Friday, September 30, 2016

Learn About UK Universities in New Jersey

I work for Newcastle University, one of the UK’s top universities. I will be travelling to New Jersey next month as part of the BEST of U consortium (a group of leading UK universities) and will be hosting a UK education event at Newark Academy on Thursday 13 October 2016 from 6:30-9pm.

I would be very grateful if you could share the below or attached invitation with your students/ families and help us promote the event? I also have a pdf poster should you prefer.

This event is an opportunity for your students and their families to discover the advantages of a UK education (such as shorter and cheaper degree programs), learn more about the UK application process and meet 5 of the top universities simultaneously. You would also be most welcome to attend the event yourself.  

The universities attending are:

England is an increasingly popular study destination for USA students and all the BEST of U universities provide the opportunity to:

·         study at an elite Russell Group University (regarded as the UK version of the Ivy League)
·         obtain a globally-recognised bachelor’s degree in just three years
·         take classes in only the subject areas they love and receive teaching from passionate academics who        are leaders in their research fields
·         spend their long spring and summer breaks exploring the UK and Europe
·         have an exciting, life changing adventure

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

UVA Information Session

Please join Senior Associate Dean of Admission Ryan Hargraves and a panel of recent graduates for a presentation about the University and their admission process.

October 27, 2016
Wardlaw-Hartridge School
1295 Inman Ave.
Edison, NJ 08820
6:30 P.M.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Yale Information Session in Edison

Rebecca Tynan, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, will discuss academic programs, residential colleges and campus life, admissions, and financial aid.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM
John P Stevens High School
855 Grove Ave
Edison, NJ 08820
Event Registration

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall College Fairs

Fall College Fair at Brookdale Community College
Lincroft Campus
October 16, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Collins Arena
Parking Lots 1, 6, 7

Hall C
One Convention Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Fair Date and Hours:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
9 a.m. – noon;
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Renney College Fair (Spring - save the date)
April 17th from 7:30 - 9:00

Thursday, September 22, 2016

FAFSA Starting October 1, 2016

Applying to UGA? Read This.

The University of Georgia is now accepting applications for our most prestigious undergraduate academic scholarships, the Foundation Fellowship and Ramsey Honors Scholarships.  These premier scholarships place an emphasis on developing a community of scholar citizens to be leaders within the global community. 
The Foundation Fellowship and Ramsey Honors Scholarship programs at UGA seek students who meet a very high academic threshold, demonstrate an intense intellectual curiosity about the world around them, are leaders in their schools and communities, possess special artistic, or other talents and are committed to sharing their knowledge and gifts to others. 
As UGA’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship, the Foundation Fellowship provides an annual stipend of over $11,000 per year for Georgia residents and nearly $19,000 for nonresidents of Georgia.  The Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship provides nearly $6,000 per year for Georgia Residents and nearly $10,000 per year for nonresidents of Georgia.  Both scholarships provide a wealth of travel, mentorship, and research opportunities through involvement with the UGA Honors Program.
Recent recipients of the Foundation Fellowship and Ramsey Honors Scholarships earned some of the most renowned graduate fellowships and international scholarships.  We hope that you will encourage your top students to consider these tremendous opportunities. 
Prior to starting the online scholarship application, students must first apply for admission.  Once the admissions application has been submitted and processed, students will be able to begin the separate scholarship application.  Please direct any questions about this application to The deadline to complete the application process is November 1, 2016

Seton Hall University Pirate Pitch Contest for Entrepreneurship

Seton Hall University offers high school students a chance to win cash and scholarships by entering a Pirate Pitch contest designed to teach the basics of entrepreneurship and idea generation.
1st Place Winner: $2,500 cash prize. Plus $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($2,500 annually).
2nd Place Winner: $1,000 cash prize. Plus $6,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,500 annually).
All other Finalists will receive a $4,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,000 annually).
How to Enter
Submit an original business idea that, in 350 words or less, describes an innovative product or service that your students would like to create. Or, they can tell us about a business they’ve already launched! Be sure your students answer the following questions:
  1. What problem does the product or service solve?
  2. How do you propose making money?
  3. Who are your customers and why will they buy your product or service?
  4. Who is your competition and how are you going to be better than them?
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at midnight.
All high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Ten finalists will be selected by late October and invited to present their business ideas in person or via Skype to a panel of judges at Seton Hall University on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., with a reception to follow. Plus your students can make a weekend out of it and attend our Open House on November 20.
Encourage your students to take advantage of this great opportunity to put their skills to the test and earn money for college. Learn more by visiting

Applying to Yale? Read This.

Change is in the air at Yale, and not just in the shorter days and cooler nights. As my staff and I gaze out the windows of the admissions office, we see hundreds of workers constructing the spectacular gothic buildings that will become Yale's two new residential colleges next fall. We also have an early view of the Yale Class of 2021, which will be the first to enroll 1,550 students - a 15% increase over previous classes. This is one of many exciting changes that will touch our work this year. We have put together some updates to assist you and your students throughout the upcoming application process. You will also find more information on our website and in our fall counselor newsletter.   
Three Ways to Apply to Yale 
Freshman applicants now have three application platforms to choose from when applying to Yale. Beginning this year, we will accept the Common Application, the new Coalition Application, and the QuestBridge National College Match Application without preference for one over another. Students should submit one - and only one - application per admissions cycle. We encourage students to select the option that's right for them. More information about the Coalition Application and exciting updates to our QuestBridge application process are available below. 
Simplified Process for QuestBridge Finalists
We are happy to announce that students who are named finalists in the upcoming QuestBridge National College Match process may share their QuestBridge Application with Yale and will not need to submit a Common Application or any additional recommendations, essays, or transcripts to complete their applications. QuestBridge Finalists will only need to submit official standardized test results and the required financial aid materials. QuestBridge Finalists may use their QuestBridge Application to apply to Yale through the National College Match, Yale's Single-Choice Early Action program, or the Regular Decision process. Detailed instructions are available on our website
The New Coalition Application
After many months of development and much valuable feedback from counselors like you, the Coalition Application went live last month. In addition to more intuitive and mobile-friendly technology, the Coalition Application has two significant differences from the Common Application that will be relevant to your students: 
  • A streamlined process for requesting fee waivers that are valid at multiple schools, including Yale. 
  • A different Yale-specific essay prompt, detailed below.
Students using the Coalition Application will be prompted to upload a document, image, audio file, or video they have created in the last four years that holds special meaning for them. They will be asked to reflect (in 250 words or fewer) on why they chose to share this piece of work and its relationship to one of two topics: A community to which you belong and the footprint you have left OR A time in the last few years when you felt genuine excitement learning about something.
As you may know, the Coalition provides a private online space called the Locker, where students can collect and organize digital material. College admissions officers will not see what a student stores in the Locker and will not have access to any materials in a Locker other than those a student includes with his/her college application. Prospective students should not invite Yale admissions staff to collaborate on any items uploaded to the Locker, or invite them as a contact via the Coalition platform. Demonstrated interest is not a factor in Yale’s decision-making process.
New Questions on the Common Application
Students applying to Yale using the Common Application will respond to a series of Yale-specific questions, including two short essays. Applicants will choose two of the following topics and respond to each in 200 words or fewer:
  • What is a community to which you belong? Reflect on the footprint that you have left.
  • Reflect on a time in the last few years when you felt genuine excitement learning about something.
  • Write about something that you love to do.
All of the Yale-specific questions in both of these applications are available We hope that the updated topics and application options will help to shed new light on applicants’ distinctive strengths and identities. The new questions also echo the vision for Yale College articulated by Dean of Yale College Jonathan Holloway.
Standardized Testing Policies and Timeline
For the second year, Yale will not require SAT Subject Tests. Students who have completed any Subject Tests may share or withhold scores as they like. The SAT or the ACT with Writing is required of all applicants. For students submitting only results from the redesigned SAT (taken in March 2016 or later) the additional essay is required. Students applying for freshman admission this cycle and next may submit either the old or the new SAT; we will not prefer one test over another. Please note Yale's policy that applicants should report all scores received on whichever required test (SAT or ACT) they submit. For our complete testing policies, visit
SATs and SAT Subject Tests taken in November may arrive in time for consideration in Yale’s Single Choice Early Action program, but we advise applicants to complete and submit required standardized testing from previous test dates. For Single-Choice Early Action applicants who plan to take November SATs or SAT Subject Tests, admissions officers will begin the evaluation process with the official scores already on file.
New Yale Award for Juniors
Yale's new Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration(RITM) is sponsoring an award for high school juniors: The Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement. The award will be given to students who demonstrate a record of creative leadership and public service, academic distinction, interdisciplinary problem solving, and experience addressing societal issues that might include, but need not be limited to, race and racism. To be considered for the Yale Bassett Award, interested high school students in the class of 2018 should submit an application, which will include the name of a teacher, mentor, coach, religious leader, community-based non-profit leader, or community member who will provide a letter of recommendation. The application deadline is February 1, 2017. Faculty affiliated with the RITM center will select and notify winners this spring. The Admissions Office does not administer the award, and applying for the award will not affect a student’s chances of being admitted to Yale.
Multicultural Open House on October 15
The Admissions Office will host Yale's annual Multicultural Open House on Saturday October 15. All prospective students and their families are welcome to join for all or part of the day. The program features a faculty panel, student life forum, performances by student groups, opportunities to visit Yale's four cultural centers, and brunch in the residential college dining halls. Yale's new Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration will also be featured. Registration is open now. Unfortunately, we cannot provide travel assistance or overnight hosting for participants.  

Rainbows Support Group

Rainbows Support Groups Help Children Heal after a life altering crisis due to separation, divorce, death, illness, military deployment, or other painful family transitions.  Rainbows is available to all families free of chargeand our local Monmouth Beach site commences weekly sessions on Monday, September 26th at 645pm and accept enrollments through October.  For more information or to enroll please either visit our web site at or call us at908-720-7044 .  Our Rainbows certified facilitators use proven age-appropriate curriculum that has served over 3 million children for 30 years. You can help by kindly sharing this information with families that could use Rainbows help.

Parent Academy - Preventing Suicide

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Applying to Drexel? Read This.

There are two applications that your students should complete: the CSS PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These important applications provide Drexel with vital financial information to ensure that we can provide students the most financial aid possible.


The College Board's CSS PROFILE provides us with an overview of your finances, and is required for students to be considered for Drexel need-based funding. The CSS PROFILE can be completed online as early as October 1st 2016 at

Some families may also need to complete the Noncustodial Parent Form in cases where parents are not married. This is an additional form related to the CSS PROFILE. View more information about the CSS PROFILE and the Noncustodial Parent Form at


The FAFSA determines the family's eligibility for federal and state financial aid. As you may know, the process for filing the 2017-2018 FAFSA can be done sooner than in previous years: families will use tax information from two years prior (2015) and can access the form to complete online as early as October 1st 2016. The FAFSA can be completed at using Drexel's school code, 003256. View more details about the process at

The deadlines for each application vary whether students apply for Early Action, Early Decision, or Regular Decision admission. Please visit for details.

We recommend that the students complete both applications well in advance of their deadlines, and we are committed to partnering with you throughout the financial aid process. If you have any questions about financial aid, please contact Drexel Central, our one-stop office for all financial aid, billing, and registration services. There are many ways in which you can contact them:

- By phone at 215.895.1600.
- Online at
- Online with questions via

Applying to Northeastern? Read This.

Coalition Application

Northeastern will accept the Coalition Application this year in addition to the Common Application. We have no preference as to which application a student chooses, and all applications will be evaluated in the same manner.

SAT & ACT Requirements
For applicants graduating from U.S. high schools and D.O.D. schools abroad, the SAT or ACT is required; however the writing section no longer will be required nor reviewed. Students applying for Fall 2017 admission can submit the “old” SAT, the “new” SAT, or the ACT. Students applying for Fall 2018 admission should be prepared to submit “new” SAT scores.

Northeastern’s financial aid deadlines will not change this year based on the new 2017-2018 FAFSA. We hope this allows families more time to complete these important documents with the new earlier availability. Northeastern remains committed to meeting full demonstrated need for entering students who are eligible for federal need-based aid.

Northeastern's Explore Program
Do you have a student who would like the opportunity to explore the possibilities before choosing a major? The Northeastern Explore Program (formerly the Program for Undeclared Students) provides special advising for up to two years while helping students to shape their Northeastern journey, before transitioning seamlessly into any of our seven colleges and 150+ majors.

Teen Girls' Group Counseling

Monday, September 19, 2016

Manasquan High School Post HS Education Night for Juniors and Seniors

Manasquan High School is hosting a Post High School Education Night for Juniors and Seniors on October 4th, It will take place in the high school gymnasium from 6:30-8:30.

There will be reps from colleges, universities, trade and technical schools, and the Armed Forces.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Service Academy Information Day

Applying to UConn? Read This.

Key dates and updates to consider when advising your students about UConn:
December 1
  • Priority freshman application deadline for merit scholarship & honors consideration
  • Deadline for Special Programs in Law, Pharmacy, Medicine, and Dental Medicine
January 15
  • Storrs campus freshman application deadline
March 1
  • FAFSA deadline for financial aid eligibility
  • Notification of admission begins
The application fee has increased to $80 for fall 2017 applicants. Fee waivers will continue to be accepted.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Applying to UNC Chapel Hill? Read This.

Fall 2017 Application is Open
This Year's Highlights
As you know, the 2016-2017 Common Application is open for first-year and transfer students applying for Fall 2017 admission. Here's what you need to know for this application cycle.

What's New:
  • UNC-specific short answer prompts: First-year and transfer applicants will be asked to respond to their choice of two among four prompts.
  • SAT and ACT writing section: For admission to UNC, applicants are not required to complete the essay portion of the SAT and the ACT nor do we recommend it.
  • Excel@Carolina: To be considered for special opportunities such as Honors Carolina, first-year applicants should complete the optional Excel survey as part of the UNC supplement of the application. Select opportunities such as assured enrollment in business and pharmacy are only offered through the Early Action deadline.
•    First-Year Early Action deadline: October 15*
•    First-Year Regular Decision deadline: January 15
•    Transfer deadline: February 15
* October 15 Early Action deadline: Only the application and application fee must be submitted by October 15. Transcripts, secondary school statements, and letters of recommendation may arrive after the deadline. Please submit these materials byNovember 1. Additionally, SAT and ACT scores from October and November test dates are accepted. Students should have their scores sent directly to us from the testing service.

Applying to TCNJ? Read This.

The College of New Jersey is teeming with life as our students return to campus. We are especially excited to welcome home the Class of 2020, microwaves, mini fridges and all. While the newest members of our community perfect their walk from the residence halls to Campus Town, our office has its sights on the class to come. If there is one thing you can expect from TCNJ this year, it is more.   
Take advantage of...  

Opportunities to Visit:
Fall Open Houses:
Saturday, September 17
Sunday, October 16
SaturdayNovember 19  

Weekly Campus Tours:
September 7 - December 9  

We will also host several weekend tours and transfer information sessions,
all of which will be posted on our visit page at: 

Remind your students about...  

Common Application Deadlines:
Early Decision I - November 1
Spring Admission - November 1
7 Year Medical Program - December 1
General Admission - February 1  

We also offer students a second opportunity to commit to TCNJ via:
Early Decision II - January 1  

STEM College Fair

Columbia University, Lerner Hall
Saturday, October 29, 2016
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Register at

For additional information go to

Monday, September 12, 2016

Applying to Pace? Read this.

This academic year Pace has made some changes to our admission deadlines and I want to be sure you’re aware of these exciting updates.
  • We now offer students the option to apply Early Decision and have a new Early Action deadline.
  • Since students can file their FAFSA by October 1 using their 2015 tax information, we have changed our financial aid priority deadline to November 15. This will enable us to provide students with their Financial Aid package earlier than in the past.
  • For fall 2017 applicants we will accept the old (pre-March sitting) and new SAT scores. Given that most applicants will submit the new SAT score, we will concord the old score (pre-March sitting) to the new scores for this cohort.
    • Pace University will accept October SAT (not ACT) test scores to meet the Early Decision (ED) and Early Action 1 (EA1) November 1 deadlines.
    • Pace will accept October and November SAT and ACT test scores to meet the Early Action 2 (EA2) December 1deadline.