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AS THE DAYS TURN....


As the days turn, we realize the year is coming to an end. What a year! We battle against Covid 19, superstition, misinformation, crime, cults, incest, child abuse, WiFi challenges, boring classes, exam results.....yet, we have a hungry, desperate group of children who keep looking for opportunities beyond our shores. They seek brighter days, they watch enough Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, peering at the news...hoping against hope, they can make their mark on the world. As the days turn....


However, this overwhelming ball of burdens have calcified a few....energized some and overcharged others. Many are still not practicing enough. But we can lead students to the water, we cannot force them to drink....Aaaah.....

So here is a list of items that students can check off to be up to date with where they should be in the process.


1) Register for your SAT exam, deadline is November 4.

2) Complete your applications, be it online or the commonapp.org...that includes all essays, resume (if necessary), Invitation to counselors and teachers....and submitted online applications

3) If a Jamaican, you should have done your CSS Profile and your ISFAA forms for financial aid.

4) See that passports are not going to expire tomorrow.


5) Put all study plans in place to beat the exam - get books, work with online resources....



“Rigor doesn’t have to be rigid, and at Reed, it seldom is.” —Reed College President Audrey Bilger Dear Sandra,

At Reed, you’ll find learners who refuse to be contained by the confines of a classroom or the bounds of a discipline. You’ll find psychology students who write poetry, poets who study political science, science majors who are majorly into music, and a caring community of creators, thinkers, and adventurers. For Reed College President Audrey Bilger, Reed is a force for good in the world. Watch Audrey share what makes Reed special, from a world-class faculty to a culture of intellectual curiosity that knows no bounds.


Sandra, if Audrey is describing the type of community that you’d like to be a part of, then we’d love to share more about the Reed College experience. Contact us at admission@reed.edu or check out our upcoming events. Sincerely,

Dev Devvrat Senior Assistant Dean of Admission



News for Counselors and Community Based Organizations

With October coming to a close, our current students are busy with the fall semester. For us in admissions, application season is just beginning. As students prepare to submit their first applications of the season, we want to remind everyone of important deadlines. Bryn Mawr has three admissions deadlines: Early Decision 1 on November 15, Early Decision 2 on January 1, and Regular Decision on January 15. Our first early decision deadline is fast approaching. Students interested in applying for ED1 should submit their applications on or before November 15. To learn more about our application process, click the button below.

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From the Team

The Test of the Test: Should I Apply Test-Optional? Bryn Mawr College is test-optional for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students for the 2021-2022 application cycle. Submitting scores is a complex decision. For help, we encourage students to check out our website. Click the link below to learn more.

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Visit Us on Campus! At Bryn Mawr, we remain committed to sharing our community with prospective students. We invite students and families to join us on campus in a limited capacity. Click the link below to learn more!

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Register for Road Scholars 2021-2022 Road Scholars supports high school seniors from historically underrepresented backgrounds, including African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, and First-Generation students. If you know any students interested in attending one of our three Road Scholars sessions, please click the button to learn more.

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Attend a Senior Stay This November Senior Stays are themed to allow students to connect with our community authentically. Though these offerings remain virtual for 2021-2022, we still hope you will choose to attend a Senior Stay and learn more about Bryn Mawr.

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Sandra,

Ready to learn about all things Marist from the comfort of your own home?

We're inviting you to attend our upcoming Virtual Open Houses on Thursday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 10. At the event, you'll have the opportunity to hear from faculty, staff, and current students through presentations and live Q&As - including sessions designed specifically for parents. You're welcome to join us for as much or as little of the day as you would like!

Click the links below to register:


Thursday, November 4 Wednesday, November 10


Here's some of what Marist can offer you and what you can expect to hear more about during the event:

  • Over 44 states and 58 countries are represented in Marist's student body

  • 90% of students receive financial aid

  • 16:1 student to faculty ratio

  • 70+ study abroad destinations

  • 95% student satisfaction rate

  • 84% graduation rate, which is 18% higher than other private institutions

  • 97% of recent graduates are employed or attending graduate school

  • 83% of Marist students complete at least one internship

We can't wait to "see" you soon! Sincerely, Kent Rinehart Dean of Admission



LET'S TALK ABOUT TEST-OPTIONAL


If a student applies without an ACT or SAT test score, will that hurt their chances for admission or scholarships?

You're invited to join us on Nov. 9 via Zoom as we answer that question and other commonly asked admission questions about deadlines, activities, and essays. You'll also have the chance to ask us questions about the college search and application process.


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If you have any questions about Cornell College, please call, text, or email me. Don't forget to recommend a student if you know someone who would like to study One Course At A Time. Best wishes,

Drew Shradel Director of Admission 800-747-1112 dshradel@cornellcollege.edu




Dear Sandra,


Greetings from Idaho! As we enter our second month of the school year, I want to thank you for your friendship—and assistance—in sharing the opportunities for boarding students to attend Riverstone International School. Your referrals to our boutique boarding program are much appreciated!


This year, we have enrolled over 400 students from preschool through high school, with 27 students from 13 countries in our boarding program. We continue to offer academic and extracurricular activities that make a student’s time at Riverstone unique, modified as needed to reflect recommended safety and health practices. We are very proud of everyone's efforts to keep our community safe while our students continue to move forward with their learning.


In the Admissions department, we are connecting virtually with many of you, and connecting with the families you recommend. We are also developing new materials regularly to help you represent Riverstone.

We have updated our Agent Media Kit for the 2022-23 Recruitment Year on Dropbox. The kit includes five folders:

  1. Boarding Program Brochure

  2. Boarding Program Family Presentation

  3. IB Course Selection Listings

  4. Photos (Campus Photos, Outdoor Education Photos, Riverstone House photos, and Boise, Idaho photos)

  5. Logos

Link to our Agent Media Kit for the 2022-23 Recruitment Year on Dropbox here.

Other resources include our website, with information on Riverstone’s boarding program and more:

  • Our home-away-from-home dormitory, Riverstone House

  • Outdoor education program

  • IB programs and college placement

  • Boise, Idaho

  • Boarding admissions, scholarships, and more.

We also encourage our agents and families to join us via social media (Facebook and Instagram) and check out our videos on YouTube.


Please let me know if there are specific questions that you have or ideas for new materials that would be helpful for you.


Pease encourage your families to inquire online or email me with any questions.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Sincerely,


Rachel Pusch

Director of Admissions & Marketing Riverstone International School: Inspiring the Journey T (208) 424-5000 #2104 F (208) 424-0033

www.riverstoneschool.org rpusch@riverstoneschool.org



Advice from a Pumpkin.


Be well rounded. Get plenty of sunshine. Give thanks for life's bounty. Have a thick skin. Keep growing. Be outstanding in your field. Think big.

We wish you a fun, safe, and happy Halloween!

LEMOYNE.EDU



Hello Sandra,


The lasting impact of COVID-19 and the current fluctuation within the field of admissions, cannot be overstated enough. Additionally, we recognize the tremendous challenge our counseling colleagues face this season trying to support students and families in their college search process amidst imperfect and evolving information. As part of the Metropolitan University (MET) group, admissions leadership from the University of Miami, George Washington University, Northeastern University, New York University, Southern Methodist University, and Tulane University invite college and career counselors to join us for a moderated panel discussion to learn more about our institutions and how your students can navigate the nuances of the process. We hope you can join us.

November 3, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. ET SIGN ME UP

Questions? Contact us at 305-284-6000 or admission@miami.edu.

Best, Office of Undergraduate Admission admissions.miami.edu



Dear Sandra,


We're inviting you to this upcoming program which is meant to provide insight on the admissions process at Wesleyan University. Feel free to share this invitation with your fellow college counselors. Targeting college counselors, from schools as well as community-based organizations, our goal is to demystify the application process and provide guidance to will help you for cycles to come.


Supporting Your Student Through the Application Process - A Conversation for Counselors November 4th, 2021 3:30- 4:15 PM EDT

Register Here


Join us for an opportunity to hear from our Director of Admission, Chandra Joos deKoven, and Assistant Dean of Admission, Sebastian Ivory. We’ll focus on our early decision policies, share updated information about financial aid, talk about our test optional policies, among other enlightening topics. The relationship we share with counselors is uniquely important and valued, and we want to share our insights with you all. We hope this session will provide useful information for you as well as for your prospective Cardinals. Time will be set aside at the end for Q&A.


Sincerely,

Kate A. Thompson

Associate Dean of Admission



Virtual Open House: Sports & Clubs Join us on Wednesday, November 3rd at 8:00 am EDT for a live Virtual Open House event! This month we are highlighting our unparalleled extracurricular offerings. With 50+ athletic teams and 40+ student-led clubs, Thornton Academy students have a wealth of opportunities to learn new skills, make friends with like-minded students, and find new passions. This live event will feature students, teachers, and coaches sharing their experiences and discussing all the benefits of participating in extracurricular activities. Please register for the Virtual Open House to receive a Zoom link prior to the event. A recording of the event will be sent to everyone who registers.

Register HereWhether they're on the field or in the fan section, athletics is a memorable part of the Thornton Academy experience for students. Our 2021 Fall season is in full swing; our football team hasn't lost a game yet, and is on track to compete yet again for the state championship. Finishing out their season strong, the golf team just took 2nd place in the state championship! Learn more about all our teams.From learning about public speaking through TEDx Club, to ice fishing with the Anglers Society, our students have the chance to push beyond their comfort zone, and find new hobbies and passions with our 40+ student-led clubs. Every year, new clubs are formed based on student's interest. Anyone can start a club at Thornton Academy! Check out all of our clubs.

Enrollment Update We are full for the Spring 2022 semester. Applications are open for the 2022-23 school year, and the Summer Program 2022 is also open for registration!



AN EXPERIENCE THAT EXCEEDS ALL EXPECTATIONS

Sandra,


We’ve always known that Rice University is a special place, and the newest rankings seem to agree. This year, we're one of only four universities that made it onto 11 of Princeton Review's "Great Lists," including Great Quality of Life, Happy Students and LGBTQ-Friendly.


Alongside the recognition of our vibrant community comes equally exciting news about our academics. U.S. News & World Report placed us at no. 6 for Best Undergraduate Teaching and no. 17 for National Universities. Niche has similar things to say about Rice – we’re no. 7 for Best Colleges in America, and we have 16 academic programs that rank in the top 10.


Our classroom experiences are one of the things that makes Rice unique – explore all of our academic programs by visiting our website.


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