Happenings on the Hill from Kenyon College (OH)

Kenyon College
Happenings on the Hill
News and Admissions Tips from Kenyon College
September 2017
Ask the Dean
When it comes to your application, how can you best demonstrate your extracurricular activities? Read what Dean of Admissions Diane Anci has to say.
Admission Tips
Don’t get hung up on the idea of a “good fit” or “perfect match” in your college search. There are many colleges that will fit you, not just one.
Application Deadlines: It’s not too early to prepare your application to Kenyon. The Early Decision 1 deadline is November 15, and Early Decision 2 and Regular Decision applications are due January 15.
Upcoming Events
Fall Visit Programs: September 24-25 and October 9
Shadow a student, attend a class, eat lunch in Peirce Hall and find your place in our close-knit community. The September program includes an overnight stay with a student.
Cultural Connections: November 4 – 6
This overnight program for high school seniors includes the opportunity to meet students and professors and learn how Kenyon embraces diversity.
Welcoming 2021
Kenyon welcomes 474 students to engage in “the power of rigorous inquiry and knowledge.”
Crash Course
The Kenyon Educational Enrichment Program celebrates a decade of rigor, relationships and results.
Greenhouse Guru
A biology major investigates the complex ways plants use water to ensure their health.
Innumerable Kenyons
An English major reflects on the lives that “converge on this hilltop, run adjacent briefly, then flow apart again.”
Meg Ahearn
After Kenyon
Learning Spanish and studying Latin America at Kenyon helped prepare Meg Ahearn ’07 for a diplomatic career in the U.S. Foreign Service.
Special Delivery
We collected some of our favorite Kenyon stories and published them in a magazine made exclusively for you. Read about the most valuable lesson John Green ’00 received at Kenyon and our professors’ insights on burning questions. Submit your own burning question at magazine@kenyon.edu.
Kenyon College
Office of Admissions
Gambier, OH 43022
(800) 848-2468
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Pitzer College (CA) Fall 2017 Updates

With another academic year on the horizon, we invite you to learn more about our Fall Diversity Program, and the wonderful work being done by our students and faculty. Click on the labels and images below for interactive information about the Pitzer’s community of change agents.

Now Accepting Applications!

Pitzer Fellowships: A Record Year!

View Fall 2017 Webinar Calendar

Sagehen Athletics:
Year in Review

Meet Pitzer Professor
Lars Schmitz

A Video Message from Yvonne Berumen

Career Services

A Cycle Through Pitzer’s Campus!

Inspirational Words from a Pitzer Graduate
Pitzer College | Office of Admission
1050 N. Mills Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

Centre College Admissions (KY) Updates

Students, I sincerely hope my fellow members of the Centre Admission and Financial Aid team and I can come alongside in ways that support and help you. Click Meet Your Counselor for the staff member designated for your area.   In that spirit, I offer a few brief updates.

  • Affordability:  We urge students to use our Net Price Calculator.  It is a reliable and relatively simple way to find out early whether Centre is financially realistic.  Last year, over 60 percent of our first-year students received financial aid.  For them, the average cost for tuition, room and board, after scholarships and aid, was $15,150.  Another 30 percent received merit scholarships.
  • Nominate scholars!  We invite the nomination of outstanding students for our three major mentored scholarship programs – Brown Fellows, Grissom Scholars, and Lincoln Scholars.  Each program is different in character and mission, but all three provide full-tuition or full-ride scholarships, plus enrichment funding, for a total of 30 students per year. Nominations begin September 15.
  • Applying is simple and free.  We use the Common Application, we have no fee, and our supplemental information is exceedingly short.  (We have declined the opportunity to use the Coalition application, judging it an unnecessary complication for students, counselors, and our staff.)  Early Decision applications are due November 15, Early Action on December 1, and Regular Decision applications, January 15. 
  • Standardized testing:  Many counselors wonder why Centre is not test optional.  We use standardized tests in limited, responsible ways, set in appropriate context of many other, better predictors of success on our campus.  We continue to “say yes” to the vast majority of students who are prepared to succeed at Centre, and test scores alone are not a barrier to admission for otherwise well-matched students, who should apply without fear that we will make a decision on tests alone.
  • New Director of Admission:  Some of you know Pam Baughman as a consummate admission professional and long-time member of Centre’s staff.  I’m pleased to announce that she has been promoted to Director of Admission and Associate Dean, and introduce her as another resource for you and your students.

I wish you an enjoyable, successful and rewarding year!

Kind regards,

Bob Nesmith

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Saint Joseph’s University (PA) Admissions Updates


St. Joseph's University


At Saint Joseph’s University, we welcomed more than 1,070 new freshmen and 85 transfer students for the Fall 2017 semester. Our Class of 2021 is our most selective and academically prepared class in 10 years. . 

We have some exciting updates to share…

  • This year we will offer two new Early Decision options. November 1, 2017 is the new deadline for both Early Decision I and non-binding Early Action decision plan, with admission decisions mailed to students in late December. January 15, 2018 is the application deadline for Early Decision II, with decisions mailed by February 15; and our non-binding Regular Decision deadline remains February 1, with decisions mailed by March 15. For further details about application and financial aid deadlines, please visit sju.edu/apply or reach out to our office.


Maureen B. Mathis
Assistant Provost


Federal Student Aid: Important Information for Students

scholarship photoIf you are a student or a federal student loan borrower who has been impacted by a federally declared natural disaster, we can help answer your questions.

We are committed to assisting students enrolled in college or career school and federal student loan borrowers who have been impacted by federally declared natural disasters. We strongly encourage impacted students to contact the financial aid office at their school and borrowers to contact their lender or loan servicer.

Below, we have provided answers to frequently asked questions for

You also can see additional resources.

For Current Students

What if I need to transfer to a different school?

If you wish to transfer to a different school, you should contact the financial aid office at your new school as soon as possible so that the new school can request your federal financial aid records. This early contact will also allow the new school to provide you with information needed to support a request for financial aid.

What are my options if my aid eligibility was impacted by a natural disaster but my application does not reflect this change?

The financial aid office at your college or career school is authorized to use professional judgment in order to more accurately reflect the financial need of students and families affected by a disaster. If you feel that your eligibility for aid was impacted by the disaster, you should contact the financial aid office at your school to ask for a reassessment of eligibility.

What if documentation that I need to apply for financial aid has been damaged or lost by a natural disaster?

It is possible that you may be asked to provide documentation to verify information from your financial aid application. If the documentation being requested has been lost or destroyed by the disaster, you should immediately inform the school that asked for the records. That school may make a determination not to require those documents.

Do I need to claim on my FAFSA® form any disaster-related support I received from either the state or the U.S. Department of Education?

No.  If you received any special aid from the federal government or from your state, for the purpose of providing financial relief, it should not be counted as income, other resources, or other financial assistance when determining your eligibility for federal student aid.


For Borrowers

If you were impacted by a natural disaster and are having trouble making payments on your federal student loans or have other questions about your loans, here’s some information and a Q&A designed for you:

  • The federal loan servicing team checks the Federal Emergency Management Agency website at least once each business day to identify all impacted areas connected to the disaster declaration.
  • After a natural disaster, the loan servicing team quickly reaches out to borrowers that live in the impacted areas to notify them of the options available to them; loan servicers also post information on their websites regarding options.

I was impacted by a recent natural disaster. As a result, I am having trouble making payments on my federal student loan. What are my options?

If you are a borrower in repayment who was affected by a natural disaster in the area where you live or work, you qualify for administrative forbearance of loan repayment for a period of up to 90 days upon your request to your servicer. During forbearance, payments are temporarily postponed or reduced. Your servicer will document your loan account with the reason and the length of the forbearance.

Please note that interest still accrues (accumulates) during the forbearance period, but the accrued interest will not be capitalized (added to the principal loan balance) when the administrative forbearance ends. You should contact your loan servicer to request this forbearance.

Once the initial administrative forbearance period related to the disaster is over, you may request additional forbearance time for reasonable cause. Your servicer is permitted to grant additional administrative forbearance time, in 30-day increments, but your total period of forbearance cannot exceed a maximum of 12 monthly billing cycles from the date of the disaster.

I’m behind on my federal student loan payments. Can I get a forbearance?

If a borrower is delinquent, the servicers have been instructed to apply an administrative forbearance for 30 days into the future as well as cover any past delinquency. However, at the end of the forbearance (or consecutive periods of forbearance), any interest for the period of delinquency would capitalize.

I need to provide documentation to my loan servicer, and the due date for the documentation is coming up soon. Can I get an extension of the deadline?

For purposes of certain documentation that a borrower must submit within a specified timeframe (for example, annual documentation of income for the income-driven repayment plans), the federal loan servicers have been instructed to extend the deadline for providing the documentation by an additional 15 days for borrowers who live in an impacted area. Documentation submitted within that revised deadline would be considered to be on time.

In addition, TEACH Grant certification documentation deadlines and timelines for conversion of TEACH Grants to loans will be extended for 15 days.

I’m in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program and am concerned that I’m going to miss my payment due date because I was affected by a recent natural disaster. Can I get an extension of my due date?

If you make a PSLF payment more than 15 days after the payment due date, but within 20 days of the due date, your servicer will count that payment as an on-time payment for purposes of the PSLF program if the payment is made during the 30-day period following the date on which a federally declared major disaster was declared.

Note: You will not receive credit for a PSLF qualifying payment if you request and receive a disaster forbearance (or any other deferment or forbearance) during the 30-day period or make a payment more than 20 days after the due date.

My federal student loan is in default. What are my options?

Upon request from a borrower, borrower’s relative, or any other responsible party, we will suspend collections of a defaulted loan for 90 days. The suspension will include suspension of involuntary payments such as administrative wage garnishment and Treasury offset.

If you are making payments toward rehabilitation of a defaulted loan, you will be allowed to stop making payments for those 90 days. At the end of the 90 days, you will either be able to

  • pick up where you left off (e.g., if you had made six payments toward rehabilitation before the hurricane, you could make three more to complete the rehabilitation process) OR
  • make up your missed payments in one lump sum in order to rehabilitate by your original planned date.

I have a federal student loan and I was not able to complete my school year due to a natural disaster. What are my options?

If you are a federal student loan borrower who was not able to complete your school year as a result of the disaster, you will be provided with an extended “in-school” status until you officially withdraw or re-enroll in the next regular enrollment period, whichever is earlier. This action will prevent you from entering repayment status on your loans. Contact your school to request this action.


Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources that may be helpful to you.

Resources for Those Affected by Natural Disasters:

If you have additional questions, please contact us.

Resources for Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey:

If you have additional questions, please contact us.

Resources for Those Affected by Hurricane Irma:

Information for college or career school students
Information for federal student loan borrowers
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Information on Hurricane Irma
USA.gov Information on Hurricane Irma
American Red Cross
The National Hurricane Center

If you have additional questions, please contact us.



Penn State: Schreyer Honors College ~ Open House Invitation

The Pennsylvania State University - Schreyer Honors College

Scholars Day Open House – September 22Schreyer Honors College • Penn State University

The Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University will host its Scholars Day Open House on Friday, September 22. This is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to learn more about the Schreyer Honors College and Penn State by attending presentations conducted by the Honors College Deans and admissions staff and a panel conducted by current Scholars. The event also includes information sessions with the University’s academic colleges.

The Schreyer Honors College is a leading force in honors education nationwide. We provide numerous opportunities for academically prepared students to achieve excellence with a keen focus on leadership and civic engagement. Our Scholars graduate prepared for rewarding careers at some of the world’s leading businesses and organizations. They are also accepted into some of the best graduate schools and programs across the nation and around the globe.

If you are a student who shows commitment and dedication to academic success and future achievements, we hope that you will consider attending the Scholars Day Open House on September 22. It’s an excellent introduction to life at Penn State as an Honors Scholar. Click on the buttons below for the event information.

Event Information and Registration
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For your convenience, we have created a printable PDF of a flyer of the event.

Please feel free to email us at scholars@psu.edu with any questions about this upcoming event or about the Schreyer Honors College in general. We also welcome you to check out our website and to stay connected with us on social media.

We Are Penn State!


Deyo Olorunnisola, Director of Admissions
Schreyer Honors College
Penn State University

Stay connected to Schreyer through our social media networks:


Belmont University (TN) Updates



Greetings from Nashville and welcome to another admission season!  I wanted to reach out and share Belmont’s current freshman profile and see if you have any questions regarding Belmont or the application process.   Hopefully students may find us a great fit.

Undergraduate admission at Belmont operates on a rolling basis.  Applications for Spring, Summer and Fall 2018 terms are now accessible from our website.  Any prospective student can go here and then make the appropriate selection under the “How To Apply” link in the red box on the left hand side of the page.  Admission decisions are typically rendered within 2 weeks after the admission file is complete.  Admitted freshman applicants for the Fall 2018 term will have a non-binding offer of admission “good” until May 1, 2018 (the National Candidate Reply Date).

An audition or portfolio review may be required for students applying to the Belmont’s School of Music, Department of Theatre and Dance, Department of Art or the Songwriting major in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.  Select the appropriate link for details on the audition/portfolio process for each program.

Information on Belmont’s undergraduate scholarship and financial aid awarding process can be found here.  Decisions regarding our general merit scholarship awards are also made on a “rolling” basis following the offer of admission.  Freshman applicants hoping to be considered for our most competitive academic scholarships must submit all application materials by December 1, 2017.

Lastly, we’d love to invite any students that may be interested to join us on campus for one of our Saturday Preview Days or a Monday-Friday campus visit.  They can attend an admissions session, take a tour of campus, see a freshman residence hall, have lunch in our dining hall,  attend an information session with their academic area of interest, and explore the fantastic city of Nashville.

Please contact me with any questions you may have.  I am here to serve students!

Mary Byars

Belmont University

Assistant Director of Admissions

615-460-6618   615-460-5434 fax



1900 Belmont Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37212

Trump Administration Ends DACA

Trump Administration Ends DACA

September 05, 2017

 Article from ACE, American Council on Education
The Trump administration today made the official announcement that it is rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the policy that allows certain individuals who came to the United States as children to stay in the country and obtain temporary work permits.

Responding to multiple news reports over the Labor Day weekend that President Trump was about to end DACA, ACE President Ted Mitchell released a statementMonday afternoon urging members of Congress to swiftly approve legislation allowing our students, and all of those potentially affected, to maintain their current status. He noted that ending DACA, even with the six-month delay announced as part of the administration’s plan, throws the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people and their families into turmoil.

ACE sent a letter in March on behalf of 560 college and university presidents urging President Trump to keep DACA intact until a longer-term solution could be put in place. Last week, the Council sent another letter to the administration echoing that charge.

Now, ACE and the higher education community will focus on working with lawmakers to enact a permanent legislative solution. While there is widespread support for DACA recipients, the reality of how things work in Congress recently means this will likely be contentious and complicated and could take longer than it should.

It is important to keep in mind that since DACA is not codified by law or regulation, it could always be modified or rescinded at any time.

As The Washington Post reported, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer accept new DACA applications. Those currently enrolled in DACA will be able to continue working until their permits expire; those whose permits expire by March 5, 2018, will be permitted to apply for two-year renewals as long as they do so by Oct. 5. New applications and renewal requests already received by DHS as of today will be reviewed and validated on a case-by-case basis, even those for permits that expire after March 5.

Knowing the value DACA youth provide to our communities, our institutions and our country, ACE disagrees with this action in the strongest possible terms, and is undertaking a variety of activities to help member institutions navigate what this means for their students enrolled in DACA.

First, ACE is currently working on sending a letter to members of Congress urging immediate legislative action. While there are several models Congress could decide to pursue, ACE and most of the higher education community have long supported the Dream Act and also support the BRIDGE Act, which Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced earlier this year. At a minimum, we are urging Congress to enact the current DACA provisions into statute.

ACE also has created talking points to help college and university presidents and other higher education leaders speak to members of Congress about this issue.

Second, ACE is also considering its potential legal options and the options available to member institutions and states, and will carefully monitor all litigation related to DACA.

Finally, ACE has begun an analysis of how we can best support undocumented students and their families in a potential post-DACA environment. The Council will soon publish an issue brief similar to the one released in December after President Trump’s election when uncertainties around DACA and sanctuary cities first arose.

College leaders know firsthand that the high-achieving young people in DACA contribute in many ways to our nation. Children brought to the United States at a young age did not have a choice in the matter. They have overcome enormous obstacles to become successful. It remains in America’s best interest to enable them to use their knowledge, skills and energy to make the strongest possible contribution to our country.

University of Tampa Profiled in Princeton Review Book


U Tampa


Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the USA are profiled in The Princeton Review’s book, “The Best 382 Colleges.”

The University of Tampa has again been named by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the USA are profiled in The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 382 Colleges.

“UT’s continued inclusion in this well-respected guide is a testament to the expertise and commitment of our faculty and staff to provide an outstanding educational experience for students,” said UT President Ronald L. Vaughn.

The colleges included are based on data The Princeton Review obtains in its annual institutional data surveys, from its 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, through personal visits to schools, and through the wide range of feedback gleaned from surveys of students attending these schools, as well as administrators.

“We chose The University of Tampa for this book because it offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and author of The Best 382 Colleges.

In its profile, students praise UT as a “school rich in diversity, student engagement opportunities,” and for faculty who are “encouraging, insightful, well-versed in their fields of study, and have many connections in the Tampa area they are always willing to share.”

Students also say of campus life: “The school is always jumping with events to go to and opportunities to take advantage of.” And of the student body, they say “most people here are very friendly and easy to talk to. It is easy to find friends through the dorms, clubs, or other activities.”

In a “Survey Says” sidebar in the book’s profile on UT, The Princeton Review lists topics that UT students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about in their answers to survey questions. The list includes: “Students love Tampa, FL,” “Dorms are like palaces” and “Easy to get around campus.”

The Princeton Review’s school profiles and ranking lists in The Best 382 Colleges are posted at PrincetonReview.com.

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
admission@mills.edu • 800.87.MILLS • www.mills.edu/undergrad