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Hello Sandra, Thank you for all that you do for your students, as well as for the time you take to maintain a partnership with us. I invite you and your students to explore the in-person and virtual visit options we have to offer:

  • On-campus information sessions and guided tours are open to Fall 2022 applicants. To make visits possible, the Office of Undergraduate Admission is limiting capacity and requiring masks. Seats are filling up fast!

  • If students can’t snag a spot for the guided tour, they can always sign up for a Self-Guided Campus Tour.

  • Can’t make it to campus? We continue to offer a range of virtual options for you and your students to get to know the University, our staff, and current students.

Again, thank you for helping to shape your students’ futures and for all the support you provide them during the college search process. I look forward to staying in touch! Sincerely,

Nate Crozier Assistant Vice President Undergraduate Admission and Marketing admissions.miami.edu


Marketing materials and forms from Marshall School in Duluth, Minnesota!


Dear Sandra, We met a bit ago at the NABSW workshop, and I have since compiled 2022-23 information for all our partners in this Google Drive folder. I am sorry we were having connection trouble that day, and hope you remain interested in our Minnesota school! I genuinely feel we would work well together. I am very interested in working with Caribbean students, and your agency. As the Director of the Program, I can say that we offer an excellent education, but the opportunities for exploration, adventure, personal growth, friendship, and the local community at Marshall are truly what set the school apart. Our school offers the American experience families are looking for - authentic, kind, passionate faculty and classmates, safety, a beautiful setting, and American culture at its best. In the Drive, you will find application materials, photos and videos, an agent agreement and more, that you are free to use to promote the school. Again, I am highly interested in working with your agency and appreciate your interest in Marshall! With regard to a proposed partnership, Marshall pays a 15% annual commission. The amount is based on tuition, room and board, and programming, which is detailed here on our website. Marshall offers need-based financial aid. Guardians will fill out an international financial aid profile, and receive an objective figure to pay, based on their ability to contribute to the full cost of the program. The final figure as agreed upon will be inclusive of all core costs and full participation in the school's core programming. I hope this information provides a foundation for working together, and that you remain interested in recommending Marshall to your families. I'd be delighted to talk any time, or have a virtual or phone meeting. You can schedule that here at your convenience, any time. Sincerely, Christa

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Christa Knudsen '92 Director of Enrollment Let's chat! Schedule a visit or book a meeting today


Dear Colleague,


We hope this email finds you well. This fall, Columbia is continuing to focus on providing robust virtual programming for students to learn about our community from wherever they may be. Just as in the past, we want to support our international student population and look forward to working with the international counseling community to ensure students are supported through the application process and beyond. You are welcome to reach out to your regional officer for assistance and additional information. Please review our 2021-2022 staff directory and regional assignments, which also includes admissions statistics for our Class of 2025.


Additionally, below are important aspects of our process and offerings that we want to highlight:

  • Due to continued disruptions in access to standardized testing, Columbia has extended our test-optional policy for the 2021-2022 application cycle. We continue to require English Language Proficiency scores for students who do not fulfill the requirement through other means.

  • We understand that curricular examinations, including A-levels, International Baccalaureate and national exams, may be impacted by the ongoing pandemic. We will continue to be flexible as we evaluate all academic transcripts and documents that we receive.

  • We continue to acknowledge the varied and disparate impacts of the COVID-10 pandemic on students and communities. As such, we remain committed to our holistic review and contextual approach to application review. We encourage students, counselors and teachers to share specific details in the application about any ways that the student's high school experience may have been impacted by the pandemic

  • Interested students can dive deeper into Columbia with the Blue View, a ten-part video series that features admissions officers and students discussing campus life, the Core Curriculum, affordability and more.​​​​

  • We encourage students to participate in our live virtual programming, including student Q&A sessions, featured classes, student-led virtual tours and more, to get an introduction to Columbia and determine if our community could be a good fit for them. We are offering an "International Student Q&A Chat" on October 29 that may be of particular interest to your students.

We look forward to seeing you and your students virtually this fall, and we hope the rest of your school year goes smoothly.


Best wishes,


Jessica Marinaccio

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial AidColumbia University in the City of New York

212 Hamilton Hall, MC 2807

1130 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10027



admission.bryant.edu

Fall Open House Oct. 23 and Nov. 13

At Bryant University, students reach higher and achieve more. They belong to a close-knit community with faculty and staff dedicated to helping them create their path to success and reach their fullest potential. Our integrated academic and student life programs deliver a return on investment among the top 2% in the U.S. As high school seniors prepare for the next stage of their lives, we look forward to working with you to help them find the answers they’re looking for and the assistance they need. Our Admission counselors are available to talk with you, and with students and their families, in person, via Zoom or over the phone. We’re also open for in-person visits, information sessions and events for students and their families.

Upcoming Admission Deadlines

  • The Early Decision I Application Deadline is November 1!

  • The Early Action Application Deadline is November 15!


Bryant’s Fall Open House events are Oct. 23 and Nov. 13 Bryant’s Fall Open House events on October 23 and November 13 give students and their families the opportunity to meet with Bryant representatives, tour the campus facilities and learn about our innovative programs that can help them create their path, expand their world and achieve a lifetime of success. Our admission staff and other members of the University community will share what makes Bryant special and discuss the application process. Students can register for our Open House events, or other visit opportunities, at explore.bryant.edu

Bryant strong in 2022 national rankings with a spotlight on ROI, International Business and Digital Marketing Bryant University has earned national and regional recognition in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report College Rankings with International Business ranked No. 20 nationally. The University is No. 7 overall and is the No. 10 Most Innovative School in the Regional Universities North category. The College Factual 2022 rankings place Bryant’s Digital Marketing program at No. 1 and International Business No. 11 in the country, with an overall ranking in the top 5% of schools in the U.S. at 127. Eleven programs in the College of Business and College of Arts and Sciences also rank in the highest echelon nationally. Bryant is among the top 2% nationwide for return on investment. Watch Video

Making a Bryant education possible A Bryant University education is a long-term investment that yields a lifetime of returns. There are many financial aid options available for Bryant students and Bryant’s financial aid counselors are trained to work with students and families to create a solution that works. $16.6 million was awarded to incoming first-year students entering in fall 2021 and 96% of Bryant students take advantage of grants, scholarships, loans and/or work-study opportunities. Learn more



New Health Sciences program prepares future health care leaders Bryant’s new Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program brings together courses in the sciences, communication and psychology to prepare and empower highly skilled graduates to meet the increasing demands of the health care sector, which is positioned for future growth. Learn more

Bryant STEM Scholars program Bryant University’s distinctive real-world education prepares students to succeed in an increasingly science and technology-driven economy. A grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program will support scholarships and programming for a new generation of STEM leaders at Bryant. Learn more

A great start to a great four years Bryant's First Year Gateway introduces students to college life and gives them the tools and support they need. An interdisciplinary curriculum and a powerful network of peers and mentors help them make the most of their college years and find success post-graduation. Learn more

We’re here to help No matter where students are in the admission process, from considering schools to making their final decision about where to spend their next four years, Bryant’s Admission Counselors are here to help them navigate the process. Students can find their Admission Counselor at admission.bryant.edu/counselor

Global supply chain students generate $22.9M in savings, prepare for great careers Experiential learning is the hallmark of a Bryant education. Through Bryant University’s Global Supply Chain Practicum, students act as consultants for corporate clients and deliver game-changing results by finding solutions to real industry problems. The invaluable experience and expertise they gain gives them a head start on their career and helps them standout in the job market. Learn more




Test-optional schools are on the riseMore than two-thirds of U.S. colleges have shifted to being test-optional for admission for fall of 2022, according to an article recently published by The College Post. Cornell College recognizes the benefits of being test-optional–that's why we've been doing it for the past six years.



FAQs about test-optional

What does being test-optional really mean? Our director of admission, Drew Shradel, covers this topic and answers frequently asked questions in a short webinar recording.


Cornell's Debt Reduction Pledge


We're kicking off a new program to take a stand against college debt by committing to pay half of students' federal loans–up to $12,000–at the time of their graduation.


Scholarships for Midwest students

We have taken another step to make college affordable by giving Midwest students $30,000 when they are admitted. The Cornell College Freeway Scholarship applies to first-year students from Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Kansas City, Kansas. Students in Iowa may be interested in our Iowa Promise Scholarship!Cornell welcomes largest class in nearly two decades

Cornell College's most recent group of new students is our largest in 18 years. Our Ramily has grown by 404! Did we mention almost half of them applied with test-optional applications? It works!



Spooky season is here!

Happy Halloween from your friends on the Hilltop. We hope you'll take a quick break and celebrate with us.

Connect with Cornell

Excellent Cornell candidates come from all over the nation and beyond. Do you have a student whose curiosity about how things work, how humans interact, how to approach a problem, or how to fully engage in their world is larger than life? Introduce us. We could be great for each other.


RECOMMEND A STUDENT



Dear ​Sandra,


On Thursday, October 28, at 4:30 p.m. PT, you're invited to join representatives from Bard College, Bennington College, Denison University, Pitzer College, Reed College, St. John's College, and Whitman College for Seven Liberal Arts Colleges that Break the Mold.

This event includes helpful advice on applying to college, introductions to each college, and an opportunity to ask questions.


Seven Colleges that break the mold

Join Seven Colleges that Break the Mold to hear directly from Vice Presidents, Deans of Admission, and Directors of Admission as they discuss how each of their institutions bucks the conventional college experience and inspires students to become schol­ars who actively engage in the communities around them.


I hope to see you on Thursday, October 28, at 4:30 p.m. PT.


My best,


Milyon Trulove Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid

Office of Admission reed.edu/apply admission@reed.edu 503-777-7511



Dear Sandra, At this time of year, issues can often arise during the college application process, and we want you to know we are here to help. You and your students should never have to worry that confusion or other problems will hinder the applications which have received so much time and devotion. We hope the following answers to frequently asked questions will ease your mind. What if students encounter problems submitting applications? If students have documents that they are unable to submit through the Coalition or Common Application, they may either upload them to their UChicago Account or email them to us. School counselors, teachers, or other school officials are also welcome to submit materials by email. Our email address for materials is collegeadmissions@uchicago.edu and email is our preferred method of communication at this time. Direct upload to the UChicago Account is the preferred method of submission for any materials that may contain sensitive personal data, such as financial aid documents or items containing a Social Security number. We also accept materials via paper mail or fax. Please note that while we are making every effort to process application material as quickly and accurately as possible, our processing time on mailed or faxed materials can be 1-2 weeks longer than emailed or uploaded documents, which are typically processed within 1-2 business days. Our material fax line is 773.702.0661, and our mailing address for materials is: The Office of College Admissions 1101 E. 58th Street Rosenwald 005 Chicago, IL 60637 We encourage you to include the student’s name, email address, the CEEB code of their high school, and any other information that will help us match documents received through fax, email, or the mail with the rest of their application. What if a student’s application materials are delayed due to circumstances associated with COVID-19 or other unforeseen circumstances? We understand that the delivery of some students’ applications might be delayed. Please tell students not to stress about our deadlines during this time. We understand that schooling may have been interrupted and, with it, their college application process. Do not worry, we will be accommodating. If there is any way we can assist you and your students, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email, contact me, or connect with your regional admissions counselor. Will UChicago extend the application deadlines? Our application deadline for Early Action / Early Decision I is November 1, 2021 and our deadline for Regular Decision / Early Decision 2 is January 4, 2022, but we are flexible! While we hope to receive application materials by the deadline, if they are delayed a bit—that’s OK and students will never be penalized. Students and counselors can send items to us as soon as they are able. We will also be monitoring current events, and if we need to formally extend our deadlines, we absolutely will! Students and counselors can also always reach out due to unique circumstances that need additional accommodation. What should a student do if their test scores are delayed, they were unable to take a standardized test, or are unsure of their ability to take a standardized test in the future? Our admissions process has been test optional since 2018, and students who are unable or choose not to submit test scores will not be negatively impacted in our admissions process. For students who want to submit testing, we review applications using self-reported scores, and applicants do not need to send us official scores until they matriculate. To send self-reported scores, students should include the score on their Common or Coalition Application or upload a screenshot that includes their standardized test scores, their name, and the testing date to their UChicago Account. While we accept self-reported scores at all stages of our admission process, matriculating students will be asked to share a verified score report, and we will re-review a file if there is a discrepancy. For students who are unsure if they want to apply with standardized testing because they have yet to receive their score, we encourage them to apply to UChicago without testing to start. If the student chooses to include their test scores at a later time, they can email collegeadmissions@uchicago.edu or their regional admissions counselor with their score to let us know! What if a student who already submitted test scores to UChicago (or who has standardized test scores printed on their transcript) wants to be reviewed as a test-optional candidate without their test scores? UChicago’s Common and Coalition application supplements include a question asking students to indicate whether they would like to be considered with or without their standardized test scores. If a student elects to be reviewed without their test scores, we will review the student without testing even if it has previously been shared with us—this includes redacting test scores from the application review. How can students apply for a fee waiver? The University of Chicago does not charge an application fee to families who will be applying for need-based financial aid. Students do not need to request a fee waiver. As long as a student indicates on their Common or Coalition application that they will be applying for need-based financial aid, they will not be charge a fee. How can I see which materials a student is missing? We will reach out to students directly if we find we are missing any required materials from their application file. This will happen after our deadline (and after we have processed a significant amount of mailed and emailed material) to ensure that we are accurately communicating with students about their materials. We will provide sufficient time to send in materials that may be missing—whether they come from students themselves, from teachers, or from school counselors—with no penalty to the student. UChicago is also using Slate.org to share application materials checklists for students from your school. You may also submit copies of any materials listed as "missing" directly through Slate.org and they will be directly uploaded to students’ applications. Creating a Slate.org account is free. Go online to the Register page of Slate.org to get started. You can sign in directly using your Google Apps / G Suite school account, Facebook, or even LinkedIn! If you choose to create an account using a social login, you do not have to fill out the registration form. You will need to set your organization when you log into Slate.org. Enter a First Name, Last Name, Title, Email Address, and Phone Number. The Institution Name field uses auto-suggest, so you can easily search for your school. Account verification can be handled by any colleague at your institution who has an active Slate.org account. If no other active accounts exist, the verification process will be handled by Technolutions. We recommend using your work email address in order to expedite the verification process. You will only be able to view checklists for students for whom you are listed as a primary counselor on the Common or Coalition application, which we know may not reflect all applicants from your school. Please feel free to share these account creation instructions with other counselors in your school community who may wish to review student checklists or contact us if you have any additional questions! What if students would like to send additional materials? Students are welcome to submit an optional 2 minute video, art supplements, research supplements, schoolhouse.world mastery certification, or other documents through direct upload to their UChicago Accounts. Students will be prompted to create an account after submitting the application to UChicago, or they may create one earlier at getstarted.uchicago.edu. Whom can I contact if I have other questions about the application process? Should you encounter any problems, have any questions, or simply want to speak with a representative, please feel free to contact your regional admissions counselor. And, finally, whatever it is, we are here to help.

Stay safe and be well!



Hello Sandra, At the University of Miami, we pride ourselves on giving our students a great deal of academic flexibility and the opportunity to explore across disciplines. A big component that sets us apart from other universities is our Cognates Program of General Education. You may be familiar with the concept, but we want to take a few minutes to break it down. In this video, Executive Director Amanda Anderson explains how current ’Canes are able to build their curriculum into a program of learning that is uniquely their own. We encourage you to share it with your students! Sincerely,

Nate Crozier Assistant Vice President Undergraduate Admission and Marketing admissions.miami.edu

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