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SAGE Scholars Monthly Newsletter | March 2022

Fourth Annual Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship Essay Competition

Calling All SAGE Scholars High School Seniors

Apply now for an opportunity to earn a $5,000 Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship

The SAGE Scholars Educational Foundation's fourth annual Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship Essay Competition is open for submission! This year SAGE Scholars Educational Foundation is providing $100,000 in scholarships, with a maximum award of $5,000, to SAGE Scholars High School Seniors who submit a winning essay and will attend a member college or university after graduation. Login to your Tuition Rewards account to view information about this year's scholarship program and how you can apply. The scholarship submission will close on May 15th, 2022.

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Academic Resources Lauded As Lawrence Places Among Top Midwest Colleges

Academic Resources Lauded As Lawrence Places Among Top Midwest Colleges

Lawrence University is ranked among the top 10 small colleges in the Midwest in the recently released Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. The rankings are divided into categories of small schools (undergraduate enrollment of fewer than 3,000 students), midsize schools (3,000 to 10,000 undergraduates), and large schools (more than 10,000 undergraduates). Lawrence, with an enrollment of about 1,500, placed 10th among small schools and is the only Wisconsin school to earn a top-10 designation in the small-school category. It drew particularly high marks for academic resources, including access to faculty courtesy of small class sizes.

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Queens University's McColl School Remains Among The Best Business Schools In The U.S.

Queens University's McColl School Remains Among The Best Business Schools In The U.S.

The McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte has been re-accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The prestigious recognition follows recommendations by the AACSB Peer Review Team, Maintenance of Accreditation Committee and Board of Directors, that McColl has achieved or exceeded the AACSB's rigorous standards for excellence. "We're proud that the McColl has once again been recognized by AACSB, the world's leading accrediting body for our high-quality business programs," said Rick Mathieu, dean of the McColl School of Business. "McColl has a notable history of successfully preparing students to become innovative and valued leaders by offering programs that evolve with the ever-changing needs of the business community both regionally and globally." Read More

W&J College Announces Addition of New Academic Programs

W&J College Announces Addition of New Academic Programs

Washington & Jefferson College is proud to announce the addition of 19 academic programs. The launch of these new and expanded programs speaks to W&J's commitment of providing a customized education that prepares students to be professionally ready in their chosen field. "The new programs are part of an effort to provide students with more opportunities to tailor their education to suit their interests," said Jen Bayline, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Curriculum and Program Committee. "Starting next year, incoming students will be required to pursue two areas of study. We are thus building an array of programs that help them achieve their intellectual and professional goals as they create their own pairings of a double major or a major and minor." Read More

KEEPING ON TRACK WITH SAGE SCHOLARS

The Best College Extracurriculars To Strengthen Your Resume

Extracurricular activities are not only a great way to engage in campus life and build community, but they also can help students build a strong resume that signals to employers your unique skill sets and passions. With the new semester in full swing and summer fast approaching, we've compiled a non-exhaustive list of top extracurricular activities recruiters look for on resumes. Read More

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

At SAGE Scholars, we're committed to providing students with the highest quality Liberal Arts education and dispelling the common misconceptions about the value of a Liberal Arts degree. We carefully select our member colleges for robust student support, affordability, and innovative education models. In this article, you'll find compelling reasons to consider a Liberal Arts education from our SAGE Scholar Member Institutions Read More

Susquehanna University Ranks in Top 11% Nationally for Graduate Earnings

Susquehanna University Ranks in Top 11% Nationally for Graduate Earnings

Susquehanna University ranks among the top universities in the U.S. for career-long earnings, according to a new report from Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Susquehanna ranks No. 509 among 4,500 colleges and universities nationwide for salary earned over the 40-year length of a career, placing it among the top 11%. The university ranks No. 16 among private, liberal arts universities in Pennsylvania on the same metric, which includes the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, Lehigh and Duquesne universities. Specifically, the report found that by the end of their careers, Susquehanna graduates could expect to earn an additional $1 million in today's dollars than if they had not gone to college.

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Utica College is Now Utica University

Utica College is Now Utica University

"The journey of this institution is nothing short of extraordinary." Utica College is now Utica University. President Laura Casamento announced today that the New York State Board of Regents has approved and endorsed the college's petition to elevate to university status, effective immediately. "This day is not just about a name change. It represents the culmination of decades-long commitment to strategic growth, academic excellence through innovative programs and curricula, and an unwavering belief in providing incredible, life-changing opportunities to all students through higher education," said Casamento. Read More

Fisk University Launches First HBCU Intercollegiate Women's Artistic Gymnastic Team

Fisk University Launches First HBCU Intercollegiate Women's Artistic Gymnastic Team

Fisk University is delighted to announce the launch of the first HBCU Intercollegiate Women's Artistic Gymnastics Team. Women's gymnastics exemplifies the values of Fisk University: determination, excellence, and a commitment to a more just and equitable future. These values have consistently been at the forefront of women's gymnastics and Fisk could not be more excited to welcome these remarkable student-athletes to the campus starting this coming fall. Fisk University has always been recognized for its commitment to academic excellence and social justice. In recent years, the University has focused on increasing its athletic profile considering the growing interest among student-athletes for an elite HBCU experience. Read More

KEEPING ON TRACK WITH SAGE SCHOLARS

Ten Minute Professor - Affordability: Factors To Consider When Looking At College Costs

Don't let the list price of tuition scare you away from considering a private college education - it may actually end up costing less than a state school. 53% of students at a private college graduate in 4 years vs. 33% at public universities, saving a lot of time and money. In the Ten Minute Professor, we break down college affordability and the quality and fit factors to consider Read More

Transfer Student Guide

Deciding to transfer can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be! Whether you're looking for more robust community support, thinking about switching to a major not offered at your college or want to be closer to family — we have put together some helpful insights to ease your transition and maximize your incoming student experience. Read More

Rollins Named Top Producer Of Fulbright Students For 10th Consecutive Year

Rollins Named Top Producer Of Fulbright Students For 10th Consecutive Year

Rollins' focus on global citizenship, study abroad, and responsible leadership has once again earned the College a spot in the top producers of Fulbright Students. Rollins has once again been named a top producer of Fulbright Students by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This marks the 10th consecutive year that the College has achieved this notable distinction Read More

Unity College Receives Updated Classification from Prestigious Carnegie Commission

Unity College Receives Updated Classification from Prestigious Carnegie Commission

Unity College has announced the Carnegie Commission has reclassified the institution as a Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs. This is a significant change from the college's former classification as a baccalaureate college. President of the Unity College Enterprise, Dr. Erika Latty, says, "The new classifications provide a more accurate picture of Unity College today and validates our lasting commitment to the progress we have made in recent years to diversify our offerings and the learners we serve." "America's Environmental College is no longer exclusively a small, liberal arts college in Central Maine. We have become a multifaceted institution that supports a variety of educational delivery methods." Said Unity College President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury. Read More

Marian University's Byrum School of Business Named Top 10 Best Catholic Undergraduate Business Schools

Marian University's Byrum School of Business Named Top 10 Best Catholic Undergraduate Business Schools

It's another distinction to be proud of as Marian University's Byrum School of Business ranked in the top ten among Catholic schools in the Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2022 rankings by Poets&Quants, the leading online publication for undergraduate business education news. This distinction placed Marian University in the category of schools such as Georgetown University, University of Notre Dame, Villanova University, Seton Hall University, and more. Greg Rawski, Ph.D., dean of Marian University's Byrum School of Business said, "We are thrilled to be recognized for the second straight year by 2022 Poets&Quants for Undergrads which continues our momentum in educating and forming transformational business leaders who are trustworthy, healthy, inquisitive, and skilled." Read More

SAGE Advice

SAGE Advice

SAGE Advice, our new advice column, is here to help answer sponsors and students' important questions about college. Send in your question to support@sagescholars.com to be featured in our next MC&G newsletter!

Student's Question:

Dear SAGE,

I took the SAT IIs to impress my dream school but the results were... lackluster. I don't have time to retake them before I have to apply so is it better to submit my scores to show I tried to hit even the option requirements or just forget it ever happened?

Sincerely,

Test Adverse But Want My First (Choice School)

SAGE Answer:

Dear Test Adverse,

First, congratulations on making it through the SAT. It is a grueling test and to sit for it is an accomplishment. Not everyone gets their desired score on the first try, so it's ok that you fell short of your goal. The great thing about our SAGE Scholars Member Institutions is that many of them choose to utilize a holistic admissions process, which means that not submitting test scores won't be unusual nor will it negatively impact your application. In fact, many Liberal Arts colleges across the country are now going test optional because tests are not always a great indicator of a students academic potential or ability to contribute positively to the campus community. With a strong essay and resume, your application is sure to shine!

So, though many schools and your peers place a huge emphasis on that number, know that the college admissions and application climate is changing. Our SAGE Scholars Member Institutions have long championed a holistic admissions process, and many colleges are now following suit. Always remember: the number doesn't define you; you define you!

Sincerely,

SAGE Scholars