Boston University: Important deadline and policy changes

As you prepare for the start of a new academic year, I would like to share some important changes regarding applications and deadlines for admission to Boston University.

Early Decision and Early Decision 2
We are very pleased to offer Early Decision 2 for this coming application cycle. This will broaden the application options for students who have a strong interest in attending Boston University. Both Early Decision and Early Decision 2 are binding agreements.

Application and Financial Aid Deadlines for September 2016 Admission
Early Decision
November 1:Admission application and CSS PROFILE deadline
December 15:Admission decisions available online
February 1:FAFSA deadline

Early Decision 2
January 4: Admission application deadline and CSS PROFILE deadline
February 1:FAFSA deadline
February 15:Admission decisions available online

Regular Decision*
January 4: Admission application deadline
February 1:CSS PROFILE and FAFSA deadline
Late March:Admission decisions and financial aid awards available online

*November 15: Applications for the Accelerated Medical/Dental programs deadline

December 1:Trustee and Presidential Scholarships deadline

Trustee Scholarship
BU no longer requires nominations for students applying for the
Trustee Scholarship. Students must submit an essay for the scholarship in addition to their application and required credentials.

I hope this information and our Fact Sheet will benefit students.


Kelly A. Walter
Associate Vice President & Executive Director of Admissions

Countdown to high school: Anxiety relief for ninth graders


Look at those faces, a range of emotions easily detected in their smiles, or lack of, due to excitement and/or apprehension about the first day of high school.  Most certainly it brings back memories of the first day of kindergarten.  As some describe it, “The smell and fear of the unknown.”

Actually, all returning students, regardless of grade level, experience an emotional strain about the countdown to the main event. However, the most anxious will be the incoming freshman class.

And why is that, you might ask, since students of many grade levels will be entering new schools?  That’s true, but the freshman class will collectively be the largest high school grade level experiencing new changes.

As a counselor, I assisted many new students, grades 10-12, transition to my school for thirty years, but it’s different for freshmen.  They are dealing with change that could affect their initial success in high school.  At least the upperclassmen have passed the introduction to high school, whereas the “newbies” are beginning a new phase of life.

A supportive parent can be an asset during this transition, just be careful, though, not to enable your child.  It is expected that this transition will help develop skills of self-advocacy and assertiveness necessary during this developmental phase. I can remember many freshmen who would have surprised their parents with their independent problem-solving actions.  Not only did they handle it themselves, but they did it quickly.

The most obvious apprehension for some students is change and anxiety about the unknown, which we all experience.  I can recall the following anxious questions:

  • What will happen if I get lost and can’t find my way to class?
  • Will older kids push me in my locker and shut or lock it?
  • Will they put me on top of the snack and soda machines?
  • Will they try to pick a fight with me, take my lunch, or steal my personal belongings?
  • Will they bully me in front of my peers and/or on Facebook?

It’s helpful to remind freshmen of earlier life transitions, so as not to think of high school as being “the first.”  Starting kindergarten/first grade, going to middle school, first night away from home, and other milestones are life transitions they can relate to as they prepare for high school.  If the freshman is ready for a future analogy, in four years, the process begins again with the transition to college.

Reminding them that transition is a recurring learning experience, even for adults, can eventually ease their fears.  However, if any extreme physical and/or mental stressors appear, do attempt to immediately resolve those issues.  Factors of concern should include sleepless nights, psychosomatic disorders, emotional and behavioral changes, and the unexpected development of school phobia/refusal.  Consult with medical and school specialists for helpful interventions.

Getting acclimated to the new environment can be comforting to an apprehensive ninth grader.  I highly recommend attending the freshman orientation.  It allows the student to become familiar with the school, and to navigate a route for getting to his/her classes while grades 10-12 are out of the building.  I also had freshmen request an appointment to meet me, prior to the first day, to discuss high school transition, as well as getting acquainted with their new counselor.

If school has already started and the student is still unsettled, a meeting with the counselor to discuss adjustment strategies could be helpful, as well as assigning an upperclassman mentor.  Parents can be just as anxious as the student, so don’t let them see you sweat.


Boston University Receptions in Maryland & Virginia

Boston University will be hosting two receptions on Sunday, September 20th for Metro DC area juniors and seniors.  Scroll down to read the announcement for locations and designated times.  Registration is required; RSVP on BU’s website.


Boston University will be hosting receptions in Baltimore and Tysons Corner for high school juniors and seniors and their families. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about BU and the college application process. We hope you will encourage your students and their families to attend by posting our reception flyer at your school and sharing this information on Naviance. Please note that all students who plan to attend should RSVP on our website.

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Tysons Corner Marriott
8028 Leesburg Pike
Tysons Corner, Virginia 22182
Registration and refreshments: 12:30 p.m.
Presentation: 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 20, 2015
BWI Airport Marriott
1743 West Nursery Road
Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090
Registration and refreshments: 6:30 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 p.m.

We will also be hosting special on-campus events this fall, which will provide an inside look at BU’s academic programs and residential campus in the heart of Boston. For more information about our Fall Visit Days and additional fall events, please
visit our website.

Best wishes,

John C. McEachern
Director of Admissions

233 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

NCAA Updates: “2.3 Or Take A Knee”

Monterio Hardesty, Bryan Evans

Are you a high school senior hoping to play NCAA sports in college?  If so, read the new guidelines that will pertain to current seniors, Class of 2016, who want to play D-I sports, and current sophomores, Class of 2018, who desire to play D-II athletics.

If You Enroll AFTER August 1, 2016:

To be eligible to practice, compete and receive athletics scholarships in your first full-time year at a Division I school, you must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

1. Complete 16 NCAA 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);

Two years of social science;

One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science; and

Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy.

2. Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the start of your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses for GPA improvement.

3. Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in your core courses.

4. Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score that matches your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale for students enrolling on or after August 1, 2016.

If You Enroll AFTER August 1, 2018

To be eligible to practice, compete and receive an athletics scholarship in your first full-time year at a Division II school, you must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

1. Complete 16 core courses:

Three years of English;

Two years of math (Algebra 1 or higher);

Two years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it);

Two years of social science;

Three additional years of English, math or natural or physical science; and

Four additional years of English, math, natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy.

2. Earn at least a 2.2 GPA in your core courses.

3. Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score that matches your core-course GPA on the Division II competition sliding scale.


The NCAA Eligibility Center uses a sliding scale to balance your test score and core-course GPA. If you have a low test score, you will need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If you have a low core-course GPA, you will need a higher test score to be eligible.

To obtain further information about NCAA and its guidelines, download the NCAA publications at The information is pertinent to middle and high school families.



University of Denver Updates

More than 100 …

student organizations for your student to choose from. Options include the Alpine Club and DU Service & Change.



DU athletics has won the Director’s Cup for the seventh time in 8 years, making it the nation’s most successful non-football school.


96% …

of DU classes have fewer than 50 students. Our average class size is 21, giving your student direct access to DU faculty and opportunities for peer collaboration.


DU robotics team helps kids with autism disorder

A team of DU student researchers is using friendly robots to teach social skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Led by engineering professor Dr. Mohammed Mahoor, the DU RoboAssist program uses “humanoid” robotic technology to interpret behavior, determine behavior appropriateness, and provide feedback to children in a therapeutic environment.

Watch recent media coverage of this groundbreaking research program.

First-Year Seminars introduce students to intellectual life

All first-year students begin their DU experience in the First-Year Seminar Program (FSEM). Offered during the fall quarter, these courses are specially designed by our faculty to introduce students to the rigors of college academics and the rewards of intellectual discovery. Courses are often provocative—and always unique and thought-provoking. Offerings this fall include “Beyond Collapse: Designing a Sustainable Future,” and “Constitutional Controversy and the Supreme Court.” Which FSEM course will your student pick?

Journalism major covers the Aurora shooting trial

We believe that applied learning experiences outside the classroom are an essential part of a DU education. Fourth-year journalism studies major Claire Sisun recently completed an internship with the Aurora Sentinel, during which she covered the James Holmes mass shooting trial. Sisun learned the ropes of courtroom reporting, which sparked a new passion: “I had never done anything related to court before,” said Sisun. “I thought I wanted to be a food writer or blogger. Now, it’s really interesting to me and I wouldn’t want to stop doing it.”

Learn more about internships at DU

Want to know what life at DU is really like? Our student-led virtual tour gives you a great overview of our campus and the many opportunities that await your student!

University of Denver
2197 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208

Georgia Tech Minute


GT Minute

I hope you had a restful and enjoyable summer. With classes now in full swing we are excited to have our amazing new freshman class on campus. Check out our 2015 freshman profile which is a helpful guide to advise students and families about Georgia Tech and our admission process.

Go Jackets!

Rick Clark
Director of Undergraduate Admission
P.S. Why should students apply to Georgia Tech? Here is our complete list of reasons, unabridged.
 Early Action Deadline
Our Early Action deadline is October 15. A few important reminders:

-Early action is non-binding
-We’re part of the Common Application
-There are three Georgia Tech supplemental questions
-Don’t fret the early deadline! Counselor reports and recommendation letters can quickly follow the student application deadline.

Students interested in the President’s Scholarship, Honors Program, and Scheller Dean and Faculty Merit Scholarship must apply EA for consideration.
 GT Workshops
Consortium Travel
We’ll also be in other cities across the nation this fall, teaming up with schools such as NYU, U of Chicago, and Johns Hopkins. Click here to view a list of upcoming programs, and check back often for new events!

 Campus Visits
Visits fill up quickly, often days after registration opens! With this in mind, students should take advantage of our campus visits!
Our fall visit programs include open houses, overnight programs, academically focused sessions, and our popular freshman session and tour.
 GT Math Curriculum
Starting this fall, the structure of math courses for first-year Tech students has changed. Traditionally first-year students have taken Calculus I or II, depending on placement from AP/IB/Dual Enrollment. Moving forward, the restructured classes will be taught as:

-2 credit Differential Calculus
-4 credit Interval Calculus
-2 credit Linear Algebra

Click here to learn more about this change. When establishing a high school math sequence, students should remember that 94 percent of students admitted to Tech have taken AP Calculus or equivalent.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Atlanta, GA 30332-0320
ph: 404.894.4154

Georgia Institute of Technology | North Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30332 | 404.894.2000

Information session: Marist College (NY) and Michigan State University (MI)

 Marist College & Michigan State University
August 4, 2015, Washington, DC area educational consultants/independent counselors gathered to meet with admission representatives from Marist College and Michigan State University.  Both institutions have distinguished programs with similarities and differences; a summary is available for perusal.
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, New York
-private, coed college
-student volunteers help freshmen move in their dorms
-campus ministry is the largest club
-personal campus culture
-no large lecture halls
-no classes >35; no teacher assistants; avg. class size=18=26; student-faculty  ratio=16:1
-1/3 of freshmen enter undeclared/undecided
-Marist doesn’t have engineering or nursing departments but they do have a great natural science department
-ranked 11th for study abroad opportunities
-have a campus branch in Florence, Italy; classes taught in English
-also offer Freshmen in Florence program; interview required; limited to 45 students
-orientation in Tuscany for a week before the Freshmen in Florence program begins
-partnerships with IBM, NBC news, Wall Street Journal, Mercedes-Benz, Cary Institute, APEREO
-the Marist Poll is the official polling organization for Wall Street Journal and NBC news
-have ESPN radio show and other sports communication opportunities
-partner with leading fashion designers for internships
-graduates continue education with admission to Duke, Tulane, Columbia, Yale, Penn; Fulbright Scholars; Goldwater Scholars; Teach For America
-40% admit rate (2014-15); B+/A- student profile; mid 50% of SAT & ACT; SAT/ACT optional; recalculate GPA’s; merit scholarships are based on transcripts
-LD student service requirements=supplemental application; approximately 50 students; interview required; must apply with regular application and special
 services application; academic supports only; assessments must be current within three years; $4,000 yearly
-overlap applications with Fordham, Villanova, and Loyola of Maryland
-have Hillel chapter on campus; <5% Jewish population
-80% of students get aid (need, merit, athletic) from Marist; top academic scholarship is $15,000
-EDI and EDII applicants must complete CSS/PROFILE for financial aid
-honors program available
-90 clubs on campus and eight yearly events are required
-test optional policy for admission
-undergraduate enrollment=4,768; graduate enrollment=840
-tuition=$32,000; room and board=$13,600; fees=$590
-application deadlines: ED I (binding)=November 1; Early Action=November 15; ED II (binding)=February 1; Regular=February 1
-95% live on campus
-D-1 NCAA programs=11 men’s varsity, 12 women’s varsity, 10 club sports
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
-public, coed university
-50,000 population; undergraduate focused; 7800 freshmen
-international students well represented on campus
-98 miles of bike and walking paths; 558 buildings; 33 miles of roadways; 5200 acres; >30 places to eat on campus
-150 majors; 50 specialization minors and certificates
-large study abroad program; ranks in top 10 for international student enrollment and study abroad participation
-offer Freshman Seminars abroad; 30/group and faculty members; earn 3 credits; 2-3 weeks
-grads are highly recruited by companies
-three “Live & Learning Programs;” 25-30 students; residential living and some learning classrooms
 -Lyman Briggs College: for students interested in science; 600 students
 -James Madison College: international social relations; pre-law; 325 students
 -Residential College of Arts & Humanities: limited to 125 students
-only accept MSU application (not a Common Application member); rolling admission
-Honors College is flexible and program is designed by the student; 8 honors classes required; get priority registration for classes; membership is by invitation only; must rank in top 5% of class; ACT composite of at least 30 or SAT total (CR+M) of 1360; requires ACT with writing
-applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarship and the honors college during the admission review
-out-of-state applicants get financial award for participation in the honors program
-three medical colleges at MSU:  Osteopath; Human Medicine; Veterinary Medicine
-Honors College Professional Assistantship program applicants have test scores: 33=ACT, 1500 SAT (CR+M) or NMSQT standing; $2500 annual stipend for work of interest
-NMSQT finalists get in-state tuition
-approximately $45,000 total cost for out-of-state students
-first generation students represent 25% of population with a 90% retention rate
-average ACT=24-28 composite; SAT (CR+M)=1030-1080
-admission review will value extracurricular activities; will not superscore; encourage applicants to send first score and all attempts
-guarantee housing all four years
-will not require mid-year report
-more than 200 programs of undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional study within 17 degree-granting colleges
-650 clubs; active Greek life; 25 D-1 NCAA sport teams

Return to school with chic, but appropriate, attire

Fashion Young Celebs

The hot days of August are here, which means one thing…you have already returned to school or will be back very soon.  Regardless of your circumstances, embrace this important fashion message….you can fun with chic, but appropriate, back-to-school attire.

As teenagers plan their 2015-16 school wardrobe, they should think like a professional  and make sure their fashion statement is appropriate.  This is particularly true the first day of school when the fashion show runway consumes every corridor in the building.  It’s nice to get the approval nod from the spectators, but it’s even better when your style and flare represent good taste.

If you’re not sure your outfit is suitable, I strongly suggest you read the school’s policy on “appropriate attire,” before entering the building.  As a counselor, I kept extra t-shirts in my office for those occasions when administrators or teachers felt a student’s top was too revealing or the language on a shirt was vulgar.

Some students had to call home and ask a parent to bring “more appropriate” clothes to school or borrow a sweater from a classmate. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for fashion…you should check out my closet.  However, there is a time and place for everything and don’t assume anything can be worn at school.  Would you wear something tasteless to a job interview?

Here are some fashion “no-no’s” to use as a guide:

1.  Skirts and dresses that are too short and/or too tight

2.  Revealing tops; exposed cleavage

3.  Gang insignia

4.  Inappropriate language on clothing

5.  Hats/caps (not allowed in some schools)

6.  Tops that are too short and/or too tight

7.  Pants that are worn too far below the waist/mid-thigh area (also called low-riders)

8.  Undergarments that are visible (boxers, panties)

This list is a general guideline.  Inquire at school, if in doubt, before making an embarrassing fashion statement.  When male students came to my office for an appointment wearing low-riders, they had one choice to make before they could sit…pull up the pants or stand.  In case you are wondering, yes, those pants were quickly adjusted.


Testing Options for Class of 2017

Students Face Crucial Exams For University

Just a heads up!  Due to the “unknown factor” with the Redesigned SAT, many juniors are being encouraged to take a fall SAT-Reasoning (current test), spring ACT, and/or June SAT-Reasoning (redesigned version).  The issue with the March SAT is that it’s the first redesigned test and the scores will not be released promptly, due to norming issues.  It’s expected that the situation might be better for the June SAT.  As a result, the speculation is that the fall SAT centers will fill quickly with current seniors and juniors.  There is an assumption that ACT centers will also fill quickly due to an increased registration of juniors this year, as an alternative to the SAT, especially in some areas.

As a school counselor I always encouraged my students to register early for spring SAT’s, at the beginning of the school year, so they would not jeopardize their testing site choice. However, the rationale for the early registration now is somewhat similar to my reason and yet a little different. Therefore, if you are considering a current SAT administration don’t wait too late to register. 

Listed below are testing options for juniors to consider:
1.  Take the current SAT-Reasoning version.
      -Options are October 3, November 7, December 5, January 23
      -Take notice if any dates might be a conflict with semester exams.  Also, math
     placement could warrant delaying the exam until the end of the
     school year.
2.  October 2015 take the PSAT/NMSQT.
      -Your school will inform you of the date, October 14th or October 28th. 
      There will be no Saturday administration this year.
      -You should take it regardless of the SAT version you plan to take, especially if you are
     a strong National Merit contender.
3.  Spring 2016 (2/6, 4/9 or 6/11) take the ACT.
      -I recommend the ACT with writing.  It’s more expensive but most   
      colleges prefer the writing version.
       -If you take AP classes, you might prefer to wait until the 6/11 administration.
      -ACT has announced starting 9/2015, they will introduce enhancements 
       to the writing test.  Visit .
      -To view sample essays visit .
 4. Take the Redesigned SAT (3/5, 5/7, or 6/4) 2016.
      -If you take AP classes, you might not prefer a May 7th administration.
 5.  Register early.
Practice links to explore:
PSAT/NMSQT Practice Test and Answer Explanation: