Bridging Access to Smith: August 6-7

Smith College is inviting CACNY to learn more about Smith through our Bridging Access to Smith program August 6-7th.  Transportation, meals and lodging will be provided for all attendees.   Space is limited and preference is given to CBO directors and counselors.  Please read more about this program and indicate your interest in attending by signing up here:

Signing up does not commit you to coming – it is only an indication of interest.  Official invitations will be emailed at a later date.

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3 Key Findings About College Admissions

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

If your vice president for enrollment looks haggard these days, maybe it’s because the percentage of accepted applicants who enroll keeps going down, complicating those all-important revenue projections. Or maybe she’s scrambling to attract more transfer students to the campus. The best strategy for recruiting foreign students? Everyone’s trying to figure that out, too.

Read the full story here.

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Wealth Gap Between Richest Colleges and Others Is Expected to Grow

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

The nation’s 40 wealthiest universities are getting richer, and their endowments are growing at a faster rate than those of other institutions, The Wall Street Journal says.

Read the full story here.

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Get Your Students’ Questions Answered

Students are often intimidated by the idea of talking with college reps, yet they need to overcome this challenge to make a good impression when applying for schools.

Use High School Connect to help students get over this hurdle. High School Connect makes it easy to arrange online chats between your students and a college representative. This gives students a way to connect with colleges, in an online channel where they’re most comfortable.

It’s easy to do:

  • Login to High School Connect.
  • Invite a college or university to an online meeting during class time.
  • Let your students know the date and time.

Tip: Download our free lesson plan “100 Questions to Ask an Admissions Rep” prior to the online meeting.

Click here to log in to High School Connect

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NACAC College Openings 2015

More than 220 colleges and universities still have openings, aid and housing available to qualified freshman and/or transfer students for the Fall 2015 semester, according to the  National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC’s) annual College Openings Update (formerly the “Space Availability Survey”). The Update can be viewed at:

Now in its 28th year, the Update is a tool for counselors, parents and teachers as they assist students who have not yet completed the college application and admission process after the May 1 response deadline observed by many colleges. In cases where well-qualified students may not have applied to a range of institutions, or may have been turned down by all schools to which they applied, the Update provides an opportunity to be accepted by competitive institutions, and to obtain financial aid and housing.

Both public and private colleges and universities are listed on the Update.

It will remain on NACAC’s Web site through June 30.  Colleges have been asked to modify their listings as the number of openings at their institutions changes.

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New allegations of an SAT security breach, this time on a U.S. test

From the Washington Post:

SAT cheating investigations this school year have centered in Asia, where student scores have been withheld in October, November, December and January. Now there’s a new facet to the scandal: Along with allegations of cheating in Asia on the May exam, questions have been raised about a security breach of the SAT that hundreds of thousands of students took in the United States on May 2.

Read the full story here.

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Free College Essay Writing Workshop: Next Thursday, May 28

The College Directions Program at the Riverdale Neighborhood House is offering a FREE College Essay Writing Workshop.  It is on Thursday May 28th at 5pm.  An English teacher from Fieldston Ethical Culture will be helping students start their college essays.   Students can register for the event or show up the day of.  All are welcome.

Download the flier here!

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