Welcome to the Guidance Office - Announcements

Guidance Updates- November 17, 2020

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS!
 
FAFSA is now available - fafsa.ed.gov; CEEB Code is 394657.

 

Seniors, if you need to request a copy of your transcript to send to a college or university, please refer to the "Senior Checklist" link to the right of the page for instructions. If you have general questions, please contact Mrs. Markley at  CMARKLEY@COHS.COM

 

Transcripts can only be sent by the Guidance Office if your FACTS account is up to date.  Please check your FACTS account each month to prevent any delays in your child's college application process. Please make payments in a timely manner. Contact Denise Lynn Todd in the Finance Office with any questions.
 
Counselor assignments are as follows:
 
Mr. Frank Izzi - Freshmen: A - J; Sophs: A - H; Seniors: A - H - fizzi@cohs.com
Mrs. Christine Tickman - Juniors: A - Z; Seniors: Mc - Si - ctickman@cohs.com
Mrs. Linda Graney - Freshmen: K - Z Sophs: J - Z; Seniors: I - Ma; Sm - Z - lgraney@cohs.com
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HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (HBCUs)
Here are the best HBCUs of 2021 (US News and World Report):
  • Spelman College
  • Howard University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tuskegee University
  • Hampton University
  • Morehouse College
  • Florida A&M University
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
 
**See this link or your school counselor to obtain more information about these great schools!
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Nittany Lion with Text: FIRST-YEAR Students EARLY ACTION November 15

As you know, the process of applying to college requires keeping track of lots of dates, deadlines, application requirements, essays, scholarship details, and so much more. We want to help you make this time as easy as possible for your students, which is why we have listed below some of the most important dates for you and your students to know as they move through the Penn State application and admission process. Take a look, review, and be in touch with us if you have questions.

IMPORTANT PENN STATE DATES

December 1, 2020

FAFSA recommended filing date.

December 24, 2020

Early Action applicants will receive their decision (admit to Penn State, deferral of decision, deny).

February 2021

Early awarding of student aid begins for applicants in Early Action.

May 1, 2021

National Decision Day (enrollment deposits are due).

Sincerely,

Penn State Undergraduate Admissions

Penn State Undergraduate Admissions
 
 

We made it to November!

What a trying few months this has been for your families, your schools and our community, too. We’ve embraced hybrid learning; virtual sessions for guest lectures and Lyceums; adjusted activities with our students—masked events such as movie nights; pumpkin carving; scarecrow decorating and more. “Doing our part to stay six feet apart” has been a mantra we’ve all been touting to ensure safety on our campus. We’ve been fortunate to see a huge increase in our applications this fall, up 53% over this time last year, as well as greeting more visitors to campus with our masks on, of course.

Please send interested families our way—we’d love to meet them and work with them on Spring or Fall 2021 enrollment.


What to know:

  • NEW Merit Scholarships: $23,000 in scholarships are available for those that apply with a 3.5 GPA and above—one of the highest in the ODAC and the largest academic merit scholarship to be offered in E&H History!
  • New Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: The E&H School of Health Sciences announces a new degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This new degree complements the robust undergraduate pre-health program as well as one of our most popular undergraduate majors in Psychology. This allows students to earn an undergraduate degree with Emory & Henry and to continue their education and earn a master’s degree. Learn more.
  • Senator Mark Warner Visits: Senator Warner and staff visited the E&H School of Health Sciences on October 29 in Marion to tour, learn about the mission of the school and to meet with regional healthcare leaders at a roundtable discussion. Topics discussed included the shortage of healthcare professionals and how Emory & Henry is working to train quality healthcare professionals, COVID-19 issues, CARES Act funding and future goals to expand broadband internet access.


  • SCHEV Financial Aid 101 Workshop on November 19 at 6 p.m. E&H Director of Financial Aid Scarlett Blevins is a guest speaker at the upcoming State Council for Higher Education in Virginia workshop. Find the webinar link at www.schev.edu/123go before the event. We highly encourage students and families to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with E&H code 003709. If you are not quite sure where to start, have specific questions about financial aid, or just want a general overview—please attend the upcoming SCHEV workshop, watch our E&H FAFSA 101 Workshop replay on YouTube or reach out to our Admissions Office for an individual appointment where we will be happy to guide you through the process.
  • Mark Your Calendar for Spring 2021 Admissions Dates: 
  • Virtual Tour and Campus Visits: Schedule a personalized campus visit during the week by appointment or connect with us virtually. We are limiting our visitors for safety and by appointment. Watch the virtual tour or schedule a visit.
  • Invite Us Virtually to Your School or for a Meeting: Schedule a meeting with our Admissions staff for your school or student. We are happy to meet and present virtually for your students about how to enroll in college; scholarships and financial aid; and what to expect. Contact us.
  • NEW School of Business: Emory & Henry College hired Dr. Emmett Tracy as the new Dean of the School of Business. Carriger Hall is currently undergoing rennovation to create a state-of-the-art open concept business school. Ongoing research is in process to develop enhanced academic programming that will fulfill needs in the world of work. Read more.
  • Streamlined Admission Processes: We recognize that COVID-19 has presented many obstacles for families and schools. We now have some changes in our admissions processes to ease the transition into college. Admission has never been easier!
    • Test Score Optional: We have waived the application requirement for test scores (SAT or ACT).
    • Essay Requirement Waived: We are no longer requiring an essay as part of the application process.
    • No Application Fee: The free application is open now for spring and fall enrollment. The earlier students apply, the better their benefits for preferred scholarships, class selection, housing and more.
    • Spring 2021 Enrollment: COVID-19 may have altered some students’ plans to enter college in the fall semester. We encourage Spring term enrollment and students can still enter this academic year. If you know students who would benefit from Spring term enrollment, please encourage them to apply to Emory & Henry College. We are ready to help students begin their academic and professional careers and to offer generous scholarships. There is no need to delay the start of their brighter future.
  • The van Vlissingen Center for Career and Professional Development: Currently, we are meeting with students to arrange in-person or virtual internships for the December and Spring semesters. We have more than 220 full-time jobs and internships posted for our students on our E&H Connects database. Our efforts to establish relationships with companies and organizations includes both regional opportunities and national accounts. Meet the director, Lee Svete, and see upcoming events.
  • E&H Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Our DEI initiatives continue to remain strong. Visit our website to see our ongoing initiatives. You and your students are invited to attend upcoming programming.
  • E&H Theatre Department Virtual Productions: The E&H Theatre Department continues their ingenuity by using digital media to do a series of 10-minute productions. Each short play is by a different playwright. Some of the productions will be directed by members of the Barter Theatre staff. Learn more. Subscribe to the E&H Theatre YouTube to see more premieres.
  • Fall 2020 Admissions Open Houses: We recently hosted virtual open house and academic info sessions. If you missed any of those, feel free to view them on demand on our Youtube Channel Inside E&H Sessions playlist or Fall 2020 Open House playlist.

We are here to support you and your students in their educational journey. Please contact us if we can be of assistance and we look forward to speaking with you. Follow our social media accounts on FacebookInstagramTwitter and more to stay connected!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Pearce
Vice President for Enrollment Management and External Affairs
and the Admissions Office at Emory & Henry College

 

 
Streamlined Application

 
 
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Amber Moore

Assistant Director  
Admissions & Enrollment Services

Phone|610- 723-4950

 

Take a virtual tour of campus! Please visit www.dccc.edu/virtual-tour.

 

Attend a virtual Live with DCCC information session!  To register visit:  www.dccc.edu/virtual-info-session

Follow us on Social Media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DCCC_ADMISSIONS

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/DCCC_ADMISSIONS/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DCCCADMISSIONS/

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From: St. John's University <visit@stjohns.edu>
On-campus tours and fall events await for your students!

We are beyond excited to share that Fall Open House dates have been announced, and limited on-campus tours are back!

It’s not just Open House–it’s an experience.

We’re taking traditional video conference software to the next level to create an elevated virtual Open House experience this fall!

Students will navigate through our thoughtful portal to experience live streams with professors, live tours of campus, and live chats with students, administrators, faculty, and deans!

They will also be able to learn more about study abroad, scholarships, admission requirements, and so much more!

Queens Campus | Sunday, November 22, 12-3 p.m. EST

VIRTUAL VISITS

If students cannot make it for an on-campus visit, they can join us for a virtual visit experience right from home! They will see our beautiful campus and learn more about St. John's University.

Schedule a Virtual Visit Experience here!

ON-CAMPUS VISITS

On-campus visits are back!

Beginning later this month, Student Ambassadors will provide private, guided tours of our indoor and outdoor facilities.

QUEENS CAMPUS | View Calendar
Monday-Thursday at 9:30 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m.
Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

STATEN ISLAND CAMPUS | View Calendar
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • In-person tours are private and allow for the student and a maximum of one family member
  • All parties must wear masks and adhere to any additional New York state PPE requirements
  • All parties must complete the wellness survey prior to arrival 
  • Any states on the current quarantine list are not permitted to attend. Those committing to travel plans should use discretion. 
  • All visitors are asked to arrive on time for their scheduled visit, as a Student Ambassador will be specifically assigned to each family.
  • We will not be able to accommodate walk-ins
CONNECT WITH ADMISSION COUNSELOR

Virtual Lobby

Students can drop by the St. John's Virtual Lobby anytime between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. EST Monday - Friday to speak directly with a St. John's Admission Counselor.

Chat with a Counselor or Student Ambassador

Students can connect with a current Johnny or admission counselor to get their questions answered. They can get started at stjohns.edu/chat!

VIDEO TOUR

Get a bird's-eye view of our Queens campus with our video drone tour!

FALL 2021 ENGAGEMENT GRANT

Fall 2021 Engagement Grant

While it looks a bit different this year, event season is still upon us for our Queens and Staten Island campuses! And, to celebrate our high school seniors, we are pleased to announce this year’s Engagement Grant in the amount of $500!

Current high school seniors and transfer students who attend a St. John’s event this academic year and go on to enroll full-time at St. John’s University in Fall 2021 will receive a one-time tuition grant of $500 toward the 2021-2022 academic year.

Qualifying events must take place between August 1, 2020 - May 1, 2021 and include:

  • Open House
  • Virtual Information Session & Campus Tour
  • On-campus Tour (if available)
  • Academic Webinar or Chat
  • Accepted Student Event

With so many event opportunities this academic year, it’s easier than ever to qualify. We look forward to welcoming your students!

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Open House From Your House
VIRTUAL EVENTS 2020
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Join us from the comfort of your own home.
Hear from current students and faculty
on what it's like to be a Scarlet Raider.
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CHOOSE WHAT WORKS FOR YOU:

Wednesday, November 18th | 6 PM - 8 PM

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Rutgers-Newark University
Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions

190 University Avenue, Engelhard Hall, Room 101, Newark, NJ 07102
email: newark@admissions.rutgers.edu - phone: 973.353.5205
admissions.newark.rutgers.edu
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Dear School Counselor,

At Seton Hall, we’re always looking for great minds at work. That’s why we’d like to personally invite your students to attend our Virtual Open House experiences this fall.

Make sure your students register for one of four available dates. They’ll have a chance to:

  • Better understand the application process and financial aid
  • Learn about Honors and leadership programs
  • Explore the First-Year Experience at Seton Hall
  • Hear from real Seton Hall Pirates in a Student Panel
  • Attend several major-specific academic sessions
  • Take a virtual tour

Seton Hall is a top college with world-class academics, distinguished faculty, and impressive rankings for return on investment and affordable tuition. We can't wait to show your students what Great Minds can do!

 

Sincerely,

Office of Undergraduate Admissions 
Seton Hall University

 
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University of Delaware Admissions
 
 

Admissions @ UD Newsletter

Can you believe it’s October already?

College application season is in full swing. At UD, students can choose to apply early action or for a regular decision. To apply early action, students must complete their applications by Nov. 1. Students who apply early action get their decision no later than Jan. 31 and it is non-binding. Applications that are unfinished after Nov. 1 will be switched to regular decision.

Tricks and Tips for Your Students
 
Tip 1: Find more information about our general academic requirements, and any special requirements for more competitive majors like nursing, engineering and business, on our website.
 
Tip 2: Throughout the application process, students should use their personal email if possible. Why? Sometimes high-school email servers block emails sent from colleges.
 
Tip 3: About 24 - 48 hours after students submit their application, they’ll receive an email to set up their student portal, My Blue Hen Home. Students should check their portal often for updates.
 
Tip 4: Students applying early action, should complete their application and get in all materials, including their honors essay, a minimum of five business days before the Nov. 1 deadline. This ensures that we can process all student materials in time for the deadline.
 
Tip 5: Competitive majors with limited seats like engineering and nursing tend to fill up fast. To have the best chance at admission to these majors, it’s a good idea for students to complete their application by the early action deadline. Of course, many students are admitted after the early action deadline.
 
Visit our Preparing for College page to find more tricks and tips—not just for seniors, but for sophomores and juniors as well.
 

What’s New @ UD?
 
Our fall open house, Blue and Golden, will be virtual this year. At Blue and Golden, students can hear from faculty and students about the majors that interest them, find out more about study abroad, housing and much more. To register for one of our three dates, students can click here.
 
The admissions office is now offering both guided and self-guided tours of campus. In addition to our many virtual options, students and families can now visit campus in person. To register for an in-person tour, students should visit our website: www.udel.edu/visitUD.

Diamond Challenge 2021 is here. If your students are interested in entrepreneurship and have a great business idea to pitch, please join us for our Diamond Challenge 2021. Teens from around the country and the world engage with a like-minded community, compete for $100,000 in awards and learn about entrepreneurship.

New majors this year:

To find out more about all our majors, students should visit our Major Finder. There students can find a brief overview of the major, including a sample curriculum, and review some of the careers our graduates from that major have landed.

Work with International Students?

Our assistant directors of international admissions, Erin Bastien and John Ettore, are readily available to meet with you and your students. If your students would like to meet with Erin or John to learn more about UD or discuss their application and the admission process, they can schedule a one-on-one appointment.

International Scholarships Opportunities at UD: International students are automatically considered for international scholarships ranging from $5,000 – $18,000 annually just by applying to UD. 

Just for Fun

Did you know UD has its own creamery, making ice cream from cows right on campus? For Halloween, UDairy has made a special flavor: Muffin Better than Pumpkin. Take a break and tease yourself with more yummy flavors!

Check out our counselor page
 
 
 
 
 
University of Delaware   •   Newark, DE 19716   •   USA  •   (302) 831-8123   •   udel.edu/admissions
 
 
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My name is Carrie Livingston Herrera (she/her) and I am responsible for all first-year admissions here at Rutgers UniversityNewark. While we can't visit in-person this fall, we would love to connect with you and your students virtually!

Click on the image below to log into our virtual platform and watch our first-year information session. Students can live chat with an admissions officer during open office hours every Monday from 2-3 PM EST on that same page.

 

We also offer a variety of other virtual events, including a weekly Virtual Visit on Wednesday's at 6 PM EST.

If your students are ready to take the next step, please encourage them to apply! Our early action due date is November 1, 2020. Our regular decision due date is December 1, 2020.

We will go into rolling admissions after December 1 and anticipate accepting applications through the spring semester. However, students will only be considered for our scholarships and honors programs if we receive their application on or before December 1, 2020.

And remember - Rutgers is now TEST OPTIONAL!

If you would like to schedule a private virtual visit for your school, please reach out to me at carrie.herrera@rutgers.edu.

Thank you so much!

Carrie Livingston Herrera (she/her)
Director of First-Year Admissions
Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions
Rutgers UniversityNewark

 
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York College will be partnering with StriveScan to help you get an inside look at what we have to offer as a college! We have several events scheduled to discuss the different educational opportunities available. These presentations are just for students and counselors in the state of Pennsylvania.

See below for what events are coming up!
 

 
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Penn State Undergraduate Admissions

Students can now change the answer to the test-optional question one time in MyPennState by clicking on the Change My Test-Optional Answer button. If students wish to change their answer more than once, they can do so by emailing admissions@psu.edu using the subject line Change Test-Optional Answer. As a reminder, the request to alter the response to the test-optional question must be submitted prior to the University issuing an admission decision.

As you may already know, Penn State has not only moved the deadline for Early Action to November 15, but undergraduate applicants now have the ability to change their response to the application question regarding the use of standardized tests in their evaluation.


For more information regarding our test-optional practices, please visit the test-optional FAQ webpage.

Feel free to contact us at 814-865-5471 or admissions@psu.edu if you have questions. We look forward to working with you and your students this year!

Sincerely,

Interim Director Vince Timbers's signature

Vince Timbers
Interim Director of Undergraduate Admissions
The Pennsylvania State University

 
Penn State Undergraduate Admissions
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As the start of the new school year is here, the Office of Admissions at Edinboro University looks forward to assisting you with your college planning and selecting a college major. We have scheduled 3 Fall Virtual Open House programs full of information sessions, virtual campus tours, career exploration, application and admission process, and academic information sessions to explore Edinboro's majors.

We invite you to attend the Virtual Fall Open House program(s) scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, or Nov. 14. You can select your days, sessions and times over the 3 events and make a schedule of sessions that's convenient for you. All sessions repeat for each Open House program, so you may register to attend as many as you would like!

9:00am-9:45am – Early Bird Guided Virtual Campus Tour – student tour guide

10:00am-10:40am – Welcome and Admissions Information Session – includes admission and application process, financial aid and scholarships, campus life and more!

10:45am-11:30am – Academic Department Sessions – presentations by/discussions with Edinboro faculty about your intended major

11:40am-12:25pm – Career Exploration Session – explore major and career options

12:30pm-1:15pm – Virtual Guided Campus Tour – student tour guide

You can find more details about the Open House program and register for your sessions at edinboro.edu/visit. In the meantime, I invite you check out our virtual campus tour which provides an excellent opportunity to view our beautiful 585-acre campus and state-of-the-art amenities.

As an added bonus, by attending this event, or any Edinboro admissions on-campus or virtual event, your $30 application fee will be waived when you apply for admission at edinboro.edu/apply!

If you have questions or need assistance, please email admissions@edinboro.edu or contact your admissions counselor listed here.

We look forward to you attending Edinboro’s Virtual Fall Open House Event!

Diane R. Raybuck
Director of Admissions

 

200 East Normal Street
Edinboro, PA 16444
(814) 732-2761 | admissions@edinboro.edu
 

 

Undergraduate Admissions

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NC State is excited to release our NEW School Counselor Digital Packet! This is a resource for you to download and share to learn more about what we offer at NC State and our admissions process as you support your students during their college search.

We created the digital counselor packet to assist with understanding the NC State Admissions process, as well as provide you additional information about Virtual Visits, First Year Facts, and our Admissions Brochure. 

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at NC State looks forward to working with you! Erin Boggan, associate director of events and counselor outreach coordinator, is your direct contact for questions throughout the year: ekboggan@ncsu.edu or 919-513-7067. 

We wish you all the best this year and value the support you provide your students.

View our digital counselor packet here.

 

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Register for A Virtual Session

We encourage you to sign up for a virtual counselor session to learn more about NC State. 

Register Now

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Learn more about this four-year scholarship program available to students across the U.S.

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Interested in having our counselor packet mailed to you? Submit the form below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We've provided a list of some of our most frequently asked questions to assist you and your students.

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The College of New Jersey
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Happy New School Year from The College of New Jersey!  We can only imagine how swamped you must already be adjusting to your "new normal."  All of us at TCNJ are committed to making this transition easier for you as you assist your students with the college search process!  Here's how: 

Lastly, we want to celebrate YOU!  TCNJ will be throwing a virtual reception to honor the school counseling community this fall.  More information and registration will follow.

As always, feel free to connect with us via email or Google Meet.  We look forward to supporting you and your students virtually this fall! 

Stay safe and stay connected,


The College of New Jersey

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

The College of New Jersey Office of Admissions

2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

admissions.tcnj.edu
(609) 771-2131

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Duquesne University


I hope that your fall semester has begun as successfully as possible given the significant challenges for your school your students. Here at Duquesne, I’m pleased to say that the semester began on time and the planning, protocols and enhanced services have supported the safety, wellbeing and success for our students, particularly our new freshmen. 

How can we support you as you seek to advise your students as they navigate their college search during these unique conditions? I wanted to share a few ways that Duquesne’s Office of Admissions is providing information, events and resources for students, both virtually and safely on-campus. We are:

Thank you for your continued support of your students during this challenging time. We know how key your role is for your students and families. Please call (412.396.6222) or email (admissions@duq.edu) us if we can provide any information or assistance to you or your students. We wish you a very healthy and successful fall term.


Sincerely,

Debbie Zugates
Assistant Vice President
Undergraduate Admissions

Get ready for something more.
 
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Update from the Director of Admission
 

Welcome back to what I’m sure is a very unfamiliar looking ’20-’21 school year. It’s hard to believe we’re still living through a global pandemic that has forced us all to rethink how we behave and function in both our personal and professional lives. Despite COVID, I hope you were able to enjoy a relaxing summer that involved relaxing and spending time with friends and family!

 

We were proud to welcome a pretty large class of first year students to campus in early August. Despite mask wearing and social distancing rules, they seem to be enjoying their transition into college life. Here are some other characteristics of the Class of 2024:
 

65% came from outside Indiana
Nearly 30% in leadership positions in high school clubs/student government
66% were engaged in community service
70% were athletes
20% were athletic team captains
30% were musicians
23% were thespians

 

Applications are rolling in and we’ll begin reading in the coming weeks. We hope to begin sending out notifications by mid-October. When you find a few minutes, check out some updates on our application process and requirements, info about ways you and your students can connect with us both on campus and virtually, admission counselor contact information, and much more.

 

On behalf of our entire admission team, I want to thank you for the continued support you give to your students and to our staff. We look forward to working with you this year and wish you all the best as you navigate the complications of life this fall.

 

   --- Sarah Gallagher Dvorak '99

        Director of Admission

Sarah Gallagher Dvorak
 
Application Season is underway!

Time flies! Last year was a record year for applications to Saint Mary's College, and we continue to offer our extreme gratitude to you for encouraging so many amazing young women to apply for a spot in the class of 2024. As the leaves slowly begin to change colors and the air gets a little chillier, we are finding ourselves ready and excited to begin reading applications and welcoming students to the Saint Mary's class of 2025. Although this is definitely not a normal semester, we continue doing everything we can to make our application process as straightforward and accessible as possible. As a reminder, the requirements for a student to apply for admission consideration at Saint Mary's include:

 

1. Application (available on the CommonApp)
2. Official transcript
3. Secondary school report with counselor recommendation
4. Personal essay
5. ACT and/or SAT scores (unless applying test optional)

 

For a more detailed overview of our admission process, please follow the link below!

 

Application Requirements

Changes in our Admission Process:

1. In years prior, we have had a 3.2 GPA minimum requirement for students who wished to apply test optional. Starting this year, we will not have a minimum GPA requirement for students who wish to apply for admission without test scores.

 

2. Every student who applied to Saint Mary's College is automatically considered for a merit scholarship based on their GPA, test scores (unless applying test optional), and class rank (if the student's school ranks). Last year, scholarships ranged from $12,500 to $26,000. This year, merit scholarships have increased and now range from $15,000 to $30,000.

Test Optional Policy
 
Visit Our Campus

To adhere to CDC guidelines, we are currently offering multiple virtual and in-person visit options for interested students! Visiting a campus and meeting with admission staff can help your interested students determine if Saint Mary's is the best fit for them. At this time, we are offering in-person outdoor student-led tours (with inside stops in our athletic facility and library), virtual informational meetings with admission staff, virtual student-led tours, virtual office hours throughout the fall semester, and virtual events.

 

Please know that procedures and plans can change at any time depending on multiple factors. The best way to stay up-to-date with campus protocols is by visiting our website. The link below offers more information regarding our campus visit options for the fall 2020 semester.

Visit Campus!

Can't make it to campus? Check out our awesome virtual tour (and get a 360 degree view of most campus stops!).

Virtual Tour
 

To Request Print Travel Materials:

We miss you (and travel season) this fall! If you would like copies of our travel materials and admission brochures mailed to you, please contact Sara Woroncow at sworoncow@saintmarys.edu. All of our informational pieces can be sent digitally as well.
 

More Exciting Updates

How to Connect with Us

Our counselors will be using Rep Visits and SCOIR as their primary method for scheduling virtual high school visits and events this fall. If you have not yet made a free account on either platform, we strongly recommend it! If your school does not use either site, please feel free to contact your admission counselor to schedule a visit. We are flexible and happy to accommodate whatever scheduling method you will be using.

Resources for HIgh School Counselors

Meet the Admission Staff

If you have questions or would like to schedule a visit with Saint Mary's this fall, contact your admission counselor! Contact information and territories for each counselor can be found at the link below.

 

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Major Spotlight: Biology

Did you know that 100% of our biology graduates conduct original research during their time at SMC? With our Four-Year Promisestudy abroad opportunities, and a 100-acre nature area adjacent to campus, our biology students are well prepared and confident as they dive into their scientific careers. 93% of our recent biology graduates are employed full time or in graduate school!

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We want to make it easy for you to connect with Widener and learn about our university and the admissions process. We continually update our High School Counseling web page with opportunities for both students and high school counselors, including a Diversity and Inclusion workshop, Financial Aid workshop, and Military Academies event.

Other key Widener updates for your role include:

  • Widener will be hosting Act 48 approved credit programs this fall for school counselors and other qualified educational staff – details will be announced soon.
  • Widener is test optional this year, with a November 1 Early Action deadline date.
  • Your students can visit campus for a tour, or take part in our virtual Open Houses, live Facebook tours, and more! 

If you are at home, in your office, or a blend of both, I wish you the best in guiding your seniors toward the end goal – graduation.

Sincerely,


Jason Britton, Ed.D.
Director of Admissions
rjbritton@widener.edu

 
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TWO IMPORTANT UPDATES

In April, we decided to go "test-optional" for at least this admission cycle. We have also added an Early Decision II admission plan (January 15th application deadline with a March 1st notification date). 

FAQs
Every day, we are hearing from students as they try to navigate through the new changes to the application process. In addition to our regular FAQs, we sent all seniors in our database this email to hopefully alleviate some of their concerns.
 
ADMISSION STAFF

We have also made some minor changes to our staff's territory responsibilities, which are reflected on the website. Your contact is:
Pamela Swope
Assistant Director of Admission
pamela.swope@villanova.edu
+1 610-519-5619
 
FALL PROGRAMS & VISITS
We are offering extensive virtual programs to prospective students and their families this fall. Starting this week and for the time being, we will also host exterior-only campus tours for a limited number of visitors. We are welcoming registrations only from high school seniors who haven't previously visited Villanova.

Take great care,


Michael M. Gaynor
Executive Director of Undergraduate Admission

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Freshman Year:

Introduction and Transition

Naviance: Introduction and Log In

Academic Support and Course Selection

 

Sophomore Year:

Academic Support and Course Selection

Naviance: Personality Test

 

Junior Year:

Academic Support and Course Selection

College Essay Writing

Khan Academy SAT Prep

Naviance:

Career Interest Inventory

College Search Supermatch

 

Senior Year:

Academic support

Essay writing

College Application procedures and submission

Review of Transcript

 
 
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