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College Connection: Week of January 29

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the first College Connection of 2018!

We are thrilled to report that the Class of 2018 has already brought in over one million dollars in merit-based scholarships from the colleges they have been accepted to. Owing to the fact that most scholarships are awarded in February and March, we expect this sum to grow exponentially in the coming weeks. As acceptances continue to roll in, please be sure to follow along via #mvpins on Twitter!

SENIOR PARENTS: Last week during senior breakfast, Balfour presented information to your student regarding graduation announcements. To order yours today please visit Please note that the deadline to complete your order is March, 1.

JUNIOR PARENTS:  In January, you received an email with instructions on how to sign up for your student-led family conference (SLC). This is a great opportunity for your student to showcase what they have learned about the college process and talk about the institutions where they are thinking about applying. If you did not receive this email, or are having issues booking an appointment, please contact Erin McCubbin or Ryan May.

SOPHOMORES, SAVE THE DATE: We invite you to participate in the Tenth Annual Atlanta Invitational Case Studies program. This event will be held on Sunday, February 11, from 1:30  – 5:30 p.m. on the campus of Woodward Academy. Tenth grade parents and students are invited to join seasoned admission professionals as they facilitate in-depth conversations around college applications and the admission process. This is an invitation-only event for area independent schools, so we ask that you do not share this invitation. Families are required to RSVP by February 5. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

We would like to provide you with a few “save the dates” for several important college-related events.

As a reminder, students hoping to attend a college visit should plan ahead, as there is a process in place that requires permission from their teacher to miss class


Date Event/Time
January 29 Sophomore GTD Meetings (Academic Advising)
February 5 Junior GTD Meetings (Academic Advising)
February 6 Christian Brothers University Visit, 9:00 AM
February 6 University of Mississippi, 10:30 AM
February 10 ACT
February 12 Freshmen GTD Meetings (Academic Advising)
February 15 University of Alabama, 9:30 AM
March 10 SAT

The deadline to register for the March, 10  SAT is February, 9

Finally, it is a great time to be thinking about summer programs! These types of programs get students excited about college and look fantastic on a resume. Consider these options:

If you are currently in grade 10 or 11, consider spending  your summer at The Duke Summer College for High School Students! Make friends from all over the globe as you learn from the highly-trained, highly-intriguing faculty of Duke University and earn college credit.

Christopher Newport University’s Summer Humanities Institute is a two-week residential program where students who take or plan to enroll in college-level coursework while in high school (AP) can learn in and outside the classroom from dynamic college faculty in the disciplines of philosophy, history, literature and classical studies.

Or you might choose to spend your summer at the Duke Summer Academy for High School Students for students currently in grades 9 – 12. This program for personal enrichment offers courses with a global perspective: The Global Entrepreneur, The Global Leader, The Global Communicator, The Global Healer and The Global Environmentalist.

Thinking about going abroad? The New School’s Open Campus Summer Programs offers pre-college courses in music, portfolio development, creative writing and more. Students have the opportunity to draw inspiration from, and learn in, global creative capitals including New York, Paris, Berlin, London and Barcelona.

Interested in writing? Law & ethics? Health science? Bioinformatics? Check out the Summer Study program at Tufts University!

LSU’s Pre-College Program has some exciting opportunities this summer! From musical theatre and journalism to architecture and sound engineering (and over a dozen more), there is something for everyone.

If you are a current tenth or eleventh grader and have a passion for  journalism, media, or the environment, we encourage you to explore The Washington Scholars Program at George Mason.

Are you a rising ninth – eleventh grader curious about engineering? Interested in conducting experiments in a high speed wind tunnel or bringing a robot to life? The Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Program at the United States Naval Academy may be for you.

Rising twelfth graders may also be interested in this fast-paced 6 day Summer Seminar at the Naval Academy or Birmingham-Southern College Entrepreneurship Camp and Student Leaders in Service Program.

Harvard University has two options for high school students. One is a two-week non-credit experience called the Pre-College Program, while the other is a seven-week Secondary School program that allows students to earn credit for classes taken. Pre-College Program  is structured for curious high school students to get the full campus experience of living in the dorm and attending courses.

More options include, but are not limited to: Clemson Summer Science Program Vanderbilt Medical Summer Research, Emory Pre College Program, Great Ideas Summer Institute at Samford University, UPenn, Ole Miss Lott Leadership Institute, Summer Scholars Program at Miami of Ohio, Art & Architecture Program at Washington U in St. Louis, and GA Tech PEAKS Program.

Warm regards,

Erin McCubbin,
Upper School Head of Academic and College Counseling

Pam Ambler,
Associate Director of College Counseling

Ryan May,
Associate Director of College Counseling