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Occidental College

Occidental College

Location Matters

Our historic, park-like campus is in Los Angeles, tucked between Eagle Rock and Highland Park, two neighborhoods that reflect the city’s eclectic nature. We’re idyllically urban–our campus defies the concrete stereotype of a college in a city.

An Oxy liberal arts education knows no geographic boundaries. Our location serves as a springboard for putting theory into practice and ideas into perspective. This may mean diving in the Pacific to do marine research, interning at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, volunteering during the Campaign Semester in Missouri, living in Manhattan at our Kahane UN Program, or studying abroad in Ghana. At its core, an Oxy education demands participation, be it on campus or thousands of miles away.

Academic Opportunities

Learning and knowing are rooted in doing. Oxy faculty and students take this to heart through a focus on experiential learning. Whether it’s in an Organizational Psychology course that helps to restructure the Downtown Women’s Shelter, our Urban and Environmental Policy students that research food deserts in Los Angeles, to a Critical Theory and Social Justice course that’s paired with a community organization to contextualize Oxy’s mission for diversity and equity over the past 60 years, our students apply the knowledge they have to better understand the world in which they live.

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Life Outside the Classroom

Whether you’re a social activist with a few hours to spare, a dancer waiting to show the world your moves, an aspiring yogi, or a budding birdwatcher, there’s something for every student at Oxy.

The largest of our 100+ clubs is Dance Production, affectionately known as Dance Pro by our students. No experience necessary and each student who auditions is guaranteed a spot in at least one number. More than 200 students regularly participate in this dance phenomenon to a sold out Thorne Hall.

Musically inclined students can host a radio show on KOXY, our student run radio station, or produce a record with RAW Records, a student- run record label with a fully operating recording studio.

Former and aspiring athletes and faculty alike can compete in weekly intramural games. Those who want to serve the community can volunteer though Peer Health Exchange to teach workshops in public high schools. We want you to find your place(s) on campus, in the neighborhood, and beyond.

Occidental College

Occidental College

University of Tampa

U Tampa

I was fortunate to be invited to a counselor fly-in, March 22-23, 2015, to visit the campus of The University of TampaThe 105 acre, urban campus in downtown Tampa, Florida, population 347, 645is conveniently accessible from the Tampa International Airport.  The campus amenities, local internship options, warm weather, and scenic attractions present University of Tampa as a higher education institution worthy of consideration.  Peruse the summary to get an introduction to “UT.

University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida


-opened 1931; coed; private; liberal arts core curriculum

-men=2759/45%; women=3429/55%; 6543 undergrad total; medium-size college

-minimum requirement: 970 SAT (480 CR) + 2.5 GPA

-audition could be required for placement (music/theatre applicants)

-admission can be deferred one semester

-SAT: CR=480-570; Math=500-580

-ACT: English=21-26; Math=21-25

-rolling admission; recommend apply by 11/15; earlier the better

-Early action deadline is 11/15; will be notified by 12/15

-transfers accepted; rolling admission; minimum 17 sem. hrs.=transfer status; min. 2.2  GPA

-52% admit rate

-tuition=$26,330/yearly; room=$1860-$4954; board=$1256-$2330; regular fees=$1802;


-use FAFSA and state form

-62% of full-need met; 92% receive aid

-automatic academic merit; creative arts/performance merit

-62% gift aid to out-of-state applicants

-regional (SACS) and professional accreditation

-17:1=student/professor ratio

-degrees= Bachelor’s and Master’s

-every student required to take a computer course

-PERKS: minors offered; teacher certification; pre-professional programs; joint BS Chem/MBA program;  Washington semester; study abroad (1,000 programs, 60 countries); Sea Semester; ROTC; AFROTC &  NROTC at U South FL

-75% freshman retention; 61% graduate in six years; most popular majors=business/management, communication, and marketing

-NCAA D-II athletics; Sunshine State Conference; baseball is one of the most noted with five  championships; 21 men’s and women’s teams; 12 total NCAA championships; 89 SSC championships;  mascot=Spartans; 250 organized teams for 18 intramural sports; several off-campus recreation options

-160 clubs; 11 fraternities; 10 sororities

-students may live on or off-campus; 90% of freshmen live in school-owned housing

-all students may have cars on campus but policy will change for freshman Fall 2015

-semester calendar

-many waitlist applicants are offered admission

-U Tampa students are metropolitan, active and independent

-some department scholarships require separate applications

-many students tend to graduate within 3.5-4 years

-accept AP, IB and dual enrollment courses

-1396 classes available; largest class=60; average class size=22; TA’s do not teach classes, 160+ majors

-NEWBIES:  Entrepreneurship Center; Cyber Security is new major in business department

-undecided is most popular freshman major

-4+1 MBA program=waived GMAT, tuition cost savings, earn MBA in one year; classes start in second semester of senior year

-Gateway Pathways is a requirement for freshmen; assigned a professor with 20 classmates for one  year; assigned a student mentor and an academic and career-choice advisor

-49% of students are science majors

-marine science program is popular; wet and dry labs on campus

-nursing is not direct admit; apply sophomore year

-film and media arts program is popular and growing

-campus chapel is non-denominational

-Sykes College of Business offers undergrad and grad degrees

-honors program automatically selects students; 3.5 GPA and 1200 SAT or 26 ACT

-internships are big; 600+ available; UT has many networking connections with businesses, hospitals, and related industries

-athletes have 84% graduation rate

-11 residence halls; not a commuter school; 65% FT students live on campus

-safe campus; announcements made through mobile alert

-diverse campus; 20% minority

-351 days of sunshine; 72 degrees=average temperature

-big city benefits

-Colleges/Schools:  Arts & Letters, Business (Sykes), Natural & Health Sciences,

Social Sciences/Mathematics/Education



Bryant University Summer Opportunity in Accounting for Minority Students

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Bryant University in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, one of the nation’s top accounting firms, will once again host the PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Careers Leadership Institute (PwCACLI).

The institute will be hosted on Bryant University’s beautiful campus in Smithfield, RI from June 21-26, 2015.

PwCACLI is an exciting and educational week-long, hands-on opportunity for Latino/a and African American or Black high school juniors (rising seniors) to learn more about the accounting profession and about the key role accountants play in society. Throughout the program, students will work directly with Bryant University faculty, staff, and students, as well as professionals from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Program participants will:

  • Take part in leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving exercises with Bryant faculty, staff, and PwC accounting professionals.
  • Spend a day at PwC offices in Boston and talk with professionals who perform a surprising variety of functions in the field of accounting.
  • Experience college life by living in a residence hall on the Bryant campus.

Except for transportation (from the student’s hometown to Bryant University), there is no fee to participate in the program.

To apply, students must be a college-bound African-American or Latino/a high school junior (rising senior) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must have also completed Algebra II by the end of your junior year.

Follow the links to the official program brochure and application. Please note this is a national program and space is limited. The application deadline is set for Friday, March 27th, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact the PwCACLI Program Director, Professor Buky Folami, at

Opportunities at Ryerson University

Have you considered attending college in Canada?  Ryerson University is located in Toronto and has provided a newsletter with information on summer programs for high school students, available spots for college students in Fall 2015, and other newsworthy features.

Greetings from Ryerson University!


Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Contemporary Studies offers New Anthropology Studies OptionLearn more about studying artifacts in the Royal Ontario Museum, Evolutionary Biology, and much more! 

Ryerson’s award-winning School of Journalism hosts professional public discussions with top journalists and public figures.  Recent topics include Women in Sports Media, and a teleconference Q&A session with Edward Snowden in Russia. 

New Academic English Summer Program for International High School Students - Apply today! 

LAUNCH! Leadership, EAP, and Innovation @ Ryerson
June 28 – July 10, 2015
LAUNCH! Is a new two-week summer Leadership and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program at Ryerson University, presented by the Ryerson ESL Foundation Program.   

Eligibility: Secondary school students entering grades 11 and 12  who are interested in living and studying at a Canadian university. Students will gain knowledge and skills critical for university success, enhance their leadership and communication skills, while broadening their academic English language abilities. 

March Break @ Ryerson
Ryerson welcomed over 6,000 guests to a vibrant urban campus during last week’s March Break! 
Join the conversation at #FutureRam and view the energy on campus!

New FCAD website
The Faculty of Communication & Design launches a new website.  View Ryerson’s exceptional programs in the School of Creative Industries, School of Graphic Communications Management, School of Fashion, School of Interior Design, School of Journalism, School of Image Arts, RTA School of Media, School of Professional Communication, and the Theatre School.

Ryerson’s Cheerleading Team places 1st at the Ontario Nationals competition!

Ryerson Rams wins Bronze at the CIS Men’s Basketball Finals.  Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre was home to last weekend’s CIS Men’s Basketball Final 8!  Congratulations to a record-breaking win for the Ryerson Rams!


Admissions Update

Programs Accepting Applications
We continue to accept applications for Fall 2015. See Programs Accepting Applications for details.

Admission Decisions
Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment continues to release Offers of Admission on an ongoing basis. Visit Admission Decision Release Dates for more information regarding decision timelines, and encourage applicants to review their Choose>Ryerson applicant portal for up-to-date information regarding their application.

New May 1st Extended Confirmation Deadline Date
Current secondary school students within Canada (outside of Ontario and Quebec) will now have until May 1st to confirm an Offer of Admission from Ryerson. If you or your students have any questions regarding the confirmation deadline date, please contact us.

Stay Connected


RU Live
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Led by academic programs, professors, and admissions representatives!
Register for an upcoming RU Live:

  • RU Live for Parents – March 24
  • Program Feature: Hospitality and Tourism Management and Retail Management – April 23
  • I got IN! What are my next steps? – April 2 & 16
  • Living in Residence & How to Apply – April 30
  • Money Matters – May 7 & 28

Participate in our social media or recommend a helpful How-To Video

Ryerson Visits
See if we are in your area! View Ryerson’s Visit Schedule.


Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment

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NCAA Eligibility Center High School Newsletter




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The requirements are changing for students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school after August 1, 2016.

Students must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
    • Two years of social science
    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the seventh semester. Once students begin their seventh semester, they may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve their core-course GPA.
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.  If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.

For more resources regarding these changes, visit or the Division I Academic Requirements Guide.


Beginning April 1, students enrolling in college fall 2015 will have the opportunity to request final amateurism certification. Prior to the final amateurism request, please remind your fall enrollees of the following:

  • Be sure information in the registration is accurate (i.e., email, date of birth, enrollment period);
  • Be sure to enter all sports that need an amateurism certification;
  • Be sure to enter any previous colleges or universities attended (under the education tab); and
  • Be sure to complete all tasks (especially academic).

For help with requesting final amateurism certification, students can watch this video.

This email was sent by: NCAA Eligibility Center
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207

Drexel University: Summer Institutes 2015 for High School Students

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The Classes

At Drexel’s Summer Institutes, students learn in classrooms ranging from a state-of-the-art recording studio to a securities trading lab to a designer boutique to a salt marsh. In other words, this is a different kind of school, and a different kind of summer vacation.


The Teachers

Summer Institutes programs are led by Drexel University professors. Our faculty are successful artists, business leaders, practicing doctors, counseling professionals, lawyers, engineers, and expert scientists, and they’re ready to teach your students what they’ve learned from working in their industries.


The Campus and Beyond

College is about more than just classes. At Drexel’s Summer Institutes students will make new friends, experience the life of an undergrad on campus, and explore the historic city of Philadelphia. With residential and commuting options, and programs that range in length from one to five weeks, school could be the most exciting thing they do all summer.


For more information about Summer Institutes at Drexel University, including a complete list of programs, dates, and application instructions, please visit our Summer Institutes website.


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Drexel University Undergraduate Admissions
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Universal College Application (UCA) announces colleges still accepting applications


The Universal College App’s “Still Accepting” page, located at , lists all UCA colleges who are still accepting applications and their associated deadlines. This is a great resource to assist students and counselors with finding UCA participating colleges to which they may still apply, year-round.


NACAC will announce, usually early May, “space availability” after they survey colleges. This is another opportunity to search colleges continuing to accept applications.

Siena College: LIVE CHAT ~ Wednesday, March 25th

Siena College, The Education of a Lifetime

I’m writing to tell you about a helpful new resource from Siena College. “3 Reasons Why Being Undecided is a Smart Choice” is a guide for students (and parents) who are unsure about entering college without a declared major. Answering the question “Is it okay not to have a major,?” this guide provides an inside look at why Siena’s undecided students thrive. Click here to preview.

Also, I would like to invite you to join our live video chat for undecided students and parents on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Led by Dr. Peter Ellard, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for Student Retention and Success, the chat will include students from all three schools who entered Siena as undecided and will cover topics like:

  • How important is choosing a major to my future career?
  • Will I still graduate on time?
  • How do I declare a major?
  • Is it better to start somewhere else and then transfer in with a major?

I hope undecided students will join us!

Registration is at

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the undecided guide or chat. I’d love to be a resource!


Katie Cooney Lesko ’99
Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Northern Iowa: We’re back!! It’s 2015 March MADNESS…

Northern Iowa basketball

Yes, it’s March Madness 2015 and I’m back to share some old and new faces to the game.  If you’ve followed my blogs, you know I always introduce new options to the college search this time of year for students to use as a guide to expand their list.

Even though I enjoy basketball as a spectator, I find it helpful as a college planning professional…especially after March Madness.  Did you read my earlier article, “Does athletic success influence college admission?”  I addressed the marketing benefits of a successful athletic team for a college.

I always keep the final NCAA bracket, as well as the final football rankings, of a season as a means of identifying the “hot schools” for my rising seniors.  The colleges on both lists will probably be rewarded with an increase in applications due to their athletic popularity, a sigh of relief for their admissions and enrollment staff.  The resource also enables my clients and families to become more familiar with colleges, unbeknownst to them, that might be good options.

And yes, Northern Iowa is back; an unfamiliar college to many east coast students, but I am certain some remember their 2010 introduction.  Other colleges benefitting from frequent trips to the tournament are Villanova, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth (VCU), Butler, Purdue, Arizona, Georgetown, UCLA, Michigan State, Gonzaga, Virginia, Duke, and UNC.

What can I add about these frequent flyers, other than the fact that most students know these colleges quite well, due to their regular presence in NCAA brackets and their popularity as a first choice selection in a college search.  I don’t have to list them, because you already know who they are.  Just remember, it’s not wise to get preoccupied with a college’s name and popularity, rather than the value of a “good match or good fit.”

As I glance over the 2015 tournament roster, here are some colleges that juniors might consider as they form their list.  It’s a good strategy to be flexible and willing to change your zip code and time zone:  Manhattan, North Dakota State, U Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), Eastern Washington, Stephen F. Austin, Belmont, Dayton, Albany, Valparaiso, Wyoming and Lafayette.

HBCU representation is noted with Hampton University, which emerged again, and Texas Southern University

Suppose a “Cinderella team” among the group wins the championship game?  That can be a “high-five” for its college’s yield next year.

As you develop your college list, glance over the NCAA tournament roster and see if there’s a “hidden gem” in the group.  As you kick back and enjoy the games, remember there are thousands of options and March Madness only represents the NCAA D-1 athletic programs.

Broaden your scope by researching other college possibilities that are not listed in the bracket, and welcome to the wonderful world of college exploration.

Let the games begin!!!