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A rigorous school curriculum.

High grade point average in major subjects.

High scores on tests.

Passionate involvement in a few activities that are meaningful, inside or outside of school.

A well-written essay that emphasizes insight into the student's unique personality.

Leadership inside or outside of school.

Demographic and personal characteristics that contribute to a diverse student body.

Strong counselor/teacher recommendations.

Special talents that could contribute to campus life.

Intellectual curiosity exhibited through reading, research and extracurricular pursuits.

Demonstrated interest and enthusiasm in attending through campus visits.

Student's character and values are seen as conducive to being a good community member.

Got it guys? We hold all these points under our hats while trying to put your best foot forward.


University of Lynchburg (Virginia): I paid attention to a Major in Exercise Physiology, Actuarial Science, Nursing, Digital Media Communications...size, not too large in rural Virginia. Cost is reasonable.

Second feature: University of Akron, Ohio

Majors in Actuarial Science, Aerospace Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Polymer Chemistry, Corrosion Engineering, Computer Engineering, Supply Chain, Speech Pathology....interesting majors. See something interesting, apply!


The students who were shunted to a November sitting - please check that your computers are upgraded and ready for the exam. That though classes came to an end, you are still studying.

Those awaiting results from the October exam, ensure that whatever the result, should you have to resit, do so early, as our September to November students are booking their slots for December.


Get them off as soon as possible.

Don't forget to read the notices below.


Dear Sandra,

Our upcoming Financial Literacy 101 is the perfect opportunity for your student to learn how to prepare financially before and during the application process. This session covers topics such as how to attend university and avoid debt. Learn about scholarships and you can qualify. Understand the real costs of going to college in the U.S. and grasp the difference between a "need aware" and a "need blind" review. Here is the registration link you can use to join this session TOMORROW on October 11th at 10:00am Eastern Time. Please share with your students. Warmly, Peter Lundbye Director of International Admissions


Join us for the latest updates from all four campuses.

Sandra, Join us for a unique, virtual counselor update session featuring admission representatives from all four of the University of Massachusetts campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth and Lowell). We are excited to offer this opportunity to learn more about our distinct campuses, get insight into our admission and selection processes and meet staff from the admissions offices. Counselor Catch-Up with UMass! Tuesday, Oct. 17 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ET)




As we settle back into routines this fall, we hope you have enjoyed a strong start to the semester! We invite you to reach out and connect with an admission counselor for your region if you need anything.

Click the “Get to Know Me” link on our Find Your Counselor page to learn more about our admission team. We look forward to getting to know you better throughout the year!


Hello Sandra, It's not too late to secure a spot to attend The College of New Jersey’s Virtual School Counselor Reception on Tuesday, October 31st, at 11:00 AM. At our reception, you will learn more about what TCNJ offers, the different opportunities available to our students, the application process, and much more! There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end, so please remember to come prepared so we can best support you and your students. Please register for our Virtual School Counselor Reception by Wednesday, October 25th, by clicking the link below:

We hope to "see" you at our virtual reception! Stay safe and stay connected, The College of New Jersey Office of Undergraduate Admissions


Dear Colleague:

The Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College at Boston University is looking for students with demonstrated academic achievement, the potential to produce creative and original work, and a willingness to explore and experiment with a broad range of disciplines.

Kilachand Honors College is dedicated to offering a challenging education grounded in critical and creative thinking and interdisciplinary problem-solving. The curriculum allows students to explore global, social, corporate, and geopolitical challenges over the course of the program.

  • Kilachand Honors College offers a supportive living-learning community that provides a highly personal, individual atmosphere similar to that of a small liberal arts college but with the resources and intellectual depth of a major urban research university.

  • Kilachand Honors College students are enrolled in one of Boston University’s undergraduate degree-granting schools and colleges where they pursue the major of their choice, in addition to Kilachand Honors College courses. Majors range from biomedical engineering to music, human physiology to marketing, film & television to international relations, and physics to literature. Kilachand provides students a primary pathway through the BU Hub, Boston University’s innovative general education program.

  • Kilachand Honors College students are excellent thinkers with strong high school records, diverse backgrounds, and a range of intellectual interests. We are looking for imaginative, engaged students who love learning, want to explore a variety of disciplines, and wish to learn and grow outside the classroom to develop real-world solutions to a wide range of challenges.

I encourage you to visit the Kilachand Honors College website, where you can explore course offerings and learn more about Kilachand Honors College faculty and students.

My colleagues and I look forward to meeting your students.


Anne Corriveau

Director of International Admissions


Dear Sandra, Please join me and my admissions colleague, Marina Fried, for a Cornell University virtual event specifically for counselors. We will share and answer your questions about our latest updates, including new programs, the admissions process, and ways you and your students can connect with us.

Cornell University Virtual Information Session for Counselors Monday, October 23, 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET Click to register

We also recommend our Counselor Connections page for more information to help you better assist your students who are interested in Cornell. If you have any additional questions about Cornell, you are also welcome to review our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact an admissions representative. Best wishes, Shawn Felton Undergraduate Admissions Office


Upcoming Counselor Session

Hello Sandra, Are you interested in learning more about North Carolina State University (NC State)? We have added a virtual information session for international counselors to the calendar. We invite you to discover why NC State is consistently ranked as one of the best institutions in the United States. Register to attend our virtual information session below. The session will be held in Eastern Standard Time (EST). Virtual International Counselor Session Thursday, November 16, 2023 1- 2 p.m. EST Register Here NC State is a leading research university in the United States with a focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our location in Raleigh, North Carolina, the capital of the state, adds immense value and access to our students’ experience. Over 36,000 students call NC State home each year, including around 4,000 students from 120 different countries. We look forward to sharing more with you at our upcoming information session.


Dear Colleagues,

Early Decision is just around the corner! With our first admissions deadlines approaching, we wanted to take a moment to address a common question we get around Financial Aid for International Students applying to Penn.

Should I Apply for Aid as an International Student?

As part of the Ivy League, Penn does not provide scholarships but instead need-based financial aid in the form of grants. This means Penn awards financial aid based on individual financial need.

It’s important to note, Penn is need-aware for international applicants: non-citizens, and non-permanent residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This means a family’s ability to pay does factor into admissions decisions. Because of this, candidates whose families have the financial means to afford education costs are encouraged not to apply for financial aid.

Penn does offer financial aid for international students with demonstrated need. Each year, Penn commits millions of dollars in undergraduate aid funds to support international students. International students admitted as financial aid recipients will receive aid that covers 100% of their demonstrated need, just like a domestic student.

We hope this is helpful in guiding your students. Should you have Seniors applying to Penn who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, we encourage you to consult our blog post on this year's FAFSA, as changes this year may impact those students. With Gratitude, Penn Admissions

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