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Lots of Admissions Representatives Visiting Our Area

on October 31, 2015 in Application Process

 

Lawrence University

Lawrence University

Lawrence University

Annie Sullivan, the admissions representative for the Seattle area at Lawrence University, hosted a very informative counselor lunch last week in Bellevue. She was in town visiting high schools and interviewing students, and was able to provide an excellent update on Lawrence University.

Lawrence is a small, liberal arts college located in Appleton, Wisconsin. Lawrence is included in the Colleges That Change Lives consortium, with teaching a primary focus of faculty who all live nearby and engage in many activities on campus. The sense of community is strong for this reason.

The Music Conservatory constitutes a quarter of the students, and non-majors are able to participate in ensembles ranging from jazz to bluegrass to baroque. Music is a big part of the experience on campus, and students with an interest in heavy metal and African drumming can definitely find their path. Auditions are held on campus and in the Seattle area for the conservatory, but visiting campus is always the best option when going through this process. Lawrence also offers a Bachelor of Music combined with a BA in a five-year program.

Here are some other interesting updates:

  • Lawrence has one of the top physics programs in the country, and a major in neuroscience, combining psychology and biology and offering substantial research opportunities.
  • Lawrence is great for students who love music but want to major in something else.
  • Learning support at Lawrence has been expanded considerably with a several million-dollar donation for expansion of academic support. This support is for keeping students on track while on campus, and has allowed for the new Freshman Academic Institute. At the Institute, students arrive on campus early and take a lecture-based psychology course as well as a student success course (learning skills) as they transition freshman year.
  • Students may stay in Lawrence’s cabins in the birch grove on Lake Michigan two hours from campus, enjoying cozy fires, hikes and camaraderie!
  • Off-Campus Programs are very popular, including a campus in London (London Centre) with courses in drama, theater and finance-with a big break in the middle for travel.
  • The trimester program is great for students who like to clip along academically, allowing for more courses during the year.

TCU

TCU Stadium

TCU Stadium

John Willis, the new Northwest representative for TCU met with counselors and provided an update, here are some highlights:

  • Freshmen/sophomores have to live on campus
  • Fifty percent of campus is Greek, and higher for women, but freshmen may not live in sororities or fraternities
  • Check this out to find out what is happening on campus
  • Students are required to take one religion class in four years, and it can include any religious-based course
  • Business major is the most popular, the faculty is growing, small classes and study abroad offerings are available for the major
  • No major is restrictive on space, with direct entry for everyone with the exception of the competitive TCU nursing program which is a direct entry four-year program
  • Great career support and internships in the Dallas, Ft. Worth area and beyond
  • Division I sports are very popular, as the Horned Frogs compete in the Big Twelve Conference, building lots of school spirit at a university of 8,000 undergraduates
  • Athletic training is very pre-professional
  • LD support: profs are approachable
  • Actively recruiting around the country
  • TCU has ramped up scholarships and financial aid
  • Retention rate 90%
  • Frog Camp: very successful, 80% choose this option as freshmen, facilitator students popular job, meeting other freshmen, mentored by older students, faculty, police, administrators all involved for support. The program is highly subsidized by TCU and students travel abroad as well if they prefer.
  • Honors College: 8% of admitted students offered spot, almost all live together, can join after first semester if strong grades
  • Recalculate GPAS for scholarship, superscore both tests, and demonstrated interest helps with admissions

 

 

Webster Student Performance

Webster Student Performance

Webster University

Andrew Laue, the arts and communication representative for Webster University, provided a very informative update on programs and life at Webster. Here are some highlights:

 

  • A small, liberal arts college of 2400 undergrads in a suburb outside of St. Louis with a very artsy scene
  • Older residential neighborhood, very New England like
  • Conservatory of Theater Arts and communications top programs and a reason Northwest students might venture to Webster: 50% of students in the areas of film, animation, creative writing, script writing, dance, musical theater and more
  • For the most competitive major, Musical Theater, students are first admitted to university, then audition or portfolio-based review–the admit rate for this program is between 8-10%
  • Overall the admit rate is 75/80% and all students take the liberal arts core: There is a lot of flexibility on math or science courses in the core
  • Majors include a BFA in wig/make-up design, theater tech, lighting, stage management, sound, music production, film, film-scoring and video game design
  • Audition required for: art, music, theater and dance
  • St. Louis Repertory Theater shares Webster’s campus, they partner on everything and students can access professionals at rep, professional review of student costume, wigs, etc.
  • 800 beds on campus, residency only through sophomore year, many students live together in houses near campus
  • LD support for assisted technologies, spectrum, physical challenges, 8 full time professionals, getting reputation for support with LD and students can be admitted with conditions
  • Webster has campuses all over world and merit aid/financial aid may be used at these campuses, many majors are designed with study abroad in mind
  • 35% of students are from out of state
  • Alums meet in LA and NYC to make connections, also showcases: agencies, alums, companies-get in front of people, also includes tech kids
  • 100% placement for design tech (tangible portfolio)
  • Several graduates in animation at Disney
  • Very hands-on programs
  • Webster is everything a big school is not
  • For scholarships, submit a paragraph explaining non-weighted GPA and what it would be if weighted. The total cost at Webster is considerably less than most private universities and there are many merit-based scholarships for students.
  • They do unified auditions for theater in LA, more likely to get talent scholarships if attending these
  • 5-year MBA program and international business with other campuses

 

 

 

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