Mills College (CA) Updates


Welcome back to school!

We hope you had an amazing summer! Orientation is set to begin in just a couple of short weeks and we are looking forward to welcoming the Mills College Class of 2021.

As we begin planning our fall travel season, we’re excited to visit your schools and meet with students all over the world. Before the school year gets into full swing, check out what’s happening at Mills!

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Applying to Mills College

Our 2018 application will be live on our website in September, and the Common Application is available now. Our spring admission deadline is November 1, and our fall application deadlines are as follows:
— Early Action: November 15
— Regular Decision: January 15
— Transfer Priority Scholarship Consideration: March 1
— Transfer Regular Decision: April 1

Test-Optional Admission Policy

As an institution dedicated to educational access and equity, Mills College upholds a test-optional admission policy. Applicants have the choice whether to submit SAT or ACT scores with their application (except for home-schooled students and those applying from secondary schools with narrative transcripts). Learn more about the policy.

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New Major in Business Administration

In 2017, Mills College announced the addition of our newest major: Business Administration. For the culture of business to change, we need leaders who care about more than just profits. At Mills, we approach business as the intersection of people, skills, and ethics. We believe business has the power to solve problems, offer opportunity, lift communities, and foster innovation. Our students, faculty, and alums are dedicated to finding ways in which business can continue to improve our society for the benefit of all.

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Visiting Mills College

We encourage students to visit Mills College this fall! We have many opportunities to learn more about life at Mills. Advanced registration is required.

Cyclone Saturdays offer students a chance to visit Mills on a Saturday! Stop by for an information session and tour on September 9, November 18, and December 9.

Our Experience Mills open houses for high school and transfer students will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017 and Friday, November 10, 2017. Sessions include academic presentations by Mills professors, workshops on the financial aid and application process, and discussions with current Mills students. Attendees will also meet Mills admission counselors and tour our campus. On Friday, November 10, 2017, attendees may also register for a one-on-one admission interview with an admissions representative.

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Fall Travel Schedule

We look forward to seeing many of you on the road this fall! Keep up with our travels online or by searching #MillsontheRoad. Check our availability for individual appointments with students and families during our travels.

Connect with a Counselor

Want to know who at Mills will be working with you? Find out online and send us a note at any time!

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mills College • 800.87.MILLS •

Fordham University (NY) Updates

As the summer comes to a close and the new school year begins, we wanted to share some important news. We are pleased to announce that starting with the 2017-2018 application cycle, Fordham University will be using one application platform–the Common Application! We are hoping that this single application option makes applying to Fordham easier for students. Here are some of the additional advantages we hope to see a result of this change:

We know that many of you have shared with us that a single application is a strong preference. We assure you that your feedback was critical in helping us make this decision.

So now, when you think of Fordham–remember that there are three full-time undergraduate collegestwo campuses but only one application!

Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions about our application process. Have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to seeing you at your high school or on one of our campuses.


Patricia Peek, PhD
Dean of Undergraduate Admission

Southwestern University (TX) Updates

Southwestern University


MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN                         

Welcome to the 2017–18 academic year! 
With all of the changes in our profession, it feels like the summer break is shorter and shorter, but we are excited that 363 first-year students and 37 transfers have chosen to join our community this fall. Through our collaboration, Southwestern will welcome engaged learners who are most interested in a strong liberal arts experience. In this class of students, we find scholars, artists, leaders, athletes, scouts, volunteers and a hosts of other talents that will shape our community in amazing ways. 
Pirate Press, our quarterly newsletter for counseling colleagues, will feature important updates and insights about Southwestern University. Please note our new SAT policy, which we hope will alleviate stress and minimize financial elements of the college process for your students. Southwestern continues to think of ways to make the admission process student friendly and, hopefully, make the college search process easier for everyone.  
As always, if there is a way our team can support students, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to another great year in helping students find the right fit!

Christine D. Bowman, MEd
Dean of Admission and Enrollment Services
Board Chair, Colleges That Change Lives

While we are open and ready for students to visit independently during the week (schedule today!), we will host two large-scale visit programs this fall semester as well as smaller-scale programs on select Saturdays:

As of August 1st all application websites re-opened, and Southwestern began accepting applications for students interested in enrolling for the class of 2018. In order to submit a complete application for holistic review, students must submit:

  • Application (Common App, ApplyTexas, or Southwestern App)
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • SAT of ACT scores (see below for our new reporting policy)
  • Essay (Any topic)

All official forms can be sent directly through Naviance or via email to ​

Fall 2018 Deadlines:
November 1st – Early Decision (Binding)
December 1st – Early Action (Non-binding)
February 1st – Regular Decision (Rolling admission)

(Helpful Reminder: Southwestern is Texas’s first institution of higher learning…and all of our application deadlines are on the first of their respective months!)

Starting with the 2017-18 school year, we will not require an official score report for admission and scholarship purposes. We will accept any of the following: a downloaded score from the College Board or ACT websites, a score from a high school transcript, or an official score report. A student will only need to send the official score report once they have committed to Southwestern, if they used a downloaded score report in the admission process.

Southwestern will add four new minors in the fall. The new minors all focus on the interdisciplinary nature of our Paideia curriculum by emphasizing connections across disciplines. The new minors are: Health Studies, Data Science, International Studies, and Animal Studies.

The Princeton Review listed Southwestern as one of the 382 Best Colleges, and one of the best colleges in the western region. It also ranked Southwestern highly in several categories nationally, including:
#11 in Impact and #1 in Texas
#12 in Career Services and #1 in Texas
#20 in Health Services
A College That Pays you Back

Gettysburg College (PA) Updates


Greetings from Gettysburg College! I trust that your summer went well and you enjoyed some moments of relaxation.

  • A Gettysburg education is rooted in the liberal arts and sciences and prepares students for a wide range of careers. Interested in Business? Gettysburg graduates have an edge in business careers. The Sciences? Students engage in research, like Madison Strine ’18 who received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Public Policy and Political Science? Gettysburg’s proximity to D.C. provides countless opportunities for high-impact learning. Our distinctive Eisenhower Institute is steps away from the White House.
  • The Center for Career Development works with all students to create a career plan, helping our graduates land great jobs and lead great lives. The results? 80% of our students complete an internship prior to graduation and 98% of the Class of 2016 are employed or pursuing an advanced degree. Two out of every three students in the Class of 2016 used the Gettysburg Network in their job search.
  • Gettysburg students are global with 60% studying abroad for a semester or longer ranking us #1 in Pennsylvania and #2 in the Nation according to the Institute for International Education.
  • Our community is spirited. Women’s lacrosse won the national championship and brought home the NCAA Division III Title in May. Gettysburg competes in the Centennial Conference, one of the nation’s top NCAA Division III athletics conferences.
  • Gettysburg students lead with passion and integrity: 92% of seniors report that serving in a leadership role substantially enhanced their leadership abilities and 178 students (half were first-years!) earned a Leadership Certificate through our distinctive Garthwait Leadership Center last year.

Gail Sweezey
Director of Admissions
Gettysburg College

Drew University (NJ) Updates

Another fall semester is upon us and I wanted to share what Drew University is celebrating as it enters its 150th year.

In the past few years, the “University in The Forest” has welcomed substantially more first-year, transfer and international students, and we’re retaining them at a much higher rate. We’ve also added new majors and minors, combined degree programs and New York City semesters.

Drew has experienced a 27 percent increase in incoming students over the last three years, including an increase of 50 percent in transfer students over four years. And because our new students are better matched to the great opportunities Drew offers in and out of class-in Madison, NJ and in New York City-our first-to-second-year retention has increased from 76 percent to 87 percent in four years.

The school’s number of international students has grown 195 percent in four years. Drew now ranks 32nd nationwide in number of international students among liberal arts colleges, and will soon break into the top 25.

Additionally, Drew just launched several new majors and minors-including media & communications, creative writing, film studies, data studies and statistics-new professional combined degree programs-in nursing, software engineering, law and teaching-and two new New York City semesters-in social entrepreneurship and theatre.

Also, enrollment has increased in Drew’s graduate programs, and new programs will be rolled out during the next few years that will enable our undergraduates to move seamlessly into graduate study. The Drew Theological School-Drew’s founding institution-will introduce new curricula for several of its degrees.

Drew honors the strength and growth of its last 150 years by ensuring strength and growth for its next 150 years.

Please check out this informative infographic, and send along any questions or comments.

Best regards,

Bob Massa
Senior Vice President, Enrollment and Institutional Planning
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Georgia Tech Updates

Welcome back! I hope you had a fantastic summer and that your year is off to a great start.

Last week, we welcomed our new freshman class to campus. Apparently, congregating this many amazing students in one place has a blinding effect because we had to hand out special glasses to deal with it on the first day.

Check out the class profile, historical snapshot, and other quick resources. We hope this will be helpful as you counsel families and advise students about Georgia Tech.

We also want to hear from you. How can we improve this newsletter, our blog, or our communications for you and your students? Let us know by replying to this email, messaging us on Twitter, or emailing me directly at:

I am incredibly fortunate to work alongside a team of passionate and talented admission staff here at Tech. We are here to help you. Please allow us to do so by reaching out to our communication center where we can best answer your specific questions.

Go Jackets!
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Rick Clark
Director of Undergraduate Admission
Early Action Deadline: October 15
Here are a few important reminders related to our October 15 Early Action deadline.

Georgia Tech Scholars Program
Georgia Tech is committed to enrolling the world’s best students, starting in our home state of Georgia. So, we are proud to announce the Georgia Tech Scholars Program that will offer automatic admission to every valedictorian and salutatorian in the state of Georgia if they apply to Georgia Tech.

This program is a part of our commitment to improve college access for students throughout Georgia.

Culture of Innovation and Corporate Engagement
Embedded in Georgia Tech’s campus and curricula are research and development opportunities through innovation centers, corporate engagement, and startup support:

Our undergraduate students live and study in the midst of rarely paralleled opportunity.

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Pitzer College’s Fall Diversity Program for HS Seniors

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News from Sewanee: The University of the South

Greetings from Sewanee!

For our office, it’s time to take stock of the past year’s work. In just a few short weeks, we will welcome the class of 2021 from 32 states (including DC), 9 different countries, and an impressive array of high schools from around the country, who have decided to make Sewanee their home for four years. We are proud to say that this is the most diverse class Sewanee has enrolled at 18.6% students of color and we have no intention of settling. Our mountaintop community thrives on these diverse threads, as they make our communal tapestry as textured and colorful as possible.

Summer brings to mind a hardworking group of colleagues who have worked all year to help weave these diverse strands together. It is your daily conversations and hard work with students that allow us to pull together a class of forestry nuts, business moguls, and English buffs. We have a student body full of football players, cancer researchers, and jazz musicians. They will spend their days on the Mountain exploring natural wonders, peeking down the corridors of history, and unpacking the small interactions that make our world turn. They will move on to become Watson fellows, graduate students, and professionals (not to mention just generally happy people), all the while cultivating friendships and relationships that will follow them wherever they end up.

It goes without saying that we are thankful for your work, but we’ll say it anyway. Thank you. Thanks for spending time with us during fall travel (your smiling faces are just as necessary as that Starbucks coffee break mid-morning), thanks for the calls during reading season, and thanks for being advocates of this great university. Really, we couldn’t have done it without you and we are excited what this year has in store as we go out to recruit the class of 2022!

Sincerely yours,

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

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A member of the Admission staff may be visiting your area soon. Getting to know you and your students is an important part of our application process. The interest students show in Sewanee is taken into account during our review process. Please encourage your 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, visiting campus, and admissiondetails here.

Encourage your students to schedule a visit.  At Fall Preview, Sept. 30 and Oct. 28, your students will enjoy a campus tour, faculty sessions, student panel discussions, a “beyond the classroom” session, and a residential life tour.

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.

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  • Students in secondary schools outside the United States: International Enrollment Coordinator, Tim Neil conducts the first review of applications submitted by international students.
  • Students in secondary schools within the United States: Theadmission counselor assigned to your 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 merit-based scholarships as well as our International need-based Grant Program. Learn more about additional admission requirements here.

Sewanee Features 

Drawing the People’s Map 

A Sewanee professor and her students collect stories about places on the South Cumberland Plateau to compile a rich topography of personal history.


In the days before commencement, we asked 14 graduating seniors to share one treasured object they’re taking with them when they leave the Mountain.

How to Cool a Planet

A Sewanee Rhodes Scholar digs into the science to offer a humane road map to reversing global warming. 

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