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Hosted College Events in Seattle

on February 26, 2017 in Selecting Your College

Hosted College Events in Seattle

U of O TrackThe University of Oregon hosted a counselor breakfast this week that included helpful updates on programs and admissions. Here are some quick takes provided by our Seattle admissions representative, Charlie Just, and Director of Admissions Jim Rawlings.



  • U of O is one of only two designated Association of American Universities (AAU) in the NW and is a Tier 1 research university.
  • College town atmosphere, TrackTown, USA
  • Lots of outdoor opportunities nearby, not far from Portland
  • Holistic review process
  • While U of O offers WA students some scholarships, they do not weight WA transcripts, so non-weighted GPAs may not reach levels for money.
  • 3+3 law program is new
  • Early Action Nov. 1st program, notification by Dec. 15th
  • Mid-year grades one month after deadline can factor into scholarships
  • Fewer grad students so lots of research opportunities
  • High percentage of professors teaching undergraduate courses
  • Clark Honors College: in all majors, more competitive, out-of-state applicants up 50% this year, may increase size, additional tour offered
  • Architecture summer program, 8 credits SAA
  • Gap year deferral offered, won’t lose scholarship
  • Departmental honors in most departments
  • 25% undergrads study abroad
  • New pre-freshman study abroad, apply for summer in London, nine credits, then start as freshman with study center in London, will add another city
  • Phil Knight $500M recent donation, new complex for researchers, innovation across disciplines
  • First year required on campus for everyone, new residence hall
  • Small communities within freshmen dorms
  • Journalism, architecture, business, advertising in communications, international languages, music, biology, education


The ARROW (Association for Regional Representatives of Oregon & Washington) lunch at the Space Needle was full of counselors anxious to learn more about the 24 colleges and universities. The team of local admissions representatives did a terrific job of networking prior to the presentations, and then each rep provided a two-minute overview of their institution.

Here are my quick takes on each:

Arizona State University

Full scholarship opportunities are available for Public Service, and there are other options for out-of-state students, bringing the cost down at this PAC 12 institution of 67,500 undergraduates.


Boise State University

Boise State is a WUE school with tuition and costs lower than U of Washington for qualified students. The Finish in Four is designed to encourage and assist students to graduate within four years.


Central Washington University

Popular programs in cybersecurity and aviation with small classes and strong art, music, and business


Colby-Sawyer College

This small liberal arts college in New Hampshire has a strong ski team, and many of the medically related programs include clinical rotations at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Almost all students receive merit or need-based aid.


Colorado Mesa UniversityColorado Mesa University

The perfect place for outdoorsy students to study, CMU offers all kinds of outdoor activities and one of only a few “Body Farms” (Forensic Investigation Research Station) for students in forensics, kinesiology, and exercise science.




Duquesne University

This Catholic university in Pittsburgh, PA, has a 90% retention rate and offers direct admit PA, PT, and nursing programs and a 3+3 pharmacy program. Supply chain management and sports marketing programs are popular.


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

The Prescott, Arizona, campus of Embry-Riddle offers FIRST Robotics scholarship and many merit scholarships with no separate applications.

Programs in unmanned systems (drones), Chinese, Arabic, Russian, security and intelligence are popular, with direct admit into all majors.


Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

A new bachelor’s degree in social media is popular at FIDM. They will be adding an MBA degree next year at this creative, innovative college with campuses in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, and San Diego.


Franklin University Switzerland

At this small hands-on university located above beautiful Lake Lugano in the Italian region of Switzerland, students travel with faculty as part of an interdisciplinary global travel experience.

Small classes, international student body, and interactive learning add up to a unique global experience.


Gettysburg College

The Eisenhower Institute includes programs in political science, leadership, and public policy, and students often spend time at Gettysburg’s Washington, DC, campus as part of these and other programs. Gettysburg offers a Conservatory of Music, and students can participate in the 130-piece marching band.


GonzagaGonzaga University

This Jesuit university in Spokane, WA, is full of school spirit and has a strong sense of community and a very popular basketball program. Almost all students are awarded financial aid of some kind.




Hawaii Pacific University

HPU will recalculate Washington student unweighted GPAs for scholarships. Marine science and advertising are both strong and popular programs. New housing has opened in downtown Honolulu, along with a new residential honors program and study abroad opportunities.


John Cabot University

Located in the heart of Rome, Italy, JCU has 1,250 students from over 70 countries. Housing is guaranteed all four years, and 70% of American students receive financial or merit aid. Internships abound at JCU, both in Italy and elsewhere.


Macquarie University, Sydney Australia

American students are picked up at the airport and settled into this beautiful university, which offers three-year bachelor’s degrees with no general education requirements. If students know what they want to major in, they dive right in. Eligibility for admissions is based on standardized test scores, not GPA, and admissions is rolling, all year long.


Oregon State University

Popular with Washington students who want to get a guaranteed spot in business and engineering, OSU offers many scholarships for out-of-state students, as well as credit for AP and IB scores.


Salve Regina University

Historic Newport, Rhode Island, is the setting for this beautiful Catholic university of 2,100 undergraduates. Merit aid awards are high for Washington students, and students can participate in both sailing and equestrian sports, in addition to other Division III options.


Seton Hall University

The direct-entry nursing program is popular at this Catholic university in New Jersey, and a medical school will open in 2018. The School of Diplomacy and International Relations offers a variety of internships in Washington, DC and New York.


Trinity Western University

This Christian university is located just an hour north of Bellingham, Washington, in Langley, BC, Canada. Support is key at this university of 3,300 students, as it focuses on not letting students fall through the cracks. The Freshman Academy allows freshmen to get off on the right foot academically and does not add an extra year to the four-year degree.


University College Dublin

Located in Dublin, Ireland, University College offers a three-year bachelor’s degree, with all programs offered as direct admit. Two-year work permits are also available in Ireland after graduation, so students can work during college and afterwards. They even offer a “study abroad” program at the University of Washington if students want a quarter at home!


The University of Alabama

Lots of scholarships are offered at this large public university, but they will not recalculate Washington students’ unweighted GPAs. This research university with lots of school spirit offers many areas of study, including a highly acclaimed engineering school.

U of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

This university in Scotland is included in the Common Application as it is very popular with American students. U of Glasgow, known to some students as “Hogwarts University” offers a 4th year free scholarship and a strong music program, and is in the midst of a 1 billion-pound expansion. Costs are lower than at many private US universities.


Western Undergraduate Exchange

Western Undergraduate Exchange

University of Idaho

Good news: the WUE award is now back at U of Idaho! This was just announced prior to the ARROW lunch and means there are lots of new merit options available to Washington students with a 3.2 GPA.


University of the Pacific

This small liberal arts university of 3,700 undergraduates is located in California and offers lots of merit aid. This university is unique in that it boasts a music conservatory, business, computer science, engineering, and Division I sports.


Whitman College

Located in the beautiful wine country town of Walla Walla, Whitman is a highly selective small liberal arts college with strong programs in the sciences and arts. Approximately 77% of students at Whitman receive some level of merit aid. The popular “Encounters Program” is a way for freshmen to engage with faculty and share a common intellectual experience.















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