Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Information About Stevens Institute of Technology

The A. James Clark Scholars Program, the largest endowed scholarship in Stevens' history, will provide financial support and enhanced learning opportunities to promising students underrepresented in the engineering, computer science and cybersecurity fields beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.
Admissions News & Announcements
Early Decision I Notification - Early Decision I applicants will receive an email notification when their admissions decisions become available on their online student portals. Decisions will be available by December 15.
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Financial Aid Insights - Admitted students receive automatic consideration for merit scholarships based upon the strength of their applications. To be evaluated for all types of need-based financial aid, Stevens requires both the CSS Profile and FAFSA.
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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: https://admissions.tcnj.edu/visit/

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 atorange@syr.edu 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 orange@syr.edu or 315-443-3611.


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

Friday, November 17, 2017

Information About Princeton University

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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 uaoffice@princeton.edu 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 www.raise.me/educators 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 (thea@raise.me) 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 | www.raise.me

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 athttp://blount.as.ua.edu/apply/We 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 Alabamafwhiting@ua.edu(205) 348-1706www.blount.as.ua.edu

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 hsf.net.

For more information, click here.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Scholarship Month Challenge

November is National Scholarship Month and Fastweb has a challenge for all Students - to Apply for 10 Awards. To make the challenge even more exciting, we've gathered 10 scholarships, each worth $10,000 to apply for now. Share our National Scholarship Month Challenge with your students today.
Scholarship Tips
Share our easy tips to help students improve their chances of getting noticed by scholarship providers with our latest Fastweb's Scholarship Best Practices information

Important Information for Rutgers Applicants

Students seeking full consideration for merit scholarships, honors programs, and the Honors College should apply no later than December 1, our regular admission due date. Regular admission applicants have until December 15 to submit the Rutgers 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. Note: The Rutgers SRAR is also required of Coalition applicants.

The recommended filing date for the 2018/19 FAFSA is December 1. Financial aid notifications will be available in early February for admitted first-year students whose FAFSA data was received by the university by December 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 Breaks Ground on New Performing Arts Center Video
Rutgers Math Averse Undergraduates More
Rutgers Digital Classroom Reaches Students Beyond NJ More
Newly Named Campus Landmarks Honor African Americans in Rutgers History More
Rutgers Revamps Menus to Encourage Healthy Eating Video

Monday, November 13, 2017

Coalition Application Webinar

Student Webinar: November 13 at 7:00 PM ET
Last month, we hosted a Q&A webinar for students in advance of November 1 application deadlines. We had over 100 students join us and they asked questions for 90 minutes as we shared live answers via video conference. We will offer the same opportunity for students completing applications in advance of November 15 deadlines. We hope your students will join us! Students can register here.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Changes to Swarthmore College's Application Process

I am happy to share news from Swarthmore College regarding our standardized testing reporting policy. As part of our efforts to reduce barriers during the application process, applicants may now self-report their standardized test scores when applying to Swarthmore (in lieu of providing an official score report).

We have a long history of partnerships and programs that expand access to students for whom sending an official score report was a financial burden. This change to our score reporting policy expands those efforts for all of our applicants. 

Applicants may now provide their test scores to us in several ways: self-reported on the Common, Coalition, or QuestBridge Application; as an update via their application portals once they have applied to Swarthmore; or by sending official score reports from the College Board or ACT. Additionally, we will continue to accept as official any scores sent to our office from a school official via email, fax, or postal mail. You can find more details on these processes here.

Please note that our standardized testing requirements have not changed. In addition, we will require matriculating students to submit official score reports for data verification purposes.

Access and affordability are at the core of our mission, and inform how we engage with you and your students. I hope this change will reduce financial barriers for your students who might be a good fit for Swarthmore. You can learn more about our access efforts on our website, and learn more about our generous, loan-free financial aid policies.

I know this is a busy time for you professionally, but I invite you to be in touch with your regional dean if you have any questions or concerns. We appreciate our collaboration with you as you support students during this important time in their lives.


Jim Bock ‘90
Vice President and Dean of Admissions

Duke Summer Programs

We are happy to announce that our website has been updated and now contains information about our 2018 programs.  At Duke Summer Session, we’re in the business of creating life-changing experiences.  With our world-class instructors, breathtaking campus, and downright fun residential program, our students leave our program not only equipped for a future of collegiate success, but with a lifetime of memories and friendships.  This summer, we are offering more opportunities than ever to engage in one of our transformative programs:
Summer College – A four-week, credit-bearing program for US students currently in 10th or 11th grade and international students currently in 10th – 12th grade in which they take undergraduate-level courses
Summer Academy – A three-week program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade in which they take a certificate course.
Intensive STEM Academy – A one-week, STEM-based program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade that consists of a variety of laboratory tours, faculty lectures, and workshops.
Want to learn more about our programs?  Check out our website.
Nicki Charles, Ed.D.
Director of Summer College and Academy for High School Students
Duke University (Durham, North Carolina USA)

Learn More About Seton Hall University

Want to learn more about Seton Hall University and what we have to offer your students? If so, attend a webinar on Monday, November 13, at 2:30pm EST. All you need to do is RSVP and be at your computer to learn about everything Seton Hall has to offer!
During the webinar, you'll hear from Admissions Counselors who know Seton Hall inside and out and can answer any questions you may have regarding our campus, academic programs, and the application process. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Seton Hall and how we can help your students succeed after graduation!
Click Here to RSVP
Seton Hall has been a place where leaders learn for over 160 years. We are a leading Catholic university that offers more than 90 rigorous academic programs that are highly ranked by publications like The Princeton Review and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Located just 14 miles from New York City in the picturesque town of South Orange, New Jersey, Seton Hall offers students unmatched access to internship and job opportunities, in addition to the practical, learn-by-doing approach we take in our classrooms. More than 80% of students complete internships. Seton Hall boasts a 90% employment rate and our students have mid-career earnings that are 50% higher than the national average.
We hope you will join us on Monday, November 13 at 2:30pm, to learn more about Seton Hall, and remember to please RSVP, so that you can receive the link to join the webinar.
Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the admissions office at 1-800-THE-HALL or thehall@shu.edu. We look forward to continuing to work with you for the advancement of your students.

Monday, November 6, 2017

PSA Contest

You're Invited to Be Part of the Solution
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, in partnership with 2nd Floor Youth Helpline, the New Jersey TLC and Rutgers Health, University Behavioral Health Care, invites high school students across New Jersey to submit a public service announcement (PSA) focused on messages of hope.

Suicide is preventable. It is important for students to be aware of the warning signs and to be familiar with local resources so that they can help themselves or a friend in need. This campaign is designed to help increase awareness across New Jersey, reaching the tens of thousands of students making attempts each year, by letting students know that there is help available, to keep hope and that "You Are Not Alone". Submissions due by Monday, November 20, 2017.

Winners from each category will be honored in the Spring of 2018
 at a Lakewood BlueClaws Baseball Game. More information regarding our PSA including rules, as well as our entry form can be found at:

National Youth Science Camp Applications are Open


Questions can be directed to Michael Heinz, New Jersey's delegate selection coordinator at michael.heinz@doe.state.nj.us.

Construction Industry Career Day

This hands-on, interactive day is free for all attendees.

May 29, 2018 - 4-8 pm
May 30, 2018 8 am - 1 pm
NJ Convention & Expo Center, Edison

Registration opens 1/1/18

Monmouth's Got Talent 2017 Talent Hunt

Monmouth's Got Talent is a competition for high school students sponsored by Phi Upsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi.

1st prize $100
2nd prize $75
3rd prize $50
Grand prize winner represents at 2017 regional competition

December 2, 2017 (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) at Neptune Middle School

Singers - Dancers - Poets - Artists - Musicians - Dramatic Readers

Confirm participation by 11/10/17 to Theodore Abernathy - hobbytask@aol.com

New Montclair Scholarship for Qualifying In-State Students

We are excited to share with you a new opportunity for your students. We know that you work hard to help your students pursue their goals and that you play a vital role in their success.

We also value your partnership and hope that you will help us to spread the word about Montclair State University's new scholarship initiative: Presidential Scholars Program.

Through the Presidential Scholars Program, high-achieving, in-state students will receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as, access to special academic and career preparation opportunities.

In-state applicants who have achieved a 3.5 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale in a rigorous course of high school study that includes, for example, additional years of math, science, and world language, AP or IB courses, or courses for college credit -- will be automatically eligible for consideration.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Information for Parents: Paying for College

The rising cost of a college education is on the mind of most parents I meet with. When you're helping your child through this process it's a good idea to get an understanding of how affordable a college is going to be before your child falls in love with a campus or a program you can't comfortably afford.

In addition to visiting the college's website to determine the cost (sticker price) of tuition, room and board, find the school's net price calculator and see what comes back.

Compare what you get back to the numbers that come from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard.

Understand the difference between need-based aid and merit aid. Depending on the college, you may not even have to fill out the FAFSA for your child to qualify for merit aid which is usually determined by high school performance. Use your child's college list to scour the school's website and call the admissions or financial aid offices for additional information. 
(NOTE: some schools will require you to fill out the FAFSA and CSS Profile before they will consider your child for merit aid. Make sure you know what information the college requires of you, and by what date.)

Full disclosure: I am going to simplify, there is much more to what I am describing below.

Need-based Aid - Filing the FAFSA will generate a federal and state report. The numbers (your expected family contribution) is sent to the college. This is how you may qualify for federal student loans (maximum of 27,000 of federal debt per student in four years), parent loans (watch out for these), work-study and Pell grants. Add a New Jersey college to your list and you will also get information about need-based state programs.

Merit Aid - Merit aid, most of the time, is generated through the admissions office and is based on your child's academic performance. Merit money can result in a substantial reduction of the college's sticker price. Your child may be offered more money at a safety school than a reach school because sometimes merit aid is offered to high performing students to entice them to go to that school.

Sometimes learning the true cost of a college is a waiting game. Your child will find out he or she was admitted, but the letter outlining need-based and merit awards doesn't come until later. 

Slow down and be patient. More often than not, you have until May 1st to make a decision.

Advice for Parents: Generating a College List

The college application process may seem like a confusing web of deadlines, terms, and important information that gets tangled into your jam-packed schedule. I was thinking of this as I was listening to a podcast this morning and want to help simplify the process.

The logical place to start may be generating a college list. It's important to learn what is out there and how to organize the information.

1. Start by asking yourself, "why is my child going to college?" Your uncertainty and anxiety may be inadvertently communicated to your child. Simplify the process and keep the end goal in mind. Pick a college (any college) and start doing a little research. The college's website is a great place to start.

2. Log on to Naviance to see which colleges are coming to CHS and learn something specific about that college that may be exciting to your child. Ask them to talk to the representative.

3. Encourage your child to use Naviance SuperMatch College Search and put the colleges he or she is interested in into the Colleges I'm Thinking About section. Naviance is the tool that CHS uses to send supporting documentation electronically to college and universities. Student's should be comfortable with using his or her Naviance account before the admission frenzy begins.

4. Attend college fairs and visit campus'.

5. Use this spreadsheet (credit to my school counselor friends at Biotechnology High School) to stay organized while researching schools,

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Rutgers Summer Pre-College

Dear Colleague,
The Rutgers Office of Enrollment Management and the New Brunswick Summer Session invite you, your students, and their families to attend the first K-12 Pre-College Opportunities Fair at Rutgers University–New Brunswick:

Saturday, January 20, 2018
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
College Avenue Student Center, Multipurpose Room
126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Connect with pre-college program staff and learn about opportunities available universitywide during the academic year and summer for K-12 students. Attend workshops and chat with undergraduate admissionsfinancial aid, and Rutgers Test Prep.

There will be light refreshments and giveaways for attendees!
Please register for this free event at our pre-college directory by Friday, January 12, 2018If you have questions, please write to precollege@em.rutgers.edu. We also ask that you share this invitation with students and families who may be interested in attending.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Lauren Olsen
Manager of Pre-College Projects and Partnerships
Office of Enrollment Management
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey