The University of the South (TN) Newsletter

A message from our dean

Greetings from Sewanee!

Admission season is question-and-answer season. We want you to have the answers to questions students have about applying to Sewanee. Here are a few of the answers we provide most frequently:

Q: Does Sewanee require an interview?
No, however we encourage students to meet with an admission counselor or Sewanee alum while they’re on the road. Of course the best way to understand Sewanee is by visiting campus. Students can schedule a custom conversation with a member of the admission staff or a current student while they’re here.

Q: Does Sewanee require a writing supplement?
No. Sewanee uses the Common Application and does not require a writing supplement. We evaluate applicants using the standard Common Application and the engagement they have had with the Office of Admission.

Q: What is required to apply for need-based financial aid?
We use the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE to award need-based financial aid. Need-based financial aid applicants must complete both the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE in conjunction with their application deadline. Financial aid applicants submitting their complete application by the stated deadlines are given priority consideration for institutional funds.

Q: Is it easy to apply test-optional?
Yes. We do not require additional materials when students apply test-optional, except on a case-by-case basis. As long as applicants indicate “test-optional” on the Common Application, we will review their applications without test scores.

If students need additional answers beyond what is available here or on our website, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to providing answers big and small this year!

Sincerely yours,

Lee Ann Backlund
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Vice President for Enrollment Planning

Video Feature: Gracie Gibson, C’17, talks about her Guarisco Scholarship experience.
In 2010, the Guarisco and McGriff families created the Peter V. Guarisco Merit Scholarship in Art. Gracie Gibson, C’17, was the first recipient of the Guarisco Scholarship. Her scholarship not only made possible artistic opportunities but also opened doors to all Sewanee has to offer, “all aspects of my life; all ways for me to challenge my personal growth and to develop.”

Scholarship opportunity in the arts

Available for a member of the Class of 2021, the Guarisco Scholarship in Art or Art History is endowed for students who intend to pursue art or art history at the undergraduate level and who have demonstrated extraordinary promise in artistic endeavors. On Sewanee’s gorgeous 13,000-acre mountaintop campus and around the world, Guarisco Scholars will have the resources to study and to advance their work. Guarisco Scholars have the opportunity to receive full funding for four years of study at Sewanee as well as stipends for research, internship, and study away opportunities. Sewanee hosts special visits for prospective student artists. Please join us.

Sewanee near you

A member of the Sewanee admission staff may be visiting your area soon. Getting to know students is an important part of our application process. The interest students show in Sewanee is taken into account during our review process. We encourage students to engage with us when we visit your area.

Of course, we here at the Office of Admission at Sewanee also strive to strengthen our relationships with each of you. Please check out important application details, counselor fly-in programs, campus visit opportunities, and admission details here.

Upcoming events on campus

Can’t meet with us on the road? One of the best ways to interact with us is by visiting campus. Learn more about Fall Preview and other visit options here for prospective students.

  • Register here for Fall Preview on Oct. 1, 2016
  • Register here for Fall Preview on Oct. 29, 2016

Assistance with international applicants

If you are working with international students applying to liberal arts colleges in the United States, we want you to help them get to know Sewanee.

  • Application details
  • Students in secondary schools outside the United States:
    Assistant Director of Admission Danielle Larsen conducts the first review of applications submitted by international students
  • Students in secondary schools within the United States:
    The admission counselor assigned to the appropriate geographic area conducts the first review of applications of international students who attend secondary schools in the U.S.

International applicants are considered for all available scholarships. If international applicants are applying for need-based grants, they must submit their application and grant essay by our Early Action (Dec. 1) deadline.

Perspective: Students contribute to Sewanee’s conversations on culture and society

Perspective, a spring visit weekend, April 8-9, offers an engaging program for admitted students interested in discovering the diversity of people and the numerous multicultural opportunities Sewanee has to offer. More details will come later in the fall, but if you have questions now, please contact Curtis Johnson.

Academic spotlight: Pre-Business

Sewanee’s liberal arts curriculum includes the opportunity to earn a minor in business. Courses drawn from economics, philosophy, computer science, psychology, and core business courses are supported by a rich program of co-curricular activities at the Babson Center for Global Commerce. You can learn more about the business minor here.

Sewanee Features

Picnic in Persepolis 
In the weeks after the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal went into effect, NPR producer Emily Ochsenschlager, C’03, traveled to the Islamic republic to find out what the future holds.

Saving the Scribbles 
A Sewanee professor and her students are preserving first-century graffiti with 21st-century tools.

Boys to Men 
Jewlz Davis, C’16, is introducing high school students to new ideas about masculinity—if he can just get them to focus.

Oklahoma City University News: Deadlines, Scholarships & Campus Events

Fall Events

Applying to OCU


FAFSA Changes

Below is a list of events your students may be interested in attending this fall. Your students may register for any event using their Star Page username and password. A student’s Star Page login information is included in most email communication.


First-Generation College Student Workshop  September 8, 2016  Register for this Event
Duncan Nursing Open House
 October 3, 2016
 Register for this Event
Fall Showcase
 October 6, 2016
 Register for this Event
Discover Science: Experiment with OCU
 October 21, 2016  Register for this Event 
Nursing Open House  October 25, 2016  Register for this Event
Dance with the Stars  October 28, 2016  Register for this Event
Dance Auditions   October 29, 2016  Register for this Event
CSI: Investigate with OCU  November 1, 2016  Register for this Event
Analyze This: Experience Psychology with OCU  November 4, 2016  Register for this Event
Music Auditions  November 11-12, 2016  Register for this Event
Theatre Auditions  November 11-12, 2016  Register for this Event
Future Lawyer’s Day: Examine with OCU  November 15, 2016  Register for this Event
United Methodist Visit Day  December 8, 2016

Applying to OCU

Oklahoma City University offers several methods for applying: the Common Application, and the institutional application on our website. OCU offers rolling admissions, but in order to be considered for the full range of scholarships, please encourage your students to apply by March 1, 2017.

Students may include a ZeeMee profile, which is a free service that helps students bring their applications to life. They can sign up at and copy and paste the link into the OCU application. 

In addition to the application, your student must submit an essay, official high school transcript, official SAT and/or ACT scores, a counselor letter of recommendation, and the $55 application fee. Once the completed application is received, an admissions counselor will review and make a decision. If your student is applying as a performing arts major, an audition is required. Information varies by department, so please encourage your students to research and sign up early for their auditions.

Regular admission standards include a 22 ACT or SAT equivalent and a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Please have your students contact their admissions counselor if they have any additional questions. We appreciate all the work you do in assisting your students through this process.

Freshmen Scholarships


At Oklahoma City University, the application for admission is also the application for most scholarships. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission and scholarships early while scholarships are most abundant. In most cases, scholarships are stackable, but may not exceed the cost of tuition. Please see each scholarship for individual consideration deadlines.

NOTE: The February 2017 ACT and the January 2017 SAT are the last exams considered for a scholarship upgrade. SAT scores are based on the redesigned SAT that was launched March 2016. If your student has scores taken prior to March 2016, please direct them to contact their admissions counselor. The seventh semester high school transcript is the last transcript where academic and departmental scholarship upgrades are guaranteed (exceptions would be strongly considered for students in talent programs (academic and athletic) having performance-based competitions or auditions post-March).

If a student receives a substantial special university scholarship (50% tuition covered or more, e.g. Pageant Scholarships) during their time at OCU, this replaces their academic and departmental awards for the semester(s) awarded. Additional semester use of academic and departmental awards are not added to make up for semesters the awards were replaced for a substantial special university scholarship.


Freshmen University Academic Merit Scholarships 
(Priority deadline of March 1, 2017. See description for details)
Academic scholarships are based on ACT/SAT test scores and high academic ability as indicated by grade point average. To receive any Oklahoma City University merit-based scholarships, incoming fall 2017 freshman students must submit their application and all required documents* by the priority deadline of March 1, 2017. After the priority deadline, scholarship amounts are not guaranteed. Full-time enrollment of 12 or more hours per semester is required for scholarship. Awards are renewable up to seven consecutive semesters (excluding summer terms) with required minimum cumulative 3.0 unweighted GPA.

Test Score Scholarship GPA 
ACT: 22-23
SAT: 1100-1150
Opportunity Award $1,700.00
(per year)
(per year)
(per year)
ACT: 24-25
SAT: 1160-1230
Achievement Award $2,200.00
(per year)
(per year)
(per year)
ACT: 26-28
SAT: 1240-1340
University Award $3,300.00
(per year)
(per year)
(per year)
ACT: 29-32
SAT: 1350-1480
Presidential Award $5,400.00
(per year)
(per year)
(per year)
 ACT: 33-36
SAT: 1490-1600
 Provost Award $7,000.00
(per year)
(per year)
(per year)

*Required documents include application, application essay, official high school transcript, official test scores, high school counselor’s recommendation form, and $55 application fee. 

Freshmen Departmental Awards*
In addition, students who are admitted to and enrolled in the Petree College of Arts and Sciences, Meinders School of Business, or the Kramer School of Nursing will be awarded a departmental scholarship in conjunction with the academic merit scholarship. This award is based on a combination of the student’s ACT or SAT and high school GPA. Full-time enrollment of 12 or more hours per semester is required for scholarship.
Film and visual arts students are eligible for both departmental and talent (based on portfolio) awards.

NOTE: The same deadlines apply for departmental awards as they do for merit-based scholarships. See merit-based scholarships for more details.

Test Score Scholarship GPA 
ACT: 22-23
SAT: 1100-1150
Departmental Award $3,000.00
(per year)
(per year)
(per year)
ACT: 24-25
SAT: 1160-1230
Departmental Award $4,000.00
(per year)
(per year)
(per year)
ACT: 26-28
SAT: 1240-1340
Departmental Award $6,000.00
(per year)
(per year)
(per year)
ACT: 29-32
SAT: 1350-1480
Departmental Award $9,000.00
(per year)
(per year)
(per year)
ACT: 33-36
SAT: 1490-1600
Departmental Award $10,000.00
(per year)
(per year)
(per year)

*Students who are admitted to the Wanda L. Bass School of Music, the School of Theatre, or the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment programs are eligible to audition for talent scholarships and are not eligible to receive these departmental awards.


Competitive Scholarships

Oklahoma City University offers a full variety of competitive scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen. A complete list can be found online.

What you need to know about the 2017-2018 FAFSA

1. Students will be able to submit the FAFSA earlier. Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, they will now be able to submit the FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016, rather than beginning on January 1, 2017.

2. Students will use earlier income and tax information. Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students and their parents (if applicable) will report their 2015 income and tax information, rather than their 2016 income and tax information. This is referred to as Prior-Prior Year (PPY).

Because the FAFSA will ask for Prior-Prior Year, applicants will have already done their taxes by the time the FAFSA is available, eliminating the need to estimate tax information and then go back and update the FAFSA later.

Please visit for more information or contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 405-208.5211.

 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

University of Denver: Admission Newsletter | August 2016

DU campus
Student Organizations


student organizations offer DU students countless ways to get involved.




Gymnastics alumna Jessica Lopez placed 14th overall at the Rio Olympics! #GoPioneers


Average class size


The average class size at the University of Denver.


DU graduate

Inspired To Make a Change in Uganda

In Kampala, Uganda, the hometown of Shem Kikamaze ’16, frequent power outages are a way of life. While some might accept the unreliable electrical grid as a given in a developing nation, Shem determined at a young age to help solve the problem. Having just earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Denver (on a full-tuition Fraiberg Scholarship), Shem intends to apply his knowledge and experience to making a lasting impact in his home country.

Read Shem’s profile

When Failure Is an Opportunity

When Failure Is an Opportunity

If you watched the Rio 2016 Olympics, you may have noticed a common thread through many of the athletes’ personal stories: more often than not, they had to overcome significant failures and disappointments before achieving the success that ultimately propelled them to the Olympics.
In a recent article published in The Huffington Post, DU’s director of sport and performance psychology, Mark Aoyagi, explains:

“Failure and success are quite relative, and what seems to be a failure in the short run can often lead to success.”

Read the entire article, “3 Things Failure Can Teach You About Success, According to These Athletes.”

Group of DU students studying

DU Aims for Zero Waste at Hockey Games

The University of Denver has launched an ambitious program to institute “zero waste” hockey games at the Ritchie Center this season. Zero waste is defined by the EPA as reaching at least a 90% diversion-from-landfill rate via reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting.

Partners and volunteers across campus will work together to educate and equip the DU community and Pioneer fans to reach this important goal toward becoming an even more sustainable campus.

Want to learn about other sustainability efforts at DU? Be sure to check out the numerous programs underway at the Center for Sustainability.

DU campus

Want to know what life as a DU student is really like? Our student-led virtual tour provides a great overview of our campus and the many opportunities that await future Pioneers!


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

New Developments at Drexel University (PA): Early Decision and Flexible Testing

Drexel University
Undergraduate Admissions
Greetings from Drexel University!

As another school year begins, we want to share some recent developments and opportunities for students at Drexel University.

Early Decision

Drexel will now be accepting Early Decision applications for students interested in a binding early decision. Students come from across the U.S. and around the globe, enthusiastic about attending Drexel. If Drexel is their first choice, we want to give them the option to apply Early Decision. This will allow students to receive their admission decision sooner, reducing stress and cutting the time spent waiting for a decision. Students will still be able to apply Early Action or Regular Decision if these options suit them better.

Please encourage your students to consider the benefits of applying Early Decision or Early Action. Application deadlines and more information can be found at our freshman application instructions page.

Flexible Testing

We will also be offering some flexibility in the standardized testing that we require for first year admission. In addition to high school transcripts and records, Drexel University’s new flexible standardized testing model will allow students to submit results from a variety of standardized national and international examinations. The flexible testing policy will also assist us in enrolling a more diverse and talented class who are academically prepared to handle the rigors of our curriculum. You can view more in-depth information online.

We look forward to all of the excitement that the new school year brings.


Evelyn Thimba
Vice President & Dean of Admissions, Acting

Counselor Resources
Get a comprehensive look at Drexel and the application process and learn how to access our School Counselor Portal.
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Events for Students
Information for students about our Campus Visits, Departmental Visits, and large-scale Open Houses.
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Drexel’s Virtual Tour
View what life is like as a Drexel student. We’ve created a collection of tours that will allow students and their families to get a glimpse of Drexel, Philadelphia, and more.
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Georgia Tech 2016-17 Admission Process Updates

Early Action Deadline

Our Early Action deadline is October 15. A few important reminders:

- Early Action is non-binding.

- We accept the Common Application.

- There are two Georgia Tech supplemental questions.

- Don’t fret about the early deadline! Counselors may send student transcripts and recommendation letters as soon as available following the student application deadline.

- Students interested in the Stamps President’s Scholarship, Honors Program, and Scheller Dean’s and Faculty Merit Scholarships must apply during Early Action for consideration.

Lessons From Feeling Mediocre

Our students are our greatest strength. While many are known for their acumen in STEM, they are great communicators, too. Check out this blog post by rising junior Kamesh Darisipudi. We think it may help you as you talk to students this year about the college admission process.

Stance on Standardized Tests

While we require applicants to submit at least one test score, we do not have a preference between SAT and ACT. Like you, we are not rushing to judgment as the first few “new” tests are scored. It will take time to view trends and build correlations. We’ll continue to work alongside you to put testing in proper perspective within our holistic review process.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Atlanta, GA 30332-0320
ph: 404.894.4154

University of Evansville (IN) 2016-17 Admission Process Updates

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August 2016
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University of Evansville Application Cycle for Fall 2017 is Now Open!

Welcome back to a new school year! Here at the University of Evansville, we are starting our next recruitment cycle for the fall 2017 freshman class. Our admission team is ready to help guide your students toward their next step.

Our online application is now open! Please encourage your seniors to apply as early as possible. This will help them get ahead in their college search and will allow them to make the best decision for their future. It is time to start making decisions about their after high school plans, and applying to college is the first step.

Visit our website for more information and the link to our application.


Shane Davidson, EdD
Vice President for Enrollment Services

Beacon College (FL): 2016 Breakthrough Semester


Chances are, you know a currently enrolled college student experiencing challenges in their academic studies. Help them “get back on track” with this uniquely structured program at Beacon College.

If their undergraduate record is currently compromised by their learning difference, Beacon College’s Breakthrough Semester can help them “get back on track” at an accredited college. During this semester-long program, they’ll pursue a course of study and targeted plan of action that will give them new skills, perspectives, and ambitions — and help them secure or regain solid academic footing. Classes begin August 22nd, apply today!

Guaranteed $5,000.00 Scholarship!

For a limited time, Beacon College is offering a special guaranteed $5,000.00 scholarship for students to the Fall 2016 Breakthrough Semester! This scholarship is only applicable to the fall semester, and is available in addition to federal financial aid and other scholarships.

Students with learning disabilities, ADHD or other learning differences should ask about other Beacon College SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS ranging from $2,000 to $20,000.

As a Breakthrough Semester participant, they’ll learn how to:

  • Make the most of their intellectual talents;
  • Identify their own personal learning style and strengths;
  • Activate and reinforce core academic skills and habits;
  • Forge a course of action for future college success;
  • Reset their academic and career trajectory;
  • Build basic academic skills; and
  • Thrive as a valued member of Beacon’s welcoming living-and-learning community.

Beacon’s Breakthrough Semester Features Three Key Components:

  1. Targeted and Individualized Learning Path developed to address the students needs and strengthen the specific learning skills essential for their progress.
  2. Guided Self-Discovery in the Classroom to help them better understand their learning difference(s), and how they can leverage their learning style for greater classroom performance.
  3. A Plan for Success that will include a step-by-step plan addressing their current learning challenges in future studies.

Time is running out, so they must Apply Now!

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


Dale Herold
VP of Admissions & Enrollment Management


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We want to help students visit Kenyon College (OH)

Kenyon College

Office of Admissions

We want to help students visit Kenyon.

Diane AnciDid you know that Kenyon graduates 89 percent of its students in four years, the highest rate in Ohio? That’s because Kenyon ensures that all of its students are equipped to thrive here on our beautiful hilltop campus as well as in their lives after college.

We encourage eligible students to apply for a Trustee Opportunity Travel Grant so that they can experience this welcoming and supportive environment.

The travel grant serves high school seniors who represent traditionally underrepresented groups or will be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college. If a student is awarded a travel grant, Kenyon will cover 100 percent of the lowest advertised airfare, subsidizing the ticket cost up to $500, or provide $50 to offset the cost of driving to campus.

Applying is worth it. Typically,120 students visit campus after receiving a travel grant, and about 70 percent of those students are admitted to Kenyon.

We’re here to assist students in navigating the college search process as well as Kenyon, so please email us at

Diane Anci
Vice President of Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions

P.S. The travel grant applies to our Cultural Connections visit program Nov. 5-7.

Kenyon College

Office of Admissions

Gambier, Ohio 43022

(740) 427-5000

Coalition Update from the University of Washington

Earlier this year, we announced with excitement that the University of Washington joined the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. The UW remains a proud member of the Coalition, and we continue to champion and work with member institutions to achieve the Coalition’s goals.

We had planned to use the Coalition application for our autumn 2017 freshman application. However, it has become clear we don’t have enough time to resolve two critical issues to ensure a successful launch of the UW freshman application by October 1st.


First, we are concerned about the Coalition application’s disciplinary section and are continuing to discuss alternatives with our Coalition partners. Second, we are not confident we can, by October 1, fully integrate UW technology systems with the new Coalition application. As a result, we have decided to forego use of the Coalition application this first year. We wanted you — our valued partner — to be the first to know. We will continue using our previous CollegeNet application for one more year.

For this year, students may find it helpful to know:

  • We will open our freshman application on October 1. Apply
  • In an effort to align with the Coalition application for use next year, we will superscore the SAT beginning this year. Test score policy
  • We will also accept any of the five Coalition essay prompts. Writing section instructions

For next year: The University of Washington enthusiastically supports the Coalition’s mission and efforts, and we expect to use the Coalition application for our autumn 2018 freshman application.

We regret any inconvenience this change may have caused students.



Paul Seegert Director of Admissions University of Washington