Babson College Early Decision and Early Action Deadline Extension

Dear Colleague,
We want to share a few updates with you regarding our November 1 Early Decision and Early Action deadlines. We are aware that this fall has been challenging for many with hurricanes, wildfires, changes in test dates, and other recent events that may have impacted you and your students. In order to accommodate any student whose college plans have been disrupted, we will be extending our Early Decision and Early Action deadlines to November 15th.


In addition, applicants can now provide self-reported SAT and ACT test scores with their application. We will require and verify official scores only for students that matriculate at Babson. We encourage you to learn more about our new standardized testing policy and we hope this change will make applying to Babson more affordable and accessible to your students moving forward.


Please reach out should you have any questions. We look forward to working with you throughout the 2017-2018 admission cycle and thank you for your continued support. 

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Babson College | Lunder Undergraduate Admission Center
781-239-5522 or 800-488-3696 

Warren Wilson College (NC) Announces Free Tuition Scholarship!

Milepost One. It’s the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a relaxing drive that meanders for 469 miles and is adjacent to Warren Wilson College’s beautiful campus near Asheville, North Carolina.
Milepost One is also a full-tuition scholarship program for students with total family income levels equal to or below $125,000 per year. This means that students who may not be eligible for federal or state need-based grants still have an opportunity to earn a full tuition scholarship.
Students will apply by submitting a 2-minute (or less) video on the following topic:
We know that there are people whose hard work and commitment have made it possible for you to be at the point in your life where you’re going to college. Share with us how these people (maybe your mom, dad, coach, grandparent, teacher, pastor, sibling, or friend)  impacted you, and what it would mean to you and to them if you receive a full tuition scholarship to Warren Wilson College.
Learn more about Milepost One and please share this exciting program with students who might be interested in Warren Wilson College.
Janelle Holmboe
VP for Enrollment and Marketing
P.S. More good news! To further expand access, we have eliminated the $50 application fee for all students. Apply now!

Warren Wilson College Admission Department |  PO Box 9000  |  Asheville, NC  28815
tel: 800-934-3536  |  email:

University of Rochester (NY) Admissions Updates

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Dean’s Greeting

Greetings! This newsletter will inform you and your colleagues of new developments here at the University of Rochester and in the Office of Admissions.

Our new student cohort of 1,549 is the largest ever and 10% larger than intended. We had a 10% increase in applications, which can decrease yield, as the ever-better-qualified, interesting students have many more options to choose from. Instead, our yield increased. Our first-year students are not just the biggest class, but the best:

  • The class has an average 3.8 GPA with more than 90% completing advanced academic programs.
  • Our new students have expressed interest in 66 of Rochester’s 67 majors.
  • We’ve welcomed five new self-identified non-gender-binary students.
  • It’s by far our largest group of African-American, black, and Hispanic students ever.
  • We’ve welcomed 479 new international students from 101 countries.
  • Since 2006, Rochester has ensured equal access to admissions and financial aid for applicants who are US residents without a legal status or path.

With our mission to learn, discover, heal, create—and make the world ever better, the University of Rochester creates a pluralistic, challenging, and inclusive environment for all students.

Our thoughts go out to our students and their families dislocated throughout the Americas by hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes, and in the world beyond by more disasters, violence, and strife. Each year we extend our deadlines for any students affected. Our Students’ Association has also created a fund to support their classmates’ DACA renewal fees.

We would like to thank all of the counselors, teachers, and administrators who helped this application cycle. If you haven’t attended any of our events for counselors around the world recently, please let us know so that we can invite you. Amazing students come to Rochester because of your work, and I look forward to building our relationships with you and them in the years ahead.
Johnathan Burdick
Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

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Jason Nevinger: Director of Admissions

Greeting from the Director of Admissions

I’d like to introduce myself as the new Director of Admissions at the University of Rochester. While I am new to this role, I have been with the Office of Admissions for the past two years as a regional associate director located in Raleigh, NC. I traveled in several regions of the US and world. Prior to Rochester, I spent 17 years in college admissions in western Pennsylvania where I worked at Westminster College, Duquesne University, and Carnegie Mellon University.

I appreciate you, our school counselor colleagues, for all you do to support your students and their families throughout the college search process. George Eastman said, “The progress of the world depends almost entirely upon education.” In light of our current political and national climate, that statement is truer now more than ever, and the work you do to help students navigate their educational journeys is invaluable.

In the months ahead, our admissions staff will again be traveling across the country and throughout the world. Connect with us during our many high school visits, college fairs, and other recruitment endeavors in your area. Additionally, we have a number of counselor fly-in programs throughout the year and we’d love to host you on our campus.

Again, thank you for all you do. I wish you and your students an enjoyable, successful, and “Meliora” year ahead.
Jason Nevinger
Director of Admissions

Samantha Veeder: Associate Dean of College Enrollment and Director of Financial Aid

Greeting from the Director of Financial Aid

Over the past year, we have been working together to help students and families adjust to the changes in FAFSA filing, specifically Early FAFSA and Prior-Prior-Year income reporting. Students can complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017, for the 2018–19 academic year using income information from an earlier tax year (2016 income for the 2018–19 FASFA). We did not change our financial aid deadlines for incoming students. They are still December 1 for Early Decision and February 15 for Regular Decision.

During the 2017–18 processing cycle, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) functionality that allows income from the parent and student tax returns to automatically populate the FAFSA was suspended due to concerns over identity theft. While the IRS DRT will remain unavailable for the remainder of the 2017–18 FAFSA filing cycle, it will be available on October 1, 2017, for the 2018–19 cycle. To better protect applicants’ information, the tool will return with some changes. The IRS DRT will limit the information that displays to the applicant to enhance security and privacy of personal data transferred to the FAFSA from the IRS.

With those changes, students and parents might have questions about whether they should continue to use the IRS DRT. Please encourage students to continue using the tool. Although it is optional, is does pull information directly from the IRS, eliminating manual entry errors, and it can save time on the back end if their FAFSA is selected for verification. Reassure families that the information on the FAFSA will be accurate if they filed their tax return correctly.

As always, feel free to reach out to me or your local financial aid office with questions as we continue to implement the new process requirements.
Samantha Veeder
Associate Dean of College Enrollment
Director of Financial Aid

Events, Scholarships, Resources, and More…

High School Awards Program

High School Awards Program

Nominate up to four qualified juniors for one of Rochester’s High School Awards: the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award, the George Eastman Young Leaders Award, the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, and the Xerox Award for Innovation and Technology. Students will receive an award and certificate, a Rochester application fee waiver, and will be eligible to be considered for a merit scholarship of at least $10,000 per year if admitted to Rochester.
Handler Scholars

Alan and Jane Handler Endowed Scholarship

With a permanently endowed fund, the Alan and Jane Handler Endowed Scholarship is the University’s leading award. It is a more-than tuition, four-year scholarship for selected students who do not otherwise have the financial means to attain a Rochester education. Scholars are selected based on academic excellence, outstanding potential to be future leaders, and demonstrated mastery of complex challenges.
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SALT: Financial Literacy Software

The University of Rochester has partnered with American Student Assistance to offer students and alumni a new program called Salt®. Salt is a free nonprofit-backed program dedicated to helping students plan for, pay for, and repay the cost of their degree while preparing them for a successful financial future. Salt provides resources for students to confidently achieve their financial goals.

Veteran and Military Family Services

The Veteran and Military Family Services (VMFS) office serves as a resource to all student and dependent veterans at the University of Rochester. Rochester has been a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program since 2009, so veterans (and qualified dependents) who qualify for 100% Post-9/11 educational benefits can attend the University of Rochester tuition free. Please email our office with questions.

Office of Disability Resources

The Office of Disability Resources supports the needs of students with documented disabilities by offering academic adjustments and residential accommodations. The office also offers UR Transition, a pre-orientation opportunity designed to help first-year students connect to Disability Resources’ staff, access college resources, and gain a sense of belonging in Rochester’s learning community.
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Upstate New York Counselor Tour

In early May, the University of Rochester, along with several other colleges, hosts counselors to visit and experience Upstate New York in the spring, and all we have to offer. Check online for specific dates for the 2018 tour.
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Research Rochester (Open-House Days)

These open-house programs are prospective students’ ideal opportunity to visit Rochester. Encourage your students to register today for one of the dates below:

  • Saturday, November 4
  • Friday, November 10

Recruitment Travel and Off-Campus Events

We’re traveling all over the country and the globe. If your students would like to connect with us, please encourage them to interview. Interviews are a big part of our process and can help an applicant be more competitive for scholarships. Students can sign up for an in-person interview when we are in their area, or a Skype interview no matter where we are.

Colleges of Rochester Tour (CORT)

The University of Rochester and other area colleges welcomed counselors last month for the annual Colleges of Rochester Tour. Participants spent three days touring the area colleges including Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and St. John Fisher College. If you’re interested in next year’s event, contact Catherine Lewis.

Lasell College (MA): November Connection

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WOW what a Fall at Lasell!

We’re looking forward to hosting our ONLY annual Fall Open House on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Please join us & encourage interested students to attend!
Lasell’s NEW Science and Technology Center is OPEN! (see architectural rendering above)  Offering state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, a new cafe, bookstore and much more.
Lasell Works launches!  The College’s newest program providing valuable career experience at a significantly reduced cost – you have to check this out.
4 new Undergraduate Majors are attracting new students to Lasell: Health Science, Data Analytics, Media & Mobile Development, and Cybersecurity.  And, Lasell faculty secure tech partnerships with SAS, IBM Watson, Tableau, and CompTIA.
Resort & Casino Management major Grace Hogan ’17 lands career at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just a recent example of the value of a Lasell College degree.
Lasell’s Valentine Dining Hall and Boomer’s Sports Grille add: Rooted – vegan and vegetarian; F.A.Z.E. 8 – free of the 8 major food allergens; and Stone Oven Pizza; and we’re proudly brewing Starbucks, Einstein’s Bagels, and arriving soon: The ONE Sushi.


We would love to host you on our beautiful campus.  Reach out to us at to schedule a visit or for more information!  

James M. Tweed
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management/Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Lasell College
Newton, MA

University of South Carolina: November Newsletter

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News for November 2017
It’s “YES” Time!
Our first round of acceptance letters were mailed Friday, November 3, so the celebrations have begun! And there will be cause for many more to celebrate between now and mid-December. All students who applied by October 15 and sent required credentials by the stated deadlines will receive a decision no later than the week of December 11. Additionally, early scholarship notifications have already been mailed to some of our most academically talented students. More of these are on their way in future notification rounds. While these are not actual award letters, these students are assured they will receive one of our general university scholarships. Final merit awards will be sent no later than mid-March. All freshman applicants who apply by December 1, 2017 and submit required credentials by the February 1 deadline will be considered for merit awards. As for the next steps, have your admitted students read through their Essential Guide to Becoming a Gamecock (pictured right and included in all acceptance packets) for the important things they need to know between now and next August.
USC’s Coalition Application Numbers Continue to Rise
USC was among the top volume producers in Coalition applications last year, and so far, 1 in 5 applications submitted to USC for the Fall 2018 term have been submitted via We expect to remain a high volume Coalition school as more institutions adopt this platform. Students may choose to apply directly to South Carolina using our institutional application or the Coalition application. As a charter member of the Coalition, South Carolina is proud to be among nearly 100 institutions who are demonstrating their commitment to student success by encouraging students to use Coalition’s free college planning tools to apply to college this year. More information and resources for both students and counselors can be found at, along with a current list of schoolsaccepting the Coalition Application.
Honors and Regular Application Live Chat Sessions Offered
Live Chat sessions with admissions representatives will be offered in the days leading up to our November 15 Honors College and December 1 Priority Application Deadlines. Honors College Application Chat Sessions will be offeredNovember 13, 14 and 15 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM EST. Students are invited to apply to the Honors College if they meet the minimum score screening criteria (29 ACT or 1360 SAT). Students must first apply for general university admission. A link to the honors supplemental application is posted to the student’s checklist within 24 hours of submitting their application.
Regular Application Chat Sessions will be offered November 29 and 30, also from 5:00 – 9:00 PM EST. Encourage your students to reach out to us if they need help during their final hours before either of these deadlines. To participate, students may click on the “Live Chat Now” link at the bottom of our homepage. Current students are also available for chat sessions Monday through Thursday from 7-9 PM.
USC College of Pharmacy Announces Gamecock Pharmacy Assurance Program
The USC College of Pharmacy will roll out their Gamecock Pharmacy Assurance Program for Fall 2018. Admitted freshmen for fall 2018 who have an interest in pharmacy will have an opportunity to apply to pharmacy school earlier than ever AND receive an up-front assurance of admission to the USC College of Pharmacy before their freshman year begins. Eligible admitted freshmen will be invited to apply in the spring and must participate in a brief on-campus interview to be considered. Students must meet maintenance requirements to retain guaranteed Pharm.D. admissions status and other program benefits. Interested students can contact the USC College of Pharmacy at or 803-777-4151 to learn more.
University of South Carolina Admissions | 902 Sumter St/ Lieber AccessColumbia, SC 29208