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With cold and flu season upon us, UCSC's Health Center is a popular destination for students in the winter. Photo courtesy of YouVisit.


Admission Notification Date for Freshmen – March 15

Admission Notification for Transfers – March 17 through April 30

Admission Acceptance Deadline for Freshmen – May 1

Admission Acceptance Deadline for Transfers – June 1

Summer Orientation Registration Deadline (for Frosh and Transfers) – June 4

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With cold and flu season upon us, UCSC’s Health Center is a popular destination for students in the winter. Photo courtesy of YouVisit.

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Message from the Director of Admissions

Michael McCawley Director of Admissions Michael McCawley updates counselors on the record number of undergraduate applications to the University of California, Santa Cruz for fall 2016 and what the next steps are for those applicants. [More]


Student interest in UC Santa Cruz reaches another all-time high Student interest in UC Santa Cruz reaches another all-time high. [More]

First in her family. First in her family. [More]

Campus creates 'smart' building, reducing carbon footprint. Campus creates ‘smart’ building, reducing carbon footprint. [More]

Alumna's 'New York Times' article details women's recruitment, escape from ISIS. Alumna’s ‘New York Times’ article details women’s recruitment, escape from ISIS. [More]

Campus fills eight UC Presidential chairs in support of research mission. Campus fills eight UC Presidential chairs in support of research mission. [More]

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Associate Director Ebony Lewis Set to Become Executive Director at UC Davis Associate Director Ebony Lewis Set to Become Executive Director at UC Davis
With mixed emotions, we would like to announce that UC Santa Cruz Associate Director of Admissions Ebony Lewis will be departing the campus for UC Davis, where she will serve as their new Executive Director for Undergraduate Admissions. [More]

UCSC Summer Session Welcomes High School Students at 50% off! UCSC Summer Session Welcomes High School Students at 50% off!
Spread the word: High school students can take a variety of courses at UCSC Summer Session for half off this summer. Online courses available too! [More]

Community Building: First-Year Honors Program Community Building: First-Year Honors Program
UC Santa Cruz’s First-Year Honors Program is just one of the ways that undergraduate students benefit from the innovative research and scholarship being produced at the campus, which was recently ranked second in the world for research influence. [More]

Campus Resource: OPERS
UC Santa Cruz’s Office of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports (OPERS) offers an astounding array of classes, activities, and opportunities for friendly competition. Take a look! [More]

Greetings from Virginia Commonwealth University

In with the new…
The spring semester is in full swing at VCU! Our current students are settling into their schedules and enjoying the winter season in RVA. Now that our January 15 new freshmen application deadline has passed, our admissions staff is hard at work reviewing applications and mailing out decisions. We look forward to having VCU’s class of 2020 join the Ram Nation this fall!

While much of our attention is focused on fall 2016 applicants and admits, it’s certainly not too early to begin conversations with high school juniors and prospective transfers about the college admissions process. Many of our counselors will be on the road this spring attending junior symposiums and college fairs. We welcome any questions that students or their families may have as they begin the college search process. If you are hosting a college night this spring and would like someone from our team to attend your event, you can send your requests to us at We hope to see you and your students on the road this spring!
Financing College
College is one of the most important investments in a student’s life. We encourage your students and their families to have conversations about funding college as early as possible so that they can consider all of their options. At VCU, students have several ways to seek financial assistance:

Financial Aid TV:
Students and families with questions about financial aid at VCU are encouraged to check out Financial Aid TV’s short video clips. These short segments are a great way to learn more about the financial aid process and get answers to questions about financial aid eligibility; completing the FAFSA; scholarships; loans; and veteran education benefits.
Need-based Financial Aid:
We encourage all of our students and their families to fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. The March 1 deadline is quickly approaching; there have also been some changes to the form and filing process that you and your students should be aware of before starting the application process. You can find out more about these changes by visiting our website or
Merit-based Scholarships:
For your high school juniors who are already marking their calendars, our merit-based scholarship deadline for fall 2017 applicants is December 1, 2016. Students who apply by the deadline are automatically considered for our merit-based awards as long as they submit a completed application by the deadline. More information including scholarship amounts and average academic information can be found here.
We are continuing to review fall 2016 scholarships applications. Only those students who have received scholarships will be notified of their award in writing via U.S. mail. Most decisions should be sent out by early-March.
Transferring to VCU
The fall 2016 transfer application deadline is quickly approaching. While the deadline for general admissions is March 15, deadlines may vary for programs in the School of Arts and for undergraduate health science programs on the MCV campus. Applicants are reviewed for admissions on a rolling basis throughout the spring semester until the class is filled.

All transfer applicants should submit their application and official college transcripts by the appropriate deadline. Applicants with fewer than 30 completed credit hours should also submit their high school transcripts, and if under the age of 22, their SAT or ACT test scores. Additional materials may be required for students applying into programs within the School of the Arts and undergraduate health science programs on the MCV Campus.

To assist students as they prepare to transfer, the VCU Office of Admissions welcomes your calls, emails, and visits. In addition to our admissions counselors, we have a team which specializes in transfer admissions: Shanee Crews, Associate Director for Transfer Recruitment; Ryan Hannifan, Regional Transfer Admissions Counselor for Richmond and surrounding areas; and Philip Wilkerson, Regional Transfer Admissions Counselor for Northern Virginia.
2016 Redesigned SAT FAQ’s
This spring the College Board will release their redesigned SAT. There are several changes that will impact students taking the test and how scores will be considered for admissions purposes at VCU. Please take a moment to review the FAQ’s below; if you still have questions, please feel free to contact us for further assistance.

What is the new SAT?
The redesigned SAT will have two 800-point sections instead of three: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. The essay portion of the test will now become optional and will not be a factor in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section. Students will be tested on relevant vocabulary words used throughout their lives. The penalization for wrong answers will also be removed. (cited from The College Board)
Will VCU require the optional essay with the redesigned SAT?
No, we will not require the essay from our applicants.
When will the redesigned SAT first be administered?
The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be March 2016.
(cited from The College Board)
Do you prefer SAT over the ACT?
No. We encourage students to take the exam that suits them best. Some students opt to submit scores from both exams; others take advantage of our score optional review. In cases where students submit scores from both exams, we will use the results that are most advantageous to the student.
How can students be considered for score optional review?
Freshman applicants with a minimum high school GPA of 3.3 may request that their application be reviewed without submitting standardized test scores. Applicants should request to be considered for admission to the university without test scores on the application for admission.
Are there exceptions to the score optional review policy?
Yes. SAT or ACT scores are required for applicants who wish to be considered for VCU’s merit-based scholarships (the Presidential, Provost and Deans’ scholarships); students applying to the VCU Honors College and the School of Engineering; home schooled students; and non-native English speakers.
How can students prepare for the redesigned SAT? 
The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free and personalized practice resources:
Make is Real
“Make it real” is not just a motto, but a way of life at VCU. Students are encouraged to take the skills they are learning inside the classroom and make an impact on their local and global community.

In 2014, three VCU School of the Arts students created an online shop, DoDream, to raise funds for a child living in poverty in Indonesia. They created things like calendars and postcards and sold their original art, donating all the proceeds to their “surrogate brother.” Wanting to help locally as well, the students majoring in communication arts and graphic arts partnered with students in the English department to write stories aimed at 6- to 12-year old children about overcoming suffering.
What started as a local effort to raise money for a child in need became a broader initiative to help children globally. You can view their artwork and learn more about their story here.
In some of Richmond’s parks you may find a strange request; “Poetry for Trash.” This movement strives to keep RVA’s parks cleaner by offering poetry for trash pickup. The initiative comes from MFA student, John-Michael Bloomquist in VCU’s renowned creative writing and poetry program.
On signs in area parks, visitors will find the instructions to participate: take a poem and pick up as much trash as you feel it is worth. Once visitors have finished cleaning up the park, they are welcomed to leave their own poem. It is meant to engage people and start a dialogue and deeper understanding of the relationship we have with our environment, socially and artistically.
Students at VCU are always encouraged to find new and innovative ways to share their talents with their Ram family, our community, and people around the world. They are inspired to not just leave their passions and knowledge at the door, but figure out how it can better their community.
Visit Us
Do you have a group of students that you would like to bring to campus? You can find our group visit request form online. Accepted students can also join us in the spring for Preview Days to learn more about VCU.

Remember to send us your spring college fair invitations. Invitations can be sent to or by mail to P.O. Box 842526, Richmond, VA 23284.
VCU Office of Admissions
821 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23284 –

2016 Summer Pre-health/pre-medical/field science Opportunity at Sewanee (TN)

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I am excited to announce the University of the South’s reimagined bridge program: the Sewanee Bridge Pre-Health and Field Science Program, a three-week head start on becoming a healthcare professional or scientist for students.

Students must apply by April 15.

Here are some details of the program:

  • It provides rigorous preparation for students from diverse backgrounds.
  • It takes place June 12–July 2, 2016, on the Domain of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.
  • The cost of $1,575 covers three weeks of tuition, room and board, and field trips. Limited financial aid is available for those who qualify.
  • Students pursue either the pre-health track or the field science track.


The pre-health track is designed for aspiring healthcare professionals. Coursework includes neuroscience, molecular science, calculus, and statistics.

The field science track is designed for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or who would like to more fully develop a specific interest in field science. Coursework includes ecology, biodiversity, population and environment demographics, calculus, and statistics.

Whether students choose the pre-health track or the field science track, they will make strides toward college preparation, discover the benefits of deep mentorship, and make lifelong friends.

If you have questions about the program or financial aid, please contact Coordinator of Pre-Collegiate Programs Laura Buckner.


Alyssa Summers
Associate Professor of Biology
Co-Chair of Biochemistry
Director, Office of Medical and Health Professions

University of Washington Updates

University Of Washington

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success
The University of Washington is excited to be one of the nearly 90 public and private universities across the U.S. that comprise the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a new college planning and application platform.
What Does It Offer?
Unlike traditional college application systems, which are used only to submit an application, the Coalition platform will allow high school students to set up an account and begin learning about the application and financial aid process as early as the ninth grade. The platform includes three main features:

  • Virtual Locker. Students can collect and store information that may be useful when they apply.
  • Collaboration Platform. The teachers, counselors, employers, and mentors who are supporting the student’s college search and application can offer feedback.
  • Application Portal. Students select the information from their Virtual Locker that they want to include with their application to Coalition member universities.
These first two features are scheduled to open in April 2016, and the third is scheduled to open in July 2016.
Why Did We Join?
The UW has long sought to join a national application platform to make it easier for our students to apply. The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success offers the first truly national application to provide us with sufficient flexibility. We are proud that several UW staff members are helping design the Coalition application, which gives us the opportunity to develop features that will aid UW applicants:

  • Students may complete many of the self-reported academic fields before the senior year, allowing them to work on their application as they move through high school. We are hoping that this feature will reduce stress and frenzy for students, counselors, and families in the fall of the senior year.
  • These academic fields will transfer to any other Coalition member university whose application also requires a self-reported academic record for grades 9-12.
How Will It Work at the UW?

  • The Coalition application will be the UW’s only application for freshman admission beginning with applicants for autumn 2017.
  • U.S. and international freshmen will use the same application.
  • We will continue to request — at the time of application — only the self-reported academic record for grades 9–12, a policy that greatly expedites application processing.
  • We will continue to require final transcripts for those who confirm enrollment.
The Coalition is using CollegeNet, the same Portland, OR-based vendor the UW has used for years. We are confident that CollegeNet is building a robust and reliable system.
We hope that beginning in April, high school students in all grades will create Coalition accounts and let us know if they wish to learn more about the UW. At the same time, we wish to reassure everyone on the school side that UW applicants are in no way required to use the features of the Coalition platform.

  • Students may create an account for the sole purpose of applying for admission. They don’t need to use the Virtual Locker or Collaboration Platform. None of their information will be shared with other Coalition member universities unless they choose to share their information or apply to other Coalition universities using the Coalition application.
  • Once the UW freshman application is open, students may choose to go right from the Admissions website to the online application. For such students, the experience will be very similar to how it was in past years. They will set up a Coalition account in the same way that applicants previously had to set up a CollegeNet account.
Paul Seegert
Director of Admissions
University Of Washington
News Bites
  • Admissions received a record number of freshman applications for autumn 2016.
    43,233 total applications (+18.4% over 2015)
    11,613 Washington residents (+6.0%)
    20,857 U.S. nonresidents (+25.8%)
    10,763 International students (+19.6%)
  • The FAFSA is open. Please consult UW financial aid application information. The UW’s deadline is February 28.
  • Admissions notifies freshman applicants March 15-31, 2016
  • Admitted Student Previews, April 4, 5, 8, 16, 18, 2016
  • DO-IT is looking for high school students with disabilities to apply to be program scholars.
  • Engineering Discovery Days, April 22 & 23, 2016, for prospective and admitted students, school groups, etc. Registration is open.
Spotlight: College of the Environment
About us
Rapidly changing interactions between the Earth’s environment and human activities drive the research and teaching at the UW’s College of the Environment. By connecting some of the world’s leading educators and researchers with students, practitioners, and citizens, the College cultivates communities who work with and learn from each other as they tackle the environmental challenges of the 21st century.
By the numbers

Facilities, fleet, and cool programs

  • Research field stations, including Friday Harbor Labs, Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest, Olympic Natural Resources Center, and UW Botanic Gardens
  • EarthGames UW
  • Fleet: R/V Thomas G. Thompson, R/V Centennial, R/V Barnes
  • College of the Environment is a UW Farm partner.
Why study at the College of the Environment?
Our students choose the College of the Environment to collaborate with some of the most influential leaders in their fields; push the boundaries of disciplines; get out in the field and dive head first into the natural world; and launch careers that have an impact on their community and the world.
Next steps
Explore the College of the Environment online for your students and yourself:


  • Opportunities for field trips and professional development
  • Contact the College of the Environment staff for yourself or on behalf of your students
Dare to Do

Scholarships for Hispanic College Students

The following scholarships have been announced by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) for college students:

The HACU Scholarship Program 2016-2017 application is OPEN.


The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities to assist in defraying some of your college expenditures. Please review each scholarship’s criteria carefully to see if you qualify.

Additional scholarship opportunities will be added as they become available prior to the fall 2016 semester.

In addition, all scholarship applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrate financial need if required by scholarship sponsor (typically determined by FAFSA).
  2. Meet specific criteria for the scholarships to which they are applying.
  3. Attend a HACU-member college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico at the time applications are completed and scholarship awards are made.  For the most up-to-date listing of HACU member institutions, please click here.
  4. Before starting the online application process we recommend you print these instructions first. Click here for the instructions.
  5.  Scholarships are ONLY for enrolled college students. All students must have completed their first semester of freshman year at the time of applying. High School students are not eligible to apply. 


    If you have any HACU scholarship program questions, send an e-mail to                                                                                                                                                                         Click here to APPLY.                                          ___________________________________________________________________

Café Bustelo El Café Del Futuro Scholarship Essay Contest- $5,000 - Full-time undergraduate or graduate students attending a four-year HACU-member institution within the United States or Puerto Rico. Students will be required to complete an 800 word essay on the following topic: Describe how your Latino heritage, family, and the community in which you grew up have impacted your desire and motivation to obtain a college degree. Additionally, describe what you intend to accomplish with your degree and how you will give back to your community.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2016Supporting documents (enrollment verification form and a letter of recommendation from a school advisor, community leader or mentor) must be postmarked no later than May 27, 2016.

For official Café Bustelo Scholarship Rules and Guidelines, click here.


Beacon College Spring 2016 Open House

Beacon College Scholarships available only to Students with
learning disabilities, ADHD, and other Learning Differences!

Open House Event

Our OPEN HOUSE events give families of students with language based learning disabilities and ADHD a personal day to discover the many opportunities they’ll have available as a student at Beacon College. They’ll find that our focus is on student success – THEIR SUCCESS!

They will also learn about our SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 available only to students with learning disabilities. The best four years of their life might be just around the corner if they decide to pursue their education with us, and it begins with an Open House:


Saturday, March 5th • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Registration begins at 10 a.m.
Beacon College, 200 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL 34748


Their day will include a campus tour, lunch, and the opportunity to speak with representatives from admissions, financial aid, residence life, student clubs and organizations, and much more. They should register soon, spaces are limited and fill up quickly!

Program Highlights at our Open Houses include:

  • Meeting and speaking with our students about their experiences
  • Exploring our growing academic programs, guided by our expert faculty
  • Hearing about the exceptional record of success of our students and graduates
  • Discovering why Beacon was named a “Best Value College”
  • Learning how our unique approach to learning can change their lives


Our convenient Leesburg campus location is just one hour from Orlando! If they are unable to attend our March 5th Open House, they can consider joining us at our next Open House on April 16th.


We encourage you to attend if you believe may benefit from Beacon College’s innovative and transformational learning experience. Register online today!


For questions or assistance, call us at 855-220-5376 or email

Dale Herold
Dean of Admissions & Enrollment



Beacon College | 105 East Main Street | Leesburg, FL 34748 |

University of Houston: Open House Updates



UH Open House
Saturday, April 2, 2016

The University of Houston invites students to experience the excitement of UH firsthand at Cougar Preview — our largest open house held twice each year — Saturday, April 2, 2016! At Cougar Preview, students will have the chance to:

Tour our beautiful 667-acre campus, including a sneak peek inside our residence halls.
Learn about admission requirements, academic programs and more than 500 student organizations.
Speak to faculty and staff about your future at UH.
Bring friends and family.

Registration is Now Open!

Please come and learn why it’s an exciting time to be a Houston Cougar.

I encourage you to visit UH Majors and Minors and discover the opportunities available to students at UH, based on their interests. If you’re still uncertain which major is for you, make plans to attend the Academic Session for Undeclared/Undecided students.

If you are interested in receiving a Cougar Preview invitation, or have any questions not answered on our website, please email us at Students can also connect with us on Twitter @UHCampusVisits! We look forward to welcoming students to campus Saturday, April 2, 2016.


Joey Ratcliff
Assistant Director
Prospective and New Student Programs
Office of Admissions
University of Houston

Office of Admissions, 4434 University Drive, Houston, Texas 77204-2023


Lehigh University (PA): Attention High School STEM All-Stars!

Lehigh University Summer Engineering Institute


July 10, 2016 – August 6, 2016
Lehigh University | Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


Attention High School STEM All-Stars!

I’m delighted to share an exciting once-in-a-lifetime educational enrichment experience in engineering and technology, aimed at students currently in 10th or 11th grade who reside in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Virginia.


Lehigh University’s Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) is a four-week summer residential program of intensive classroom study and research for exceptionally talented, rising high school juniors and seniors attending public, non-public, charter, cyber, or home secondary schools. Hosted by students, faculty, and staff of Lehigh’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, SEI is a chance for talented young minds to engage deeply in real-world, hands-on projects across a diverse set of fields, including energy, healthcare and bioengineering, nanotechnology, cybersecurity, civil infrastructure and environmental sustainability, advanced manufacturing and 3D printing, and more.

Borne out of the highly-successful Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Engineering and Technology, the core of SEI is a cooperative living and learning environment where participants are encouraged to work in teams and solve complex problems, in the classroom and in the lab, using sophisticated technology and facilities available here at Lehigh.

In this inaugural year of SEI, we’re offering it at no cost to participants. Capable and deserving students who fit the criteria can learn more about the program or begin the application process by visiting

The deadline for all applications is March 8, 2016 at 1 p.m. Eastern. All materials must be submitted before that time for applications to be considered; please note that the entire application process is to be conducted online, unless extenuating circumstances and/or undue hardship can be proved. This includes the submission of required information such as student-written essays, science and math teacher reference statements, and materials from guidance counselors such as scanned/uploaded transcripts and report cards.

Given the unique nature of the program, we expect demand to be strong and the admission process to be highly competitive, so we wish the best of luck to all students interested in pursuing this opportunity. If you have additional questions about the program, SEI Program Office contact information is available via the site as well.

Warm regards,

John P. Coulter
John Coulter
Interim Dean
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science | Lehigh University
Packard Laboratory, 19 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Just for Juniors: Live Chat with Siena College (NY) February 23rd

Siena College is hosting a live chat for high school students and their parents.

Tuesday, February 23
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Students and their parents can ask questions or just listen in. We’ll be covering college search topics like:

What do admission committees look for in an application essay?
Why do senior year course choices matter?
How important is the college visit?
What is Siena’s test-optional policy?
We invite you to share this information with anyone you believe would benefit from the chat.
Registration is at
Katie Szalda ’01, Director of Admissions
Jim Eaton, Associate Director of Admissions



© 2015 PRIVACY

Southern Oregon University

Photo I hope your new year is off to a great start. SOU’s Office of Admissions is eager to get started and we’re all looking forward to working with students in 2016. The trajectory SOU has experienced in the last few years is directly related to the relationship we have with college counselors and the relationships we have with other “influencers”. I remain inspired by all that you do and thankful for your support.

Director of Admissions




This is our fifth year offering a significant expansion to our merit-based scholarships. We offered about 1,000 scholarships to new students last year and expect to offer even more this year. Most scholarships are awarded based on the information provided in the application for admission. However, all applicants are encouraged to submit a SOSA (Southern Online Scholarship Application) at by the March 15 deadline. Adhering to the application priority date of February 15 will be increasingly important for students wishing to pursue scholarships.

SOU also offers the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Tuition Rate to admitted students from participating states. WUE tuition is equivalent to 150% of the Oregon resident tuition rate and can save students up to $11,000 per year!

Academic Programs


Academic Programs

The House Experience is a new way for freshmen to fulfill their general education requirements at SOU. The Houses are communities of learning and doing, built on common interests, creativity, and collaboration. Students from all disciplines work together under a common theme to solve real-world issues while completing the fundamentals of the general education curriculum. Our current Houses are: Green House, Social Justice House and Skeptic House.

The Honors College is in its third year at SOU. The Honors College offers high achieving freshmen the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and community mentors on research projects and practical experiences. In addition to Honors general education courses, seminars, and a capstone, Honors College students will receive a substantial tuition discount, saving approximately $4,432 per academic year.

The Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree Program allows students in participating majors to complete their bachelor degree in just three years.

Visit Opportunities


Visit Opportunities

SOU faculty, staff, and students invite prospective students and their families to experience our beautiful, friendly campus and enjoy this dynamic region during one of our preview events.

We host two Preview Days and two Preview Weekends each year, introducing first-year students to the many facets of university life and the people who make SOU a special place. Visitors will tour campus and residence halls, meet with faculty, explore resources and facilities and enjoy campus dining. For Preview Weekends, students have the option to stay overnight in a residence hall.

For details, dates, or to RSVP,
call 855-470-3377 or visit us at