NYC Colleges: The Arts Capital of the World Tour..MD/DC (9/16-17)

High School Students in Metro Washington, DC:
Five New York City colleges will be presenting in the Maryland/DC area in September by hosting an evening event for families.  Take note of the schedule options.  I encourage you to consider attending if you are interested in any of the institutions.  Do your homework first and visit the website to get general information, so you will ask pertinent questions.  This is a great opportunity to show “demonstrated interest.” 
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The Arts Capital of the World Tour

New York City is home to more than 2,000 arts and cultural organizations, more than 500 art galleries, Broadway, architectural marvels like the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, the second largest center for the film industry in the United States, the largest performing arts complex in the world and the birthplace of abstract expressionism, hip-hop and modern dance.
Five premier institutions with celebrated arts programs and internationally renowned faculty are coming to your town to introduce the possibilities of a world-class arts education in the arts capital of the world.
You are invited to attend a session on selective university admissions presented by Barnard CollegeColumbia UniversityFordham University, The Juilliard School and New York University.
You will learn about attending college in New York City, refining your college search, selective college admissions and auditions, both merit and need-based financial aid and academic programs in the arts.
Registration for your city is available below and will close once we reach capacity. Space is limited for each city, so we ask that you kindly register as early as possibleEach student is limited to two guests.
We hope to see you at one of these very special events!




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Common Application Updates

Greetings Senior,
Hope all is well as your last year of high school is slowly approaching.  If you remember, several weeks ago, I alerted you to the launch of the new Common Application (CA4).  Well, August 1st really started with a bang, as there were several glitches in the program that caused frustration among students and counselors.  Many have been resolved, or improved, as the issues were presented to the Common Application Help Center and technical crew.  In this email, I am offering suggestions on how to handle the union of the Naviance eDoc platform and Common Application, which is supposed to occur August 19th.  And lastly, I am sharing an article written by my good friend, Nancy Griesemer, with her “best practices” for working with the Common Application.
Naviance and Common Application:
Naviance and CA4 will not unite until August 19th.  You may already know this; however, you must submit the Common Application, application fee (if applicable) and college specific questions together.  The writing supplement can be submitted after the application.  Your school will determine how to handle teacher recommendations between the Naviance eDocs and CA4.  Since this will probably not be a standard process nationally, be sure to meet with your counselor and attend (parents also) any college application workshops offered by your school, to get correct information.  Parents, do not rely on previous CA procedures; it’s a different format.
“5 things you should know about the new Common Application”
Nancy Griesemer–DC College Admissions Examiner
Description: 8, 2013
While the August 1st launch of the new Common Application may not have gone as smoothly as originally hoped, many of the initial bugs and glitches are on the way to being fixed by an extraordinarily helpful Common App technical staff.
And it’s been a group process. The ongoing repair work is thanks in large part to input from applicants and counselors—both independent and school-based—who were among the first to jump into action once the software went live.
They peppered the Common App Help Center with questions and suggestions about problems and found that many of their complaints were quickly resolved and adjustments were made on the technical side.
“I asked about changing the order of activities, and received a very fast response,” commented an independent college consultant who was initially concerned about the inability to reconfigure the activities section. “Guess what showed up about 12 hours after [I contacted] the support desk…A little arrow that moves your activity up or down. Thank goodness!”
The next wave of feedback will no doubt come once additional school-based guidance counselors get back from summer break and start working with the new software.
In the meantime, here are five things you might want to know about the new Common Application:
1. Registration
Before you begin the Common Application, you need to register. This isn’t complicated, but you will need to come up with a password that is between 8 and 16 characters, has at least one upper and one lower case alphabetic character, and at least one numeric (1,2,3, etc.) and one non-alpha-numeric (*, &, $, etc.) character. And you need to make sure you provide a working email address—preferably one you check regularly. This is also where you provide permission for the Common App to give your contact information to colleges. If you agree to the information-sharing, expect to receive mail from colleges on your list. Hint: this can be a form of “demonstrated interest.”
2. College Pages and Writing Supplements
According to the Common App, the launch of the new application revealed a “complex technical issue that did not appear in testing.” The problem prompted the technical staff to temporarily suspend the college pages (submitted with the application) and writing supplements (submitted separately). Although the issue has been resolved, these elements of the application are slowly being added and not all colleges have complete applications online (as of this writing). To help applicants sort through this issue, the CA Help Center now includes a list of colleges ready to accept complete applications and writing supplements. Bottom line: be patient.
3. Testing
A couple of new and unexpected questions have appeared relative to standardized testing. If you decide to report SAT and/or ACT scores on the Common Application, you will need to tell how many times you took each test. This twist, which appears to run counter to what’s allowed under Score Choice, may make many students decide to not self-report scores—an optional part of the application. Note that whether you choose to fill out this section of the application or not, you will still need to have an official score report sent from a testing agency—the ACT or the College Board. Also be aware that the question about “leaving examinations” is meant only for international applicants. Skip it if it does not pertain.
4. Recommendations
The new Common App recommender system will eventually offer counselors, teachers and others a tool for tracking students and submitting school forms online. Students are now able to invite recommenders and those recommenders will be able to log in, view students, and complete a profile. Completion and submission of individual school forms, however, will be temporarily delayed and will roll out on August 19—or thereabouts. Bottom line: this really isn’t your problem and will sort itself out soon.
5. Print Preview
The new Common Application forces applicants to complete an application and begin the submission process before being offered the opportunity to Print Preview their work. Don’t let this hang you up. And don’t be confused by what appears in text boxes or on the “working version” of your application. Simply work through an application, paste in your personal statement and additional information (if appropriate), answer college-specific questions, and invite recommenders. Then begin the submission process. A pdf version will appear that can be saved and/or printed out. Continue to the next step and accept the offer to return to your dashboard or simply click on the “close” button in the upper right hand corner. Everything will be saved, and you may then edit your application. Once an application has actually been submitted to a college you will not be able to make changes to the form sent to that particular college. But, you may go back and edit most content on your working version, and you will have two opportunities to change your essay for submission to other colleges—up to three separate versions are allowed by the new Common Application. Note: if you are experiencing problems generating or viewing a Print Preview try opening in another browser or check to see if your operating system meets all Common App requirements.
The Common App is using Facebook and Twitter, in addition to the Help Center and a growing Knowledgebase to answer questions and keep applicants, their families and advisors updated on changes, revisions, and improvements to the application. Feel free to direct your questions to the Help Center, as it helps inform the technical staff of issues the average user encounters while completing the application.
And you may find your particular problem is easily resolved!
Revised 8/11/2013

“How Admission Works” & “Admissions Cycle 2013: The Year in Review and Predictions for the Future”

During the 2013 Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, I attended the following sessions:  “How Admission Works,” presented by an Independent Counselor/former admissions director and Vanderbilt’s Director of Admission; “Admissions Cycle 2013: The Year in Review and Predictions for the Future,” presented by a team of admissions staff from Sewanee: The University of the South, Vanderbilt University, Ohio State University and Knox College.  A summary of each session is provided for your perusal; however, always consult with the college(s) of interest for information pertinent to the campus (those represented on the panel and others).
“How Admissions Works”
Selective schools:
-the more selective a college, the more the recommendations are important
-applicants should select teachers who know them well and should include their engagement in class
-regarding essays and activities, the team is looking for level of participation and not so concerned with pitting activities against each other
-what might or might not matter in the process is: geography, gender, legacy, demonstrated interest, interviews, diversity
-most offices use a grid with factors (GPA, test scores, etc.)
-ratings will vary but usually remain confidential
-some have ratings for leadership, fit, high school academic excellence
-files are usually read twice but some may get a third read
-some are read by alpha and some by region
-some files are slated for denial by computer before a committee review
-some colleges use “outside readers”
-there are approximately ten subgroups in each admission class
-D III schools rating can be influenced by an interested coach so student should submit early application
-diversity emphasis varies by college
-alumni child=parent was undergrad for at least one semester; not all colleges favor legacy
-international student status is determined by the number of years in the US
-decisions for performing and visual arts applicants varies by schools
-students should “open” all email from colleges
-some colleges view FAFSA listing
-students should interact with colleges and get information
-Early Decision does show demonstrated interest
-waitlist is the fourth round of admission at selective schools
-demonstrated interest can be very important in waitlist, as well as financial aid
-at Vanderbilt U, Early Decision I is highest yield; then waitlist; lastly regular applicants
-families need admission and financial aid backups
-schools that admit 50% usually pull substantial number from waitlist
-Vanderbilt U does not defer
-most coaches recommend athletes to pursue Early Decision; otherwise, they will not offer admission support
-Academic Index=used at small college athletic programs; Ivy League schools use it too; three bands (strong, medium, low); very little information in banding; can be “murky”
-no value in answering question about where else student has applied
-some colleges require tribal registry when indicating Native American status
-liberal arts colleges want to increase Asian enrollment
“Admissions Cycle 2013:  The Year in Review and Predictions for the Future”
-price sensitivity in market will be a factor
-not all schools use social media and/or follow applicants on Facebook
-financial aid/appeals affected by: numbers; job stability; long essay is not favored-prefer specifics; don’t want to hear family doesn’t want loans; what financial status is
different than at the time application was submitted
-outside/community scholarships can sometimes reduce financial aid at selective  colleges
-what makes the file stand out, if all equal=community service, extracurricular activities, demonstrated interest, recommendations, college visit(s), summer programs,
classroom engagement, research of institution
-disciplinary action can hurt students more with some colleges
-academic violations are more critical than behavioral violations; violent behavior is scrutinized more

College Scholarship Conference…SAVE THE DATE!!

I know you are probably still in “summer vacation mode,” however, reserve Saturday, October 26, 2013, on your calendar for the College Scholarship Conference.  The program is co-sponsored by Montgomery College, The Universities of Maryland at Shady Grove, and Montgomery County Public Schools.  The conference will feature programs and universities providing scholarship information.  This event is of value to underclassmen, as well as seniors.  Share this announcement with your family and friends.  Visit for details.  The conference will be held at The Universities of Shady Grove from 9:00AM – 2:30PM.


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June College Tours (Nashville/Memphis, TN and MS)

I attended a college counseling conference June 21-24, 2013 in Nashville, TN, which was followed by an eight-college tour, June 25-27, spanning the areas of Nashville to Memphis, with a dip to Mississippi.  The institutions visited were Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University, Sewanee: The University of the South, Belmont University, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, University of Memphis, and University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).  Even though the weather was hot and humid, the Southern charm and fascinating landscape soothed my withered body, and allowed me to gain a fresh perspective of each campuses’ distinction.  A comprehensive summary is available for your perusal.
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
-private; coed; opened 1873
-undergrad population=6817; total population=12,859
-first year students: men=49%; women=51%
-require 2 credits of FL; 3 academic electives; 4 English
-recommend 4 math; 4 science (3 labs); 3 social studies
-audition required of music program applicants
-SAT or ACT required
-ED (binding) deadline is November 1st; ED II=January 3rd
-Common Application accepted; supplement required (one short answer essay)
-LD students: essay required; extensive services available
-SAT (CR+M)=1380-1550; CR=680-770; Math=700-780
-ACT=32-34; prefer ACT w/writing
-out-of-state residents=86%
-undergrad diversity population=27%
-international population=5.4%
-one of top 60 colleges for Jewish students (18%)
-four undergrad colleges/schools (Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Blair School of Music, Peabody College of Education & Human Development)
-six graduate and professional schools
-14% admit rate; vary by programs
-60% receive financial aid
-average financial aid package=$43,163
-tuition=$41,088; room=$9,028; board=$4,790; books/expenses=$3,954
-100% of need met for need-based students
-no student loans in financial aid package
-robust net calculator is available on website
-3 signature merit scholarship programs=Ingram Scholarship, Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship, Chancellor’s Scholarship
-regional accreditation=SACS; 14 professional accreditations
-8:1=student/professor ratio
-perks:  self-designed majors; teacher certification; qualified undergrads may take graduate level courses; NROTC and ROTC; study abroad
-96% return for sophomore year; 92% graduate in six years
-most popular majors=social sciences, engineering, psychology
-NCAA D-1 athletics; Southeastern Conference; six men’s and nine women’s sports; 40+ intramural sports
-400+ registered clubs; 19 fraternities; 16 sororities
-unmarried students must live on campus unless living with family in Davidson County
-freshmen may not have cars on campus
-Nashville=601,222; metropolitan population=1.6 million; campus located in midtown of city; known as Music City; Opryland is a visitor’s attraction
-semester calendar; one summer session of ten weeks
-First Year Experience=The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt University
-120+ research centers and institutes on campus
-admission is selective and competitive; application review is holistic
-VU evaluation=academic achievement, test scores, essays, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, rigor of curriculum, will superscore SAT, take highest ACT composite
-demonstrated interest helps waitlist students
-interviews are scheduled with alumni
-essay should be in “student’s voice”
-require three letters of recommendation (counselor + two teachers)
-students must apply to one of the schools; must provide optional choice; must remain in school for at least one year
-80 athletes comprise population
-legacy advantage is slight boost; relationship pertains to parents and siblings
-admissions is need-blind for US citizens but not for international students
-engineering is small by design; biomedical engineering is largest; nine fields; 33% women
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN
-public; coed; opened 1911
-approximately 19,500 undergrads
-total population=$26,442
-require credits= 2 FL; 1 visual/performing arts; 3 math; 1 social studies; 1 history; 2 science (1 lab); 4 English
-open admissions policy for applicants with minimum composite ACT of 20 or minimum 2.8 GPA
-portfolio required of art applicants; audition required of music applicants
-conditional admit for students not normally admissible
-no application deadline date; rolling admission
-70% admit rate
-SAT:  CR=470-590; Math=450-580
-ACT:  English=20-25; Math=17-24
-4% out-of-state residents
-tuition=$22,840; room=$3790-$9416; board=$1590-$3413; books/miscellaneous=$4000
-use FAFSA and notification is rolling
-63% need met
-regional accreditation (SACS); 11 professional accreditations
-21:1=student/professor ratio
-perks:  self-designed majors; teacher certification; pre-professional programs; ROTC; qualified undergrads may take graduate classes
-popular majors=mass communication, recording industry and nursing
-remedial learning services and non-remedial tutoring available
-LD support:  extended time; assistive technology; books on tape; remedial math and reading; oral tests; readers; tutors; learning center
-D1 NCAA athletics; Sun Belt Conference
-385 clubs; 16 fraternities; 12 sororities
-students may live on or off campus
-freshmen are encouraged to attend fall convocation
-semester calendar
-have an online RN/BS degree program
-interview required for RN/BS applicants
-Concrete and Construction program is about seventeen years old
-50% of MTSU students are in recording industry
-two most competitive programs are nursing and recording industry; only 68 accepted in nursing
-aerospace engineering program is very tech savvy and intense
-MTSU has an air traffic control program
Sewanee:  The University of the South
Sewanee, TN
-private (Episcopal); opened 1857; coed 1969; liberal arts
-1490 undergrads/1557 total population
-recommend 4 math; 4 science (3 labs); 4 FL; 2 social studies; 2 history
-SAT or ACT/writing
-writing section used for essay validity check
-Early Decision deadline =November 15th; February 1st= regular application deadline
-61% admit rate
-3.64=avg GPA (does not recalculate)
-SAT=1853/2400; CR=580-680; Math=560-650
-ACT Eng=26-32; Math=24-29
-74%=out-of-state residents
-test optional college (applicant must have interview and submit graded paper)
-tuition=$34,442; room=$5,150; board=$4,766; reg fees=$272; books/misc=$1,700
-use FAFSA; priority filing date is March 1
-85% need met for eligible applicants
-71% of gift aid awarded to out-of-state applicants
-some merit scholarships available
-regional accreditation (SACS); professional accreditation (1)
-10:1=student/professor ratio
-two semesters of PE required
-perks: self-designed majors; pre-professional programs; some undergrads may take grad classes; 3-2 engineering and forestry/environmental management; study abroad
-90% return for sophomore year; 86% graduate w/in 6 years
-most popular majors=English, psychology, economics
-LD support=notetaking services; untimed and extended time tests
-DIII NCAA athletics; Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference; 45% participation
-100 clubs; 12 frats; 9 sororities
-all students must live on campus all four years; may have cars
-Sewanee’s population=2311; 45 miles from Chattanooga; 90 miles from Nashville
-semester calendar
-26 Rhoades Scholars
-give consideration to demonstrated interest in admission evaluation
Belmont University
Nashville, TN
-private, Christian community; opened 1890 as coed college; liberal arts
-5200 undergrads/6700 total population
-recommend four math and four science credits
-accept minimum combined SAT of 1000 and ACT composite of 21
-above average academic background expected; consideration given to strength of curriculum, core and unweighted GPA’s, rank, recommendations, resume and essays
-positive correlation expected from grades in subjects required for major
-audition required of music program applicants
-conditional admission for applicants not normally admissible
-suggest filing by December 1st; rolling
-apply online with Belmont’s application; Common Application accepted; supplement required
-rolling admissions; decision rendered in 4-6 weeks
-LD students: essay required; no admission waivers
-82% admit rate; 3.5=avg. GPA
-SAT: CR=530-640; Math=530-630; combined=1070-1250
-ACT: English=24-31; Math=23-27; composite=24-29
-41%=out-of-state residents
-tuition and fees=$26,130; room and board=$9720; books/misc=$5900
-cost estimator on website; use the FAFSA for need-based and non merit-based aid (grants, loans, work-study)
-76% of need met; 69% of gift aid awarded to out-of-state students
-merit scholarships=academic and performance (artistic and athletic)
-application for admission is merit scholarship application
-scholarship recipients are notified four weeks after decision
-SACS regional accreditation; professional accreditations
-13:1=student/professor ratio; average class size is 21
-three semesters of PE required; two semesters of religion/theology required
-perks: self-designed majors; teacher certification; pre-professional programs; study abroad; NROTC & ROTC at Vanderbilt U; AFROTC at Tennessee State U
-80% return for sophomore year; 65% graduate in six years
-most popular majors=music business, music performance, business and nursing
-D-I NCAA athletics; Atlantic Sun Conference; Belmont Bruins; 12% participation; 17 sports
-108 clubs; 3 fraternities; five sororities
-all freshmen and sophomores who reside outside of Nashville must live on campus
-all students can have cars on campus
-semester calendar
-78 programs of study
-offers semester programs in Los Angeles and Manhattan
-convocation program is required for everyone; four categories
-there is no prescriptive religious affiliation; Christian environment
-music programs=music business, entertainment industry, audio tech majors, performing arts
-music theatre program is capped
-honors program doesn’t have general education courses; focuses on leadership and community service
-students get direct entry to their field of study as freshmen
-cross applications=Baylor U, Furman U, NYU and Berklee School of Music (MA)
-several students complete audition via U-Tube
-campus presents an attractive curb appeal
-accept approximately 500 transfer students
Rhodes College
Memphis Tennessee
-private, affiliated with Presbyterian Church; opened 1848; coed in 1916
-undergrads=1800; 1830=total population
-SAT or ACT required
-SAT Subject tests (two other than English and math) required of home-schooled students
-application deadline=ED=November 1st; regular=January 15th; notified April 1st
- 50% admit rate
-47% men; 53% women
-Common Application accepted; supplemental required
-Early Decision deadline=November 1st
-50% admit rate
-avg. GPA= 3.5 – 3.83
-SAT: CR=590-690; Math=600-690; 1200-1350
-ACT: Eng=28-33; Math=25-30; composite=27-31
-54% attended public high schools; 46% attended private high schools
-73%=out-if-state residents; multicultural enrollment=27%
-tuition=$38,092; room + board=$9,504; fees=$310; books/miscellaneous=$3,561
-use FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE and March 1st is the filing deadline
-92% of need met
-incoming student scholarships and fellowships require a separate application
-merit-based scholarship do not require separate application
-regional accreditation
-10:1=student/faculty ratio
-three semesters of PE required
-perks:  self-designed majors; pre-professional programs; some students eligible to take graduate classes; 3-2 engineering with Washington U; study abroad; AFROTC and
 ROTC at U of Memphis
-90% return for sophomore year; 76% graduate within six years
-popular majors=biology, political science, business administration
-non-remedial tutoring available
-DIII NCAA athletics; Southern Collegiate Atlantic Conference; 24% participation; 20 men’s and women’s sports
-120 clubs; seven fraternities; six sororities
-freshmen and sophomores must live on campus or live with family
-80% have cars on campus
-located in historic Memphis midtown (population 601,723)
-semester calendar
-Rhodes has community service mission with Memphis
-stately distinguished buildings on campus as well as 100 stone buildings
-undergrad research is significant; Rhodes Institute of Regional Study; several Bonner scholars on campus and interested students can apply on financial aid page
-competitive application process for the summer research institute
-career services offers a lot of outreach for students; such as Academic Internship Program and Summer Service Fellowship Program
-Career Tracks is geared towards freshmen (1st year students)
-internships for credit are limited to juniors and seniors
-externships allow students to get experience in hometown
-rarely is there waitlist activity
-27% minority and international students; 39% recruited student athletes
-strengths:  national liberal arts college in a major city; rigorous academic experience; commitment to service; honor code
-offer Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision
-exclusively Common Application college
-Rhoades make merit and estimated need-based offers to EA’s in January
-accept AP scores 4′s and 5′s; 3′s for BC Calculus
-practice “demonstrated interest” across pool
-accept IB scores of six and seven on higher level exams
-$32 million of construction and renovation in progress
-Rhodes participates in CIRP (Cooperative Institutional Research Program)
Christian Brothers University
Memphis, Tennessee
-private; Roman Catholic; opened 1871; became coed in 1970; diverse religious population (33 faiths); 20% Catholic
-religious observances are not required but students are encouraged to practice their faith openly
-CBU was the first private college in the Memphis area to integrate its student body; 42% identified as minority; 5% international
-1100 undergrads/1598 total population
-47% male; 53% female
-4 science and 4 math credits recommended
-minimum 2.5 GPA and ACT score of 20 required for admission
-average GPA=3.59; ACT composite=21-26
46% admit rate
-RN required of nursing applicants; ACT or SAT required
-suggest applying by December 1st; Common Application accept; rolling decision; offer Early Action option
-non-binding Early Scholars Application deadline of 12/1; otherwise operates on rolling admissions cycle
-18% out-of-state students
-tuition=$26,700; room/board=$5,980-$10,120; required fees=$590; books estimate=$2,000
-FAFSA; 81% of need met
-regionally accredited (SACS) and professionally accredited
-9 semester hours of religion/theology required
-perks:  teacher certification; pre-professional programs; study abroad; JROTC, NROTC and AFROTC at U Memphis
-78% return for sophomore year; 52% graduate within six years
-most popular majors=business, psychology, natural science, biology, accounting, engineering (electrical, mechanical)
-LD supports=notetaking, oral tests, tape recorders, readers, Wynn computer software, extended and untimed tests, scribers, priority seating, texts on tape
-D-II NCAA athletics; Gulf South Conference; six men’s sports; seven women’s sports
-42 clubs; five fraternities; six sororities
-all freshmen and sophomores must live on campus unless living with parents
-85% have cars; all can have cars on campus
-semester calendar
-30 undergraduate majors and 20 concentrations (business, liberal arts, engineering, education, science); eight graduate programs
-13:1=student/faculty ratio; average class size=14
-all classes taught by CBU faculty
-CBU has a new life science building and the residence halls have undergone extensive renovations; a new Living Learning Center opened in 2011
University of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee
-public; opened in 1912; coed; started as a teacher’s college and has had five name changes
-undergrad population=13,000/22,545
-requires 3 math, 2 science (1 lab), 2 FL, 1 social studies, 1 history, 1 visual arts
-portfolio required of art applicants
-audition required of music and theatre applicants
-special review for students not meeting admission requirements
-rolling admission deadline=July 1st
-offers an Early Action program
-admission application is also scholarship application
-will not superscore; takes the highest composite; will use sub scores for placement
-66% admit rate
-average GPA=3.29; English ACT=19-26; Math ACT=17-24; ACT is reviewed w/o Writing unless the profile is weak
-10% out-of-state students
-tuition=$20,856; room/board=$3800-$8590; books/misc=$6,096
-FAFSA deadline=March 1st
-71% of need met
-2% of gift aid awarded to out-of-state students
-new scholarship for out-of-state students=U Memphis Non-Resident Scholarship; for first time freshmen; renewable for four years; get in-state tuition
-regionally (SACS) and professionally accredited
-12:1=student/professor ratio
-perks: self-designed majors; teacher certification; pre-professional programs; 2-2 joint biomedical engineering (MS/PhD) w/ U Tennessee Health Science Center;
 domestic exchange programs; ROTC (largest group), AFROTC, NROTC
-78% return for sophomore year; 39% graduate w/in six year
-most popular majors=nursing and individual studies
-140 clubs; 14 fraternities; 11 sororities
-D-I, NCAA athletics; USA Conference; won 20 conferences
-remedial learning services and non-remedial tutoring open to all
-students may live on or off campus; 3000 students are residential
-all students may have cars
-semester calendar
-alcohol permitted on campus
-LD services:  remedial English, reading and math; diagnostic testing; notetaking; readers; tutors; extended and untimed tests; assistive technology; priority seating
 and registration; course substitutions; screen readers
-”Frosh Camp” is a four-day camp for incoming freshmen to help with transition and related issues
-noted alumni are Vicki Palmer, Fred Thompson, Eliot Perry, Claire Robinson
-students can earn business degree through the Wilson School of Hotel and Hospitality Management
-School of Music attracts more out-of-state applicants than any other program
-School of Nursing is highly competitive and big
-music and nursing students must apply separately
-UM is one of the top ten state institutions with internship opportunities
-Tennessee colleges are funded on academic outcomes and graduation rate
University of Mississippi
University, Mississippi
-public; opened in 1844; coed in 1882; James Meredith integrated in 1962
-affectionately referred to as “Ole Miss”
-undergrad population=approximately 14,000; total population=18,224
-46%=men; 54%=female
-78%=Caucasian; 17%=African-American
-students 55 and older take classes free
-recommend 4 math, 4 science, 2 FL, 2 social studies, 4 history
-summer developmental program for marginal students
-rolling admission deadline is June 15th; Early Action program option
-79% admit rate
-average GPA=3.35
-SAT:  CR=460-590; Math=470-590
-ACT:  English=20-27; Math=18-25
-32%=out-of-state students
-$9980=out-of-state tuition; room/board=$9200; books=$1200
-FAFSA deadline=March 1st
-74% of need met
-regional (SACS) and professional accreditation
-19:1=student/faculty ratio
-perks:  teacher certification; pre-professional programs; academically eligible students can take grad courses; domestic
 exchange programs; study abroad; AFROTC, NROTC, ROTC
-81% return for sophomore year; 60% graduate in six years
-popular majors=elementary education, marketing and accounting
-remedial learning services
-D-1 NCAA athletic program; Southeastern Conference (2nd smallest college in SEC)
-275 clubs; 16 frats; 12 sororities
-alcohol prohibited on campus; all students may have cars
-Oxford (17,636); 70 miles from Memphis, TN
-semester calendar
-25-40=average class size
-claims to be the 9th safest campus in U.S.
-comprehensive university with 90 majors and 120 programs of study
-offers “First Year Experience” transition program to enhance freshman achievement
-Trent Lott Leadership Institute is a signature program that focuses on public policy
-admission requirements are same for in-state and out-of-state applicants
-scholarships can be awarded with 3.0 GPA
-loans, grants, scholarships are very common
-Honors College requirements=3.75 GPA; 1158 SAT; 31 ACT; a separate application
-Ole Miss does not use social media to announce rejection decisions
-non-residents with a 2.5 >GPA, 20>ACT, 940>SAT (CR+M) will be granted regular admission

Lake Forest College: A liberal arts education in Illinois

Lake Forest College is a small liberal arts institution near Chicago.  The campus is congenial; close to academic, cultural and employment opportunities.  The educational environment stimulates all spectrums of learning and the conscience of the community encourages social awareness.  One of my best friends is a Lake Forest graduate and she attributes her CEO career success to her college experience. 

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            July News & Notes

Recent graduate earns national grant to study Parkinson’s Disease                           Natalie Kukulka ’13 is one of 15 fellows selected for the grant out of more than 60 medical, graduate, and undergraduate student applicants.
Students study interpretation of ‘adulthood’                         Using Chicago for their fieldwork, a team of sociology and anthropology students has conducted nearly 300 interviews in an effort to help define what it means to be an adult in today’s America.

Higher education expert explains the importance of the liberal arts in HuffPost                         Professor Davis Schneiderman’s interview with author Jeff Selingo is published in the Huffington Post.
Swimmer Becky Shaak ’13 named MWC Woman of the Year                         Shaak was one of four student-athletes up for the 2013 MWC award.  Shaak now is in the running for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
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555 N. Sheridan Road                         Lake Forest, Illinois 60045 847-735-5000

Drexel University (PA) offers Early Action

This is a news announcement from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA regarding a change in its admissions options.  They will offer Early Action and Regular Decision options; however, Drexel will not longer offer Early Decision.  Read the newsletter for more information.

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As you prepare to help your students through another college search cycle, we wanted you to know that Drexel University now offers both Early Action and Regular Decision application options. Drexel no longer offers the Early Decision option.

Early Action is intended for students with a strong interest in Drexel who want a faster admission decision. This option is non-binding. To apply, students should submit a complete application, including all application materials, and indicate their intention to be considered for Early Action.

Early Action Deadline #1: November 1/// Decisions Released: Mid-December

Early Action Deadline #2: December 1/// Decisions Released: Mid-January

Regular Decision Deadline: January 15/// Decisions Released by April 1

The application will be available at beginning in August. Drexel also accepts the Common Application, which is available at

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 1-800-2-DREXEL.


Casey Turner, PhD; Assistant Vice President, Recruitment

WARNING: Be patient with the new Common Application

The highly anticipated Common Application, also referenced as CA4, was launched August 1st.  However, as with most new products, its birth had its share of complications.  The “techies” of the world would probably say, “Oh well, the snafus experienced yesterday should have been expected.”  But unfortunately, the enormous cries for help and expressions of discontent came mostly from counselors/consultants trying to assist students who wanted to get an early start on their college applications.  The cliché, “The early bird gets the worm,” was not meant to be for most seniors on August 1st

As you read this blog, yesterday’s challenges are slowly improving as more problems are resolved.  In hindsight, probably some procedures could have been developed differently, but that’s why hindsight is a valuable tool.  It allows us to step out of our comfort zone and look at a problem in a different perspective, and offer a reasonable solution.

The best lesson learned from this experience has been the need to be patient.  Many seniors were advised by their counselors to wait several days before beginning the application process, so that the kinks could be resolved.  They anticipated possible glitches.  And many seniors were not ready to commit to the task, yet, so they probably have no idea what the fuss is about.

If you are really anxious about the Common Application delay, there is the Universal College Application that is used by some of the Common Application members.  According to Christopher Warner of ApplicationsOnline, LLC, the UCA system has been available since July 1st.  So go to the UCA website,, to see the 34 members.

In the meantime, be patient.  The toughest moments in life don’t break us, they make us.

Common Application (CA4) Launched Today (August 1, 2013)

Hello Senior,
As your summer vacation is winding down and your final year of high school is about to begin, now is the time to think about your college applications.  The new Common Application (CA4) launched today with some changes.  As informed in the spring, there will be new essay questions and no paper application, as an option.  There are other changes that the Common Application program hopes will streamline the process.  Since this will be your first time navigating the application, you have no base for comparison.  Therefore, I encourage you to utilize the “Applicant Help Center,” when necessary.  When you set up an account, it might be helpful to write your password on paper and keep it in a safe place; even share with your parents as a backup. I always encourage students to print a copy of the completed application, before it’s submitted, for proofreading and as a personal copy (in case yours gets lost in cyberspace).  If you edit a page, be sure to print it.  Also, try to complete the application at least two weeks before the deadline.  Some systems crash from overload, due to so many applications processing at the same time and at the last minute.
There are approximately 500 members of the Common Application program.  Some colleges are exclusively Common Application users and some in the program provide an option of the Common Application or their own “in-house/personal” admission application.  Be sure to follow instructions; especially, with character/words permitted, supplement applications and attachments.  You must use the same essay for all colleges when using the Common Application, so do not reference a college in your essay.  There are 3400+ colleges and approximately 500 members of the Common Application program; therefore, not all colleges accept the Common Application.