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WEDNESDAY BLOG


Since the start of classes, we have not had a Pow-Wow meeting for students and parents. Well, we can now announce that February 26, 2023 at 5 pm, we will host on Zoom our Annual General Meeting to inform parents about all the areas we cover at Versan. What to expect, ways to look forward...and answer all those questions circulating in and around studying overseas.

Zoom login: 92899308579

Passcode: 9fHY0A

See you there...l



REGISTRATION

Last warning....time to register for your exams: SAT, SSAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT....Do not say I did not warn you.

If you need any assistance, head to the office.



ATHLETES


If you are planning to enter college in 2024 and you have great athletic skills, now is the time to do your athletic profiles and submit a year in advance. Let's get a move on....



PERFORMING ARTS


The same applies to our artists...profiles to be done and submitted!

LAST YEARS' STUDENTS


As acceptance letters roll in, please check that your current passports are not about to expire..


PANIC AMONGST NON-DOERS


Many of you are panicking by stating that you do not have àny extracurricular activities. Pshaw! What is important should be any activity that you enjoy doing that has benefited your community.


Schools are frightened by overachiever who attach willy-nilly a slew of activities, master of none. Be careful.

See you all next week.


 



EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES AT RICE

Sandra,

With the start of a new semester comes new opportunities to discover what Rice University has to offer your students. We host information sessions led by our admission counselors for those students who want to get an overview of Rice, as well as academic sessions for each of our schools of study for those students who really want to focus on the programs we offer and the kind of research they could do here. And no visit is complete without connecting with current Owls - we encourage them to drop in on an AMA with a Rice student or come to campus for a tour if they’re able.

Learn more and connect your students with Rice by registering for any of the events below.

FEATURED EVENTS

Admission Information Sessions

Join a virtual Admission Information Session, led by our admission counselors, and learn about our amazing programs, vibrant student life, and groundbreaking research. On Thursdays, we invite international students to join us for a session specifically focused on application requirements for international students.

Academic Schools

Dive deeper into academics at Rice and discover more about our undergraduate schools of study. Connect with faculty or staff in that school of study, ask questions about majors and minors, and explore research and programs.

Ask Me Anything with a Rice Student

Explore our vibrant student life in these sessions with current students as they talk about their personal experiences and answer your questions about the residential college system, clubs and activities, and what it means to be a Rice Owl.


 

Dear Sandra,

Bryant University, in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the nation’s top accounting firms, will once again host the PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Careers Leadership Institute (PwCACLI). The institute will be hosted on Bryant University’s beautiful campus in Smithfield, RI from June 25 to June 30, 2023. PwCACLI is an exciting and educational week-long, hands-on opportunity for students who identify as African American/Black, Latinx, or Native American rising high school seniors (current juniors) to learn more about the accounting profession. Throughout the program, they will work directly with Bryant University faculty, staff, and current students, as well as professionals from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Program participants will:

  • Understand the role of accountants

  • Spend a day at PwC offices in Boston and meet with business professionals to learn firsthand about daily operations

  • Experience college life by living in a residence hall and utilizing resources at Bryant

Except for transportation (to and from Bryant University), there is no fee to participate in the program. The program will provide overnight accommodations, meals, planned activities, and educational materials. To apply, students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) and completed at least Algebra 2 by the end of junior year. Follow this link to access the official program brochure and application. Please note that space is limited. The priority application deadline is set for Friday, March 31, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact either Michelle Felizzola at 401-232-6586, mfelizzola@bryant.edu or Dana Brokmeier 401-232-6103, dbrokmeier@bryant.edu.

Sincerely, Michelle Felizzola Sr. Assistant Director of Admission for Multicultural Recruitment


 

The Future is Bright in the Honors College Dear Sandra, So much has happened since our last newsletter. We settled into our new home in one of the most prominent buildings on campus, broadened our study abroad program and led a campus-wide week dedicated to supporting student mental health. And, as always, our incredible Honors College students have continued to put their passion into action.

Making a Historic Move We are excited to announce our new home in the famed Allen House on South Campus. Appointed to the National Register of Historic Places, it serves as a hub for students to collaborate, meet faculty, study or just hang out. Honors College Dean Jenifer Whitten-Woodring recently shared her thoughts on the new space and her vision for the growing college. Learn More >

Engineering a Sustainable Future Plastics engineering major Abby Mastromonaco took her interest in sustainability and transformed it into achieving a real-world impact. Recently awarded a Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy fellowship for her work on getting more compost bins on campus, she is also collaborating with UML faculty to find new ways to improve plastics recycling. Learn More >

Passport to the World

The play's the thing with our expanding study abroad program. In addition to popular trips to San Sebastián, Spain and Havana, Cuba, Honors College students can now experience Shakespeare’s London and Madrid’s past and present. From Shakespeare's Globe to Stratford-upon-Avon, students see the Bard's work come alive. While in Madrid, the Spanish Civil War gains powerful historic and cultural context.

Honoring Health and Wellness

In the Honors College, mental health is just as important as academic success. That’s why we launched Honor Yourself Week, a campuswide initiative focused on teaching students how to incorporate wellness into their daily routines. The week included a variety of activities, including stretching sessions, pumpkin painting and a “brain tapping” tutorial with former Rusted Root drummer Jim Donovan.

The "Wonder" of Numbers

Growing up in Ghana, Wonder Ahiatsi dreamed of using his love of numbers to make a difference in the world. He decided to transfer to UML to take advantage of the new Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics degree, which aligns perfectly with his career and graduate school goals. “I want to ingrain myself in research here,” he says. Learn More ›

From Internship to Successful Career

As an English major, self-proclaimed bookworm Autumn Kleiner gained valuable professional writing skills that led to several internships – and a job as a grants and communications specialist at a local nonprofit. “I get to support and work with students in Lowell every day,” she says, “and I’ve been able to become a part of a community that I love.”



 

Read on for some highlights about events, programs and important dates we have coming up this spring.

Perimeter College Students of all ages and international backgrounds enroll at Perimeter College. More than 15,400 students call Georgia State’s Perimeter College home. Yet, our average class size is 17, so students receive plenty of personal attention whether their goal is graduating with their associate's degree or transferring to a bachelor’s program on Georgia State’s Atlanta Campus. No matter where students start, their success is our focus. Encourage your students to take a closer look at Perimeter College. We think they’ll like what they see!

Perimeter College Visits

Campus tours are led by current students and highlight the advantages and excitement of going to Perimeter College. We also host a series of sessions focusing on specific programs, financial aid and the application process. Please encourage interested students to sign up for multiple sessions to learn about the ways Perimeter College makes college possible! Pounce Ahead Accepted Student Events


For new Panthers who've already been admitted to Georgia State, we are hosting Pounce Ahead Accepted Student Events. We're excited to present Next Steps sessions that will help students get ready for their first day as an enrolled student, Academic College Information Sessions to connect them with their academic interests, Housing Information Sessions and more! We'll be sending regular emails to students about upcoming opportunities and how to sign up.



Summer Leadership Academy

We're kicking off our 13th annual Summer Leadership Academy. The program will be held June 12-16 and continues to be a fun way for students to develop their leadership skills while learning about real-world issues. This program is ideal for students who will be juniors or seniors this fall.

Dual Enrollment Georgia State University offers dual enrollment programs to allow high school juniors and seniors a jump-start on earning credit toward a college degree. This is the perfect time to begin planning and talking to your high school students about this great opportunity. Our Dual Enrollment program provides high-achieving juniors and seniors with opportunities to experience undergraduate classes. Group Tours We look forward to working with your students and being a resource for them in their college search process. One of the most important aspects of this process is the campus tour. Each year, thousands of students from across the country visit Georgia State and we would love to have students from your school see all the exciting things we are doing in downtown Atlanta. Students will receive a campus tour from one of our outstanding student leaders as well as an information session going over the admissions process and future developments for Georgia State. We are currently booking group tours for Spring 2023. If you are interested in bringing a group onto campus, please visit welcome.gsu.edu/groupvisits/. Panther Family Portal Panther Family Portal helps the entire family get involved in the college admissions process! Whether their student has been admitted to Georgia State, or they're just thinking about applying, parents can set up an account to get the latest information about campus news and events as well as key deadlines. Important Spring Dates Currently: Housing applications are Open* April 1: Final application deadline for Atlanta First-Year Application* June 1: Deadline for newly admitted students to submit Intent Enroll June 1: Official high school transcripts due (for applicants that have not received a decision) July 15: Final Official High School Transcripts Due (for applicants that have already been admitted to the university)* August 1: Final application deadline for Perimeter College First-Year Application** August 22: Fall Classes Begin *Atlanta Campus Only **Perimeter College Only



We look forward to working with you this semester! Thanks again for your hard work serving students.Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Perimeter College

Georgia State University


 

Dear Sandra,


Are you looking for a way to get ahead this summer?


WPI's College Credit Jumpstart program may be the perfect fit for you. Our 5-week online program gives you the chance to earn college credit while you're still in high school. Applications open on Tuesday, February 14 at 9:00am EST.About College Credit Jumpstart


College Credit Jumpstart is a pre-college summer program designed for rising 11th & 12th graders who are interested in earning college credit and experiencing an academically fulfilling WPI college course. Our five-week courses are taught entirely online, so they can be completed from anywhere! Some courses are taught live while others allow you to go at your own pace. Students will also have access to tutoring to ensure they are able to receive college credit.


Dates: July 10 - August 11, 2023


 

Dear Sandra,

Have you encouraged your high-achieving students to consider a Pre-College Summer Program at the University of Miami? Students receive a unique opportunity to explore their academic passions, potential college majors, and future careers with these exciting programs. They will enhance their resume while developing critical time management and independence skills to help them thrive in college. Check out our brochure here. Students choose from a wide range of academic specialties in the fields of healthcare and medicine, engineering, technology, business, communication and media, marine science, and much more. The deadline for students who wish to be considered for a scholarship is March 1, 2023.

Note: Students are encouraged to apply early for the best chance of placement in their first-choice program. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and must be fully completed to be considered. Applicants can use waiver code “GUIDANCE” to receive $25 off the application fee*. See what past students had to say about their Summer Scholars experience:


Summer 2023 program dates:

  • Summer Scholars Program (Credit) is a three-week, for-credit program that allows high school sophomores and juniors to earn six college credits in a variety of academic areas they may be considering for college majors.

    • Session dates: July 1 – 21, 2023, In-person


  • UM Academies (Non-credit) is a two-week, non-credit program that gives high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors invaluable experiential learning opportunities.

    • Session dates: July 1 – 14, 2023, In-person & remote options


For program information, visit our website. Scholarship Opportunities Need-based and merit scholarships are available for qualified students in the Summer Scholars Program. To be considered, eligible applicants must complete both the Summer Scholars application and the scholarship application. All supporting documents are required by March 1, 2023 for consideration. Students who meet the requirements for our need-based scholarship may also qualify for application fee reduction waivers. Please click here for more information on scholarship opportunities.


 



Admission updates for our school and CBO colleagues.

Dear Colleague, I am writing with some brief Admission Office updates that I hope will be helpful as you work with your students through the spring and beyond. Test-Optional Pilot Program

  • Amherst will continue to be test-optional for next year's class. Amherst has adopted a test-optional pilot program for SAT/ACT testing for first-year applicants to the Classes of 2025, 2026, 2027 and 2028 (students entering in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024). We will be evaluating the test-optional policy and will set testing policy for the Class of 2029 (entering in 2025) following additional review.

  • 51% of applicants for the Class of 2027 applied without testing (test-optional); 58% of our Early Decision admits were test-optional. Among all Regular Decision applicants, 51% have applied test-optional.

SAT Subject Tests

  • SAT Subject Tests are not considered as part of our evaluation.

Decision Deadlines

  • To ensure that our application deadlines do not fall on a weekend or school holiday, we have moved our Regular Decision deadline from January 1 to the next available school day, and will continue to adjust our ED and RD deadlines as needed moving forward.

Slate.org

  • With such busy professional schedules, it’s nice to find some online tools that help to make our work just a little easier. Slate.org is a free platform that is linked with our application management system and will allow school counselors to upload your recommendation and your students’ transcripts, keep track of where your students are in the admission process (including the ability to view a student’s application materials checklist), and view our admission decisions for your students (after the decision has been released and viewed by the student).

Early Decision Outcomes

  • ED applications received: 736

  • ED admit rate: 26%

  • ED expected representation in the Class of 2027: 39%

Regular Decision Applicant Pool

  • RD applications received: 11,770

As a colleague, I look forward to our continued partnership and I send my sincere gratitude for all you do in supporting students throughout their educational journeys. Sincerely, Cate Granger Zolkos Dean of Admission


 


Dear Colleagues,


I am pleased to announce that Ebony Clinton-Brown, who has served as the interim Dean of Undergraduate Admissions since May of 2022, has been appointed to the role full-time. During her time as the interim head of Undergraduate Admissions, Ebony’s vision and her strong leadership of the team, her ability to identify strategies and initiatives to strengthen Northeastern’s market position as a global university, and her long experience as a manager and previous strategic work in advancing university enrollment goals clearly demonstrate why she is best suited for guiding Undergraduate Admissions efforts into the future.


Ebony’s career in higher education began at Babson College, where she served as an admission officer who specialized in outreach initiatives. During her 15-year tenure at Northeastern, Ebony has held various roles, having oversight in areas such as recruitment, transfer admissions, pathway and pipeline programs, strategic initiatives, diversity initiatives, and the Enrollment Management portion of the Institutional Master Plan with the City of Boston, which culminated in her authorship of the Valedictorian Scholarship. Ebony is deeply committed to increasing representation in higher education.


As an admission professional, Ebony has worked closely with The College Board and NACAC professional membership organizations and is frequently a featured presenter and panelist.

A native Californian, Ebony also earned her BA in Law and Society from the University of California Santa Barbara and her MEd from Northeastern.


Please join me in congratulating her.


Sincerely,


Satyajit Dattagupta

Chief Enrollment Officer, Special Advisor to the President, & Senior Vice Chancellor

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Northeastern University

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