You’re on your way to becoming a U of South Carolina Gamecock!!

Another round has been released! More YES! packets left the admissions office on Friday, November 17, and are making their way to students’ mailboxes just in time for Thanksgiving. We’re still not done, though, so students who applied by the October 15th Early Answer Deadline and haven’t yet heard should stay tuned!
And for students who have yet to apply, they have until 11:59 pm EST on December 1. That’s less than twelve days away!

American University’s (D.C.) Spring 2018 Gap Program

Application Deadline Extended!

Exciting news from Washington, DC: the deadline to apply to American University’s Spring 2018 Gap Program has been extended to December 1, 2017!

As part of the AU Gap Program, students take a seminar course in American Politics or International Affairs while interning three days a week at a DC-based organization and earning college credit,.

The application process is easy:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Submit supplemental materials, consisting of an official high school transcript and two letters of recommendation
  3. Interview!


Learn more about the program on our website, or by following us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

And check out our student blog to get the insider’s perspective on the AU Gap Program!

This latest post is from a current Gap student interning with the non-profit organization Split This Rock.

Please contact us at or 202-895-4859 if you have any questions about the program or the admissions process.

We hope you welcome your students to the AU Gap Program and Washington, DC soon!

All the best,

The AU Gap Program Team

Explore Cornell College (IA)

Academic rankings in context

Considering context in academic rankings

It’s that time of year again—college rankings season is upon us. While rankings can help students evaluate schools, it’s important to understand the context of those rankings. See what our President, Jonathan Brand, had to say about contextualizing rankings in the Huffington Post. (And feel free to check out our latest rankings, too!)

Musical Theatre at Cornell

New musical theatre degree

Next fall, we’re excited to offer a new degree that provides students the skills to make their mark on the world through a truly American art form—a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in musical theatre.

Exploring early admission

Exploring college early admission

Early admission can offer students several advantages, (like priority consideration for scholarships) but those advantages can vary greatly between institutions. Read up on the 10 things to know about early admissions programs and keep in mind that Cornell’s non-binding, Dec. 1 Early Action application deadline is quickly approaching.

One Course Summer Institute

One Course Summer Institute

This summer, students can earn college credit and experience One Course At A Time with our One Course Summer Institute. Students will stay on campus and experience the true pace of a college course at Cornell while earning college credit. Interested high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates can explore the five courses we’re offering and register online.

Connect with us

Do you know a student who would thrive on 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 |
600 First Street SW | Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Explore University of Baltimore (MD)

Join us at ubalt

At the University of Baltimore, we believe our mission is aligned with yours: to equip students with the skills, knowledge and resources they’ll need to achieve success in whatever they endeavor.
Students are cordially invited to our upcoming Open House, where we’ll show them that success is closer than they think.
DATE: Saturday, Nov. 18
TIME: 10 a.m.-noon
LOCATION: William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center
(11 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201)
For more information, visit We encourage students to RSVP, but walk-ins are welcome.
Why UB? Students who attend UB gain Knowledge That Works—a world-class education with the real-world career preparation and hands-on experience employers demand—at a fraction of the cost of other institutions. UB offers:

SAVE THE DATE: The next UB Open House is on Saturday, March 3.

Please feel free to forward this message to others who may be interested in University of Baltimore.

Questions? Contact us at or 1.877.ApplyUB.

UB Admission

Academic Center, Room 117
1420 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Admissions Updates from Northeastern University (MA)

Greetings from Boston! Now that the November 1 application deadline for Early Decision I and Early Action has passed, I wanted to provide you with a brief update. We’ve seen growth in both applicant pools—with a 22% increase in Early Action and a 17% increase in Early Decision; needless to say, we are working tirelessly to complete files and evaluate applications. We anticipate these will be two very competitive rounds of admission selection and will keep you updated as we move through the cycle.

There are a few additional items I’d like to share with you as we move forward into this year’s applicant cycle:

  • For the second year, we asked students via the application for their preference about whether they would like to participate in The Program, our first-year global experience. We’re eager to have this context as we make decisions, although a student’s preference does not guarantee a decision that matches that preference.
  • Similar to the past few years, students in the ED I pool may receive offers of admission for Fall 2018, as well as for The Program, as we remain committed to providing these students with a final decision at this time. For students admitted to The Program, their decision will be non-binding with a May 1 deposit deadline.
  • We will also offer a small number of EA admission offers to The Program, along with those receiving an offer of admission for Fall 2018.

Students who applied Early Decision I will be notified electronically of their admissions decision by December 15, and those applying Early Action will be notified by February 1.

My team is eager to assist you throughout this process. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 617.373.2200, touch base with your Admissions representative, or Tweet your question to @NUAdmissions with #askNUAdmission.

Warm regards,

Elizabeth Cheron
Dean of Admissions
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Northeastern University

360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
TTY 617.373.3768

Contact: Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Trinity College (CT) Updates


If you are like me, then the start of each school year brings with it renewed energy and tremendous excitement. This year, though, was also accompanied by enormous anxiety for our profession. Our world has changed dramatically over the last year, and we are all impacted by the challenges that each day brings. Many of the things we hold dear—including education—are under attack. We must continue to stand together to safeguard education and its potential to change students’ lives and nurture tomorrow’s leaders.

While we have grappled with these challenges at Trinity, we are also working to turn them into opportunities. We have recommitted ourselves to delivering extraordinary experiences for all of our students. We are conducting workshops to teach students to have civil discourse across difficult divides and leading seminars on how to best serve an increasingly diverse student body. We are also committing more funding to our financial aid program so that more students can attend Trinity College regardless of their socioeconomic status.

I am an optimist. Whether I’m teaching in the classroom, chatting with students in the dining hall, or engaging prospective students on our campus and around the world, I always walk away with a sense of hope. The future is bright, and our students will lead the way.

I look forward to partnering with each of you as our journey ahead continues. And, as always, if I can be of help to students as they consider joining the Trinity College community, don’t hesitate to reach out. My team and I are here for you.


Angel B. Pérez, Ph.D.
Vice President
Enrollment & Student Success

Campus Highlights

Enrollment and Student Success News

  • Exciting news from Lukman Arsalan, senior associate director of international admissions and student success, about our new international first-year students: An Inside Higher Ed article, “Shaky International Yields,” reports that “the yield rate for international undergraduates declined modestly from 26 to 24 percent from fall 2016 to fall 2017.” Against the backdrop of this two percent drop nationally, however, Trinity College witnessed a 14-point increase in our international student yield rate. Moreover, we saw an increase of over 25 percent in the number of applications coming from international students. This in turn allowed Trinity College to enroll the largest international class in its history,bringing the number of countries represented at Trinity to over 70.
  • We are now recruiting for our January 2019 J-Start cohort. J-Start is a program for students who, for a variety of reasons, want to start college in January rather than September. Perhaps they want to take a gap semester or engage in a study project prior to enrolling in college. Whatever their reasons may be, the program is designed for motivated, high-achieving students who know what they want and seek to get the most out of college. Students looking for a personalized liberal arts education and extensive opportunities to connect their academics to the real world will find all of that and more at Trinity. Think you have students who fit that description? Visit the J-Start website for details or click the image below to download the J-Start postcard.

Connect with Us!

Trinity College
Admissions Office
Hartford, CT

Swarthmore College (PA): Updated Standardized Testing Policy

I am happy to share news from Swarthmore College regarding our standardized testing reporting policy. As part of our efforts to reduce barriers during the application process, applicants may now self-report their standardized test scores when applying to Swarthmore (in lieu of providing an official score report).

We have a long history of partnerships and programs that expand access to students for whom sending an official score report was a financial burden. This change to our score reporting policy expands those efforts for all of our applicants.

Applicants may now provide their test scores to us in several ways: self-reported on the Common, Coalition, or QuestBridge Application; as an update via their application portals once they have applied to Swarthmore; or by sending official score reports from the College Board or ACT. Additionally, we will continue to accept as official any scores sent to our office from a school official via email, fax, or postal mail. You can find more details on these processes here.

Please note that our standardized testing requirements have not changed. In addition, we will require matriculating students to submit official score reports for data verification purposes.

Access and affordability are at the core of our mission, and inform how we engage with you and your students. I hope this change will reduce financial barriers for your students who might be a good fit for Swarthmore. You can learn more about our access efforts on our website, and learn more about our generous, loan-free financial aid policies.


Jim Bock ‘90
Vice President and Dean of Admissions

Swarthmore College Admissions
(610) 328-8300

Meet the Dean: Penn State and Schreyer Honors College

There are many students that have already submitted their applications for Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College or are working on the final touches. We want to connect with you and see how you are doing and answer any questions you might have about the application processes, housing, academic program options, and student life.

Mark your calendar and join us for our “Meet the Dean” webinar on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 PM EST. Schreyer Honors College Dean Peggy Johnson, current Scholars and our Admissions team will be online to meet you and talk about the benefits of Penn State and the Honors College. Pre-registration is not required.

Clicking on the button at the top of this e-mail will bring you to the virtual event site where you may log in with a MyPennState account or sign in as a guest to join the webinar. Access this site several minutes before the webinar start time to make sure your computer or device can connect properly.

The one-way webinar viewing format will allow you to see and hear the speakers. Questions and comments can be submitted using the chat module during the webinar.

Thank you very much for supporting Penn State University and the Schreyer Honors College. We look forward to speaking with you on November 8!

Please feel free to contact us at 814-865-2060 or with any questions or concerns.


Deyo Olorunnisola
Director of Admission
Schreyer Honors College

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Wednesday, November 30
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Final Filing Date (New for 2017-18)
Wednesday, December 20
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FAFSA Priority Filing Date
Thursday, February 15
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Pratt Institute (NY) Admissions Updates

Image: Pratt’s Historic Brooklyn, New York Campus 

Top Ranked Art, Design, and Architecture College in Brooklyn, New York



We are aware of the critical role you play in helping students decide where to apply, and we are grateful to those of you who have sent students to Pratt Institute.  If you have sent us students, I sincerely thank you.

Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, is ranked by Business Week as one of the top design schools in the United States and offers majors in virtually every area of art, design, and architecture.  With almost all programs ranked among the top five or ten in the country, Pratt attracts the brightest and most talented students in the US.  Over 1000 faculty members, most of them practicing professionals, connect students with internships and eventually jobs–87% of undergraduate students are employed within one year of graduation. Payscale, 2014, lists Pratt graduates with the second highest mean starting salaries of all the universities offering art and design.

Some statistics that might interest you, including our student profile, are below my signature. 

Pratt offers majors in fine art, fashion design, communications design, interior and industrial design, animation, motion arts, interactive arts, history of art and design, art and design education (teacher preparation), writing, and critical and visual studies, and more.   The School of Architecture offers the five- year NAAB accredited architecture degree and a four-year degree in construction management. We also offer an associate’s degree (transfer track) in painting/drawing and graphic design/illustration for students who are not ready or not interested in a four-year program.

The difference between our Bachelor of Fine Art and a Bachelor of Arts is the fact that the studios and professional courses constitute about two-thirds of the BFA curriculum.   Students apply for a particular program– art, design, architecture, or writing–and begin studying in that program their first year.  (The admissions requirements include evidence of talent in addition to academic ability.)

View our Gallery of Student and Faculty Work! 


Brooklyn (main campus): A 25-acre campus with 35 buildings, some historic, some contemporary, grassy plazas, and residence halls on campus makes Pratt a top choice for students looking for a traditional college experience in the context of an art and design school. Pratt is the only art, design and architecture college in New York City with an actual traditional college campus.  All programs but the two-year associate degree programs and both the two and four-year construction management programs are located on the Brooklyn campus.

Manhattan: Pratt’s Manhattan campus is located in the exciting Chelsea area in a restored historic building.

Extension Campus: PrattMWP College of Art and Design is Pratt’s upstate New York extension campus in Utica.  It offers the first two years of Pratt’s BFA programs in fine arts, photography, art and design education (teacher preparation), and communications design (graphic design, illustration, advertising art direction).  There are many reasons why students choose PrattMWP, including a substantially lower cost. Information is available at

Applying: The deadline for the fall semester is January 5th.  November 1st is our non-binding early action deadline. Because we have an enrollment cap with strict limits on certain majors, we strongly encourage students to apply early if Pratt is their first choice.  Pratt has a generous merit scholarship program; all applicants are considered.

Interested students may request information about Pratt at  If you’d like to schedule an art class group tour, email 

If you would like to reach me directly, please feel free to email me at 

Marjorie, I thank you again for your assistance!


Dustin W. Liebenow
Asst. Vice President for Enrollment

Student Profile 2016-2017
Total Enrollment:  4,659

3,310 Undergraduates
1,349 Graduates

96% of Undergraduates are full-time
100% of First-Year Freshmen are full-time
92% of Graduates are full-time

31% of Undergraduates are male, 69% are female
27% of Graduate Students are male, 73% are female

Pratt students come from  48 states and 81 countries

International Students
Undergraduate: 27% international

1,132 faculty

Average student:faculty class ratio: 9:1 ( 9.5 to 1)

Percent from out of state
71% of Undergraduates
79% of First-Time Freshmen

Percent living in residence halls
54% of Undergraduates
90% of First-Time Freshmen

Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading: 25th percentile:  540 / 75th percentile:  640
SAT Math: 25th percentile:  550 / 75th percentile:   670
SAT Writing: 25th percentile:  540/ 75th percentile: 640

Average age of full-time freshmen: 18
Average entering GPA:    3.74

Retention rate for first-time freshmen (2014-2015):   87%

Pratt Institute
Office of Admissions
200 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn New York 11205
United States

Kenyon College: Young Writers Contest for HS Juniors & Sophomores

Kenyon Review

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

Do you love to write poetry?

Are you a high school sophomore or junior?

Then here’s a great opportunity for you! You’re eligible to enter the 15th Annual Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers contest, presented by the Kenyon Review, one of the country’s most respected literary magazines. If you are the winner or one of the two runners-up, you will see your poem published in our bimonthly journal and on our website. In addition, the winner receives a full scholarship to the 2018 Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop in Gambier, Ohio, next summer.

It’s easy to enter:

  • Go to
  • Submission button will be live November 1-30, 2017.
  • High school sophomores and juniors only, please.
  • Limit of one unpublished poem and one entryper person.
  • No submission fee, it’s free!

We look forward to reading your poem!

The Kenyon Review  •  Gambier, Ohio  •
Young Writers is fun!

Pen and Paper


The Kenyon Review, Finn House, 102 W. Wiggin St, Gambier, OH 43022