University of South Carolina: Decision Updates

Happy Holidays!
We’re offering congratulations to students all over the country who have been admitted to the class of 2022. 
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
A few updates before the holidays…
Admissions Decisions
2017 is coming to a close, but not before we release the final round of Early Answer decisions. “YES!” packets were mailed Wednesday, December 13 and we can’t wait to start enjoying the new tweets of smiling faces with their unmistakable “YES!” envelopes atUofSCAdmissions.
While we can’t admit everyone, early applicants who were not offered admission in the early round may be admitted between now and March, as either a member of our freshman class, or of our residential bridge program, Gamecock Gateway. We mailed letters to this group of students on Wednesday, December 13 explaining we’ll be taking a closer look at their applications before making a final decision. For more information on this second review process, see our FAQs.
Honors Decisions
The first round of Honors decisions will be released early next week for our most competitive applicants, right on the heels of admissions decisions.  The second and final round will be mailed in mid-February.
The university closes at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 for winter break
and reopens on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 8:30 am.
University of South Carolina Admissions | 902 Sumter Street – Lieber AccessColumbia, SC 29208

Case Western Reserve University (OH): Decision Notification Plan

I’m writing this quick note to let you know how and when we plan to provide admission notification to students who have applied to Case Western Reserve University under the Early Action and Early Decision I admission plans.

We expect applicants will receive an email providing a link to the secure webpage with their admission status on Tuesday, Dec. 19. We will begin sending these email notifications around 8 p.m. EST. Students who have applied for financial aid will also be able to see their financial aid package online at that time.

Best regards,


Robert R. McCullough
Director of Undergraduate Admission

Updates from University of Denver

DU campus
…in the nation for undergraduate participation in a study abroad program.
…trips organized last year by DU’s Alpine Club  got students outdoors—hiking, skiing, dog sledding, and more. Read the story below.
…webpage has it all. Check out the DU newsroom for the latest info on campus events, sports highlights, and DU awards and recognition.
DU Hockey
DU Hockey Ranks No. 1
University of Denver Men’s Hockey once again secured the number one spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. The Pioneers are defending national champions in Division I college ice hockey and are tied for second in all-time NCAA National Hockey Championships with eight titles! Our athletics and recreation program includes 17 varsity squads, 30 different club sports, and intramural sports leagues, offering students ways to stay active, meet new friends, and have fun.


More on DU Hockey

Crystal Murillo
Alumna Wins Council Seat
At just 23 years old, DU alum Crystal Murillo ’15 nabbed a seat on the Aurora City Council, beating out the incumbent and beating the odds as a progressive candidate for a historically conservative council. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Crystal is the first in her family to graduate from high school and from college. At DU, she majored in Business Administration and is now an advancement fellow in the University’s Alumni Center.


Read Crystal’s story

Alpine Club
A Ticket to the Outdoors
The Alpine Club, DU’s largest and longest-running (90 years old!) student-run club, offers DU students a multitude of outdoor activities in and around Colorado—from beginner to advanced levels—at an affordable price. It’s the most popular club on campus. Students explore Colorado while rock climbing, horseback riding, white water rafting, snow shoeing, you name it. If it can be done outside, the Alpine Club has probably planned a trip for it.


Check out the Alpine Club

Application Deadline
Application Deadline Approaching
January 15 is the final opportunity for students to be considered for first-year admission to DU for fall 2018. Please encourage your students to complete their application as soon as possible. International students have the same Jan. 15 deadline.


Application details

The best way to find out what makes DU an extraordinary place is to visit. Prospective students can take a campus tour and sit in on an information session Monday-Friday.


Check out what’s happening at DU through InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

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Denver, CO 80208

Get to know Adelphi University (NY)

December 2017
From My Desk: News From President Riordan
Adelphi is taking student engagement more seriously. And having more fun than ever. 
Quiet weekends on a leafy, garden-like campus? That used to be the story of Adelphi—our University in the middle of suburban Long Island.
This year, as we bring in students from 57 countries and 43 states, enrollment is on an upward trend, and residence halls are almost filled, we had to confront that age-old question: What are you doing on the weekend?
Now, as a major metropolitan university, we are seeing activities on evenings and weekends grow at a fast pace. From a vibrant Spirit Weekend, which brought in over a thousand students and their families to carnivals, pumpkin picking and trips to Broadway; to high-impact learning outside the classroom—as far away as Alaskan dig sites and study abroad in Jinan University in China—Adelphi is taking life outside the classroom more seriously.
Student engagement is a critical part of feeling at home at a university, according to U.S. News & World Report; it allows students to be more connected to their schools, builds a sense of community and, most importantly for us, “It allows them to discover their passions and strengths. These will follow them all through life. It allows them to discover what they don’t like, too.”
For a university with a focus on personalization and individualizing higher education, the value of extracurricular activities can’t be overestimated. Our students, simply put, are finding their way, not just by what they learn academically—but by what they learn in nonacademic settings.
This effort does not reside with the Division of Student Affairs alone. Our faculty are creating more learning outside the classroom. Our career center is helping to create more internships, with almost half of our students taking on this life-changing challenge. The students in our workforce—a virtual army of almost 1,500 students—are learning things they could never learn in a lecture. And mentoring of every kind, both professional and personal, is exposing our students to new ways of thinking.
In short, our classrooms at Adelphi are getting busier. But, just as importantly, so are our evenings and weekends. And that’s changing Adelphi, and our students, for the better.
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.
Video of the making of our holiday cookies
An artful holiday message from all of us at Adelphi
Our beautiful campus inspires Adelphi’s holiday message, featuring the work of Sarah McCay, a multimedia designer and artist in our Office of University Communications and Marketing. Watch her work, and our campus, come to life. (See the Christmas cookie version of my bulldog, Georgia, at 01:27. She’s “a Panther at heart.”)
First annual Women’s Leadership Conference: A standing-room-only success
I was honored to introduce top tech exec Kim Petry ’91, who graduated first in her class here at Adelphi, as our inspirational keynote speaker. The conference offered women professional development advice in sessions on negotiation, entrepreneurship, innovation and workplace rights. Seats sold out almost immediately.
More once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for our Arts students. Laura Linney doing a master class? Just one of the ways our dance, music and theatre majors are experiencing more at Adelphi. In November, a visit from a Hollywood producer meant three graduating seniors were given actual movie roles. Thrilling experiences are defining students’ time at Adelphi.
Adelphi athletes just keep on winning. For the third time in four years, Adelphi won the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents’ Cup, awarded for the best showing across all sports. Eight of our teams won berths in NCAA tournaments, including our incredible women’s lacrosse team (pictured above, winning the national title).
Making weekends wonderful. Some still think of Adelphi as a university with quiet weekends. Tell that to the 12,200 students who took part in the 344 weekend programs offered last year by our new Weekend Engagement Committee—from Broadway trips to bicycling through Brooklyn to bubble painting in Linen Hall.
More to do—and a safe place to do it all. Adelphi has been recognized as one of the 50 safest campuses in the nation. Achieving this ranking—and maintaining it—is the job of the University’s Department of Public Safety and Transportation. It’s the most important thing we do, and it changes students’ lives.
More learning outside the classroom—way outside the classroom. As of this year, one-third of our First-Year Seminars are built around high-impact practices, incorporating service-learning opportunities, museum visits and art projects into the educational experience. Getting far from the classroom, but increasing learning, is becoming an Adelphi signature.
A new solution for adjusting to college life. The transition to college can be challenging, so we began offering a new option this year: our First-Year Living-Learning Community. It’s an opt-in program, with students living and studying together, with the support of faculty members. Students are finding friends, study groups, moral support and a great start to college.
Athletics Update
Diving Into the Winter Sports Season at Adelphi Athletics
Fall sports came to a close in November, but winter sports wasted no time getting into full swing. The swimming programs opened December 1 through December 3 at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Winter Championships, where our athletes put up impressive numbers in the lanes. Sophomore Emma Brown broke her own school record in the 100-meter butterfly and was part of two relay teams that also beat school marks. First-year student Daniel Lee helped the men place seventh overall for the meet, breaking an eight-year-old record in the 200-meter backstroke.
Alumni Making a Difference: Randall Emmett
We gratefully acknowledge Hollywood producer Randall Emmett (pictured far right with Professor Nicholas Petron, M.A. ’70) for coming home to Adelphi last month to audition our Department of Theatre students (pictured above). Although he spent just a year as a student at Adelphi, he has given Adelphi a lifetime of loyalty.
Momentum Tour 2017–2018
See how you can be part of our story. My Momentum Tour 2017–2018: Stories of Lives Changed: Hear Ours, Tell Yours will resume in January with visits to Boston and Los Angeles. We’re transforming lives—join us and see how.
Let’s Stay in Touch
I love sharing news about Adelphi. But even better is hearing from you. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime at
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Adelphi University | Garden City CampusOne South AvenueP.O. Box 701,
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

University of California Santa Cruz

eSlug Newsletter Fall 2017
Fall scene at UCSC campus.


UC Application Filing Period for Fall 2018 – Nov. 1-30

FAFSA Filing Period Opened –   Oct. 1

SAT with Essay and SAT Subject Tests (last opportunity for high school seniors) – Dec. 2

ACT Plus Writing (last opportunity for high school seniors) – Dec. 9


UC Santa Cruz Magazine

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Fall scene on campus. Photo by Barbara Fasulo.

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UC Santa Cruz ranked third worldwide for research influence.UC Santa Cruz ranked third worldwide for research influence. [More]

Lick Observatory hosts Latino students and parents for night of astronomy.Lick Observatory hosts Latino students and parents for night of astronomy. [More]

Humanities alum Michael Scherer joins Washington Post as national political reporter.Humanities alum Michael Scherer joins Washington Post as national political reporter. [More]

Sierra names UC Santa Cruz a 'Cool School.'Sierra names UC Santa Cruz a ‘Cool School.’ [More]

First observations of merging neutron stars mark a new era in astronomy.First observations of merging neutron stars mark a new era in astronomy. [More]

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Blia Yang, our new Interim Director of Undergraduate Admissions, welcomes counselors. [More]

Admissions Staff Update: New Associate DirectorAdmissions Staff Update: New Associate Director
We are delighted to announce our new Associate Director of Admissions Outreach, Beatrice Atkinson-Myers. [More]

 Slugs Everywhere…
This fall, Admissions representatives have been traveling throughout California, the U.S., and internationally, providing information to students and families and promoting higher education. [More]

 Extended UC Application Deadline 
UC applicants affected by the California wildfires and other recent natural disasters have an extended application deadline of December 15. Information on how to apply for the extension.

Have Your Students Join Us for Fall Saturday Tours 2017!Fall Saturday Tours 2017
Prospective students and their families visited UC Santa Cruz for our Fall Saturday Tours on October 21 and November 18. [More]


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Photography and Images: Laura Acevedo-Cabrera, Rob Knight, Carolyn Lagattuta, Dani Milner, Dejon Weldon, Akhyar Zaman.
Web Design and Production: Sean Mikawa, Akhyar Zaman.
eSlug is published by the UC Santa Cruz Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Thank you for reading! The next edition of eSlug will arrive in the winter.

Southwestern University (TX) Updates

Southwestern University
Southwestern University


With our November 1 Early Decision (binding) deadline behind us, reassure your students they still have plenty of time to apply to Southwestern!

Remaining Fall 2018 Application Deadlines:
February 1 – Regular Decision

Note:All official forms can be sent directly through Naviance or via email to ​ All Early Decision files will be considered incomplete without this agreement form.

Southwestern is excited to have launched an updated website. Check out our new look and campus video!

General Merit Scholarships
All students offered admission are automatically reviewed for our general merit scholarship program. Scholarship awards are based off of a holistic review of the student’s application, including both academic and personal factors. Our general merit scholarships range from $18,000-$27,500 per year and are renewable for up to eight semesters of full-time study at Southwestern.

Competitive Scholarships
Southwestern offers a variety of competitive scholarships to select students each year. These scholarships require students to apply Early Action (December 1st) and have an interview with their admission counselor by February 1. Please click the link above for details.

Any student wishing to major in Music (vocal or instrumental), Studio Art, or Theatre (acting or design), must complete an audition/portfolio review to be considered for a fine arts scholarship. (An audition is also required for admission to the Music major.) The amounts of our Sarofim Scholar Awards vary, based on the student’s talent. Students can complete the audition or portfolio review during a personal campus visit, or on one of these upcoming dates:

  • Music: February 3, March 3-4
  • Studio Art: February 19
  • Theatre: March 4

While we are open and ready for you and your students to visit individually during the week (schedule today!), we will host multiple large scale visit programs next semester:

We also encourage our counseling colleagues to visit campus themselves, to see how Southwestern might be the best fit for some of your students.​​​​


Read our latest news feature on Southwestern alumna, Alyssa Pampell Manis (Class of ’07), and her work as an orbital debris scientist at NASA!

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Gettysburg College (PA): 2018 Summer Camps for High School Students

Scholarship opportunities


Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, American government, history, creative writing, or information technology. Please find information about our academic camps below: 

  • Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Campaigns and Elections Academy - This program is designed for highly-motivated students who have a strong interest in American campaigns and elections. Participants learn about the origins and evolution of democracy in America and gain hands-on experiences related to modern political campaigns.
  • Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Coding for Robotics & Electronics Camp - Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring, hardware, and building robots through the open source software known as Arduino. Throughout this camp, campers will learn basic electrical engineering, the physics behind electricity, and how to think like a scientist.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College’s annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war’s most decisive battle.

Gail Sweezey
Director of Admissions
Gettysburg College

P.S. We will be hosting a Senior Open House on Monday, January 29. We encourage students to view the schedule and register online.

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
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