Jan 192013
 

FAFSA Assistance Available

                               Never Pay to Complete Your FAFSA!!! Log-on at FAFSA.ed.gov

                               FAFSA Workshop at Renaissance January 24th 10-12pm or January 30th 6:30-7:00pm with our partners from uAspire  – Online Registration

                            FREE FAFSA ASSISTANCE!!!    FAFSA GOAL SUNDAY – January 27th- at American International College -

                             CSS Profile – A Number of Schools Require the CSS PROFILE

                                                      USE 2011 TAX FORMS!!!

Colleges and Universities Require their Own Financial Aid Forms

Oct 252011
 


On Thursday, October 21st, five seniors joined me on a day-trip to the Big City (No not Boston, but NYC!) to participate in a film project designed to promote the incredible grant funding work of Fund for Teachers. Fund for Teachers is an organization designed to fund the projects of teachers around the country as they research concepts and work to become better versed in topics that they explore in the classroom. I was lucky enough to receive a Fund for Teachers grant to explore colleges across the country with a high graduation rate for urban students of color. I took the trip because we were about to graduate our first class and while we embraced our mission of 100% College Bound, we all knew that the real test was graduating from college. So, I visited colleges that did a good job of ensuring that their students earned a college degree. I designed a Renaissance College Road Trip, met with admissions officers and created a blog to record my travels and inspire Renaissance students to create their very own college road trips. I started at Wesleyan University, rolled to colleges down the East Coast and then flew west to California. My hope was that my travels would provide me with great college search tools AND MORE IMPORTANTLY I would be able to inspire Renaissance students create a thoughtful list of colleges for themselves! Bottom line was that I wanted Renaissance students to have their very own fabulous college road trips!!!

A 6:00am trip meant that Kristal Viera and Yezenia Rodriquez were serenaded by Dr. Mahoney after he rebounded from a pre-dawn coffee spill in his car. Trevor Norrington strolled up after he was dropped off, and Kiana Collins arrived, bleary-eyed but ready to go. Trevor texted Ajaee and we learned she was on her way with 3 minutes to spare for the Amtrak headed to New York Penn Station. These students were choosen for the trip because they had a New York City college on their list of 5-7 colleges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We arrived at Penn Station around 9:30am and hopped on the N/R train to visit Eugene Lang College, one of the colleges that I visited on the Renaissance College Road Trip. We had our own personal tour and learned about Eugene Lang from a Western MA native, Peter. While no one fell in love with Eugene Lang College, we did appreciate it for its focus on social justice and personalized areas of study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A trip on the N/R and around Battery Park brought us to the Governor Island Ferry Station. We met three students from the New York Harbor School and learned about what it was like to attend a school that specialized in Marine Biology. Our new friend was a sophomore and she already knew how to scuba dive! The founder Murray Fisher (who’d travelled to Colorado for a rafting trip with Dr. Mahoney this past summer!). We learned the school used Learning Targets, students earned a technical degree in things like scuba diving or boat captainship AND applied to four year colleges! The ideas is that urban students will develop the skills necessary to become stewards for our community waterbodies and help save the planet! It is pretty cool school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The filming began with me outside.

Unfortunately lots of planes and helicopters over Governor’s Island meant a bunch of interruptions. But humor and persistence got us through. It was fun to think about the Renaissance College Road Trip and how incredibly helpful that Fund for Teachers has been to helping our school develop and grow its college planning work. The I Am College Bound Facebook Page and College Admissions Guidebook are the direct result of Fund for Teachers generous funding. It is making a difference in the lives of students at The Springfield Renaissance School!!!
Ajaee, Trevor, Kristal, Kiana, and Yezenia were the REAL stars! While in front of the camera, they spoke eloquently about their college aspirations and how they engaged the college planning process at Renaissance! It was inspiring to hear their stories and how focused they were on reaching their dreams!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We walked back to the ferry and caught a wonderful glimpse of the Statue of Liberty prior to leaving. We walked past Occupy Wall Street and ate at Union Square before we hustled back on the 6:45 pm train. Most of us slept on the ride home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday, our trip to NYC seemed like just a dream. But it made me realize that the five students who joined me and everyone else in the Renaissance Class of 2012 has a good chance to make their Renaissance College Road Trip dreams become a reality!

Thanks Fund for Teachers!

 

Sep 092011
 

Mass. Gov. Patrick Visits Springfield’s First Innovation School – Welcomes Students Back

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ — Mass. Governor Deval Patrick today welcomed students back to school at the Springfield Renaissance School, the city’s first Innovation School, which provides a personalized approach to helping each student succeed, while promoting college readiness.

“Innovation Schools give local communities the tools to close achievement gaps and create an environment where every student can access a high quality education,” said Governor Patrick. “I welcome students back to school and thank the team at the Springfield Renaissance School for leading the way forward on educational innovation.”

The Springfield Renaissance School is an expeditionary learning school serving grades 6-12 and focuses on active, interdisciplinary learning. It has been approved as a cost-neutral innovation school by the Springfield School Committee. For the past two years, the school has had a 100 percent college acceptance track record for its senior class. With 58 percent of its students reported as low income and 73 percent reported as students of color, the school has been successful in closing achievement gaps and supporting its diverse student population’s academic growth.

“The flexibility that the Innovation School model provides is a powerful way of enabling educators and community members to take on enhanced leadership,” said Executive Office of Education Secretary Paul Reville. “The opportunity for teacher leadership and community involvement abounds in Innovation Schools.”

The Innovation Schools initiative is a signature component of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s education reform efforts and was authorized as part of the Achievement Gap Act of 2010. Innovation Schools provide educators, and a wide range of community stakeholders, the opportunity to create in-district schools that operate with greater autonomy and flexibility while keeping school funding within districts. These schools can implement creative and inventive strategies related to curriculum, budget, school schedule and calendar, staffing, professional development, and school district policies to improve learning outcomes for all students and reduce achievement gaps.

“I extend my thanks and appreciation to Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray for their commitment to Springfield and our school district,” said Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. “It is pleasing to be recognized and awarded funding to allow our students to achieve education excellence. I commend Principal Steve Mahoney, teachers, staff, students and parents on their innovation status.”

“Innovation schools are an important part of closing the achievement gap for students here in Springfield as well as across the Commonwealth,” said Senator Gale D. Candaras. “These investments in education are imperative to the success of our young people.”

Innovation Schools are approved by local school committees through a collaborative process that invites community and school stakeholders to engage in solving their communities particular issues by taking advantage of the flexibilities and autonomies afforded to Innovation Schools. These schools have been established for varying grade levels (e.g. elementary, middle and high school) and school types (such as new or converted schools or programs within an existing school).

Many of these schools are organized around specific themes like Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), dual language instruction, International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, alternative education opportunities (such as dropout prevention and dual enrollment at community colleges), virtual platforms and wraparound services. Many of the schools also operate with novel schedules that will significantly increase instructional time for students and professional learning opportunities for educators. There are currently 18 established Innovation Schools located across the state.

Aug 282011
 

Beginning with two years of 100% college acceptances behind them, the Class of 2012 has a tall order to fill – Threepeat!!! Seniors will start the year with a College Planning Workshop on Wednesday, August 31st from 6-8pm, where they and their parents and guardians will have a chance to take advantage of workshops geared to help them negotiatiate all aspects of the college application process. Joseph Paige from Springfield ACCESS will join to conduct a workshop on Finacial Aid and the FAFSA, workshops will also include Common Application, Finding the Right Fit, and writing the college application essay. Seniors and their families will also learn of the requirements and deadlines specific to The Springfield Renaissance School. This year seniors will have a College Planning Handbook to help guide them through every step of the process.

Ultimately The Springfield Renaissance School’s College Planning Team is acutely aware of the need to ensure that students make good college choices to ensure that they graduate from college within four years. This is an important hurdle for many students who enter college and falter due to lack of academic preparation or financial aid.

Jun 222011
 
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College Planning do it yourselfers (with some support from the college planning team…)

http://about.me/renaissancecollegeroadtrip

Jun 062011
 

 

By Michael Beswick, The Republican


All 78 from Springfield Renaissance School Class of 2011 headed to college

 

Graduation Photos from Masslive.com

By Patricia Cahill, The Republican
SPRINGFIELD – On the cover of the commencement program of the Springfield Renaissance School was an exotic, fiery bird, a phoenix rising from the ashes.
It was a fitting symbol, though 18-year-old Renaissance student Shannon Monaghan, of Springfield, never knew it when she painted the cover three weeks ago.
Monaghan was one of more than a dozen students at the school whose lives were affected by the tornado of June 1.
The twister shattered glass and tore up trees while she and her mother and sister waited in the basement of their home in East Forest Park.
Yet the following Monday evening Shannon Monaghan was at Symphony Hall in her white graduation robe, her mother beside her, waiting for the graduation ceremony to begin.
“The resolve of the young men and women of Springfield has been outstanding,” said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno when he addressed the Renaissance School graduates and their families.
“Sometimes life throws you curveballs. This is a valuable lesson to you. With adversity, strength builds, perseverance builds, fortitude builds,” said Sarno.
Monaghan was one of 78 seniors who graduated from the Springfield Renaissance School on Monday.
She was a member of the second class to graduate from the school.
“So far we’re two for two,” said Stephen Mahoney, principal of Renaissance, referring to the fact for both years, 100 percent of the graduating class went on to college.
Valedictorian of the class was Kristen DeAngelo, who will attend Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Her main interest is psychology.
Salutatorian Monasia Caesar was also chosen by her classmates to speak at the ceremony. She and Janelle Clark were the two chosen for the honor from the top 10 achievers in the class.
Besides Sarno, guest speakers were Springfield schools superintendent Alan J. Ingram and School Committee member Peter Murphy.
For faculty speaker, the students selected social studies teacher Mark Loevy-Reyes. “He’s an attorney who is becoming a teacher,” said Mahoney, “and he’s awesome. He’s smart and he connects really well with the kids.”
What’s unusual about Renaissance commencements is that each of the students gets walked down the aisle by a family member, the way a bride is walked down the aisle in a wedding.
“This is our second graduating class,” said Mahoney, “and in many respects they had a tougher job than the first graduating class. They had to avoid ‘sophomore slump.’ It’s hard being the second kid, the second class. But our seniors matched that achievement.”
© 2011 masslive.com. All rights reserved.

 

Jun 052011
 

College-Bound: The Springfield Renaissance School Announces 100 Percent of Graduating Class Accepted to College

Students step out of the rubble of devastating tornado to accept their diplomas and help rebuild their city

 

SPRINGFIELD, MA. (June 6, 2011) –For the 2nd year in a row, 100% of The Springfield Renaissance School’s graduates have been accepted to college. The school, part of a nation-wide network of Expeditionary Learning schools, will maintain its perfect college acceptance record with it second graduating class – the school opened in 2006.

 

Staying true to the school’s mascot of the Phoenix, seniors went to school last Friday to practice for Monday night’s ceremony, despite the fact that Springfield Public Schools were closed for two days following the devastating tornado that ripped through the city on Wednesday. Several seniors were sleepless after spending more than 48 hours helping to clean up their neighborhoods. Seniors Robin Dilone and Hector Carrasquillo were boarding up buildings destroyed by the tornado and completing Red Cross paperwork before they arrived at school for graduation practice. These young men were not alone in their effort. Hundreds of the Renaissance students responded to a Facebook call to action to assist those in need. Springfield Renaissance School principal, Dr. Stephen Mahoney, states, “Our students’ academic achievements have re-established the concept of ‘citizen-scholars’. Like the Phoenix emerging from the ashes, our city can show the world that no matter how bleak and desperate things appear, there is always hope and opportunity. Their instinct to make a difference in the face of adversity is something that I’m especially proud of. It gives me tremendous hope for the future of our city, our state, and our nation.”

 

The school’s 75 seniors have been admitted into both two and four year colleges, and have been awarded 2.0 million dollars in scholarships and grants. More than 70 colleges or universities have admitted Renaissance students. The schools include UMass Amherst, Brandeis University, Northeastern University, Catholic University, Westfield State University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Springfield College, among others.

 

During the months November through May, Dr. Mahoney called off seniors’ names as they received their first admissions letters. The school’s college admissions ‘graffiti wall’ is littered with the signature of each college-bound senior, along with pictures and admissions letters. This, along with a motley assortment of hand made posters, deck the school’s hallways to congratulate the seniors each time they are admitted to a college. The college-bound culture at The Springfield Renaissance School is unmistakable.

 

The students at The Springfield Renaissance School study a rigorous college prep curriculum where they delve deeply into core content during ‘learning expeditions’, which are in-depth studies that often span an entire semester.  In all learning at the school, there is a focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and strong habits of work.

 

Graduation is Monday,June 6th at 6 pm in Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA.

 

About The Springfield Renaissance School

“Our school’s mission is to provide a rigorous academic program for college-bound students in a small, personalized setting that impels and supports students to use their minds well, to care for themselves and others, and to rise to the challenges and duties of citizenship”.

About Expeditionary Learning

Expeditionary Learning partners with school districts and charter boards to open new schools and transform existing schools at all levels, pre-K-12, and in all settings – urban, rural, and suburban. The EL model challenges students to think critically and to take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater engagement in school. The national network of EL schools and professional colleagues includes 165 schools, 4,000 teachers, and 45,000 students.

 

 

Jun 052011
 

College-Bound: The Springfield Renaissance School Announces 100 Percent of Graduating Class Accepted to College

Students step out of the rubble of devastating tornado to accept their diplomas and help rebuild their city

SPRINGFIELD, MA. (June 6, 2011) –For the 2nd year in a row, 100% of The Springfield Renaissance School’s graduates have been accepted to college. The school, part of a nation-wide network of Expeditionary Learning schools, will maintain its perfect college acceptance record with it second graduating class – the school opened in 2006.

 

Staying true to the school’s mascot of the Phoenix, seniors went to school last Friday to practice for Monday night’s ceremony, despite the fact that Springfield Public Schools were closed for two days following the devastating tornado that ripped through the city on Wednesday. Several seniors were sleepless after spending more than 48 hours helping to clean up their neighborhoods. Seniors Robin Dilone and Hector Carrasquillo were boarding up buildings destroyed by the tornado and completing Red Cross paperwork before they arrived at school for graduation practice. These young men were not alone in their effort. Hundreds of the Renaissance students responded to a Facebook call to action to assist those in need. Springfield Renaissance School principal, Dr. Stephen Mahoney, states, “Our students’ academic achievements have re-established the concept of ‘citizen-scholars’. Like the Phoenix emerging from the ashes, our city can show the world that no matter how bleak and desperate things appear, there is always hope and opportunity. Their instinct to make a difference in the face of adversity is something that I’m especially proud of. It gives me tremendous hope for the future of our city, our state, and our nation.”

 

The school’s 75 seniors have been admitted into both two and four year colleges, and have been awarded 2.0 million dollars in scholarships and grants. More than 70 colleges or universities have admitted Renaissance students. The schools include UMass Amherst, Brandeis University, Northeastern University, Catholic University, Westfield State University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Springfield College, among others.

 

During the months November through May, Dr. Mahoney called off seniors’ names as they received their first admissions letters. The school’s college admissions ‘graffiti wall’ is littered with the signature of each college-bound senior, along with pictures and admissions letters. This, along with a motley assortment of hand made posters, deck the school’s hallways to congratulate the seniors each time they are admitted to a college. The college-bound culture at The Springfield Renaissance School is unmistakable.

 

The students at The Springfield Renaissance School study a rigorous college prep curriculum where they delve deeply into core content during ‘learning expeditions’, which are in-depth studies that often span an entire semester.  In all learning at the school, there is a focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and strong habits of work.

 

Graduation is Monday,June 6th at 6 pm in Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA.

 

About The Springfield Renaissance School

“Our school’s mission is to provide a rigorous academic program for college-bound students in a small, personalized setting that impels and supports students to use their minds well, to care for themselves and others, and to rise to the challenges and duties of citizenship”.

About Expeditionary Learning

Expeditionary Learning partners with school districts and charter boards to open new schools and transform existing schools at all levels, pre-K-12, and in all settings – urban, rural, and suburban. The EL model challenges students to think critically and to take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater engagement in school. The national network of EL schools and professional colleagues includes 165 schools, 4,000 teachers, and 45,000 students.

 

 

Jun 172010
 

CBS3 in Springfield

http://www.cbs3springfield.com/news/local/96441047.html

Springfield Republican

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/06/1st_class_graduates_from_renai.html

Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2010/06/15/all_springfield_high_school_grads_get_into_college/

Boston Herald

http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1261914

USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20100617/states17_st.art.htm

MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37749267

Connecticut Post

http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/All-Springfield-high-school-grads-get-into-college-525235.php

WHDH Channel 7 in Boston

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/12001445995875/

Education Week

http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2010/06/15/361264mspringfieldhighschool_ap.html?r=451180444

Jun 172010
 

College-Bound:

The Springfield Renaissance School Announces 100 Percent of First Graduating Class Accepted to a College or University

 

Students have received more than $2.0 million in scholarships and grants

 

SPRINGFIELD, MA. (June 10, 2010) –The Springfield Renaissance School, an Expeditionary Learning school,  has become the first public high school in the City of Springfield to see 100 % of its senior class accepted into college

On June 1st, after the final student shared her admissions news with Principal, Stephen Mahoney, he announced over the loud speaker, “Today it is true, The Springfield Renaissance School is now the first public high school in Springfield to have 100% of its graduates be admitted to college! The founding senior class has worked hard and they deserve this honor!“.  The 77 seniors have been admitted into both two and four year colleges, and are expected to enter the doors of colleges and universities around the nation armed with over 2.0 million dollars in scholarships and grants in the fall of 2010. To date, more than 60 colleges or universities have admitted Renaissance students. The schools include UMass Amherst, Hampshire College, Tufts University, Westfield State College, Macalester College, and Wheelock College, among others.

The Springfield Public school district reported that the high school graduation rate for the 2008-2009 school year was 54.5%, with only 52% of those graduates attending college in the fall.

During the months January through May, Dr. Mahoney called off seniors’ names as they received their first admissions letters. Admissions announcements continued for nearly two months. The college admission ‘graffiti wall’ is littered with the signature of each college-bound senior, along with pictures and admissions letters. This is a ritual enacted each time a senior brought their first admissions letters into school.

Springfield Renaissance School principal, Dr. Stephen Mahoney, states, “Our students’ academic achievements have re-established the concept of ‘citizen-scholars’. It gives me tremendous hope for the future of our city, our state, and our nation.”

The students at The Springfield Renaissance School have a rigorous college prep curriculum where they delve deeply into core content during ‘Learning Expeditions’, which are in-depth studies that can span a whole semester.   “These expeditions allow us to teach the state and national standards in a way that is relevant and interesting to the students.  The depth of our studies and the connection to real-world problems helps the students understand why we are learning what we are learning”, says Aurora V. Kushner, a founding high school science teacher.  “Our students are ready to go into college and beyond, as they have already sat at the table with local decision-makers, sharing their learnings and their ideas.”  In all learning at the school, there is a focus on critical thinking, problem solving and strong habits of work.

The school will hold its first graduation on June 15th at 6 pm in Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA.

Contact

Dr. Stephen Mahoney

The Springfield Renaissance School, Principal

1170 Carew Street   Springfield, MA 01104

phone: 413 750-2929

email: mahoneys@sps.springfield.ma.us

Oct 052009
 

On October 5th 11 seniors from The Springfield Renaissance School hopped into a van with the school’s GEAR-UP staff. Here’s some advice for visiting colleges from Collegeboard.com…

Preparing for a College Campus Visit: Know before You Go

It may be tempting to just yell “roadtrip!” and head out to campuses, but you’ll get more out of your visits if you plan ahead.

Research the College

It’s important to know something about the college before you arrive on its campus, especially if you have an interview scheduled.

  • Review the viewbooks, course catalogs, and any other materials the college sends to prospective students.
  • Spend some time surfing their website.
  • Talk to currently enrolled students or alumni about their college. Some college websites let you contact them online, or you can get their contact information from the admissions office.

Scheduling Your Trip

Pick a time that’s convenient to you, but try to go when classes are in session. That way, you can sit in on a lecture or stay in a dorm overnight. You’ll only get a true feel for the campus if you’re there on a day when classes are in full swing.

Schedule your time on campus, too, to make sure you’ll have time for everything you want to do:

  • Find out how often college tours run, and if you have to sign up in advance.
  • Be sure to get a map of the school. You don’t want to spend half your day trying to park or find the admissions office.
  • If an interview is suggested, make an appointment. Also, consider meeting with the financial aid officer.
  • If you’re curious about a club, program, or a sport, arrange to attend a practice, rehearsal, or meeting.

Pack a Camera and Notebook

Was it X College or Y University that had that excellent exercise equipment in the gym? Where did I talk to that cool psychology professor? You think you’ll remember everything, but you’ll be surprised how colleges start to merge after you’ve seen a few.

What’s Important to You?

Make a list of what college characteristics are most important to you, so you know what to evaluate. Do you feel overwhelmed in a large lecture hall? Check out the class size. Do you have your heart set on joining a sorority or fraternity? See what the Greek system is like on campus. Is there a particular major that you want to pursue? Talk to current students or professors in that department.

Develop a list of your preferences. Take this list to the schools that you plan to visit, and compare them when you get back home.

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/csearch/college-visits/73.html

Aug 232009
 

There are tons of timelines out there. This is a good one from Allen Grove at about.com. He runs a terrific college admissions website.

About.com

College Admissions

Month-by-Month Senior Year College Application Timeline

Keep Track of Important Dates and Deadlines in 12th Grade

By Allen Grove, About.com

College Prep: Middle School1 | 9th Grade2 | 10th Grade3 | 11th Grade4 | 12th Grade

Senior year is a busy and extremely important time in the college admissions process. This is your last chance to get the ACT5 and SAT scores you need6, and senior year is when you have to narrow down your college options to the handful of schools to which you’ll apply. You’ll need to get your college essay up to snuff, line up your letters of recommendation, and apply for financial aid. During the application process, you’ll need to keep active in extracurricular activities and maintain high grades.

August before Senior Year

* Register for the September ACT if appropriate (check ACT dates7).

* Come up with a preliminary list of colleges that includes reach8, match9 and safety10 schools.

* Explore the websites of the colleges that interest you to learn about admissions requirements.

* Check your senior year class schedule to make sure you’re taking the English, Math11, Social Science, Science, and Foreign Language12 classes you’ll need for your top-choice colleges.

* Look over the Common Application13 and begin thinking about potential topics for your personal essay14.

* Visit campuses15 and interview16 with college representatives if appropriate.

September

* Register for October or November SAT I and SAT II exams (check SAT dates17).

* Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss the colleges to which you’re thinking of applying.

* Request letters of recommendation18, especially if you are applying early.

* Continue to visit campuses and interview with college admissions representatives.

* Request applications from all the schools to which you might apply.

* Create a chart of deadlines. Pay particular attention to early decision, early action, and preferred application deadlines.

* If appropriate, register for the October ACT exam.

* Work on your college essays19.

* Try to assume a leadership position in an extracurricular activity.

* Keep your grades up.

October

* Take the SAT I, SAT II and/or ACT as appropriate.

* Continue to research schools to narrow your list20 to roughly 6 – 8 schools.

* Take advantage of college fairs and virtual tours.

* Complete your applications if you are applying early decision.

* Research financial aid and scholarships. Do your parents’ places of employment offer college scholarships for employee children?

* Get your college essay in shape. Get feedback on your writing from a guidance counselor and a teacher.

* Request your high school transcript and check it for accuracy.

* Keep track of all application components and deadlines: applications, test scores, letters of recommendation, and financial aid materials. An incomplete application will ruin your chances for admission.

November

* Register for the December SAT or ACT if appropriate.

* Take the November SAT if appropriate.

* Don’t let your grades slide. It’s easy to be distracted from school work when working on applications. Senior slump can be disastrous for your admissions chances.

* Make sure you’ve submitted all components of your applications if you are applying to colleges with November deadlines for early decision or preferred application.

* Put the final touches on your application essays, and get feedback on your essays from counselors and/or teachers.

* Continue to research scholarships.

December – January

* Complete your applications for regular admissions.

* Make sure you’ve had your test scores sent to all colleges that require them.

* Confirm that your letters of recommendation have been sent.

* Submit the FAFSA21 (Free Application for Financial Aid).

* If you are accepted to a school through early decision, be sure to follow directions carefully. Submit required forms, and notify the other schools to which you applied of your decision.

* Continue to focus on your grades and extracurricular involvement.

* Have midyear grades sent to colleges.

* Continue to keep track of all deadlines and application components.

* Continue to research scholarships. Apply for scholarships well in advance of deadlines.

February – March

* If you submitted the FAFSA, you should receive the Student Aid Report22 (SAR). Carefully look it over for accuracy. Errors can cost you thousands of dollars.

* Contact colleges that didn’t send you a confirmation receipt for your application.

* Don’t put off applying to schools with rolling admissions or late deadlines — the available spaces can fill up.

* Talk to your school about registering for AP exams.

* Keep your grades high. Colleges can revoke offers of admission if your grades take a nosedive senior year.

* Some acceptance letters may arrive. Compare financial aid offers and visit campus before making a decision.

* Don’t panic; many, many decisions are not mailed out until April.

* Continue applying for appropriate scholarships.

April

* Keep track of all acceptances, rejections, and waitlists.

* If waitlisted, learn more about waitlists23 and move ahead with other plans. You can always change your plans if you get off a waitlist.

* Keep your grades up.

* If you have ruled out any colleges that accepted you, notify them. This is a courtesy to other applicants, and it will help the colleges manage their waitlists and extend the correct number of acceptance letters.

* Go to accepted student open houses if offered.

* A couple circumstances may warrant an appeal of a college rejection24

May – June

* Avoid senioritis! An acceptance letter doesn’t mean you can stop working.

* Most schools have a deposit deadline of May 1st. Don’t be late! If needed, you may be able to request an extension.

* Prepare for and take any appropriate AP exams. Most colleges offer course credit for high AP scores; this gives you more academic options when you get to college.

* Have your final transcripts sent to colleges.

* Send thank you letters to everyone who helped you in the application process. Let your mentors and recommenders know the results of your college search.

* Keep on top of procuring student loans. Notify your college if you receive any scholarships.

* Graduate. Congratulations!

July – August after Senior Year

* Read all mailings from your college carefully. Often important registration and housing25 material is sent in the summer.

* Register for your classes as soon as possible. Classes often fill, and registration is usually on a first-come, first-served basis.

* If you get your housing assignment, take advantage of the summer to get to know your roommate (email, facebook, the phone, etc). Figure out who will bring what. You don’t need two TVs and two microwaves in your tiny room.

* Off to college! Visit Kelci Lynn, About.com’s expert on College Life26

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7. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/theact/a/ACT_Dates.htm

8. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/glossaryofkeyterms/g/reach_school.htm

9. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/glossaryofkeyterms/g/match_school.htm

10. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/glossaryofkeyterms/g/safety_school.htm

11. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/theartofgettingaccepted/a/HighSchoolMath.htm

12. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/theartofgettingaccepted/a/ForeignLanguage.htm

13. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/glossaryofkeyterms/g/CommonApp.htm

14. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/essays/a/EssayPrompts.htm

15. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/choosingacollege/tp/8-Tips-for-a-Campus-Visit.htm

16. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/theartofgettingaccepted/tp/college-interview-questions.htm

17. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/standardizedtests/a/SAT_Dates.htm

18. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/theartofgettingaccepted/tp/Letters-of-Recommendation.htm

19. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/essays/a/essay_tips.htm

20. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/choosingacollege/f/HowManySchools.htm

21. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/payingforcollege/f/fafsa_info.htm

22. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/glossaryofkeyterms/g/SAR.htm

23. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/theartofgettingaccepted/f/waitlist_faq.htm

24. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/theartofgettingaccepted/f/appeal_reject.htm

25. http://collegeapps.about.com/od/collegehousingfaq/College_Housing_FAQ.htm

26. http://collegelife.about.com/

Aug 142009
 

It is not too early to create your profile for The Common Application and start on the application itself. Log on to www.commonapp.org and create a profile. Take a look at the 6 essay questions and get started on the essay that looks interesting to you know during the last couple of weeks of vacation. Have a family member, friend or mentor take a look and make editing suggestions!

Make the start of your senior year STRESSLESS and start now!

Aug 132009
 

Seniors, If you haven’t already, log on to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov or www.pin.ed.gov and apply for a pin number. There’s an explanation of the pin number below from the www.fafsa.ed.gov site .

Write it down, fold it up and put it someplace safe. You’ll need it to submit your application for financial aid. The majority of financial aid comes through this process. So, get it together now!

Your parents and/or guardians will need to the same.

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from www.fafsa.ed.gov

PIN Information

A PIN is a 4-digit number that is used in combination with your Social Security Number, name, and date of birth to identify you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on Federal Student Aid Web sites, such as FAFSA on the Web.

The security of your PIN is important because it can be used to:

  • Electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents
  • Access your personal records, and
  • Make binding legal obligations.

You and your parents (if you are a dependent student) will need to sign your FAFSA. We cannot process your FAFSA until we receive your signature(s). Using a PIN to sign your FAFSA electronically is by far the fastest and most reliable way. However, you can print, sign and mail in a signature page, or provide signature(s) on your paper Student Aid Report (SAR).

Tip: You may use your PIN for the duration of your school experience and beyond. The PIN stays the same.

If you or your parents do not already have a PIN, we encourage you to apply for one. You can apply for a PIN while completing a FAFSA on the Web application, or you can go to the Federal Student Aid PIN Web site at www.pin.ed.gov to apply.

Important Note A PIN that is selected or viewed instantly online or is sent to you in an e-mail is considered to be conditional until your information is verified with the Social Security Administration (1-3 days from the date you first apply). You may sign your FAFSA with it, but nothing else. Once we complete this verification, you will be able to use your PIN for other purposes (such as correcting your SAR or accessing other Federal Student Aid Web sites).

PIN Information

A PIN is a 4-digit number that is used in combination with your Social Security Number, name, and date of birth to identify you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on Federal Student Aid Web sites, such as FAFSA on the Web.

The security of your PIN is important because it can be used to:

  • Electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents
  • Access your personal records, and
  • Make binding legal obligations.

You and your parents (if you are a dependent student) will need to sign your FAFSA. We cannot process your FAFSA until we receive your signature(s). Using a PIN to sign your FAFSA electronically is by far the fastest and most reliable way. However, you can print, sign and mail in a signature page, or provide signature(s) on your paper Student Aid Report (SAR).

Tip: You may use your PIN for the duration of your school experience and beyond. The PIN stays the same.

If you or your parents do not already have a PIN, we encourage you to apply for one. You can apply for a PIN while completing a FAFSA on the Web application, or you can go to the Federal Student Aid PIN Web site at www.pin.ed.gov to apply.

Important Note A PIN that is selected or viewed instantly online or is sent to you in an e-mail is considered to be conditional until your information is verified with the Social Security Administration (1-3 days from the date you first apply). You may sign your FAFSA with it, but nothing else. Once we complete this verification, you will be able to use your PIN for other purposes (such as correcting your SAR or accessing other Federal Student Aid Web sites).

Jul 202009
 

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Rutgers is the flagship campus for the New Jersey state university system. It has a huge campus and is an interesting blend of old (as in colonial) and new. Initially, the college was Queens College, as in Queen of England, and some of the oldest buildings in the country are housed on the campus – one section of campus is modeled after Cambridge in England and is very beautiful. Now Rutgers has five campuses and takes up a large expanse of landscape in New Brunswick, New Jersey: Douglass (all women’s), Cook, Livingston, Mason Gross (Fine Arts and Music), and Busch. A shuttle system gets students around campus and students are encouraged to choose housing based on the environment they prefer versus the majors/programs that are on a particular campus. Freshmen tend to live in freshman housing and there is a pretty extensive freshman orientation program that happens over the weekend the summer before school starts to orient new students. There is an honors program at Rutgers and those students live together and have special programming as a result of their status. We had to tour by luxury bus because the campus was so large.

Our tour guide Alyssa (see video) was very comfortable on the microphone! One thing I won’t forget is the “Grease Trucks” where students can purchase a sub that contains chicken fingers, mozerella sticks, French fries and marinara sauce – fine college dining at its very best! Eeeewww.

The school is located 45 minutes away from New York City and 10 minutes from Princeton, NJ. Some students take advantage of such close proximity to NYC to get internships, but there are a number of corporate headquarters in New Brunswick like Johnson & Johnson (the baby powder and Q-tips). There is the host of majors and concentrations that you would find at a large state school. Rutgers is a Division I school for athletics, you may remember the Scarlet Knights’ women’s bball team and Imus In the Morning’s racist comments of a couple of years ago. These women tend to make it at least the Sweet Sixteen in March Madness (men’s – not so much). But if you want some crazy school spirit, Rutgers is a place to consider (the basketball arena is the LOUDEST in the nation!). Something to note is that NCAA championships provide schools with lots of $$$ – the science campus was pretty spiffy as a result. As the flagship university, graduate-level research is a big focus of academics.

Admissions is competitive. Rutgers uses its own application, it is online and asks that students submit their own transcript (Self Reported Academic Record SRAR) – they do check the grades you submit…Rutgers does have a number of out of state and international students. Prospective Students choose their top three programs when they apply (Liberal Arts, Nursing, Business, Marine Biology, etc.) Financial Aid is submitted using the FAFSA. An independent student, ready to be a little further from home might consider taking a look at Rutgers.

Jul 202009
 
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The New School Welcome Center is just below Union Square and located in a funky, airy building. Multi-media abounded. I met with Eric Sherman (see the video), the admissions officer responsible for MA at the New School’s Eugene Lang College: The New School for Liberal Arts prior to the information session and tour. Eric was great – friendly, informative and just not rote at all (I loved his fun plaid shirt). He emphasized that Eugene Lang College is a small (300 freshmen), liberal arts college that students tend to self-select because they consciously choose a non-traditional, urban education. The student:faculty ratio is 8:1 and courses are all taught in seminar style. 40% of the students are international students. Eric was excited to hear about The Springfield Renaissance School and undaunted by our standards based grading. He mentioned that he has seen lots of different transcripts and would rely on school counselors to help decipher anything on a student’s application. The school is fairly new (1980’s) and has a fair amount of flexibility within its liberal arts curriculum. I hope some The Springfield Renaissance students take a look.

Eugene Lang is one of eight schools housed in the New School and was founded in 1985. Parsons School of Design (of Project Runway fame) is one of those schools, and students have some access to classes within those program. There are 5 year dual degree programs with Parsons and the Jazz and Contemporary Music Programs. The information session was across the street in a small auditorium, I’m not sure how we didn’t lose anyone in the traffic…The host outlined the eight schools within the New School and let the film roll. The presentation was pretty spectacular, I guess that is a perk of having a premier film school under your umbrella. The New School was founded in 1919 and points to progressive educator John Dewey (who said, “children learn best by doing”) as a linchpin in its philosophy.  A couple of Columbia University professors frustrated by the “old thinking” of Columbia went downtown and founded the New School. It was home to many persecuted intellectuals from Europe after World War I. These “Exiled Thinkers” founded a school that emphasizes:

  • Critical thinking
  • Debate
  • Public engagement
  • Social Justice
  • Contributing to society (positively)
  • Theory AND Practice
  • Creating change
  • Being good citizens

One thing consistently emphasized is the experimental nature of the school. Students can sign up for class that allows them to design and build a boat  and put it in the Hudson to see if it will float (I wonder if they have to get shots)! (see comment thread…)

Financial Aid is both need and merit based. As with all these Big City schools, the cost of studying in NYC makes the REAL cost pricier for sure.

Jul 192009
 

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The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is located on the New Jersey Shore in the middle of acres and acres of pinelands. Atlantic City and miles of beaches are the closer landmarks. The buildings have a space aged 70s feel and are interconnected and the school is in the middle of a huge building project on a student center. A small, liberal arts state college with just under 7,000 students attending. Admissions are competitive (SAT CR/M1130) and admitted students are in the top 25% of their high school class. An interesting feature of the school is Instant Decision Days – show up with your admissions materials, meet the criteria and you are in! Otherwise, when your file is complete, you receive a decision (latest application submissions for this fall was May 1st). It is a Div III school and seems to have a bunch of “Osprey” spirit – Men’s soccer has done very well.

Academically, Stockton describes itself as hands on. There is an Honors Program that allows students to work directly with a professor on a research project and present at a conference prior to graduation. There is a General Studies requirement that makes up 25% percent of the courses a student will take in order to graduate. Criminal Justice, Nursing, Dance, Literary Studies, Business, Computer Science, Biology and Marine Biology are some of the majors that students can choose.

Tuition with room and board for out of state students in 2008-2009 was $26,153. There are both need based and merit based scholarships.

There are colleges similar to Stockton closer to Springfield, so a student interested in Stockton would have to want to attend for a specific major or to be in this location (i.e. Marine Biology).

Jul 192009
 

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St. Francis schedules admissions tours and appointments on a case by case basis. I sat with the admissions officer Sylvia Carrion (see video), who is also Class of 2009 from the school. St. Francis is a small liberal arts college, which is associated with the Franciscan order of monks. Located in Brooklyn Heights, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, the college occupies two buildings. The school prides itself in individualized attention and Sylvia said that professors know students by name and are very approachable. Interestingly enough, this small school is Div I athletics for men and women (a VERY tall student passed us by in the hallway)!

The curriculum is composed of core requirements (42) – some of the courses include religion, 3 Philosophy, and 2 credits of health among other traditional core requirements. Generally, students need 128/9 credits to graduate in their major. Classes are small and in many cases and in many cases are seminar style (15 or so). Students have an advisor through Freshman Advising and their schedule is designed by their advisor for their first year. As the other NYC colleges and university, internships are available in industries all around the city.

Housing is provided for out of state students in an apartment building shared with a number of area colleges. Many students do commute though. Financial Aid is need based, but there are also merit based scholarships available.

St. Francis schedules admissions tours and appointments on a case by case basis. I sat with the admissions officer Sylvia Carrion (see video), who is also Class of 2009 from the school. St. Francis is a small liberal arts college, which is associated with the Franciscan order of monks. Located in Brooklyn Heights, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, the college occupies two buildings. The school prides itself in individualized attention and Sylvia said that professors know students by name and are very approachable. Interestingly enough, this small school is Div I athletics for men and women (a VERY tall student passed us by in the hallway)!

The curriculum is composed of core requirements (42) – some of the courses include religion, 3 Philosophy, and 2 credits of health among other traditional core requirements. Generally, students need 128/9 credits to graduate in their major. Classes are small and in many cases and in many cases are seminar style (15 or so). Students have an advisor through Freshman Advising and their schedule is designed by their advisor for their first year. As the other NYC colleges and university, internships are available in industries all around the city.

Housing is provided for out of state students in an apartment building shared with a number of area colleges. Many students do commute though. Financial Aid is need based, but there are also merit based scholarships available.

Jul 182009
 

New York University is in the middle of everything Greenwich Village, Union Square and SOHO; Washington Square Park, Broadway, hip hop performance art, street vendors, the coolest of the cool stores and restaurants, and a wide array of people – 8 million. Step off the R Train at 8th Street or the A, C, B, D at West 4th and WHAM you are in the heart of gritty Gotham. Nestled amongst all that grit is NYU. When you start to look carefully you see that many of the buildings hoist the purple flags of NYU. The NYU Welcome Center is a building on the southeast corner of Washington Square Park. You have to register online to book a spot and the seats fill quickly. Once you sign in and get your name tag you join 120 or so students and families (maybe some school counselors) in an auditorium. Two LCD screens straddle the podium, the admissions office introduces themselves, the lights dim and a sophisticated film featuring four NYU students begins. Each featured student speaks of his or her experience at NYU with volunteerism, science research, film studies, or HIV/AIDS activism in Ghana. The theme is resources. What is made clear is that the resources made available to NYU undergrads are vast; sky is the limit.

NYU is a large, highly selective university. 90% of admitted students carry a 3.7 GPA and gain combined SAT (CR & Math) of 1400 and SAT II around 600. Two recommendations are required; one recommendation from a school counselor and one from an academic teacher. The admissions counselor made it clear if you submit a ton of recommendations, they are only going to read two! Basically, she said that the admissions process is looking for students who are taking advantage of what is offered at their high school. So, enrolling every AP offered is not necessary, but challenging yourself wisely and being involved in your school community is a plus.

Financial Aid is available. Tuition is over $50,000 dollars. The FAFSA is due on February 15th.

There are over 21,000 undergraduate students (17,000 men and 25,000 women, when you include the grad students). Students are from all 50 states and 140 nations. Obviously there is tons of diversity and lots of ways to measure it; there are 5% African-American students and 6% Hispanic. There are 1,000 or students who are admitted into the college of Arts and Sciences. Some students may not be admitted to the school of his or her choice but gain a spot in the Liberal Studies program (study at one of the other NYU campuses and guaranteed admission to the school they’d originally applied to in a year).  Engineering students gain a dual degree in a 3+2 year program with NY Polytechnic. There is support for students interested in medicine or law, but no “pre” programs and a high rate of acceptance into graduate schools. Other schools students can apply to are The Tisch School of Drama, Stern School of Business, Nursing school (within liberal arts curriculum). There are general education requirements and all freshmen must take an expository writing course.

At the end of the information session four tour guides fanned up to the front of the group and introduced themselves. We broke into smaller groups and I picked up with Oren, who remembered I was a school counselor (seems college admission folks love school counselors because we ask questions…). No photos or video. Oh, well (I took pictures of buildings afterwards…). The tour group headed to the library, which is huge and has millions of materials. The president lives on the uppermost floor. Housing for students ranges from traditional dorms that surround Washington Square Park to luxury apartments in Gramercy Park for upperclassmen. (I have to admit after having lived in NYC 12 years, it hadn’t really fully registered to me that there was a college right in the middle of The Village! I walked by some of these building everyday. What a wild college experience!). NYU makes itself smaller with a heavy duty residential system and by establishing learning communities. Oren described the school as having a large dose of academic support with opportunity programs for low-income students, a Campus Learning Center, Writing Center and office hours for professor and Teaching Assistants (TAs). We showed our id to the security officer (security is high on campus – swipe cards, safety boxes, and “green light” safe havens) in the Arts and Sciences building and went in a well-apportioned classroom that had any technology imaginable. Oren spoke of the majors, internships, Study Abroad and other academic opportunities available. One thing he said that stuck with is that rather than Googling Degas, students are told to get their subway pass and head to the Metropolitan Museum and look at the actual Degas! Oren actually gave us his email if we had further questions.

No interviews. I did learn that the admissions counselors for our area are Jonathan Beauford and Christopher Perlongo. I will send an email introducing The Springfield Renaissance School to both of them. I’m guessing they’ll visit the school in the fall.

Jul 152009
 

Marymount Manhattan College is located in the posh Upper East Side of Manhattan. It is a small (2,000), liberal arts college. The student:faculty ratio is 12/1 and classes generally have 16 students in them. The college is housed in two buildings on East 71st Street. Security was tight and I had to provide my license to gain entry. I received a nametag with my photo on it – serious stuff! I was greeted by the admissions office’s administrative assistant, Nicole who was incredibly helpful and knew everyone that entered the office by name. She made sure that I was able to meet with admissions office from our region, David Thomas (see video), after the tour and information session.

The information session highlighted the curriculum, which has a core requirement. Students need 120 credits to graduate. The cool thing is that Manhattan is very much the school’s campus and many students have access to an incredible list of possible internships (only school with an internship at the United Nations), something the college considers a particular strength. Marymount Manhattan has your typical Majors (Accounting, English, Psychology, etc.) and has dual programs that allow students to gain Masters degrees in several areas. Marymount also has pre-professional programs in Dentistry, Law, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences.

The college was in the midst of a 25 million renovation that made the tour a little bit difficult, but our tour guide, Freddie’s enthusiasm made the tour enjoyable. Freddie was a drama major (musical theater) and he said theater, and dance was a strength of Maymount. At one point on the tour we were able to hear a student belt out a show tune and it was pretty impressive!

Housing guaranteed at Marymount and students live in traditional dorm, apartments and suites (one is the tallest dorm in the country). It is truly city living. By the same token, there are no official school sports (although the club soccer team won the trophy this year). Students seem to know each other and Freddie said that professors know their students well. There is a Writing Center to support students, all courses are taught by professors who have office hours, and free tutoring is available as well. Additionally there is a substantial ACCESS program for students with learning disabilities. Another program called Jump Start gets Freshmen on campus during the summer so that they can take a class, and learn “how to do Marymount”.

Admissions is rolling. Tuition is around $35,000. Financial Aid is provided to 85% of students. There are merit (3.0+ GPA and 1150 combined SAT gets students $6,000) and leadership scholarships. Tuition is around $35,000.

David Thomas will be in town for the National Hispanic College Fair at HCC on November 3rd and he’ll visit Renaissance at 2:30pm on that date. Check MMC out.

Jul 142009
 
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Barnard College is literally across the street from Columbia University. A small women’s liberal arts college, Barnard is highly selective (combined SAT 2050/2400 and GPA 3.84). The admissions office was incredibly approachable and I immediately received an email reply and had a meeting set up with Jessica Lee (MA region) and Chloe Woodward-Magrane for the day of my visit. Ms. Lee took nearly 30 minutes to sit with me, talk about Barnard and the admissions process and learn about students at The Springfield Renaissance School. She’s is excited to get to know our students! Addition Chloe spent 30 minutes taking about  Barnard Opportunity Program (see below) after the tour. What an amiable and helpful bunch! They are following the Renaissance College Road Trip on Twitter!!! Wow.

I went on a tour with a sophomore who is a native New Yorker who chose to stay in the City for college. Barnard has general education requirements which must be satisfied in 9 areas and four semesters of a language – students take two first year foundation courses (First Year Seminar and First Year English) which are intended to provide students with critical thinking and analysis skills – something Barnard describes as “ways of knowing”. Students also have to take two years of P.E. Women at Barnard enjoy small classes and many are seminar style with 12 or so students and professor. No hiding there! One notable strength is the internship agreements that the school has in fashion, on Broadway, and the United Nations among others. The tour was a little hard because major construction is going on to build a student activity center. We were able to move around through tunnels that are throughout the campus. Housing is both on the campus and in typical New York City apartment buildings and over 90% of students live on campus.

Barnard accepts the Common Application with a supplement portion (four questions). Chloe Woodward-Magrane described the process as being “wholistic”, meaning getting to know the student versus being simply numbers driven (“not really huge on SATs”) – taking the SAT in December is too late. Even so, the expectation is that students will take the SAT and two SAT II or the ACT with the writing portion. Ms. Woodward-Magrane said they want to know who you are as a student and a person. Recommendations should be teachers from your junior or senior year – school counselor and two academic teachers. The essay needs to be a topic that explains, “What gets you out of bed in the morning?” She emphasized that proof reading and checking for grammar mistakes are a must before you send. Interviews are available for rising seniors on or off campus, but are not required.

Tuition at Barnard is $50,000. Financial Aid is Need Blind. Barnard wants to know what families can afford and this is based on the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. The school meets 100% of a family’s demonstrated need and is a combination of loans, grants and work study. Barnard has a program called BOP (Barnard Opportunity Program which provides low-income students of promise with 5 years of financial, academic support and an opportunity to start in the summer in order to get acclimated to college life, NYC and the rigors of Barnard academics. Seems like a nice opportunity for the right student.

Jul 022009
 

Flickr Video Advice on how to choose your college from the Wesleyan tour guide Jayvan.

Wesleyan University is a highly selective liberal arts college (SAT 750+ in CR, Math and Writing) located in Middletown, CT. Over 10,000 students applied last year and only 2,200 or so were admitted. Just over 700 students enrolled. Majors range from African Studies to a 3+2 Engineering Program that sends students to MIT or Columbia for their final 2 years of college. They are really proud of their Film Studies program, but really all of the programs prepare students well for graduate study – most students go on to graduate study within 3 years of graduating.  At a Glance, Wesleyan has 2,700 students provides both undergraduate and graduate degrees. It is a coed school, public school students make up 50% of the school population (90% of the nation!) and 1/3 of the students are students of color. Takes a lot of pride in its diversity compared to similar high selective colleges like it.

Financial aid is all need based and the school commits to meeting 100% of an admitted student’s demonstrated family need. Wesleyan has a “need blind” admissions policy, which means you are admitted based on your ability versus your family’s ability to pay the bill.

The admissions officer at the school emphasized that regardless of a student’s school what admissions offiers at Wesleyan look for is evidence that a student has taken full advantage of the course offerings at his or her school (Honors, AP, dual enrollment ,etc) and is a fully active member of the school and greater community.

No core requirements, but students must take 9 courses (3 each) in Natural Sciences and mathematics, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities and arts. The idea is that students who graduate from Wesleyan have what are referred to as Essential Capabilities. This reminds me of Expeditionary Learning’s Design Principles and the expected outcomes for students.

Wesleyan is definitely worth a look for a high achieving student at  The Springfield Renaissance School.

Jun 252009
 

I’m psyched about Education Secretary, Arne Duncan’s announcement that the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is being simplified. I cannot believe how excited I got listening to NPR and reading the New York Times(which is a tremendous resource – check out my links) article today, “The Obama administration is moving to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or Fafsa, a notoriously complicated form that asks students seeking financial aid for college as many as 153 questions.”

As a student myself, the FAFSA struck fear in my heart and I have always struggled not to intimidate families regarding the financial aid process when I explain. Money is one of the top reason couples get divorced and since you cannot divorce your children all you tend to get is tons of anxiety around the college financial aid process.

We are going to spend a lot of time with students and families with the financial aid process next year and I’m hopeful these changes will help the College Process team bring the information to families in a kinder and gentler fashion.

All families can start to become familiar with the FAFSA with the FAFSA4caster, a preliminary estimate program on the web.  Also, MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) is a resource rich source of financial aid information for MA residents.

Jun 212009
 
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Columbia University is located smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood on the Upper West Side of Manhattan called Morningside Heights. In fact, in some ways it is Morningside Heights as it is on of the top three land owners in the city (Catholic church and the state of NY are the others!). You emerge out of the 1/9 subway at 116th Street and you have to step lively into the hustle and bustle of the big city. Once you enter the campus gates, things slow down a little and the place looks like any other college campus with quads of grass, you are surrounded by a square of buildings. Well, it is a SUPERSIZED “any other campus”. What immediately catches your eye is a massive staircase and a VERY LARGE domed building. Between you and the door is Alma Mater a majestic sculpture that is in any movie that has Columbia in it. I headed past Alma for the admissions tour. The crowd of people in the room was incredibly diverse. I was the only person from New England and students and families had traveled from China, Mexico, Chicago, Oregon and Arizona for the tour.

Columbia is considered an Ivy League School and is Very Highly Selective. 25,000 applied last year and 9% were admitted. Nearly 50% of admitted students scored between 1400 and 1540 on the math and critical reading sections of the SAT! In addition to that students are the top 10% of their class or have the top GPAs in their schools’ grade distribution. Students apply to either Columbia College or the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The admissions officer, Diane McCoy had worked in admissions at Columbia for nearly 30 years. She admitted that there was no need to convince that Columbia was the place for you, but she wanted to talk about opportunities at the school and the admissions process. Around 4,100 students are in Columbia College and 1,400 are in The Fu Foundation of Engineering and Science. More than 25,000 students at Columbia University are graduate students working on Masters and PhDs.

Basically, Diane McCoy said that students need to demonstrate who they are as students and make clear why they feel that they want Columbia specifically “Columbia, Columbia, I love you!” were her words. The Common Application is not accepted. So, it is important that students know what is offered at Columbia specifically. 500 students sent essay with the WRONG NAME to Columbia – Uggh. She also said students should take the interview if they are offered one, refusing the interview doesn’t look so good!

Students must take a Core Curriculum (and 2 semesters of P.E.) – books from what is called the Western Canon (sometimes called Dead White Males because they are all dead, white and male…). Everyone reads The Iliad and The Odyssey and there is a common experience for all the students in Columbia College. The idea is that students gain a sense of the texts that underline the philosophical basis for politics, ethics, science and education in our society. Science and Engineering students take ½ of the Core Curriculum.

Financial Aid is Need Based. Students must fill out the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Tuition is over $50,000 a year! Families that make under $60,000 a year will be funded for all four years with the expectation that they will have work study and summer work. NO LOANS!!! Families that earn $60,000 to $100,000 expect to pay a percentage of their tuition. $100,000 may have access to low interest loans. There is a National Opportunity Program for low income students who demonstrate potential that provides summer support and 5 years of financing for school.

Jan 202013
 

Renaissance! We should be DOMINATING this scholarship!!!

Big Y Scholarship! Check it out. February 1st Deadline
http://www.bigy.com/Community/Scholarships

Jan 192013
 

Financial AID – PAY ATTENTION TO IMPORTANT FA DEADLINES!

Local and National Grants and Scholarships 2012-2013

Over 90% of scholarships and grants for college are based locally.

The key is doing the research yourself and following through on applications. Once you get your applications in, you still have to work to pay for your education!

Billions of dollars of scholarships get left on the table every year because students fail to apply for them. If you are diligent, college will be MORE AFFORDABLE!

Want free money to pay for college?!!

Here’s a great resource from the Renaissance College Planning Team!

2012ScholarshipListing

From College Admissions @About.com

College costs a lot of money, but luckily billions of scholarship dollars are available. College applicants who work hard at applying for scholarships can often reduce the overall cost of their educations significantly. Don’t wait until the spring to start looking for scholarships — some deadlines have already passed, and many more are fast approaching. In the list below, you’ll find 15 scholarships ranging in value from $250 to $30,000 that expire in February. For each scholarship, you’ll find links to additional information at Cappex.com, an excellent free website that provides college and scholarship matching services.

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Updated list with the majority of dates and deadlines. Please consider applying to one or two of these schools to visit a college. Seeing is believing.

Fall 2012 Diversity College Visits.

Many colleges are hosting diversity college visits this fall. Some deadlines have passed, but if you’re interested still APPLY.

*(D)= The college has a diversity weekend that covers all costs. These programs are competitive and require applications.
* The college can cover expenses for traditional weekend programs.
(D) = diversity weekend with no transportation costs.

Gray highlighting is current for 2012-2013

Turquoise- no new info or anything verified

Diversity College Weekends

*(D) Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

Program: Diversity Open-house Weekends: September 22-24, October 20-22

Application deadlines: The application deadline for both DIVOH weekends is August 15, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. (EST).

Only high school students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents and who will be seniors in the fall of 2012 are eligible to apply.
To be considered, you must submit a completed online application which includes standardized test results, a high school transcript (through the end of junior year), and a short essay response.
Students selected to visit Amherst for a DIVOH weekend will receive 100% of round-trip transportation costs (airline, bus, or train) for DIVOH attendance and will be hosted on campus by current students. Typically, seventy-five percent of the students who attend one of our DIVOH programs choose to apply to Amherst, although they are under no obligation to do so. A fee waiver of the $60 application fee is provided to all students invited to attend a DIVOH weekend. Some students who apply to the Open House will also receive a waiver for the Amherst College $60 application fee in order to encourage their applications to Amherst, regardless of whether they are invited to attend the Open House.
To get application, go to https://www.amherst.edu/admission/diversity/divoh
Amherst College
Office of Admission

220 South Pleasant Street

Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 542-2328 Phone

(413) 542-2040 Fax

www.amherst.edu/admission/diversity For more information, visit https://www.amherst.edu/admission/diversity/divoh

* (D) Barnard College

New York, New York

Program: Sunday, October 21, 2012 (BARNARD BOUND – by invitation only)

Requirements: Student application, Advisor Nomination Form, and transcript
Monday, October 22, 2012 (OPEN HOUSE – open to all interested students)

Application deadline: September 14, 2012.

For more info, visit- http://barnard.edu/node/6934

Student Application is available. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGRMNzd1aXlZa1dneHNHNUhWcFRwNUE6MQ#gid=0
Mandatory Advisor/mentor nomination form. https://barnard.edu/sites/default/files/inline/adviserform_0.pdf
Transcript must also be sent. Can be unofficial.
Program Contacts: Jess Lee
Associate Director of Admissions
Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Phone 212-854-2014
jlee@barnard.edu
For general inquiries, you may also email admissions@barnard.edu

*(D) Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

Program: Prologue to Bates: Prologue I: October 7-9 or Prologue II: November 11-

Application deadline: September 7, 2012 for October 7-9 Visit.

Application deadline: October 1, 2012 for November 11-13 Visit.

You can find the application at: http://www.bates.edu/admission/prologue/
Scholarships are offered to students who apply for a travel scholarship on the application. Parents can also apply to come.
Bates Office of Admission
Phone: 1-855-BATES55 (1-855-228-3755)

admission@bates.edu

*(D) Beloit College

St. Beloit, Wisconsin

Program: Summer Days: July 27, and August 17. Autumn Visit Days: September 22, October 8, and October 27, and Admitted Student Open House in the Spring that offers fly-ins

Deadlines: Summer application went online May 9. Online registration will be available six weeks in advance of each event. Make sure to register. http://www.beloit.edu/prospective/visit/visitdayprograms

For more information, email Robin Hamilton: hamiltonr@beloit.edu

*(D ) Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Program: Explore Bowdoin; September 20-23, 2012 and November 1-4 2012 (Note: November 3 is SAT date)

Application Deadline: August 24 and September 28, respectively.

http://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/explore/index.shtml

Application: https://bowdoincollege.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bEqKB9crs6bgGTa
For any questions about the program call or email Claudia Marroquin at (207) 725-3066

*(D) Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Program: SEED-Students Exploring and Embracing Diversity, Nov 10, 2012

Application deadlines: TBD. Students notified on rolling basis

There is an application to fill up but it will not be available until the 2nd week of August. Visit www.brandeis.edu/seed to see if the site for SEED has been launched, along with the application.
? Fax: 781-736-3536

? Mail:

? Brandeis University
Undergraduate Admissions
MS 003
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454

? admissions@brandeis.edu

Students go to special program on 11/10 and then spend the night and attend Fall Preview Day the next day.
All expense paid trip to campus and back.
If you have any questions, please contact Jared Rivers at-

Email: jriv@brandeis.edu

*(D) Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Program: Bryn Mawr by Day, Oct 8 and Nov 12, 2012 (9:30am-2pm)

Please register early at http://brynmawr.edu/admissions/by-day/index.html
Deadlines: Bryn Mawr by Night (overnight program), three dates with three different foci

· IMAGINE (Humanities Focus)- Sept 27-28
Register by Sept 18th at:

http://brynmawr.edu/admissions/by-night/arts/index.html

· INVESTIGATE (Women in math and science)- Oct 23-24
Register by Oct 17th at:

http://brynmawr.edu/admissions/by-night/science/index.html

· ELECTION 2012 (Politics, History, and Public Service), Nov 6-7
Register by Oct 30th at:

http://brynmawr.edu/admissions/by-night/election/index.html

For more information please visit http://brynmawr.edu/admissions/visit/index.html

Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
610-526-5151 – phone
610-526-7471 – fax

*(D) Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota

Program: Taste of Carleton, Thursday, October 25-Saturday, October 27, 2012

Deadlines: For Out-of-State Applicants: September 14, 2012
For Minnesotan Applicants: October 1, 2012

Nomination and invitation process necessary for attending
Nominations can still be done regardless of the deadline listed online. Follow this link to nominate a student(s)- www.go.carleton.edu/TOC
Mail applications to:
Carleton College?Office of Admissions?100 South College Street?Northfield, MN 55057

Questions? Concerns?
Contact Carla Zelada or Stefani Tran at 800-995-2275 or emailtoc@carleton.edu.

For more information and to check for the updated application, visit:https://apps.carleton.edu/admissions/visit/TOC/

*(D) Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Program: Celebration of Diversity Weekend- November 10-12, January 19-21

Deadlines: October 27, 2012. Registration will be available in Septemberl

Requirements: have at least a 3.3 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale and at least a combined SAT score of 1700 or ACT score of 25.
For more information http://www.cmu.edu/enrollment/admission/cod/
*

Program: Sleeping Bag Weekend-

October 14-15
October 28-19
November 11-12
January 20-21
Deadlines: Registration will be available in August

For more info, visit http://www.cmu.edu/enrollment/admission/sbw/

Students with financial need: You may qualify for travel assistance, if you meet the requirements. Please indicate your need for travel assistance when registering.
Visit http://www.cmu.edu/enrollment/admission/cod/travel.html
for further conditions for receiving travel assistance.

Contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions

(*D) College of Charleston—

Charleston, SC

Program: M.O.V.E., the Multicultural Overnight Visit Experience, Sept 21-22, Oct 19-20, Nov 2-3, Nov 16-17

Deadline: Not known, but ASAP since space is limited

Visit http://admissions.cofc.edu/explorethecollege/events/moveovernight.phpfor more info and MOVE application.
Take part in a class visit.
Be hosted by an outstanding currently enrolled minority student.
Meet other currently enrolled students and interested students like yourself.
Stay overnight in one of our eight residence halls.
Learn about our pre-professional programs and proximity to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Charleston School of Law.
Experience our active college community.
Have the opportunity to ask lots of questions, including questions about being a minority student on campus.
Requires student application, parental application, and medical consent
Submit your completed application to Debbie Counts, Office of Admissions, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424 or FAX to 843.953.7461
For more information, contact Debbie Counts at countsd@cofc.edu or 843.953.4954.

Other Events:

(D) AALANA – October 20, 2012
? You can register here http://admissions.cofc.edu/forms/form-aalanapreviewdayregistration.php

? This is a one-day event, but you can stay overnight if you register for MOVE, which takes place at the same time in Oct.

? Visit http://admissions.cofc.edu/explorethecollege/events/aalanapreviewday.php for more info, or contact Debbie Counts (same as for MOVE)

Fall Open House – November 3, 2012

Junior Preview (for high school juniors) – April 20, 2013

For general info on events, visit http://admissions.cofc.edu/explorethecollege/events/index.php

*(D)Colgate University

Hamilton, New York

Program: Multicultural Open house, October 21-22, 2012

Deadlines: Application must be received no later than October 5, 2012

You can find the application here: http://offices.colgate.edu/admission/Open%20House/Open%20House%20Application%202012.htm and you will be notified of your admission to the event via email.
Space is limited and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply ASAP.
If you have any questions, visit http://www.colgate.edu/admission/diversityandadmission/openhouse or contact the Office of Admission at (315) 228-7401 or via e-mail at admission@colgate.edu.
Travel assistance available for a limited number of students who demonstrate need. Indicate need on application. If you have any further questions regarding travel assistance, contact the Office of Admission at (315) 228-7401.

*(D) Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Program: Multicultural Open House, November 10-12

Application opens August 1st, 2012. Deadline: October 10th.

For more info, visit: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/admission/introduceyourself/visit/multiculturalopenhouse/
If you are accepted to attend the event, Colorado College will pay your transportation expenses (airfare or mileage or gas) up to $500. If you travel with one or both of your parents, we offer an additional subsidy, of up to $500, for their transportation expenses and provide complimentary accommodations at a nearby hotel.
If you have questions, please contact Amy Lareau, Admission Counselor at: (719) 389-6062 or Amy.Lareau@ColoradoCollege.edu or Anna Jaquez, Associate Director of Admission & Financial Aid at: (719) 389-6944 or Anna.Jaquez@ColoradoCollege.edu or Blake Hammond, Admission Counselor at: (719) 389-6054 or Blake.Hammond@ColoradoCollege.edu.

*(D) Connecticut College

New London, Connecticut

Program: Explorer Weekend- Oct. 6-8, 2012, and Nov. 3-5, 2012.

Deadlines: For priority consideration, please submit this online application and your high school transcript by September 14, 2012.

You may fax your transcript to (860)439-4301 or mail it to Connecticut College, Office of Admission, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320.
For more info and the application- http://www.conncoll.edu/admission/explore-weekend.htm
You can request travel assistance on the application.
For questions, please contact Will Tran, assistant director of admission
Telephone: (860)439-2208
Fax: (860)439-4301
william.tran@conncoll.edu

Program: Fall Open House will take place on Monday, October 8, 2012

http://www.conncoll.edu/admission/fall-open-house.htm

*(D) Cornell University-

Ithaca, NY

Programs: Fall Diversity Hosting Weekend (Fall DHW) and Women in Engineering Program: (WIE Program)-both through the College of Engineering at Cornell- September 27-29, 2012

Application Deadline WIE: August 1, 2012 (closed)

Women in Engineering Program: www.engineering.cornell.edu/wieprogram

Application Deadline DHW: extended to August 15th

Fall Diversity Hosting Weekend: www.engineering.cornell.edu/falldhw

Fall DHW is a co-ed program that focuses on students that identify with backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in engineering (African American/Black, Latino/a, and Native American), while the focus of the WIE Program is the experience of all women engineers at Cornell. Students selected for either program will have the opportunity to stay in a residence hall with a current student; learn details about the admission process; participate in interactive lab demonstrations; interact with faculty, staff, and students; and engage with members of several of our award-winning engineering student organizations. Participation in one of these programs is a great way for students to learn more about what Cornell has to offer aspiring engineers!
Required application, high school transcript and high school profile.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Engineering Admissions
office via email at engr_admissions@cornell.edu
and include “Fall Hosting” in the subject heading or call their office at (607) 255-5008.

*(D) Dartmouth

Hanover, NH

Programs: Dartmouth Bound-Summer Program, July 29th – August 1st, 2012.

Native American Community, SAME

Program Deadlines: May 21, 2012. Check next May for next year’s program

BOTH DEADLINES HAVE PASSED.
There are daily activities such as tours, info sessions, and student forums. Visit http://www.dartmouth.edu/admissions/visit/plan/ to sign up for any.

* Davidson College-

Davidson, NC

Program: Discover Davidson I, Sept 22 and Discover Davidson II, Oct 21

Deadlines: Registration Now Open

Please visit http://www3.davidson.edu/cms/x7258.xml
Other events can be found here http://www3.davidson.edu/cms/x6436.xml
Program: Fall Overnight visits, September 13th, September 27th, October 4th, November 1st, November 8th

Register 5 days in advance here: http://www3.davidson.edu/cms/x6437.xml
*(D) Franklin and Marshall College

Lancaster, PA

Program: Collegiate Leadership Summit- Fall Session 1: Monday, October 22nd to Tuesday, October 23rd; Fall Session 2: Monday, November 12th to Tuesday, November 13

Deadlines: The nomination deadline for the Fall Session 1 program is Sunday, September 23, 2012.

The nomination deadline for the Fall Session 2 program is Sunday, October 14, 2012.

The cost of travel and attendance is covered by the College, and each year (6) participants are offered full-tuition scholarships to attend F&M.

Students must be nominated to apply and participate.
The nominees should meet the following requirements:

* A minimum GPA of 3.3 in rigorous classes
* Must be of a background underrepresented in higher education
* Must have demonstrated leadership in his or her school or community

* Must be seniors in the fall

Counselors, teachers, or staff members of community organizations
To nominate a student, please visit http://forms.fandm.edu/mach/view.php?id=77

For more information, visit http://www.fandm.edu/summit or contact Chiquita Geldorp at cls@fandm.edu or 717-291-4190

*(D)George Washington University- CALLED. NO INFO YET ON DATES. 8/3

Washington, DC

Program: Multicultural Open Houses: Fall and Spring (Dates not available yet)

April 14, 2012

Deadlines: April 7, 2012 (Check next year in spring)

To register, visit: https://gwapplication.gwu.edu/login/login.cfm and create an account, then RSVP to this event.

If you require travel assistance, please indicate the need when registering. There is a limited number of travel assistance scholarships. GW will provide a limited number of travel assistance scholarships. You can access the Travel Grant Application here.

For more information, visit: http://www.gwu.edu/apply/undergraduateadmissions/visitgw/openhousesevents/multiculturalopenhouses
Please register by April 7, 2012 through the GW Admissions Activity Center.

(*D) Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

Program: 2012 Diversity Preview Program, Oct 4-6, 2012

Deadline for application: September 5th, 2012

You can find the app online here: https://admission.grinnell.edu/register/GDPP or you can submit it via fax or mail.

In addition to app, please submit the following by the above postmark deadline
A high school transcript
An official SAT or ACT score
An activities resume.

Materials can be faxed: (641) 269-4800 or sent by US Mail to Grinnell College, Office of Admission – GDPP, 1103 Park St., Grinnell, IA 50112

For more info, visit http://www.grinnell.edu/admission/visit/gdpp or contact Patty Amador-Lacson, Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment, at 800-247-0113 or by email amadorla@grinnell.edu.
*(D) Gustavus Adolpus

St. Peter, MN

Program: Fly-in Program- December 2-4 and March 17-19

Application Deadline: Please check for updates at http://admission.gustavus.edu/admissions/visit/flyin.asp BY THE END OF AUG INFO WILL BE UPDATED ONLINE. Last year deadline was November 1 for December visit.

APPLICATION WILL BE DUE AT LATEST A MONTH IN ADVANCE. YOU MUST ALSO APPLY FOR ADMISSIONS BY THE GIVEN DEADLINE.
What to expect:
For those who live more than 400 miles from St. Peter, Minnesota, the fly-in program would include:
The cost of the flight
Transportation to and from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
Overnight accommodations with current Gustavus students
Meals in the Gustavus Market Place
Sitting in on classes
Meeting with professors, coaches or conductors.

Students interested in our fly-in program should:

Be high school seniors,
Complete an ApplicationforAdmission by the deadline listed next to the fly-in dates (TBD)
Complete the fly-inprogramapplication and be approved by the office for the program.

*(D) Hamilton College

Clinton, New York

Program: Diversity Overnight, September 30th-October 1st

Application Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12th.

Prospective seniors can apply in the beginning of their fall semester by completing the application at: http://www.hamilton.edu/admission/diversityovernight
Please fax a copy of your high school transcript with senior year courses and standardized test scores to the attention of Brianna McRae at 315-859-4457.
Hamilton College offers travel reimbursement to a limited number of students who are unable to visit campus without financial assistance. Interested students should contact our office at admission@hamilton.edu
*(D) Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

Program: Fall Future Achievers in Science and Technology Program (FAST): September 14-15 2012

Application Deadline: August 13th

For more information about the program and for the application, visit- http://www.hmc.edu/admission1/fastprogram/fast1/fallfast.html
Travel accommodations (if applicable) are available. Participants will also receive a Fee Waiver for an HMC Freshman application
There is also a Junior Fast program in the spring http://www.hmc.edu/admission1/fastprogram/fast1/about.html

College of Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts

Program: Fall Open House, Sunday, September 30th and Sunday, November 11th.?

Application Deadlines: Online registration will be available beginning September 1st.

Please call the main office (508-793-2443) with any questions. For more information, visit http://admissions.holycross.edu/visiting/fall-open-houses

(D) Program: Perspectives Overnight Program, November 10-12.

Application Deadline: More information and application forms will be available in September.

Visit http://admissions.holycross.edu/visiting/additional-opportunities for Perspectives and any other visit opportunities such as full-day visits, overnight visits (spring 2013), and Saturday visits

*(D) Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois

Program: Summer Preview Days- Friday, August 3, 2012 and Friday, August 10, 2012

Application Deadlines: Please register for this event no later than one week prior to the event

Application is available online http://www.iwu.edu/admissions/visit/summerpreview.html or call the Admissions Office at 1-800-332-2498

(D) Program: Multicultural Weekend,

2 EVERY YEAR. DATES NOT SET. VERIFIED EVENT. UPDATED BY END OF AUGUST.

NOV AND FEB LAST YEAR.

TRAVEL AID OFFERED. CASE BY CASE.

WEBSITE MULTICULTURAL STUDENT AFFAIRS. EVENTS.

CHECK EVENTS CALENDAR AND MULTICULTURAL STUDENT AFFAIRS.

*(D) Johns Hopkins

Baltimore, MD

Program: H.O.M.E. (Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience), Thursday, October 18- Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Application deadline: September 21, 5 p.m. E.S.T.

Application: http://apply.jhu.edu/homewood/registration.html

Students spend weekend at JHU. Stay in dorm and go to all Open House events.

Students applying to attend the H.O.M.E. program must submit a transcript, SAT/ACT scores (if available) and a recommendation to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The recommendation form can be found here. Transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, and recommendations can be faxed to the attention of: HOME Coordinator at (410) 516-6025 or emailed to home.program@jhu.edu.

Further details about the program can be found at: http://apply.jhu.edu/homewood/

*(D) Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Program: Crash the Campus, Nov 4-5 2012

Application Deadline to submit application is Oct 12

You can find more info and the application here: http://kzoo.edu/admission/?p=crash
Travel for this program will be subsidized. If you would like to be considered for a full travel subsidy, please have your counselor give you a copy of a college application fee waiver (from NACAC, College Board or similar source), which will then be applied to your Kalamazoo College application
For more information, contact the office of admission at phone 269-337-7166 or admission@kzoo.edu

*(D) Kenyon College

Gambier, Ohio

Programs:

Fall Visit Days and Overnight Visit Program, September 1 and 30 and September 30-October 1, 2012

Fall Visit Day 1 – Saturday, September 1, 2012
Fall Visit Day 2 – Sunday, September 30, 2012
Fall Overnight Visit Program – Sunday, September 30, 2012- Monday, October 1, 2012
You can register online at https://goto.kenyon.edu/visit.phtml?visitday=FO1
Cultural Connections: Cultural Connections I: Overnight Visit Program – Sunday-Monday, October 7-8, 2012 and Cultural Connections II: Overnight Visit Program – Sunday-Monday, December 2-3, 2012

Please contact Kim Totman at 740-427-5778 to make reservations.
Please visit this page for more information on any of these events and registration to attend- http://www.kenyon.edu/visitdays.xml#x4148
IMPORTANT: If you need help funding your travel to any event, complete the online Travel Grant application. Can cover up to 90% of the lowest advertised airfares or up to $50 to offset driving costs. Find more info on this grant here http://www.kenyon.edu/x1697.xml or call Kim Totman at 800-848-2468.
(*D) Lehigh University-

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Program: Diversity Achievers Program, Sunday, October 21st followed by and including Senior Open House Monday, October 22nd.

Application and all Materials Deadline: Tuesday, September 11.

Required items:

Diversity Achievers Program Application
(Unofficial) transcript
SAT/ACT results
Personal Essay (online application or Word document emailed to Adrienne Yurack at aky4@lehigh.edu)
Résumé (please fax or email a Word document to Adrienne Yurack at aky4@lehigh.edu)
Overnight Agreement
Required elements not available for online/electronic submission should be faxed to (610) 758-4361, Attn: Diversity Achievers Program.

For more info, visit www.lehigh.edu/dap or contact Majed Dergham at mad305@lehigh.edu or Maria Asayag at mga210@lehigh.edu.

Those unable or not selected to attend DAP are still encouraged to attend Senior Open House on Monday, October 22. For more info on open houses, visit http://www4.lehigh.edu/admissions/undergrad/visit/openhouses.aspx for any updates.

V.I.E.W: Experience a Day at Lehigh, September, October, and November dates are still being finalized. Please check http://www4.lehigh.edu/admissions/undergrad/visit/specialvisit.aspx#day for updates, which should be up sometime in August.

*(D) Lewis & Clark College –
Portland, Oregon

Program: L.E.A.D. program, November 11-13, 2012

Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Who: Students who are leaders in their schools and communities and those who have a demonstrated interest in learning more about Lewis & Clark College. Preference will be given to underrepresented students of color and first generation college students.
What: Visit campus at the College’s expense, meet current students and faculty, participate in leadership development activities, sit in on classes, spend the night in a residence hall, taste the food, have an admissions interview, and experience life at Lewis & Clark College firsthand.

https://college.lclark.edu/offices/admissions/multicultural_recruitment/lead/

Please e-mail Rasheid Light in the Admissions Office or call him at 800-444-4111.

Learn more about multiculturalism at Lewis & Clark, or read the College’s statement on the educational benefits of diversity.

To apply, mail or fax (503-768-7055) the following items by October 3, 2012:
(Note: no late or incomplete applications will be considered)

L.E.A.D. Application Form (please print and fill out)
Official High School Transcript, including grades 9 through 11
Teacher Recommendation (or download at www.commonapp.org)
Resume of Leadership Activities
250-500 Word Essay describing a time you demonstrated leadership

*(D) Miami University (Ohio)

Oxford, OH

Program: Bridges at Miami University, Oct 28-29, Nov 4-5, or 18-19, 2012

Deadline for Applications are due September 10

Application criteria includes the following:
Students from underrepresented populations
High school students graduating in 2013
Minimum of 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale or top 25% of graduating class
College prep curriculum
Demonstrated leadership/co-curricular involvement

You can find the application and further information here, http://www.miami.muohio.edu/admission/admission/high-school/bridges/
All application materials must be submitted to Office of Admission by postal mail, email, or fax by the deadline.

Office of Admission
Attn: Bridges Program
Miami University
301 S. Campus Ave.
Oxford, OH 45056

Email: outreach@muohio.edu
Fax: 513-529-0680
Include a fax cover sheet with your full name and the subject line, “Bridges Program.”

· Note: Bridges Scholarship

Students who successfully complete the program, apply and are accepted for Fall 2013 admission, and enroll at Miami University, Oxford campus, will receive a scholarship awarded only to Bridges students.

If you have any questions, contact Raegan Butler (admission counselor)- 513-529-1507
outreach@muohio.edu OR Diana Porter (assistant director)- 513-529-7576
outreach@muohio.edu

*(D) Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont

Program: Discover Middlebury, Oct 21-23, 2012

Application Deadline is Sept 14th by 5pm (est)

The application can be found at http://www.middlebury.edu/admissions/visit/programs/discoverymiddlebury2012 and includes the following:
Personal Statement
Unofficial copy of standardized test scores
Unofficial copy of your HS transcript or grade report from 9th-11th grade
This program targets under-represented groups such as- African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, and American Indian students; students (regardless of ethnicity) with demonstrated financial hardship; and students who are first in their families to pursue a four-year college education.
Space is highly limited; approximately 75 spaces available. Transportation will be provided for students who will be financial aid applicants.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Jean Lin (jlin@middlebury.edu) or Shantá Lindo (slindo@middlebury.edu) in the Middlebury College Admissions Office or give us a call at 802.443.3000.

((D) Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla, MO

Program: Open House

Saturday, Oct 6
Monday, Nov 12
Monday, Feb 18
Saturday, April 20
Visit http://futurestudents.mst.edu/visit/index.html to RSVP to any of these Open Houses.
For Diversity Events, specifically Si Se Puede! , visit http://sdp.mst.edu/pre-collegesummer/sisepuede/ for updates. There will be a fall event, but date is TBD.

Please call 573-341-4212 for more information.

SI SE PUEDE- OCT 18-21, APPà ONLINE NOW. WWW.MST.EDU SOCIETY OF HISPANICS OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS. LINK TO PRINT APP. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BETWEEN AUG 1-SEP 21.

TRAVEL AID- ONLY BUS. UNSURE ABOUT FLY-INS. NEVER PROVIDED. SHOULD ASK for it ON APP.

PCI- SPRING 2013, SET DATES ARE TBD. (Pre college initiative for African American High school students that may be considering a future career in math, science, computing or engineering). Visit http://sdp.mst.edu/pre-collegesummer/pci/ for updates.

(D) Mt. Holyoke College-

South Hadley, Massachusetts, All Women’s College

Program: Focus on Diversity. Nov 11-12, 2012

Application Deadline-November 5

To register: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/admission/visit/diversity/diversity_registration
For more info, visit https://www.mtholyoke.edu/admission/visit/diversity
Or contact the Office of Admission for questions or concerns
Phone: 413-538-2023
Email: admission@mtholyoke.edu

TRAVEL AID OFFERED BUT MUST APPLY FOR IT SEPARATE FROM EVENT. PLEASE CONTACT DIANA ALVAREZ AT

DALVAREZ@MTHOLYOKE.EDU

*(D) Oberlin College and Conservatory

Oberlin, Ohio

Program: Multicultural Visit Program: September 13, October 12, and November 9

Application Deadlines:

Oct 11-13, app due Sept 13
Nov 8-10, app due Oct 12
Dec 6-8, app due Nov 9

Must be a student of color, interested in a liberal arts Education, US citizen or permanent resident

To apply you must submit all of this by the noted deadline:
Application Form with short answer question. This section may be completed using the online application*, or you may mail or fax us the paper application. *There is a short answer required for the application. Be prepared to answer the following in 500 words or less: Since 1835 Oberlin has been a leader in diversity, becoming the first school in the nation to admit African Americans and adopting a policy to admit students regardless of race or gender. Knowing this, what do you feel you can contribute to Oberlin’s community and commitment to diversity
Completed and signed Counselor Form
High School Transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable)
SAT or ACT Scores
?Statement of Financial Responsibility
For more information and application, visit http://new.oberlin.edu/arts-and-sciences/admissions/mvp/index.dot

If you have any questions, contact them via email or phone.
Email

multicultural.admissions@oberlin.edu

Telephone

800-622-OBIE (6243)
8:30am – 5pm EST

To fax or mail your application form:

Fax

440-775-6905

Street Address

Multicultural Visit Program
Office of Admissions
Oberlin College
101 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

*(D) Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

Program: Diversity Weekend. Thursday, Nov 1st – Saturday, Nov 3 andThursday, Nov 8th – Saturday, Nov 10

Application Deadlines: The application deadline for the Fall Diversity Programs is Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Applicants will be notified with a decision by Friday, October 12, 2012. Space is limited, so please submit your application by the deadline for full consideration. Application goes online September 1.

Selected students will have the opportunity to meet with admission and financial aid staff, interview, speak with current students and faculty members, sit in on classes, learn more about athletics and student organizations, explore all 5 Claremont College campuses through a strategically designed Scavenger Hunt, and engage in a fun activity around the Metro LA area. Past activities have included attending SCAM Fest (the Southern California A Cappella Music Festival), enjoying Santa Monica Pier/Beach, having a bonfire at Huntington Beach, going to Universal Studios City Walk, and many other amusements unique to Southern California.
· Apply

In order to be considered for the Fall Diversity Program, applicants must:

Be high school seniors by fall 2012

Be living in the US

Submit a Diversity Program Application (available here starting September 1)

Submit a copy of your high school transcript with grades through junior year

Thank you for your interest in Pitzer College and the Diversity Program. For more information, please contact Jee Won Lee at jeewon_lee@pitzer.edu or 909-621-8129 .
*(D) Pomona College

Claremont, California

Program: Overnight stays, September 29th, December 7

Fall Weekend at Pomona College, OCT 12-15 AND NOV 9-12

Application Deadline FOR BOTH DATES WILL BE PRESENT ON THE INTEREST FORM THAT IS EMAILED TO THE INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED.

Visit http://pomona.edu/admissions/visiting/overnight-stays.aspx for more info and to schedule your visit
Fall dates: Sept 29th- Dec 7th
Spring dates: Feb 4th- March 14th
April dates are only available to admitted students

WILL ASK FOR FAMILY INCOME ON APP TO DETERMINE IF STUDENT IS ELIGIBLE FOR TRAVEL AID.
To get Interest Form: email Malisha Richardson, Assistant Dean of Admissions or Natalie Robinson, program coordinator
malisha.richardson@pomona.edu or natalie.robinson@pomona.edu
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 909-607-3028
If you need a travel grant, the interest form includes a form to request that funding.

*University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, Washington

Program: Fall Campus Day, Sept 29, 2012

Application Deadline: Registration OPENS MID AUG.

To register for Fall Campus Day:-http://www.pugetsound.edu/admission/fall-campus-day/
Visit this page for other campus visits http://www.pugetsound.edu/admission/visit/
Travel aid MAY BE offered upon request. Please call admissions office. 253.879.3211 or 800.396.7191.

*(D) Reed College

Portland, Oregon

Program: Reed Overnight Multicultural Experience (ROME), November 4-6

Deadline: September 17, application will be available Aug 1st.

Eligibility requirements: Citizen or permanent resident, HS minority student, 2 short essays, SAT/ACT/PSAT scores, HS transcript.
Supplemental info can be sent via:
Email us at applyrome@reed.edu
Fax supplemental information to: 503.777.7553, ATTN: ROME
Mail supplemental information postmarked by September 17 to:
ROME
Reed College Office of Admission
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202
For more info, visit- http://www.reed.edu/apply/mrec/details.html or contact them at 1800-547-4750 or email them at applyrome@reed.edu
Other visits:

Overnight visit (HS seniors & juniors, transfer), Individual Campus Visit
Visit https://admission-events.reed.edu/Event/ to schedule your visit
Discover Reed (INFORMATION ON EVENT, PENDING)

(*D) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, New York

Program: Summer Visiting Days 8/9 or 8/10, Rensselaer Medalist Open House 9/22, Fall open house 10/13,

To RSVP or see the agendas for these events, visit http://admissions.rpi.edu/undergraduate/events/index.html
If you have any questions, contact the admissions office by email
admissions@rpi.edu or call (518) 276-6216.

STAR- The STAR (Science, Technology, and Arts) Program At Rensselaer (RPI)/S: OCT 11-13, 2012.

Application deadline: September 17

· Application is available here: https://apply-undergrad.rpi.edu/register/?id=d374035a-c3b6-4856-86b9-b11a1a58f861
· Applicants must submit transcript with application
Rensselaer will provide transportation for students from the New York metro area on a chartered bus that will depart from the Jacob Javits Center on Thursday, October 11 at 1 p.m.
If you are traveling to the Capital District and need transportation to the Rensselaer campus, we’ll be glad to pick you up at the train station, airport, or bus terminal. Please wait for a confirmation e-mail from Rensselaer before scheduling transportation to campus
CONTACT ADMISSIONS OFFICE AT 518 276-6216 FOR ANY QUESTIONS.
*(D) Scripps College

Claremont, California, All Women’s College

Program: Multicultural Outreach: Discover Scripps September 23 and 24, 2012.

Application Deadline to submit online application is August 13, 2012.

Travel grants are available on a case-by-case basis for students who live more than 150 miles from campus and who need financial assistance to get to campus
Discover Scripps applicants must submit an unofficial high school transcript and some form of standardized testing (PSAT, SAT Reasoning, ACT, and/or SAT Subject Tests)
For the application, more information, and FAQ’s, visit http://admission.scrippscollege.edu/discoverscripps

*(D) Smith College-

Northampton, Massachusetts

Program: Women of Distinction, Nov 9-11, 2012

Application Deadline: September 21, 2012

Visit http://www.smith.edu/admission/wod/
Application requires personal statement and letter of recommendation.
Contact Deanna Dixon, Assistant Director of Admission and WOD program coordinator at ddixon@smith.edu or Krystal Cummings (who is in charge of the program) at kcumming@smith.edu with any further questions

SummerPreview -Aug. 10, 2012

FallPreview- Nov. 12, 2012

Visit http://www.smith.edu/admission/visitcampus/ for more information.

*St. Ambrose University

Davenport, Iowa

Program: Fall 2012 Open House-Saturday, Sept. 15 (8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.)

Application Deadline: Now. To register: http://www.sau.edu/Academic_Programs/Doctor_of_Physical_Therapy/Admissions_and_Application/Open_House.html

TRAVEL VOUCHER FOR 200 DOLLARS. PLEASE CONTACT SEAN WHEATON AT 563 333 6002 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

*(D) Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Program: Discover Swarthmore! Saturday, September 29 through Monday October 1, 2012.

Applications Deadline: Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 17.

For application, visit: http://www.swarthmore.edu/admissions/discovery_app.php
For more information about this event, visit www.discover.swarthmore.edu
School will cover all expenses of students invited to the event.
Texas A&M

College Station, TX

Program: TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY: MEDALS 21ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE , November 2 – 3, 2012, Maximizing Educational Development through Academic and Leadership Skills

Application Deadline: TBA

The Department of Multicultural Services is offering a two-day program allows high school students from a multicultural background the unique experience of viewing college opportunities from a diverse perspective. Participation is open to 10th – 12th grade high school students and parents.

If interested, go to: http://medals.tamu.edu and click on the registration tab.

*(D) Tufts University-

Medford, Massachusetts

Program: Voices of Tufts: The Diversity Experience: October 25-26, 2012

(Rolling so apply earlier than deadline)

Application deadline is: October 15, 2012. 5 p.m. E.S.T.

Students must register first on website, create an account, and click on Voices Program. https://webcenter.studentservices.tufts.edu/tac/register.aspx?INQ=R
Some travel grants paid. All expenses on campus covered.
Application requires essay and guidance counselor must provide recommendation.
If you have questions about the program, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 617-627-3170 and ask to speak with the Voices program officer of the day or email Undergraduate.Admissions@tufts.edu

Union College

Schenectady, NY

Program: GETTING TO KNOW U WEEKEND: October 6-8

Deadline: September 21

http://www.union.edu/admissions/_prv/getting-to-know-u/

When: October 6-8, 2012
What to bring: Sleeping bag, blanket, pillow, spending money, toiletries and homework
Transportation: Bus transportation will be provided from central locations in Manhattan, NY and Boston, MA. Air travel will be provided on a limited basis from other areas.
Requirements: Must be a high school senior, complete an application and include an unofficial high school transcript.
Deadline for application is September 21, 2012. See guidelines for further requirements.
Applications can be Mailed or Faxed to Susan Cassella (518) 388-6986 .

(D) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Program: Hispanic/Latino Student Recruitment Day, Oct 12-13, 2012

For more information visit http://www.unc.edu/diversity/hispanicrecruit.htm. Updates are underway.
High School Honors Day, September 15, 2012

For more information visit http://www.unc.edu/diversity/hshd.htm. Updates are underway.
No travel aid is offered; only in the Spring for admitted students.

For other diversity events, visit http://www.unc.edu/diversity/prospectivestudents.htm

Please contact the Multicultural Programs Coordinator Josmell Perez, B.A. Email: josmell@unc.edu; Phone: 919-843-5517

*(D)University of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont

Program: Discovering UVM

October 21–23, 2012, application deadline- Oct 5th

October 28–30, 2012, app deadline- Oct 12th

November 4–6, 2012- app deadline- Oct 26th

The application can be found here- https://survey.uvm.edu/index.php?sid=11453&lang=en
? Applicants may apply for a travel grant in the application

For more info, visit http://www.uvm.edu/admissions/undergraduate/visiting/?Page=discover.html
Contact John Austin atJohn.Austin@uvm.edu, (802) 656-2915 or Deborah Gale at Deborah.Gale@uvm.edu, (802) 656-4646 for an application (if you cannot download above) or for further details.

(D). Villanova- no travel aid

Program: College Day: October 5 (for seniors); February 8 (for juniors)

Application Deadline: September 28 for seniors and February 1st for juniors

Visit for groups ONLY.

Program: College Weekend: For Seniors: November 16-28 2012 and for Juniors: March 22-24, 2013

Application Deadline: November 2 for seniors and March 1 for juniors

Applications are found here: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/studentlife/multiculturalaffairs/outreach/collegeday.html
For more information regarding the Weekend event, visit http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/studentlife/multiculturalaffairs/outreach/collegeweekend.html
If you have any questions, email charisma.presley@villanova.edu
*(D) Washington & Lee University:

Lexington, Virginia

Program: Overnight campus visits for multicultural students on an invitation-only basis.: October 7-9, November 11-13, and January 13-15.

Application Deadlines: Contact admissions office.

In order to be considered for this, students must send, either via fax at 540-458-8062 or by email to ehutchinson@wlu.edu:
1) Unofficial transcript that includes final junior grades

2) Senior year class schedule

3) Unofficial score report from SAT and/or ACT

There are 3-day, 2-night all-expense-paid visits (including airfare and ground transportation, if applicable)
*Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut

Program: Fall Open House Monday, October 8, 2012 and Friday, November 12, 2012

Transportation Assistance program- limited, must apply by deadlines

Monday, October 8, 2012 (Columbus Day) -

TAP Form Deadline is September 21, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012 (Veterans Day) -

TAP Form Deadline is October 18, 2012

Application for the Transportation Assistance Program
Visit this site for more info about travel aid http://wesleyan.edu/admission/visiting_campus/transportation_assistance.html

If you have questions about the Transportation Assistance Program, please contact tap@wesleyan.edu
Visit http://wesleyan.edu/admission/visiting_campus/open_house_info/index.html for more info.

Program: Overnight Stays

Deadline: Two weeks before visit.

Program operates mid-September through the end of November; Sun- Thurs. Overnights are also available to transfer students during the month of February. Please notify the Office of Admission at least 2 weeks in advance of your interest in an overnight visit.
To arrange your visit, call Loreen Carta at (860) 685-2974 or Laura McQueeney at (860) 685-2972. For more info, go to http://wesleyan.edu/admission/visiting_campus/overnight_stays.html

*(D) WELLESLEY COLLEGE

Program: Discover Wellesley, October 21-22, 2012

Application Deadline: August 31, 2012

Wellesley provides fully funded travel grants to select high school seniors (who wish to visit campus during this weekend.
Applicants from underrepresented cultural backgrounds such as African American, Latina American, Native American, Asian American, and low-income students

http://new.wellesley.edu/admission/discoverwellesley

*(D) Whitman College

Walla Walla, Washington

Program: Visit Scholarship Program, Fall Visitors’ Day II, November 10-12

Application Submission Period- August 1-September 30.

? To be considered for the Priority I deadline all parts of the application must be in by early September. Students may submit application materials up until the Priority II deadline, September 30, 2012. Priority II applicants will be considered after Priority I application decisions have been made..

? The application is available here: www.whitman.edu/admission/vsp/apply

? Limited event: approximately 85 students

? Other dates are available if those dates don’t work out. There are spring dates available for juniors- TBD

? Follow this link for any updates -http://www.whitman.edu/content/admission/visiting/visitorsdays

? For more info, contact Esther Weathers @weatheec@whitman.edu

*(D) Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Program: Windows on Williams (WOW)-two dates. Upon acceptance you will be able to choose which date you can attend

Application Deadline: Will accept applications throughout the fall, but for priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by July 1. To ensure full consideration, submit your application by August 19.

If you have any questions, email Ahmmad Brown (aab2@williams.edu), Diversity Recruitment Director or visit http://admission.williams.edu/files/2010/01/WOW-APP-20121.pdf
You can apply online at http://tinyurl.com/WOWApp2012 or fax a completed application to Sarah Willette’s attention at (413) 597-4052.

NO response yet. Last year’s info

*(D) Trinity College- awaiting email reply, NO ANSWER ON 8/3

Hartford, Connecticut

Program: Preview Weekend: November 6-7, 2011

Application Deadline: Monday, October 17, 2011
Download applications: http://www.trincoll.edu/StudentLife/Diversity/Documents/PreviewApplication.pdf
Program Contact: Anthony Berry, Senior Associate Director of Admission/Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment (Anthony.berry@trincoll.edu) 860-297-2177
For more information please visit: http://www.trincoll.edu/StudentLife/Diversity/Pages/Preview.aspx

Union College

Schenectady, NY

Program: GETTING TO KNOW U WEEKEND: October 6-8

Deadline: September 21

http://www.union.edu/admissions/_prv/getting-to-know-u/

When: October 6-8, 2012
What to bring: Sleeping bag, blanket, pillow, spending money, toiletries and homework
Transportation: Bus transportation will be provided from central locations in Manhattan, NY and Boston, MA. Air travel will be provided on a limited basis from other areas.
Requirements: Must be a high school senior, complete an application and include an unofficial high school transcript.
Deadline for application is September 21, 2012. See guidelines for further requirements.
Applications can be Mailed or Faxed to Susan Cassella (518) 388-6986 .

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Sunday, September 18th 4-6 pm

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