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Decision making after the thick envelopes!

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

The envelopes are in.
If your student has more than one thick envelope in hand, they’re in the driver’s seat. The colleges have taken their sweeeeet time choosing you, and now it’s your turn to choose them. They’ve given you the month of April to make your choice. Far beyond the glossy paper of the brochures, here are some things college advisors at International College Counselors say you and your student should consider:
Economics. It’s hard to deny that this may be a factor for many students. If they’ve been offered a generous financial aid package or a scholarship, it’s going to be hard to ignore this “bonus”.
If the student has not received the full financial aid offer, college advisors at International College Counselors recommend you begin to explore your financial options through free tools like the one offered on
The Ivies and a small number of other schools have policies that allow them to attend irrespective of their ability to pay. Contact each school separately for information on these policies.
Fit. Where does a student feel like he or she will fit in best? Some students thrive at universities where the city itself plays an important role in one’s overall education. In cities such as New York and Boston, the cultural and internship opportunities are enormous. However, city schools tend to be more impersonal. Residential campus schools like the University of Florida pride themselves on a school community atmosphere. Then there are considerations like the size of the school, the role of Greek life, the athletic culture, and more. College advisors at International College Counselors recommend that your student look for the campus energy that matches his or her own.
Academics. Ideally, a student should have a vague idea of a desired career path. What is needed is a school that offers a major or program that will allow your student to explore that option to fullest.
Culture. Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan College presents this consideration excellently:
“The evolution of student culture over many years that comes to define the way a place feels to the young men and women who spend these transitional years on campus. Students – not teachers and officials – make that culture. At Duke, for example, there are extraordinary programs and deep research going on. But over several weeks of the spring semester, it’s Blue Devil basketball frenzy that takes over campus culture. At Middlebury, there is currently an energetic student debate about the meal plan, which many students see as a defining element in their campus experience. At USC, the entertainment industry seeps into the fabric of the place, even when the subject areas are quite distant from Hollywood. At Wesleyan, the students have created vibrant music and film contexts that seem to fuel independent rock and hip-hop on the one hand, and popular film and TV on the other. Although most students here study neither music nor film, the energy of these areas percolates around campus.”
Job connections. After college, your student will want to get a job so it’s smart to consider a college’s career services center. Call them and ask about job fairs, internship opportunities, on-campus corporate interviews, and the number of students per career counselor.
Only you and your student will know what is truly important to you. Ask questions and take a good hard look at the school. Visit the top two choices again if you can. This is going to be your student’s home away from home for the next four years.
Experienced college advisors at International College Counselors believe if a student is having a tough time choosing among two or more schools it is probably because he or she has done a good job putting together the list. Most likely that student will be happy at whichever college is chosen.
Worse comes to worse, a student can transfer.
Most importantly, don’t let your student procrastinate. This is probably the biggest decision they can make at this point in their life.
For help from an experienced college advisor, please contact the expert college counselors at the Miami based International College Counselors of

International College Counselors
(954) 414-9986

About International College Counselors
International College Counselors is a Miami-based company that provides expert college counseling on undergraduate and graduate college admissions, financial aid, tuition, essays, and college applications. The college admissions counselors at International College Counselors work with domestic and international students. International College Counselors, founded by Mandee Heller Adler, tailors college counseling and college coaching services to address the goals, needs, and dreams of each student.

International College Counselors has seven offices in three countries.

2011 International College Counselors Scholarship

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Expert college admissions counselors at International College Counselors are pleased to announce our continuing annual scholarship competition.  Students in grade 9-12 from Dade, Broward, Palm Beach counties and elsewhere are invited to submit an essay that answers the question:

What makes a good college education?
Five prizes of $250 each will be awarded, three to students who attend school within Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County; one to a student from the U.S. outside Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County; and one to an international student who attends a college within the U.S.  
Work will be judged on the basis of originality and effectiveness of argument or presentation.

 Please note the following contest guidelines:

Submissions may be in Spanish or English, 500 words or less

The deadline for receipt of essays is April 1, 2011
The contest rules and submission information can be found at International College Counselors.  Select the “Scholarship” section of the website for downloadable contest rules. You can also go directly to the entry application.
Students do not need to be clients of International College Counselors to enter or to win this annual scholarship competition. 
The International College Counselors High School Essay Contest has established a Scholarship Fund to increase awareness of the value of higher education among high school students, as well as to give financial aid for tuition to college-bound students.
Good luck to all! 


International College Counselors
(954) 414-9986
 Mandee Heller Adler
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International College Counselors
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Boca Raton: 595 South Federal Highway
Hollywood: 4700 Sheridan Street 
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Palm Beach Gardens: 800 Village Square Crossing

About International College Counselors
International College Counselors is a Miami-based company that provides expert college counseling on undergraduate and graduate college admissions, financial aid, tuition, essays, and college applications. The college admissions counselors at International College Counselors work with domestic and international students. International College Counselors, founded by Mandee Heller Adler,  tailors college counseling and college coaching services to address the goals, needs, and dreams of each student.

Florida Prepaid College Board Announces New 4-Year Florida College Plan

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The Florida Prepaid College Board is expanding its savings choices with the introduction of the 4-Year Florida College Plan. The 4-Year Florida College Plan prepays tuition, registration fees and local fees for 60 semester credit hours at a community college, now known as a Florida College, in addition to 60 semester credit hours at a Florida state university. This program was mainly designed to support workforce related undergraduate degrees in areas such as nursing, applied technology, and education.

When your child is ready for college, this Plan covers the cost at any Florida College. Or the value of the plan can be transferred to the majority of private or public colleges in Florida, technical schools and out-of-state colleges.

Financially speaking, families can now prepay the cost of earning a bachelor’s degree for as little at $99 per month. Three payment options are available including monthly payments, a 55-month payment plan or a lump-sum payment plan.

For much more information on the new 4-Year Florida College Plan or to sign up online for any of the four Florida Prepaid College Plan options, families can visit or call 1-800-552-GRAD (4723). Florida Prepaid’s 2010-2011 annual acquisition period, when families can purchase a Prepaid College Plan at this year’s plan prices, ends January 31, 2011.

The college advisors at International College Counselors are available to help you with either of Florida’s two prepaid college plans: the Florida Prepaid College Plan and the Florida College Investment Plan.

Contact International College Counselors with any questions you may have.

International College Counselors
Main office: 954.253.5719

International College Counselors provides expert college counseling on undergraduate and graduate college admissions, financial aid, tuition, essays, and college applications. Mandee Heller Adler, college admissions consultant and Founder of International College Counselors tailors her college counseling and college coaching services to address the goals, needs, and dreams of each student. Our college advising company works with domestic and international students. Let us help you make the best decisions in choosing, getting into, and paying for college.

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program has started accepting applications. International College Counselors recommends ALL SENIORS APPLY.  It’s better to have a Bright Futures Scholarship and not need it, then to need it and not have it. (And all our Florida seniors from Gainesville to Miami, college counselors at International College Counselors will tell this to you)
This program offers three levels of scholarship awards- the Florida Academic Scholars award (includes the Academic Top Scholars award), the Florida Medallion Scholars award and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award. Basic requirements and dollar amounts for each of these awards can be found here.
To apply for a Bright Futures Scholarship, you must submit a completed (error free) Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application during your last year in high school (after December 1 and prior to graduation). YOU MUST APPLY DURING YOUR LAST YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE GRADUATION or you will forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Future Scholarship.
To apply on line, visit , select “State Grants, Scholarships & Applications” on the side bar , then click “Apply Here” on the top bar. Then you can click “Initial State Student Application” to go directly to the application.   Or you can link here directly.
The application gives the Florida Department of Education permission to evaluate your high school transcript and test scores for eligibility for state scholarships and grants, including a Bright Futures Scholarship. You may apply prior to meeting all requirements.
YOU SHOULD APPLY for a Bright Futures Scholarship even if you are considering not going to college, are planning to go out of state, are taking a few years off, or are enlisting in the military. Eligible students have up to three years from high school graduation to begin using the scholarship.
To qualify for a Bright Futures Scholarship, you must earn the minimum required test score for the award for which you wish to qualify. It may make sense to re-take your SAT or ACT just to reach the minimum.
The expert college advisors at International College Counselors are available to help you. Contact us with any questions you may have.
International College Counselors
Main office: 954.414.9986
Contact International College Counselors and one of our expert college counselors will help you source scholarships in your own state.
International College Counselors provides expert college counseling on undergraduate and graduate college admissions, financial aid, tuition, essays, and college applications. Mandee Heller Adler, college admissions consultant and Founder of International College Counselors tailors her college counseling and college coaching services to address the goals, needs, and dreams of each student. Our college advising company works with domestic and international students. Let us help you make the best decisions in choosing, getting into, and paying for college.

ICC 2011 Summer Recommendations

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

International College Counselors 2011 Summer Recommendations

Programs are grouped into 4 categories below:


Barry University: Summer Science Research Program for Internship

The Barry RISEE Program provides high school students with many great experiences and opportunities. As a high school student you are eligible to apply for our fully funded four week long summer introduction to research workshop. This 3 credit course will introduce you to the field of environmental science and to fundamental aspects of field and lab research. The course includes lectures, laboratory exercises, field exercises, and field trips.

From the students that attend our summer workshop, we select 3 students to conduct research with Barry University faculty during the school year. Students receive a research stipend for their work and a valuable experience to list on college application essays.
Requirements: 3.2 GPA and 2 letters of recommendation.

Boston University: Summer Program for Math & Science

Costs and Financial Aid: The approximate cost for 2009 participants will be $2,500 for instruction and room and board. Books may cost an additional $100. Need-based financial aid is available. PROMYS is dedicated to the principle that no student will be unable to attend because of financial need.
Eligibility PROMYS is a nationwide program. Students throughout the United States participate as well as many international students. Admissions decisions will be based on the following criteria: applicants’ solutions to a set of challenging problems included with the application packet; teacher recommendations; high school transcripts; and student essays explaining their interest in the program.

Requests for applications: High school students in grades 9 through 12, who will be 14 years old by June 28, may apply. You will be able to download the 2011 application in January.

Cornell University: CURIE ACADEMY: Minorities

The CURIE Academy is a one-week summer residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science. The focus is on sophomores and juniors who may not have had prior opportunities to explore engineering, but want to learn more about the many opportunities in engineering in an interactive atmosphere.

2011 Information not posted yet

Virginia Tech – CTECH Two – Minority

Computers and Technology at Virginia Tech (C-Tech²) is a two-week summer camp, targeting high school girls. The purpose of the program is to introduce participants to engineering and related technologies through various hands-on activities, laboratories, and presentations. C-Tech² also provides participants with the opportunity to learn about college life – from residence halls to classrooms and everything in-between. Check out the web page for more information on C-Tech²


PAVE is a six-week summer pre-college program designed to strengthen the academic skills of students who are planning to enter a college engineering, pre-medical, science, or technology program. If you are an eleventh grader and planning to take advanced placement or honors mathematics and science courses, the pre-college PAVE program will fortify your senior year and potentially improve your ACT, AP, SAT and TOEFL test scores while increasing your chances for admission when you apply to college. If you are a graduating high school student and are planning to attend any institution, this program not only exposes you to campus life, but also provides you with the experience to overcome the rough spots you may encounter.

Eligibility: The 2011 PAVE program is open to high school students who will be in the 11th grade (class of 2012), 12th grade (class of 2011) or PG year during the 2010-2011 school year and runs from June 20, 2011 to July 29, 2011. Please note that every year a number of students who attend PAVE have to arrive late (e.g. making up snow days) or leave early (e.g. the next school year starts early). If you are in this situation, make-up and wrap-up sessions will be provided.

Need to submit application via web site

Cornell Catalyst Program: Science and Engineering for Minorities

July 19-25, 2009 The CATALYST Academy is a one-week summer residential program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
The mission of the CATALYST Academy is to advance diversity in engineering and its related disciplines. Therefore, applications from students from backgrounds (African American, Latino/a, or Native American) critically underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math are especially encouraged.

During the CATALYST Academy, Cornell University’s world-renowned faculty and graduate students lead participants in classes, lab sessions, and project research. Social events, panel discussions, and other out-of-classroom activities provide participants with opportunities to network informally with Cornell faculty, staff, and students.

This summer, spend a week making new friends; experience life on a university campus; and explore the many exciting possibilities awaiting you in engineering!

For additional information, contact Debbie Moss at or (607)255-6403.

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year in high school. Applications should be accompanied with:
• A written essay (please type your essay or write legibly) of no more than 500 words, explaining:
o why you want to participate in this program
o what you hope to gain from the experience
o what interests you about engineering
o what thoughts you have about your future career
• A written recommendation from a math or science teacher or high school counselor
• An official high school transcript
• A high school profile (you may obtain a profile from your high school counseling office)
Application due in March: Not currently available.

NOTRE DAME- Introduction to Engineering-
Summer Engineering camp for rising seniors in high school. Two three-week sessions. $1500

Drexel University Summer Institute: Business, Engineering

Drexel’s summer academic programs are open to highly motivated high school students who wish to explore what a university-level program is all about. Workshops are led by Drexel faculty and utilize Drexel’s labs, facilities, and the city of Philadelphia’s many resources. Some have no charge, and some have a minimal charge.

Drexel’s 2010 Summer Institute Programs
This summer, we’ll be offering programs in:
• Business
• Engineering
• Music Technology
• Law
• Media Arts and Design
• Medicine
Application Link:

University of Michigan MMSS: Math & Science Camp

Two 2 week sessions offered
No Application Deadline
Commuter Students (1 Session) – $1,000
Residential Students (1 Session) – $1,700
Commuter Students (Both Sessions) – $2,000
Residential Students (Both Sessions) – $3,400

The Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS), is a program designed to expose high school students to current developments and research in the sciences and to encourage the next generation of researchers to develop and retain a love of mathematics and science.

MMSS features small 15-student classes taught by University of Michigan professors, as well as other outstanding instructors from around the world. The small class size allows the student to receive a deeper exposure to a particular subject and to evaluate the University of Michigan not only as a summer program, but also as a place for future studies. Two 2-week sessions are offered; students are given the opportunity to attend one or both.

Each session offers courses from science departments at the University of Michigan including Applied Physics; Astronomy; Chemistry; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Geological Sciences; Mathematics; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Physics; Program in the Environment; and Statistics.

The MMSS program is a stepping stone for today’s high school student to become tomorrow’s university student. Students are able to use the first-class labs and technology at the University of Michigan while learning from their faculty, graduate students and advanced undergraduates.
Students are given the opportunity to participate in the exciting research that is ongoing at the University of Michigan, attending courses with titles such as Fibonacci Numbers, Roller Coaster Physics, and Human Anatomy and Physiology.

Santa Clara Summer Program / Science & Engineering

A Special Summer Program for High School Students
The School of Engineering at Santa Clara is pleased to announce its 20th Annual Summer Engineering Seminar (SES). This special summer experience is for high school students who have an interest in science, mathematics, and engineering. The program is designed to acquaint participants with the engineering profession, the academic expectations of college, and the nature of life at a university. Two sessions will be held during the summer of 2009.
Session 1 – August 2-6 , Session 2 – August 8-12

The Program: The SES is designed to motivate young people to enter science and engineering majors in college so they can ultimately participate in the scientific and technical work force. It provides participants with a chance to explore possibilities of engineering as a career while living in University residence halls staffed by program counselors. Participants eat their meals in University dining facilities, attend special classes, and do their own engineering projects. Participants experience the outside-of-class aspects of Santa Clara University through afternoon recreational activities and evening projects.

During their stay on campus, students are taught by engineering faculty. Course work in this unique program spans the range of the field of engineering. Class sessions for the SES will be held in the Bannan Engineering Building, the focal point for engineering education at Santa Clara University. Computer Sessions will be taught in the SCU Design Center, a state-of-the-art facility.

Who is Eligible?: Students are eligible to participate in the SES if they have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school by June 30, 2009 and are interested in the field of math, science or engineering. Women and other underrepresented groups in the field of engineering are highly encouraged to apply. Those entering their senior year in fall 2009 are given first priority.

Registration: In order to be considered for this program, applicants must submit (by surface mail) a completed application packet consisting of :
Application – available January, 2011
One letter of recommendation from a high school science, math, or technology teacher. Please have the teacher seal the letter in an envelope and sign across the seal.

A 100-200 word max essay detailing why you wish to attend this program.
A second 100-200 word max essay detailing who you believe to be the most influential engineer of the 20th or 21st century and why. Please be both creative and specific.

All on-site fees for the SES are paid by grants from Santa Clara University, School of Engineering and sponsoring organizations. These fees cover room costs, all meals, tuition, and supplies. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus.

Rutgers Young Science Program

The Rutgers Young Scholars Program in Discrete Mathematics is a summer program for mathematically talented high school students. It provides a mathematically rich environment to high school students interested in mathematics, and is designed to encourage them to consider careers in the mathematical sciences. Selected students participate in an intensive four-week residential academic program that provides a challenging introduction to discrete mathematics — a new and growing area of the mathematical sciences with many applications on the cutting edge of modern research. During the program, you will develop and enhance your problem-solving abilities by applying mathematical concepts to a wide range of problems. You will also meet distinguished professionals in the field of discrete mathematics who will serve as role models and mentors and help you decide if mathematics is the right field for you. Teaching assistants who are embarking on their own careers in mathematics will provide additional academic support.

Approximately thirty high school students will be selected for admission. Students will participate in instructional sessions, field trips, research projects, technology-based activities (including a Robotics Challenge), and workshops on careers in the mathematical sciences. Informal evening and recreational programs will also be provided.

The program is held on the Busch campus of Rutgers University. Students are housed in a modern, air-conditioned residence hall. The classroom building, computer laboratories, student center, and recreation center are within walking distance of the residence hall. Residence life staff members coordinate the residence program and recreational activities.

The cost of the program is $3,500; which includes tuition, materials, housing, and meals from Monday morning to Friday afternoon each week. Students will return home each weekend. A limited number of scholarships will be available for students in need.

Dates of Program – June 4th to July 29th, 2011

Application Link

National Institute of Health Research Training Institute (NIH) – Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

Program Description: Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI.

Awards cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day

Eligibility: The Summer Internship Program is for students who will be sixteen years of age or older at the time they begin the program and who are currently enrolled at least half-time in high school or an accredited U.S. college or university as undergraduate, graduate, or professional students. Students who have been accepted into a college or university program may also apply. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Stipend Information: The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly; the level depends on prior experience. For details, see the Trainee Stipends page.

Application Procedure: Prospective candidates must apply online. The application is available from mid-November to March 1. It requires submission of
1. a curriculum vitae or resume,
2. a list of coursework and grades,
3. a cover letter describing the applicant’s research interests and career goals, and the names and contact information for two references.
4. Candidates may also specify the scientific methodologies or disease/organ systems that interest them.

Selection: The NIH Summer Internship Program is highly competitive. In 2010, more than 6700 applications were submitted, and about 1200 interns were selected. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from November through April by scientists in the Institutes and Centers of the NIH. Individual scientists select their own summer interns; there is no centralized selection process.

Candidates will be informed of their selection by the hiring Institute. Successful candidates will be required to submit the following documentation to their Institute or Center prior to beginning their training:.

Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science (MITES) – MINORITY
June 18 through August 2
70 Applicants accepted (Exceptional Minority Students)

(Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) is a rigorous six-week residential, academic enrichment summer program for promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. This national program stresses the value and reward of pursuing advanced technical degrees and careers while developing the skills necessary to achieve success in science and engineering. MITES is rooted in MIT’s belief in the importance of students from diverse populations to pursue higher education and careers in these fields. The program is 100% scholarship-based. Funding from industry, foundations, grants, individuals, and MIT covers all living and educational expenses for each admitted student. Students only pay for their transportation to and from MIT. Selected students build self-confidence in their ability to be successful in a demanding academic atmosphere, and have a chance to work with and befriend individuals of different racial, ethnic and other backgrounds. Although admission to MIT is not the focus of MITES, for its graduates, there is a strong record of successful admission to MIT and to other engineering and science universities.

Application link

MIT: This is the Research Science Institute (RSI) sponsored by Center for Excellence in Education and MIT

Each summer approximately 80 of the worlds most accomplished high school students gather at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the Research Science Institute. Invited students enjoy a six week, cost-free program designed to kick-start their careers of leadership in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Participants experience the entire research cycle from start to finish.

Many RSI students use their RSI research projects as a basis for entry to science competitions, garnering top awards in the annual Intel Science Talent Search, the Siemens-Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition, and the All-USA High School Academic Scholarship.
Cost – Free

Penn Summer Program

Application not available yet. Students can take a range of classes for college credit on the Penn campus, taught by Penn professors.

Purdue University Minority Engineering Program – Minority

Session Dates – (July 10-22, 2011)
Minority Engineering Programs are open to all students. Our mission is to engage in activities designed to increase and improve the enrollment, retention and successful graduation of engineers. Our focus is domestic under-represented minorities from African American, Native American, Mexican American, and Puerto-Rican American groups.

Contact the following for application information – Allene Manning,

Cal Tech – The Youth Engineering and Science Scholars (YESS) Program – Minority

Three week summer residential program for exceptional underrepresented high school students. The YESS program aims to challenge students beyond the traditional high school classroom environment by providing first hand exposure to research scientists and engineers as well as an introduction to the university science and engineering culture.
Cost: Free

Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program for High School Girls
Grades 9-12: Females Interest in Science, Engineering, Medicine, Hands on research

Information not yet posted for 2011

Stanford University Math Camp
Brings mathematically talented and motivated high school students together from across the US, and from the world, to Stanford University for four weeks of intense mathematical coursework

July 10 – August 6, 2011
Information available by January 19th, 2011


UPENN – The Lead Program at Wharton
– Minority
Program Dates: July 3 – 30, 2011

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program at Wharton introduces some of the nation’s brightest rising high school seniors to the world of business. Founded at Wharton in 1980 by Harold Haskins and Bill Whitney, the four-week LEAD Program attracts 30 students from across the nation to the campus of the University of Pennsylvania each July.

How to Apply: Applications for the LEAD Program are coordinated through the national offices of the LEAD Program in Business, Inc. For information on how to apply to the LEAD Program, please call 215.753.2490 or visit

Leadership in the Business World – Wharton

Program Dates: July 3 – 30, 2011
Application Deadline: March 1, 2011
Locations: Philadelphia or San Francisco
Application Fee $75

Sponsored by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Leadership in the Business World (LBW) is a summer institute for a talented and select group of rising high school seniors who want an introduction to a top-notch undergraduate business education and the opportunity to hone their leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Since 1999, LBW has brought students from six continents and nearly every state to the Wharton School.

Wharton will select 60 diverse participants to attend each program. Both programs will run from July 3 to July 30 and will cost $5,575, plus an additional $75 non-refundable application fee. The program fee covers tuition, housing, meals, activities and weekend trips. Limited financial aid is available. For students participating on the western campus, their program fee covers the cost of the flight from San Francisco to Philadelphia.Selections will be based on academic achievement, leadership in school activities, and interest in an undergraduate business education.

Application for either program requires:
• Official high school transcript
• Two letters of recommendation from teachers
• Short essay
• Official test score reports
• $75 application fee

Grades – 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th

Duke TIP Summer Studies offers:
• A community of motivated and engaged peers unlike any you have ever experienced.
• Course topics and learning experiences unavailable to most middle and high school students.
• Age-specific programs that are geared specifically toward gifted students.
• Expert instructors, 75% of whom hold or are working toward a terminal degree.
• A stimulating educational model that promotes higher-level thinking through interactive, inquiry-based learning
• Engaging social and residential experiences to complement your academic endeavors.
• An intense, accelerated pace in the classroom. Students attend a single class for 7 hours each weekday and 3 hours on Saturdays.


Students develop knowledge and understanding of complex issues through case studies, lectures, films, simulations, discussions, field research and group projects. Your learning is stimulated by creative curricula, engaging faculty and peers from around the world. Last year we had students from 22 different countries and from around the U.S. Such diversity is key to our understanding of global challenges.

Note: 2011 Dates and Fees will be posted soon

Drexel University Summer Institute: Business, Engineering

Summer Institutes
Drexel’s summer academic programs are open to highly motivated high school students who wish to explore what a university-level program is all about. Workshops are led by Drexel faculty and utilize Drexel’s labs, facilities, and the city of Philadelphia’s many resources.
Some have no charge, and some have a minimal charge

Drexel’s 2010 Summer Institute Programs
This summer, we’ll be offering programs in:
• Business
• Engineering
• Music Technology
• Law
• Media Arts and Design
• Medicine
Application Link:


Limited information at this time offered at web site

“Four hundred young people from 40 states and 13 countries will assemble this summer at American University School of Communication (SOC) for Discover the World of Communication, a hands-on interactive program that introduces high school students to a field that includes everything from weather broadcasting and backpack journalism to music video production and flash fiction writing.” Hands on learning is mixed with smart, fresh lectures


Offers numerous summer programs, however the 12 week summer program offers an opportunity for high school students to gain college credit while completing the first semester of Berklee’s regular college-level core curriculum.

Admissions: For admission you must be at least 16 years old by the start of the program. You’ll also need a minimum of two years of formal music training or experience on your principal instrument or voice, and good working knowledge/familiarity with the written fundamentals of music theory (including rhythmic notation, melodic notation in treble and bass clefs, key signatures, major and minor scales, intervals, and construction of triads and seventh chords). Because you’ll be enrolled in classes with full-time students, it’s important that your musical abilities and written theory and ear training skills are at a compatible level.

During the summer semester, your classes will include:
• Private instruction (two credits, one 30-minute lesson per week)
• Instrumental/vocal labs or ensembles (one credit)
• Ear training (three credits)
• Harmony (two credits)
• Introduction to Music Technology (two credits)
• Writing skills or arranging (two credits)

Application: Visit and create an account. Once you have created your account you will need to fill out the 12-Week Full Credit application in the Special Programs section and submit your application fee

Tuition and fees
• Application Fee (nonrefundable)1 $50
• Tuition Prepayment (nonrefundable)2 $100
• Tuition $11,555
• Health Insurance3 $538
• Comprehensive Fee4 $610
• Housing Deposit $300
• Residence Hall Fees $6,725

Boston University – Institute for Film, Television, and Radio Production

ITRP is a five week hands on program for high school students interested in the many aspects of Media Production and programming.
Application information is not up at this time

Carnegie-Mellon (Pittsburgh, PA) – Pre-College Drama Program

Cost: Resident $6550
June 25 – August 5, 2011
Are you going to be a junior or senior in high school? If so, consider spending June 25 to August 5, 2011 in one of our six distinct Pre-College programs. You can either explore architecture, art & design, drama, music or the National High School Game Academy to prepare yourself for study at the college level. Through our Advanced Placement/Early Admission program, you can take two challenging college courses in order to gain advanced placement and get a head start in college.

Eligibility: Students must be in high school, have completed their sophomore year and 16 to 18 years old (born between August 5, 1992 and June 25, 1995. No exceptions will be made.

New York University Programs – The Tisch School of the Arts

Tisch School of the Arts High School Programs, July 11 – August 7, 2010. Residential program in New York with courses in drama, dramatic writing, filmmaking, and photography and imaging. Acting and filmmaking in Dublin and acting in Paris. Application deadline: February 12, 2010.

For more information, visit:
Application information

New York Film Academy

Our high school programs are designed for students ages 14 to 17 with little or no previous filmmaking, acting, or animation experience. They are intensive, short and long term courses that fully immerse students in the craft of writing, directing, casting, shooting, acting in, editing, and animating their own films.

Each year hundreds of students from around the world benefit from the extraordinary education offered at the New York Film Academy. The Academy is a learning center for individuals who want to explore film and video arts or performance for the screen and stage. For students ages fourteen to seventeen, the New York Film Academy offers a pre-college enrichment experience that is unparalleled.

Apply at this web site

Northwestern University – National High School Institute Program

Summer 2011 dates: 5-week programs will be June 26 – July 30, 2011

Application information not yet posted

Penn Summer Program

Application not available yet. Students can take a range of classes for college credit on the Penn campus, taught by Penn professors.

The Pratt Pre-College Program
July 5- July 29th 2011

Brooklyn and Manhattan Campuses
Every summer, Pratt sponsors a college-level program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors at its Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses. The program attracts about 400 students. It is an intensive immersion experience in art, design or architecture.

The summer program regularly attracts national and international students. Students choose an elective course such as fine arts/painting & drawing, graphic design, illustration (traditional or digital), fashion design (Brooklyn only), photography, architecture and creative writing. Students develop their creative skills, build an effective portfolio for college admission, and earn four college credits. Scholarships are available based on merit.

Eligibility: High school students who are at least sixteen years old, and have completed their sophomore year, as well as graduating seniors (minimum age: 16 years by June 30, 2011; maximum age: 18 years. No exceptions.)
Self-motivated and responsible students willing to immerse themselves in college-level study with other students who have similar interests
All levels of experience welcome
Application Information

Princeton University – Summer Journalism Program – Minority

What is the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program? We welcome about 20 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton’s campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program’s goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students’ travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend the program come from across the country. Bios of our 2010 students can be found here. The program is currently in its ninth year.


FSU Young Scholars Program: Science and Math– MINORITY

6 week residential science and math program for Florida rising high school Juniors and Seniors with significant potential in the sciences

Free- Applications are due march 15

FSU Saturday at the Sea Summer Camp

The Saturday-at-the-Sea Summer Camp program (SATS Camp) is a week-long experience in marine science offered by invitation only to local students entering the 9th and 10th grades. During the SATS Camp, participants make their own original observations and from them develop a research project to explore these observations and the questions that they spark. During the week, the participants will collect, analyze, and interpret the data from their research project and write and present orally a paper that outlines the conclusions that they draw from the data. They also design and carry out a service project that benefits the marine environment in some way.

FSU – SciGirls Summer Camp

Launched in 2006, SciGirls is a two-week hands-on summer camp run by The Magnet Lab and WFSU that inspires middle and high school girls to pursue careers in science. SciGirls I and SciGirls II camps accept rising sixth graders through tenth graders as well as returning campers

UF Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership and Sustainability

Students will have the opportunity to take two college-level courses:
GEB4930 – Exploring Entrepreneurship
SYG2010 – Social Problems & Solutions
Students will complete 75 hours of community service (meeting the requirement for Bright Futures Scholarships or for the service portion of IB CAS hours). Additionally, we have planned a plethora of exciting activities and events to integrate the academic learning with engaging and interactive experiences outside of class.

UF Summer Journalism Institute

An intense and fun six days of journalism instruction open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders who have recommendations from their publication advisers or principals. Classes are open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders who have recommendations from their publication advisers or principals. You must be enrolled in a journalism course. Selections are based on first-come, first-serve/qualifications basis. Graduating seniors and middle-school students are not eligible.

Florida International University – Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute – Minority

Limited information available at this time
The office of Pre-College Programs is an area in Student affairs that is investing in the future of the university and the community. The programs are very successful in giving at risk and low income students, as well as students who excel, the opportunity to experience college life before it actually happens.

University of Miami Summer Scholars Program

About to complete your sophomore or junior year in high school?
Explore your career possibilities through the Summer Scholar Programs at the University of Miami. Each program offers a three-week, educational experience that lets you live like a college student on campus while earning valuable college credit.
Program dates – June 25th – July 15, 2011
Application not currently available

Grants, General School Scholarships, and Loans. Oh my!

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Parents. There are ways your student can go to college for free. Even to the best colleges in the country. Westinghouse scholars, Olympic champions, and tween founders of multi-million dollar companies all qualify.

But, there’s hope for the rest of us! It’s all about maximizing your financial aid and minimizing your costs.

Top ways the expert college counselors at International College Counselors recommend to make college more affordable include:

1. Government Loans
As International College Counselors wrote about in our last blog, the US government loans money to every student who needs it. To receive FAFSA aid, a student (or parent) needs to fill out and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( This federal application for financial aid is also used to apply for aid from other sources, such as your state or school.

For our clients with the United States from San Francisco to Miami, our expert college counselors recommend that ALL students fill the FAFSA out regardless of their house-hold income, if they even have the remotest need.

2. Grants
Grants are better than loans because students don’t have to pay the money back. (Free money!) But they’re not available to everyone.

Pell Grants are federal grants awarded strictly on the student’s financial need. Other federal grant programs include the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (also based on financials), and grant programs for students with good grades in competitive high-school programs or specific fields of study, such as math, nursing or teaching. States and colleges also have their own pools of grant money. Like loans, grants are awarded based on the FAFSA results.

3. General and School Scholarships
For students who are seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen, whether in public school, private school, or home schooled (meaning everyone in high school) scholarships are available. They’re highly desirable because recipients do not have to pay them back and a good number of scholarships are not based on financial need.

Thousands of scholarships are available. Sources of scholarships can be national organizations, employers, corporations, professional associations, local clubs, contests, and the schools themselves. The trick is finding the ones that best match the student. If you’re not a Native American there’s no point in going for the scholarship. You’d be better off knitting a clever outfit out of wool, measuring less than 4’ 10” in height, having the last name Zolp. All are scholarship worthy. Here are the details on those scholarships and other unusual scholarships.

There aren’t many of these scholarships with unusual eligibility requirements, but it doesn’t hurt to see what may be out there. Some scholarships are based on financial needs. Others are awarded to students with special abilities qualified as academic, artistic, or athletic achievement. Still more are reserved for people who have certain religious affiliation, ethnicity, memberships, hobbies, or special interests.

School-specific scholarships, where a student can usually receive the largest amount of scholarship aid, are typically given to top athletes, top test score recipients, and other outstanding students. In order to apply for these scholarships, you need to contact each school individually. A rule of thumb is that if you are in the top 25% of the admitted class, there could be some scholarship money waiting for you. So, a student who can get into MIT with no scholarship money may receive a full ride at Georgia Tech (still a great school!), and a student who can get into Penn could get a full ride at Drexel (a terrific option!).

Students don’t have to look farther than their computer to find scholarships to apply to. Several free scholarship databases are available online, offering millions of different scholarships worth billions of dollars. For International College Counselors students, please be sure to look to Naviance for scholarship options. With thousands of scholarships to choose from, any student can find a scholarship to which to apply.
For non ICC students, and for ICC students who would like an additional resource, ICC recommends the scholarship database It’s large, most often accurate and frequently updated. Students should also look to their high school’s website for LOCAL scholarship opportunities. Clearly, a scholarship for students at your school, or your community will be easier to get than one that draws a national applicant pool.

Please remember during your search, if you are considering a legitimate scholarship site or scholarship you will not be asked for any money to apply or receive details.

Florida students should not forget to apply to the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program provides scholarships based on high school academic achievement, and could cover up to 100% of a public college’s tuition.

Scholarships pay off in more ways than just Free Money. College advisors can say with certainty that they also look impressive on your college applications.

Getting out of college with little or no debt is hard, but not impossible, and with initiative, you and your student don’t have to rob a bank to do it.

Next week, I’ll write about How to Apply for Scholarships.

If you need help, contact a private college counselor at International College Counselors to help you with college admissions and finances.

Truth, Plagiarism & the Consequences on College Applications and Essays

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Mandee Heller Adler, president of International College Counselors, was quoted in The New York Times in an article titled, “If You’re Going to Be Edited, Be Sure the Result Is Still You“.  She discusses the business of professionally edited college admissions essays.

Overall, the article concludes that professionals helping students with college admissions essays are performing an ethical service as long as they don’t write the college admissions essay for a student.  The best college counselors allow students to just be themselves, but “a somewhat more interesting, more attractive, more eloquent” version of themselves. 

As any parent or student who has worked with International College Counselors knows, what Adler says in the article is true, “she has parents sign a form, part of which establishes that her counselors will ‘review, not do’ the essay.”

“I’m not going to write an essay,” she tells the Times readers. “It’s an ethical question and it’s a line I won’t cross. Of course, it’s a fuzzy line, but I have to feel comfortable that I haven’t crossed it.”

It goes without saying that a student shouldn’t have someone else write their entire college admissions essay for them, whether it’s a friend, parent, college advisor, or a professional writer.  But what about the fuzzier areas, like when a student portrays himself or herself as better than they are?

Say International College Counselors: No matter how desperately a student wants to get into a school, don’t lie on the college application.  If a university finds out a student has lied on an application or essay – even a little – they’re getting rejected, almost guaranteed.  

How does a school know if a student fibbed/fudged/lied?  Colleges are doing research of their own.  A common practice is for college admissions officers to call up high schools to verify a student’s activities and awards.  College admissions officers have also called jobs, internship organizers, and places where students have performed public service. 

Thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to see if a student really has received a major award or a significant ranking, whether it’s in music or sports.  Some universities like MIT have even hired private investigators to check up on student claims.   While there is a chance a student won’t be caught, do they really want to risk it.  

Embellishing the truth isn’t good either.  If a student delivered meals to homebound senior citizens in their community, he or she shouldn’t write that they ended world hunger.   Of course, there’s nothing wrong with presenting yourself in a positive way.  This is where a student’s ethics (and clever adjectives) need to kick in.

Plagiarism is always wrong and schools are getting better at detecting it.  Penn State, for example, is using an admissions essay service offered by Turnitin.   This software service has been used by professors to check their students’ class work – with much success.  College application essays are now being compared to a huge database of collected information and what’s already on the web.  While most schools don’t publicize whether or not they use this detection system, at Penn State 29 students were rejected in 2010 because of plagiarism on the college application.

College essays are about the student.  Who they are and not who they’re not.  At International College Counselors, we believe that every student has a gem of an essay within them.  What they need to do is find that kernel of truth – and remember to proofread.    

How to Help your High School Freshman. Tips from International College Counselors.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Many parents ask our expert college counselors at International College Counselors how early their students need to start preparing for the college admissions process. The answer from our expert college counselors: as soon as possible, especially if your student is looking at competitive schools.

The secret is to make the process fun. And not stress your student out too early or too much. College admissions stress is inevitable but it can be minimized even if your child is aiming for the Ivy League. Plus, expert college counselors know, the journey towards a college degree can be a bonding discovery process for all involved.

Here are some International College Counselors tips for parents:

• Review your student’s schedule with him or her at the beginning of the school year. The goal is to have your child enroll in challenging classes that will help them prepare for college. Help your child be less afraid to reach slightly higher than their comfort level. Build your child’s confidence and offer your support. But, expert college counselors understand, be mindful of the realities and don’t push your student too far above his or her level.

• Make sure your student meets with his or her counselor to discuss college plans. Students tend to procrastinate. (You don’t need to be an expert, or a college counselor, or work at International College Counselors to know this.)

• Help your student start a calendar. Work with him or her to update it regularly with any important dates and deadlines.

• Encourage your child to get involved with extracurricular activities. Who knows your child best, but you? Take what you’ve observed over the past 13 years and encourage your student to explore their interests. Water polo, bowling, harp playing, choir, drama, debate, or starting a business. Explore interests outside the school as well. Is your child interested in science? Have them check out volunteer opportunities at a local science museum or center. If your student likes to write, maybe there’s a place for him or her to cover high school activities for the local paper. If a child has an interest in an activity, there’s a greater chance they’ll stick with it and accomplish something. Colleges like to see that a student stays with something and moves up in it. If you’re in Broward, Palm Beach, or Miami, college counselor at International College Counselors know you have many, many options.

• Start talking about financing college. Talking about money helps students understand how much college really costs, and how they can help defray the costs through applying to private scholarships and getting good grades. Talking about money will also start introducing them to the adult concepts like financial aid and loans. Generally, if you treat your child like an adult now, chances are they will behave more like an adult later. Even in 9th grade there are scholarship monies available to use towards college. Topics expert college counselors at International College Counselors suggest include how much money they’ll need for college, how much they should try to save, and ways to reach their goal, whether it’s part-time work or more AP classes.

• Familiarize yourself with the SAT Subject Tests and help build your child’s confidence in his or her strong subjects. Encourage him or her to take the tests as soon as they finish the course so the material is still fresh to them. Subject Tests include World History, Literature, Biology E/M, and Chemistry.

• Help your student find a summer opportunity. Do some networking on their behalf. If your student is interested in medicine, see who is in your network that you might be able to call. The same goes for if your student wants to be a graphic designer or a vet. Many businesses wouldn’t mind a free volunteer. Suggest opportunities around the community your student might not have considered. Students tend to be so caught up in their own world, they may not even realize there may be a cool museum nearby to volunteer at and gain the kind of experience college admissions officers smile upon.

• Help your student search online for summer school programs for high school students at colleges, if this is the route they choose.

• Encourage your child to read. It’s the best way to prepare for the SAT and all standardized exams. If they don’t have a favorite author? Take them to the local library to explore popular options within their age group.

• Go on college campus visits with your student. At this point in the game, it’s low pressure. Make it fun. When you go on any family vacations, make it a point to visit college campuses around your destination. Even if the schools are not on your child’s radar, these visits will give everyone a chance to get a feel for the options.

Most importantly: Be there for your child. Be present in his or her life. Listen to his or her hopes, fears and goals. Working together can make these dreams more real and much more possible.

International College Counselors provides expert college counseling on undergraduate and graduate college admissions, financial aid, tuition, essays, and college applications. Mandee Heller Adler, lead college admissions consultant and Founder of International College Counselors tailors her wide range of college counseling and college coaching services to address the goals, needs, and dreams of each individual student, whether Florida college or Ivy League university. Our college advising company, based in Miami-Dade, Florida, works with domestic and international students. We also work with high schools in Miami, Boca, Broward and Palm Beach. Let us help you make the best decisions choosing, getting into, and paying for college.

Graduation Wisdom for All

Monday, May 31st, 2010

High school students, college counselors are only among the first professional advisors you’ll hear from throughout your life.  In four years (for most of you), you’ll hear from your commencement speaker (the guest speaker at your graduation).   Some will be witty and some serious, all will hopefully leave you a little bit wiser. made a list of “The All-time Best Graduation Speeches”.  Whether they’re the “best” is debatable, as are all “-est” lists, but they’re all really entertaining.  Read the full article on The Top Ten All-Time Best Graduation Speeches from

CNBC also made a list of The Ten Best Graduation Speeches of All Time.

Only three people made both lists, and Will Ferrell is one of them!
They’re all inspiring, so enjoy!

One thought from International College Counselors:
Go out and be successful, but include ethics in your definition of success.

From Mandee Heller Adler, president of International College Counselors, and the other expert college counselors:  Good luck to all graduating seniors, in college and beyond.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

International College Counselors provides expert college counseling on undergraduate and graduate college admissions, financial aid, tuition, essays, and college applications. Mandee Heller Adler, lead college admissions consultant and Founder of International College Counselors tailors her wide range of college counseling and college coaching services to address the goals, needs, and dreams of each individual student, whether Florida college or Ivy League university. Our college advising company, based in Miami-Dade, Florida, works with domestic and international students. We also work with high schools in Miami, Boca, Broward and Palm Beach. Let us help you make the best decisions choosing, getting into, and paying for college.

How to Make the Most of Your Summer Internship or Job

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Summer is almost here. For those of you with jobs or internships, take the time to plan on making the most of your opportunity. Mentors and people who you may want recommendations from are almost always on the lookout for promising young talent. One of your other goals should be to turn your experience into a resume builder.

Stand out with your professionalism. Do what you can to show the company you’re the one they should be watching and giving the plum assignments to. Be professional, serious and responsible. This should earn you more respect and responsibility. Be on time for work, meetings, conference calls and team building exercises. Even better – come early. Make sure you dress for success, too.

Reset your expectations. It’s good to have personal goals but sometimes realities don’t match our expectations. Rather than dwell on any negatives of the job or internship, seek out and embrace the opportunities offered. Chances are you won’t be given that assignment that saves the company and makes you a star. But, that’s not why you’re there. You’re there to learn, expand your horizons, and add to your resume. No matter what, always be enthusiastic and upbeat.

Be proactive. If your job or internship appears to be a sea of repetitive tasks like making photocopies or coffee, don’t complain. Ask to have a meeting with your supervisor to ask about new opportunities or projects. If there is a job you want to try, ask your supervisor if you can join the team, observe the meetings or otherwise contribute in some way. You won’t know, unless you ask. Even if they say no, you will gain the respect and attention of your older colleagues. Interns and employees who identify their employer’s needs and ask for new challenges demonstrate the initiative and motivation that companies want.

Learn about yourself. You’re there to watch and observe. Use this time to find out more about yourself. See what kind of people you relate to. What kind of work you like to do. Compare yourself to people on the job who you admire. Do they have skills you lack or can work on acquiring?

Build up your resume. Volunteer for extra tasks and look for opportunities to take advantage of. To do this, the best first step is to prove that you’re responsible and resourceful. Then, let’s say, you’re working in an ice cream shop and your boss needs to leave a few hours early, volunteer to be put in charge. If you’re given the responsibility to lead, this counts on your resume as Management. If you’re working in an advertising firm and think you might want to be a copywriter, ask for the current assignments. Write the ads then ask for feedback. Who know, they may even love your ad so much, they’ll run it.

Ask questions. Always remember that a summer job or internship is a learning experience for you. While your employer expects to get some work from you, you are expected to be interested in what’s going on. So ask questions. This is your chance to get advice and learn.

Make connections. Build up personal relationships. Find a mentor. After the summer is over make sure to stay in touch with the people you met and connected with – and stay connected. It’s never too early to start building your professional network. A professionally geared site like is a good place to keep in touch.

Develop your professional people skills. Hone in on people you admire. Study the qualities you admire in them. Take notes on their dress and what character traits put them ahead. Then try to emulate those traits.

Learn to take criticism gracefully. No one likes to be criticized, but you’re sure to encounter many negative opinions throughout your life and career. Criticism can help you. Follow up a negative assessment by asking for their thoughts on what you could have done better. Are there resources you don’t know about? Is it true you need to be more detail-oriented. And then put that information to use. The best part about a summer job or internship is that you’re not expected to know everything. Both you and your employer know that you are there to learn.

Always, always stay enthusiastic and positive!

International College Counselors
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312 USA
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