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Back to School Blues

Yes, classes are back in session. Well, Kingston classes that is. Mobay will resume next week. I must say Versan had its share of procrastinators as many worked till the last hour of a school's deadline to get all their applications in, equally pulling me in the undertow to check essays, files, et al. I want to urge all my students to organize their time better. Use diaries in 2022. Effectively challenge yourselves to plan, organize and use the hours of the day efficiently. College, boarding schools and graduate studies will need it.


These acceptances for Versan students are rolling in. I am happy. Students, having evaluated scores from the December exam now know that what you put in is what you get out.

One has to engage teachers during the process, one has to practice feverishly. One cannot just cram the night before. Oft to no avail.


So, for a few acceptances, some of you got partial scholarships. How do you pay the rest? Please see me about this as we can facilitate families with the knowledge and preparation.

Happy New Year to our wonderful graphic artist, John Adams who gives us all these great designs on the blog.


Dear Counselor,

Each year Barnard’s Office of Pre-College Programs invites young women from across the globe to join us in one of our academic enrichment programs in the humanities, STEM, leadership, writing, coding and more.

This Summer, we are excited to bring our summer programs back in-person and on-campus in New York City. Whether your student wants to spend their summer uncovering the elegance of physics, debating United Nations policy, perfecting your poetry, earning college credit, or learning to code — we have a program for them! Our priority deadline to waive the application fee is less than two weeks away! Students should apply by January 17th to pay no application fee. All applications submitted after this date is subject to a $75 application fee.

To learn more about our Summer 2022 Programs including program structure, course offerings, tuition and fees, and application requirements, check out our website.

Summer Programs

  • Take a 3-week exploratory course taught by Barnard faculty

  • Choose a class within one of 8 tracks we offer based on your interests

  • Tracks offered: STEMinist, Writing and Literature, Political Science and Economics, Urban Studies and Architecture, Art History, Sociology and Gender Studies, Dance

Pre-Baccalaureate Program June 30 – August 13

  • Earn 3 college credits in a 7-week course taught by Barnard faculty

Athena Summer Innovation Institute July 24 – August 13

  • 3-week boot camp that provides young women with the practical skills and knowledge they need to develop ideas that will make a difference in the world

July 24 – August 13

  • Experience an expanded version of Kode with Klossy's distinguished coding curriculum paired with Barnard's Pre-College program workshops and activities!

Taste of Summer Tuesdays We are also pleased to announce the second webinar in our Taste of Summer Tuesdays series. Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, January 11th to learn all about the Financial Aid process. You can register here! We will send out a reminder with the zoom link and passcode in your confirmation email.Please email us with any questions or concerns you may have at Best, The Office of Pre-College Programs

3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027



Updates & Reminders from Carnegie Mellon

Dear Sandra, Happy New Year from Carnegie Mellon University! We hope you’re doing well and that your spring term is off to a great start. As we begin a new academic year, we'd like to share some important updates and reminders for the upcoming year.

Early Decision: Round 1 Overview We sincerely appreciate the support you provided for your Early Decision: Round 1 applicants to Carnegie Mellon this year. For Fall 2022, we saw a 15% increase in Early Decision: Round 1 applications over last fall. You may have seen the effects of this application growth in your slate of candidates this year. We’re excited to welcome these Tartans to our campus for Fall 2022. Important Spring 2022 Dates January 15, 2022: Deadline for applicants to submit updates and supporting materials. We'll continue to accept documents from high school and community-based organization contacts after this point. Late January 2022: Admission decisions released for Early Decision: Round 2 applicants. February 1, 2022: Enrollment deposit deadline for students admitted through Early Decision: Round 1. February 15, 2022: Recommended deadline for Regular Decision applicants to submit their financial aid application materials, and enrollment deadline for students admitted through Early Decision: Round 2. Late March 2022: Admission decisions released for Regular Decision applicants. May 2, 2022: Enrollment deposit deadline for students admitted through Regular Decision. Information for High School Juniors Many of you have likely begun conversations with your current high school juniors about their college search. The following information may helpful as you're assisting them: Carnegie Mellon will offer a full slate of in-person Pre-College Programs for summer of 2022, welcoming high school students to experience arts, technology or sciences on our campus. Learn more about Pre-College deadlines and application requirements. Scholarships and financial aid are available for admitted students based on financial need. The Office of Admission will once again offer our virtual Admission Insights Series later this spring, featuring sessions about how admission decisions are made, writing college application essays, financial aid and more. Students looking for more information on these topics now can watch recordings from our summer 2021 Admission Insights Series. Given the time our staff devotes to reviewing admission applications, we're unable to schedule high school visits outside of our typical recruitment season, which is in September and October. We hope to connect with you and your students during the fall. In the meantime, we encourage your students to take advantage of our online and in-person visit opportunities. Carnegie Mellon's COVID Response We know that safety is a top priority for you and your students, which includes how institutions are handling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Carnegie Mellon takes the health and safety of our entire community seriously. To that end:

  • Carnegie Mellon requires that all students, faculty and staff are vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster when eligible, unless approved for a medical or religious exemption. As of December 2021, 98% of Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, and staff are fully vaccinated.

  • Carnegie Mellon built its own lab to test community members for COVID-19, making it possible for all Tartans to receive free, regular asymptomatic tests.

  • Carnegie Mellon created early partnerships with healthcare providers to help provide access to COVID-19 vaccines and continues to offer vaccine and booster clinics on campus.

Learn more about how Carnegie Mellon is keeping our community safe. You can also find up-to-date COVID-19 protocols and data on our website. If you or your students have questions about the admission and financial aid processes or anything else, the Office of Admission is here to help. Feel free to call, email or chat with us during normal business hours. You can also reach out directly to your school’s assigned admission counselor. Finally, you can find even more resources for college counseling partners. As always, we thank you for the important work you do!


Dear Colleague:

Happy New Year! I hope that you had the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate during the much-deserved holiday break. The end of the year became more unpredictable than perhaps many of us had anticipated, thanks to the Omicron variant. However, I hope that you were still able to connect with loved ones and enjoy some meaningful time away from the office.

I’m writing to start the year off with an exciting announcement: Boston University will be test optional for first-year applicants applying for fall 2023 and spring 2024. I trust this will be good news for your current juniors.

Here are some important facts for you to know:

  • This policy applies to all undergraduate schools and colleges at Boston University and all scholarship programs.

  • Applicants will have the option to indicate whether they would like us to consider their standardized test scores when they apply. For the fall 2021 enrolled class, only 42% of students submitted standardized test scores.

  • International students will still be required to submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test as the primary means for evaluating English-language proficiency.

While the admissions process at Boston University has always been holistic and decisions have never been based solely on one single factor, such as an SAT or ACT score, the move to test optional over the past two years has improved our process by adding considerable weight to the important qualities and characteristics that focus more on the academic and personal accomplishments of an applicant. Our process is thoughtful and designed to ensure that the Board of Admissions has the opportunity to not only learn about the individual student but also to envision how he or she will impact and enrich the campus community. Ultimately, our goal is to bring together students who are united by a common interest in learning, and whose varied life circumstances, interests, and talents contribute to the dynamic educational environment of the University.

We know that the pandemic continues to present new challenges for you as you help your students navigate the college admissions process. Please know how much we value our partnership with you, and we look forward to working with you as you advise your students. Please feel free to contact us if there is anything we can do to help over the coming months.

With warm regards,

Kelly A. Walter Associate Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admissions


The Deans of Admission from eight leading national liberal arts colleges invite you to join them for a presentation and conversation. We hope that you and/or other members of your staff can join us for one of the following sessions:

Wednesday, January 19 11:00 am (ET) Thursday, January 20 11:00 am (ET)

The program, which will last an hour, will begin with very brief presentations from each institution, and then will move to an open Q&A session. We hope to share with each of you a bit about the extraordinary experience offered to students at residential liberal arts and science colleges, and we also look forward to connecting with you for questions and conversation about the college admission process. We very much hope you can join us for one of the programs and look forward to the opportunity for colleagueship!

Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs Claremont McKenna College Matt Bonser Colorado College Andy Strickler Connecticut College Joe Bagnoli Grinnell College

Jess Lord Haverford College Diane Anci Kenyon College Jeff Allen Macalester College Kevin McKenna Sarah Lawrence College

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