Down these files:
- Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT: Practice Test 1 (.pdf/4.3MB)
- Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT: Practice Test 1 Answer Explanations (.pdf/1.81MB)
SAT practice tests will be available early June 2015.
Down these files:
SAT practice tests will be available early June 2015.
I was fortunate to be invited to a counselor fly-in, March 22-23, 2015, to visit the campus of The University of Tampa. The 105 acre, urban campus in downtown Tampa, Florida, population 347, 645, is 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
-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
-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
-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,
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:
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.
If you have any questions, please contact the PwCACLI Program Director, Professor Buky Folami, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drexel University Undergraduate Admissions
The Universal College App’s “Still Accepting” page, located at https://www.universalcollegeapp.com/accepting , 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.
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:
I hope undecided students will join us!
Registration is at videochat.siena.edu.
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
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.
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!!!