Virtual Camp College is back for 2021!
PACAC’s Camp College went virtual in 2020, and is planning a revival of this popular program for 2021.
Virtual Camp College or VCC is happening on three different dates for this year:
June 17, July 17, or August 17
Unlike previous years, we’re running all off sessions in one day. All dates of VCC will be the same programming, so just choose the date that works best for you.
Registration is now open – Please click here!
Who VCC Is For First-generation, low-income, underrepresented students who are interested in attending college after they graduate from high school.Students set to graduate from high school in the classes of 2022 or 2023.Parents or family members of students who are set to graduate in the classes of 2022 or 2023.
The VCC Schedule (all on ZOOM)-
Thursday, June 17 9:00AM-4:00PM
Saturday, July 17 9:00AM-4:00PM
Tuesday, August 17 9:00AM-4:00PM
All dates of VCC will be the same programming, so just choose the date that works best for you.
VCC will feature sessions presented by secondary school-based counselors and college admissions professionals from around the Commonwealth. Topics will include:
-College Admissions Fundamentals
-Paying for College
-Doing Virtual College Research
-Writing A Great College Essay
-Finding Success In College
…And so many more!
There will also be two virtual college panels, featuring representatives from colleges across the Commonwealth.
These are available to any participant who attends all sessions in a single day. Certificates will be mailed by the end of August 2021 to all students who complete the program. Students can put their certification of attendance to this awesome program right on their college resume. If you have any questions, please email them to CampCollege@pacac.org
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PSCA is pleased to announced that PACAC is partnering with StriveScan to host virtual college fairs in Spring 2021. The first event will take place on March 22-23 from 5:00pm-7:45pm ET. Students and counselors can view the schedule and register at the following link https://www.strivescan.com/pennsylvania/ There are additional college fairs on the following dates:
Monday, April 12th or Tuesday, April 13th, 2021
5:00 – 7:45 PM Eastern Time
Monday, June 7th or Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
5:00 – 7:45 PM Eastern Time
Transfer Virtual College Fair: For all transfer students throughout Pennsylvania (and for colleges that wish to recruit students from Pennsylvania)
Tuesday, May 11th or Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
5:00 – 7:45 PM Eastern Time
Juniors, if you are undecided or considering one of Penn State’s most popular programs of Engineering or Nursing then check out this opportunity. Join the virtual program dates for an introduction to the high interest areas of engineering and nursing. These programs will not only provide a helpful overview of each discipline, but they will explain the various Penn State options that students have if they desire to study in one of these fields. Register today to attend:
Do you need help with filing the Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)? The FAFSA is used by students to apply for financial aid such as grants, work study and student loans. You will be able to ask our Higher Education Access Partners questions about the FAFSA during this interactive webinar. Join this webinar for a walk through of filling out the form. Click the button to register!
Millersville University will be doing Instant Admissions Decision Day Wednesday, December 16th. This is where you can apply online, meet with an admissions rep on a virtual call for about 10 minutes to find out if you are accepted!
Applying now through this method means that you don’t have to pay to send your test scores* and you don’t have to do the essay portion of the application. Sign-up now:
1) Register for Instant Decision Day with Millersville ASAP for timeslot https://apply.millersville.edu/register/PennManorIDD20
2) Apply to Millersville on their website (easier than the common app) https://apply.millersville.edu/apply/
3) Request Transcripts on Xello. If you are having trouble, you can sign-up on this google form for the counselors to send it. https://forms.gle/qmewTDJbkCq1a4je7
*Millersville University is test-optional for students with a GPA higher than 3.2. If your GPA is lower than a 3.2, then please request on the form below for your counselor to send any test scores we have for you (PSAT/SAT/ACT). https://forms.gle/qmewTDJbkCq1a4je7. If you don’t have either, please talk to your counselor to prepare for an admissions interview.
October 29th at 6pm
Google Meet Live Session, Thursday, October 29th at 6 PM. A link will be emailed to your Penn Manor Gmail and in the grade level Google classroom if you registered. Penn Manor’s PHEAA Representative, Sonya Mann-McFarlane, and counselors will host a Q & A with breakout sessions to complete your FAFSA.
All parents/guardians and grades welcomed, but it is targeted to 11th and 12th graders
You can watch this informational video before the event.
|Meet your Counselor, Caitlin!|
|LOCK HAVEN UNIVERSITY IS COMING TO A PANERA NEAR YOU! Come meet with Caitlin to discuss the endless possibilities of a high quality affordable education!|
2092 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster — 10/22/20 at Panera Bread.
The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts
Interested in a career in Culinary or Baking and Pastry? There are three options to see what IUP has to offer! Email Barry Saylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a date and time below for a Zoom link to the presentation.
Presentation and Pasta Demo (45 minutes, see dates times below)
- October 14, Wednesday, times 8:30am and 12:45pm
- November 2, Monday, times 8am and 12:00pm
- November 10, Tuesday, times 8am and 10:30am
- November 13, Friday, times 8am and 12:00pm
- November 19, Thursday, times 9am and 12:30pm
- November 23, Monday, times 8:30am and 12:00pm
- December 1, Tuesday, times 8:30am and 12:00pm
Presentation or One on One Discussions with Students (short, approximately 15 minutes)
- October 13, Tuesday 8:30-9:30am or 1:30-3:00pm
- October 19, Monday 8:30-9:30am or 1:30-3:00
- October 20, Tuesday 8:30-11:30am
- October 23, Friday 8:00-9:00am
- October 26, Monday 1:00-3:00
- October 29, Thursday 8-9:00am
- November 3, Tuesday 8:30-9:30am or 1:30-3:00
- November 5, Thursday 8:00-9:00am or 1:30-3:00
- November 6, Friday 8:00-9:00am
Full virtual presentation and tour of campus (Use link to schedule) https://welcome.iup.edu/culinaryarts/Events/List?ID=10
Fall 2020 Virtual Open House– Open House will be October 28th, 2020 at noon and at 6PM. Please have students pre- register at https://www.hacc.edu/Admissions/Connect/Open-House.cfm
We are excited to announce our ‘Ville Decision Day for students looking to enroll in the Fall 2021 semester! Appointments available on October 14, 2020. If you would like to meet with an admissions representative and receive an application decision please follow through these steps:
- Use the calendar on this page to register for a time to speak to an admissions counselor regarding your application.
- Submit your completed application at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment.(You can apply here.)
- Request to have your high school transcript sent electronically to the university.
The following is a list of scheduled programs for the fall:
- Monday/Wednesday/Friday/select Saturdays: Virtual Information Session and Tour
- A virtual information session hosted by a dean, a virtual tour hosted by our student interns, and a live Q&A with current students.
- A virtual information session hosted by a dean, a virtual tour hosted by our student interns, and a live Q&A with current students.
- Saturday, October 31st: Native/Indigenous Community Panel
- A virtual event hosted by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Outreach Team for students and their families to learn more about academics, social life, and cultural involvement.
In late October, we are planning a weeklong series of virtual events for prospective students to learn more about specific schools, departments, resources, activities, and daily life at UVA. There will be more coming out shortly about the schedule and registration for this series.
Keystone Virtual College Exploration
PACAC is proud to present our Keystone Virtual College Exploration program, for all Pennsylvania students, October 1 – November 6. Registration is now open for students, parents, and counselors. Click here for more information.
Congressman Lloyd Smucker (PA11) Presents Virtual ACADEMY NIGHT 2020
MEET REPRESENTATIVES FROM:
UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY
UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY
UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD ACADEMY
ROTC NROTC AFROTC
WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2020
WHERE: online- RSVP to receive link!
RSVP* by October 9, 2020 to Mary O’Connor at email@example.com to receive link.
link will be emailed to you no later than 24 hours prior to event.
*Rsvp MUST INCLUDE your name (and anyone attending the event), email address, school attending (and current grade), and top academy/rotc choice
Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL), a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process, invites you to its upcoming:
Virtual College Exploration
Sunday, September 27- Wednesday, September 30, 2020
4 days of presentations and information sessions with 42 Colleges That Change Lives
Bard College’s presentation will take place on
Wednesday, September 30 at 6:00 pm (Central Time).
Students, click here to register.
Please note that you need to register for each session that you are interested in attending. All events are free of charge and open to all students and counseling professionals.
Saturday, October 10
Virtual fall events at Penn State York are a perfect opportunity for college-bound juniors and seniors to learn more about Penn State before the November 15 Early Action application deadline and December 1 priority Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline!
|Penn State Day Virtual Open House: Saturday, October 10|
Students will learn about the admissions and financial aid award processes and timeline, have an opportunity to interact with our faculty and current students, and view campus via a virtual campus tour. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. (ET). Students will receive a $65 application fee waiver. Students can register online or call 717-771-4040.
|Virtual Application and FAFSA Completion Workshops:|
Students are invited to attend a virtual workshop with admissions and financial aid staff who will guide students on how to complete their Penn State online application and/or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Space is limited. A $65 application fee waiver will be applied to all applicants who attend a workshop. Students can register online or call 717-771-4040.
|Virtual Application Completion Workshop: |
Saturday, September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Monday, October 26 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (ET)
|Virtual FAFSA Completion Workshop:|
Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Monday, November 16 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (ET)
|Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Strategy Virtual Courses via Zoom: Thursdays, October 8 – November 19 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (ET)|
Fully qualified instructors will assist students in improving their math and critical reading/writing skills, as well as in providing guidance for test-taking strategies. The $295 tuition fee includes the College Board SAT Study Guide.
|Important Penn State Application Deadlines for the Fall 2021 Semester:|
Early Action: November 15
FAFSA: December 1
Please note that Penn State has moved into a test-optional evaluation process for the 2021 admissions cycle. We are making this change to give Penn State applicants a choice that will ease the anxiety that many future students and families are experiencing as a result of test-taking disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presented by PHEAA: Borrowing for Higher Education
Following up on the highly successful “Covering The Gap” webinar series, PHEAA now offers a series of one-hour webinars focused more specifically on the borrowing aspect of higher education finance. A significant percentage of students find that grants, scholarships, work-study, savings, PA529, and other funding sources are insufficient to meet the total cost of attending postsecondary school. In an ideal situation, borrowing would not be necessary; yet, considering the lifelong value of a higher education, borrowing can be a smart investment. Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of PHEAA’s PA Forward Private Student Loan Program will provide an in-depth look at federal and private education loans, to include calculating the amount to borrow, understanding loan terms and conditions, navigating the application process, keeping an eye on debt levels while attending college, and effectively managing debt after graduation. The discussion will also provide a glimpse into the world of credit decisions. Please register below to join us for one or more of these informative presentations. Active participation is encouraged via Q&A!
Register for a webinar link 9/22, 9/23, 9/29 and 10/1
Colleges across the country have announced opportunities for virtual visits, chats with students in various majors, and admissions information sessions as a result of schools being closed. We will add links, information and opportunities for you to make the most of virtual college visit opportunities. Check back for updates!
Along with the list of individual schools are fantastic guides for how to choose a college when you can’t actually visit it!
As you conduct your virtual visits please use this form to compare schools: https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/CollegeComparisonWorksheet.pdf.
- Virtual College Tour Sites:
- http://www.ecampustours.com/ Virtual tours of over 1300 campuses!
- https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch/ Visit over 600 colleges for free!
- sixcolleges.org In the spirit of cooperation, six of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges —Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams—are joining forces to offer you an opportunity to connect with our deans of admission to learn about the upcoming application season.
Individual College Information: (Updated Regularly)
American University has many virtual experience opportunities. They encourage everyone to enjoy a virtual experience of AU.
BLOOMSBURG Bloomsburg University of PA is currently offering students the opportunity to participate in daily virtual as well as in-person information sessions and tours. In order to learn more and register for a visit they are more than welcome to visit this link, https://admissions.bloomu.edu/admissions-aid/visit.
Bowdoin: As you start to identify your college wish lists, you may be searching for ways to better understand a college. While our campus is closed* to visitors, our admissions counselors and students are ready to connect with you virtually.
DREXEL Drexel’s Undergraduate Virtual Experience. This online opportunity is a great way for students and their families to get answers to their questions and learn about everything Drexel has to offer through live chat sessions with admissions representatives, virtual information sessions and tours, videos, student stories, downloadable brochures, and more.
EDINBORO University Explore how Edinboro University can help you strive for more. Schedule your virtual visit by selecting from the many virtual weekday and Saturday options that are available here.
Elizabethtown College (Etown) Come check out our beautiful campus or take advantage of one of our many Virtual Visit opportunities. If you would like to have a more individualized conversation about your college search, consider scheduling a Virtual Meeting. We can’t wait to learn more about you!
George Washington COVID-19 has changed the way we learn, live, and work. It also impacted your ability to visit GW and for us to meet you at college fairs this spring. We are very disappointed to not have the opportunity to share what we love most about GW. Therefore, we are launching GW Virtual Visits.
HACC As we all experience the new “normal” with COVID-19, HACC is here for you. We are planning lots of information sessions for you to learn about HACC, financial aid, specific programs and more.
Harcum College Although we can’t meet with you on campus, we are still available Monday-Friday to meet with you virtually to discuss your educational goals. They have created a video to help you Get to Know Harcum College. They are also offering virtual information sessions by major. See the Vet Services tour here.
IUP Culinary Program Events– Our virtual visit to the culinary campus features an admissions presentation and campus tour. Meet our students and faculty, and learn about degree options, job placement, student life, and more! welcome.iup.edu
Kutztown University– We are excited to show you what makes KU the perfect place for you to call your home away from home! Learn more about their virtual visit options here.
MARIST is offering offering multiple virtual events each day. Both virtual and self-guided opportunities are available to see campus, as well as safe opportunities to engage in information sessions and tours on-campus.
Millersville University Conduct virtual tours, information sessions and more!
Monmouth University Looking to explore our historic campus? We have several ways for you to “visit” us –including in-person tours throughout the week and weekend and virtual visits which allow you to connect with us from wherever you are. Register now for an in-person campus tour, or choose from one of our virtual options.
Moravian College How do you figure out if Moravian College is the right fit for you? Check us out for yourself! Experience Moravian College with one of our virtual visit options, allowing you to still feel connected to our college community without even stepping foot on campus!
Neumann University Nothing beats a real campus visit, but you can sneak a peek at our classroom, studios, dorms and dining hall in this virtual tour, complete with 360-degree videos. Take the Tour
Norwich University campus tour experience is coming to you, right here via your keyboard or touch screen, so you can get the answers you need to feel right at home.
PENN STATE Even during these challenging Covid times, we are continually offering fun and informative ways for our students, counselors, and families to virtually visit our campuses, all from the comforts of home. Our Experience Penn State page is a wonderful resource for students, counselors, and families who would like to know more about Penn State. Visitors can view available events and resources by academic college or by campus. Available sessions include virtual info sessions, Zoom appointments with admissions counselors, campus tours, student panels, and more!
Our Experience Penn State page specialized information sessions focusing on financial aid, housing, study abroad, career services, undergraduate research, disability resources, international students, and transfer students. Events are added regularly.
Seton Hall University Although we cannot currently host you on campus, we’re excited to offer you this opportunity to get to know Seton Hall and learn about your next steps to become a Pirate.
Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University: Our staff is ready to meet with you through virtual appointments and meetings. We have created virtual tours and many other offerings to allow you to feel connected to our school and to learn all about the incredible programs at Tyler and Temple University.
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has many virtual options for you to explore. You can attend a Virtual Open House, schedule a Virtual Walk & Talk, schedule an Enrollment 101 session or choose a Self-guided Virtual Tour.
University of Alabama In lieu of on-campus visits, we have a virtual information session available. Many of the individual colleges also offer virtual sessions for students who are interested in learning more about Arts & Sciences, Business, Communication, Engineering, Honors, Human & Environmental Sciences, and Nursing. Students and families interested in participating can click this link to sign up.
University of Delaware developed the Preparing for College website, an easy-to-use resource for sophomores, juniors and seniors. On the website students can find advice on writing essays, resources for exploring majors, a timeline for students to plan their senior year—and much more. See a virtual tour with this link.
University of Pittsburgh- Bradford has developed a simple, virtual open house webpage. Instead of one long virtual event or video, we have developed a series of short videos from which students can pick and choose (or skip). I like to think of it as a Choose Your Own Adventure Open House.
University of Virginia While we can’t host visits on Grounds at the moment, we offer a few ways for you to explore UVA from a distance. The best way for prospective students to get to know the University of Virginia is to attend an information session and tour: Monday/Wednesday/Friday/select Saturdays: Virtual Information Session and Tour
West Virginia University: No matter where you are, you can connect with West Virginia University from the comfort of home. Click this link for a virtual tour and other resources.
Wilkes University: Juniors and sophomores may have originally planned this spring for visiting campuses and finding out more about their top schools. We have a solution! We’ve created a virtual experience just for underclassmen to learn more about Wilkes, without ever leaving their home. Students can even schedule one-on-one virtual meetings with counselors, in addition to learning about campus life, current students, academic offerings, and more!
Williams College- We can’t wait for you to experience it all in person. For now though, we hope you’ll take advantage of all the ways you can visit virtually and connect with us from afar.
Choosing a College When You Can’t Visit Campus
(A Guide for Students)
Question 1: How supported and satisfied are freshmen?
Look at the retention rate for full-time students in the Retention and Graduation Rates section of College Navigator. The Retention Rate describes the percent of full-time students who returned to the college as sophomores. Think of the Retention Rate as the “freshmen satisfaction score,” because it describes the percent of students who were satisfied with and supported by the college enough to return as sophomores.
Question 2: How many students make it to graduation?
This information is also in the Retention and Graduation Rates section of the College Navigator. Pay particular attention to the Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees section, where it indicates what percentage of freshmen make it through to graduation at that college in four or six years. Also make note of the Transfer-out rate, which tells you the percent of students who transferred to another college before graduation.
Question 3: How likely am I to have close interactions with professors?
You can find the student-to-faculty ratio up near the top of the page in the College Navigator. Colleges with lower student-to-faculty ratios tend to have more small classes, while colleges with higher ratios tend to have more large lecture hall type classes.
Question 4: How many other students are in the major(s) I am interested in?
In the Programs/Majors section of the College Navigator, you can find how many people received bachelor’s degrees across all of the programs offered. Review this list for two reasons. First, ensure the college offers programs you are interested in. Second, take a look at how many students graduate with degrees in the areas you are interested in. The number of students graduating with the degrees of interest to you can lead to other questions. For example, if only three people graduate with a degree in a program you are interested in, you may want to find out why.
Question 5: How diverse is the student body?
In the Enrollment section of the College Navigator, review the Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity information to see how ethnically diverse the student body is. While most of the categories here make intuitive sense, note that the “nonresident alien” category refers to international students.
Question 6: How much will it cost to attend this college?
The best source of information to answer this question will come from the college itself, communicated in a financial aid award notification to you. If this isn’t available, use the net price calculator for the college or information provided in the Net Price section of the College Navigator to estimate first year costs. Other questions to consider when thinking about costs are: “How do I maintain scholarship eligibility?” and “How much are costs likely to rise over the next few years?” These are questions a financial aid or admission counselor from the college can likely answer easily. Also, try to think about the difference between price and value as you reflect on your findings. For example, if College A ($12,000/year) has smaller classes and more programs of study you are interested in than College B ($10,000/year), College A may be the better value for you even though it has a higher price. When you have a good idea of how much each college will cost, take it a step further on your own and figure out what your monthly loan repayment will be.
Question 7: What is the average salary of graduates?
Collegescorecard.ed.gov shows the starting salary range for graduates. Navigate to the Fields of Study section and review the Highest Earnings for the 10 top earning majors at the college. You may be able to find a specific major of interest by exploring this website further.
Debunk College Myths
Myth 1: “The college I choose determines the next four years of my life.”
Fact: Students can and do transfer from one college to another all the time. In fact, about one in three students transfer at least once before finishing a degree. Of course, it’s easier if you do not transfer colleges. Transferring may lead to lost credits and delay your graduation, for example, but to think you can’t change your mind later is not helpful or accurate.
Myth 2: “I have to decide on a major before I get to college.”
Fact: Knowing what you want to study can be helpful, but it’s OK if you aren’t sure. Most colleges give you time to explore before formally declaring a major. About one in three students change their major at least once. In most majors, you have time to explore and figure out what you want to study and still graduate within four years, although some STEM majors are an exception.
Myth 3: “There is only one college that is right for me.”
Fact: There are many good colleges; making a college choice is a good problem to have. You are likely making a choice among many good options. You are more responsible for your success than the college you attend. You create your own success; the college does not create it for you.
Myth 4: “A college education is not worth the money.”
Fact: People with a bachelor’s degree earn $502 more each week than people with a high school diploma. That’s about $24,000 a year and nearly $1 million dollars across a 40-year career. College is expensive, and we all wish it were cheaper, but it is a sound investment for most people.Use this chart to record your answers.
Find out if a career in Imaging is for you! Attend event at Reading Hospital School for an exciting presentation on their two imaging curriculum areas: Medical Imaging (radiography) and Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS). This program-specific information session will be offered in both fall and spring semesters (2019-2020) at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences
WHEN: November 5, 2019: 6 to 7:30 p.m. and/or February 18, 2020: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences
1025 Old Wyomissing Road, Reading, PA 19612
INFO: Registration required. Call 484-628-0100 or go to reading.towerhealth.org/discover
Don’s miss this opportunity if you are interested in career in the medical field.
On Thursday October 24th, students, parents and guardians are invited to the high school auditorium at 6:00 PM to learn how to apply for all types of financial aid, including completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required to determine eligibility for most student aid programs
Plan on attending this informative session sponsored by the PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) and the Counseling office. Topics will include:
How to plan and pay for college and career schools
Resources available to students and parents
Upcoming Career and College related events
Please contact your School Counselor with any questions.