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SAGE Scholars Monthly Newsletter | September 2022

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What if colleges applied to you? Seems counterintuitive, right?

It's not. Here's why.

Schools spend years preparing students for the college applications process. Families agonize over how to put the 'best' student forward. In the end, students and colleges expend a great deal of time and energy to find a mutually good fit.

SAGE Scholars has found a better way to match highly qualified SAGE Scholars students with institutions that best align with their unique learning and life goals. FastTrak is a new approach to bridge the gap between students, families, and colleges while expediting the admissions process.

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Ringling College of Art & Design Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Ringling College of Art & Design Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Founded in 1931, Ringling attracts 1,600 students from 54 countries, 45 states and four U.S. territories; 21% of students are international. The College offers 11 BFA majors and 2 bachelor's degree programs; students apply to a specific major. Ringling has been ranked #1 in the world for 3D animation and as Florida's top college for graphic design. More than 100 companies a year send recruiters to visit campus to meet with seniors. "Creative confidence is forged in the crucible of deadlines, demands, and deliverables," proclaims Dr. Larry R. Thompson, RCAD's President. The College's industry experience program (INDEX) allows students to build portfolios, strengthen resumes, and acquire confidence and familiarity with industry best practices. Industry experiences are abundant through classroom experiential learning, volunteerism, internships, and as client-sponsored competitions.

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SPU Named a Best National University for the seventh year in a row

SPU Named a "Best National University" for the seventh year in a row

For the seventh year in a row, Seattle Pacific has been named a "Best National University" in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings for 2022-23. U.S. News defines national universities as those institutions offering a range of undergraduate majors plus master's and doctoral programs and emphasizing faculty research or award professional practice degrees. Seattle Pacific also received high rankings in "Best Value Schools," which incorporates the overall ranking but credits schools for the amount of financial support made available to students with need. Currently, 96% of SPU students receive some sort of financial aid. In 2020, SPU lowered the undergraduate tuition rate by 25% and added new scholarships to help close the college accessibility gap. Read More

Wooster's Independent Study program tops U.S. News' Best Colleges ranking

Wooster's Independent Study program tops U.S. News' Best Colleges ranking

The College of Wooster's Independent Study program again topped U.S. News & World Report's ranking of best "Senior Capstone" programs, coming in second only to Princeton University in the magazine's "Best Colleges 2023" guidebook released Sept. 12. Wooster is No. 15, among several tied numbers, in the rankings for "Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects," joining elite company of some of the top research universities in the world, including several Ivy League schools and major R1 institutions. Since 2002, U.S. News has asked college presidents, chief academic officers, and deans which colleges provide the best undergraduate research opportunities and senior capstone experiences. Only two have made both lists every year: Wooster and Princeton. Read More

KEEPING ON TRACK WITH SAGE SCHOLARS

SAGE Scholars Educational Foundation Awards $100,000 In Scholarships

As we wrap up this year's scholarship essay contest, we'd like to extend a huge congratulations to all who applied and received an award. Amidst a pandemic and many life changes, hundreds of SAGE Scholars students took the time to submit compelling and thought-provoking essays. Your efforts do not go unnoticed, and we are inspired by your commitment to pursue advanced education. This year, the SAGE Scholars Educational Foundation proudly awarded $100,000 in scholarships to SAGE Scholars High School Seniors who participated in the fourth annual Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship Essay Competition. Three of these students stood out for the top prize and earned a $5,000 Legend Scholarship. Read More

Cultivating Confidence in Your First Year of College

By Sharon Callender

Starting anything new can be an exciting and challenging adventure for anyone. Confidence is the essential tool needed to step into any unknown endeavor courageously. Whether it is a new job, a competition, a presentation, or transitioning from high school to college, confidence is the secret sauce that keeps us focused and able to thrive. Here are a few mindset tips for cultivating confidence in the face of fear and new beginnings. Read More

Ten Best Houseplants for Your Dorm

By Patricia Roy

Need some dorm decor inspo? Consider getting a plant or two. Not only do houseplants make your room look great, but NASA found that several common houseplants remove pollutants from the air. Dorms can get stale and stinky, so adding some houseplants can freshen the space. Taking care of plants may even relieve depression. Read More

Assumption University Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Assumption University Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Assumption University, which in 2013 opened a second campus — in Rome, Italy — to offer a distinctive study-abroad experience, has become the 98th Catholic college to join the SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards program. Assumption's 185-acre main campus, in Worcester, Massachusetts' second largest city, is home to 2,000 undergraduates who can choose from 38 majors and 50 minors. Dual-degree programs encourage students to continue toward graduate degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis, Business/MBA (management, healthcare management, or accounting), Clinical Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling and Special Education. A 12-to-1 student-faculty ratio ensures small classes. Assumption is ranked as one of the "Best 388 Colleges" by The Princeton Review and as a "Best Value College" by Money Magazine.

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University of La Verne Ranked 6th Nationally for Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report

University of La Verne Ranked 6th Nationally for Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report

The University of La Verne ranked sixth nationally for social mobility of students and in the top 10 among best private national universities in California, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023 Best Colleges rankings, released September 12. In the Best Value Schools category, the university placed 10th among the best in California and is 101st nationally out of 223 institutions that were ranked. Overall, it ranked 151st among 440 institutions considered to be National Universities, which includes universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Stanford. "The University of La Verne continues to demonstrate how it is truly an institution of distinction in this country," President Devorah Lieberman said. "We will continue to lead as champions of social mobility for our graduates and provide students with a high-quality education that helps better themselves and their families." Read More

Florida Tech Recognized in New 'Degrees of the Future' Ranking

Florida Tech Recognized in New 'Degrees of the Future' Ranking

A new ranking recognizing universities that prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow with "degrees of the future" has honored Florida Tech in the Aerospace/Astronautical Engineering category. Gizmodo's Degrees of the Future 2022, presented by the tech news website and Statista Inc., a leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider, included Florida Tech and a prestigious group of other universities, such as MIT, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins and Caltech, in that category. The goal, Gizmodo says, is "to provide guidance to students who are choosing a university in one of these important fields, and to recognize the universities doing the best job preparing those students for the future. We've only awarded accolades to a small number of institutions in each discipline; if a school appears on one of the following lists, it's among the best of the best." Read More

KEEPING ON TRACK WITH SAGE SCHOLARS

How to Email Your Professor

By Ceanna Daniels

Maybe an element of your assigned reading doesn't make any sense. Maybe your syllabus has two deadlines listed for one project. Maybe you want to check if an author was subtly referencing another thinker in the chapter you read for class. Or, maybe, you need to miss a day of class for an athletics competition — whatever the case, every freshman needs to email their professor eventually. All too often, though, writing an email can be stressful—especially for incoming students with little practice talking with professors and worrying about finding the correct phrasing. To minimize your stress in emailing professors, here are some general rules to follow. Read More

Online or In-Person? Choosing the Best Course Meeting Style for You

By Kennae Hunter

When choosing courses for the upcoming semester, know which version of the course meeting is best for you. Most universities offer multiple ways to take courses, whether in person (also known as face-to-face) or online—when all class meetings and assignments are 100 percent virtual. Students have to pick the method of classes best for them. Some courses, known as hybrid, are 50 percent in-person and 50 percent online. Both online and face-to-face courses have pros and cons, and choosing the best subjects at the right time matters in your course selection. Here are some tips I wish I had known when I scheduled my classes. Read More

Self-care for Empty Nesters

By Sharon Callender

Move-in day can be bittersweet. As you unload the car and help your newly minted college freshman settle into their dorm room, you witness their shift from the little human you raised into a burgeoning adult right before your eyes. This realization can create a wellspring of emotions, from panic to elation. It's a day of tears, joy, and pride. This turning point in your child's life is also a huge one for you. For most parents, it is a moment of reluctantly letting go. It's a day when the clock starts ticking, reality sets in, and you realize your child will not be home again until holiday break. There's no turning clocks back, even if some may want to linger in the past for a little longer. Here are some simple ways to jumpstart your empty nester self-care routine. Read More

Marist College Ranks Among the Nation's Best in The Princeton Review's Student Survey

Marist College Ranks Among the Nation's Best in The Princeton Review's Student Survey

Marist College has once again been selected for inclusion in The Princeton Review's guide for The Best 388 Colleges for 2023. Results show Marist ranking among the best in the nation in student satisfaction, happiness and residential life. In the survey, student responses ranked Marist among the top 10 in the nation for its dorms and top 25 in happiness and love of college. In those same categories, Marist placed top among colleges in New York State and top five in the northeast. Their Students Love These Colleges, a category based on how strongly students agree or disagree with the statement, "I am satisfied with my school." Best College Dorms, based on students' answers to the survey question, "How do you rate residence halls/on-campus housing?" Happiest Students, which features how strongly students agree or disagree with the statement, "I am happy at my school." Read More

Chaminade University of Honolulu No. 20 in Annual 'U.S. News' College Rankings

Chaminade University of Honolulu No. 20 in Annual 'U.S. News' College Rankings

Chaminade University is proud of another strong showing in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges rankings, which once again named Chaminade among the top regional universities in the West. In the 2022-2023 rankings, Chaminade clinched the no. 20 spot in the regional group. That's up from no. 25 in 2021-2022. Chaminade President Dr. Lynn Babington said the ranking underscores the university's strong commitment to academic excellence, rigor and innovation. "Our team of faculty and staff members work incredibly hard to deliver on our service-focused mission and ensure our students can reach their goals," Babington said. "Chaminade's Best Colleges ranking is a testament to their unwavering dedication and tireless efforts to put Chaminade's pledge to the community into action." Meanwhile, Chaminade also jumped up in the rankings as a "best value" option—securing the no. 11 spot (from no. 21 last year). In the "best value" ranking, U.S. News & World Report assessed universities not only on academic quality but on the availability of need-based grants, scholarships and other aid. Read More

Moore College of Art and Design Featured In The 10 Best 'Hidden Gem' Art Schools in the US

Moore College of Art and Design Featured In The 10 Best "Hidden Gem" Art Schools in the US

The essence of the Moore experience is choosing a highly personalized atmosphere. Every student walks a unique path through their choice of major, collaboration with visiting artists, education under award-winning faculty, and pursuing unique experiences. While these descriptions may seem like generic art school lingo, it does feel more true at Moore College than at any other school. Graduates of the Moore program have been innovators in every field of art. Some of these graduates include Naomieh Jovin, a young award-winning photographer, Janet Biggs, a video artist who is also a Guggenheim recipient, and Kathy Butterly, a New York-based sculpture artist. Perhaps Moore's most famous alumna is the musician and songwriter Pink, who attended Moore for a short period. Moore College's undergraduate program is entirely female, while its graduate program is coeducational. Established in 1848, Moore is among the oldest art schools in the entire nation. Read More

KEEPING ON TRACK WITH SAGE SCHOLARS

Using Campus Resources Part 1: Academic and Professional

By Xavier Royer

Universities offer far more to students than simply courses. Particularly for students who live on campus, universities offer many resources to assist them in the classroom and some that help students outside their courses. This article is the first part of two that will identify and describe some of the student resources often found on campuses that students should visit early and often. This article focuses on those academic and professional development resources, while the next focuses on some lifestyle resources. Read More

A Homeschooler's Guide to Freshman Year

By Ceanna Daniels

For many former homeschoolers, the idea of college is simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. As intimidating as it may seem, stepping outside of the comfort zone created by home and family will allow you to grow and flourish in new ways. The path ahead of you may not be clear yet, but it will be filled with unforeseen triumphs and joys that will make that uncertain journey more worthwhile. Read More

What Are You Going to Do with That Degree?

By Britney Cox

When going into college, you'll have to prepare for all the questions family and friends may ask for the next four years. Things like, "how is college life treating you?" Some of the questions are easy to answer. "Yes, mom. I am doing my homework and going to class." Other questions are more challenging. One question I experienced the most was, "what are you going to do with that degree?" Often, I had a hard time answering, simply from the shock of being asked. 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,

My son says he wants to go to college but as a high school junior, he's not really acting like it. I want to be the kind of parent that encourages him but doesn't do his work for him. I know a lot of things have to be done in steps ahead of time for this to happen. How can I help without hovering?

Sincerely,

Empowering Parent

SAGE Answer:

Dear Empowering Parent,

It's great that you're wanting to be more involved in this college readiness process! Have you started conversations about what kind of planning your son might already be doing to prepare for college? Some schools provide students with time during the day to work on their applications.

Once you can get a gauge on what he already may be doing, suggest that you build out some time at night once a week to check in. If these conversations reveal that he does have some planning gaps, suggest that he schedule a meeting with his college counselor to make sure that he stays on track for the process. Though you can't force him to do anything, you can establish open and frequent lines of communication that allow you to check in on progress and provide space to have conversations.

It's important that you help your son understand that the applications process is something that the whole family is invested in. Are there other people in your family who your son might be more receptive to if they inquire about applications? It's all hands on deck for this season of life, but teamwork makes the dream work!

Sincerely,

SAGE Scholars