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College Board: SAT information plus links for planning for college, taking the tests, finding the right school, getting into college, and paying for college.

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America’s Best Colleges according to US News and World Report : Provides a variety of articles to help you in your college search.

Princeton Review The well-known Princeton Review ranks colleges and provides in-depth school profiles covering campus life, academics, financial aid, admissions and more!  Click on Princeton Review for the online version or come to Guidance and peruse the hard copy of the book in the Career Center.

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Fastest Growing Growing Jobs by 2020 : find out what the fastest growing careers will be by 2020!!

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Common App : The Common App is used by over 700 colleges and universities worldwide.  Go to their website to find the online application and read about all that is new with Common App.

The Guidance Department hosts the very popular Common App Kickoff held in late August for members of the graduating class.

There will also be a workshop held during the Fall Open House, Sept 27, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm for students needing assistance linking the Common App to their Naviance account.


NCAA Clearinghouse : Any student wishing to play a sport in college should visit the official NCAA site and create an account on the NCAA Clearinghouse Account page.  Once you have created an account, see Mr. Harne and he will upload your transcript for you.


Admissions Standards for the Massachusetts State University System and the University of Massachusetts

The purpose of this document is to provide detailed information about the minimum standards for admission to Massachusetts’ state universities and undergraduate University of Mass campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell).

Please note that these are minimum requirements. Eligibility for admission is not an entitlement of admission for any applicant; as such, meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee admission, since admissions officers consider a wide range of factors when reviewing students’ applications. Additionally, the state universities and UMass campuses can establish additional requirements.   For additional requirements please contact the admissions office of the institution to which the student is interested in applying.

This document will also explain how to recalculate your GPA for the Massachusetts State Schools.

** Please note that some State Universities are now Test Optional.  Please refer to the website of your school of choice and search on ‘test scores’ to see if standardized test scores are required.


Test Optional Schools

Many schools throughout the country are now ‘Test Optional’ (i.e. they do not require your SAT and/or ACT scores when reviewing your application).  Many have additional requirements that they are using in place of the standardized test scores, so be sure to speak with your counselor if you wish to take advantage of this option.

Some of the local test-optional schools are: Assumption, Brandeis, Salem State, UMass Lowell, Rivier, Stonehill, Merrimack, Mt Holyoke, Plymouth State and Wheaton.  If you are not sure about your school, please visit their website or speak to a counselor.

Click on this link, to find the list of test optional colleges.

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Self Report Your Test Scores!

In an effort to reign in the cost of college applications, more and more colleges and universities are allowing students to self report their SAT and ACT scores.  Once a student has been accepted, he/she will be required to submit official scores from the College Board website.

Click here to see the list of participating colleges.

If your school is not on this list,you should check with the admission rep at your school to see if this is an option for you.


Commonwealth Commitment Through Mass Transfer

Massachusetts college students enrolled in the Commonwealth Commitment Program will now be able to choose from more than 40 majors, up from the initial six offered last year, to qualify for the discounts and rebates aimed at making a bachelor’s degree more affordable.

Students will have significantly more options to choose from in the “MassTransfer A2B” – Associates to Bachelor’s – degree-mapped programs that guarantee that course credits transfer between community colleges and the state’s public four-year universities.  Programs include Computer Science, Business, Criminal Justice, Architectural, Industrial and Graphic Design, Communications, and Early Education, as well as Liberal Arts & Sciences.

All Majors offered by the Mass College of Art & Design, as well as six specialty programs offered by the Mass Maritime Academy, will also now be eligible for Commonwealth Commitment discounts.

Students Commit to:

Begin at one of the Mass Community Colleges, Complete an Associate’s degree within 2.5 years, Transfer to a Mass State University or UMass campus, Complete a bachelor’s degree within 2 more years, maintain full-time, continuous enrollment and a cumulative 3.0 GPA throughout the program.

Visit the Mass Transfer webpage here

Commonwealth Commitment to Students:

A freeze on tuition and mandatory fees for up to 4.5 years upon entry into the Commonwealth Commitment Program, until student graduates or leaves the program; a MassTransfer tuition credit worth an average of $1200 at your State U or UMass; and a 10% rebate after each completed semester.  All adding up to a savings of 40% on the cost of your State U or UMass bachelor’s degree.

Discover eligible majors and learn more by visiting the Commonwealth Commitment website here !!!!

Latest Updates from Colleges

Anna Maria College

Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA

Included in the 30 different academic programs at AMC are Music Education, Music Therapy, Music as well as Art Therapy, Graphic Design and Studio Art.

Spring Visit Dates: Feb 19 at 10:00; Feb 20-23 at 10:00 and 2:00; Apr 16-20 at 10:00 and 2:00

Weekday Campus Tours available Monday – Friday at 10:00 and 2:00.

Learn more about campus tours and register for one of the above by clicking here.

Assumption College

Fall 2017

Light The Way Scholarship : $25,000 renewable all 4 years as long as student maintains 2.7 GPA and each year submits an essay on how they fulfilled the mission of Light the Way.  This scholarship recognizes and supports students who positively impact the world in their own meaningful way, whether it is community service, innovation to improve society or volunteering to heal our planet.

Click here for more information

Law Students : Assumption now has a partnership with the University of St. Thomas School of Law that provides Assumption students with a 3+3 law program enabling candidates to obtain their degrees within 6 years with guaranteed scholarships

Becker College

Becker College

Becker offers more than 30 areas of undergraduate study, including Equine Studies, Veterinary Science, Veterinary Technology, Applied Computer Science, Interactive Media Design, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Exercise Science and many more.

The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGi) at Becker College is a statewide center, designated by the Commonwealth, for academic cooperation, entrepreneurship, and economic development across the Mass digital and video games ecosystem.  Go to their website for more information.

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), Boston MA

BFIT is a non-profit college that offers affordable, technical programs that meet evolving industry needs.  Through hands-on classes with extensive academic support, our graduates enter the workforce with the skills to add value on day one!

New for Fall 2017 : Bachelor of Science on Electrical Engineering

Bentley University, Waltham MA

Bentley University, Waltham MA

Bentley University now offers ONLY 2 options for admission : Early Decision (binding) and Regular decision (non-binding).  There will no longer be an Early Action option.

Please visit their website for more information re: the application process and important deadlines.

Boston University

Boston University

Starting in the Fall of 2016 BU will NOT require the optional essay on the new SAT and will no longer require the optional writing component of the ACT.

BU will accept both the old and new SAT for students entering in the Fall of 2017.

BU will accept ONLY the new SAT for students entering in the Fall of 2018.

Boston University College of Fine Arts

Boston University College of Fine Arts

This information relates ONLY to the BU College of Fine Arts!!!

SAT / ACT test scores are NOT required, but applicants still must complete an audition or submit a portfolio in addition to all required academic credentials.

For students applying to the College of Fine Arts / College of Arts & Sciences Double Degree Programs, the Kilachand Honors College or any of B.U.’s merit scholarships, the SAT or ACT with writing is STILL a required component of an application for admission.  The SAT / ACT is NOT required for College of Fine Arts Artistic Scholarships.

Please contact admissions@bu.edu with any questions.

Brandeis University

Brandeis University

Brandeis Days  2018 – student-led tours, information sessions, mock classes, lunch with current students

Sun, Oct 21        Sat, Oct 27       Sun, Nov 4       Sat, Nov 10     Register here

Bridgton Academy

Bridgton Academy

Bridgton Academy offers young men a a unique, one-year postgraduate environment to prepare for the rigors of college and beyond.

Open House Dates:  1/15/18; 2/19/18; 4/16/18; 4/18/18 (Junior Visit Day)

Click here to request an information packet and/or schedule a visit.

Bryant University

2017 Open House : Sat, October 21    register here

Catherine Hinds Institute, Woburn MA

Catherine Hinds Institute, Woburn MA

The place to go for a career in Esthetics!

Now offering an accelerated degree program.  Please go to website for details or email admissions@CatherineHinds.edu.

Open House: December, 12, 2017    Tours start at noon and run every 30 minutes until 6:00 pm

New programs starting:

Jan 29, 2018 (Full time day & Part time)

Mar 12, 2018 (Part time days)

Clark University

Clark University

Fall 2017

New major available in Community, Youth and Education Studies.

2 new minors available in Creative Writing and marketing

Students must take coursework related to diversity and inclusion as part of their program of study.

Applications last year reached over 8,300 – double the number from 5 years ago.  Average GPA is 3.63.  One-on-one conversations with alumni volunteers, current student ambassadors or members of the admissions staff are suggested for seniors planning to apply.  This is not a formal requirement, but it is recommended.

Colby Sawyer College, NH

Colby Sawyer College

Fall 2017 Open House      Sat, Oct 14 from 8:00 – 1:00  Learn about majors, the application process and financial aid.  Tour the campus and residence halls.  Connect with coaches and learn about Division II sports and what it means to be a Colby-Sawyer Charger.

New in 2017 :

Building : Center for Art & Design

Majors: Community-based Sustainability; Crime & Legal Studies

Early Action Deadline is Dec 1st – apply by this date to get application fee waived

Regular Application Deadline is April 1st

Nursing Program Deadline is Dec 1st : hard deadline – applications MUST be COMPLETE

Charger App is a Colby-Sawyer specific app that can be completed from website; does not ask as many questions as Common App.    Test and recommendation optional.

Cornell University

Cornell University

Click on the link below for the latest requirements for admission to Cornell in the Fall of 2016

Requirements

Daniel Webster College, Nashua NH

Daniel Webster College, Nashua NH

DWC now offers degrees in Construction Management, Game Design & Development, Game Programming, Homeland Security and Air Traffic Management among many others.

DWC’s Air Traffic Management program is the ONLY one in New England approved to participate in the FAA’s Air Traffic Collegiate  Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program.  The air-traffic management facilities feature radar and air traffic control tower simulators.

Dean College, Franklin MA

Dean College, Franklin MA

Dean College athletes now competing in Division 3 !

Students are required to do at least 1 internship.  Now offering internships with the Boston Ballet, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, WEEI and New England Revolution!!

96% of bachelor’s degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation.

DISCOVER DEAN DAYS 2017-18  (Open House Dates)

Sat, Oct 14          Fri, Nov 10        Sat, Mar 17

DANCE & THEATRE INFO

Performing Arts Open House: Nov 6 – 9, 2017 and Feb 20-22, 2018    Click here for details

Audition Dates: Oct 14, Nov 11, Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 17   For registration, times, and additional info click here

VISITS and TOURS

SATURDAYS with Dean:   Oct 28, Nov 18, Dec 2, Dec 9

Campus Tours held Monday – Friday at 10:00 and 2:00

The Arch Learning Community helps students transition from high school to college.  Check it out to learn more about academic coaching, accommodations offered, disability services, tutoring services and much more!

Emmanuel College, Boston

Emmanuel College, Boston

Check out their new “Go All In'” video here.

NEW for Fall 2019 – Emmanuel has been approved to offer a BS in Nursing !!  Emmanuel has been educating nurses at the graduate and professional level for many years, and can now offer you a Bachelor of Science degree!  Our school is located in the Longwood Medical & Academic Area of Boston, very close to Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.    The faculty includes experienced and highly regarded nursing professionals and the small class  sizes encourage spirited discussion and a personal knowledge of each student.

2018 Open House :   Sat, Nov 17             register here

Academic recommendations: English – 4 years; Foreign Language – 2 years of same language; Math – 3 years, including Algebra II; Social Studies – 3 years; Lab Sciences – 3 years

GPA Range – 3.29 – 4.12     ACT – 24-27              SAT M – 540-630         SAT EBRW – 560-650  (test optional)

2018-19 Tuition & Aid Info:

tuition – $39,544          room & board – $14,994     Merit-based award range – $10,000-$25,000

Fisher College, Boston

Fisher College, Boston

Fisher is now offering majors in Biology, Criminal Justice and Information Technology with concentrations in Game Development or Cyber Security.   A Finance concentration is now available in their Management Major. Students enrolled in the Sports Management major may be eligible for internships with the Boston Sports teams.

Fisher also has minors in Social Media, Event Planning, Diversity and Leadership.

Each year Fisher awards up to$11M in financial aid!  Average class size is 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Open House: Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 from 10:00 – 2:00

Take a tour or set up an interview Mon-Fri from 8:00 – 4:00, and on most Saturdays from 9:00 – 12:00.

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg State University

ONLY at Fitchburg – Criminal Justice majors seeking a career as a police officer can complete their their bachelor’s degree within four years, followed by a one-year master’s program that includes a full-time academy certification from the Municipal Police Training Committee.

Open House : Sat. Oct 14    and   Sat. Nov 4

Framingham State U

NEW !!!!  

I am excited to share with you news about a new scholarship to Framingham State University! Starting fall 2019, Framingham State will be awarding two Mancuso Scholarships each year to students who will be studying in the humanities and social sciences. These scholarships will cover 100% of tuition, fees, room & board for up to four academic years.  The scholarships represent an outstanding opportunity for hardworking students with financial need.

You may learn more about the scholarships at the following web page we have created:

 www.framingham.edu/mancuso-scholarships

Offering 35 Majors & 57 Specialized Concentrations.

Additional Programs include:

Accelerated Programs: 4+1 BA/MA Program in English; 4+1 BS/PSM Program in Biology/Biotechnology; 3+3 Bachelor’s/JD Program with Suffolk University

Degree Completion Program: Nursing – RN +2/BS

Professional Programs: Pre-Health; Pre-Law; Pre-Engineering – 2+3 Program with UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, Mass Maritime Academy

The Commonwealth Honors Program brings together academically talented students for an exceptional experience.  Benefits include Honors Program Scholarships, priority course registration and 24/7 access to the Honors Program House to study and relax with friends.

NCAA Division III sports teams

Schedule an information session or campus tour!  Visit M-F & select Saturdays.  Take a tour and receive a $50 Application Fee Waiver!!

In-state Costs (avg) : Tuition & Fees $10,335                 Residence: $9,160              Ultimate Meal plan $4,150

Iona College

Iona College, NY

2018 Open House Date : Sat, Oct 13        Check-in and breakfast begins st 8:00 am  visit iona.edu/visit

  • Meet faculty in your academic areas of interest.
    – Learn about our dual degree and pre-professional offerings.
    – Attend Admissions and Financial Aid Information Sessions.
    – Hear from alumni and current students. 
    – Tour our beautiful campus as well as residence halls.

Ithaca College

2017-18 Open House Dates : Sat, Sept 23 and Mon, Oct 9 and Sat, Oct 28 and Fri, Nov 10 and Sat, Apr 28

registration encouraged but, not required – click here

Johnson & Wales University, Providence RI

Johnson & Wales University, Providence RI

J&W now offering 6 NEW majors (2016):

Health Science (suitable for students on a pre-med track) ; Equine Science ; Political Science ; English Writing Literature ; Informatics ; Cyber Threat Intelligence & Defense

New Science Center opening Fall of 2016.  Women’s Crew Team now established.

New for 2017 : Global Studies (B.S.); Social Media & Web Technologies (B.A.); Sociology (B.S.)

Keene State

Open House Dates : Sat, Oct 14 and Fri, Nov 3

Admitted Student Days : Fri Mar 2 and Sat Mar 24 and Fri Apr 13 and Sat Apr 21

Just for Juniors Day : Sat Apr 28

or schedule an information session and campus tour here

Lasell College

Open House : Nov. 5, 2017

Early Action Deadline: Nov 15, 2017

Rolling Admission with priority deadline for merit scholarship consideration March 15, 2018

News as of Sept 2017 : Lasell is test-optional.  3.1 average admitted recalculated HS GPA.  Lasell guarantees that Lasell students will receive institutional funding at the same level all 4 years, provided they apply on time and there are no significant changes in their student status.

Finish in Three – Lasell provides the opportunity to complete a Bachelor’s degree in just 3 years, through summer coursework and guidance from faculty advisors.

Fifth Year Option – Students complete 2 degrees in 5 years, by beginning graduate courses during senior year at no additional charge.

Lasell Works – This program combines focused advising with on-campus and online coursework, including a credit-bearing professional skills development course connected to part-time employment, providing students with a pathway to a Bachelor’s degree at a significant tuition savings.

Lesley University

Applications accepted for 2 separate schools: College of Liberal Arts and College of Art & Design

Every major requires at least 1 internship which is secured through the internship office.

Masters in 5 Program: Apply for Lesley Grad program at end of your sophomore year and begin Grad classes during your Junior year.  Students accepted as an undergrad into the Graduate program will receive the “Lesley Dividend” (i.e one semester of Grad school FREE)

Rolling Admissions, but preferred deadlines are: Early Action Dec 1 and Regular Feb 15

Deadlines are NOT tied into Merit Scholarships.  Merit Scholarships based on GPA and SAT scores.  Art Scholarships based on Portfolio.

Mass College of Liberal Arts (MCLA)

MCLA

MCLA was recently named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Top Ten Public Colleges in the nation as part of the publication’s 2019 rankings!

MCLA is now offering majors in Health Sciences and Community Health Education, as well as 3 new concentrations in pre-medical professions, pre-veterinary and sports medicine!!  In addition the Computer Science Dept has added a concentration in electrical engineering.  Also new: 4 Plus 1 for Education, 3 year accelerated Business Degree, Men’s Lacrosse program.

MCLA has a rolling admissions policy so students are encouraged to apply early via the Common App to maximize potential for financial aid and scholarship awards.

Approximate cost of attendance for 2017-18 school year was $21,280.  Accepting 420 new students yearly.

2018 Fall Open House Dates:   Sat, Oct 13 and Sat, Nov 17

2018 Fall Preview Days: Sat, Sept 29; Mon, 10/8;  Sat 11/10 (this is also Athletic Preview Day)

Campus tours also available Monday – Friday at 11:00 and 2:00.

Click here for details and to register.

Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Open House : Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 and Sunday, Nov 4, 2018     RSVP here

If you cannot make this date, schedule a personalized visit by emailing visit@mcphs.edu

Now offering a 3-year accelerated bachelor’s degree program to get you out into the workforce earlier.

15:1 student – faculty ratio

Merit-based scholarships available for undergraduates up to $16,000/year.  These scholarships are renewable provided student meets set academic requirements.

MCPHS Advantage Scholarship offers any MCPHS student who successfully completes any MCPHS full-time degree a 100% tuition scholarship toward one of six online master’s programs – including an MBA!

Application Requirements:

Apply through Common App – NO FEE to apply!

You must provide: your transcript, SAT and/or ACT scores (they superscore, so please send all scores), one letter of recommendation (you may submit up to 3), personal essay (1 from the topics provided on Common App and 1 MCPHS-specific essay question found in the member profile)

Nov 1 – Early Action 1 deadline

Dec 1 – Early Action 2 deadline

Feb 1 – Regular Decision deadline

Mar 15 – Priority FAFSA deadline

Merrimack College

Merrimack College

2nd largest Catholic college in Massachusetts. 2900 students with 100+ programs and a study abroad program.  New residential Village with Honors housing; new engineering wing and physics classrooms; student-run radio station; Division I women’s Ice Hockey; new grad programs in criminology and criminal justice, computer science, health sciences and public affairs.   Now offering a Master of Education in School Counseling

Info sessions and Campus Tours: Mon – Fri at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 (also offered some Sats and holidays)

Shadow Days: recommended for applicants and admitted students. Spend the day with a current student, sit in on a class and enjoy lunch in our dining hall.

Interviews: Sept – March, Mon – Fri, 10:30, 12:30, 2:30

Register here for any of the events listed above and to get more information.

Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College

Open House Dates 2018 : Saturday, Oct 27 at 9:30 Bedford Campus

The 2015 cost of tuition and fees at MCC for a full-time (15 credits), in-state student is $5,480 per year.  70+ degree and certificate programs are available.   Financial Aid, Commonwealth Honors program and on-line learning are all available at MCC.   

The MassTransfer Program links selected MCC associate degree programs to baccalaureate degrees and schools at Mass state colleges and UMass campuses.  Depending on your GPA, you may qualify for guaranteed admission and a tuition discount.

The Adult Learning Center at MCC offers a FREE academic program designed to help students improve their reading, writing, math and computer skills in order to qualify for further education, job training or better employment.     ALC also offers prep classes for the high school equivalency test (HiSet – formerly GED).

Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA

Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA

This college is small by design – only 400 students!  Students live in apartment style housing which creates a real life ‘artist-in-residence’ experience.  Montserrat offers a BFA degree with concentrations in Animation & Interactive Media, Art Education, Book Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting & Drawing, Photography & Video, Printmaking and Sculpture.

New England Institute of Technology

New England Institute of Technology

2018 Open House : Oct 28, 2018

Career Education Days for High School Students

Fri, Oct 19, 2018    Automotive & Criminal Justice

Fri, Nov 16, 2018   Building Technology

Fri, Nov 30, 2018   Health Sciences Day

Tue, Mar 12, 2019   Engineering technology & Communications Day

New England School of Photography

Open House : Sat. Nov 4, 2017   11:00 – 2:00  (tours and demonstrations scheduled to begin approximately every 20 minutes)    RSVP here

Check out our website

Newbury College, Brookline

Newbury College, Brookline

New Majors for Fall 2017 : Cyber Security; Computer Science/Criminal Justice; Meeting, Convention & Event Planning; Multimedia Communication Design

New Fitness Center available for students

Nichols College

Nichols College

Saturday Information Sessions : 10:00 am – 12:00 pm       Includes a brief overview of programs, a Q & A session with faculty members, as well as a campus tour.

2018 Open House Dates : Sun, Oct 21             Sun, Nov 4       These are half-day events where you can meet faculty, coaches, current students and future classmates.  This program includes information on financial aid, lunch and a tour of the campus.

Decision Day : Mon, Oct 8     Applicants have the opportunity to complete their entire admissions process during this program.  Students and their guests will enjoy a variety of sessions while the admissions staff reviews their application.   Simply submit your application in advance, then bring your high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores (unless applying as test optional), essay and letter of recommendation to the program and you will receive a decision that day!!

Students admitted through the Decision Day program will receive a special early acceptance grant.

LEAP Day 

NEW – Accelerated Degree Program in Accounting : 4 years, 2 degrees –  Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) – must have GPA of at least 3.0 and must declare intent for program upon entering Nichols or during Freshman year; must maintain GPA of at least 3.0

Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill MA

Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill MA

Northern Essex Community College is pleased to offer the following Incoming Freshman Scholarship Opportunities to area high school seniors who plan to attend NECC in the Fall of 2016.

NECC Presidential Scholar Program (Nomination Process – Teacher or Guidance Staff)

– Deadline April 4, 2016

NECC Incoming Freshman Scholarships (Student Apply-to Opportunity)

– Deadline May 1, 2016

Students are eligible to apply and be nominated for one or all of the opportunities that they may qualify for.

All applications are available on our website.

Please contact Lindsay Graham at 978-556-3629 or scholarships@necc.mass.edu for additional information.

Northern Vermont University

Northern Vermont University

Lyndon State and Johnson State have combined to form a single institution of higher learning with campuses in Lyndon and Johnson VT.

New majors for 2017-18 : Fine woodworking and Furniture Design, BFA and AA; Mathematics, AS; Climate Change Science degree; Music Business & Industry Seminars; IT and software Engineering

Upcoming Events:

Science Day: Fri, March 30

Artists Day: Fri, April 27, 2018

Norwich University

Take a virtual tour of the Norwich University campus!  See what we have to offer and check out our beautiful campus.

Submit your online application (including all supplemental materials) AND your FAFSA by Dec 15th, 2017 and receive the $2,000 ‘Take the Lead Scholarship’ !  This scholarship is renewable for all 4 years, so is the equivalent of $8,000 towards your degree!

Click here to learn about the various types of visits available and how to register for one.

Plymouth State

Plymouth State

Now test optional.  Merit scholarships available.

The following majors are available to Massachusetts residents at a reduced cost through the NEBHE Regional Student Program : Adventure Education, Meteorology, Music, Music Technology, Public Management, and Theater Arts: Music Theater Performance.  Eligible programs are offered with out-of-state merit-based scholarship, plus an additional $3,000 tuition waiver.

Updated 2018 – Application Fee Waiver

Use the Plymouth State Panther Application and avoid the application fee!!!    PSU will accept either the Common App OR the Panther Application.

Using the Panther Application will allow you to waive the fee no matter when you apply.

If you apply through Common App, you must apply by December 1st to waive the application fee.  Please use the code ‘APPLY2019’.

Both applications require official transcripts and 1 recommendation letter.Average GPA for Class of 2020 was 3.01 and students were actively engaged outside the classroom.  Applicants need: 3 years of Math (Algebra I, II and Geometry), 3 years of social studies, 3 years of science (including 1 lab), 4 years of English, 2 years of foreign language (recommended)

Rolling admissions deadline is April 1st.

2018 Open House Dates : Mon, Oct 8         Sat, Oct 27              Mon, Nov 12         Sat, Feb 23, 2019

Open House for Student-Athletes : Saturday, Dec 8, 2018

2019 Accepted Student Days : Mon Apr 1, Mon Apr 15, Fri Apr 19, Mon Apr 22

Providence College

Athletic Teams play in Big East Conference – D1    All Athletic fields are brand new or  have been recently renovated

Schedule a visit!!  Providence.edu/visit

Rivier University, Nashua NH

Rivier University, Nashua NH

2018 Fall Open House     Sept 29 and Oct 20     9:30 am – 12:00 noon   take a tour, meet faculty and enjoy a complimentary lunch        Click here for additional info

Daily Student-led Tours are available Monday – Friday.  Call 603-897-8507 to schedule an appt.

Saturday Tour Days are offered throughout the year for weekend visits

Rivier U announces a NEW test-optional admissions policy for students applying for Fall 2016 admission.  Test-optional is for application to all undergraduate majors with the EXCEPTION of Nursing and other medical-related majors.

Rivier is also now part of the Common Application.

Rivier Adams Achievement Scholarship
Rivier University will award scholarships in the amount of $2000 to first-time students entering in the fall of 2016 who have been awarded the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. This is a one-time only award to honor and acknowledge the hard work and achievement of students in Massachusetts.

Any questions can be directed to Valerie Leclair at (603) 897-8507 or vleclair@rivier.edu.

Roger Williams College

Open House : Nov 12, 2017  9:00 – 1:00

CSS Profile no longer required for Financial Aid

Early Action Deadline is Nov 15th

Sacred Heart University

New for the 2017 – 18 school year!

  • Just opened the new Center for Health Care Education, a magnificent, state-of-the-art facility for College of Health Professions and College of Nursing Students.
  • New 3+2 Dual Degree in Engineering Program! Earn a BS from Sacred Heart in Math, Chemistry or Computer Science, as well as a BS in Engineering from Columbia U or RPI in 5 years
  • New majors include Computer Engineering; Hospitality, Resort & Tourism Management; Coastal and Marine Science; Neuroscience; Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Early action and early decision programs available.  Test optional.  Regular decision priority deadline for the College of Nursing is now Dec 15, 2017

Go to their website to see a full list of Open House events and various activities focused on each of the academic colleges or on student life programs such as the performing arts and athletics.

Salem State University

Salem State University

Nursing continues to be a very competitive major.  Students should have a minimum of 900 (combined critical reading and math) and a high school GPA of 3.2 or better (3.5 preferred) in mostly honors and AP classes.  A transfer student should have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or better and 30 credits.

Art and Theatre applicants can now submit portfolios using slideroom.com

The most popular majors continue to be business, biology, sport movement & science, and psychology.

Salve Regina University

Salve Regina U

2019 Spring Open House : Sunday, April 28, 2019

Information Sessions and Campus Tours offered most weekdays and select Saturdays.  Please go here for available dates & times and to register.

Typical freshman: GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale (nursing students are closer to 3.8); Avg ACT score is 24-28; Avg SAT score is 1110-1240.  Involvement inside and outside the classroom.   Strong character, leadership, service and/or other special talents are also taken into consideration.

Financial aid and Merit Scholarships are available.

Nursing students must apply by the Early Action Deadline of Nov 1.

Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Now offering the School of Diplomacy and International Relations.  Students are provided with the opportunity to learn, serve and lead. Students are required to complete at least 1 internship for academic credit.  Learn about this new program here.

Open House dates 2018-19 : November 18, February 17 and April 14

Campus Tours available Mon-Fri at 10:00 and 2:00 and Saturdays at 10:00, noon and 2:00

Simmons College, Boston MA

Simmons College, Boston MA

1) Simmons now offers accelerated programs allowing a student to earn a bachelors AND masters degree in as little as 4 years.

2) The Simmons PLAN gives students the ability to customize their educational path with a focus on leadership development and career preparation.

Please contact admissions@simmons.edu with any questions.

Southern Maine CC

Southern Maine CC

Open House :  

Sat, Oct 21 from 9:00 am – noon at South Portland Campus and

Thu, Nov 9 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Midcoast Campus in Brunswick

Register online

Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University

New in 2017 : College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics programs.

Career development is built directly into the curriculum.  The Career and Professional Development Center posts 1500 career and internship opportunities and attracts representatives from more than 140 companies to campus for recruiting events annually.

2017 Fall Open Houses   Oct 1 and Nov 5 from 8:30 – 2:00

Take a tour of campus, learn about admissions and financial aid, meet faculty and current students, attend a a variety of sessions about academics, student life, and athletics

Get a $40 Application Fee Waiver just for attending!

click here for more info and to RSVP

2017 Fall Culinary Open Houses    Oct 31  and Dec 8  from 9:00 – 2:00

includes lunch at The Quill (Student-run restaurant)  Please RSVP here

2017 Fall Student for a Day

check out the campus, sit in on a class, enjoy lunch on us.  Click here to see available days

Southern Vermont College

Southern Vermont College

Liberal Arts School offering Radiologic Science, Criminal Justice, Sports Recreation and Tourism Management Majors along with a multitude of additional programs.  Only 400 students on campus!   All students live in Suite style dormitories.

Because of the school’s partnership with the Vermont Police Academy, students enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program have the opportunity to qualify for the Academy as part of the final semester, getting a jump on their career.

NO APPLICATION FEE !  apply.svc.edu

Upcoming Information Sessions: Sun, Dec 3; Sat 1/20; Sat 3/3

Upcoming Open House: Sat, Apr 7

Or schedule an individual visit M – F at 9:00, 11:00,  1:00 or 3:00

Springfield College

2017 Open House Dates : Sun Oct 1st and Sun Nov 5  Register here

St. Anselm, Manchester NH

First Generation Fee Waiver Policy
Effective immediately, Saint Anselm College will waive the $50 application fee for all first generation domestic and international students. As a first-generation student myself, I know full well that the admission process for those who would be the first in their family to attend college can be full of challenges. Application fees represent just one more barrier that can keep talented students from diversifying their college choice set. If this simple change can make the process easier for first-generation students, I think we have a responsibility to take that step. 

No additional form is required for this information.  Students will automatically be granted the fee waiver when submitting the Common Application by checking the box indicating they are first generation. For this purpose, a first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. 

Self-Reported Test Score Policy
Beginning with this application cycle, applicants may submit self-reported test scores for use during the admission process. Self-reported scores can come directly from the common application or a student can send us a scanned PDF copy of their student score report.

The registration fees for both the SAT and ACT cover four score reports to colleges, but students must pay more for additional deliveries. Our average applicant applies to 10 schools. Allowing self-reporting of test scores will allow students who may not have the resources to obtain official ACT or SAT score reports for their full list of schools to complete their application to Saint Anselm.

If a student deposits, they then must submit their official test scores for verification purposes, either directly from the testing agency or taken off of an official high school transcript, if they did not already do so during the application process. As a reminder, Saint Anselm College is test optional for all students except for those applying for the nursing program. 

Fall Open House
On Saturday, October 28th Saint Anselm College will host our Fall Open House.  Students and families are welcome to attend workshops, tour campus, enjoy lunch in our dining hall, meet with faculty and staff, and much more.  Please encourage your students to visit for the program or any other day that may fit their schedule.  All visit opportunities and registration information, including the Fall Open House can be found on our visit page.  

Application Deadline Reminders
Early Action: Saint Anselm College offers a non-binding Early Action Plan for students interested in applying by November 15th. All Early Action Applicants will receive an admission decision by mid-January. 

Early Decision: Early Decision is a binding program. With a December 1st deadline, applicants will receive an admission decision by January 1st

Nursing: Applicants interested in applying to the nursing program must apply using one of the above early application plans. 

Regular Decision: Saint Anselm College also offers the non-binding Regular Decision Plan with a February 1st deadline.  Applicants will receive an admission decision by mid-March.

St. Joseph’s College of Maine

St. Joseph’s College of Maine

2018 Fall Visit Days : Sat, Oct 20    Sat, Nov 10

2018 Student/Athlete Day : Mon, Oct 8

On-the-Spot Review Day : Mon, Nov 12

Deadlines :  Early Action : Nov 15, rolling admission after that

New for Fall of 2017 : Information Technology Management major

Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Art & Design now available.  St Joe’s participates in consortium with the Maine College of Art.  See website for details re: free classes.

Applying for the Nursing Program ? Early Action deadline for Nursing Pgm is Nov 15, 2018, Regular deadline is Dec 15, 2018 – no exceptions!!!  GPA at least 3.0, SAT composite at least 1000,  College Prep Bio and Chem require a grade of B or higher

STEM scholarships worth between $5500 – $7500 available for Bio, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Marine Science Majors

Tours & Interviews are held Monday – Friday at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm.  $1500 scholarship to anyone who visits campus and then attends St. Joe’s in Fall 2019.

St Joseph’s School of Nursing, Nashua

St Joseph’s School of Nursing, Nashua

2017-18 ASN Program

Start in January – attend for 20 months – day classes – 5 consecutive semesters

Start in May – attend for 23 months (with summer break) – day classes – 5 semesters

2017-18 LPN to ASN Program

Start in May – attend for 1 year – evening classes – 3 semesters

Start in September – attend for 1 year – day classes – 3 semesters

The following courses are required for LPN to ASN program: Anatomy & Physiology I with lab; Anatomy & Physiology II with lab; English Composition I; and Intro to Psychology

Click on the school website for program details, financial aid info and open house dates.

St. Lawrence University

St Lawrence U, Canton, NY

Fall 2017  Visit Days    Monday, Oct 9 and Friday, Nov 10

Includes continental breakfast, student/faculty panel, campus tour, lunch on campus, admissions and financial aid overview.  RSVP here

Stonehill College

Stonehill College

Now listed as one of the 361 most environmentally responsible colleges according to the Princeton Review.

2 New majors:  Health Science and Earth & Planetary Science

Suffolk University

Suffolk University

Open House Dates 2018 : October 21 and November 4     register here

Information Sessions:

Art & Design Information Session:

Campus Tours: set up an hour long tour here

Tufts University

Tufts University

2017 Open Houses

Arts Open House (Fenway Campus)     Oct 6

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Open House     Oct 6

Women in Engineering Open House          Oct 13

Arts and Humanities Open House    Oct 13

Voices of Tufts Diversity Experience : Engineering     Oct 19-20  (application required)

Engineering Open House     Oct 20

Voices of Tufts Diversity Experience : Arts and Sciences    Oct 26-27  (application required)

Register here to attend an Open House

University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut

UConn is one of only a few colleges in the US offering four-year interdisciplinary programs in Maritime Studies and Marine Science.  Maritime Studies focuses on the social, cultural, political and economic forces shaping human relationships to the coastal and oceanic realms.  Marine Sciences focuses on the natural sciences that inform and challenge those relationships.

University of Maine

University of Maine

2018 Open House Datesregister here
Sat, Sept 29th
Sat, Oct 13th
Sat, Nov 10th
UMaine has launched a new scholarship program! Students from our area are eligible for UMaine Flagship Match Award. This award is a competitive scholarship program that guarantees academically qualified, first-year students from Massachusetts to pay the same tuition and fee rate as the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The guidelines are as follows:
  • Students will be awarded based on the combination of their Academic Tier and Residency.
  • To qualify for a Flagship Match Award students must submit their admissions application by February 1.
  • No FAFSA is required to receive the Flagship Match Award, but students must file a FAFSA by March 1 in order to be considered for federal need-based aid.
  • Students who qualify for the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) regional student program are not eligible for the Flagship Match Award. 

Academic Tier Criteria

Academic Tier Academic Criteria Award Amount
Tier 1 Minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
and
SAT Critical Reading plus Math of 1050+
(or ACT Composite of 22+)
100% match of
UMass tuition
and fees

$14,709

Tier 2 GPA less than 3.0 on 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
or
SAT Critical Reading plus Math less than 1050
(ACT Composite less than 22)
$9,000

All awards are based on 15 academic credits an hour a semester.

UMass Boston

UMass Boston

* Now offering an Honors College

* 2015: New Science Building with Lab space for research and New Academic Building for theater, music & arts

* 2016: New residence halls and new Academic Building for Physics and Studio Arts

* Nursing Students : MUST apply for Early Action; partnership with Tufts

* Law Students : partnership with Suffolk

UMass Dartmouth

New in 2017-2018!

UMass Dartmouth no longer offers a major in Education.

              New major : Data Science Major

Early Action deadline is November 15th

5 colleges: Arts & Sciences; Business; Engineering; Nursing; Visual & Performing Arts

23 NCAA D3 varsity teams

Entrance requirements (academics): 4 English courses, 4 Math courses, 3 Sciences with Lab, 2 Social sciences – including US History, 2 foreign language courses in same language, 2 electives

Open House : Nov 5th   9:00 for registration and program begins at 10:00  RSVP

UMass Lowell

UMass Lowell

Open House events: Oct 1 and Oct 29

No Test Option: UMass Lowell is now test optional in some cases. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.25 and show evidence of outstanding academic success throughout high school.    If you scored at least 1140 or higher on your SAT or at least 23 on your ACT, you are encouraged to submit your scores.

Deadlines: Early Action is Nov 1 and Regular Decision is Feb 1.

The School of Nursing will accept applications ONLY during Early Action.

The majority of Merit Scholarships are awarded during the Early Action review process.

New Majors: Art & Design – Animation and Interactive Media;

Environmental Engineering;

Bachelors of Education in Elementary & Moderate Disabilities

Competitive Majors: Nursing, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Biology

Portfolios and Auditions: Students applying to the Art and Music programs require a portfolio and audition as part of the evaluation process.  Music auditions will be conducted PRIOR to a student receiving their decision.

University of Maine

University of Maine

2017 Open House Dates at Farmington Campus

Oct 14   and   Nov 11    There will be a variety of information sessions to choose from throughout the day.  Simply self-select the ones you’d like to attend.  Register here

University of New England

University of New England

Fall 2017 Open Houses        Oct 14 and Oct 28 from 8:30 – 3:00

Fall Semester Walking Tours   Monday – Friday     9:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 (Meet at the UNE Welcome Cottage)

Fall Semester Info Sessions    Select Saturdays at 10:00   (Meet at the Harold Alfond Forum)

Register here for any of the sessions

University of New Haven

University of New Haven

2018 Open House Dates:    Sun, Oct 14th and Sun, Nov 11th

The University of New Haven is the first college in Connecticut to offer a paramedicine program as a bachelor’s degree.  The major is housed in the School of Public Service, a part of the University’s Henry C Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.

U of New Haven now has a Center for Film, Television and Multi-Platform Journalism Studies: there is a state-of-the-art broadcast studio, control room and editing suites allowing students a chance to be active participants in the process of news gathering and news production.

University of New Hampshire (UNH)

University of New Hampshire (UNH)

Successful candidates for admission demonstrate grades of B/B+ or higher in the core subject areas; an average GPA of 3.4 (weighted) on a 4.0 scale; 4 years of English, 3 years of Math, 3 years of science (including 2 years of lab sciences), 3 years of social science (including US History), and 2 years of a single foreign language (3 years preferred)

Notes re: the Occupational Therapy Program – limited to 25 students, typically the top 10% of their class, avg GPA of 3.95, built in 5-year program

Please use the UNH Net Price Calculator – a tool that will help you determine how affordable UNH may be for you and your family.   Check out the list of Merit Scholarships available at UNH.

University of Rhode Island (URI)

2017 Open House Dates : Sat, Oct 14 and Sun Oct 29  Tour the campus, meet students and faculty, gather info about majors, clubs and more

Reservations required!  RSVP here

Daily Information Sessions, Saturday Information Sessions, Special Information Sessions by Major

Take a virtual tour here

News as of Sept 2017 :

Deadlines: early action is Dec 1, FAFSA is Mar 1, Regular Feb 1

Nursing, Engineering and Pharmacy are most competitive majors and students are encouraged to apply early action.  2 letters of recommendation required for these majors.

Honors College requirement is 3.8 out of 4.0 OR 3.5 GPA and 1300 SAT score / 27 ACT score

Merit-based scholarship requires 3.2 min GPA

Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech

Their motto is “Small College, Big Outcome”.

Total enrollment = 1623           Job & Advanced Education Placement for Class of 2016 = 100%

More than 45 programs, degrees and masters offered, including Computers & IT, Agriculture, Aviation, Business, Construction Management, Dental Hygiene, Engineering Technology, Nursing.

2018 Information Sessions (10-noon):  Jan 27, Feb 10, Mar 24

Open House: Apr 21 at 9:30 and Apr 28 at 9:30

Try a Major Day: Friday, May 4 10:00 am (space limited – call 800-442-8821 to reserve a spot)

Wesleyan University

Wesleyan U is located in Middleton CT.

Financial Info – Will meet 100% of demonstrated financial need.  Please use wesleyan.edu/finaid to get a quick cost estimate.  Use wesleyan.studentaidcalculator.com for a more in depth estimate of aid that may be available to you.  3-year option to complete degree requirement is available to help cut cost.

Student Profile Class of 2021: 90% have taken Calc; 84% have taken Bio, Chem and physics; 82% have a fourth year of one foreign language; School is test-optional, but many students ask to have scores considered – Median SAT scores are ERW 770 and Math 790; median ACT score is 33; 60% of admits are in top 10% of class and 87% are in top 20%;

Fall 2018 Open House Dates

Monday, Oct 8 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Monday, Nov 12 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Schedules for these Open Houses will be posted on or around Sept 15th.  Registration recommended, but not required.

Tours & Information Sessions

Student-led tours take place Monday – Friday at 9:00, 12:00 and 3:00 and last about 75 minutes.

Come to an Information Session to meet with a dean to discuss the admission process and financial aid and then take a tour with a student.  Information sessions are held Mon – Fri at 10:30 and 2:00.  Saturday sessions will be added during the fall.

Western New England

APPLICATION FEE WAIVER for TMHS Students YOG 2019 : WNEVIP

Members of the TMHS Class of 2019 who are applying to Western New England are eligible to use this code to waive the application fee!

2018 Open Houses :    Sun, October 14              Sun, Nov 4         Sat, Dec 1

2019 Open Houses :    Sun, Mar 10

WNE has a rolling admissions policy.  Starting with the Fall 2018 entering class, WNE will review many applications without Q1 grades, and, for some programs, test scores are optional.  Acceptance letters will start to come out in November, so apply early!  Merit scholarships are available.

New in 2017 : Early Assurance Program for students interested in pharmacy; test optional admissions program; NEW campus dining hall.  New major: Global Studies

Westfield State University

Westfield State University

Open House Dates 2018 : Oct 27, Nov 17

Now offering a Major in Chemistry as well as a number of other opportunities for students interested in becoming science teachers.

2018-19 Costs

in-state resident : $21,332       in-state commuter : $11,838

additional fee of $1,158 is assessed to Nursing Students

Worcester State University

Worcester State University

Liberal Arts Program now allows students to create their own major with approval from administration.

Worcester State U is now offering a major in Environmental Science.