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SAGE Scholars Monthly Newsletter | July 2022

SAGE Scholars FastTrak: Admissions Without Applications

SAGE Scholars FastTrak®:

Admissions Without Applications

Featured in Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed's Scott Jaschik recently published an article on SAGE Scholars work to alter the basic college admissions paradigm.

This fall, numerous SAGE Scholars member colleges and universities intend to offer students participating in our unique FastTrak program admissions, or at least a preliminary admissions indication - before asking for an application!

We at SAGE Scholars have created the FastTrak program to recognize students' hard work, their accomplishments, and their interests before they apply to college. Students automatically enroll in the FastTrak program when they set up their SAGE Scholars Student Account. Completing the steps for available bonus Tuition Rewards Points increases a student's FastTrak score and visibility to member colleges & universities. FastTrak encourages students to complete simple tasks, including uploading a copy of their high school transcript, identifying majors of interest or academic interests, extracurriculars and sports they intend to participate in at the college level. Students with high FastTrak scores receive Priority Status, increasing their visibility to participating colleges.

SAGE Scholars' goal is twofold: create a dialog between students and member colleges; and help students build relationships with one or more member institutions.

Meeting these goals helps students and their families make informed decisions about which colleges to consider based on "fit." Colleges recognize this as an opportunity to grant students provisional offers of admission, based on the student's SAGE Scholars Student Profile.

Account holders can invite a student to join the SAGE Scholars FastTrak program by logging into their student's page and selecting "Invite Student to Create a Login" from the available actions next to the student's name.

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Warner University Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Warner University Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Warner University is located in Lake Wales, FL. With almost 1,200 students from over 30 states and 20 countries, Warner University provides a diverse, intentional, and Christ-centered community. The "family feel" is what Warner University is all about. With a 14:1 student-to-professor ratio in the classroom, students can experience intentional learning in a setting that allows for making life-long friendships. Free tutoring and academic review services are also available - for every student. With 21 athletic programs, students can pursue their dream of playing at the collegiate level while being poured into by coaches who care about spiritual development as much as they do about performance.

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DePauw University Faculty Approves New Academic Programs In Business, Film And Media Arts

DePauw University Faculty Approves New Academic Programs In Business, Film And Media Arts

The DePauw University faculty has approved four new academic programs as part of the university's academic renewal goal in its DePauw Bold & Gold 2027 strategic plan. Majors in Business Analytics and Finance were created, as were a minor in Entrepreneurship and a major and a minor in Film and Media Arts. Ultimately, the new business-related programs, coupled with existing programs, will be part of DePauw's School of Business and Leadership, which will launch in fall 2023. The new Film and Media Arts programs, replacing the current Film Studies major and minor, will be part of the new Creative School that will launch in fall 2024. Read More

Otterbein Announces New Environmental Chemistry Major

Otterbein Announces New Environmental Chemistry Major

Otterbein has started enrolling students in Environmental Chemistry - a new major designed as a pathway for students to combine their passion for chemistry with their concern for the environment. Students interested in majoring in Environmental Chemistry may qualify for the Choose Ohio First Cardinal STEMM Scholarship. "This major combines all elements of an Otterbein education - the intentional blending of the liberal arts and professional studies combined with a unique approach to integrating direct experience - into learning," said Joan Esson, chair of the Department of Chemistry. Environmental chemists are needed as the world addresses major issues, such as climate change, water quality, and renewable energy sources to protect and conserve our environment for the future. These science specialists monitor and study chemicals in the environment to understand how these chemicals enter our ecosystems, the effects they have, and how to prevent or remedy areas of concern. Read More

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10 Things You Can Do Freshmen Year to Ensure Career Success

By Patricia Roy

As a freshman, you want to do it all: learn new things, meet new people, and expand your horizons. Until now, your daily habits have been largely shaped by your parents and your school. Now, you have the opportunity to try something new. The following time-tested and professor-approved tips should keep you productive, healthy, and on the road to success. Read More

Scholarship Essays 101

By Maggie Argiro

Writing can be daunting. If you're like me, when you sit down to write, you slide into a series of what-ifs: What if I can't do this? What if I don't get the scholarship I need? What if they tell me no? Look no further! I'm here to help make scholarship writing a little bit easier! Read More

College Coping: Stress & Burnout

By Kaley Ciluffo

Caring for your health in college proves challenging for many students-particularly those struggling to adjust to a new schedule and lifestyle away from home. Moving into adulthood, allowing physical and mental wellness to become a low priority can have adverse consequences. Though easy to disregard and take health for granted, it's important to know how to manage emotions to avoid burnout. A consequence of both physical and mental neglect means many students are not equipped to recognize what burnout looks like or even that it exists. For students trying to balance and maintain social, academic, and personal lives, it's easy for the scales to tip. Read More

Molloy University Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Molloy University Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Molloy, a Catholic college in Long Island, NY located less than one hour from New York City, provides a value-centered, multidimensional education with more than 50 academic undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs grounded in the ideals of truth and respect for the dignity and worth of every individual. Our accomplished faculty are committed to student success, leading small classes in which students are encouraged to think critically and explore creatively. Combining the strengths of academic excellence and leadership with personal, compassionate mentoring, we bring out the best in every student.

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Defiance College partners with the University of North Dakota to offer a new dual degree

Defiance College partners with the University of North Dakota to offer a new dual degree

Thanks to a new dual-degree partnership, students at Defiance College can earn both a math degree at Defiance and a civil or electrical engineering degree from the University of North Dakota (UND). The project takes advantage of UND's long history of offering fully accredited online engineering degrees. Defiance is the tenth campus with which UND's College of Engineering & Mines now partners with in dual-degree programs. "The College of Engineering and Mines has been a pioneer in distance engineering education for over three decades," said the UND's dean, Brian Tande. "The capabilities we have developed allow us to deliver our programs in innovative ways in order to reach students for whom an engineering degree would not otherwise be accessible." Read More

Announcing University of La Verne's College of Health and Community Well-Being

Announcing University of La Verne's College of Health and Community Well-Being

A new era of healthcare requires new ways of looking at and teaching health. The University of La Verne is rising to meet the challenge. The university is proud to announce the opening of its College of Health and Community Well-Being-the university's fifth college-which will be a hub for high-quality education, research, and innovation in health and the social determinants of health. It will also provide a pipeline of qualified graduates to support the Southern California region's growing need for healthcare professionals. The college, which officially opened on July 1, 2022, offers 10 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing, health administration, physician assistant practice, child life, psychology, marriage and family therapy, clinical psychology, kinesiology, and athletic training. Additional programs will be added beginning in fall 2023. Read More

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College Athletics Series: Considerations For Incoming Athletes

By SAGE Scholars

This three-part series will guide prospective and incoming college athletes through student-athlete life. Part one of this series spotlights advice from a former Division I All-American about what to consider before arriving on campus. Part two will explore the college recruiting process, and part three features SAGE Scholar member college programs with outstanding athletics success. Read More

How to Use the Career Center Effectively

By Dr. Gwendolyn Maria Parrish

It is likely that while you are managing course assignments and moving along your educational journey, you have had little time to consider all of your career options after graduation. While you probably have career goals you want to accomplish, you may not know where to start. This is when the Career Center is helpful. The primary purpose of this college resource is to help you master the required skills necessary to succeed in your search for a new career after graduation. The Career Center is the perfect starting point for finding your career path and preparing for your future job search success. Read More

Joy Rather Than Anxiety: A New College Application Paradigm?

By James B. Johnston, Ed.D.

In a December, 2021, blog, Jenny Rickard, President and CEO of Common App, stated that its goal is to create "a college admissions process that sparks joy rather than anxiety." For those students applying to the most highly selective colleges, and for those whose financial aid awards will ultimately determine if, or where, they matriculate, that goal, while admirable, is probably not attainable. An analogy, perhaps, would be to suggest that students and alumni of a lower-seeded NCAA March Madness basketball team could, prior to and during the game, watch with no anxiety - only joy. Highly unlikely! Whether the Common App goal, joy rather than anxiety, is relevant for all students is debatable, but it could be more broadly defined to include a second cohort: colleges' Enrollment staffs. Read More

Florida Institute of Technology, Alliant International University, and Azusa Pacific University Named In Top 10 Psychology Schools in the Country

Florida Institute of Technology, Alliant International University, and Azusa Pacific University Named In Top 10 Psychology Schools in the Country

The top psychology schools across the nation help students unlock several fantastic employment opportunities. Whether you want to work as an independent psychologist or a school counselor, the options are vast. With the schools in the Best Universities list, you'll find many common themes, but they all focus on providing enriched education to help bolster your future career. To help students find the best psychology schools, we've curated a list of 10 top-ranked programs nationwide. Read More

Rensselaer Announces Institute for Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Computing

Rensselaer Announces Institute for Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Computing

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson today announced the launch of the Rensselaer Institute for Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Computing (DAIC). The goal of the Institute is to become the primary academic center in the country for advancing new computational paradigms, including those that are a hybrid of conventional, neuromorphic, and quantum computing - combining bits, neurons, and qubits, which will make it possible to solve problems that current computing systems cannot. The new institute will allow Rensselaer to innovate using quantum computing and edge computing for networks and cyber-physical systems, and hacker-proof quantum communications. Read More

Roanoke Physics Program Earns National Recognition

Roanoke Physics Program Earns National Recognition

A recent honor places Roanoke College's physics program in the top 10 percent nationally and internationally. The Roanoke College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office. That designation is given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and worldwide. The honor recognizes chapters for their excellence as top-tier, student-led physical sciences organizations. SPS chapters are evaluated on their level of interaction with the campus community, the professional physics community, the public, and with SPS national programs. The Outstanding Chapter Award recognizes high levels of outreach as well as unique approaches to fulfilling the mission of SPS to "help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community." Read More

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Navigating College Websites

By Kaley Ciluffo

For rising juniors and seniors, summer is a time to start your college search afresh or solidify your shortlist. If you're looking out of state, the feasibility of visiting or 'trying out' prospective colleges will likely be out of reach and not beneficial until you've narrowed your list to two to three possibilities. One way to gain tremendous insight about a prospective college is to visit the website. Read More

Rocking Welcome Week

By Xavier Royer

The first week on campus has a buzz to it that makes it one of the most memorable times of the year for students and educators. Refreshed from summer, faculty, staff, and students alike return to campus with a renewed vigor and tales of a summer hopefully well spent. For incoming freshmen, however, this can be a daunting time. Months ago, they left their high school legacies behind at the graduation stage. Taking those first steps on campus represents a blank slate, which means new opportunities but also unfamiliarity. That first week on campus, particularly for those who have moved a long way from home, can be stressful. Thankfully, campuses across the country have developed a tradition to help ease their new students into the university environment. Read More

5 Myths About College Classes

By Jessica Dickenson

As an incoming college freshman, you probably have a lot of preconceived ideas about what college will be like. AP courses, college advising, television, your peers, and the internet probably have given you a good idea of what to expect on your first day of classes. Although all these sources may be a good foundation, here are some common misconceptions about college courses we have debunked. 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 SAGE Advice question to support@sagescholars.com to be featured in our next MC&G newsletter!

Student's Question:

Dear SAGE,

Our son got into a college he's really excited to go to, and we want to be supportive without being embarrassing. What are the cool parents doing these days? Sweatshirts? Car stickers? Sending the announcement to the local paper?

Sincerely,

Delighted & Playing it Cool

SAGE Answer:

Dear Delighted & Playing it Cool,

Congratulations to your son! That is a phenomenal accomplishment, and one that he should celebrate for a while. Amid all the excitement, I'd ask your son how he would like to celebrate. Is there somewhere he wants to go for dinner? Something he's been wanting to do? Get a gauge and see what he's thinking. Otherwise, any college gear is a safe bet on the cool factor. Another popular thing as of late is for parents to decorate their children's beds with their schools themed colors, college apparel, balloons, and snacks. This tradition is largely referred to as a college bed party. You can find examples on Pinterest and on Instagram. Your son will be appreciative of whatever gesture you make because it's an expression of your pride. Congratulations, and celebrate well!

Sincerely,

SAGE Scholars