Friday, September 29, 2017

Thinking About NJIT? Read This.

Dear Carol,
Thank you for your support of New Jersey Institute of Technology. As the NJIT admission counselor assisting your students, I prepared the following guide, so all the information you need about NJIT is in one place.
Application Information
Students can apply by using the Common Application. We recommend they apply by the November 15 Early Action Deadline for priority consideration. They’ll be notified of their admission status within two weeks of submitting their completed application. 
Fall Open Houses
Open House is a great way for your students to experience NJIT and connect with other students. They'll tour campus, explore academic programs, and get the inside scoop on living and learning here from current Highlanders. Students will also receive an application fee waiver when they attend Open House.
Thank you so much for recommending that your students consider NJIT, one of the nation's top public research universities. If you need anything, or would like to schedule a visit, please let us know.  We would love to show you our campus!
Adrienne Richardson
Assistant Director
Office of University Admissions

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Applying to Rutgers? Read This.

Our online application has an Early Action Application Due Date of November 1 and a Regular Admission Application Due Date of December 1 for fall first-year applicants. Students who submit their required credentials within two weeks of the application due date will receive full consideration for admission, scholarships, honors programs, and the Honors College, and be guaranteed a decision by our online decision date. Please note that applying to Rutgers by our fall early action date does not restrict students from applying to other schools, and Rutgers' early action decisions are not binding.

Students and their families can begin to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning on Oct. 1. This year's FAFSA will incorporate a new IRS Data Retrieval Tool with encryption protections to better protect taxpayer information. Need-based aid is awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Rutgers' priority FAFSA filing date is Dec. 1.

Applying to Tufts? Read This.

Advice from Tufts

Monday, September 25, 2017

FREE College Planning Workshop


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Dear Guidance Counselor,

At New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), we understand how rising college costs can impact our customers so together with the Brookdale Community College we’re sponsoring a FREE College Planning Workshop. Premier college admissions expert, Peter Van Buskirk, will share his 25 years of experience and valuable insights on a successful college search, the application and admissions process and finding financial aid opportunities. And, there will be ample opportunity to ask questions at the end of the program.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Brookdale Community College
Student Life Center

Light refreshments served.
Don’t let your students miss out on this informative and rewarding FREE program. I have attached a PDF to post to your Web site. And, upon request, I will provide an e-mail blast for you to send or postcards for you to distribute. Seating is limited, so e-mail me today or call me at 732-938-1035. We look forward to seeing you, your students and their parents at this valuable workshop!

PS  Spread the word – attendees will be eligible for prizes valued from $20 to $90!
Winners must be present to claim the prize.


Carolyn E. Cannon
Senior Customer Relations Coordinator
New Jersey Natural Gas
732-938-1035 phone

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

University of Notre Dame NJ Information Nights

PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention

Siena College Live Video Chat Tonight

Siena College is hosting a live admissions chat at tonight at 7:00 p.m. 

We will cover an array of timely topics such as prepping for the college admissions process, Siena's application requirements, merit scholarships and more.

Please encourage your students and their parents to attend—especially those interested in Siena!

They can sign-up at


Ned, Katie, Jen, Jim, Dale, Marie, Charlieann, Colin, Soha, Sean, and Lindsay
Siena College Office of Admissions

Monday, September 18, 2017

Learn About Seton Hall's New Sports Media Program

Dear School Counselor,
With alumni like Bob Ley, Dick Vitale and Bill Rafferty calling national games and working for the likes of ESPN, great minds from Seton Hall are already well represented in the world of sports journalism. But that presence is about to get even bigger.
Seton Hall is launching a new Sports Media program to be led by veteran journalist B.J. Schecter, former executive editor of Sports Illustrated and The interdisciplinary program will be part of the College of Communications and the Arts, and will incorporate the expertise and resources of several University programs, including the Center for Sport Management and the Seton Hall Sports Poll.
Schecter, a member of Seton Hall's Professionals-in-Residence Program, has more than 25 years of experience in sports media, and is currently the editorial director for Baseball America. He will not only design and lead the new program, but help organize symposia, conferences and roundtable discussions related to sports.
Like our other academic programs, hands-on learning will be key component of Sports Media. Aspiring journalists will hone their reporting skills at The Setonian, our award-winning student newspaper, and produce shows and announce on air for WSOU, our #1-ranked college radio station in the country. Students also have access to more than 17,000 internship opportunities at employers like ABC, NBC, SportsNet New York and The New York Times.
With opportunities like this, there's no limit to what great minds can do in the world of sports. Encourage your students to apply to Seton Hall today!
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Seton Hall University

P.S. Your students can come experience Seton Hall in person. They can sign up for an Open House on Sunday, October 15 or Sunday, November 19 and speak with faculty, current students and admission officials. Register today!

Information About Applying to Rutgers


Organize Your College Search

Credit where credit is due: Thank you, Justin Brown and Jamie Krauter (Biotechnology High School) for sharing!

Stay Organized in Your College Search with this Spreadsheet

Friday, September 15, 2017

Win Cash and a Scholarship from Seton Hall University

Your students can show off their great idea with a chance to win cash and a scholarship from Seton Hall University. Pirate Pitch is a contest designed by Seton Hall to teach the basics of entrepreneurship and idea generation to high school students. Here's how it works:
  • 1st Place Winner: $2,500 cash prize. Plus, a $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($2,500 annually).
  • 2nd Place Winner: $1,000 cash prize. Plus, a $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
Your students should submit an original business idea that describes an innovative product or service that they would like to create, in 350 words or fewer. Or, they can tell us about a business they've already launched! Be sure your students answer the following questions:
  1. What problem does your 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 outperform them?
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 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 17, 2017 from 3 p.m.–5 p.m., with a reception to follow. Plus, they can make a weekend out of it and attend our Open House on November 19.
Your students should take advantage of this great opportunity to put their skills to the test and earn money for college. Learn more by visiting
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Seton Hall University

Information from Cornell College

Reintroduction of the FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool
A few changes have been made to the Data Retrieval Tool in the FAFSA this year. Some of these changes may be more important to you than others, so we've pulled out the key information you need.
The price of not completing college in four years
Completing a degree in four years is one of the best ways your students can save money on their college education. The Wall Street Journal covered the cost of not completing a degree on time. Not to brag, but 93% of Cornell graduates complete their degree within four years.
Examining the fine print: The hidden rising cost of student fees
Students know to look at the price tag of tuition but often overlook the costs associated with student fees. Families may be surprised with how large a part of their bill these fees will be. The Wall Street Journal covered the rising cost of student fees. At Cornell, our fees are outlined on our tuition page.
New programs at Cornell this year
We're excited to be offering several new programs this year. We've added a bachelor of science in engineering, a management major, a behavioral neuroscience concentration to our psychology major, and a dual degree program in public health with the University of Iowa.

Thinking About the University of Virginia? Read This.

Please join a representative from the Office of Admission and a panel of recent graduates to learn about the University and or admission process.

Hilton Philadelphia
4200 City Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131

September 27, 2017
6:30 pm


Iona College Breakfast Scholarship Information Session

Iona College is hosting an exclusive Breakfast Scholarship Information Session!
We have been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to recruit, support and retain undergraduate students majoring in Chemistry and Computer Science. The goal of NSF S-STEM Program - Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is to increase the number of undergraduates on a successful path to pursue further education and careers in STEM.
Please join us on Thursday, September 28, at 8 a.m. for a Breakfast Information Session to learn more about the program and full-scholarship!
Register Now!

Thinking About Bryn Mawr? Read This.

Greetings from Bryn Mawr College!

One of the best ways for you and your students to learn more about Bryn Mawr is through our global alumnae network. We hope that you will encourage your students to attend one of our upcoming Alumnae Panel & Interview Days taking place in Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

These events provide a great opportunity for them to interact with local Bryn Mawr alumnae and to learn more about life at Bryn Mawr. For more information, click the button below.

Bryn Mawr College Office of Admissions

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Applying to UConn? Read This.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County

A representative from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County will be setting up a table at the club fair tomorrow. If you are interested in participating please fill out an application and an interview will be set up for you shortly after.


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Program Calendar

Monmouth County Sheriff's Office Community Awareness Recognition Award

I am pleased to offer your students the opportunity to participate in the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Community and County Awareness Program, a program designed to acquaint your students with local and county agencies, local volunteer organizations and youth initiatives that provide essential services for the safety, security and day-to-day operations of our communities and county. 

By completing a list of documented visits and interviews, and submitting the documentation to the Sheriff’s Office by November 21, 2017, your students can earn the Community Awareness Recognition Award, or, by completing an additional three visits to county offices in Freehold, the Community and County Awareness Recognition Award.  These awards will be presented on November 28, 2017 at 4 PM at the Sheriff’s Office Recognition and Awards Ceremony at the Sheriff’s Public Safety Center, 2500 Kozloski Road, Freehold NJ 07728.

Enclosed (or attached if this is received by email) please find the Community and County Awareness Program booklet.  These can be replicated by your school, or downloaded from our website,  Click on Community Outreach, then click on Community and County Awareness Program and download an application.  Deadline for submission of the booklet, along with your brief description of each visit, is November 21, 2017.  Please contact Undersheriff Ted Freeman at 732-431-6400 X1110 should any questions arise.

Thank you for your assistance in making this program available to your students.

Best wishes,

Shaun Golden


Important Information About Applying to Rutgers University

Students who apply by the nonbinding early action due date of November 1 and submit their required application credentials (Self-Reported Academic Record, SAT/ACT scores, and $70 application fee) by November 15 will be given full admissions consideration. Rutgers also offers a regular action due date of December 1 (credentials required by December 15).

All applications that meet the early or regular action due dates will be eligible for scholarship consideration.

Letters of recommendation are not considered and high schools should not send transcripts.

Rutgers accepts the Coalition Application but students should submit only one application and are encouraged to use the traditional Rutgers-wide application.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thinking About Rutgers School of Engineering? Read This.

Dear Colleague,

The Rutgers School of Engineering welcomes all prospective students and their families to visit us. We have opened up our tours for additional days during the fall semester to accommodate your students.

Knight for a Day Engineering Tours 
October 6, 13, 20, and 27
November 3 and 17 - Registration will open on 10/15

Prospective Student Tours
October 9 (Columbus Day)
November 9 and 10 (NJEA Conference) - Registration will open on 10/15

Our Knight for a Day tour begins at 10 a.m. at the Visitor Center with an Admissions Information Session, followed by a five-campus bus tour. During the bus tour, families will view a first-year residence hall on Busch campus. Next, they will break for lunch at our Busch Student Center before heading to the school-specific portion of the day at 1:15 p.m. A detailed itinerary is provided after registration.

Department tour options include:
  • Biomedical & Chemical
  • Civil & Materials Science or Bioenvironmental
  • Electrical/Computer & Industrial Systems
  • Mechanical/Aerospace & Applied Science/Packaging
We hope that you will share this information with your STEM students and their families. For more information about how to register for our tours, please visit You can also write to

Jesenia Cadena, Ed.M.
Assistant Dean, Engagement & Recruitment 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Free Support Group for Grieving Children

Rainbows > Freehold site now available

Rainbows is a free national non-profit support group for children grieving from a life altering crisis due to death, divorce, separation, illness, or other painful family transitions.  Rainbows has served over 3 million children for 32 years and is for children grades K-8 ages 5-14 and is available to all families in Monmouth County regardless of school enrollment, religious affiliation or town of residence.  Sessions are weekly on Wednesdays, beginning September 27th, 2017 and are held at the St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Center in Freehold Township from 6:00-7:00 pm.  Please let family, friends and colleagues know about Rainbows!

TO REGISTER OR MORE INFORMATION > Visit or email Joanne Mercadante at

Children 5-18:

Thanks to our recent Monmouth County grant there are 3 new Rainbows locations opening this September 2017 to include Freehold, Keansburg & Belmar to our original Monmouth Beach location.  Most Monmouth County families can now get to one of these 4 Rainbows meeting locations generally within 15 minutes.

Rainbows is nationally recognized free support group for children 5-18 that are grieving a family loss due to separation, divorce, death or other life altering experience.  Over 3 million children have been served by Rainbows over the last 30 years.

To enroll or learn more visit or call us anytime at 908-720-7044

Mike & Marie Meriton

Volunteer Coordinators
Monmouth County Rainbows