Current Juniors: Attend the 2016 Summer Seminar at the U.S. Air Force Academy (CO)

Are you unsure of your post secondary plans? Perhaps you would like to consider an experience at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Their summer program for current high school juniors can be found at and the registration deadline is January 15, 2016.

University of South Carolina December 2015 News


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December 2015

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Early Answer and Honors College Decisions
We’ve kept the US Postal Service busy as more Gamecock YES! packets hit the mailboxes. You cannot imagine how difficult it was getting them there this year! We even had to enlist the help of a very special VIP. Click on the picture above to see what happened. We know the packets have made it safely to their new homes because many are showing up with their proud owners’ faces at #UofSCYES! 
The first round of acceptances to the South Carolina Honors College, ranked the top public honors college in the country, will be mailed before the holidays, on the heels of all the early answer decision letters. All remaining offers of Honors admission will be mailed by mid February.
As a reminder, only students who applied by October 15 and submitted all required credentials or South Carolina Honors College applicants who applied by November 15 were guaranteed an admissions decision by the week of December 14.

Delayed Decisions
Delayed decisions are quite normal in our admissions process. And while we know it isn’t a definitive “yes” or “no,” many students go on to receive acceptances in the final round. Keep in mind a delay is not a denial. We just need some extra time to evaluate these applications relative to the rest of the applicant pool before making final decisions. As you counsel students who have been delayed, here are answers to some of our most commonly asked questions:
1. What can students do to improve their chances of admission? 
Students should request any remaining SAT or ACT score reports right away using the SAT school code 5818 or ACT school code 3880. Scores must be received by the February 1 Credential Deadline.
2. Are students able to schedule an interview with an admissions counselor?
While we welcome students’ questions and visits, we do not conduct interviews as a part of the admissions review process.
3. Should students send updated transcripts or letters of recommendation?
No. We are not able to use mid-semester grade reports in the review process. Letters of recommendation are used for applicants to the South Carolina Honors College only.
4. What are my students’ chances of being admitted?
Review for the Fall 2016 freshman class is still ongoing. We are not able to predict students’ chances of being admitted, as each year’s applicant pool is different. Naturally, students whose credentials are closer to ourfreshman profile, have a greater likelihood of admission.
 5. When will my students hear of their final decision?
Students will receive their final decision in March once we’ve had a chance to review all applicants and conduct a more thorough analysis through the holistic review process.

The New SAT
As students, counselors and college admissions professionals alike await the first administration of the new SAT in March, many are wondering the impact it will have on college admissions.
The University of South Carolina will continue to require scores of all test attempts, both old and new, and will use the score that gives students the best advantage in the admissions process-whichever score that may be. More specific information will become available upon the release of the College Board’s new concordance tables this spring. Additional frequently asked SAT questions can be found here.
USC’s Minority Graduation Rates Among the Best in the Nation
The Educational Trust, in a national report released earlier this month, named USC one of the leading institutions in the country for improving graduation rates for minority students. The report, entitled “Rising Tide” examines graduation rates over a 10 year period and shows Carolina’s minority graduation rates 17% above the national average among public four-year institutions. It is one of only 26 schools in the publication cited for exemplary performance. This recognition comes on the heels of the university’s fourth consecutive Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine. Read More

Upcoming Important Dates 

            December 14-18                     Decision Week
            Mid December                        First Round of South Carolina Honors College Decisions Mailed                              
            December 23-January 3        University Closed for the Holidays
            January 4                                University Reopens
            February 1                              Credential Deadline
   Mid February                          Final Honors College Notifications Mailed
   Week of March 14                  Final Admissions Decisions Mailed
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Susquehanna University (PA): Summer 2016 Programs for High School Students

Study This Summer at Susquehanna University

Susquehanna University


We invite high-achieving students to spend a week of their summer at Susquehanna University, a selective, residential liberal arts and science college in central Pennsylvania. They’ll live on our beautiful campus while developing their skills in college-level workshops.


Steam Ecology Institute

At our Stream Ecology Institute July 10-16, students study the living and non-living components of stream systems and how those elements interact with each other. They’ll search under rocks for crawdads and salamanders, and test stream waters for phosphate, nitrogen and dissolved oxygen, using the same equipment and methods that professionals do.

Leadership Institute

Students live the life of an entrepreneur while attending the Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship (LIFE) June 26-July 2. They work in teams with other students as they run a virtual business, come up with a new product or service, and produce an infomercial. The week includes guest speakers and study trips to Hershey Park and other businesses.

Writers Workshop

Students join our creative writing faculty for the Advanced Writers Workshop June 26-July 2. They immerse themselves in one-on-one conferences and intensive writing workshops, and learn how to find a college writing program and work in the publishing industry. A nightly series of readings from faculty and visiting writers prepares students for their own public reading at the week’s end.

Wind Ensemble

Who is a woodwind, brass
or percussion player?

Band students can participate in a unique High School Wind Ensemble Institute June 19-25. They’ll develop their performance skills through this weeklong program for 54 gifted woodwind, brass and percussion players selected through an application and audition process.

Choral Institute

Singers can participate in an exciting summer Choral Institute June 26-July 2. They will focus on improving musicianship, vocal technique and choral performance skills under the direction of talented Susquehanna University conductors and voice faculty.

We hope to see interested students on campus this summer!
Space is limited, so please apply now!


Philip Betz
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Babson College (MA): 2015 Winter Newsletter

From the Dean

It’s hard to believe another year has come to an end. This year we hosted nearly 4,500 prospective students on campus, met with students and counselors in 28 states and 28 countries, and welcomed 528 new first-year students in our Class of 2019. Now, the Class of 2020 has begun to take shape and we’re eager to begin reviewing Regular Decision applications after the holiday.

Wherever you are and however you celebrate, best wishes for a happy and restful holiday season!
Early Admission

This fall, Babson saw a 28% increase in Early Decision and Early Action applications. Early Decision applicants were notified on Friday, December 11 and Early Action applicants will receive their decisions on Friday, December 18 at 4 p.m. EST via the Babson Portal.


Babson offers many scholarship opportunities for applicants, some requiring additional information. These include the DECA, Blank, Sorenson Arts, and Weissman scholarships. Scholarships requiring applications have a February 1st deadline. Learn more about scholarships »

Testing Update

Beginning with students applying for Fall 2017 enrollment (current juniors), Babson will not require the optional writing section of the redesigned SAT or ACT. We will accept both the old and redesigned SAT and will continue to superscore both the SAT and ACT.

Important Dates

December 24-January 1: Admission office closed for winter break.

January 4: Regular Decision application deadline.
February 1: Scholarship application deadline.
February 15: Financial aid deadline.
Mid-March: Regular Decision notification.
Women Entrepreneurs
Only 2.7 percent of companies that received venture capital funding between 2011 and 2013 had a female CEO, according to Babson’s 2014 Diana Report. In an effort to change that, The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson partnered with Boston brand capital firm Breakaway to launch the Babson Breakaway Challenge. Read more »
#2 Best Value

In its first undergraduate college ranking, The Economist, has ranked Babson No. 2 in the U.S. for value. The ranking demonstrates the economic value of a college by comparing the gap between how much money its alumni earn, and how much they might have earned had they studied elsewhere. Babson alumni earnings were found to be more than $20,000 above the expected average. Learn more »

Happy Holidays!
As winter settles in on campus, Babson President Kerry Healey wishes everyone in the Babson community around the world a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year.
Happy Holidays from Babson
Define You Spotlight

“I came to Babson because I wanted to attend a school that would help me become a well-rounded business leader with a global mindset. It didn’t take long for me to realize I had made the right choice-there is no better place to develop an in-depth understanding of the international business environment than here at Babson.” Read Allana’s story »

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Champlain College December Newsletter



The holidays are upon us here in Burlington, Vermont, and we’re eagerly looking forward to the snow. It’s been a busy and gratifying fall term; our Admissions Counselors traveled around the country visiting with prospective students and their families, and hosted regional events. It’s always exciting to get out to meet our potential future students.
On campus, we’re still celebrating Champlain’s most recent ranking as the #1 “Most Innovative School” by U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges.” We’ve also been included in the Princeton Review’s 2015 “353 Green Colleges,” affirming our commitment to sustainability.
Last year, we launched Game Career Exploration Night, an event exclusively for students interested in careers in the game industry. The event was such a tremendous success, we made an entire day of it this year — and we’re glad we did! Attendance more than doubled, allowing more time for prospective Game students to connect with Game faculty and current students. We also had record attendance at our Fall Open Houses.
Other big news since our last newsletter is the unveiling of our new 75,000-square-foot Center for Communication & Creative Media. Its beauty goes beyond its dramatic architecture and visual appeal; the Center is a reimagining of how Champlain students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and friends interact with the College itself. Upstairs there are three retail dining options and an art gallery showcasing emerging forms of media and digital art. Additional spaces within the building position Champlain as a leader in innovation and hands-on opportunities, including the Sound Studio, Filmmaking and Broadcast Media Production Stage, Game Labs and Drawing Studio.
Be sure not to miss reading about all of the Pre-Professional Summer Programs for High School Students we are offering in Summer 2016. In addition to our highly popular Young Writer’s Conference and Game Academy, we have newer offerings like the Art & Design Portfolio-Building Course.
I highly encourage students to join us for a campus visit to see this incredible new facility, our unbeatable landscape, Centers of Excellence, and our beautiful Victorian-era residence halls.
We also welcome the opportunity for you and your students to meet with our Admissions staff. There are numerous opportunities to connect with either of us in person or online, so please do not hesitate to be in touch.
We acknowledge that this is a busy application season for you and wish you a very successful close to 2015!
Christopher Perlongo
Director of Admissions
Champlain College
Burlington, VT 05402
Application & Financial Aid Deadlines & Information 
Admissions Application Deadlines for class entering Fall 2016
Early Decision II – January 15, 2016
Regular Decision – February 1, 2016
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Priority Filing Deadlines
Early Decision II: First-year only – January 15
Regular Decision: First-year – February 15
Spring Enrollment – October 1
How to Apply for Admission
We accept either the Common Application or the Champlain Application. Both applications are free and are available online.
Champlain Announces NEW $10,000 Innovation Scholarship for 2015!
Champlain applicants are eligible for a new $10,000 scholarship if they submit their application by one of our application deadlines. We are offering this scholarship because its students — who are passionate about their interests and eager to learn — that contributed to Champlain’s newest recognition as #1 “Most Innovative School” in the North by U.S. News & World Report.
The value of the scholarship is $10,000, awarded as $2,500 each year for a maximum of four years. Note, however, that students receiving Champlain tuition remission or Tuition Exchange benefits are not eligible for this scholarship.
Consideration is automatic upon receipt of application.
Make the Most of Winter Break from School
We encourage students to visit Champlain and experience our difference firsthand.
As you know, the best way to decide that a college is the right fit is to visit the campus, meet the people and experience the community. Seniors who are still finalizing their application lists, should visit Champlain before our final application deadline on February 1, 2016.
Likewise, juniors who are beginning their college touring should certainly plan on visiting the college options in Burlington, Vermont; we encourage them to plan their trip this winter—we are close to the best ski & ride destinations in the Northeast.
We offer campus tours and admission information sessions—which are available every weekday and most Saturdays to fit your busy schedule.
Monday & Friday 10 AM & 1 PM
Tuesday 10 AM
Wednesday 1 PM
Thursday 10 AM
Please note that information sessions and tours are not offered every Saturday; see the website for the updated schedule.
Saturday Information Sessions & Tour 10:30 AM
Please request visits at least one week in advance so we can try to accommodate any specific requests you have to meet with the people who can best answer your questions.
Have your students and their families come meet our award-winning faculty and learn how our cutting-edge majors prepare students to thrive in the hottest career fields. Students will be able to attend presentations and sessions on all aspects of Champlain, including the admissions process, financial aid, our customizable academic programs, Champlain Abroad, student life and much more.
Students should visit this link so they can register:
Students and their families may also register by calling: 800.570.5858
Internship Fair Connects Students with Potential Future Employers
We’re proud to say that 91% of our students complete internships before they graduate. The level of support our students receive to secure meaningful internships early on in their college career is an important differentiator of our distinctive career-focused approach.
On October 19, Champlain College Career Services hosted its annual Internship & Part-Time Job Fair, a networking-type career fair offering students, alumni, and employer partners the chance to meet in person and talk about goals and opportunities. More than 75 employers attended representing various non-profit and for-profit institutions from Burlington, Vermont, and beyond. Among those present were, Green Mountain Concert Service, Seven Days, Fuse, Willington Design & Print and ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center.
Over 400 Champlain College students from all degree programs, even students from other colleges, alumni and other job seekers from across the state came to take advantage of this powerful event. Students connected with employer representatives, worked on résumés and began networking for internships and/or full- or part-time job opportunities.
The Internship & Part-Time Job Fair followed the Sophomore Symposium, an event also geared to engage and inspire students to start thinking about their future careers.
The Symposium keynote speaker and blogger, Lauren Berger, “The Intern Queen,” emphasized internships’ importance during college.
Important Links
Quick Links:
College Website:
Office of Admissions:
Financial Aid:
Campus Visits:
Virtual Campus Tour:
Majors & Programs:
Undergraduate Admissions Team 
Call: 800.570.5858

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Champlain College (VT): 2016 Summer Programs for High School Students

Champlain offers a number of outstanding summer academic opportunities for high school students to engage in subjects of interest, get a sense of what college is like and add professional value to their college applications. See the entire 2016 lineup of programs.
July 9 – 24, 2016
The Pre-College Art & Design Summer Program is a 16-day intensive summer learning program that provides current high school students with an opportunity to create new works or refine their personal portfolios, get a taste of college life and earn three transferable college credits. Using the state-of-the-art facilities at the hillside campus of Champlain College, students work closely with nationally recognized, industry-experienced professors and staff and connect with other highly-motivated students through a common interest in art and graphic design.
July 17 – 30, 2016
Champlain’s Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI) hosts high school students in two-week intensive summer learning program on the hillside campus of Champlain College, for high school students who are interested in learning about the growing field of digital forensics & cybersecurity. This is a unique opportunity to develop technical and critical thinking skills by experiencing life on a college campus, interacting with industry-experienced professors and staff, and connecting with other students through common interests.
Session One: July 11 – July 22, 2016
Session Two: July 25 – August 8, 2016
This two-week program introduces high school students to all aspects of game development–including game design, game art and animation, programming, sound, testing and production. Students will gain real-world experience by working as a development team that works together across all game development disciplines to build original game projects. At the end of the Academy, students will have a full understanding of the behind-the-scenes operations of the world’s professional game studios.
June 18-26, 2016
Highly motivated high school students can participate in an 8-day residential program to develop a broad range of skills in digital technology and interactive design tools used by software developers and designers.
May 27-29, 2016
Emerging young writers are invited to spend a weekend with others who share their passion for telling stories, while learning from some of New England’s highly revered authors.

Virginia Commonwealth University: Admission Updates

December 2015 Newsletter
Changing Seasons
With fall coming to a close, Virginia Commonwealth University is bustling as students return from Thanksgiving break. It has been a busy semester already with events like the UCI Worlds and the Broad Street Mile taking place around campus. Also, a speaker series examining race, citizenship and the collective memory of the South is experiencing success across our community. VCU shows no signs of slowing down though; take a look at what else is coming up.
Application Time
It’s that time of year again! As our admissions counselors return from the road, we are excited to start reviewing applications. VCU is a member of the Common Application and offers rolling admissions with a January 15 regular decision deadline. Students who wish to be reviewed and have a decision made on their application by April 1, must complete and have all materials submitted by the deadline. 

In addition to the Common Application, students must submit official high school transcripts; at least one letter of recommendation; the Common Application essay and the VCU writing supplements. Additional materials may be required for applicants to the VCU School of the Arts
As a reminder, applicants may request a score optional review if they have at least a 3.3 GPA. Exceptions include students who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships, applicants to the School of Engineering, the VCU Honors College and home-schooled students. 
Campus Life
As students hit submit on their Common Application, the next questions they usually have are about campus life and what their day-to-day experiences will be like at VCU. After finding the school that will help achieve all their academic and career goals, they start to think about the school that will be the best fit.

VCU has a lot to offer students and our goal is to make sure that we engage them inside and outside the classroom. We guarantee housing for all new freshmen as long as they submit the housing application by the June 30 deadline. Also, with over 500 clubs and organizations, there’s something for everyone on campus! New students can discover more about them at the annual SOVO (Student Organization and Volunteer Opportunities) fair.
We also have numerous service learning projects and encourage students to discover and foster their own voice though the Service Learning Advisory Council.         Learn more about what VCU students are doing in their own words here.
Visit US
Now is a great time to visit campus for one of our regularly scheduled tours. Remind students that in addition to taking a tour of campus, they can also sign up for a departmental information session. Times and locations can be found on our website. Students can also plan on visiting campus on February 20 for our Open House. It is never too early for juniors, sophomores and motivated freshmen to take a look at the exciting opportunities we have to offer. It is also a great chance for seniors to visit if their fall schedule prevented them from doing so. We also will be hosting on- and off-campus events in the spring for admitted students. 

Make it Real
VCU is truly a dynamic institution. Not only do we excel in the arts, but we continue to make impressive strides in medical research and stay on top of political affairs. 

Chair of the Chemical and Life Science Engineering department at VCU, B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., is leading the Medicine for All Initiative. This grant-funded research team had previously found a less expensive way for pharmaceutical companies to develop nevirapine; a drug used to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child and used in combination with other HIV/AIDS treatments. They are now working on less expensive ways to develop two more drugs used in the treatment of AIDS. The project is backed by a $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation creating phenomenal ways for VCU students to complete hands on research and potentially become a part of medical history. 
Our location in Richmond affords students the opportunity to experience a front row seat to political and governmental affairs at regional, state and federal levels. 
One professor and 32 students will experience firsthand how the national election process works when they visit New Hampshire this winter. The class, led by Assistant Professor Alexandra Reckendorf, will attend a student political convention featuring several political candidates and insiders as speakers. The trip will offer great insight to students interested in politics about how campaigns at the national level work.
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Committed to Affordability: Wittenberg U. (OH) Freezes Tuition

Wittenberg University Announces Tuition Freeze

Springfield, Ohio – Continuing its commitment to affordability, Wittenberg will freeze its tuition, room and fees for all students for the 2016-17 academic year.  This marks the fourth year in a row that the nationally ranked liberal arts institution, which currently enrolls 1,811 traditional undergraduate students, has moved in this direction.

Wittenberg provides more than $37 million in scholarships and financial assistance each year to help students better afford a top-notch education taught by award-winning faculty. The majority of Wittenberg students pay an amount comparable to the cost of flagship public universities, for an educational experience that demonstrates better retention and graduation rates, as well as higher job placement rates.

To learn more about scholarships and financial aid at Wittenberg, visit

To learn more about Wittenberg’s commitment to affordability, visit

PSAT results will be delayed…

Students Face Crucial Exams For University


As you anxiously anticipate the arrival of your Redesigned PSAT results, the College Board released information recently that the 2015 PSAT results will be delayed. This is the new schedule:

Score Delivery Schedule for PSAT/NMSQT:

Jan. 6
Educators will be able to access the score reporting portal at and AP Potential(tm) data at

Jan. 7
Students will be able to access their scores and AP Potential information at  (Students access their scores on the portal 24 hours after counselors)

By Jan. 29
Educators will receive paper score reports. (Distribution at this point will be at the discretion of the school)

Please note: The new delivery schedule will not affect students’ eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program (Pertinent to juniors only)