Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Information from TCNJ

Greetings from The College of New Jersey...

As the School Counselor Liaison in our office, I am glad to serve as a resource for you and your students during the college admissions process. While the Early Decision I deadline has passed, students may still apply for our Early Decision II deadline.

Upcoming Deadlines:
  • 7-Year Accelerated Medical Program – December 1
  •  Early Decision II – January 1
  • General Admission – February 1
Application Tid-bits:
  • The Common Application is currently the only way to apply to TCNJ.
  • Applicants will be deemed complete with the submission of: the completed Common Application, official high school transcript, official standardized test scores (unless applying to specific Art and Music programs), and $75 application fee or fee waiver.
  • TCNJ is test optional for Art applicants who must submit a portfolio and Music applicants who must complete an audition. If students wanted to be considered for academic merit scholarships, standardized test scores must be submitted.
  • TCNJ does not offer Early Action – only Early Decision and General Admission.
  • Early Decision I and Early Decision II applicants will receive a decision postmarked by December 1st and February 1st, respectively, and General Admission applicants by April 1st.
  • To be considered for need-based aid, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online.
Visit TCNJ:

With the opening of our new STEM Complex, Brower Student Center renovation, and addition of Campus Town, there is much to see on TCNJ’s campus. We invite you and your students to visit us.
Weekday campus tours will continue through December 8th.

Register at:

If you are on campus, please visit us in Trenton Hall 228 for a Counselor packet and TCNJ swag!

We look forward to connecting with you and your students, soon, and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!


Janika Berridge
Admissions Counselor
The College of New Jersey

Monday, November 20, 2017

Information About Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr College reviews all applications holistically, which means we look at each student within their own individual context and environment. As part of this process, we review many documents and credentials. You can find a full list of the necessary application materials by clicking the button below.

We also have additional information we'd like to share with you regarding our application process.
  • In Fall 2014, the College adopted our Test Optional Policy for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. 
  • The Bryn Mawr Supplement prompts students to reflect on how the Self-Government Association and/or Honor Code will shape their Bryn Mawr experience. 
  • While interviews are not required, they are highly encouraged. Students can interview with Admissions staff, alumnae, or via Skype with our Senior Interviewers.

Syracuse University ED II

Greetings from Syracuse!

We hope your fall season is going well. We're writing to let you know that Syracuse University will offer an Early Decision II option for applicants, the deadline for which is January 1. By applying ED II your students will affirm their desire to attend Syracuse University and receive an admission decision notification earlier than if they apply Regular Decision.

Please encourage interested students to apply ED II and contact us if they have any questions. If a student has already applied to Syracuse Regular Decision they may send us an e-mail to indicate their wish to be considered for Early Decision II.

If there's anything we can do to assist as you or your students, please don't hesitate to contact us at or 315-443-3611.


Maurice A. Harris, Ph.D.
Dean of Admissions

Friday, November 17, 2017

Information About Princeton University


Dear Colleague,
Greetings from Princeton University! I hope your school year is going well.
I want to thank you for your partnership in the admission process as we begin to evaluate applications for the Class of 2022. Your letters of recommendation in support of each student are vital to our work. Thank you for your efforts in writing thoughtful, detailed letters to educate us about your applicants, in addition to the counsel you provide to your students and their families.
Our single-choice early action application review is underway, and we are assessing a talented and diverse pool of students from around the world. We’re committed to diversity on campus, and we continue to seek students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, knowing Princeton can meet 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated need. In fact, for students admitted to the Class of 2021 with family incomes up to $160,000, the average aid package covered 100 percent of tuition. Moreover, 22 percent of our first-year students qualified for a Pell grant and 17 percent of students in the class are first in their families to attend college.
Our counselor profile (.pdf) provides further insight into last year’s class, as well as information about our new transfer admission process. Let me suggest you read about our new Lewis Arts Complex, a 22-acre development for the arts that opened in October.
I wish you the very best this academic year. If you have any questions or wish to speak to an admission officer, please feel free to contact our office at or 609-258-3060.
Janet Lavin Rapelye
Dean of Admission


I hope you’re doing well! We are excited to announce that Husson University recently launched a new scholarship program on RaiseMe and asked us to reach out to you to share some helpful resources for introducing RaiseMe to your students!

Through RaiseMe, your students can now earn “micro-scholarships” (performance-based scholarships) for each of their academic and extracurricular achievements beginning in the 9th grade from Husson University and over 210 other colleges.  

Thousands of other counselors are using this free program to motivate students, improve outcomes, and reinforce the guidance they’re already giving. RaiseMe can help your students get a head start on their college search and develop into stronger applicants.

Here’s the best way to use RaiseMe at your school:

1. Visit and create your Educator account to access a free dashboard with resources
2. Invite your students to participate (you’ll be able to view their portfolios and track their progress once verified)
3. Email Thea Lee ( with any questions!


About RaiseMe: RaiseMe is a social enterprise working in partnership with the former First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative and over 210 colleges to expand access to higher education by improving the way students prepare for college—both financially and academically. Rather than waiting until the end of high school to award aid, which is often too late to impact a student's college ambitions or choices,RaiseMe enables students to earn grant aid throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare them to succeed, whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community or joining an extracurricular. The amount that students earn from a college onRaiseMe represents a guaranteed minimum amount of aid they’ll receive if they apply and are admitted to that college.

Thea Lee
District Partner Associate
RaiseMe |

The Blount Scholars Program at the University of Alabama

The University of Alabama
“What is the The Blount Scholars Program” you ask?
The short line:
The Blount Scholars Program is an innovative liberal arts initiative structured as a four-year living and learning community at The University of Alabama.  It features small, seminar-style classes, extensive exposure to faculty, and an integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum leading to a minor in Liberal Arts.  In addition to their scholastic pursuits, students are exposed to a wide variety of organized and impromptu social activities.  First-year Blount students, along with many of their upper class counterparts, live and take classes in the Blount Living and Learning Center, a premier campus residence hall specifically designed to integrate social and intellectual life. This integration provides Blount students with the atmosphere of a small liberal arts college in the midst of a major research university.
Blount students are a diverse group in terms of both their backgrounds and their interests.  They come from all walks of life and every region of the country.  They major in a variety of different disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, hard sciences, and arts as well as in more applied disciplines such as engineering, business, and education.  They belong to a wide array of social organizations and honors societies.  What unites them is curiosity, intellectual engagement, a desire to seize the opportunities available to them at the University, and the conviction that a liberal arts education prepares them not simply for employment, but for a well-rounded and well-informed life.
Advantages to enrolling in Blount Scholars include:
Small Classes
First-year seminars are capped at 15 students; thereafter, seminars are capped at 12 students. Blount students currently enjoy priority course registration.
Intensive Interaction with Faculty
Blount courses are taught by award-winning faculty in disciplines across the University. Because of the small course size, Blount students work closely with their professors and receive individualized instruction.
Scheduling Flexibility
Because the program is built around the minor, Blount students can easily pursue any major and participate in other organizations and honor societies at the University.  In any given year, approximately 90 percent of Blount students also participate in the Honors College.
Admission to the program is competitive and any incoming student at the University of Alabama may apply.  The Blount application form can be found at accept applications throughout the year as space in the entering class permits, though we encourage interested students to apply by December 15thfor priority consideration.
The longer line:
How long do you have?  I’d be delighted to answer any questions you may have or provide a thicker description of the program and its students via email, telephone, Skype, or in person.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me.
My thanks for your time at what I realize is a very busy time of year.
Yours truly,
Frederick Whiting, PhDDirector, Blount Scholars ProgramAssociate Professor of EnglishThe University of

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) empowers Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible.

As the nation's largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education, HSF has awarded more than $550 million in scholarships and provides a range of impactful programs for students, HSF scholars, alumni, and parents.

Don't let your students miss their opportunity to apply for an HSF scholarship. The application opens January 1, 2018, and closes March 31, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be selected in June 2018. For more information visit

For more information, click here.