Mar 14


Junior Update March 2018

Dear Juniors:

With the long weekend coming up, here are some possible assignments for you:

–Apply for Scholarships or Summer Programs

–Visit Colleges


There aren’t a lot of scholarships for Juniors, but here is one specifically for the Class of 2018.  The Bryan Cameron Education Foundation is a private, family foundation established by Bryan Cameron, a Bay Area philanthropist on the principle of making an impact.  Candidates must have a GPA of 3.7 and excel in Community Service, Leadership, and Extra-Curricular activities. The early deadline is May 25, 2018 with a regular submission deadline of September 12.  More information available at

Students who might qualify for the QuestBridge Summer Prep Scholars Program are urged to look into this.  It is completely free summer program, and qualifying students may also qualify for the QuestBridge College Match Program next fall.  It is an amazing opportunity.  The summer program deadline is March 21, 2018.  Please let Patti know if you want to be nominated or for more information.  Applications are available at

Interested in the United States Coast Guard Academy? The best way to know if this is for you—and to aid in your admission chances—is to attend the USCGA’s Summer program for high school juniors.  This intensive six-day program will challenge students and help them discover their inner resources.  Application deadline is April 1, 2018.  For more information visit

College Visits:

The second step in the decision making process is “College Awareness,” and many of you may be planning to visit colleges over the February break.

According to a UCLA study (see Fox Business link below), these are the top 5 factors students used for choosing the college they attended:

1—Academic reputation

2—Employment rate of alumni

3—Financial assistance given

4—Cost of attendance

5—Personal campus visit

 Generally these visits include an information session and a campus tour.  Sometimes a personal interview might be offered.  You might also be able to meet with a financial aid officer and/or someone from your desired major.  Remember to call ahead—or set up an appointment through the college web page—and plan to visit no more than two colleges in one day.

There are some “set” campus visits for Juniors, such as

Aquinas College fine Arts AQ Day:  Friday, March 16 8:30 am-2:00 pm.  Explore Art, Creative Writing, Music and Theatre with sessions such as How to Succeed in a Music Major, Jazz Improvisation Clinic or Theatre for Social Change.  Visit or call 616-632-2900

Oakland University “Go for the Gold” Saturday, March 17 from 9 am-2 pm. Reserve your spot at

Students interested in Criminal Justice are invited to Ferris State University’s Police Academy and Open House on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Interested students will be given a tour of the Police Academy and cadets will demonstrate MCOLES testing qualifications and advanced training and answer your questions.  A campus tour, presentation on student life and lunch are included.  To reserve your place, email:

 Lawrence Technological University Exploration Day. Explore education and career opportunities, participated in fun, hands-on activities, meet faculty and have lunch.  March 23, 2018.  Register by March 16 at or call 800-225-5588.

Johns Hopkins University comes to Michigan.  A JHU info session will be held at Detroit Country Day School in the Eisenberg Studio Theater on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 6:30 PM.  RSVP at

Case Western Reserve Spring Open Houses.  Visits dates for Juniors are now available on the following Fridays:  March 30, April 6, 13 and 20.  To register or for more information visit

Maryland Institute College of Art holds its annual Open House on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at their Baltimore campus.  Special emphasis will be put on applying to art colleges, including how to put together a portfolio of artwork and how a pre-college program can prepare the student for the application process, as well as an opportunity to build a network of MICA staff members.  Lunch will staff and a student guided tour are included.  Information in College Counseling or register at

Grand Valley State University Laker Experience Days. Representatives from academic departments and student services will answer questions.  A campus tour is available as well as a tour of the Frederik Meijer Honors College.  Friday April 6 or April 13, 2018.  Register at or call 800-748-0246.

American Academy of Art Open house in Chicago will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018.  The program includes career opportunities for artists, fine art demonstrations, presentations about “What the Academy can do for you” including Career Services, Illustration, Graphic Design, Multimedia Design, 3-D Modeling Animation and Photography as well as an alumni paned and student activities.  Information in College Counseling or register at

Aquinas College holds its AQ Day on Friday, April 20.  Learn about academics—including a new partnership with Western Michigan University in Engineering, and new majors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology–athletics, study away, scholarships and have a campus tour and lunch.  Register at or call 800-678-9593.

University of Michigan Dearborn Spring Open House will be Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Attend a mock class, take a tour including visiting the Union Housing option, and speak with faculty, staff and students.  Register at or call 313-593-5100.


In general, if you plan ahead, you can also visit a class or two and even spend the night with a student.  Often students wait until senior year—even after being accepted—for this level of visit, but juniors are welcome to do this.

Probably most crucial is the campus tour.  You can see the facilities, hear about school priorities, and, if you are astute, maybe even get some candid information about the college, beyond the standard admissions spiel.

Below are some good questions to ask your tour guide:

1—What is a typical class like?

2—What academic/career resources are available?

3—What is it like to live on campus?

4—Why did you choose this college?

Here are some additional questions you might want to ask:

These can give you a jump start in how to plan college visits and organize your thoughts—you certainly can come up with your own ideas as well!

Patricia Bostwick, MA. LPC

Director of College Counseling


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