Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Governor's School

Communications High School can nominate one student per school as follows:

Governor's School in the Sciences at Drew University
July 9-July 29, 2017

Governor's School of Engineering & Technology at Rutgers University School of Engineering
June 25-July 21, 2017

If you are interested in the school's nomination (and available for the duration of the program), please email your counselor by Monday, December 5th for additional information.

Podcast for College Planning

This podcast is timely as we are meeting with parents and juniors who are beginning the college planning process. Much of it reiterates what we are covering in our planning meetings, but if you want a college consultant's perspective or if you are a parent of a sophomore, it's worth a listen.

Interested in Syracuse? Read This.

Greetings from Syracuse!

We 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. They will also need to submit the ED Agreement.
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 18, 2016

Applying to Rutgers? Read This.

While our early action application due date has passed, we are now busy preparing for our regular action due date of December 1. Students seeking full consideration for merit scholarships, honors programs, and the Honors College should apply no later than this date. Regular action applicants have until December 15 to submit their Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR), test scores, and application fee or fee waiver, and can expect to receive our decisions by the end of February. Please note that the recommended priority filing date for the FAFSA is also December 1.

We’ve created a fun animated video to help your students with the Rutgers application process. With everything from completing the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) to writing the essay, this video will address some of the basic questions that arise when completing our application. Please make sure to share this with your students as they prepare their applications for our December 1due date.

Current high school students are required to self-report their courses and grades using our Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). However, we understand that you may still receive pressure from parents/students to mail a copy of the high school transcript. Please explain to parents that mailing the high school transcript only slows our processing time and does not facilitate our review of their students' applications. Completion of the SRAR is the only (and most efficient) way for students to provide Rutgers with their complete high school record.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

NYU 3-Minute Video on How to Fill Out the Common Application

We know applying to colleges can be overwhelming for your students, so we want to try to make the process is as simple as possible. We've created a quick 3-minute explainer video on how to fill out the Common Application. 
We hope you can use this as a resource when talking with your students about applying for college.
Our application deadline is January 1st. Students can visit our website for step-by-step instructions on completing the application and applying for financial aid
Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!
Shawn L. Abbott
Dean of Admissions

Monday, November 14, 2016

Applying to Northeastern University? Read This.

Dear Counselor,

Greetings from Boston! Now that we have passed the November 1 deadlines for Early Decision and Early Action, I wanted to provide you with a brief update. We’ve seen growth in both applicant pools—with a 12% increase in Early Action and a 7% increase in Early Decision. Needless to say, we are working tirelessly to complete files and evaluate applications, and we anticipate these will be two very competitive rounds of admission selection. In addition, I’d like to share a few items on the horizon here at Northeastern.
  • For the first time, we asked students on the application for their preference about whether they would like to participate in The Program, our first-year global experience. We’re eager to have this context as we make decisions, although a student’s preference does not guarantee a decision that matches that preference.
  • Similar to the past few years, students in the ED pool may receive offers of admission for Fall 2017 and The Program, as we remain committed to providing these students with a final decision at this time. For students admitted to The Program, their decision will be non-binding with a May 1 deposit deadline.
  • This year we will also offer a small pilot of EA admission offers to The Program, along with those receiving an offer of admission for Fall 2017. We have seen great results with this approach at ED as students have more time to consider the offer of admission.
Students who applied Early Decision will be notified electronically of their admissions decision by December 15th, and those applying Early Action will be notified by December 31st.

My team is eager to assist you and your students throughout this process. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 617.373.2200touch base with your Admissions representative, or Tweet your question to @NUAdmissions with #askNUAdmission.

Warm regards,
Elizabeth Cheron
Associate Dean of Admissions
Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Applying to Syracuse University? Read This.

Application Deadlines

Early Decision: November 15
Regular Decision: January 1
For students applying to the College of Visual and Performing for programs in music, drama, art, design, and transmedia, you may refer to the audition and portfolio submission deadlines.
For students applying to the School of Architecture, you may refer to the portfolio submission deadlines.
As a reminder, students may select up to three college/program choices on their application. Once a student submits their application they will receive instructions on how to check their application status online to ensure all required items are received. They will also receive notification once their application is complete.

Warning Signs that Your Child is Applying to the Wrong College

Samuel M. Feeney is a College Life Coach who spoke on a podcast I enjoy called Taming the High Cost of College. He published this free resource for parents that I found insightful and I thought I would share:

Five Warning Signs

Friday, November 4, 2016

Applying to the UC System? Read This.

Please encourage your students to join us for one of our online events in November. This will be an excellent chance to view presentations and engage with Admissions officers to get questions answered.
All event times are U.S. Pacific Standard Time (time zone converter).
Wednesday, November 9, 20164-6 p.m. PSTUC Admissions & Application Overview
Tuesday, November 22, 20164-6 p.m. PSTUC Application: Last-Minute Questions Chat

Registration and More Information

We hope to hear from your students soon at one of our online events!