UNL’s Open House for LPS Schools @ Animal Science Complex

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension is hosting its annual Open House for Lincoln Public Schools at 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3, 2016, at the Animal Science Complex on UNL East Campus.

Middle and high school students interested in pursing a degree in animal science with a focus on companion animals, horses, or livestock, will have the opportunity to meet with our faculty and get information on majors and classes offered.

“The Open House is a great opportunity to learn how to connect your interest in animals to a college program and eventually your career,” Lisa Karr, Companion Animal Specialist, said.

“Students can learn about different aspects of animal science including nutrition, genetics, and health and get the opportunity to speak with professors and current students and experience hands on activities.”

Students will venture through the animal science building on a scavenger hunt for information.

They will also hear about the various animal-related organizations such as Equestrian team, Livestock and Horse Judging teams, Students for the Education of Exotic and Companion Animals, Pre-Vet Club, and Block and Bridle.

For more information, please contact Lisa Karr at 402-472-6458, (lisa.karr@unl.edu); or Lena

Luck at 402-472-9098, (lena.luck@unl.edu).

Fair Opportunity Project’s Guide

The  Fair Opportunity Project’s Guide is a free resource being sent to every public school in the US. The goal of this guide is to provide all students with free access to the best college application and financial aid information, regardless of background. The guide was written by  20+ students from the nation’s top colleges, 7 advisors, and 200 high school counselors from across the nation to get students the necessary information for application success. It has also been unofficially reviewed and praised by some of the nation’s leading college admissions committees.

It may be accessed at fairopportunityproject.com or by clicking here.

Seton Hall’s Pirate Pitch Contest

Seton Hall University offers high school students a chance to win cash and scholarships by entering a Pirate Pitch contest designed to teach the basics of entrepreneurship and idea generation.

1st Place Winner: $2,500 cash prize. Plus $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($2,500 annually).

2nd Place Winner: $1,000 cash prize. Plus $6,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,500 annually).

All other Finalists will receive a $4,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,000 annually).

How to Enter

Submit an original business idea that, in 350 words or less, describes an innovative product or service that you would like to create. Or,  tell us about a business you’ve already launched! Students need to answer the following questions:

  1. What problem does the product or service solve?
  2. How do you propose making money?
  3. Who are your customers and why will they buy your product or service?
  4. Who is your competition and how are you going to be better than them?


Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at midnight.


All high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Ten finalists will be selected by late October and invited to present their business ideas in person or via Skype to a panel of judges at Seton Hall University on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., with a reception to follow. Plus,  students can make a weekend out of it and attend our Open House on November 20.

 Learn more by visiting shu.edu/go/HSPitch

George Washington University

George Washington University is currently receiving admissions apps via Common App (the supplement questions went live last month). Students who wish to apply for fall 2017 enrollment should do so by the following dates:

  • Early Decision I – November 1
  • B.A./M.D. – December 1
  • Early Decision II – January 1
  • Regular Decision – January 1

Learn more about GW’s application deadlines and process for freshman admissions.  If you have questions about anything mentioned here or other aspects of GW (admission or student-related), feel free to contact us at gwadm@gwu.edu or 202.994.6040 or reach out to our representative from your area.

TCA 2016-17 Online

The Career Academy’s 2016-17 on-line application is now open!  Go to thecareer.academy to apply for next school year.  Also, TCA invites current 10th and 11th graders to our fall TCA Information Sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning September 27.  Meet the instructors, experience the hands-on instruction and learn how “doing high school differently” might be for you!  For specific Career Pathway Information Session dates and times visit thecareer.academy.

Cornell University

Beginning in fall 2016, undergraduate students who hold DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) status granted by the federal government will be considered domestic students by Cornell University for purposes of admissions and financial aid, and thus are eligible for need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid like any U.S. citizen or permanent resident. While federal and state financial aid (including grants, loans, and federal work-study) is not available for DACA students, Cornell University provides institutional financial aid in place of federal/state grants and loans; summer savings and academic-year work may be included in the financial aid package, and DACA students are expected to obtain federal work authorization as part of their federal DACA status. Undergraduate students with DACA status will be charged non-resident tuition. Cornell will extend financial aid eligibility to all DACA students enrolled at Cornell, including students newly enrolled as of fall 2016 as freshmen or transfers, and continuing students matriculated in prior years. You can read more at: https://admissions.cornell.edu/news/daca-students.

Beginning with the class enrolling in fall 2017, admissions decisions for international applicants and undocumented applicants without DACA status will be need-aware. This means that they will be evaluated for admission with consideration of the ability of students or parents to pay educational costs. International students who are admitted and demonstrate financial need will receive a financial aid package that meets 100% of their demonstrated financial need (Cornell University does not provide partial financial aid awards). International applicants and undocumented applicants without DACA status who indicate on their applications that they will not be applying for financial aid (and who are admitted) will not be eligible to apply for financial aid at any time as an undergraduate at Cornell. Applicants who anticipate the need for financial assistance at any point during their undergraduate course of study at Cornell must apply for aid when they apply for admission. To apply for the university’s need-based financial aid program, applicants must complete and submit the CSS Profile. Learn about the financial aid process for international applicants: http://finaid.cornell.edu/apply-aid/international-applicants.

Cornell’s new online resource that will provide a wealth of information for prospective students, families and counselors is MeetEzra, a searchable database of frequently-asked questions designed for students. Students may use it to learn about everything from the admissions process to academics to life on campus. To begin (or continue) exploring Cornell, check out MeetEzra today!

College eXpress Scholarships


Scholarship: Create Real Impact Contest
Due Date: September 30


Scholarship: Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship
Due Date: September 30


Scholarship: ShipDig.com Scholarship
Due Date: September 30


Scholarship: Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
Due Date: October 31


Scholarship: Bluetooth Breakthrough Award
Due Date: December 13

Featured scholarships



Creative Center’s Open House

Creative Center’s Open House
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Address: 10850 Emmet Street, Omaha, NE 68164
(Northwest of 108th and Maple Streets)
RSVP: None required. Arrive anytime between 11 and 2!
Tours: About an hour.
Can’t make it? Call or email Rich in our admissions office and set up a personal tour at 888-898-1789 x216 or rich_c@creativecenter.edu.

Yale Updates

The Yale Class of 2021,  will be the first to enroll 1,550 students – a 15% increase over previous classes. Two new residential halls will also be available next year.

Three Ways to Apply to Yale 

Freshman applicants now have three application platforms to choose from when applying to Yale. Beginning this year, we will accept the Common Application, the new Coalition Application, and the QuestBridge National College Match Application without preference for one over another. Students should submit one – and only one – application per admissions cycle. We encourage students to select the option that’s right for them. More information about the Coalition Application and exciting updates to our QuestBridge application process are available below.

Simplified Process for QuestBridge Finalists

We are happy to announce that students who are named finalists in the upcoming QuestBridge National College Match process may share their QuestBridge Application with Yale and will not need to submit a Common Application or any additional recommendations, essays, or transcripts to complete their applications. QuestBridge Finalists will only need to submit official standardized test results and the required financial aid materials. QuestBridge Finalists may use their QuestBridge Application to apply to Yale through the National College Match, Yale’s Single-Choice Early Action program, or the Regular Decision process. Detailed instructions are available on our website.

The New Coalition Application

After many months of development and much valuable feedback from counselors like you, the Coalition Application went live last month. In addition to more intuitive and mobile-friendly technology, the Coalition Application has two significant differences from the Common Application that will be relevant to your students:

  • A streamlined process for requesting fee waivers that are valid at multiple schools, including Yale.
  • A different Yale-specific essay prompt, detailed below.

Students using the Coalition Application will be prompted to upload a document, image, audio file, or video they have created in the last four years that holds special meaning for them. They will be asked to reflect (in 250 words or fewer) on why they chose to share this piece of work and its relationship to one of two topics: A community to which you belong and the footprint you have left OR A time in the last few years when you felt genuine excitement learning about something.

As you may know, the Coalition provides a private online space called the Locker, where students can collect and organize digital material. College admissions officers will not see what a student stores in the Locker and will not have access to any materials in a Locker other than those a student includes with his/her college application. Prospective students should not invite Yale admissions staff to collaborate on any items uploaded to the Locker, or invite them as a contact via the Coalition platform. Demonstrated interest is not a factor in Yale’s decision-making process.

New Questions on the Common Application

Students applying to Yale using the Common Application will respond to a series of Yale-specific questions, including two short essays. Applicants will choose two of the following topics and respond to each in 200 words or fewer:

  • What is a community to which you belong? Reflect on the footprint that you have left.
  • Reflect on a time in the last few years when you felt genuine excitement learning about something.
  • Write about something that you love to do.

All of the Yale-specific questions in both of these applications are available at admissions.yale.edu/essay-topics. We hope that the updated topics and application options will help to shed new light on applicants’ distinctive strengths and identities. The new questions also echo the vision for Yale College articulated by Dean of Yale College Jonathan Holloway.

Standardized Testing Policies and Timeline

For the second year, Yale will not require SAT Subject Tests. Students who have completed any Subject Tests may share or withhold scores as they like. The SAT or the ACT with Writing is required of all applicants. For students submitting only results from the redesigned SAT (taken in March 2016 or later) the additional essay is required. Students applying for freshman admission this cycle and next may submit either the old or the new SAT; we will not prefer one test over another. Please note Yale’s policy that applicants should report all scores received on whichever required test (SAT or ACT) they submit. For our complete testing policies, visit admissions.yale.edu/standardized-testing.

SATs and SAT Subject Tests taken in November may arrive in time for consideration in Yale’s Single Choice Early Action program, but we advise applicants to complete and submit required standardized testing from previous test dates. For Single-Choice Early Action applicants who plan to take November SATs or SAT Subject Tests, admissions officers will begin the evaluation process with the official scores already on file.

New Yale Award for Juniors

Yale’s new Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) is sponsoring an award for high school juniors: The Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement. The award will be given to students who demonstrate a record of creative leadership and public service, academic distinction, interdisciplinary problem solving, and experience addressing societal issues that might include, but need not be limited to, race and racism. To be considered for the Yale Bassett Award, interested high school students in the class of 2018 should submit an application, which will include the name of a teacher, mentor, coach, religious leader, community-based non-profit leader, or community member who will provide a letter of recommendation. The application deadline is February 1, 2017. Faculty affiliated with the RITM center will select and notify winners this spring. The Admissions Office does not administer the award, and applying for the award will not affect a student’s chances of being admitted to Yale.

Multicultural Open House on October 15

The Admissions Office will host Yale’s annual Multicultural Open House on Saturday October 15. All prospective students and their families are welcome to join for all or part of the day. The program features a faculty panel, student life forum, performances by student groups, opportunities to visit Yale’s four cultural centers, and brunch in the residential college dining halls. Yale’s new Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration will also be featured.