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One Exam Down, Another to Go!

Stop the presses! A SAT exam took place last Saturday. Some used it as a tester, others are hoping for the proverbial 1500.

But October looms, and that test is the real deal. So if you have not sharpened your tools, now is the time to do it.


CAPE ansd CSEC are out. Evaluation of those results and your choice of schools have been taking place individually. If you have not yet done so, get your evaluation done now!


We hope most of the summer cohort complete their applications on time...that is by end of August, with just Financial Aid left to do. As for the other groups, some are still in La La Land!


Folks, when asked to complete as best you can your Commonapp profile, please do not show up to the session with most of it undone and use the session for us to fill it out. That's just a lazy effort. Come on guys, it is a test to see you persevere, read questions and answer as best you can, like a SAT exam....C'mon guys, get out of your doldrums!


I see Yale, University of Chicago, University of Southern California, Colorado College and Vanderbilt will meet our students online for a Q&A session. If you are applying to any of these schools, hop on the bandwagon and get the details from Ms. Thompson at

Read notices below....see you next week.




I hope you had a restful and enjoyable summer break and are looking forward to starting the new school year. As you know, a lot has changed in the world of college admissions this summer. I am writing today to provide some updates that will be important for both you and your students in the coming year.

First, I want to reiterate that Boston University continues to be committed to attracting and enrolling a diverse student body. We firmly believe that diversity enriches the educational experience of all students and promotes a deeper understanding of different cultures, perspectives, and ideas. Diversity is in our DNA, and that has not, and will not, change.

While we have carefully reviewed the Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate the consideration of race in the college admissions process, we are still working to better understand the impact of this decision on our policies and practices. We have, however, made some changes to our application. The most relevant for your students is that we have amended our application essay prompts to allow students to choose between two essay questions:

  1. Reflect on a social or community issue that deeply resonates with you. Why is it important to you, and how have you been involved in addressing or raising awareness about it?


  1. What about being a student at BU most excites you? How do you hope to contribute to our campus community?

As you guide your students through the application process, please encourage them to use their essays to help us understand how their experiences, backgrounds, goals, and values make BU the right fit for them. As you know, essays are an important component of our holistic review process, and we look forward to learning more about who your students are through their essays. BU Admissions has also recently released a statement on Generative Artificial Intelligence. Please encourage your students to read it here as they write their essays so they are aware of our policies about the use of AI platforms such as ChatGPT.

As always, my team and I are available to hear your feedback and provide assistance to you. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff at if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you and your students over the coming year.

Sincerely yours,

Kelly A. Walter

Associate Vice President for Enrollment &

Dean of Admissions


Dear Sandra,

As fall approaches and the school year starts up, I'd like to provide some RIT academic updates and share information about our fall programs that provide exciting career exploration opportunities for students!

RIT Academic Updates

New major:

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies BS explores how gender and sexuality interact with science, technology, and the arts to shape aspects of our personal, social, and professional lives and career paths.

New program name:

Computing Security is now Cybersecurity. This name change better reflects the work we do, matches the terminology that has become mainstream, and aligns with industry standards.

New minors: There are several new minors available that provide exciting opportunities for students to explore growing industries. In the Saunders College of Business, the new minors include Beverage Management, Real Estate in Hospitality, and Sports, Events, and Entertainment Management. In the College of Science, the new Quantum Information Science and Technology minor allows students to develop expertise about quantum physics and its applications. Double majors: We are excited to formally announce that we are now offering some double major options at the time of application. This provides students the opportunity to customize their education to best reflect their interests, career goals, and marketability after graduation. Students will have the option to double major with two liberal arts programs, two business programs, or a combination of select computing and liberal arts programs. Examples of the computing/liberal arts combinations include:

  • Cybersecurity & Political Science

  • Computer Science & Economics

  • Game Design & Applied Modern Language and Culture – Japanese option

  • Human Centered Computing & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

RIT Math Prerequisites

We understand that several US states have recently revised their math coursework graduation requirements. With the beginning of the school year, we thought this would be a good time to share our math prerequisites for admission consideration. Please utilize as guidance for coming year math course selections and share with your interested students.

  • PreCalculus required, Calculus recommended if available/offered RIT programs including: Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering, Game Design & Development, Imaging Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics

  • Algebra2/Trigonometry required, PreCalculus recommended RIT programs including: Biological Sciences, Business, Chemistry, Engineering Technology, Environmental Science, Environmental Sustainability, Health & Safety, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Motion Picture Science, Packaging Science, Photographic Sciences, Print & Graphic Media Technology

  • Algebra2/Trigonometry required, PreCalculus or Statistics recommended RIT programs including: Advertising & Public Relations, Communication, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, History, Humanities, Computing & Design, International & Global Studies, Journalism, Modern Languages (Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish), Museum Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

  • 3 years of math recommended RIT programs including: Bachelor of Fine Arts programs including Art, Design, Film & Animation, and Photography

Creativity and Innovation on Display at RIT's SHED

RIT students’ passion for technology, the arts, and design will be showcased every day in the highly anticipated Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED).The creative hub is scheduled to open in fall 2023, with a ribbon cutting in October. The 200,000 square foot facility will centralize the university’s makerspace and performing arts studios and theaters, featuring a new dance studio, black-box/glass-box theater, 27 new cutting-edge classroom spaces, and more!

Performing Arts at RIT

Performing arts at a university known around the world for its excellence in science and tech? You better believe it. We are continuing to set the stage for performing arts, with many exciting opportunities for students. Music Performance Theater breaking ground soon: With thousands of RIT students involved in performing arts expected in the next few years, plans are moving forward for a performing arts complex that will feature a 750-seat theater and eventually a 1,500-seat orchestra hall for larger audiences. Performing Arts Scholarship: At RIT, we not only hope students will continue participating in the performing arts, we encourage it through the Performing Arts Scholarship.

Art Experience (ArtEx) Program

RIT's ArtEx program provides students opportunities to connect with other new RIT students who share their passion for creativity and making. They’ll also have access to a range of arts programming from studio demonstrations to special hands-on experiences and excursions. Learn more about this unique Art Ex program for non-art majors >>

Fall Open House at RIT

At RIT's Open House events, students can deep dive into their primary academic program of interest, explore other areas of interest, get a feel for RIT's vibrant campus life, and more!

Registration is open for the following on-campus Open House events:

  • Monday October 9, 2023

  • Saturday October 21, 2023

  • Saturday November 11, 2023


Learn about QuestBridge, a program for high-achieving, low income students, coming to a Zoom near you!

You are invited to attend an upcoming virtual counselor program with representatives from Colorado College, University of Chicago, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University.

Representatives will share information about their respective schools and the QuestBridge organization, which allows high-achieving, low-income students from U.S. high schools to match with the top colleges around the country.

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