Happenings at Kenyon College (OH)

Kenyon College
Happenings on the Hill
News and Admissions Tips from Kenyon College
November 2018
Ask the Dean
How do we choose who to admit to Kenyon? Read what Dean of Admissions Diane Anci has to say and learn how to apply to Kenyon.
Admissions Tips
Fear no interview. Think of it as another chance to size up a college and share something about yourself.
Dates and Deadlines
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.
Scholarship Opportunities
All applicants are considered for one of our 15 types of merit scholarships, ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 a year. Additionally, you may apply for a talent scholarship in art, music or writing, or one of our KEEP or STEM scholarships.
Interview Options
Kenyon offers seniors four options for an interview, which is a recommended, but not required, part of the application process.
Standing for Decency
President Sean Decatur reflects on the necessity of learning to be decent in the face of indecency.
Kenyon Votes 2018
We captured Kenyon students as they headed to the polls on Election Day.
This Is Where I End My Day
Tariq Thompson ’21 reveals the moment that he felt truly grounded and invested in the campus community.
Community Canvas
The Kenyon community came together to turn a utilitarian construction wall into an ever-evolving work of art.
Julia and Emma in New York City
After Kenyon
After graduation, Julia Greer ’15 and Emma Miller ’15 carried their passion for theater to New York City, where they launched The Hearth, a theater organization “committed to making room for the next generation of female artists in the landscape of female theater.”
Your Burning Questions
We asked what fires you up, and you answered. Here are the burning questions on your minds, as well as a response from Professor of Biology Wade Powell to the question, “Should we edit the human genome?”
Kenyon College
Office of Admissions
Gambier, OH 43022
(800) 848-2468

Fordham University Updates

The past academic year has proven to be yet another cycle of excitement, challenges, and change in the already complex world of college admission and counseling. At Fordham, we’re pleased to share that the past year for us was very successful. We owe much of that success to your support and the outstanding work that you do in finding students who are the right fit for our programs and campus communities.

As the fall term began, we welcomed more than 2200 students to both the Rose Hilland Lincoln Center campuses.The Class of 2022 is an exceptionally talented one. We attained an applicant pool of more than 46,100 and an acceptance rate of 46%. The mean GPA for enrolled students is 3.65 on a 4.0 scale. The Class also has a mean standardized test score of 1355 (+11 points over a year ago).

Additionally, the Class is notable for its geographic diversity with 64% of students enrolling from out of state, including representation from 47 states (including DC and Puerto Rico) and 41 countries. Students of color (domestic) and international students comprise 46% of the class. The diversity of our domestic students increased by 6% and international students declined slightly (9% of the class this year is international vs. 10% last cycle).

As we embark on the year ahead, I encourage you to use our counselor page as a resource for all that is new at Fordham. I’ll be posting news and updates on my blog, as well.

To start off the year, here are some highlights:


  • Fordham will continue to use one application platform –The Common Application. We know from your feedback that a single option is helpful as you guide students and families through the college process.
  • We’ve launched a new admission publication campaign. If you haven’t received copies of our new materials, please email me directly if you’d like to receive an updated counselor packet for your office.
  • After many years of super-scoring the SAT only, starting with the fall 2019 cycle, we will also super-score the ACT in an effort to acknowledge student achievement across all test types.
  • Fordham University will offer a new SAT/ACT test flexible application option for qualified overseas students applying for Fall 2019 admission, as extensive test cancellations and reductions in administrations have significantly limited the opportunities for students living outside the United States to complete standardized tests often required for U.S. university admission consideration. Please see our Application Requirements for International students page for additional details.
  • We continue to offer Early Decision in addition to Early Action, Priority Performance, and Regular Decision options.


  • We won a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant which will allow us to offer a new Aspires scholarship to select STEM students from underrepresented populations with financial need.
  • We will continue to provide financial aid packages to eligible students who are admitted and complete the filing process as follows:
    • Early Decision - packages received with admission offer
    • Early Action - packages sent to admitted students by the first week of February
    • Regular Decision - packages sent to admitted students with decision or, if incomplete, soon after

For more information about filing deadlines, please visit our Financial Aid website.


There are a few other exciting items of note at Fordham. Here are some highlights:

I have so much more to share with you, so please follow my blog, read our periodic Ram Mail for counselors and visit our counselor page often. I also encourage you to contact me directlyvisit campus, or interact with members of our Undergraduate Admission team.

I, and the Undergraduate Admission team, look forward to working with you and your students in the coming year.


Patricia Peek, PhD
Dean of Undergraduate Admission

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Lincoln Center Campus | 113 West 60th St. | New York, NY 10023 | 718-817-4000
Rose Hill Campus | 441 East Fordham Rd. | Bronx, NY 10458 | 718-817-4000

Where else but WOOSTER COLLEGE (OH)

Greetings from The College of Wooster!

With the application season well under way (and with November 1 past us), I wanted to take the opportunity to send you some recent news about Wooster, and to remind you to reach out with any questions!

We appreciate your enthusiasm for Wooster and look forward to connecting with you periodically.

Please see our counselor page for additional information and explore our website for current student stories, where our admissions office is traveling, and the latest updates.

All the best,

April Gamble
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions &
Coordinator of Counselor Relations

Wooster News

The Class of 2022 at Wooster is the most geographically and culturally diverse we have ever welcomed to campus. International students make up nearly 20% of the class, representing 37 countries. U.S. students of color comprise 20% of the class.

The new Ruth W. Williams Hall of Life Science, or “The Ruth” (nicknamed by students to honor Ruth W. Williams) is home to the biology, chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, neuroscience departments, and the environmental studies program. With its innovative biophiliac design, The Ruth houses classes, research spaces, and community areas for the interdisciplinary conversations that are so important to scientific discovery – and even a greenhouse!

The Princeton Review just ranked Wooster 9th in the country for “Best Colleges for Internships.” Whether working over the summer at NASA, The Cleveland Museum of Art, or Credit Suisse, Wooster students participate in supervised short-term experiences in a career field of interest to them. Wooster has developed partnerships with many organizations nationally and internationally, including our

Wooster Student Spotlight
Sabrina Harris ’19
Highland Park, Illinois

I study Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. I was a research assistant to Dr. Kille, where I helped compile and analyze sources about the many specialized components on the United Nations system. I then studied abroad in Geneva, focusing on the UN headquarters there. I also interned with the UN’s liaison office in Washington, DC  which allowed me to learn firsthand about the organization and foreign policy worlds.

The strong resources, and support from faculty and community were huge factors in my decision to come to Wooster. Compounded with the beauty of campus and the many opportunities Wooster provided, it was an easy choice.

I am involved in the Wooster community through a few different avenues: I am the President of our Model United Nations team and the yoga club. I am also a member of our hunt-seat equestrian team.
If you want a place where you can grow into who you want to be and figure out what you want to do, all while surrounded by an incredible community and support system, choose Wooster!

Office of Admissions
1189 Beall Avenue
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Phone: (330) 263-2322


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Gettysburg College (PA): Liberal arts is where innovation starts

As you continue to counsel students and families on the right college fit, I wanted to share a great example of how innovation occurs in a liberal arts and sciences setting when a student’s academic pursuits and personal passions collide.

Tyler Mitchell ’20, computer science major and Digital Technology Summer Fellow in the Gettysburg Innovation Lab, designed a potentially revolutionary medical device with the use of 3D printing technology. Tyler created a closed loop insulin pump that operates entirely by reading blood sugar levels that continuously move through a glucose monitor and has the potential to radically improve the lives of those living with Type 1 Diabetes. Tyler reflects on his experience: “At Gettysburg College, I was given the freedom to build whatever I wanted through my summer fellowship – and it seems to be paying off. My hope is that this project will have a real-world impact on those suffering with diabetes, and that I can truly help those individuals in a meaningful way.”

Tyler’s story underscores the ability to think critically and solve complex problems. His story is just one example of how students at Gettysburg College are inspired to transform the world around them.

Please take a moment to share Tyler’s story with your students and families as you discuss the value of the liberal arts.

Gail Sweezey
Dean of Admissions
Gettysburg College

2018-19 Clemson University (S.C) Application Is Live!!

Clemson University
The 2018-19 Clemson University application is live! Now is the time to encourage your students to apply to one of the nation’s top 25 public universities (U.S. News & World Report). Check out the next steps below as you guide them through this exciting process.

First-Year Applicant Checklist

  1. Submit application through Clemson or the Coalition
  2. Request high school transcript
  3. Report SAT or ACT scores
  4. Watch our student stories

Note: Clemson is pleased to be part of the Coalition for College. Students should apply using either the Clemson University Application or the Coalition platform. There is no preference for one over another.

Copyright © 2018 Clemson University, All rights reserved.

Hillel Stands with Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh

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It is impossible to put into words the grief we feel today for the loss of our family, our loved ones, and our beloved brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh at Tree of Life Congregation.

That this congregation and Jewish community is minutes from our Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh, serving the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, makes the loss closer, but does not change the feeling of connection we would have wherever this might have happened.

Kol Yisroel Zeh Lazeh - all Jews are responsible for one another. 

At Hillel, we have a responsibility to create a safe space for Jewish students on every college campus. In the aftermath of this horrific event, we are continuing to work directly with local law enforcement and university officials around the country to ensure the safety of our Jewish students.

Today, Hillel mourns with our people. Hillel houses across the country will be holding vigils to pray for and support the families and individuals who have suffered devastating losses. May the memories of the fallen be connected to our people forever, and may we never forget to stand for our people everywhere.

Eric D. Fingerhut, President and CEO

Southwestern University: Tips for Writing An Effective Essay

  • Tips for Writing an Effective Admission Essay
    Tips for Writing an Effective Admission Essay
    Southwestern University

So you’ve started putting together your college applications, and like a boss, you’ve been requesting transcripts, filling in your personal information, and asking for recommendation letters. But there’s one last requirement that you’ve been dreading. It’s the summit of your mountain, the boss fight in your video game, the spun sugar on your croquembouche.

We’re talking, of course, about the college admission essay.

If you’re like many high school students, you’ve been putting off this part of your application. Maybe it’s because you’re not inspired by the various prompts. Perhaps you’re procrastinating because trying to express your character, personality, worldview, passions, writing skill, and desire to go to a particular school all within just a few hundred words feels overwhelming. Or maybe you’re stressed because you know a lot rides on this part of your application but you don’t consider yourself a strong writer.

Whatever the reason, we’re here with suggestions—and insider tips from the experts—to make the essay-writing process a little less painful.

It’s a story, not a résumé

Some admission officers pore over your application; others spend only minutes reading your documents. Whatever your reader’s process, you need to grab their attention. And a snore-mongering list of extracurriculars is not the way to hook your audience. As Southwestern University Associate Director of Admission Dana Marchant suggests, “Do not reiterate all the activities and involvement you have completed during your high school year. Focus on one experience and the skill it has taught you. It may be very big (e.g., being adopted) or small (e.g., a jarring conversation at an after-school club meeting), but focus on the life lessons you learned from that experience. Some of the best essays I have read have been about a simple experience, but students have been able to put me in that moment with them and then expounded on how it changed them.”

Remember that stories don’t begin with a repetition of the prompt (e.g., please don’t start with, “One time when I questioned or challenged a belief or idea was …”) or a definition from a dictionary (e.g., avoid saying, “Merriam–Webster defines ‘success’ as …”); instead, you should begin with something descriptive, such as setting the scene or jumping right into the middle of the action. Then, go on to illustrate how the event took place, devoting details only to significant moments. (Life hack: Keep in mind that this is also a story and not a novel, so don’t go all Charles Dickens on this.)

But unlike a story, an essay needs a main point that’s stated explicitly, so beyond describing the event or person, be sure to explain how that event or person changed you. Did you learn a skill you’ve used or would like to continue honing as an undergraduate? Did you learn an important lesson that has shaped how you think or behave in some way? Regardless of the topic you choose, your essay should tell a distinctive, compelling, cohesive story about who you are, how you’ve grown as an individual, and the contributions you’ll make to this particular college campus.

Honesty is the only policy

The application essay is not a résumé, nor is it an epic. And by “not an epic,” I mean both  “not fiction” and “not a grand adventure story about an extraordinary protagonist.” Some students might feel pressured to invent tragic past experiences or monumental achievements to heighten the emotional appeal of their essays, but admission officers can detect bovine feces. They also don’t expect you to have survived trauma or carried out heroic feats by your senior year in high school. So always represent yourself in the best way possible, but make sure you keep that depiction truthful.  

“To paint the lily … Is wasteful and ridiculous excess”

Remember what Salisbury says to the crown and Pembroke in Shakespeare’s The Life and Death of King John (1595), which I know you’re intimately familiar with and can quote by rote:

To descry your plans for achieving world peace,
To say a spork is but a metaphor for life,
Or to hint that an aglet is a fair symbol of your soul
Is slick and unctuous smarm. (4.2.11–14)

OK, that is in no way a direct quotation, nor is it anything close to blank verse, but trust me: the bard would want you to avoid trying to anticipate what the admission staff want to read. So don’t try to be too clever or cutesy in your essay, and don’t try to embellish a perfectly simple story. “We’re trying to discern whether you can you put thoughts on paper in a coherent manner,” says Southwestern University’s Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment Tom Delahunt. “The topic doesn’t have to be heavy, like death, dying, or a debilitating illness. It can be light and still give us an indication that you can write and effectively communicate.” Everyday experiences can be meaningful, and youshould describe how a particular difficult conversation affected your thinking about cultural differences or how collecting antique typewriters helps you see technology in a different way. But don’t exaggerate the significance of your experience; the effect it’s had on your personal growth does not need to be elevated to the level of global impact.

And don’t try to use sesquipedalian (SAT alert!) vocabulary when you’re a mono- or disyllabic kind of writer; relying on a thesaurus and using words you’re not familiar with are another sure signal of an inauthentic voice.

The rough draft should not be the only draft

The college essay may seem like its own beast—and therefore one that you don’t know how to grapple with—but the writing process is the same as it often is for an academic essay, a blog post, a letter to the editor, or a cover letter: brainstorm, outline, write a rough draft, get critical distance from it, revise it, edit it, and proofread it.

Notice that I didn’t say, “write a rough draft, and submit it.” Why shouldn’t you let your essay fly? Because you need to take some time away from it to get some critical distance. For example, in the flurry of a rough draft, you might feel attached to a particular sentence or paragraph, but after stepping away—physically and mentally—from your first effort, you might come back to find that those wonderful turns of phrase don’t really fit the content or tone of the rest of the piece. You’ll be better able to catch those inconsistencies and revise them if you’ve given yourself distance from the essay. You want to make sure that your application is polished and tells a clear, convincing, coherent story about why you belong at XYZ University, so instead of dashing it off and being done with it, give yourself at least a day or two away from it so that you can come back to revise with an alert mind and fresh eyes. Only after you’ve had a chance to review your essay carefully and put the finishing touches on it should you click the submit button.

Get feedback

Another way to get critical distance from your essay is to get criticism. And I don’t mean a slash-and-burn review like you might get from an unreasonable reality-TV competition judge. I’m talking about constructive feedback from trusted friends, family, or mentors. Southwestern University Assistant Director of Admission Rebecca Rother recommends having two people review your essay. The first should be someone “who knows you super well, such as a parent, best friend, close teacher, etc. They will be able to see the essence of you in the story you’ve chosen.” The second reader should be “someone who doesn’t know you as well,” such as “a teacher you haven’t had for a few years, a friend of the family, the librarian at the local library, etc. This will be the person who makes sure that you aren’t missing key details to your story.” Often, the college-application essay is so personal that you can forget that your reader, the admission officer, is practically a stranger and may not recognize the people and places you mention in your essay, so your second reader can help you clarify those unfamiliar references.

Another great trick is to ask your two reviewers to read your essay and then, considering the story you have shared, think of three adjectives to describe you. If those three adjectives reflect the message or self-portrait you intended to depict in your draft, then you are on the right track; if not, then you need to rethink your content.

Use your words—preferably correctly spelled ones

Your grammar and usage do not have to be perfect. However, your essay should be polished and free of conspicuous errors, such as typos and spelling mistakes. In addition to having reviewers spot any issues with clarity and readability, Southwestern University Dean of Admission and Enrollment Services Christine Bowman suggests, “print out your essay, and read it aloud to make sure you have not missed any key words or punctuation. Sometimes we type faster than our thoughts get onto the page.” Seeing your essay printed in hard copy can help you see what you might miss on screen; reading it aloud can help you “hear” errors that your eyes might skip.

Tailor it

This has nothing to do with clothing; this has everything to do with making sure that you’re not sending the same essay to every university. If an admission counselor at Yalevard reads that your wonderful volunteer experience at the local giraffe rehabilitation center makes you a great fit for Stanmouth, then they’re likely to guffaw … right before they chuck your application into the rejection pile. Such mistakes can make you look careless and less than committed to the school. But even beyond just mentioning the correct names of schools, do your research to find out what makes each university the right fit for you. Clarifying specific aspects of each college’s curriculum, special programs, student organizations, athletic teams, or other opportunities and why they are an ideal match for your interests and values can impress admission staff that you’re serious about their institution. (Pro tip: you’ll want to remember this tip when you write cover letters and even résumés for internships and jobs; customizing your content to specific employers is always key.)

All that said …

Earlier, I mentioned that you shouldn’t make mountains out of molehills within your essay. Similarly, don’t exaggerate the importance of the essay itself: it is only one part of your college application, and it is rarely the sole reason a student gets admitted or denied. A particularly strong essay won’t balance out a consistent record of underwhelming academic performance, and a less-than-award-winning essay will not necessarily cancel out an otherwise stellar application filled with excellent grades, commitment to community service, and compelling recommendations. Admission staff aren’t looking for the perfect topic or essay; rather, they just want to get a better sense of each applicant’s passions, opinions, and ways of thinking so that they can fill each incoming class with a diverse group of interesting classmates and roommates. So work hard and carefully on your college-application essay, but don’t obsess over it.

Best of luck!

What’s new at High Point University (NC)?

I hope your fall and school year have gotten off to a great start. It continues to be an exciting time of positive change and transformation at High Point University. The newWanek School of Undergraduate Sciences building that will house our Biology, Chemistry and Physics majors is well underway, under roof and will open next summer. The Caine Conservatory which will have a working greenhouse and support botanical research is also underway and will open next summer. We broke ground in September on the Qubein Sports Arena and Conference Center that will open in the winter of 2020. Along with these amazing physical changes on campus, I have another exciting update to share with you.
The High Point University Faculty Admissions Committee and President Qubein unanimously supported our move to and continued offering of ‘Test Optional’ admissions. In fact, over a quarter of our enrolled freshmen this fall applied test optional.
As a university committed to weaving students into the family, HPU has always considered each prospective student on a variety of factors. These include, but are not limited to: GPA, demonstrated interest in attending HPU, community involvement, academic achievement, leadership demonstration, extracurricular activities, a series of essay submissions and the rigor of their high school. Transitioning to ‘test optional’ reflects the university’s dedication to review the character and full abilities of each applicant in the admissions process. It is also supported by data which shows GPA is a stronger indicator of success rather than SAT or ACT scores. HPU will look for test optional students who work hard, have achieved in the classroom and are prepared for success in college.
Under the test optional program, submitting SAT or ACT scores in the application for admission will be optional. However, in awarding our Presidential Scholarships (from $7,000 per year to full tuition per year) and selecting top students for our Honors Scholar Program, test scores will be required. Test Optional students with strong GPA’s may still qualify for High Point Scholarships.
We appreciate you sharing this exciting news with students and families. Our admissions counselors look forward to sharing more about this and many other exciting changes that benefit students at High Point University with you as they travel to your area this fall.
Best regards,
D. Andrew Bills
Senior Vice President for Enrollment

What’s new at Lebanon Valley College (PA)?


New Health Professions Pavilion Opens

The College officially opened the new Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, which is home to our athletic trainingexercise science, and physical therapy programs. This $20 million academic building shows LVC’s commitment to the health professions field.

LVC Listed #1 For Getting a Job

Career guidance site Zippia has identified Lebanon Valley College as #1 among all U.S. colleges and universities in its listing of “The Best Colleges in Each State for Getting a Job 2018.” The placement rate for Lebanon Valley is 96.185%, according to College Scorecard data.

Largest Class Ever

The College welcomed a record-breaking 518 new students this fall, exceeding last year’s incoming student group, which was then the largest in the College’s history. The cohort includes 473 first-year students and 45 transfers.

NOW: Next-Level Career Counseling

The new Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success offers a developmental model for students to connect networking, internship coordination, professional skill-building, and one-on-one advising with their academics.
Try Our New Scholarship Calculator

Try Our New Scholarship Calculator

Students now have a new tool to help them estimate costs. Our scholarship calculator uses SAT scores and GPA to estimate financial aid packages.
Spend Time at LVC This Summer

Fall Visit Opportunities Start Soon

Students can select from a variety of visit opportunities this fall, including open houses, personal tours, and specific events focused around their major.
Opportunities to Visit The Valley

Discover More LVC Campus News

Visit our website to keep up with the latest happenings about student internships, success stories of our graduates, significant events, and more.
www.lvc.edu  |  1-800-LVC-4ADM  |  717-867-6181

Ohio Wesleyan University Updates

I write today to introduce myself and to share a few quick updates about Ohio Wesleyan that I hope will help you in your work. I’ll start with the updates:

$30,000 MERIT SCHOLARSHIP –We are pleased to announce we are renewing our expanded scholarship program for 2018-2019 to ensure top students have access to the kind of personalized, challenging, hands-on educational experience that OWU offers. Students with a minimum 3.4 grade point average and an 1150 SAT or 23 ACT score will again receive an automatic $30,000 Branch Rickey Scholarship, renewable for four years.

Students who are close to meeting these requirements will qualify for merit awards starting at $20,000. For additional information, please click here.

OFF-CAMPUS INTERVIEWS– Ohio Wesleyan is offering many off-campus interviews this fall. Students are invited to register online to meet with us at www.owu.edu/oci.

And just a quick note about me. I’m pleased to have joined Ohio Wesleyan in August, coming from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. In addition, I am the 2018-19 president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and I am passionate about the importance of higher education, especially the liberal arts. I also have a high school senior involved in the college search process – making me doubly appreciative of all you and your colleagues do!

I hope to meet you in person soon. In the meantime, if I can ever be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Stefanie Niles, Ed.D.
Vice President of Enrollment and Communications
Ohio Wesleyan University

Stefanie D. Niles, Ed.D.

Vice President for Enrollment and Communications
President, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
Email: sdniles@owu.edu
Office: (740) 368-3025
Web: owu.edu
Ohio Wesleyan University
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015

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  • U.S. News & World Report Top 100 Liberal Arts University
  • One of 44 Colleges That Change Lives
  • Forbes Magazine Ranks Ohio Wesleyan First in Ohio, 17th in Nation on List of ‘America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges 2015’