Gettysburg College (PA): Fall Visit Programs


Hello from Gettysburg College!

First and foremost, thank you. My staff and I value the role you have in your students’ lives and the guidance you provide, and we look forward to working with you through the entire admissions cycle.

As you work with students this fall, I wanted to share a few important dates for your senior class. Registration information for each program can be found on our website.

  • Fall Open House: October 25, 2014
  • Sunderman Conservatory Open House: November 7-8, 2014
  • Senior Preview Day: November 14, 2014
  • ED I Deadline: November 15, 2014
  • ED 2 and RD Deadline: January 15, 2015

Our Digital Viewbook is a great, interactive way to learn more about the excellent opportunities at Gettysburg, but please don’t hesitate to contact me or any member of the admissions staff if there is anything you need. We look forward to working with you!

Best wishes,

Gail Sweezey
Director of Admissions
Gettysburg College
300 North Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717.337.6100 or 800.431.0803
Fax: 717.337.6145 



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Physics and Pre-Engineering Opportunities at Coe College (IA)

Physics and Pre-Engineering at Coe College

Why is Coe’s nationally recognized Physics Department
the right choice for your students?

  • Student-Faculty Research—Coe is one of a select number of small colleges chosen to serve as a host site for the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program.  Students have presented their research in Maui, Orlando, Italy, Japan, Czech Republic, France and Greece.

  • Excellent Academic Reputation—Students from Coe have earned internships in labs at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland; Corning in Corning, New York; England; Brazil; Italy and other cutting-edge physics laboratories around the world.

  • Successful Student OutcomesOver 70% of our physics graduates attend graduate school.  In fact, over the last 30 years 100% of our physics majors who have chosen to attend graduate school have received fully funded fellowships.

We invite you and your students to attend the Physics & Pre-Engineering Showcase Day on October 20 or November 21-22.  You will meet with our esteemed faculty, tour our recently renovated facilities and discover how Coe can help your students achieve outstanding academic and career success.

Coe College Admission Office  |  1220 First Ave NE  |  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
877.CALL.COE  |

Civic Scholars Program: Civic service earns a scholarship (and more!) from Drew University

Read the announcement below from Drew University regarding financial incentives for civic-minded applicants.


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Drew University


I bet you know a student or two who is already changing the world through creativity, action, and service. We want to know them, too! So serious is Drew’s commitment to social progress that we offer $20,000 Civic Engagement Scholarships ($5,000 per year for four years) to the most service-minded, action-oriented students we can find.

Like you, we know these student change-agents aren’t in it for the money. Greater rewards await them as members of our Civic Scholars program, including:

  • Workshops focused on practical skill-building and leadership development
  • For-credit internships with nonprofit organizations and government agencies
  • Community-Based Learning classes that connect students’ community work with their academic major
  • An instant network of like-minded mentors and students with shared values and passions—plus a residential living-learning community

Please share this exciting opportunity with your students. They can learn more about our Civic Scholars program at


James Skiff Director of College Admissions

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College advice for high school freshmen



One of my favorite “words of wisdom” to share with freshmen is, “Early Intervention Is the Key!” Now with that thought, many perspectives can develop. My goal with freshmen is to encourage as many motivators as possible, that will provide options, when they graduate.


I introduce the option of college to freshmen as a motivator for academic success in high school. The primary purpose is for exploration…not a definitive college choice. There are many college programs (Naviance, College Data, College Navigator, etc.) that can be used to explore admission requirements; in turn, making students aware, early, of the performance expectation in high school.


If the freshman is achieving at an optimal level, the student will be encouraged to continue the momentum in order to have a distinguished academic profile as a senior. If the freshman has had a “sluggish” or less than desirable start to high school, the information can be an excellent motivator to encourage better study strategies and a more focused goal the next three years.


Being aware of admission requirements can be helpful to a freshman when considering course selections for the following years. Sure, there are district and state credits that must be fulfilled for graduation; however, it can be very helpful for students to know well in advance, specifically before the senior year, a college’s expected requirements. For example, I always remind students to check foreign language and lab science requirements, as these might not correlate with their graduation requirements; meaning more will be expected at college.


There are several ways freshmen can get insight to the college world that are compatible to their maturity level:


1. Attend a summer enrichment program for high school students on a college campus; commuter or residential.


2. Attend a fine arts production, sporting event, or any other public event on a campus.


3. If available in your area, attend a college fair. I have freshmen whom I have informed about local events, as well as provided “GOODE Questions to Ask a College Admissions Counselor.”


I admire and respect a freshman’s curiosity about college planning. Not all freshmen will be at this maturation level, but that’s okay. If you have a curiosity to explore the college world, it could also be advantageous to do the same with careers. Sometimes students find that one will be contingent on the other.


In summary, my advice, which is also consistent with college admissions at any institution, is to make education your priority, early.  Achieve academically at the maximum level and learn how to quickly problem-solve; be a self-advocate; learn from mistakes; use good judgment when making decisions; good behavior is a lot more important than you might think; don’t be afraid to seek assistance (academic or personal); and enjoy high school.

Marjorie Goode is an educational consultant whose business, Start Early: College & Career Planning Service, has clients in the greater Washington, DC area. She has been a college planning professional since 1982.


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Application Tips from the GOODE Files

  1. To set a good impression with the admissions committee, your application should be neat.  Be sure to do a rough draft first, PREVIEW, and print a copy of the final document before submitting online or mailing.
  2. If items are not applicable to you, write “N/A” in the space, if possible, so colleges will not assume you purposely skipped the question.
  3. Remember to date and sign all required areas.
  4. Follow directions…for example, some colleges will not accept a personal check because they require a credit card.
  5. If using a paper application, be sure it is NEAT, COMPLETE, and FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.
  6. If possible, take the virtual tour before you start an application so you can become familiar with each step.
  7. Create a username and password you can easily remember.  HINT:  Write it down in case you forget.
  8. With some electronic applications you may need to frequently save your work because you will be limited in minutes and your time may expire.
  9. Some applications permit you to print a copy of the application before typing information as a worksheet.  After it’s completed, proof it and double check again before clicking enter or submit.  Edit from your printed copy, rather than the screen, to reduce errors.  Print a copy of your final document before clicking submit, so you will have a completed document for yourself.
  10. Submit your electronic application a week or more before the deadline, because web sites occasionally slow down the closer you get to the date, due to overload, and sometimes they crash.
  11. Expect to receive email confirmation that your application has been received; therefore, remember to provide a correct email address.  USE AN APPROPRIATE EMAIL ADDRESS!!
  12. Contact the college’s admissions office if you do not receive confirmation within 48 hours after submission (except for Common Application and Universal College Application).  Contact the CA and UCA’s Help Center for assistance.
  13. Remember to submit an official test report (SAT/ACT), even if you disclose scores on your application.
  14. The Common Application requires payment and an electronic signature.
  15. The Common Application encourages students to complete the activities section, even if submitting a resume. Activities should be entered in order of importance to you. List your activities so the admissions committee will recognize them; no acronyms and abbreviations; clearly state the full name of the activity and provide as much detail as permitted.  Consider activities that will distinguish you from other students….stand out!!
  16. Answer all questions; this includes optional essays and short answers.  Devote as much effort to short answer essays as traditional ones.
  17. It is your responsibility to confirm the status of your application.  Follow directions that allow you to view the information online.


Stay positive! 


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Purdue University (IN): Updates, recommendations, dual credit, majors, and more

Purdue University updates shared by Start Early: College & Career Planning Service          

Purdue University Undergraduate Admissions

We hope your year is off to a great start! Our admissions counselors are excited to be back on the road visiting your high schools, attending college fairs and connecting with you and your students.
This issue of Counselor Update focuses on updates, policy changes and helpful tools. Check out the Dean’s column where she shares our newest Boilermakers class profile – it’s brighter than ever.
In this issue:
From the Dean
Application Recommendation
Dates and Deadlines for 2015 Enrollment
Dual Credit
Majors Update
Gallup-Purdue College Planning Checklist
Amazon and Purdue

Cathy Heinz Senior Associate Director

Purdue University Office of Admissions Schleman Hall, 475 Stadium Mall Dr., West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2050 • 765-494-1776

What St. Michael’s College (VT) has to offer you

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We would like to keep you updated on Saint Michael’s and share a few things you should know about what St. Mike’s has to offer:

  • Saint Michael’s is once again included in The Princeton Review’s 2015 guidebook, The Best 379 Colleges.
  • We’re known for our academic rigor. We are part of the elite group of 290 colleges and universities nationwide with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. We also boast 11 honor societies, extensive student/faculty research collaboration and outstanding opportunities for international study.
  • New! Dion Family Student Center and Residence Hall – a soaring modern facility complete with digital lounge, fitness center, Einstein Bros. Bagels, solarium, student-run radio station, spectacular views of Vermont’s Green Mountains and much, much more.
  • Burlington, Vermont. We dare to say that we have the most ideal college setting possible – a mix of urban excitement and rural beauty. We are located just three miles from Burlington, a vibrant college town on the shores of Lake Champlain with all the nightlife, shopping, dining and entertainment a college student could want.
Students can apply to Saint Michael’s via the Common Application or by using our “Standout Student Application”. For more information go to and contact us if you would like to request our viewbook or any other printed materials.

Introduce your students to Coe College (Iowa)

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How well do your students know Coe College?

    • Collaborative student-faculty research opportunities that provide real-life experience.
  • An individual “My Coe Plan” so classes, internships and campus involvement ensure success.
  • Successful alumni outcomes with nearly 100% of grads reporting employment or master’s/Ph.D./professional school enrollment within one year of graduation.

We invite your students to visit Coe College this fall and really get to know our campus community.

Saturday, October 18
Saturday, November 15
Monday, October 20
Mathematics & Computer Science
Monday, October 20
Physics & Pre-Engineering
Monday, October 20
Business Administration & Economics
Monday, October 27
Monday, October 27
Monday, November 3
Thursday, November 6
Fine Arts (Art, Music, Theatre Arts)
Friday, November 14
English, Communication Studies & Writing
Monday, November 17
Monday, November 24
Monday, November 24
Psychology & Neuroscience
Monday, November 24
If these dates are not convenient, your students can schedule an individual visit and we will personalize their visit experience to their interests including a class visit, one-on-one meeting with a faculty member, a residence hall tour and more.

Coe College Admission Office  |  1220 First Ave NE  |  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
877.CALL.COE  |

It’s time to be in the “back to school” zone

alarm clock

The alarm has sounded and by now, most high school students have embraced the return “to the books.”  Some started almost a month ago, others just last week, and the lucky ones had an extended vacation until Labor Day.  Regardless of the date of return, it is usually met with mixed emotions.


Summer break is a time of rejuvenation for high school students.  Along with the fun may have included summer enrichment programs, summer school, community service, reading, and self-searching.


Now the mission, or trick, will be to get motivated for a successful school year.  Students can do that by setting goals, identifying strategies for improvement (study skills), and gaining insight about their post secondary plans (life after high school).


Here are a few tips that can promote a successful school year courtesy of an excellent start to the first quarter and semester:



  • Start reviewing the first week of school for your January semester exams. Spend 1-2 nights weekly reviewing notes. The eighteen weeks of repetition will store the information in your long-term memory. You should do this weekly until the end of the semester.
  • Use your planner and write down homework, important projects, etc., every day.
  • Plan to study a minimum of thirty minutes per academic subject daily. Start with your most difficult subject first because this will connect you to the school day.
  • Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help and ask questions. Immediately get help, when you need it. Ask your counselor or teachers about school tutoring resources, which are usually free.
  • Keep your notebook and papers organized. If you need assistance, ask for help.
  • When doing math homework, start with problems you can solve. This will help build your confidence.
  • Use flash cards when studying. They are good for organizing information and testing yourself.



  • Start reviewing the first week of school for your January semester exams 2-3 nights weekly.
  • Make a “to do” list of everything you must do each day in order to stay on task and organized with your responsibilities.
  • Determine your best study time and try to stick with it, as much as possible. As you know, consistent behavior, that is positive, is important in high school.
  • Follow the freshman suggestions after the first bullet.



  • Start reviewing the first week of school for your January semester exams 3-4 nights weekly.
  • If you are comfortable studying with a friend, try it. Limit group study to four people so that you are participating in the activity.
  • Follow the freshman and sophomore suggestions after the first bullet.
  • Consider getting involved in an activity. There are probably many at your school that might be of interest to you.
  • You will take your last PSAT in October on the date offered at your school. Be sure to inquire about registration information.
  • Register now, in the fall, for the spring SAT and/or ACT exams. Check with your counselor regarding your six-digit school code. The links are: (SAT) (ACT)



  • Start reviewing the first week of school for your January semester exams 4-5 nights weekly. Your first semester grades will be important for your mid-year report to colleges.
  • Follow the advice for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors after the first bullet.  Disregard the PSAT information but do follow-up immediately taking theSAT/ACT exam(s) if pertinent to you.  You obviously will be pursuing a fall administration.
  • Stay clear of senioritis!! It can easily persuade a college to rescind a decision.



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