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SAGE Scholars Monthly Newsletter | October 2022

 Colleges 'Apply' To Students Under New Admissions Program Created By SAGE Scholars

Colleges 'Apply' To Students Under New Admissions Program Created By SAGE Scholars

To create a solution to the complex, time-consuming, and sometimes costly admissions process, SAGE Scholars has launched FastTrak®, an innovative program where colleges apply to students.

FastTrak revolutionizes the college admissions process by allowing colleges and universities to seek out high school students and offer them a Preliminary Admission decision before the student applies.

"There is an emerging trend in higher education to simplify, streamline and make the college admissions process more time and cost-efficient and less frustrating for students, families, and for the colleges," said Dr. James B. Johnston, president of SAGE Scholars and a former director of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

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High Point University Named No. 1 Twice Again By U.S. News & World Report

High Point University Named No. 1 Twice Again By U.S. News & World Report

High Point University has been named the No. 1 Best Regional College in the South for 11 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges." In the 2023 edition, HPU also is named the No. 1 Most Innovative Regional College in the South for the eighth consecutive year and is recognized in several special categories. "At HPU, we have completely transformed our campus and created an environment of excellence, and we appreciate rankings such as these that honor our upward trajectory," says HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. "As The Premier Life Skills University, we also remain laser-focused on the success of our graduates and committed to preparing students for the world as it will be." The U.S. News & World Report rankings are among a long list of honors HPU has received. In August, The Princeton Review named HPU in "The Best 388 Colleges: 2023 Edition," as well as "Best Southeastern Colleges," Great Schools for Business/Finance Majors, Great Schools for Communications Majors and in numerous Top 20 categories, including Best-Run Colleges, Best Career Services, Most Beautiful Campus, Most Active Student Government Association, Best College Dorms and Best Campus Food.

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Dominican Ranks Among Top Universities In West By U.S. News & World Report

Dominican Ranks Among Top Universities In West By U.S. News & World Report

Dominican University of California has been named among the top 20 regional universities in the west by U.S. News & World Report in its annual ranking of universities and colleges in the United States. The San Francisco Bay Area-based university has jumped five spots to number 18 in the Best Regional Universities (West) category of the U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023 Best Colleges guide. The ranking reflects Dominican's strength in several categories, including graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, and alumni giving. This is the first time the university has cracked the top 20 spots in the western region, which includes California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Alaska. Regional universities provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs. Read More

Valparaiso University Ranked Among Best in the Nation

Valparaiso University Ranked Among Best in the Nation

Valparaiso University continues its amazing, three-decades long legacy of being recognized as one of the best choices in higher education by U.S. News & World Report. In the 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings, Valpo has been named number 176 out of 440 of the most elite public and private institutions in the nation. In addition to the impressive placement in overall ranking, Valpo's College of Engineering is ranked no. 15 Best Undergraduate Engineering Program in the nation. Other honors for Valpo programs include making the Best Undergraduate Business, Best Undergraduate Computer Science, and Best Undergraduate Nursing lists. The College of Engineering has made great strides in living Valparaiso University's values of learning, service and leadership as outlined in the new strategic plan, Uplift Valpo. With the assistance of the Kern Family Foundation, the College has been instrumental in opening exciting new pathways for student research, while its work in promoting a diverse, inclusive atmosphere has earned the College recognition from the American Society for Engineering Education. Read More

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How To Prevent Roommate Conflict

By Ceanna Daniels

Very few freshmen select their first-year roommate or roommates. More often than not, schools issue a general quiz to all incoming students and pair two to three students in a dorm room (ostensibly, based on the quiz results). Some students hit the jackpot and meet their new best friend; others just meet another freshman. In either case, however, the unspoken rules of being a good roommate are the same. Following those rules can not only help to keep your dorm a great place to rest and recharge but can also prevent roommate conflict before it has a chance to spoil your semester. Read More

Seven Ways to Celebrate Halloween in College

By Jessica Dickenson

Halloween usually brings back fond childhood memories of dressing up and trick-or-treating. Though you may have grown up going door-to-door for candy, chances are, as a college student (possibly living in a college town), you aren't going to join the neighborhood kids or head home for the holiday. While Halloween isn't a holiday you need to celebrate, collaborating with friends and finding a reason to celebrate can be a fun opportunity. It may be a nice well-deserved break for the middle of the semester! If you are looking for fun campus-related activities for "spooky season" here are some ways to celebrate! Read More

Why The Undeclared Zone Is a Powerful Place to Be

By Sharon Callender

When deciding to select a major, every college student feels the external and internal pressure to make the right choice. It's a decision that will not only impact what you will study over the next four years, but also your career path, what your salary range could potentially be, and the life you want to build. For some college students, choosing a major may feel uncomplicated because they've always known what they wanted to do. For others, it can be a time of intense internal deliberation and uncertainty. Here are five tips to help you discover the power of being an undeclared major. Read More

DePauw Moves Up A Notch On U.S. News List, Named Among Most Innovative Schools

DePauw Moves Up A Notch On U.S. News List, Named Among Most Innovative Schools

DePauw University moved up a spot to No. 45 — and remained No. 1 in Indiana — on the preeminent list of the best national liberal arts institutions in the United States, U.S. News & World Report's 2023 college rankings published today. DePauw also ranked No. 16 on a list of most innovative schools and No. 49 for undergraduate teaching among national liberal arts institutions. "Though rankings will never drive what we do, it is wonderful the U.S. News & World Report recognizes the strength and value of DePauw's liberal arts experience," President Lori S. White said. "Our strong showing for undergraduate teaching gives prospective students and their families the assurance that DePauw professors, through their roles as teachers, advisers and mentors, are committed to student success. "I'm especially pleased that U.S. News & World Report also took notice of DePauw's innovative approach as we begin implementing the bold and innovative steps called for in our strategic plan," she said. Dave Berque, vice president for academic affairs, concurred, saying, "it is especially heartening to see the strong ranking in the 'most innovative' category. This ranking is consistent with our work to bring DePauw's traditionally outstanding liberal arts and sciences education approaches to new fields, including our new School of Business and Leadership and our new Creative School."

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Graceland University Ranked #1 Nursing Program in Iowa

Graceland University Ranked #1 Nursing Program in Iowa

After assessing 33 Iowa nursing programs RegisteredNursing.org, -a nursing advocacy organization- named Graceland University's BSN as the #1 program in the state. In an effort to make the nursing school selection process more manageable, RegisterdNursing.org identifies schools that support students through licensure and beyond and evaluates them on NCLEX-RN exam pass rates, average program length, educational partnerships, and more. Graceland University was praised for its small class sizes, innovative lab and clinical placements, and caring faculty. When asked about this impressive achievement, Nursing Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Nursing Elise Hector said, "I am excited that our program has received this recognition because our faculty have worked so hard to update the curriculum to best meet students' needs during a difficult time. This is an excellent chance to see that our program provides high-quality nursing education that is valuable to the modern nursing student." The Graceland University School of Nursing offers nursing degrees from the bachelor to doctoral level. Read More

Stevenson Named a Best Value School in the 2023 U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

Stevenson Named a "Best Value School" in the 2023 U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

For the fifth year in a row, Stevenson University has been named among the nation's "Best Value Schools" in the U.S. News and World Report annual college rankings. The 2023 Best Colleges listings also ranked Stevenson among the "Best Regional Universities-North" and "Best Colleges for Veterans." To assign a college or university the "Best Value" designation in its annual rankings, U. S. News evaluates an institution's academic quality and its net cost of attendance after the average level of need-based financial aid through grants and scholarships. The higher the academic quality and the lower the cost, the better the value for students. "We are pleased to be recognized again among the 'Best Value Schools' in our region and the nation," said Elliot Hirshman, President of Stevenson University. "At Stevenson, we are committed to ensuring access to an exceptional college experience. We believe the value of a Stevenson education comes not only through our commitment to academic excellence and providing a range of institutional aid and scholarship programs, but also by creating a supportive community in which students have many opportunities to pursue their visions for success." Read More

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Make The Most of Your College Experience

By Kameron Simms

No matter where you attend college, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience with various ups and downs, of both happiness and turmoil. Yet, amid it all, nothing else compares to your next four years. These years will shape who you are and what you choose to become. This article helps you find meaning in this myriad of experiences, not by explaining their purpose but by finding ways to utilize the things around them that they may not have otherwise known. Let's dive in! Read More

Participating in the Dual Enrollment Program

By Maria Parrish

Some students reach a specific point in their high school journey when they want to inquire about their college options and look for ways to get a head start on higher education classes. Dual enrollment opportunities allow students to gain some college credits while still in high school. This opportunity provides an excellent way for students to get college credits. It also meets your high school graduation requirements before graduating. Before you sign up for dual enrollment, consider these critical details and what it requires. Read More

Being Involved as a Commuter

By Jessica Dickenson

Commuters are the unsung heroes of college. They have to wake up every morning, battle rush-hour traffic, and make the same drive home regardless of the weather or hour. They are accountable to the campus rules, but they also have to follow them while living at home. They have better time management skills than most college students to factor in drive times, homework, class schedules, and extracurriculars. While this may seem like a lot of work, being a commuter has benefits. As a commuter student, you have more freedom than the average student and more opportunities to be involved in your vibrant campus life on and off campus. While you may be aware of the off-campus advantages, here are some ways you can be involved on-campus as a commuter. Read More

Hiram College Again Ranks Among Best Colleges In The Midwest By U.S. News And World Report

Hiram College Again Ranks Among Best Colleges In The Midwest By U.S. News And World Report

U.S. News & World Report recently unveiled its 2023 college and university rankings, and Hiram College is again among the best regional colleges in multiple categories. The College was ranked thirteenth among Midwest Regional Colleges and was one of only sixteen institutions in Ohio to rank in this category. This ranking is also an increase from the College's spot at number fifteen in the 2022 rankings. In addition to Ohio, the Midwest Regional category includes institutions from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Additionally, Hiram ranked third for Best Value among regional colleges in the Midwest. This category looks at both academic quality and the cost of education, taking the percentage of undergraduates that receive need-based aid and the total scholarship/need-based aid received by students. Read More

Arcadia University Again Named Among Best in Northeast by U.S. News & World Report

Arcadia University Again Named Among Best in Northeast by U.S. News & World Report

Arcadia University is ranked 48th overall in the category Regional Universities North in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2023" edition, which was released today. The ranking puts the University among the top 27 percent of schools in the category, which comprises 181 institutions. Arcadia is also the 6th-ranked school in its category in Pennsylvania. Among Regional Universities North, Arcadia also placed 48th in Social Mobility, an impressive jump of 24 spots from 2022, and 22nd in Undergraduate Teaching, after being unranked in the category last year. The University placed 9th nationally among all colleges and universities for Study Abroad. and other aid. Read More

Nazareth ranks among the best in U.S News & World Report's 2022-23 Best Colleges

Nazareth ranks among the best in U.S News & World Report's 2022-23 Best Colleges

The 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges guide has again ranked Nazareth College in the top tier of colleges and universities for Best Regional Universities North, at No. 40. Rankings are based on academic quality indicators such as graduation rates and faculty resources. The region covers 11 states and the District of Columbia. Nazareth College is proud to be on the list for the 15th consecutive year as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education. Nazareth College is also No. 11 on the list for LGBTQ-friendly and No. 14 for great town-gown relations are great. Details: Princeton Review. Read More

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You Failed! Now What?

By Xavier Royer

Oh boy. It is not as bad as you thought… it is worse! Maybe you neglected to study in favor of going out with your friends. Maybe you studied the wrong material. Maybe life just happened, and this test slipped from your mind. You knew you did not do well… but that 45% (or maybe just 70% for our more ambitious students) is worse than you imagined. As your eyes inevitably drift down the page, absorbing red check mark after red check mark, your stomach falls to the floor, and your brain begins to spiral. The good news; the world has not ended, and life will continue (even though it may not feel like it). This article provides some tips for moving on from a failed paper and getting back on track. Read More

Working on Student Newspapers Makes You More Employable

By Al Dickenson

One thing I have learned from my time working on student newspapers is that they can make you significantly more employable after graduation. Working on student newspapers can aid you in your job search, not just in search of positions with heavy writing or communication emphasis. There were alums of my college newspaper who entered fields as far as teaching, IT, and assembly line management, along with event planners, sales, and marketing, not to mention both print and broadcast journalists, as well as copywriters and academia. Below are just a few reasons joining a student newspaper can improve your hireability. Read More

Using LinkedIn While in College

By Britney Cox

Throughout your academic career, you might hear people talking about keeping a resume, CV (Curriculum Vitae), or other professional documents to show your skills, education, and work experience to future employers. You might think this is too far away for you to take seriously. You might read this as a high school or college freshman. Here is the thing: you will always need some resume-related document to obtain employment, even while in college. You might even decide you want a job while in college. A solution to organizing your experiences for a resume is to get a LinkedIn account. LinkedIn is a free and easy-to-navigate website. There are plenty of opportunities on the website to get your career and your resume a jump start. 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,

We've heard a lot about FastTrak...so what is it?

Sincerely,

Busy Family With A Junior

SAGE Answer:

Dear Busy Family With A Junior,

SAGE Scholars created the FastTrak program to help elevate your student's hard work to colleges and universities before they apply. We're working to change the paradigm of college admissions by allowing colleges to apply to students before the admissions process begins. By adding key pieces of information to your student's profile—transcript, GPA, and activities—you are giving your students a FastTrak to admission at our over 440 SAGE Scholars Member Institutions. SAGE Scholars FastTrak is leading the charge. Want to learn even more? We've set up a page just for you, visit www.tuitionrewards.com/FastTrak.

Sincerely,

SAGE Scholars