Lehigh University Launch

Lehigh University has announced a unique experiential opportunity for students entering in Fall 2020. Lehigh Launch, an integrative, inquiry-based learning experience for intellectually curious and independent learners, takes students to the American West or Ecuador for an immersive first-semester experience before their arrival on Lehigh’s Bethlehem, Pa. campus in Spring 2021.

Lehigh Launch is open to students of any major who wish to develop leadership skills through a challenging, hands-on and somewhat unconventional first semester of college. Led by Lehigh faculty and staff, the program combines classroom- and field-based experiences in a living-learning community where you will explore some of the world’s most exciting regions while taking four courses and earning 16 credit hours toward your degree. The American West option includes backpacking and canoeing expeditions with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the Ecuador option takes students to the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands.

Interested students who like the idea of starting their college career with a different kind of adventure, are invited to view the website by clicking here. Students can begin to apply to Lehigh Launch through their Lehigh Portal on January 1, 2020.

Texas Tech Updates

Below are updates from Texas Tech University:

  • Admitted students can now register for Red Raider Orientation and reserve campus housing for next academic year.

Red Raider Orientation

University Student Housing

  • This on-campus event is held specifically for admitted Seniors. Students can register for Connect Tech today!


  • Students who are denied admission or waitlisted are qualified to participate in the Summer Gateway Program. Successful completion of this program grants students full admission to Texas Tech for the fall semester. Learn more here.

Dual Degree Program: Tel Aviv University & Columbia university

There is a new Dual Degree Program between Tel Aviv University and Columbia University. The Program builds upon the success of Columbia’s Dual BA Programs with Sciences Po in France, now in its ninth year, and with Trinity College Dublin, now in its second year.

Students enrolled in the Dual Degree Program between Tel Aviv University and Columbia University begin their college educations in one of six academic tracks in Israel, where they undertake the intensive undergraduate curriculum at TAU, one of Israel’s most distinguished institutions of higher education. After two years in Tel Aviv, students matriculate at Columbia, where they complete the requirements for a major and fulfill the Columbia Core Curriculum featuring a variety of disciplines, including literature, art, music, science, and the humanities. Upon completion of the Program, students graduate with two bachelor’s degrees, one each from Tel Aviv University and Columbia. For more information about TAU, Columbia, and the Dual Degree Program, please visit the Program website.

Students apply using an online application by February 3, 2020, for fall 2020 enrollment. For admissions requirements please visit the Program website. Students with a strong interest in a global approach to language and culture and a desire for an innovative, nontraditional college experience that combines the academic rigor of two world-renowned universities should consider the Dual Degree Program.

Interested students should review the Dual Degree Program website and the Columbia College/Columbia Engineering admissions website and contact Columbia with any questions they may have at tau-dualdegree@columbia.edu (Dual Degree Program) or ugrad-ask@columbia.edu (Columbia College/Columbia Engineering).

Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program

The Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program  provides scholarships for talented female high school students to participate in a summer academic program at one of its partner programs – some of the most rigorous and selective colleges and universities in the country.

  • Barnard
  • Brown
  • Cornell
  • Emory
  • Harvard
  • John Hopkins
  • MIT
  • Smith
  • Stanford
  • Wash U

Scholars receive a full or partial scholarships, based on demonstrated financial need, to cover tuition, room and board, travel expenses, and supplies. The Joyce Ivy Foundation works directly with our set of program partners to combine Joyce Ivy scholarships with additional financial aid provided by the summer program. Click here to apply online.

The benefits:

  • Exposure to a diverse array of peers
  • Exposure to a broader range of college options
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Academic and intellectual growth
  • Greater self-confidence
  • Scholars describe the experience as transformative.

Summer Scholars may use their scholarship to participate in certain summer academic programs at our partner colleges and universities. Courses are two-weeks or longer in length, and in some cases students are eligible to receive college credit. In most cases, Scholars receive financial aid from the Joyce Ivy Foundation and a partner scholarship from the summer program. Scholarships are based on merit and financial need.


Female high school student in Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota, who is also attending high school in one of these seven states. Academically high-achieving student who will be entering 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2020. Occasionally, an exceptional rising 10th grader is selected as a Summer Scholar. Past Summer Scholars, who used their scholarships, are not eligible to apply again for another scholarship.


December 8, 2019                         2020 application available online
March 1, 2020                                 Application deadline
Late March 2020                            Decisions sent
April 22, 2020                                  Scholarship reply deadline

Summer Scholars applicants must also apply directly to our summer program partners for admission  financial aid. Please check our partners’ sites for deadlines.

College tours are a great way to learn more about a college no matter what point in the application process students are in. A college visit can give students a first-hand experience that will ultimately help them narrow down their choices and find the perfect school for them. The College Tour Checklist guides listed below can be helpful when planning campus visits;

Eugene McDermott Scholars Program

Students applying to The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Dallas are reminded that applications, recommendations, and transcripts can be submitted to the McDermott Scholars Program through Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Only complete applications with three recommendations and a submitted academic transcript will be considered. For questions or more information, please contact 972-883-4610 or mcdermott@utdallas.edu if you have any questions.

Duke University Summer Session 2020

Applications for Duke University Summer Session 2020 are open NOW! Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so students will receive a decision within a few weeks by applying today. Students can apply for multiple programs with one application! Applications for Duke University Summer Session 2020 are open NOW! Click on one of the links below to apply to your program of interest:

Florida State University’s Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship

Florida State University’s newest school — the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship — will now become its newest college. The college, which offers three undergraduate majors (commercial, social and retail entrepreneurship), welcomed its first class of graduate students this fall in the new Master of Science degree program in Retail Entrepreneurship with a major in Textiles and Apparel Entrepreneurship. The addition of a graduate program allowed the school to begin the process of becoming a college. For more information about the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship, visit https://jimmorancollege.fsu.edu/.

University of Colorado – Colorado Springs PGA Golf Management Program

Do you have students who are passionate about the game of golf? Did you know they can make it their career? The University of Colorado Colorado Springs PGA Golf Management program is one of only eight programs in the world with PGA accreditation in an AACSB Accredited College of Business. That means the degree is exclusive, providing the tools and support for a successful career in the golf industry as a PGA Golf Professional.

In this program, students will learn all about the business aspects of the golf industry as well as how to teach the game, all while earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business. This all leads to 100% job placement in the industry! And they will certainly play a lot of golf while in the Program! Colorado has 300 days of sunshine each year, but if it happens to be one of those 65 days, students still have full access to our state-of-the-art indoor swing lab.

Students train to become PGA mamembers and gain 16 months of internship experience to prepare them for graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.

More info is available at the website (www.uccs.edu/pgm) for more information. Students interested in the Program are invited to schedule a visit by using the contact info below:

UCCS PGA Golf Management Program

E: pgm@uccs.edu                           P: (719) 255-3923


Return on Investment for Colleges & Universities

Georgetown University’s  Center on Education and the Workforce recently released  a report using data from the expanded College Scorecard to rank 4,500 colleges and universities by return on investment. A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges finds that bachelor’s degrees from private colleges, on average, have higher returns on investment than degrees from public colleges 40 years after enrollment. Community colleges and many certificate programs have the highest returns in the short term, 10 years after enrollment, though returns from bachelor’s degrees eventually overtake those of most two-year credentials.

Public colleges, where tuition is lower and students accumulate less debt, lead to better returns than private colleges at the 10-year horizon. In the long term, however, degrees from private nonprofit colleges provide the best returns, even though students take out twice as much in loans on average. A graduate of a public college has an average net economic gain of $765,000, compared to $838,000 for a graduate of a private college.

To view colleges and universities of interest to you, please access the interactive table available by clicking here.