Weekly College & School Counseling Info
Attention All AP Students! Please be mindful that the AP Exams are coming up May 1st through May 12th. Attached is the official College Board schedule for all AP exams. Please note that not all AP courses shown on the schedule are offered at Mount. You can view the 2023 AP Exam Schedule from this link.
Practice Online ACT
Compass Prep has partnered with the Mount to provide a free online practice ACT to all 10th and 11th grade students. Students will be able to access this option over a two week period in April. Please note that pre-registration is required. Click here for more information and to register.
The Counseling Office is pleased to announce Lunchtime Meet & Mingle, an opportunity for students to connect with new and old friends, in a space that is fun and strengthens community! Meet & Mingle will occur every Wednesday in the 4th Quarter during lunches (there is no meeting Wednesday, March 15th, as has been advertised). Please see the attached flyer for additional information. All are welcome!
For those of you who did not attend Sophomore Family College Information Night on February 23rd, you may click here to view the information that was presented.
Senior College Update
College counselors met with all Seniors during advisory on March 9th for timely updates and reminders on the college process. Seniors received follow-up resources via email related to waitlist, financial aid/appeals, decision making, and the required College Attending Form. Please see meeting slides for additional details presented and reach out to your student's counselor with any questions.
Attention Seniors! This is a reminder to submit paper copies of all college decision letters to your College Counselor - this includes acceptance letters, deferral, denial, waitlist, etc. Also please submit paper copies of your scholarships and offers of admission to honors colleges and joint degree programs. We want to make sure you are recognized for all of your achievements on Senior Recognition Night!
Summer 2023 Pre-College Programs Virtual Fair
The Association for Pre-College Program Directors is proud to present the Summer 2023 Pre-College Programs Virtual Fair, a virtual event that provides students and their families the opportunity to learn about academic summer programs at top US colleges and universities. At the fair, attendees may visit virtual booths, where you can ask questions via text or video chat with summer program representatives. The fair will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST. Registration is free to attendees and you may REGISTER NOW. Representatives from Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation Pre-College Programs will be at the event. Any questions about the event can be directed to email@example.com. You may also want to join us for Zoom information sessions hosted by the Engineering Innovation staff.
- 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (ET) on Monday, Apr. 17, 2023 Register here.
Verita IA Program
Veritas AI is an AI program for ambitious high school students, founded and run by Harvard graduate students. In the program, students learn the fundamentals of AI, interact with world-class AI practitioners, and build a real-world project. Here is the program pamphlet and the application form. Our upcoming application deadline is March 12 (early decision) & other deadlines are April 12 (regular admission) & May 14 (final deadline).
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge offers Spirit of America Youth Leadership – a transformative four-day residential program that engages high school students in grades 10-12 from across the country with the first principles of freedom. Scholarships are available to students from local Catholic schools (Mount included): https://www.freedomsfoundation.org/program/spirit-of-america/connelly-foundation-scholarships/
Wilkes University’s Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Virtual Camp
College summer programs
Rice University Pre-College Online Programs
Rice University Pre-College Online Programs invites students to choose a course and apply today. These online courses are designed for high school students to help them explore their interests. Students can discover if a subject they are passionate about could lead to a college major or a future career. Please see attached Flyer for more information.
Saint Francis University Summer Programs
Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA, invites students to consider their Summer Academy programs. Students engage with seasoned faculty in small classes with hands-on learning. SFU students participate as mentors, and students will stay under their guidance on the beautiful campus with their new friends. Please see the attached Flyer for more information.
NROTC Summer Seminar
Join Villanova University this summer for the NROTC Summer Seminar, a unique opportunity for rising high school seniors to experience life at Villanova and get a closer look at our highly regarded NROTC program! This four-day program will provide young men and women with a better understanding of the balance between college life and NROTC commitment. Participants will gain valuable insight into the rigorous academic and physical fitness expectations required to obtain an NROTC scholarship, and learn about Villanova admission requirements. Attached is the program application; deadline to apply is May 15, 2023. Please see the attached brochure for program dates and additional information.
United States Military Academy offers the Summer Leaders Experience
The United States Military Academy offers the Summer Leaders Experience, a one-week summer camp at West Point. Students get to live in the barracks, eat in the mess hall, experience academic workshops for 5 of our 17 academic departments and complete two military days. Students enjoy making friends and working closely with West Point Cadets during their one week. West Point offers two sessions, 3-9 June and 10-16 June. Students may sign up using the QR code on the flyer or at westpoint.edu. The deadline has been extended until April 1, 2023.
Washington University Summer Programs
Washington University in St. Louis offers summer programs in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences, in which motivated students have the opportunity to challenge themselves in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Credit and noncredit programs as well as residential and online options are available so students can choose the experience that best fits their academic goals and summer schedule. Scholarship assistance is available for all of our programs. The application deadline is April 3, 2023. Please visit the website for additional information and to apply: https://precollege.wustl.edu/.
Quinnipiac University Summer Pre-College Programs
Quinnipiac University is accepting applications for its Summer 2023 Pre-College Programs. The application deadline is May 1, 2023. Space within each program is limited and enrollment is offered on a rolling basis. Please check out the Quinnipiac University website for additional details. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-582-7558.
Investin.org Experience in London
InvestIn.org is offering again its Summer Career Experiences in London, for ages 12-18. Career areas include: medicine; engineering; investment banking; law; psychology; software engineering; entrepreneurship.
Drexel Summer Institutes
Drexel University offers high school students a range of academic programs during the summer to explore what life in college is all about. Offering residential, day, and virtual options, your students can take advantage of Drexel faculty-led workshops, labs, facilities, and all the city of Philadelphia has to offer. Read more about the Summer Institutes at Drexel University, including a complete list of programs, dates, and application instructions.
Landmark College Summer Programs
Landmark College summer programs are great, short-term opportunities for students who learn differently to boost their academic skills and prepare for the fall semester while having fun making new friends in beautiful southern Vermont. Financial aid is available in most programs to qualifying students. A diagnosed learning disability is not required to participate in our summer programs. Click on the name of any of the programs below for more information or contact Landmark College at email@example.com or 802-387-6885.
Summer College Readiness Program
July 16 – 29, for recent high school graduates preparing to enter college in the fall. (Admission to a college other than LC is required to participate.) Students are immersed in a living and learning experience that offers a taste of college-level work and the challenges they will encounter as new college students.
July 8 – 29, for rising high school juniors and seniors who find it challenging to keep pace academically and want an introduction to college. Options for Traditional Track and Social Pragmatics Track, which is designed for students who need additional support in making friends, adapting to new sensory environments, and finding community.
Brown University Pre-College Program
Brown University invites students to learn more about Brown Pre-College, which provides academically motivated 9th through 12th grade students the chance to immerse themselves in the challenges and opportunities of the college experience. Students can choose to study at our historic campus, located in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island, online or at locations across the United States and around the globe. Wherever they choose to study, Brown Pre-College students explore a variety of academic interests and fuel their passion for learning at an Ivy League institution that values and respects student voices and is known for embracing independent thinkers. For additional information, please visit https://precollege.brown.edu.
Drexel Summer Institute – College of Arts & Sciences
The 2023 Summer Institute Programs is offered by Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Offered in a variety of disciplines ranging from environmental science and mathematics to journalism and global studies, these programs give high school students the chance to learn about a field of interest in an immersive and fun manner. Additionally, students will work closely with world-renowned faculty and industry experts to develop their academic and professional interests. For more info, sample itineraries and/or to apply to these programs, please visit drexel.edu/summer/arts-sciences. (Note – programs delineated with an asterisk have scholarship opportunities available).
Rhodes College Summer Writing Institute
Rhodes College offers a Summer Writing Institute for high school students, a residential college-prep program with seven writing courses ranging from a fiction workshop to a psychology seminar. The program will be held on the beautiful Rhodes College campus this year for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Our website includes information about courses, tuition, financial aid, and extracurricular activities. For any questions, please email Rebecca Finlayson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston University Summer Journalism Academy
Are you thinking about a career in communications or enjoy writing? Boston University has just the thing: the Boston University Summer Journalism Academy, hosted by Boston University College of Communication. The academy now offers two options: an on-campus residential program over three weeks for students with journalism experience and a learn-from-home program over two weeks for all experience levels. For students interested in photography, we offer a special photojournalism track for both. Applications for the on-campus session June 26 to July 14 are due on April 14. Applications for learn-at-home sessions starting June 19, July 3, and July 17 are due on May 5. To learn more about the Summer Journalism Academy, visit http://www.summerjournalism.org/.
The West Point Summer Leader Experience
The West Point Summer Leader Experience (SLE) provides rising high school seniors with a week-long immersion into the academic, military, and social life of a cadet. The application portal opens February 1st. Below are three ways to learn more: Attend our FB Live SLE Information Brief, Check out some highlights from SLE 2022, and Take a look at our SLE Website.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Frontiers Program
Frontiers I: July 9 - 21, 2023
Frontiers II: July 23 - Aug. 4, 2023
For consideration, please submit the following before April 30, 2023:
- The application
- High school transcript
- Teacher letter of recommendation
- English proficiency scores (international only)
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We will respond to students within two weeks of receiving a completed application. Early applicants are most likely to have their first choice of courses honored.
Lebanon Valley College Health & Biomedical Sciences Summer Program
A valuable academic opportunity that may be of interest to you is the Lebanon Valley College Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Program, which will be held at Lebanon Valley College from July 24-29, 2023! The program welcomes rising High School freshmen-graduating seniors. The goal of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Program is to provide a window into the scientific basis of human health. Through lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the-art laboratories, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of disciplines such as molecular biology, neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, immunology, and other medical sciences. The registration portal for the camp is now open and can be found at the Camp website (Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Program). Because space is limited, and we anticipate the program will fill quickly, we recommend that students submit their registration as soon as possible to secure a slot.
Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains
The Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains is a 2-week campus-based program taking place from July 2 - July 14, 2023 for high school students in Castleton, Vermont to mobilize action and drive impact in response to our warming planet. Students will complete the program feeling empowered to address a climate challenge in their own communities. Have Questions? Read our FAQs for additional information or contact our team. Your students can apply today for our Summer 2023 Pre-College Programs!
Northeastern University Accelerate Pre-College Programs
Northeastern University is pleased to share that the application process is now open for Accelerate Pre-College Programs 2023 at Northeastern! Our residential Boston and Oakland campus programs are taught by our internationally acclaimed faculty, allowing students to gain extensive education in subjects including engineering, health sciences, ethics & emerging technologies, entrepreneurship, and more. Our Summer 2023 residential programs are designed for rising juniors and seniors. There is no application fee for the program. More information on the application and financial aid, including important deadlines, can be found on our website.
Wharton Global Youth Program
The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Global Youth Program mobilizes the extensive opportunities of the Wharton academic community to educate and inspire pre-collegiate students to explore business practices, analyze the world’s complex challenges, and take the first steps in becoming leaders who will transform the global economy. For additional information, click here.
Collegiate Mentorship Program
The Collegiate Mentorship Program, an organization of over 110 professors, lecturers and postdoctoral researchers at selective US and UK universities, work with high school students in remote 1-1 research opportunities and internships. In most cases, students work remotely on a project which culminates in a research paper written under the guidance of the mentor. This program is an opportunity for students to challenge themselves in their primary field of interest and increase their competitiveness for selective university admission. Our mentors work with high-achieving students on projects and research in essentially every academic field. For additional information, please see the attached flyer Collegiate Mentorship Program.pdf
Notre Dame Pre-College Summer Programs
Applications for the University of Notre Dame Pre-College Summer Programs are now available! Current sophomores and juniors looking for a collegiate experience may consider applying to our on-campus programs in Summer 2023! Summer Scholars or Leadership Seminars allow students to live on Notre Dame’s beautiful campus for two weeks. They'll stay in a residence hall with a roommate, take a challenging college-level course, and participate in fun community-building activities in the evenings. All of this, plus students earn transferable college credit from Notre Dame! Need-based financial aid, including application fee waivers, partial to full-tuition scholarships, and travel reimbursement is available to students who qualify
Opportunities for historically underrepresented students
This section highlights college-based, professional and scholarship opportunities for community members whose identifying factors have been historically underrepresented. The Mount endeavors to provide its students and families with the most comprehensive and current opportunity information as it is made available.
NovaEdge Diversity in Engineering Academy
Open to rising sophomores, juniors and senior high school students, the NovaEdge Diversity in Engineering Academy is back on campus this summer! You are invited to submit an application to this one-week, on-campus program running July 8 through July 15, that introduces a diverse population of students from different ethnic and social backgrounds to the traditional fields of engineering. Lectures and hands-on laboratory experiments are taught by Villanova engineering faculty, and daily guest speakers will bridge academia and industry. In addition to this introduction to engineering, the NovaEdge program includes a presentation on the college admissions process. Find more information and the application link on the NovaEdge Program Information site. If you have questions, contact Dr. Stephen Jones at email@example.com.
NYU Summer Program
New York University is offering a look inside its high school summer programs NYU College Access Leadership Institute and NYU Precollege, sharing a few of the many courses that focus on racial justice at NYU, and answering FAQ about being a Computer Science major. Additionally, this program is highlighting the Black Student Union, a student-led organization that celebrates and supports Black Violets all year long.
PREFACE Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteThe 2023 PREFACE Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a summer program for talented students who have been historically under-represented in science, engineering, and the technological fields, and who express a strong, early interest in pursuing careers in these areas. This year’s program will take place in-person, Sunday, July 23 through Saturday, August 5 2023 (2 weeks), on the Rensselaer campus in Troy, NY. The PREFACE Program is for students who will be entering the 11th or 12th grade in the fall. Interested candidates should review the information on the PREFACE website and complete the online application. Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 14, 2023. Notifications will be made to accepted students in early May. If you have questions about the program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bold Scholarship Platform
Bold.org, a student scholarship platform, recently announced a ton of new scholarships for Black and African American students. You can find more information about the available scholarships here: https://bold.org/scholarships/by-demographics/minorities/black-students-scholarships/
Study.com Student Scholarships
Study.com wants to help empower traditionally underrepresented students by helping them reach their education goals. To do that, we're offering several Study.com Student Scholarships for women and BIPOC students who are pursuing college degrees. For these scholarships, we have doubled the award this year to $2,000 to provide even more financial relief for the high cost of college:
- Study.com Scholarship for Women in STEM
- Study.com Scholarship for Black Students
- Study.com Scholarship for Indigenous Students
These scholarships all have an application deadline of May 1, 2023
Bestcolleges.com Financial Aid Guide
Bestcolleges.com has created a financial aid guide filled with scholarships for students of color! It covers how to complete FAFSA, scholarships by demographic groups, and grants. For more information, please visit: https://www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/students-of-color/
Purdue University's 45+ College Scholarships for Minority Students
Purdue University publishes a notable compilation of college financial aid resources titled "45+ College Scholarships for Minority Students" published by Purdue Global. This resource shares more than 45 scholarships for future and current students to supplement the cost of their education and professional development endeavors. The page is continuously updated to ensure students can apply to the most accurate opportunities available. Below is the URL to the scholarship opportunities guide: https://www.purdueglobal.edu/blog/student-life/scholarships-minority-students/
Seniors who are accepted into a nursing or human health-related major and who also reside in Central Bucks County, please see your Counselor for a possible scholarship opportunity!
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
Financial aid resources
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) offers the following financial aid related resources:
- PA State Grant & Special Programs Reminders: Students can print their Student Aid Report (SAR) by logging in to studentaid.gov with their FSA ID and selecting “View or Print your Student Aid Report (SAR)” from the FAFSA home page. Students can also contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) and request a copy be sent via U.S. mail. The SAR is a summary of the information reported on the FAFSA. It includes information about the student’s EFC and eligibility for Federal Pell Grants and Federal Direct Student Loans
- PA Forward Student Loans: There are many options for students when deciding on gap funding for higher education. PA Forward assists with debt management by demonstrating how repayment decisions affect the outcome and allow good debt management decisions. Help your students find good choices by sharing information about PA Forward, available at PHEAA.org/PAForward.
- FASFA: FAFSA toolkit and resources page is to help educate parents and students about financial aid opportunities. This toolkit includes social media posts, FAFSA themed images, and links to help you promote the FAFSA to students and families.
Stand Out College Prep offers several free online resources for financial aid:
- Common App Step-by-Step Guide that walks students step-by-step through each question of the Common Application, including why it’s asked and how to best answer. Here is the link https://www.standoutcollegeprep.com/common-app-guide/
- FAFSA Step-by-Step Guide that walks students and families through each question of the FAFSA, including screenshots and explanations and a FAQ page for students with special circumstances. Here is the link https://www.standoutcollegeprep.com/fafsa-questions/
- Pennsylvania Scholarship Directory, a list of 100+ vetted scholarships for students across the state, broken down by month. Here is the link https://www.standoutcollegeprep.com/pennsylvania-scholarship
College Admissions Test Information
- Registration Information: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines
- COVID Updates: https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates
SAT Test Date/Registration Deadline
May 6, 2023/April 7, 2023
June 3, 2023/May 4, 2023
- Registration Information: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html
- COVID Updates: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid19.html
ACT Test Date/Registration Deadline
June 10, 2023/May 5, 2023
July 15, 2023/June 16, 2023
Which test is right for you? ACT vs. SAT resources:
ACT/SAT Concordance Information (includes score converter):
Counseling Office Services
The Counseling Office is available to assist all students with academic, personal, and college/career needs. Please see below for contact information and counselor assignments. General outreach and questions may be directed to email@example.com or 215-233-3177 x333.
Mrs. Amy Balcer, Director of Counseling: x306, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Lisa Boyle, College Counselor/College Counseling Coordinator: x308, email@example.com
Ms. Mary Dever, School Counselor: x210, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Jonathan Fabrey, School Counselor: x328, email@example.com
Ms. Mary-Kate Kaminski, College Counselor: x309, firstname.lastname@example.org
Admin: Mrs. Ellen Potter: x333, email@example.com
Counselor Assignments are visible via the PowerSchool website (not the app). Please log into PowerSchool and select Course Registration on the left-hand class registration. In the right-hand corner of the screen, click the View Counselor button. The School Counselor is listed as the primary counselor, with the College Counselor listed below. College Counselors are assigned in the 2nd semester of sophomore year.
Writing Tutor: Mrs. Ellen Potter is an excellent resource to edit college essays and final term papers, and she is easy to connect with via Google drive or email. Please see attached flyer for more information.