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Pacific Northwest Regional Admissions Counselors Program

I recently was invited to attend a counselor lunch hosted by eleven colleges from around the country. The admissions representatives for these institutions are based in the Northwest and provide support for students interested in applying. I have included some key updates from each institution.

Anne Hathaway Cottage at Dominican University of California

Anne Hathaway Cottage at Dominican University of California

Dominican University of California

Located on 80 acres in the beautiful Marin County town of San Rafael, Dominican is a Catholic university of 2,200 undergraduates. Graduating in four years is guaranteed, and students can combine professional programs with liberal arts. Dominican recently received a $25M donation to improve its business program. Division II athletics are popular, and many students take advantage of the great outdoor opportunities in Marin County and the Bay Area. They offer two net price calculators, one to determine merit awards and one for need-based awards.

Carroll College

Carroll College is a Catholic liberal arts college in Helena, MT, with 1,492 students. The sense of community is strong, and the offerings include many pre-professional programs, particularly in the areas of science and medicine. Carroll’s math-modeling team recently won a major national award, and students continually rank in the 95+ percentile in the ETS biology test, commonly continuing on to graduate and medical school at very high rates. Civil and environmental engineering are also popular majors.

Carroll also offers a unique program—Anthrozoology, in which students explore the unique relationship between humans and animals. Equine and canine components help students go on to careers as equine or canine program directors, trainers, certified therapeutic riding instructors, and researchers. Carroll is in the NAIA athletic division and has a football program and more.

Hawaii Pacific University

Hawaii Pacific University is located in two locations on the island of Oahu—one in Honolulu and one in the foothills of the windward side of the island. With an undergraduate population of 6,200 students, it is the largest private college in Hawaii. This year HPU commenced construction of much-needed new housing and classroom facilities in downtown Honolulu. The windward campus is more residential, and both are very diverse with many international students. Marine Science is a popular major, and communications and business majors can participate in the student-operated advertising agency. The debate team has won many awards, and Division II HPU now offers a new sport—acrobatics and tumbling! Students with a weighted GPA of 3.7 qualify for a $12,000 annual scholarship, and many other merit awards are also available.

Hawaii Pacific University Marine Biology

Hawaii Pacific University Marine Biology

Idaho State University

The Idaho State University campus of 11,000 undergraduates is located in Pocatello, Idaho, and is part of the WUE program. Students from Washington with a GPA of 3.0 and above will receive reduced tuition of $9,500 a year. Students with a 3.75 receive a full waiver of out-of-state tuition. The sciences are very popular at ISU, and there are extensive offerings in the medical fields, education, engineering, and technology. A major in outdoor education, as well as extensive opportunities in the surrounding natural area, make this a great choice for students who enjoy the outdoors.

Johnson & Wales Baking and Pastry Student Project

Johnson & Wales Baking and Pastry Student Project

Johnson & Wales University

Johnson & Wales has four campuses throughout the US, with the largest in Providence, RI. Students may also choose to study in North Miami, Denver, or Charlotte, NC. While primarily a culinary university, JWU offers 44 different degrees including business, hospitality, arts, and technology. Scholarships are available to many incoming students participating in high school clubs, including DECA. JWU offers rolling admissions; however, the very popular Baking & Pastry Arts program fills quickly and students need to apply early. A new school of Arts & Sciences was opened recently.

Juniata College

Juniata College is a small liberal arts college located in the scenic mountains of central Pennsylvania on a beautiful 110-acre campus that is supplemented by the 310-acre Baker-Henry Nature Preserve and Baker Peace Chapel. In addition, the campus includes a 365-acre Environmental Studies Field Station on the nearby lake, allowing students in the program to perform extensive field studies. The undergraduate enrollment is 1,619, and Juniata is considered one of the Colleges That Change Lives. The Peace and Conflict Studies program is reflective of the Quaker and Mennonite roots of Juniata. Besides a more typical liberal arts curriculum, Juniata also offers business and information and digital technology programs.

Knox College

Knox is a small liberal arts college located three hours from Chicago in Galesburg, IL, and is also included in the[JH1]  College That Change Lives consortium. The undergraduate population is currently 1,400, but is growing to 1,600. Students take three classes at a time, and the college is test-optional for admissions. The new high tunnels/growing domes have allowed students to produce more of the campus food. Construction continues for other projects on campus, and the applicant pool was the largest ever this year. Study abroad and other off-campus programs are popular, with almost 50 percent of students participating. Knox students must develop a multi-dimensional Educational Plan that includes experiential learning, core competencies, and foundation courses.


The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama is a major research university with 29,000 undergraduates. The university is part of the SEC Division I conference, and students participate in many school spirit activities. The nearby NASA facility and Mercedes plant provide internships for engineering and science majors. There is considerable merit money for out-of-state students with a 3.0 and 1000 SAT (CR and math). Full tuition scholarships are offered for out-of-state students with an unweighted 3.5 GPA and an ACT of 32 or an SAT of 1400. Out-of-state costs are considerably less than at most state universities.

University of the Pacific

The University of the Pacific is unique in that it is a small liberal arts college with both an engineering program and a Music Conservatory with a jazz option. The main campus is located in Stockton, CA, and students are able to travel to both San Francisco and the Tahoe/Yosemite area easily from campus. Many merit scholarships are available, as well as accelerated programs in dentistry and law. Combined bachelor’s and masters degrees are available for students in both engineering and accounting. The study abroad program is popular, and I was impressed to learn that Pacific students receive support through a course on transitioning back home after their experience abroad.

Quest University

Quest University in Canada was founded in 2007 and will reach its maximum capacity next year with 650 students. Courses are designed on the block plan, with a single goal—to create a university education that engages and inspires problem-solvers for the 21st century. With no pre-programmed majors, all students must create a Question to guide their studies in the final two years. The culmination is a keystone senior thesis project. Courses are all small and discussion based. Many academic scholarships are available for US citizens. Students come from over 40 countries to study at this striking jewel of a campus located midway between Vancouver and Whistler and enjoy the many outdoor opportunities in British Columbia.






 [JH1]Need to change this to “Colleges.” I can’t do it.

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