Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Senior Update

Class of 2017, many of you will be getting your decisions in the upcoming weeks if you haven’t already. Congratulations on acceptances thus far! Please continue to keep your counselor updated.

DO NOW: Call, email or check your application status online of all the schools to which you are applying. Please let your counselor know if there are pieces missing. 1st quarter grades or 1st semester grades: Please see your counselor.

- Remember that if you receive a deferral, your midyear grades will be sent to the college that has offered the deferral option. It's a great opportunity to remind them why you'd be a great candidate.

- If you were denied admission, remember you can always consider reapplying after spending a year at another institution.

- Update Naviance status of applications.

A reminder about your competition:

- Personal statements make a difference. As we have said, this is your chance to let your characeter come to the forefront. This is the time to communicate your personality and special characteristics that makes you uniquely you. Many of you were able to do a great job at this; others decided that it was not important. It matters, so be authentic! Average statistics can come alive with a well written personal statement.

- For the most part, admission committees feel just as overwhelmed as you. They have the pressure of sometimes denying students they LOVE, who they think will be great students.

The moral of the story… 
Maintain your focus! You only have a few weeks left of classes before the end of the first semester.
Maintain perspective. If you were not admitted to a school of your choice, remember you have other options that you love.
What's next?

FAFSA: request your FAFSA ID immediately at fafsa.ed.gov. Always complete even it you believe your family does not qualify.

Scholarship monies are going unclaimed. Check the Scholarship page in Naviance as it is maintained and updated regularly. If you have questions, please see your counselor or Ms. Morissette who monitors the scholarships sent to us. For those of you applying for regular decision deadlines, most colleges will notify you in April.

Schools who review applications on a ROLLING basis tend to notify 2-8 weeks after your application is completed.

Regardless of when you receive a decision from the college, you do NOT have to make a final decision until MAY 1, 2016.

Your College Counseling Team

Monday, January 23, 2017

UN Sustainable Development Challenge  

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Seton Hall's Sustainable Development Challenge is designed to engage high school students in thinking about the needs of society and the planet. We encourage students to be an agent of change and embrace the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals of fighting inequality and injustice and tackling climate change by 2030.
Ten finalists will be selected in late March to present their ideas on Friday, April 21 at Seton Hall (in person or via skype) and winning prizes will be as follows:
1st Place Winner: $2,500 cash prize, plus a $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($2,500 annually).
2nd Place Winner: $1,000 cash prize, plus a $6,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,500 annually).
All other Finalists will receive a $4,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,000 annually).
How to Enter
To enter students must submit a 300-500 word statement addressing their thoughts and ideas about how they can be part of the solution and raise awareness or effect change related to one of the UN goals.
To learn more or submit an entry visit shu.edu/go/UNchallenge.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
All high school sophomores, juniors and seniors
All students who submit an idea are invited to the presentations and will also be invited to a congratulatory reception on campus immediately following the event where they will meet with Seton Hall faculty and community members who are experts in the fields of international affairs and sustainable development.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at New York University is pleased to announce that the application for the 2017 NYU College Access Leadership Institute (NYU CALI) is now live!The program will take place from July 16th to July 21st
NYU CALI is a five-day residential program for current high school sophomores and juniors that aims to demystify the college admissions process. The program will include workshops and small group sessions on a variety of topics, including:
  • College admissions
  • College entrance test preparation
  • Essay and resume writing
  • Interviewing and presentation skills
  • Financial aid literacy 
NYU CALI graduates become certified College Access Ambassadors and will act as mentors and advisers in their high schools by conducting their very own college application workshop.
Successful applicants to the program are academically talented high school students from underrepresented communities in the New York metro area who demonstrate exceptional leadership abilities in their schools and communities. If selected, students are awarded a full scholarship to NYU CALI, and are only expected to cover travel expenses to and from NYU.
Space in NYU CALI is limited, so please encourage your students to apply early! The deadline is April 1st.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, American government, creative writing, or information technology. Please find information to share with your students about our academic camps below: 
  • Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Campaigns and Elections Academy - This program is designed for highly-motivated students who have a strong interest in American campaigns and elections. Participants learn about the origins and evolution of democracy in America and gain hands-on experiences related to modern political campaigns. *Application will go live in early February.
  • Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Adruino Camp - Students will use their creativity and the easy-to-learn Arduino to create projects with its sensors, motors, speakers and displays, to create projects that interact with them and their world.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College's annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war's most decisive battle. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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With topics ranging from Twitter to Nietzsche and everything in between, we have a course for you.  See the list below to check out just a few of the Duke classes we are offering this summer:
·  Language and the Media: The New York Times to Twitter
·  Classics of American Literature, 1915-1960
·  Social Psychology
·  Adolescence
·  Introduction to Philosophy
·  Game Theory
·  Logic
·  Existentialism
·  Public Speaking

For a full list of the classes we are offering this summer, click here.

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A distinctive summer educational experience just minutes from the most exciting city in the world, Stevens Pre-College allows high school students to participate in hands-on, project-based learning; experience campus life; visit leading companies; and make their college applications stand out.

Students will also have the opportunity to discover New York City in and out of the classroom, learn from industry professionals, and gain applied experience in their field of interest. Learn more about Stevens Institute of Technology's Pre-College program offerings hereFebruary 15th is our priority deadline for students to apply to our programs. I personally invite you to encourage your students to apply.

Please distribute the attached Stevens Pre-College Flyer to interested students or direct them to stevens.edu/summer to learn more. If you or interested students have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our office at (201) 216-3683 or email summer@stevens.edu.

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Leadership Seminars & Study Abroad
Applications Due in 2 Weeks!

The application deadlines for Leadership Seminars, Study Abroad: Rome, and Study Abroad: Ireland are coming soon!
Please remind your students to submit their applications and application materials by Monday, January 30, 2017.
2017 Leadership Seminars
July 15 - July 26, 2017
·  10-day program for advanced students who wish to hone their critical thinking and expressive skills
·  Expenses for students accepted to Leadership Seminars, including transportation to and from Notre Dame, are paid for by the University
2017 Study Abroad: Rome
June 3 - June 17, 2017
·  12 days in the Eternal City guided by Notre Dame faculty and local scholars
·  Study art history, architecture, and anthropology
2017 Study Abroad: Ireland
July 15 - July 29, 2017
·  12-day exploration of the Emerald Isle discovering the rich history and culture of both bustling Dublin and bucolic Connemara, Ireland
·  Guided by Notre Dame faculty and local scholars, students embark on an exploration of Irish culture, history, and landscape