IECA Professional Retreat: I toured nine colleges and attended workshops with colleagues, admissions officers and other higher education professionals in Richmond, Virginia.
Spent Tuesday morning at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus for the “3rd Annual NY City Directors of Admission Panel”. Great information from New York University, Columbia, Fordham, Cooper Union, SUNY and CUNY– moderated by Jeff Makris, Director of College Counseling at Stuyvesant High School.
They answered the big questions: “What is new on your campus?” and “What keeps you up at night?”
I participated in the Connecticut Counselor’s Day at the University of Connecticut.
Spent the day on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut for Counselor Day. We heard from President Susan Herbst, who told us about the Next Generation Connecticut plans which will bring new investments to the university. We heard from Admissions and also Financial Aid. I was very impressed with their student panel and their advice for incoming freshmen. I also attended a very interesting workshop about considering ethnicity and race in college admissions from the Bakke to Fischer cases. We learned the history of this important case on affirmative action that will have an impact on college admissions across the country.
Who are the Colleges of the Fenway? Six colleges in Boston, on or near the Fenway who have been a consortium for 20 years and share many joint programs- academic as well as other areas.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Many families in China would like their children to attend college in the United States. However, the system they are used to is very different from the process of applying to US colleges. I presented an overview of the US system of admissions, including the factors college admissions offices put the most importance on. I presented in Tianjin, Chongqing and Chengdu.
Miami University in Ohio and the University of Dayton Counselor Visitation
I toured the beautiful campus of Miami of Ohio, spoke with students and faculty. I learned so much about their history and future plans. They offer all of the good things a big university has—over 100 majors, athletics and the power of resources and opportunities, but the focus is on undergraduates.
This tour also included the University of Dayton, a large private Catholic research university in Dayton, Ohio. They are Marianist Catholic. It has a very nice campus and some very good programs, especially in the sciences. Interesting students and faculty!
They also have an interesting tuition plan*:
They send the family a prospectus that shows them all of the costs –and they do not have extra fees of any kind—and the net cost will not go up over the four years. If tuition goes up, the grant will go up. They want to give the families a number they can count on and budget for. They also give the students $4000 to use for books over the four years.
*This was in place when I toured in 2015.