Thursday, December 19, 2019

Boston University Summer Programs

It may be cold outside in Boston, but it’s not too early to start planning for summer. Please let your students know that applications are now live for the 2020 Summer Term High School Programs at Boston University, via our website at

Next year, we are offering five pre-college programs for your students to choose from. All five provide rigorous and collaborative college life experiences that will enable students to gain a strong sense of their personal and academic potential. Here is a brief overview of our programs:
  • High School Honors is a six-week residential, commuter, or online program in which students take Boston University undergraduate courses and earn up to eight transferable college credits. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in Fall 2020.

  • RISE Internship/Practicum is a six-week, non-credit residential or commuter program in which students conduct scientific research in a university lab under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students must be U.S. citizens and entering their senior year of high school in Fall 2020.

  • Academic Immersion (AIM) is a three-week, non-credit residential program for students to focus intensively on a single academic topic while enjoying and experiencing life on a college campus. This summer we are offering three AIM tracks: Introduction to Experimental Psychology, Introduction to Medicine, and Creative Writing. Each track combines classroom work in the subject area with experiential learning activities. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in Fall 2020.

  • Summer Challenge is a two-week residential program in which students take two non-credit seminars of their choice and experience life on a college campus. Students must be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in Fall 2020.

  • Summer Preview is a one-week, non-credit commuter or residential program in which students explore one subject of interest while previewing the college experience. Students must be entering their freshman or sophomore year of high school in Fall 2020.

Northeastern Pre-College Programs

We are excited to share that Northeastern’s Accelerate: Pre-College Programs application is open for summer 2020. The Accelerate programs feature our exceptional faculty delivering courses that combine innovative content, experiential learning, and a world-class environment—giving talented high school students a true Northeastern experience.
While you are discussing options for next year with your students, we encourage you to share the following links for them to review over the holiday break:
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at or call 617.373.2200.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Posted: 17 Dec 2019 01:26 PM PST
By Lee Shulman Bierer
Notifications for Early Decision (ED), Restricted Early Action (REA) and Single Choice Early Action (SCEA) have been delivered. This year, as in previous years, there were many more tears than fist-bumps.
This following list prepared by College Kickstart ( was released and includes: the name of the institution. the number of ED/REA/SCEA applicants, number admitted and the ED, REA and SCEA acceptance rates:
Institution (Plan)AppliedAdmittedRateLink
Bowdoin (ED1)820Link
Brown (ED)4,56280018%Link
Connecticut College (ED1)207Link
Cornell (ED)6,6151,57624%Link
Dartmouth (ED)2,06954726%Link
Duke (ED)4,30088721%Link
Emory (ED1)1,81272540%Link
Georgetown (REA)7,30585612%
Harvard (SCEA)6,42489514%Link
Johns Hopkins (ED)2,39968228%Link
MIT (EA)9,2916877%Link
Pomona (ED1)120Link
Princeton (SCEA)791Link
Santa Clara (ED1/EA)8,2804,55455%Link
Georgia (EA)16,5117,02543%Link
Notre Dame (REA)7,3001,54221%
UPenn (ED)6,4531,26920%Link
Virginia (ED)2,15774935%Link
Virginia (EA)25,063Link
WUSTL (ED1)708Link
Yale (SCEA)5,77779614%Link
Students who were rejected or deferred now find themselves in phase two of their application process. Many will examine their lists more closely to reevaluate their thoughts on which schools are “reach,” “target,” and “safeties.”
There is a relatively new wrinkle in college admissions called Early Decision II (ED II). Traditional ED programs have a November 1 deadline and a December notification. ED II deadlines are typically January 1 with notification by mid-February. This extra time allows students who were deferred or denied from their first choice school to apply with a binding decision, and perhaps a boosted opportunity to another college.
According to my latest research, the following 75 colleges and universities offer ED II:
  • American University
  • Babson College
  • Bates College
  • Boston University
  • Bennington College
  • Bentley University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brandeis University
  • Bryant University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bucknell University
  • Carleton College
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Atlantic
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • College of William and Mary
  • College of Wooster
  • Colorado College
  • Connecticut College
  • Davidson College
  • Denison College
  • Dickinson College
  • Emory University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • George Washington University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Haverford College
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Juniata College
  • Kenyon College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh University
  • Macalester College
  • Middlebury College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Occidental College
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • Reed College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhodes College
  • Saint Olaf College
  • Santa Clara College
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Scripps College
  • Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • Swarthmore College
  • Syracuse University
  • Trinity College
  • Trinity University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • Union College
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Miami
  • University of Richmond
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Whitman College

Benefits of ED II

ED II allows students more time to prepare their strongest application. That may mean rewriting their Common Application essay or refining their supplemental prompts or it may mean another chance to take the standardized tests. ED II also gives students with strong performance in their first semester senior year additional grades to share with colleges. According to Sally Rubenstone, Senior Advisor at College Confidential ( “Applying Early Decision does give students a bit of an admissions-odds boost at most colleges. Admission folks are usually willing to lock in strong-but-not-spectacular candidates whom they know will show up in September.”
Why do colleges offer an ED II program option?
Colleges really like Early Decision I and Early Decision II because accepted students are committed to attend, and that increases their yield numbers and the yield number impacts their rankings. Additionally, it helps the admissions office shape the class by allowing them to be pickier with the regular decision applicants. As an example, if a student’s big advantage is that they play the oboe and that was a hole the admissions office filled with an ED I or II applicant, it will be more challenging for that student to be accepted in regular decision.
Potential Disadvantages
Rubenstone also shares that “there can be some financial disadvantages to applying ED in any round because an affirmative decision will eliminate your chance to compare multiple aid packages. But, on the other hand, if an ED school does not offer reasonable aid then it’s okay to wheedle out of the so-called “binding” commitment.”
Bierer is an independent college adviser based in Charlotte. Send questions to:
The post Early Decision results and Early Decision II – an increasingly popular option appeared first on College Admissions Strategies.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

RePOSTED from COllege Confidential Forum WebsiteADMISSIONS

What Do Admission Officials Know About Applicants' High Schools?

My daughter's Maryland high school is ranked high but is very well-known for grade inflation. Therefore, her GPA is probably higher than it would be somewhere else, and our school does not do class rankings. Will colleges know that her GPA is "artificially" high or will they weigh her against kids from other schools with the same GPA as hers? Without ranking, it is hard for them to see a true picture of her GPA. My daughter asked her counselor for an "unofficial" ranking and she's in the top 30 percent but no higher than that. She has a 34 ACT and has already been denied at William & Mary so that's why we're thinking they may know about the grade inflation -- on paper, she should have gotten in.
Admission officers, especially at "elite" colleges, go out of their way to view applicants in the context of the high schools they attend and to learn about unfamiliar schools before issuing final verdicts. Sometimes, when the candidate hails from East Podunk High, this "research" can be hit or miss. But it sounds like your daughter's school is as well known to admission officials as the snazzy private academies, and this will be especially true at "nearby" universities like William & Mary, which have undoubtedly received mountains of applications from your Maryland school for eons.
Thus, it is likely that admission officials at William & Mary (and at all of your daughter's other target colleges) will weigh her against recent applicants from your high school and against her current classmates, too (even if the college folks won't completely concede the latter), and not as much against applicants from other places. They will look at your daughter's GPA and have an understanding of what it means because they are experienced in evaluating candidates from this high school. They will know that your daughter attends a rigorous school full of bright students with ambitious goals, but they may also believe that the grades there are "artificially" inflated, as you've suggested. Moreover, according to the College Board, 95 percent of ranked students admitted to William & Mary are in the top quarter of their class. Even if your high school does not provide a rank, admission officials will recognize from your daughter's course load and grades that she is in the top third but not the top quarter.
In the past couple days, "The Dean" has heard surprising stories about strong students who were turned away from William & Mary or from UVA in this seemingly hyper-selective year, and I expect there will be more where these came from. So, if it's any consolation to you and your daughter, she is in good company. But do anticipate more head-spinning competition from within your high school and beyond, and make sure that your daughter's college list includes "Realistic" and "Safe" options that she's excited about.
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