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Félicitations à Mme Ashley Cole, Directrice de l'orientation universitaire, qui a été nommée Conseillère scolaire professionnelle exemplaire dans le cadre du Programme de reconnaissance des conseillers de 2019 mis en oeuvre par le College Board. Mme Cole a reçu cette récompense au cours de la Semaine nationale de l'orientation scolaire en février par le conseil du Collège, qui a souligné le travail important des conseillers axés sur l'innovation et les résultats, et qui s'engagent à assurer les opportunités et la réussite pour leurs élèves. En complément d'avoir reçu une médaille et une lettre de reconnaissance, Mme Cole et Rochambeau feront l'objet d'une publication prochaine du College Board.
Nous apprécions le dévouement de Mme Ashley Cole envers nos élèves, la communauté de Rochambeau et notre département de Conseil universitaire.
WEDNESDAY, September 12th, we had our first Mock Application Night of the school year at Rochambeau.
Our panelists were:
Catholic University of America, Columbia University, University of Chicago, University of Maryland College Park, MICA (Maryland Institute College of Arts), and University of St. Andrews.
It was a successful night for our audience! We welcomed universities for a panel and held breakout sessions where parents and students became the admissions committee. Each family was assigned to a room with one of the university representatives from the institutions above, who walked them through the admission committee process as each group decided who of the three applicants they admitted, waitlisted and denied.
TUESDAY, September 11th, we were pleased to be the local host school for the regional information session of University of St. Andrews, open to the public at Rochambeau. This event covered life and academics at St. Andrews. Families joined us from high schools across the DC area to meet with them and answer all questions. Thank you to the University of St Andrews!
Last week I visited five colleges in Massachusetts: Smith, U Mass Amherst, Hampshire College, Amherst College, and Mount Holyoke. Smith College was gracious enough to host me, and about 30 other college counselors from around the country, at a wonderful two-day program. Check out Smith by Smithies to learn more about Smith from the students’ point of view.
Smith's beautiful campus:
On Friday we learned about what makes Smith different from other colleges and heard from a faculty and student panel, and got information about selective college admissions in general. We learned that students at women’s colleges are more likely to major in STEM, get a PhD, go on to medical school, and do internships and research.
Smith’s dean of admissions stressed that in the admissions process, jobs like babysitting and working at a fast food restaurant are just as valuable as other experiences. When you’re listing your activities and clubs, focus on quality rather than quantity. You don’t need to be a member of 20 different clubs; it’s better to be dedicated to one or two. And instead of participating in an expensive service program abroad, think about doing service work in your local community. The dean said, “It doesn’t matter what you do-- just that you do something.”
On Saturday the group took a bus tour of four other colleges; the round-trip driving route to cover all five colleges is a beautiful and green 30 miles. Through the consortium, students can take some courses each semester at one of the other schools, giving them the resources of a large coed research university. Students take advantage of this-- 46% of Smithies take a class at one of the other consortium schools. A shuttle bus system transports students from one school to another.
Here are highlights from the tour:
-Founded in 1821
-Four museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History, Mead Art Museum, and the Folger Shakespeare Library (here in DC!)
-Fun fact: Amherst has a fully functioning organic vegetable farm, which provides food and employment for students and interns.
-Founded in 1965, opened in 1970
-Curriculum is organized into five interdisciplinary schools: Cognitive Science, Critical Social Inquiry, Humanities Arts and Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts, and Natural Science.
-The college has a working farm. Its CSA program allows 210 community members to purchase a share of the harvest and pick up fresh organic produce weekly.
-Prominent alumni include filmmaker Ken Burns, and author and mountain climber Jon Krakauer
-No grades; only written evaluations
-Completely test-blind-- even if you send SAT/ACT scores, the college won’t consider them.
-Founded in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College, now the largest public research university in New England
-22,250 undergraduates, 6,400 graduate students
-Nine schools/colleges within the university
-21 Division I athletic teams (10 men’s, 11 women’s)
-Fun fact: Hadley Farm Equine and Livestock research and education center is home to sheep, goats, horses, alpacas, and more
-Fun fact: the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, opened in 1973, is 28 stories tall, the tallest library in the world. The collection of Du Bois himself is housed in Special Collections.
-Founded in 1837 as the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, the first of the “Seven Sisters”
-Women’s college, 2,183 students
-One of the only liberal arts colleges in the northeast that hosts a western riding team as well as a dressage team
-Women’s college in Northampton, Massachusetts. The college has about 2,500 students total, and the city has 29,000 residents.
-Students at women’s colleges are more likely to major in STEM, get a PhD, go on to medical school, and do internships and research. Very supportive alumnae network.
-Open curriculum with no distribution requirements. Professors report a higher level of engagement in courses because the students’ course choice is so intentional.
-Strong advising: Students get liberal arts advisors before they declare their major. Those advisors also help students find internships.
-40% of students major in STEM. It’s the first women’s college to have an engineering major, which was started in 2000.
-87% of students do research with faculty, and 30% of faculty publications were coauthored by a student
-Praxis: guaranteed paid internship funding for every student in the summer after junior year. 450 students take advantage of this each summer.
-15% of students are international students, 40% are students of color, and 22% are first generation students
-House system: Students live in one of 37 houses with 15 dining rooms. There’s a piano in every house and afternoon tea on Fridays. The house system is strong-- at graduation, names are called by house rather than alphabetically by name. There are different themes at each dining room.
I hope students will consider some of these colleges in their search. Please let me know if you have any questions about these schools or any others!
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