I spent an enlightening two days at the 2019 IECA College Symposium in Philadelphia.

June 10:
I was able to meet with colleagues as well as the Admissions officers of the participating colleges at the opening reception.

June 11:
Moderated by IECA’s own Cigus Vanni, we heard from admissions directors from Penn State University, Boston University, Lafayette College, Binghamton University, Swarthmore College, University of Delaware, Haverford College, Rutgers University, Muhlenberg College and Bryn Mawr College.

What Keeps Me Up at Night?

 

 

 

 

We had extremely instructive sessions that tackled the big questions:

  • “How Can I Support a Reality That I Find Challenging to Defend? What Keeps Me Awake at Night?’
  • The “Unhooked” Student
  • What Role Can Independent Consultants Play?
  • So Through What Door Should I Enter? Undecided Students or Declared Major?
  • Behind Closed Doors: What Goes on in Committee Discussions?

 

“The Unhooked Student” Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, Bucknell University and Penn State University

 

I spent two days in Massachusetts touring colleges.

First up- Merrimack College in North Andover.  I last saw Merrimack in 2010. In those nine years the campus has grown in every way. There is a larger student body, new majors and many new buildings! Colleges grow and change with the times!

 

Merrimack College Honors Dorm

Merrimack College’s new Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up- Endicott College, a beautiful campus on the water in Beverly. Endicott is known for their “upside down” curriculum where students start taking classes in their major right away and preparing for their first internship—all during freshman year. Lots of new buildings and also an increase in the student body over the last ten years.

 

Endicott College

Endicott College

Endicott College

Endicott College

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I saw Clark University in Worcester. Clark too has changed since I saw the campus in 2004 and 2005, but remains a solid liberal arts college.

 

 

I spent two days on the campus of Landmark College meeting students, faculty, learning specialists and admissions officers. Landmark is a college for those who learn differently, some of whom are neuro-diverse. This is a unique college with many “on ramps” for students to come for summer sessions, one year, an Associate’s Degree and even a few Bachelor’s Degree programs. Students learn how to learn and everyone here understands that learning can be very individual and the style and how they get there is much less important than the journey.

The college scandal was shocking news to almost everyone in America–the cheating and corruption were widespread. I was interviewed by Jocelyn Maminta on Channel 8, WTNH.

I spent a great day at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury,  known affectionately here in Connecticut as WestCon. We were on the Midtown Campus. We had a tour of the campus and learned which majors allow direct entry to the major and which do not, about their two campuses–Midtown and Westside– and their new additions.  Their Nursing and Performing Arts Departments are outstanding! We also had a very informative presentation and lunch with Carlton Lee, who shared what he loves about WestCon and changes he has witnessed in his 30+ years in admissions.

 

Western Connecticut State University

Western Connecticut State University

 

 

Spent a great morning at Wesleyan University! We heard a very interesting presentation by David Holmes, Executive Director of the Character Collaborative. This was followed by a presentation and Q&A session from Chandra Joos deKoven, Director of Admissions at Wesleyan University.

Wesleyan Library

Beautiful library!

Foss Hill

The famous Foss Hill- where Wesleyan students gather to watch games.

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.

Allegheny Student Center

Allegheny Student Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allegheny Basketball Players

Allegheny Basketball Players Saturday morning practice.

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.

Nazareth College

Nazareth College

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2:

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!

RIT

 

 

 

 

 

RIT Formula One car

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3:

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.

Bard College at Simon's Rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bard College at Simon's Rock

 

 

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!

Stockton University

Stockton University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockton University

New Stockton University Atlantic City Dorm- with ocean views!

Mayor of Atlantic City, Frank Gilliam

Mayor of Atlantic City, Frank Gilliam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rowan University

Rowan University

 

 

 

 

 

Rider University

Rider University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#NJACACBusTour 

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.

 

FDU- Florham

Fireplace in the Mansion at FDU-Florham

Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

New Jersey Institute of Technology

New Jersey Institute of Technology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Jersey Institute of Technology- Maker Space