I spent a fun and informative three days at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania Nov. 8-10. We had a tour of the historic small town in addition to the campus tour. I sat in on a class, asked questions of the student panel, and ate lunch with students. We also had a presentation from admissions and financial aid. After dinner, were treated to Orchesis, a very creative student dance performance show.
October 21-23, 2018: I spent three very busy days in Rochester,
Day 1: Nazareth College: Shortly after getting in town we were taken to see Nazareth College, the Nazz, a college that has been in “hyper growth” for the last 15 years. We heard from Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dianne Oliver about how “Liberal Arts is in our DNA”.
They offer: Academic Passion, the UnCommon Curriculum, Center for Life’s Work and Global Citizenship. Great health sciences- Nursing, OT and a combined BS/DPT as well as some more unusual majors like Music Therapy.
RIT: We toured the Rochester Institute of Technology which boasts an amazing, required Co-Op Program. All of their Engineering majors also have a corresponding “Engineering Tech” major. The university also offers majors in the health sciences. RIT is also the National Technical School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Many hearing students on campus have also learned sign langue- a great benefit to all!
University of Rochester: This was my second tour of this university and it does not fail to impress. Really talented, smart and engaged students on a beautiful campus. They offer the “Take 5” and believe that “clusters” are a better way for students to get depth and breadth in a subject outside their major, rather than just an intro class in various disciplines.
University of Rochester Eastman School of Music: This was a treat! Eastman is not on the main campus, but in downtown Rochester. Students can take their Humanities classes at Eastman or at the main, “River” campus. Wonderful facilities and impressive programs and students. And for the eyes- a gorgeous Chihuly Sculpture.
Our last stop was St. John Fischer College. They are a Catholic liberal arts college with some great health sciences programs. We toured the Wegmans School of Nursing which had amazing facilities…Yes, that Wegmans.
I spent a very interesting day at Bard College of Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA. This is one of the most unusual colleges I have visited. The premise behind the college is that 16 years old is the optimal age for college learning, and as such, students who would normally be entering eleventh grade at their high school, begin Early College here. These students earn an AA in two years and can remain here or transfer to another college for the final two years and will have a BA when their peers are completing their second year of college.
We also learned about their new Bard Academy for incoming ninth graders. They have two years at the Academy and then can go on to Early College.
Day #1: We got on the bus at 7 AM and drove to Stockton University. We had a great session from Admissions and toured their main campus–Galloway. We saw the new Health Sciences Building where the undergraduate and graduate nursing students have labs and use Sim-People. They are joined by the Undergraduate Exercise Science Students, The graduate DPT students, the graduate Occupational Therapy students and more.
We also toured the soon to be opened Atlantic City Campus. Here is the residence hall, still under construction – with an amazing view of the ocean! We were warmly greeted by the Mayor of Atlantic City, Frank Gilliam, a proud Stockton University alum!
From there we went to Rowan University and were treated to a wonderful presentation in their planetarium as well as a meeting with the admissions administrators and tour of the campus.
Last stop- Rider University. We had a student panel, presentations by admissions, and a tour of the campus.
We returned to the hotel at 10 PM!
Day #2: Another early start and we were off to Fairleigh Dickinson University. We had a presentation from their Admissions team and were the first to hear that FDU will offer a “Test Optional” admissions choice for the High School Class of 2019. The details will be on their website soon. We toured the campus, including “The Mansion”. FDU in Florham is on the former Twombly-Vanderbilt estate.
Stop Two: Rutgers University. We had a very informative admissions session and had our questions answered by a terrific student panel. Then a bus tour of the five campuses that make up the Rutgers New Brunswick Campus: “One community, five campuses”. We also had a very impressive presentation by the Career Services Department and learned how early they engage their students.
We wrapped up day #two, college #three at Seton Hall University. A lot of exciting things happening at Seton Hall! They have a new Medical School and their first class just had their “White Coat Ceremony”. Then off on the campus tour and a large and impressive student panel that shared their stories—where they are from, their majors, and most importantly, why they chose Seton Hall.
Day #3: Last day on this New Jersey college tour. The New Jersey Institute of Technology—a public polytechnic in Newark, known as NJIT. This is a very impressive university in an urban setting, right near the Newark campus of Rutgers University, Essex County College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry. We had a great time seeing all of the amazing machines in their brand new “Maker Space”. Here students will use state of the art equipment to make products to solve real world problems.
Had a very informative meeting with the Regional Rep from the Savannah College of Art and Design, known far and wide as SCAD. And I mean that literally, SCAD has many campuses– Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong and Lacoste. Great opportunities for SCAD students including Jewelry Design, Fashion, Fibers, Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Cinema Studies, Television Producing and many more!
I attended a New England Area Regional Representative (NEARR) event today. We had a several hour session learning about these 21 colleges and universities. We also had a mini-admissions session where three applicants were discussed and each college weighed in on whether the student would be an “Admit” “Deny” or “Wait List” decision and why—which criteria were important and which were less so at each institution. And, of course, an open ended Q&A. Really interesting and informative– even if I have been to the campus and feel I know an institution well, there is always something new to learn!
Centre College, Dickinson College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Atlantic University, Gardner-Webb University, Indiana University- Bloomington, Ithaca College, Marquette University, Purdue University, St. Louis University, St. Edwards University, Syracuse University, The College of New Jersey, University of California- San Diego, University College- Dublin, University of Dayton, University of Delaware, University of Illinois- Urbana Champagne, University of Pittsburgh and Texas Christian University.
I spent a terrific day on the campus of the University of New Haven yesterday! Did you know that UNH, originally located in the city of New Haven, was started with a partnership between Yale and Northeastern University?
This was my third visit—over a 15 year time span—and many things have changed since my last visit. But what has not changed is the focus to help students find the right major—with lots of opportunities to take classes across the disciplines—and be prepared to start their career with the knowledge and experience to make them competitive.
We saw the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, The Tagliatela College of Engineering among many impressive facilities.
I am also “on the road” when I present college admissions seminars for students and families. In this seminar, I am presenting “The 5 Most Important Parts of the College Application”. If your organization or group of parents would like to hear one of my presentations, please feel free to contact me.
I spent an informative day on the campus of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford. We learned about their new undergraduate majors and their combined undergraduate/graduate PA program. We toured the campus and were able to see the Nursing Labs and the PA Labs in addition to the library, classrooms and the dining hall.