Updates from Roger Williams University (RI)


What’s New?

The Office of Admission is happy to have received slightly more than 5,000 applications for Early Action consideration!  Freshman and transfer interest continues to grow, first-year retention has soared over 84%, and the University has just introduced our 6th dual-degree offering – a 4+1 BA/MBA – helping the University establish enrollment records at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


What’s Now?

While Roger Williams student-athletes look to extend our three-year Commonwealth Coast Conference All-Sports Trophy run, the National Wrestling Coaches Association ranks the Hawks #8 in the nation – and #1 in new England – in their first release of the season.


A new national ranking hails RWU’s Construction Management degree program among the five best in the country. The report commends “a well-rounded education including courses in engineering, construction, business, mathematics, science and liberal arts.”


RWU Junior Amanda Calderon has been selected to be a 2016 Changemaker Fellow. The marketing major – who minors in Web Development and Graphic Design Communication – has been recognized for the success of her e-commerce venture, by this statewide initiative to raise awareness and resources for student entrepreneurs.


What’s Next?

We realize many students are awaiting first semester grades before submitting their applications. Encourage them to submit their Common Application before our February 1 Regular Decision deadline, to take advantage of the opportunity to show us the success they’re enjoying in their Senior year!


We remind students who intend to apply for institutional and federal aid, that the CSS Profile is due January 1 and the FAFSA by February 1.


And as always, winter recess is a busy time in the Office of Admission, as it allows students and their families freedom to visit our beautiful campus in coastal Rhode Island without the crowds and costs of peak-season travel.  Students can sign up for a campus tour and information session today!


Mary Baldwin University (VA)

We wanted to take the time to introduce you to the many wonderful opportunities available for students at Mary Baldwin University. Mary Baldwin is a distinctive small university located in the beautiful Staunton, Virginia, close to Harrisonburg and Charlottesville.  Beginning in Fall 2017, at Mary Baldwin University men and women can experience our fast track-career programs through our residential University College by participating in any one of these signature living and learning communities: 

  • Murphy Deming Scholars in the Health Professions:  Students can earn their degree in health sciences, biology, chemistry, or psychology in three years and enter graduate school early with a professional portfolio of internships, clinical shadowing, and research.
  • Education Leaders:  Students can earn a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching in four years and enter the workforce licensed in one or more high demand areas, prepared to lead in the classroom and beyond.
  • Shakespeare and Performance: Immersive cultural experiences leading to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 4 or 5 years (Master of Letters in Shakespeare; Master of Arts in Teaching; Micro-MBA).  Students will learn from experienced, talented, and professional faculty as well as esteemed guest artists.

Within the residential College for Women, there are even more unique learning opportunities for your students: 

  • Women Entrepreneurs:  A pioneering new living learning community leading to a certificate in entrepreneurship and an MBA in four years.
  • Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership:  The nation’s only cadet corps for women, VWIL is a premiere leadership program that supports the self-discipline needed to succeed in military and civilian life.
  • Program for the Exceptionally Gifted:  Skip all or part of high school through this immersive, accelerated path to a bachelor’s degree.

Experience the Leadership Advantage.  This signature set of experiences will prepare you well for your future.  You will connect ideas with action through:

  • Exceptional academics guided by faculty who are committed to student success; 56 majors and minors
  • Opportunities for experiential learning, in and out of the classroom; 570 leadership positions
  • Personal and professional development, so students can translate their education into career success

Please visit our website here for more information on these exciting programs and new initiatives.

We look forward to hopefully being able to schedule a time to meet with students about the wonderful initiatives taking place at Mary Baldwin University.


Amber Michelle Wilkins
Interim Director of Admissions

Greetings from Cornell College (IA)

Happy Holidays!


‘Thank you for being late’

Test-optional: one year in
In our first year of test-optional applications, Cornell enrolled students who very likely would not have considered Cornell otherwise—and we’re thrilled they’re here.

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Travel on the block plan
Cornell students get a lot of opportunity to travel on the block plan, but they’re not the only ones on the road. The block plan is also very conducive to bringing in visiting faculty or industry experts to teach classes and workshops for 18 days. This Block many of our theatre students are getting to work with New York filmmaker and professor Brian Sloan on screenwriting.

Behavioral neuroscience
Cornell’s psychology department has created a concentration path of behavioral neuroscience for our psychology major. This course of study focuses on the interaction of behavior with biologically based systems, including the nervous system, neural transmission, and hormones. This concentration will prepare students for research-oriented positions in human or animal behaviors, health-related careers, or graduate study in behavioral neuroscience.

STEM Scholars Program

Cornell’s new STEM Scholars Program
For fall 2017 Cornell has launched a STEM Scholars Program in partnership with the National Science Foundation. Our launch goal is to award 10 STEM Scholarships to incoming first-year students and 4 STEM Scholarships to transfer students. This is a renewable, competitive academic scholarship with a needs-based component based on Pell eligibility, so it’s important that students complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. More than a scholarship, awarded students will be immersed into a living-learning community and mentoring program that follows them through graduation.

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Cultivating entrepreneurship
Is entrepreneurship an innate drive or can it be taught? While that question may be up for debate, students at Cornell vie for the chance to take an innovative entrepreneurship intensive offered each fall where they can try their hand at problem-solving to learn if they have what it takes.

Connect with us
Do you know a student who would thrive on the exploratory opportunities offered through Cornell College’s One Course At A Time schedule? Connect with us or refer a student online today.


One of the Colleges That Change Lives
Office of Admission | 800.747.1112 | admission@cornellcollege.edu
600 First Street SW | Mount Vernon, IA 52314

The #redenvelope Always Brings Good News – Saint Joseph’s University (PA)

Saint Joseph’s University’s Early Action admission and merit-based scholarship decisions for the Class of 2021 will be mailed on Monday, December 19th. By the way, the #redenvelopealways brings good news!

Students are encouraged to visit our scholarship webpage - sju.edu/scholarships. There are separate applications for our full-tuition Deans’ Scholarships as well as for the John P. McNulty Scholarships for women who declare a major and plan to pursue careers in the fields of natural science, mathematics or computer science. Students will also find additional scholarships that may interest them in the arts, debate and for specific majors.

Students that are still interested in applying to Saint Joseph’s University and have not done so yet – we are currently accepting applications for our Regular Decision deadline of February 1st. Details about the admissions process can be found by visiting sju.edu/apply.


Maureen B. Mathis

Assistant Provost

5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Updates from Naropa University (CO)

Transfer to Naropa University
Honor yourself and your ideals through Naropa’s whole-person curriculum. Help us find solutions to the world’s greatest challenges, by learning to face today with a clear mind, and a compassionate heart–one breath at a time.

New & improved way
to apply online
Check out the new step-by-step online application where you can submit your application and upload your documents easier than ever! See more here
Introducing the new Director of the Office of Career Services
Linda Faucheux has worked in career counseling for over 15 years. An LPC with a specialization in contemplative psychology, she developed the Contemplative Career Counseling model, a mind-mapping process that encourages an embodied, whole-person approach to goal setting and career development. Linda is available to advise students on career exploration, resume/cover letter writing, interview preparation, and more. Contact her at lfaucheux@naropa.edu.
Naropa Community Counseling Center open to the public
Joy Redstone, Clinical Director, discusses how students in the Graduate School of Counseling & Psychology offer supervised therapy services to the public on a sliding scale. Read the Daily Camera article
Fall 2016 Practice Day
The Naropa community gathered together for some good food and great company during a special luncheon during Practice Day on the Nalanda campus, then practiced together in sitting meditation and a community dialogue. Check out the photos here
December 9: Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Graduation and Student Reading
The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics presents BA
and MFA students graduating this winter. All are welcome for this free presentation. For more information, visit here.

December 9 & 10: Homeness

What is home? The first year MFA Contemporary Performance ensemble has created a piece that explores the different spaces in the home and how we connect with or become isolated from other inhabitants, living or dead, alive or inanimate, real or imaginary. You are invited to experience the haunting, vibrant, and magical world they have created.
December 17 – January 1: Naropa closed for winter break
While Naropa University is closed for winter break, the Office of Admissions will respond to urgent issues during this time. Please be patient and we look forward to connecting with you soon!
Save the Date: Experience Naropa
Naropa University will throw open its doors to prospective students from across the country and around the world at Experience Naropa – a whirlwind of activity designed to open minds, spark creativity, and begin to create the bonds of community. Tour campus, attend sample classes, and meet students and faculty who are changing the world for the better. Come for the answers to your questions, and stick around for an engaging afternoon full of lively activities and passionate people.

RSVP here for April 21

Todd Bilsborough, BA ’13, recently composed ALONE WITH TODD, a production focused on his experience battling depression and addiction after returning home from his deployment in Iraq. Listen to his interview with Colorado Public Radio here.
Kate Moore, MFA ’15, and Ben Waugh, MFA ’15, recently performed Samuel Beckett’s PLAYan exploration in time, duration, and repetition as the audience journeys with three characters and their illuminating adversary. Both are also founding members of the The Great Perhaps Performance Collective.
Jason Griffith, MA ’08, published his first book with Routledge Eye on Education in September. From Me to We: Using Narrative Nonfiction to Broaden Student Perspectives explores strategies for reading and writing true stories to better understand ourselves and each other.
Tim Hernandez, MA ’07, will release his latest book in January 2017 with the University of Arizona Press. All They Will Call You chronicles his search for twenty-eight unknown Mexican passengers whose plane crashed in Los Gatos Canyon during their deportation in 1948. Along with the book, Tim will release a companion documentary about the search for the missing passengers. 

 What is your favorite charity?

I would like to highlight the Ratna Peace Initiative. The Ratna Peace Initiative teaches prison inmates mindfulness practices and give them the tools to relate to and reduce their suffering.
Karen Wills, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
I’m really inspired by the work of Black and Pink: Prison Abolition Now that offers support to LGBTQ prisoners and free world allies.

Teresa Veramendi, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

AFS-USA is a special organization to me with their work offering an intercultural exchange program to high school students.

Matt Powers, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

I give to AmFAR (Aids Research), NARAL (Pro Choice America) and the AFSC (American Friends Service Committee), along with current causes.

Martha Husick, Events & Visitation Coordinator 

Top 10 Reasons Parents Love Drew University (NJ)

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Summer 2017 Technology Programs for High School Students


Carnegie Mellon University (PA) - Summer Academy for Math + Science (SAMS)
The SAMS programs if for high school students entering their junior or seniors year of high school who are interested in math-based disciplines, such as engineering or science. The hands-on six-week program takes place at Carnegie Mellon University and focuses on technical areas of study, building on both academic and personal skills which are required for admission to top colleges and universities. Learn more about the Carnegie Mellon University – Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science (SAMS)

Champlain College (VT)
Here at Champlain College – Burlington, VT – we offer summer programs in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity, as well as Game Design depending on the interest.
The programs are quite strong…for many, it puts Champlain on the map.  Plus, Burlington is a paradise in the summertime.

Marist College (NY)
Marist has an outstanding Summer Pre-College Program for rising juniors and seniors in high school. This residential program gives the student the option to spend 2 weeks on campus and earn 3 college credits, or stay for 4 weeks and earn 6 college credits. The only course that we offer in technology is our Game Design program, offered June 25th – July 8th. No programming experience is required, students work in groups based on diverse experience levels. I included a link to the program website, which includes a description, videos, and more information on the application process.
Game Design: http://www.marist.edu/summerinstitutes/game/

Pennsylvania College of Technology (PA)
Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of Penn State University located in Williamsport, PA offers a program called “Designing a Digital Future.”  Participants explore a variety of information technology fields including gaming, programming, networking, cybersecurity, and mobile applications at this fun and interactive two-day camp. Participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in our labs and classrooms and participate in gaming, simulation, and cybersecurity activities. Hands-on workshops will guide them to develop their own personal game, program robots, and develop mobile apps.  You can find more information about this program at https://www.pct.edu/summercamps/digitalCamp/

UPENN SUMMER (PA) – Summer Academies
July 2 – July 22, 2017

UPENN (PA) – School of Engineering
The School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania offers a unique opportunity for a selective group of highly motivated and talented high school students to experience rigorous and challenging college-level coursework for college credit. The Academy’s intensive, three-week programs combine sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting-edge technologies. Participants of the SAAST program enroll in one of six offered courses: biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, computer science, computer graphics, and engineering complex networks.   

More summer programs in Pennsylvania

Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
RIT’s College & Careers Program is a two-day career conference that includes four technology/computer science workshops.  It is offered July 21-22 or August 4-5 and you can see the workshops offered last year at: http://www.rit.edu/emcs/admissions/careers/. Registration opens in late May, about 600 students from across the country attend each weekend and there is no admission criteria for entrance.  Last year’s cost was $145 which included meals and overnight stay on campus.  Parent workshops are also offered.

Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)

Blueprint Signature Summer Programs at UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA (FL)
Open To Students Entering Grades 9 – 12

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has a a program called Frontiers that is a live-on program for students during the summer and students I have worked with really enjoyed the program. They offer a variety of subjects in tech areas.

University of New Hampshire (NH)