Hold on seniors, it’s NOT over yet!


You are probably counting down the hours to the grand procession of one of the most celebrated events of your life. You’ve participated in many senior festivities; such as, your senior breakfast, banquet, prom, and maybe you even took advantage of “senior skip day.”  Early May is the month when seniors get a little crazy and decide to toot horns and light up the sky with fireworks; but hold on, not yet.

You are probably thinking, “Why not?”  Sorry to take the air out of your balloon, but you are not a high school graduate until you receive the document known as the high school diploma. The diploma certifies that you have met the graduation requirements established by your state department of education, school district, and/or education council.

If you are not careful, several minor or careless mistakes could affect the outcome of your highly anticipated day.  Not only will you be disappointed on graduation day, not to mention your parents, but you could also receive an unfortunate letter from the college of your choice. If your grades drop, your matriculation plans for August/September could change.

Be wise, seniors, during the final weeks of school and heed this advice.  Continue to be a student until your exams are over and your class officially ends.  Devote serious effort to exam preparation and performance, especially if your final quarter grades are low.

Use all available resources for academic help and keep open communication with your teachers.  They need to see you every day in class.  Show concern about your grades and let them observe conscientious effort.

Be an advocate and confirm with your counselor that you are on track for a 2015 graduation.  Verify that you have earned, or will earn, all necessary credits, passed all required assessments, completed community service hours, and fulfilled everything mandated for your 2015 diploma.

This is not the time for funny antics, immature behavior, and poor judgment.  I’ve known seniors who could not participate in the graduation ceremony due to inappropriate behavior immediately before the event, unfulfilled detentions, and other careless mistakes.  The students had to pick up their diploma, after graduation, from the registrar.  Sad, but true.

Do not jeopardize your college plans with indiscretions.  When you are admitted to college, it is a provisional acceptance until they receive your final transcript.  They will review the transcript to confirm you graduated and they will check your second semester performance.  The college of your choice wants to be sure you have remained engaged in your studies from the time you applied for admission continuing until  graduation.  Many will also view poor attendance and detentions/suspensions during second semester as negative behavior, or attributes undesirable for a prospective college freshman.

Many seniors ask, “Do colleges really rescind decisions?”  And the answer is, yes, they do.  I’ve had students who not only had admissions decisions rescinded, but they also had scholarships withdrawn, due to a decline in second semester performance.

Be aware that many colleges are announcing a larger than normal yield for their next freshman class; therefore, expecting a “healthy” college matriculation for August/September.  If this prediction is true, some colleges can afford to be “picky” if they don’t like what they see on your final transcript.

And lastly, senioritis, is this a real disease?  Beware of this “senior itch” that is not a true medical diagnosis in any textbook.  However, it can be a negative temptation that might present unfortunate consequences for the end of your senior year.  Just remember, you have worked too hard to get a dismissive attitude so remain a student until the very end, then celebrate your high school graduation.

Two Parenting Styles: Helicopter and Free-Range

family reading togetherThe two most noted and debated parenting styles of the century are helicopter and free-range.  Both can stir up argumentative discussion; such as, which method is in the best interest of the child…the overbearing practice of enabling children or being too liberal with supervision?

Montgomery County, Maryland has been the hotspot for several months with free-range parenting publicity.  As recently as this month, a local family has received national attention, again, as the couple has been scrutinized by authorities for their perceived lack of supervision.  Even though the parents feel they have their children’s monitoring under control, critics beg to differ.

The free-range advocates do have supporters, particularly baby-boomers, who say they were raised with the same freedom as children.  Many have commented that as a child they walked a mile, alone or with a friend, to school, to the park, and other locations, so what’s the big deal?  If you view it from this perspective and time line, it makes free-range parenting an older style than helicopter supervision.

Now to the other extreme, helicopter parenting.  Even though most people assume the concept is limited to high school and college parents, it can certainly begin as the child is a toddler.  However, the attention draws more criticism at teen and young adult ages because it is expected that this population should be assuming more responsibility, not less.  And the parenting style prohibits autonomy and assertive development due to constant enabling techniques.

One common denominator for both parenting styles is love.  I think we can agree that all parents want the best for their children; however, in the case of helicopter and free-range styles, a reasonable balance should be explored.  Unless I am truly naïve, I don’t believe any parent wants to intentionally impose harm or foster an environment that would prohibit positive mental health development for their child, regardless of the age.

As a high school counselor, I witnessed both practices for thirty years.  This is why balance is necessary.

There was the case of a self-identified helicopter parent who was probably a little too sensitive about the label.  I would submit newsworthy articles for parents to read, written mostly by other authors but I wrote a few, to our listserv. However, this particular one was written by a distinguished child development expert and college professor with his credentials clearly stated in the article.  I received an email, via the webmaster, from an irate parent who was upset that “I” had written such an article; declaring he had every right to be a helicopter parent.  After counting to ten, I replied back to the parent that if he read the article, he would have known that “I” did not write it, because the author was someone else.  And, if he disagreed with the professor’s opinion, he should write him and express his thoughts.  Of course there was no reply from the helicopter parent; maybe he screamed at the professor or realized he needed to re-evaluate his perspective.

Even though free-range parenting is most frequently referred to as allowing physical autonomy, there is also the reference to parents stepping back and giving their child more freedom to assume personal responsibility.  When it’s directed to school responsibilities, most educators will applaud; however, there is a tendency for some parents to totally disengage from the school system.

Educators will support your effort to help your high school student become more assertive and responsible; however, that doesn’t mean you no longer need to attend parent-teacher-student conferences, “Back to School Night,” or look at the interim/progress information and report cards.  Once I had a parent call me in April asking when the second quarter report cards would be distributed.  My immediate response was, “Second quarter, we are sending out third quarter cards next week.”  If the parent had considered it important to read the school bulletin which detailed such information, she would have known.  And for the record, this was a parent who had no excuse not to know.  So as with the helicopter parent, balance is essential; stay engaged.

As a realist, I don’t expect complete agreement to the question, “Which parenting style is better, helicopter or free-range?”  But I do want to highly recommend a plan of reasonable balance for both.  It’s appropriate to agree to disagree; and even if I do not agree with you, I will respect your decision.

Seton Hall’s Leadership Program Ranked #1 in the Nation

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Seton Hall’s award-winning leadership program has recently been ranked “The #1 Educational Leadership Program.”


The Stillman School of Business offers this program to highly accomplished incoming students, providing a rigorous curriculum that complements their degree of study. Students are paired with executive-level corporate mentors for coaching and development, networking opportunities, professional skills workshops, internship opportunities and much more.

The Leadership program exposes students to a unique framework of diverse experiential and scholastic learning that aids them in achieving their fullest potential, both professionally and personally. Students will gain strong self-confidence in their abilities and talents; a global perspective and understanding of ideas and trends; critical thinking and the ability to address complex issues; and an ability to lead and work effectively with others.


All of Seton Hall’s dynamic and innovative programs are designed to develop extraordinary graduates who are imbued with values, have vision and purpose in life, serve their communities and are prepared to be successful future global leaders.

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Lehigh Valley (PA) Counselor Tour


March 30-April 1, 2015, I participated in the Lehigh Valley Counselor Tour, sponsored by LVAIC.  Six Pennsylvania colleges and universities comprise the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent CollegesCedar Crest CollegeDeSales UniversityLafayette CollegeLehigh UniversityMoravian College, and Muhlenberg College.  It was my first visit to all except Moravian College, which I toured on another trip 11/09. My drive to our residence, Hotel Bethlehem, was approximately three hours from Rockville.  All six campuses are within close proximity to each other; including, one-hour to Philadelphia and 1.5 hours to New York City.  Even though there is collaboration among the members, each school presents unique programs.  A summary is available for review.


Moravian College
Bethlehem, PA
-opened 1742; 6th oldest college in US; private; affiliated with the Moravian Church
-approximately 1841 total population; 60% (822) female; 40% (603)male; 1500 day undergrads
-portfolio required of art applicants; audition required of some music applicants
-admission can be deferred one year
-rolling admission; deadline March 1
-transfers accepted; rolling admission; 12 S/H required for status; 3.0 GPA
-80% admit rate
-SAT: CR=460-580; Math=480-590; average total=1584
-ACT: Composite=20-24
-open to competent students who are highly motivated but don’t have the highest GPA and test scores
-32% out-of-state population
-$35,991/year=tuition; $6248-$7700=room; $4834=board; $580=required fees; $2928=books/misc
-FAFSA and school’s form
-74% of need met; 35% aid awarded to out-of-state students; >90% receive some form of financial aid
-regional (MSCHE) and professional accreditation
-12:1=student/professor ratio; average class size=17
-degrees= Bachelor’s and Master’s
-PERKS: sports management program; minors; self-designed majors; honors program; teacher certification; pre-professional programs; 3-2 BA accounting/MBA;
 BA/BS engineering with Washington U (St. Louis); study abroad; ROTC at Lehigh; student research opportunities
-enrolled students automatically receive an iPAD and Macbook Pro
-all Steinway piano school
-NEWBIES:  Music Industry, Sports Management, Pre-Music Therapy, Health Science (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training)
-weekly college farmer’s market in cafeteria
-78% retention rate; 74% graduate in six years; 97% graduate in four years
-popular majors=nursing, management, psychology
-DIII NCAA athletic program; Landmark Conference; 19 men and women’s sports
-100 clubs; three fraternities; four sororities
-all students must live on campus unless living with family; 75% resident students; freshmen may not have cars on campus
-Bethlehem (75,103); 60 miles from Philadelphia; 1 1/2 hours from NYC
-semester calendar
-LD services:  require documentation (full psych report); goal is to level playing field for learning; extended time; e-books; tutors
-SOAR=Student Opportunities for Academic Research
-all students take first-year seminar (writing assistance)
-offers a program that supports LBGQ students
Lafayette College
Easton, PA
-private; opened 1826; became coed 1970
-campus has lush grounds and historic architecture
-total population=2486; 1297/men; 1138/women
-admission may be deferred one year
-Early Decision I deadline=11/15; Early Decision II deadline=1/15
-Regular Decision deadline=1/15; notification 4/1
-ED applicants provide the largest yield; some are deferred to regular pool
-Common Application accepted; supplement required
-basis for consideration=academic performance, grades and course rigor, personal characteristics (motivation, social awareness, community mindedness, scholarly
 engagement, leadership potential), evidence of significant talent, and SAT or ACT w/ writing scores
-interview is strongly encouraged either on campus or by regional alumni representative
-34% admit rate
-SAT: CR=610-710; Math=640-740; WR=630-720
-ACT: English=26-32; Math=27-32; composite=29-32
-transfers accepted; min. 12 S/H required for status
-$45,230/year=tuition; $8,360=room; $5,160=board; $405=activity/tech fees; $2000=books/misc; $750=matriculation fee (new students only)
-98% full need met
-Early Decision is not recommended for applicants searching merit aid
-regionally (MSCHE) and professionally (ABET) accredited
-10:1=student/professor ratio
-degrees=BA and BS; 51 areas of study; four academic divisions (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering)
-PERKS:  self-designed majors; internships; pre-professional programs; Washington Center Program; study abroad; ROTC at Lehigh
-91% retention rate; 88% graduate within six years
-popular majors=economic/business; government/law; mechanical engineering
-D-I NCAA athletic program; Patriot League; 23 sports
-250 clubs; four fraternities; six sororities
-all students must live on campus
-semester system
-Lafayette has one of the highest endowment-per student rates in the nation ($1B)
-there is a Disability Service Center on campus but services are limited; students must be proactive
-demonstrated interest can reasonably help applicants in the process
-Easton (26,951); hour drive from Manhattan; 60 miles from Philadelphia; a picturesque, historic small city in PA’s third largest metro area
Cedar Crest College
Allentown, PA
-liberal arts college; private; open 1867 as a women’s college; men admitted to grad program and evening undergrad program
-1629=total population; 33/men and 607 women=ungrads
-portfolio required of art applicants; audition required of dance applicants
-SAT or ACT w/writing used for admission and advising; will superscore
-admission may be deferred one year
-Common Application accepted; rolling admission
-SAT: CR=430-520; Math=410-530
-ACT: English=17-24; Math=17-24; WR=16-25
-59% admit rate
-transfers accepted; rolling admission; requirements=HS and college transcripts + essay
-14%=out-of-state students; 7% international; 24% diversity
-$33,904/year=tuition; $5,160=room; $5,389=board; $850=regular fees
-FAFSA and school form
-73% of need met; several merit scholarships; scholarships also for full-tuition, community service, heritage, talent, sibling, Girl Scout, and Latina
-regionally (MSCHE) and professionally accredited
-11:1=student/professor ratio; 20=average class size
-degrees=Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s
-40 undergrad programs; seven graduate programs; 12 certificate programs
-PERKS: first-year experience; minors; self-design majors; teacher certification; pre-professional programs; study abroad; ROTC at Lehigh; Living Learning Communities;
 Women’s Leadership Institute
-67% retention rate; 60% graduate w/in six years
-popular majors=nursing, psychology, business administration
-D-III NCAA athletic program; PA Athletic Conference; 8 sports teams; soccer is most popular
-50 clubs
-all students may have cars on campus
-84-acre campus; Allentown (118,974); third largest city in PA; 65 miles from Philadelphia; 2 hours from NYC; 2 1/2 hours from Baltimore; 3 1/2 hours from D.C.
-semester calendar
-good faculty/student relationship; faculty genuinely reaches out to students
-research begins in freshman year
-no TA’s; only faculty teaches classes
-honors program for high achieving students
-NEWBIES: health sciences/exercise sciences
-all accepted students are eligible for scholarships; renewable annually
-CCC participates in RaiseMe.org; a scholarship funded by Melinda & Bill Gates; starts in 9th grade; 24 eligible colleges
-transfer scholarships available
-CCC guarantees four-year graduation rate (except for Nuclear Medicine Technology); students sign contract in sophomore year
-First Year Experience continues throughout the year; 94.7 retention rate from spring to fall
-First Year Seminar: writing intensive three-credit course; community engagement; trip to D.C.; unique course topics
-Fun Fest is offered on Friday nights
DeSales University
Center Valley, PA
-opened 1964; became coed 1970; private; Roman Catholic
-3,266 total population (traditional, graduate, evening); undergrads=756/men, 1080/women
-audition required of dance/theatre applicants; interview required of physician assistant program applicants
-admission may be deferred for one year
-suggest filing by 12/15; rolling; Common Application accepted
-transfers accepted; 24 S/H required for status
-76% admit rate
-SAT: CR=470-590; Math=460-600
-31%=out-of-state applicants; represent 31 states; five countries
-$31,000=tuition; $11,420=room and board; $1450=fees; $5728=books/misc
-FAFSA and school form
-69% of need met; >95% of students receive some form of financial aid
-regionally (MSCHE) and professionally accredited
-18:1=student/professor ratio; no TA’s; average class size of 20 students
-Bachelor’s/Master’s/Doctoral degrees
-three S/H PE required; 9 S/H religion/theology required
-PERKS:  28 minors; 37 majors; honors programs; teacher certification; 8 pre-professional programs; study abroad; ROTC at Lehigh; 5-year BA/MACI
 physician assistant studies, BS/MBA and MBA/MSN programs; BS/MBA accounting (4 1/2 years)
-85% retention rate; 70% graduate w/in 6 years
-popular majors=business, health professions, visual/performing arts
-NCAA D-III athletic program; Freedom and Middle Atlantic States Conference; 7 men/6 women sports
-48 clubs
-four-year guaranteed housing; students may live on/off campus; 83% freshmen live in school-owned housing
-all students may have cars on campus
-Center Valley (11,939 pop); 7 miles from Allentown; 50 miles from Philadelphia; 2 hours from NYC
-semester calendar
-100% pass rate on PA exam
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA
-private; affiliated with Lutheran Church; opened 1848; coed 1957
-undergrads=948/men (43%), 1375/women (57%)
-portfolio required of art applicants; audition required of music, dance and theatre applicants
-recommend 3 lab science and 4 FL credits
-SAT or ACT w/writing used for admission, placement, and advising; SAT/ACT optional but interview recommended and may be required
-admission ay be deferred one year
-Early Decision deadline-2/15 (fills majority of class); Regular Decision deadline=2/15; rolling; Common Application accepted; supplemental required
-transfers accepted; 2.5 GPA required
-46% admit rate
-SAT: CR=560-660; Math=560-660; WR=560-660
-ACT:  Composite=25-30
-applications are reviewed in two reads, starting with regional admissions rep
-79% out-of-state students; represent 35 states; growing number of international students; 73% represent public and 27% private/parochial high schools
-$43,860/year=tuition; $5665-$7750=room; $1240-$4785=board; required fees=$285; books/misc=$3055
-FAFSA; CSS/PROFILE; school’s form
-91% of need met; >80% qualify for and receive merit or need-based aid; 70% gift aid to out-of-state students
-families with calculated $75-100K income will have $3000 limit loan debt
-regionally (MSCHE) accredited
-11:1=student/professor ratio; no TA’s; average class size=19
-BA (29) and BS (10) degrees
-one PE course required; one religion/theology course required
-PERKS: minors; self-designed majors; honors program; teacher certification (2); pre-professional programs (3); 2-2 optometry program with SUNY State
 College of Optometry; engineering program with Columbia U and Washington U; environment science/forestry with Duke; study abroad; ROTC at Lehigh;
 total of 7 dual degree programs; internships; Italy and London Theatre Semester; Ireland Communications Semester; Netherlands Business Semester
-93% retention rate; 80% graduate within four years; 86% graduate within six years
-popular majors=business administration, biology and psychology
-NCAA D-III athletics; Centennial Conference; 11 men/11 women sports; most coaches encourage athletes to apply Early Decision
-121 clubs; 3 fraternities; 4 sororities; one music fraternity; one service sorority
-95% of full-time students reside on campus; freshmen are guaranteed housing for four years
-freshmen cannot have cars on campus
-75 acres; Allentown (118,974 pop); 60 miles from Philadelphia; 90 miles from NYC
-acceptance rate is higher in Early Decision
-semester calendar
-Academic Support Center provides remedial and non-remedial services to all students; also have Disability Service for IEP and 504 students
-some students take classes at other Lehigh Valley consortium colleges
-many students take advantage of NYC and Philly’s close proximity for events
-one of 280 colleges authorized to maintain a Phi Beta Kappa chapter; also have 12 other national honor societies
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA
-private; opened 1865; coed 1971; research institution
-total population=4800; undergrad=2724/men; 2138/women
-SAT or ACT required; prefer results submitted directly from testing agency; SAT Subjects not required
-admission can be deferred one year
-Early Decision I deadline=11/15; ED II deadline=1/1; Regular Decision deadline=1/1; Common Application accepted; supplement required
-transferred accepted; 30 S/H required for status; 3.2 GPA
-31% admit rate
-SAT: CR=580-670; Math=640-740; total CR+M= 1376
-ACT: Composite=28-32
-will only grant credit for Chemistry Subject Test score 750>
-comprehensive application review; two reads (regional admission rep reads first, veteran admission counselor reads second, committee reads third)
-admission process is public review followed by presentation to committee
-LU communicates with student via email
-if application package is incomplete, LU will withdraw the student if not fulfilled by the deadline date
-when students apply, they must apply to a college (A&S, E&AS, B&E); they must stay in the college for one year; can transfer after the first year
-LU does not recalculate the high school’s GPA’s
-demonstrated interest is considered
-74% out-of-state students
-$44,520=tuition; $6820=room; $5060=board; $370=regular fees; $2065=books/misc expenses
-96% of need met
-regionally (MSCHE) and professionally accredited
-10:1=student/professor ratio; average class size is <30
-Bachelor’s/Master’s/Doctoral degrees
-PERKS:  minors; pre-professional degrees; Washington Semester; Philadelphia Urban Semester; domestic exchange programs; study abroad; ROTC
-94% retention rate; 86% graduate w/in six years
-popular majors=finance, mechanical engineering, accounting
-NCAA D-I athletic program; Patriot League; 25 sports
-150 clubs; 20 fraternities; 10 sororities
-freshmen and sophomores must live on campus
-resident freshmen may not have cars on campus
-1600-acre campus in Bethlehem (75,103); 50 miles from Philadelphia
-semester calendar
-three undergrad colleges: Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Business and Economics
-opportunities for Lehigh students:  interdisciplinary and integrative learning; students get “hands dirty: by getting engaged in projects; extremely
 supportive alumni networking base
-undergrads who finish Lehigh with 3.7 > GPA receive a free year of graduate education
-College of Education offers graduate degrees and Pennsylvania certification


Be Strong!!



We all face obstacles at some point in life; however, we also have resources that give us strength to deal with our challenges and survive.

Sometimes we find strength in unlikely places.  If you can’t find it, maybe you are trying too hard.

Don’t let pride prevent you from reaching out for help.

Strength can be nurtured by faith, motivation, perseverance, confidence, optimism, and gratitude.

Do not succumb to defeat.

You have the power to be strong.


Get Acquainted with Moravian College (PA)


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High School Partnership Newsletter Edition 1 - Fall 2014

Spring Open House

Calling all sophomores and juniors! Moravian College will be hosting its Spring Open House on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

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President’s Scholar Dinner

On Monday, February 9, 2015, Moravian College hosted its first annual President’s Scholars Dinner at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

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Moravian College Writers’ Conference

Calling all writers–of all ages, and all levels of experience! Join us for the 2015 Moravian Writers’ Conference, which will be held on the Moravian College campus the weekend of June 5-7, 2015.

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College Hosts a Successful, Innovative Accepted Students Day

221 accepted students attended Moravian College’s Accepted Students Day held on March 21.

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2015-16 Common Application Essay Prompts

Students Face Crucial Exams For University

2015-16 Common Application Essay Prompts


Instructions. The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice.


What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores?


Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so. (The application won’t accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

The  five 2015-16 Common Application essay prompts were released in March. Juniors should start preparing their essays by developing a draft for each, and deciding which prompt enables them to “speak in their voice,” share pertinent information not disclosed in the application, and tell a story.   New language, from 2014-15 prompts, appears in italics:


Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.


The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?


Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?


Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.


Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Skidmore College (NY): “Creative Thoughts Matter”

Scroll down to read the newsletter from Skidmore College.  I visited the campus April 2008.  The campus is nestled in the region near the famous Saratoga
Race Track; also convenient to the Adirondacks and hiking trails.  The city, Saratoga Springs, is a 15-minute walk to the beautiful campus.  Undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,631 and the male/female ratio is 39/61.  Even though admission is highly selective, the process is holistic and the review supports the motto, “Creative Thoughts Matters.”


Educational Consultant, Start Early: College & Career Planning Service





Greetings from Skidmore in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a prestigious liberal arts college known for its creative approaches to just about everything.

To get a feel for Skidmore, I encourage you do any or all of the following:

If you think Skidmore might be a good fit for some of your students, please have them consider a visit, perhaps for one of our upcoming spring or summer open houses listed below. I’ve also included highlights from the past year to give you a sense of what’s new and different at Skidmore College.

Best of luck to you and your students,

Mary Lou W. Bates

Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Upcoming Introduction to Skidmore Open Houses

Our spring open house dates are March 27, April 6, and April 24. For details and registration, go here.

The summer open house dates are July 13 and August 31. Please check the Admissions website in late April for details and registration information.


If your student can’t make one of the open houses, encourage them to schedule a visit for another time by going here.

Request an interview with a Skidmore alumnus/a close to them by going here.

Or consider a Skidmore summer pre-college program:

A Few 2014-2015 Skidmore Highlights

Skidmore 2014 in pictures: Sustainability, the sciences, visual literacy, and documentary studies: just a few areas in which the college made major strides this year.

8,700 Applicants All-Time Admissions Record

Skidmore International Students: Closing in on 60 Countries

Saratoga Springs Named 6th Best College Town by “Travel and Leisure”

TEDxSkidmoreCollege Round 2

Beatlemore Skidmania Turns 14: Must-See Video

SEE-BEYOND GRANTS Help Students See Their Futures

Funded Internships Make a Difference

70 Students Conduct Summer Faculty-Student Collaborative Research

Students advance climate-systems research

Alum and Prof Earn Anti-Obesity Patent

Exercise Science Prof Wins $1.4 Million Homeland Security Grant

Psychology Professor Advises the White House

$35,000 Handed Out in Freirich Business Plan Competition

16th Annual Academic Festival — 25 academic departments/programs, 170 students, 40 faculty sponsors

New Media and Film Studies Minor and Documentary Studies Program Launched

Current issue of Scope, our magazine


Decision 2015-16: Another tough year for Ivy League applicants


Harvard University: 37,305 applicants; 5.3 percent acceptance rate

Columbia University: 36,250 applicants; 6.1 percent acceptance rate

Yale University: 30,237 applicants; 6.49 percent acceptance rate

Princeton University: 27,290 applicants; 6.99 percent acceptance rate

Brown University: 30,397 applicants; 8.5 percent acceptance rate.

University of Pennsylvania: 37,267 applicants; 9.9 percent acceptance rate

Dartmouth College: 20,505 applicants; 10.3 percent acceptance rate

Cornell University: 41,907 applicants; 14.9 percent acceptance rate

University of Arizona

The University of Arizona


The University of Arizona offers students the opportunity to learn from one of the most highly accredited academic institutions in the country. With more than 250 undergraduate degrees offered by 14 colleges, not to mention double majors, triple majors, and minors, students are able to discover and apply their potential in any field they choose. As one of U.S. News and World Report’s 100 Top Global Universities, we give our students the best in education, lifestyle, and opportunity.

Experience all of this and more by applying today!


Knowing how much a college education costs shouldn’t be complicated. At the University of Arizona, students and their families can count on our Guaranteed Tuition Program, which provides a constant tuition rate for four years (eight semesters). With no tuition spikes or surprises, budgeting for college is easier and more accurate.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about this program.

The University of Arizona


The Global Employability Survey ranked the UA #13 in the world for producing employable graduates. In fact, our graduates collect job offers at a 4% higher rate than the national average. Employers and grad schools know Wildcats are prepared for the realities of the real world. With relevant experience reflected in their résumés, they’re ready to make an immediate impact. A UA degree means every Wildcat is ready for a job—because they’ve already done it.

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Sure, getting an education is one thing. But we’re all about helping our students prepare for their next steps. At the University of Arizona, 100 percent of our undergraduates have the opportunity to step into real-world settings and apply their learning in their chosen field. They gain the valuable hands-on experience that employers are looking for in their candidates—through internships, research projects, and other programs. It’s how we give our graduates an edge and help them soar.

Learn more about the UA Real World Ready initiative.

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