunate Events, will all be featured at upcoming events at Bard’s Fisher Center. more>>

Image Bard College Raptors’ Historic Victory Over St. Lawrence Includes ESPN Top 10 Play A spectacular dunk from Bard’s men’s basketball team in Friday’s victory over St. Lawrence University earned a spot on ESPN SportsCenter‘s daily roundup of Top 10 Plays. more>>

Image A Matter of Degree: Helping Young Moms Succeed at Bard Microcollege Holyoke A Bard program is meeting more than academic needs by providing food, childcare, and laptops to help students earn an associate’s degree.more>>

Image Seizing Every Opportunity: Sara Xing Eisenberg ’18 Takes on International Research and Local Engagement Sara grew up in Manhattan and attended Bard High School Early College (BHSEC). After four years immersed in BHSEC’s advanced curriculum, she knew Bard was the next step. She is completing a joint major in Environmental and Urban Studies and Asian Studies. more>>

Image Review: Bard Historian Richard Aldous on Netflix’s The Crown and the Triumph of Duty “It’s an interesting thought, and one as unfashionable today as it was in the 1960s, that some traditions might be worth holding on to even when they appear anachronistic.” more>>

Image US-China Music Institute Presents Music from China: East Meets West, a Concert of Contemporary Works for Chinese and Western Instruments Bard’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts hosts a celebratory concert to launch the Chinese Music Development Initiative, a new collaboration between the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.  more>>

Image Esteemed Filmmaker Charles Burnett Joins Bard College Faculty Bard College announces the appointment of award-winning filmmaker Charles Burnett as visiting artist in residence in the Film and Electronic Arts Program. more>>

Image Two Bard College Students Win Prestigious Study Abroad Scholarships for 2018 Saúl García Amezcua ’19 was awarded a Gilman Scholarship and Corrina Gross ’19 a Freeman-ASIA grant in support of their studies abroad this spring. more>>

Image Invasive Species Forecast: Bard Biologist Felicia Keesing on the Effects of Arctic Air on Local Tick Populations Professor Keesing, who is codirecting a study aimed at reducing Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, says that ticks are remarkably well adapted to surviving extreme temperatures. more>>

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Skidmore College (NY): 2018 Summer Pre-College Program

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At Skidmore, they can try college on before taking college on.
High school students enrolled in our Pre-College Program get a head start on college life by living and learning with other exceptional students from across the country and around the world.
June 30—August 4, 2018
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Described as “the best summer ever“, the Pre-College Program gives high school students the opportunity to explore the academic and social aspects of college life, including:

  • Living in a residence hall
  • Meeting new people from places near and far
  • Jumping into new experiences that open the door to life after high school
“In high school, I felt limited by requirements and a lack of opportunities. After Pre-College, opportunities and possibilities feel endless.

- Mary Brimmer ’19, Pre-College Grad

Students can earn college credit in a wide range of courses, including:

  • Human Genetics
  • Intro to Media and Film Studies
  • Drawing Workshop
  • Physics: Sound and Music
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Intro to Cultural Anthropology
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NCAA Eligibility Center Newsletter: January 2018 H.S. Newsletter


Updated Resources
The Division I and Division II quick reference sheets have been updated to include the redesigned SAT concordance in the sliding scale. As you assist students and families, use these documents to help them better understand the required academic standards their student must meet. The “Division I Academic Requirements” and “Division II Academic Requirements” documents are both found on our Want to Play College Sports webpage under “Initial-Eligibility Toolkit,” and on the High School Portal’s Resources Page under “Important New Rules.” Please feel free to download them (below) and share with your college-bound student-athletes and their families.

Division I Academic Requirements
Division II Academic Requirements

Student-Athlete Profile Account
When the NCAA Eligibility Center redesigned its registration website at www.eligibilitycenter.org , one of the most significant enhancements was the creation of the profile account.  The profile account gives college-bound student-athletes the opportunity to make the best decision about their college choices earlier in their high school careers. Students may now choose from the traditional certification account for those wanting to attend and compete at Division I and II schools, or a free profile account for those attending Division III schools and students who are not yet sure at what school they want to attend and compete.

Registration for a profile account is free and easy. Students should expect 10 to 20 minutes to complete a profile account. Also, if a student with a profile account decides to compete at the Division I or II level, they can easily transition their profile account to a certification account. (A registration fee of $80 (domestic/Canada) or $135 (international) is required to begin the certification process.) Please encourage your freshmen student-athletes to register for a free profile account. 

The Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is our most comprehensive student resource.
Our Initial-Eligibility Brochure provides a general overview of the NCAA Eligibility Center requirements.
Students can learn which NCAA division may be right for them by comparing the three NCAA divisions.
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