HELLO!!!  Here’s the weekly College Stuff email…as promised I have attached the CURRENT, UPDATED 40 PAGE!!!!! SCHOLARSHIP BULLETIN.  Please be sure to take some time after reading through all this info to open the attachment (maybe even save it to your desktop?) and apply…APPLYAPPLY!!!

I am currently finishing up my visits to ALL the junior Academy classes.  I cannot tell you all how excited I have been to have the opportunity to get into these classes at this early time to give our amazing juniors the information and tools necessary to be successful on their journey to post secondary success.  One of the sites I have been really happy to share with our juniors for just this reason is https://www.floridashines.org/  which is great for all kinds of college & career planning.  A tool found within floridashines.org is mycareershines that is specifically great for the career planning aspect.  There will be a Parent Webinar in the use of this tool coming next Monday, please see below for more information and to register if interested:

 
MyNewsShines where opportunity knocks
 
 
 

Upcoming Parent Webinar

On Monday, December 5, MyCareerShines is hosting two webinars specifically for parents of students who use MyCareerShines. The first webinar focuses on Parents as Partners in the career planning process and will be held at noon ET. The second focuses on the Navigator Parent Portal and Resources and will be held at 2 p.m. ET.

 

Spread the News

Be sure to inform the parents of your students of these exciting opportunities! For more information or to register for these and future webinars, visithttps://www.kuder.com/courses-events/online-training-sessions/day/12/05/2016/?tags=florida.

Over 250,000 students
are currently using MyCareerShines.

 

 

the United States Naval Academy (USNA) is requesting a list of students – DUE TO THE TIMING I AM ASSUMING THEY MEAN JUNIORS – interested in the Naval Academy so that they may reach out to them and invite them to visit.  If you are a JUNIOR interested in the Naval Academy please provide me with your FULL NAME & EMAIL so that I may send it to the coordinator.
Another very important point I have been trying to make in my junior presentations is the importance of juniors getting in and registered for the upcoming SATs and/or ACTs.  As such, please see below for the calendar of 2016-2017 test dates that remain for this school year:

SAT/ACT TEST SCHEDULE FOR THE 2016—2017 SCHOOL YEAR

CORAL REEF SENIOR’S CEEB Code is 101-199.  YOU MUST report this code in order for Coral Reef to receive your scores.

SAT & SAT Subject Area Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Type Test Date Regular Deadline to register LATE DEADLINE (add $28)

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57  

·         Sub. Area $26.00 + $20 per Subject

Oct. 1, 2016 Sept. 1, 2016

 

Sept. 20, 2016

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57  

·         Sub. Area $26.00 + $20 per Subject

Nov. 5, 2016 Oct. 7, 2016

 

Oct. 25, 2016

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57  

·         Sub. Area $26.00 + $20 per Subject

Dec. 3, 2016 Nov. 3, 2016

 

Nov. 22, 2016

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57  

·         Sub. Area $26.00 + $20 per Subject

Jan. 21, 2017 Dec. 21, 2016

 

Jan. 10, 2017

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57

No Sub Area available in March 

 

March 11, 2017 Feb 10, 2017

 

Feb. 28, 2017

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57  

·         Sub. Area $26.00 + $20 per Subject

May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017 April 25, 2017

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

·         SAT no essay – $45

·         SAT w/essay – $57  

·         Sub. Area $26.00 + $20 per Subject

June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017

 

May 24, 2017

$73 or $85

fee waivers do cover the cost of late fees

And speaking of SAT…

A number of juniors have asked questions about sending SAT test scores (which makes me very happy!  ).

Here is information right off the College Board website. It can be found in full at: http://sat.collegeboard.org/scores/send-sat-scores

Sending Your SAT Scores

There are two ways to send your scores to colleges, universities or scholarship programs:

  1. During Registration

You receive four free score reports every time you register for the SAT. We highly recommend that you take advantage of these reports, as additional reports are subject to a fee.

Also, using registration score reports ensures that test scores are sent to colleges as early as possible. Choosing your score recipients during the registration process ensures that colleges have the most complete set of your information to review for admission as well as scholarship awards, course placement, or selection to a specific program or major. In a recent survey, colleges said that receiving score reports is important to them because it shows which students are interested in their schools.

 

  • After Registration

 

You can send score reports at any time from your “My SAT” account. The time frames for score delivery vary based upon each institution’s method of receiving scores. Please remember that an additional week may be needed for the score recipients to process your scores once they receive them.

There is a fee for sending score reports after registration. However, if you are a fee-waiver-eligible student, you may have additional score report credits.

If you are sending reports after you’ve finished high school and have not tested for a year, see Requesting Old Scores.

Fee

There is an additional fee for this service.

Ordering Information:

Online (credit card required):

  1. Sign in to My SAT. If you haven’t already created a collegeboard.org account, do so now.
  2. Click the “Send Available Scores” button.
  3. Search by name, state, code or country for the institution(s) you’d like send your scores to.
  4. Select the Rush Reporting option on the “Review Your Order” screen.

Phone: toll-free: 866-756-7346.

What does a fee waiver cover?

  • Your SAT fee waiver covers 100% of the registration fees for a single test date.
  • You can use up to two waivers for the SAT and up to two waivers for the SAT Subject Tests™. That’s a total of four fee waivers (up to three subject tests per test date).
  • Everyone gets four free score sends with registration. When you use a waiver, you can also send four additional score reports (worth a total of $44) to the colleges of your choice at any time for free.
  • Most colleges charge an application fee. As a fee waiver recipient, you can obtain up to four requests to waive college application fees from your counselor. Many four-year and two-year colleges accept application waivers – view a list of schools that participate in the College Application Fee waiver process. College is totally within your reach, and application waivers can help you get there.
  • Get a $40 discount on The Official SAT Online Course™ when you order it during online registration.
  • Choose either the Question-and-Answer Service or the Student Answer Service (for the SAT only), and get it FREE when you order during registration.

More news from The College Board:

SAT
Tell your students they can use Score Choice™ to select and send their best SAT® scores to colleges. They can convert old SAT scores to new ones (and vice versa) in accordance with each college’s score-use policy.

Remind your students to register for the January SAT by December 21.October SAT scores are now available. Students can log in to their College Board account to view their scores

PSAT/NMSQT
Khan Academy
Make sure students who took the October PSAT/NMSQT create and connect their College Board and Khan Academy accounts. That way, when they get their PSAT/NMSQT scores on December 12, they can log in to Khan Academy and get a personalized SAT practice plan.

In January, we’ll be making a special effort to encourage students to connect their accounts. Watch for details in next month’s newsletter.

You can create your own Khan Academy educator account to track students’ progress. Here are some guides to get you started.

ACT Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Test Date Regular Deadline to Register LATE DEADLINE (add  $27.50)
ACT

No writing – $42.50

w/ writing-$58.50

Sept. 10, 2016 Aug. 5, 2016 Aug.6-Aug19, 2016

$70

 w/ writing – $86

fee waivers DO NOT cover the cost of late fees

ACT

No writing – $42.50

w/ writing-$58.50

Oct. 22, 2016 Sept. 16, 2016 Sept 17-Sept 30, 2016

$70

 w/ writing – $86

fee waivers DO NOT cover the cost of late fees

ACT

No writing – $42.50

w/ writing-$58.50

Dec. 10, 2016 Nov. 4, 2016 Nov. 5-18, 2016

$70

 w/ writing – $86

fee waivers DO NOT cover the cost of late fees

ACT

No writing – $42.50

w/ writing-$58.50

Feb.11, 2017 Jan. 6, 2017 Jan. 7-20, 2017

$70

 w/ writing – $86

fee waivers DO NOT cover the cost of late fees

ACT

No writing – $42.50

w/ writing-$58.50

April 8, 2017

 

March 3, 2017 March 4-17, 2017

$70

 w/ writing – $86

fee waivers DO NOT cover the cost of late fees

ACT

No writing – $42.50

w/ writing-$58.50

June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 May -6-19, 2017

$70

 w/ writing – $86

fee waivers DO NOT cover

the cost of late fees

Now lets take a look at a few updates directly from some colleges & universities.

Travel Season by the Numbers
As the admission counselors conclude their busy travel season, we like to reflect on the students we have met on the road and all the work we have done in just a few short months. Take a look at this Fall’s travel by the numbers:

We truly enjoyed meeting many of you through our travels, and we are excited to transition from travel season to reading applications from the plethora of students we met this Fall!

Processing… It Takes Time
Chapman University expects to receive more than 15,500 applications this Fall. Although our staff is dedicated to processing applications and document quickly, we are also extremely committed to accuracy. Please know that it may take three to five weeks after the arrival of your documents in our office for them to be reflected in your Admission Status Page. Not to worry, we will always consider the date they were sent and received.

Follow Up On Your Application:
Soon after we process your Common Application, we will email you to provide access to your
Admission Status Page. Once you log in, you’ll be able to track the status of your application materials. Please keep in mind there will be a lag time for all your documents to be accurately reflected. We look forward to reviewing your application and thank you for your patience while we work to process your documents.

Time is Running Out to Schedule your Fellows Interview!
The Fellow Interview deadline for Early Action applicants has passed. High school seniors applying for Regular Decision have until January 27 to complete a Fellows Interview. The interview process is an optional part of our application and only open to high school seniors. Interested students can register online to schedule a Fellows Interview.

Early Action Applicants

If you applied Early Action and have submitted all of your materials, it is time to patiently wait for your decision. Early Action decisions will be released starting in late December (mid-February for Film Production). These are the possible decisions you might receive:

  • An offer of admission
  • A roll into Regular Decision requesting your updated senior grades or more information
  • A denial

Be sure to check your Admission Status Page for updates on admission documents that we have received and what we may be missing to complete your application file.

Pharmacy, Screen Acting & Theatre Performance applicants:
Pharmacy, Screen Acting and Theatre Performance applicants will be contacted if invited for an in-person interview or audition.

  • If invited, Pharmacy candidates will be asked to interview on Saturday, December 10. Admission notification for Pharmacy will be in mid-December to early January.
  • Applicants to Screen Acting and Theatre Performance may be invited to attend an in-person audition, either on Chapman’s campus in Orange (December-February) or at a regional audition in New York City (January 21 & 22) or Chicago (February 9). Admission notification for Screen Acting and Theatre Performance will begin in in late-December and continue through late-February.

Notification Timeline for Early Action & Film Production

Term, Program & Priority Response Date
Fall 2017 Early Action (First Year only) Mid- to Late December
Fall 2017 Film Production applicants* (First Year only) Early February
Fall 2017 Theatre Performance priority deadline (First Year only) Late December & ongoing
Fall 2017 Screen Acting priority deadline (First Year only) Late December & ongoing
Fall 2017 Pharmacy (FEAP) priority deadline (First Year only) Late December & ongoing

*There is no Early Action deadline for Film Production applicants even though they share the same deadline. Whether a Film Production applicant selects Early Action or Regular Decision on the Common Application is irrelevant as long as the Common Application and Creative Supplement are submitted by the November 1 deadline.

Office of Admission Holiday Hours

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving Week:
» Thursday-Friday, November 24-25: Closed

Winter Break:
The Admission Office will be closed from December 22, 2016-January 1, 2017 for Chapman’s winter break. Should you have any questions during that time, please feel free to reach out to your counselor by email, but keep in mind there may be a delay in their response.

Spring 2017 Applicants & Admits

Prospective Applicants for Spring 2017 
It’s not too late to complete your application for Spring 2017 for some undergraduate majors. Chapman operates on a rolling admission basis for the spring cycle, so we will continue to accept applications on a space and funds available basis. If you have questions regarding applying late for spring, please e-mail transfers@chapman.edu and one of our counselors will get back to you. If you’ve already applied for the Spring, admission decisions have been going out and will continue to go out until we fill the class. The first day of Spring classes is Monday, January 30, 2017.
Admitted Spring 2017 Students
Advising and registration will begin in mid-December and be on-going from there. If you have not yet submitted your enrollment deposit there is still time to do so. For instructions and more information on submitting enrollment deposits you can click here. Spring housing options are available and you can submit your Spring 2017 housing application here. You can see a checklist of everything you need for Spring 2017 admission by visiting our admitted students page.

Chapman Happenings

Chapman’s breaks in the soil at new Community Farm Holocaust Rescuer Oskar Schlinder’s archive gifted to Chapman
Student Nicole Renard ’17 is baking up a future in food show entertainment
Outpouring of love for former CU student Leslie Jones after cyber-bullying

Scholarship and Guaranteed Admissions Program deadlines

The deadlines for our Scholarship and Guaranteed Admissions Programs are approaching!

  • School of Medicine Graduate Guarantee: November 15
  • Physician Assistant Graduate Guarantee: December 1
  • Academic Scholarships: December 15

Students who wish to be considered for these programs should make sure that all of their application materials are submitted by the deadline listed above.

Visit Campus

Students who are interested in learning more about Pitt are encouraged to visit campus for our tours and information sessions, offered Monday through Friday and on select Saturdays. There are also options for visitors to tour the specific school that interests them. We are now waiving the $45 application fee for students who register and attend an information session Monday through Friday. Please note that we are not refunding application fees for students who visited prior to October 24.

New School of Computing and Information

Pitt has announced a new School of Computing and Information, which will begin enrolling students in fall 2017. The School combines the former Computer Science program and the School of Information Sciences and will offer a variety of academic programs that combine computing and information expertise with academic disciplines across campus. The focus will be on discovery and entrepreneurship driven by technology.

Praise for Pitt

We are proud to announce that Pitt is ranked #47 among global universities in the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Global Universities. We are the largest Pennsylvania university in the top 50.

Pitt was also named the best public university in the northeast by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, earning the highest scores in three out of four categories: student outcomes, academic resources, and student engagement.

Honors Designation

The University Honors College will now offer a University Honors College Scholar Designation that will recognize Pitt’s most ambitious students. Those who meet the requirements will receive a special designation on their transcript when they graduate.

The University Honors College (UHC) is unlike a typical honors college program. We provide thousands of incredible opportunities without unnecessary obligations. Students may participate in the UHC in a multitude of ways during any point of their time at Pitt.

Facebook Live Chats

For insight into the admissions process at Pitt, students can watch recordings of our recent Facebook Live chats. Our Associate Director of Admissions Ron Jankowski hosted an event about Pitt scholarships and Associate Director of Operations Kerri Meeks-Griffin fielded questions about the Pitt application.

Stay tuned for information about future Facebook Live events!

School Counselor Office Hours

Do you and your students have questions about the application and admissions process? Call us!

Every Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. and Thursday from 3-5 p.m., Kerri J. Meeks-Griffin is ready to answer your calls. Contact her at 412-624-0770.

Mrs. Meeks-Griffin has more than 10 years of experience serving on the Admissions Committee and also oversees the administrative support staff that processes Pitt applications.

School Counselor Office Hours are offered through May 1.

FROM DICKINSON COLLEGE..

Resource for Parents

We’ve gotten a great response to our new brochure, “Future College Parent Toolkit.” The piece guides parents (and, by extension, their students) through the college search and application process with some timely tips and words of wisdom, collected from our team of admissions experts. The information is not all specific to Dickinson but will hopefully be helpful no matter what colleges and universities end up at the top of the student’s list. We invite you to share the Issuu version with your students and parents, and if you’d like, we’d gladly send you a print copy.

The Financial Factor

 
The cost of a college education is a significant investment, but we want you and the families you work with to know that we are committed to making a Dickinson education affordable. We’re also trying to keep things as streamlined as possible. All students apply using the Common Application, there is an optional writing supplement for merit scholarship consideration, and our deadlines for the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE align with the selected admissions application deadline. We even inform students of their need-based financial aid package and any academic merit scholarships at the time of acceptance, so if a student gets into Dickinson, they and their family know right away what to expect in terms of aid and scholarships. Check out this video from our financial aid director for more.

Connect With Us

Dickinson’s admissions counselors are assigned to specific geographic regions. See who the counselor in your region is and reach out to establish that connection! In addition, Dickinson has eight financial aid staff members with a combined 128 years of expertise available to assist you and your students.

Decision-Release Timing

Dates and deadlines are on everyone’s minds during application season, but along with letting Dickinson applicants know when things are due, we also want applicants to be aware of when they will hear from us. Our deadlines page breaks that down for each application pool. (Reminder: Our next application deadline is Dec. 1 for Early Action!)

Keep Up with Dickinson!

There’s always a lot happening at Dickinson, from stellar student-faculty research projects to student performances, winning athletics contests to innovation competitions. Our news page is a great resource for all these things and more, like profiles of our students and alumni, video features (we even got in on the mannequin challenge!) and more.

And now for some insight into a few more careers…

Arts Administration

Arts Administration is the field that concerns business operations around an arts organization. Arts administrators are responsible for facilitating the day-to-day operations of the organization and fulfilling its mission. Arts organizations include professional for-profit entities (e.g. auction houses, art galleries, music companies, etc.) and many smaller professional and non-professional non-profit arts-related organizations (e.g. theaters, museums, symphonies, jazz organizations, opera houses, and ballet companies).

To learn which colleges offer Arts Administration and watch videos about Arts Administration please go to

http://collegemajors101.com/college-majors/arts-management

Accounting

Accounting can be divided into several fields including financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, and tax accounting. Accounting information systems are designed to support accounting functions and related activities. Financial accounting focuses on the reporting of an organization’s financial information, including the preparation of financial statements, to external users of the information, such as investors, regulators and suppliers, and management accounting focuses on the measurement, analysis and reporting of information for internal use by management

To learn which colleges offer Accounting and watch videos about Accounting please go to:

http://collegemajors101.com/college-majors/accounting-general    

Web Design/Digital Media

Multimedia artists design computer-delivered electronic systems that allow the user to control, combine, and manipulate different types of media, such as text, sound, video, computer graphics, and animation. The most common multimedia machine consists of a personal computer with a sound card, modem, digital speaker unit, and CD-ROM. Interactive multimedia systems under commercial development include cable television services…

To learn which colleges offer Web Design/Digital Media and watch videos about Web Design/Digital Media please go to: http://collegemajors101.com/college-majors/web-designdigital-media

Applied – Science

Applied science, is a way to major in the “The Skilled Trades”. Skilled labor is in high in demand nationally. Long gone are the images of poor “blue collar” workers with dirty faces, and small paychecks. In the 21 st century, the image should be more like an Electrician, Plumber, or HVAC contractor with a small fleet of vans and employees who has become very successful and wealthy.

To learn which colleges offer Applied science and watch videos about Applied science please go to:

http://collegemajors101.com/college-majors/applied-science   

And one of my faves…

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The Bronfman Fellowship

The Bronfman Fellowship is a pluralistic program that seeks students from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds

Each year, The Bronfman Fellowship selects a diverse group of 26 North American students in their junior year of high school for an all-expense paid, 5-week Fellowship to Israel. Fellows engage in thought-provoking, academically rigorous study and conversation while making lifelong friends. Our high-caliber faculty deliver educational content at a university level.  Fellows encounter the land and people of Israel, study major issues in contemporary Jewish life, meet with some of Israel’s most influential figures, and learn about themselves and each other.

The academic and professional successes of our 1100+ alumni reflect the high quality of the program and the long-term benefits it can have for participants. For example, over 50% of BYFI alumni currently attend or have attended Ivy League schools.  Bronfman alumni have a particularly strong presence in Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Columbia.  Our Fellows are supported in their senior year college application process with visits to older alumni on college campuses, personal conversations with the BYFI staff, and recommendations written on their behalf.  Professionally, BYFI alumni comprise former U.S. Supreme Court Clerks, celebrated authors, journalists and producers with leading news organizations such as The New York Times and NBC, and numerous teachers, scholars and clergy.

Prospective applicants can find out more about the program and apply at bronfman.org.  If you have any questions, please be in touch. Thank you for helping us reach qualified, talented young Jewish students!

Application deadline: January 4, 2017
Summer dates: June 27th – August 3rd, 2017