1 What s Hot Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City, LA BPCC Open Campus offers free online non- credit courses. Students can self- enroll and work at their own pace to brush up basic mathematics, beginning or intermediate algebra, developmental reading, grammar, and writing. Go to to learn more. BPCC announces a new Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics program as part of the Division of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This program is in concert with the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) FastStart program, Certification 4 Manufacturing (C4M) and consists of four college courses that can be completed in one semester (16 weeks). BPCC announces partnership with University of Louisiana at Lafayette to complete an associate of science in engineering at BPCC and transfer all credit hours to ULL. Students will have the opportunity to seamlessly continue their education as a junior in one of ULL s five engineering programs chemical, civil, electrical and computer, mechanical, or petroleum engineering. Centenary College Shreveport, LA Early Action Deadline December 15 Regular Decision Deadline February 15 Fall Open House #1 September 20 Fall Open House #2 November 15 Spring Open House January 31 Centenary in Paris will be happening again in 2015, we are taking every freshman student to Paris to earn 4 credit hours during our August immersive term. If a student goes on an official visit AND applies by February 15 they will qualify for a $5,000 visit scholarship renewable for 4 years. Centenary continues to have an over 90% acceptance rate to medical school. Delgado Community College Technical Skills Expo, October 13 th, 14, 2014 Discover Delgado Day Spring 2015 West Bank Open Spring 2015 & opened a new campus this Fall. Sidney Collier, 3727 Louisa Street, NOLA West Bank Campus is now a STEM Campus and approved to establish a new Culinary Center for Workforce Excellence Baseball team clichéd 2014 South Central District Championship Dillard University Priority deadline for academic scholarships: December 1 Dates of Preview Days (if you have them): NACAC Mini- Camp- September 27 th Appreciation Brunch- October 10 th HS Senior Shadow Day- November 14 th Homecoming- November 15 th Bleu Devil Classic- January 31, 2015 College Open Houses- February 1-28 th,2015 College Goal Sunday- March, 2015 DU HS Junior Day- April 11, 2015 According to the National Center for Science and Engineering, Dillard University is ranked #2 in producing the most African American s with Bachelor s degrees in physics. Also, Dillard University is ranked #50 in producing Black STEM doctorates amongst all universities in the nation. Dillard University is the only HBCU in the state of Louisiana with a film program with a focus in film production. HBCU Digest selects Dillard s Nursing Program as Best for second year. Fletcher Technical Community College Schriever, LA Important Deadlines: November 10, 2014 Priority application deadline for general admissions for Spring 2015 applicants Fletcher has been designated as the Deepwater Center for Workforce Excellence for deep- water oil and gas production by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The Practical Nursing (PN) program s 2014 graduating class has achieved 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX- PN). For three (3) consecutive years, Fletcher s PN program has achieved such an incredible accomplishment. We have expanded our campuses with new buildings for the Louisiana Marine and Petroleum Institute (LaMPI) and Integrated Production Technologies program.
2 Louisiana College Pineville, LA Fall Preview Day is Saturday, November 1, 2014 Final Qualifications for Smith Scholarship is December 31, 2014 What s Hot: 100% acceptance in to medical school Facelift around campus to dorms and gym Championship athletics Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA August 1: The online application opened for Fall 2015 or Summer October 1: Admission decisions begin releasing. November 15: Priority date for scholarship and Honors College consideration. April 15: Deadline to apply for the Fall 2015 or Summer 2015 semester without a late fee. May 1: Enrollment deposit due. Dates of Preview Days: Kickoff LSU Kickoff LSU is a day- long, on- campus open house for high school seniors and their families to get better acquainted with LSU. At this event, prospective students are given the opportunity to meet with two different academic colleges of their choice for one hour each, as well as participate in several tours and presentations throughout the day. There are 8 different dates from which students can choose to participate this fall. Registration is now open online. The following are the 2014 Kickoff LSU dates: September 5 th, 12 th, 19 th, 26 th October 17th, 24th November 10th, 17th Preview LSU Preview LSU is an overview of the University for high school juniors and their parents. During Preview LSU, students will participate in an information fair to learn about involvement and academics at LSU. There will be an admissions and financial aid presentation, as well as campus tours and residential life tours. Registration for Preview LSU is required to attend and will open up in the spring. The two dates from which students can choose to attend are March 6 th and March 20 th. The Grand Opening of the LSU Olinde Career Center LSU s two on- campus career centers have combined to create the new Olinde Career Center, which is now centrally located in the LSU Student Union and will be open this fall. This state- of- the- art center will allow LSU Career Services to expand its programs to students and alumni; hire additional support professionals; and better collaborate with employers who hire talent from LSU. The LSU Computer Science Partnership with the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and IBM To rapidly expand computer science education in Louisiana, the state has created an incentive package by contributing $14 million toward an initiative partnering LSU, IBM and LED. As part of this initiative, $9 million of this is coming to LSU to grow our Computer Science program. Through this partnership with LSU, IBM is expecting to hire approximately 800 Computer Science and Computer Engineering graduates within the next 5 years coming out of the LSU program. The funding will also help the University double our faculty size and upgrade our programs, such as our specializations in emerging areas of Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, and Digital Media, and the introduction of programming lab sections. The LSU College of Engineering Complex Expansion and Renovation Through a $100 million public- private partnership, the College of Engineering will be expanding as a state- led initiative to grow the number of engineering, computer science and construction management professionals in Louisiana. LSU's College of Engineering is committed to expanding its facilities to accommodate existing student demand and future growth. The expansion will include modern laboratory space for teaching and research, enhanced and expanded space for student services, updated graduate student space, an academic support center, dedicated capstone project space and other multi- disciplinary space for student projects. LSU of Alexandria Alexandria, LA Priority deadline: Fall 2015: January 15 Application deadlines: Summer 2015: May 1 Fall 2015: August 15 Preview Day: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Campus Tours conducted daily Monday Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. LSUA added the following sports Fall 2014: Men and Women s Soccer, Men and Women s Basketball, Women s Tennis New Majors: Chemistry, Agriculture Renovation of Student Cafeteria will be completed Spring 2015 LSUE Eunice, LA Bengal Days: Will be scheduled for November, January, and February lsue.edu/bengalday Priority Scholarship: February 1 st scholarships.lsue.edu Priority Financial Aid Application Deadline for Fall 2014: June 1 st finaid.lsue.edu Contact the Financial Aid Office at for the Summer 2014 Priority Financial Aid Application Deadline One of the most affordable higher education institutions in the State of Louisiana at $1761 per semester for a full- time student. lsue.edu/tuition
3 The only two- year institution in South Louisiana with on- campus housing housing.lsue.edu We just received full SACS accreditation without any findings whatsoever and received reaffirmation for another 10 years with no follow up. LSUS Shreveport, LA Important Deadlines & Dates: Competitive Scholarships and Deadline o Purple and Gold Scholarship- January 31, 2015 Guaranteed Scholarships and Deadline o Louisiana Scholarship- July 1, 2015 o Red River Scholarship- July 1, 2015 o Shreveport Scholarship July 1, 2015 Upcoming Event Dates o LSUS Preview Day- November 14, 2014 It is an exciting time to be an LSUS Pilot! There are lots of changes happening at Louisiana State University Shreveport such as our rebranding initiative including our new colors and logo, degree programs and we welcomed our new Chancellor Larry Clark! We now have degree programs. Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, by virtue of its statewide and national Flagship mission, has partnered with LSUS to extend academic programs from LSU. The following degrees are now being offered through this mission: Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering (Focus Natural Gas), Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Education and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Opportunities await you as an LSUS student who can enjoy the 70+ organizations and clubs where you can be an active leader for your campus community and Pilot Your Future with LSUS! Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA Scholarship Deadline January 5, 2015 Time Out for Tech Saturday, September 20, 2014 Computer Science/Cyber Engineering Visit Saturday, October 18, 2014 Business Visit Saturday, November 8, 2014 Turkey Day Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Louisiana Tech just signed a multi- million dollar partnership with the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), in order to service cyber development programs currently at Louisiana Tech University and fill the future needs of the industry. Louisiana Tech University s Quest for Excellence began this summer with creation of a 90,000 square foot athletic training facility and box seating addition to Joe Aillet Stadium. #1 in Louisiana in starting median pay and return on investment (ROI) for graduates. (Pay Scale.com s College Salary Report) Nunez Community College Chalmette, LA We are a comprehensive community college in Chalmette, Louisiana offering general education and technical courses and programs. Our most popular programs are nursing, industrial technology and Louisiana Transfer degree. We offer classes during the day, night, online and hybrid. We also offer fast lane sessions for the busy student who desires to enroll in classes for a shorter duration than a traditional semester. McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA November 22, 2014: Cowboy Q & A Day(Fall Preview Day) December 1, 2014: Priority date for scholarship consideration & Admissions application March 21, 2015 : Spring Preview Day McNeese State University is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014 and yearlong festivities continue through December. McNeese opened on Sept. 11, 1939, and it is the only public university in Louisiana named for an educator John McNeese, the first superintendent of education for Imperial Calcasieu (Allen, Beauregard, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Calcasieu parishes). He is remembered as an innovator, reformer and great pioneer of education. McNeese State University was nationally recognized by AffordableCollegesOnline.org as one of the top 58 public institutions for offering affordable tuition and high average salary earnings for its graduates. AC Online also ranked McNeese second among Louisiana institutions with the most affordable online degree programs and third with the greatest lifetime return on investment for its graduates. McNeese State University is one of the few four- year universities, and the only university in the University of Louisiana System, to have a model chemical plant to train future engineers. Northwestern State University Natchitoches, LA Important Dates and Deadlines: Previews Day: o Fall Senior Day Saturday, November 1, 2014 o Junior Day Saturday, February 7, 2015 o Spring Senior Day/Credit Connection Saturday, March 7, 2015 Scholarship Deadlines:
4 o Early Bird October 31, 2014 o Priority December 1, 2014 o 2 nd Priority March 1, 2015 Northwestern State now offers a Nursing Doctorate. Student may get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice all from NSU!!! The National Council of Teacher Quality released its 2 nd annual Teacher Prep Review where 1,668 programs were reviewed to determine programs that properly prepare teachers to meet the challenges of the contemporary American classroom. The Elementary Education program at NSU was labeled as a Top Ranked program at #4! NSU has received the largest private gift in NSU history from the Gallaspy Estate that provides scholarships in the fields of Math and Math related majors, Business and Education. Our Lady of Holy Cross College Open House October 29, 2014 Our Lady of Holy Cross College has been accepted as a Partner Institution in the Small World Initiative, an innovative research collaboration based at Yale University that focuses on addressing the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics. OLHCC s participation gives our students exciting, unique opportunities to participate in authentic research that could clearly make a difference. Our Lady of Holy Cross College was named 2014 Nursing School of the Year entry into practice program by the Louisiana State Nurses Association. OLHCC offers a four- year Bachelor of Science degree program for incoming freshman and transfer students and an RN to BSN online degree program. Our Lady of Holy Cross College Education students begin in- service training earlier than most schools through our distinctive Professional Lab Experience Program. Our Lady of the Lake College Baton Rouge, LA Scholarship Deadline: January 15, 2015 Open House: November 15, 2015 Our newly introduced Doctorate of Nursing Practice- Nurse Anesthesia has accepted its first class for the Spring of Our Lady of the Lake College has a new president, Dr. Tina Holland. Since her arrival in April, Dr. Holland has put specific emphasis on mission and vocation Admissions is rolling out a new, streamlined application for ! River Parishes Community College Gonzales, LA River Parishes Community College has moved to its brand new state of the art technology campus, located in Gonzales, LA. RPCC has launched two new programs- Medical Coding Specialist and Associates of Arts Louisiana Transfer: Criminal Justice RPCC offers an Early College program which began August 2013 and has tripled enrollment since, last year. Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, Louisiana Application Deadline for Fall 2015: o July 15 (Application Fee Increase) o August 1 (Final Application Deadline) Lion Pride Preview Dates: Southeastern s Lion Pride Preview is an overview of the University for any student and their guest who are interested in learning information about academics and campus life. Guest will have the opportunity to tour campus, receive Admissions and Financial Aid information as well as enjoy lunch on us o October 18, 2014 (Southeastern Homecoming) o January 31, 2015 o March 14, 2014 o Southeastern s New Media and Animation program has been named the top 20 Video Game Design schools in the south. Southeastern partners with Bayou FX a Louisiana- based computer graphics and visual effects studio; which severs the film entertainment industry with the latest in effects technology, cutting- edge creativity, innovation and exacting attention to detail. In 2014 Southeastern won 5 Southland Conference Championships in Football, Baseball, Men s Indoor Track and Field, Woman s Soccer and Men s Outdoor Track and Field. Southeastern s Going Green. Southeastern s Sustainability Department is taking great strides in making our campus more sustainable. Our goal is to reduce the negative impact we have on the environment and to work towards reducing our dependence of the grid. We are doing this by producing diesel fuel from waste vegetable oil which is being used in the Landscaping Equipment for the university, recycling various items to help reduce the number of dumpsters on campus and producing renewable energy with 80% of the campus off the grid campus- wide.
5 Southern University Baton Rouge, LA November 15, 2014 High School Junior/Senior Round Up on the Bluff. September 21, - October 4, Two week celebration of Homecoming A new Recreational & Intramural Center on campus for students. Southern University has expanded its study abroad program in China, Europe, Africa and Belize. The NCAA selected Southern University s Marching Band as one of the top two bands in the country. SOWELA Technical Community College Jennings, LA SOWELA Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA , or call for questions about the accreditation of SOWELA Technical Community College. SOWELA has experienced record enrollment in back to back semesters over Fall and Spring of In addition to the rapidly growing Process Technology program, SOWELA introduced the Fast Track P- Tec program is a compressed, 16- week version of the College s exiting program and allows qualified students to quickly enter the workforce. Many of the students in the Fast Track P- Tec program have bachelors and masters degrees and are returning to school to earn their Associate of Applied Science degree to take advantage of the high paying jobs in the industry. Other programs such as aviation maintenance technology, nursing and allied health and general studies saw significant increases in enrollment. SOWELA is experiencing rapid growth in modern campus facilities. As part of ACT 360, SOWELA raised over $960,000 in private sector funding in order to qualify for the 8- to- 1 mach that will result in a new student services building on campus in Ground breaking will take place in September 2014 for a new $16 million Regional Training Facility. The new Nursing and Allied Health facility will open in October In Jennings, a brand new $10 million site and facility will be built adjacent to the Jennings High School. Other campus revitalizations including landscaping, lighting, and other improvements are transforming SOWELA into a modern and attractive college campus. Tulane University Campus Preview Dates: o Sunday, Sept. 14 o Saturday, Sept. 20 (for Louisiana students only) o Saturday, Sept. 27 o Saturday, Oct. 19 Application Deadlines: o November 15 Early Action and Single Choice Early Action o January 15 Regular Decision Scholarship Deadlines: o December 15 Dean s Honor Scholarship, John Hainkel Louisiana Scholar Award & Paul Tulane Award o January 15 Community Service Scholarship Construction = progress. This fall, Tulane will open another new, state of the art residence hall called Greenbaum House which will house more than 250 students and a faculty member in residence who will provide students with the opportunity to carry their intellectual engagement in the classroom into their residence hall experience. Tulane will also open this fall a new state of the art, $73 million football stadium on campus, Yulman Stadium. Construction has also begun on a 2- story addition to the main library, Howard Tilton Memorial. Politics and famous people - James Carville and Melissa Harris Perry, national political commentators and media personalities teach classes at Tulane to undergraduate students every year. And Tulane s graduation continues to attract amazing speakers as Tulane added His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama last year to the list of past commencement speakers that includes President Bush and Clinton, Anderson Cooper, Brian Williams, Ellen Degeneres, Tom Brokaw, Cokie Roberts, Janet Reno, and Walter Isaacson among others. Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship - Building upon Tulane s strengths in civic engagement and service learning, the University introduced an interdisciplinary Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) minor that will prepare students to use solutions- oriented thinking, integrate theory and practice, generate and support stimulating research across fields, & better understand and create new models of social change. SISE will enable students to explore how they can be change makers in whatever career path they choose, be it working for a nonprofit, a corporation, in academia, or starting their own venture. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA Application Priority Deadline: July 1 st Scholarship Deadline: January 31 st Housing Deadline: June 15 th Senior Preview Days: October 18 th, November 8 th, January 31 st, March 7 th
6 The Princeton Review has named us again to its Top 397 institutions in the country, putting us in the top 15% of University s in the U.S. We are close to being done with our newly renovated student union slated to be completed in January of Phase 1 of our Athletic Master Plan is almost done; including an expansion to Cajun Field, our football stadium, student academic center, and the Ragin Cajun Soccer and Track and Field Complex. University of Louisiana at Monroe Fall Preview is November 15 th Scholarship deadline is December 15 th School of Nursing is ranked 9 th in the nation Only state funded pharmacy program in Louisiana Nursing, Speech Language Pathology, Medical Lab Sciences, Marriage and Family Therapy and Dental Hygiene graduates maintain 100% pass rate University of New Orleans Important Deadlines: Spring 2015 application: December 15, 2014 Summer 2015 application: May 18, 2015 Fall 2015 application: July 29, 2015 Fall 2015 scholarship priority deadline, January Preview Days: Get to Know UNO open house event: November 22, 2014 ACT Prep Workshops: Sunday, September 7, 2014 Sunday, October 19, 2014 Sunday, December 7, 2014 Sunday, April 12, 2015 Sunday, June 7, 2015 UNO has now opened the Privateer Enrollment Center, a one- stop- shop for all student needs, from admissions to financial aid to academic advising and more! The University of New Orleans is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the 2015 edition of the Princeton Review's annual college guide, "The Best 379 Colleges." The National Security Agency - - NSA - - selected UNO s Computer Science program to offer special training in a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations to train cyber spies. Xavier University Xavier was named one of the top colleges and universities in Louisiana for return on investment, ranking fifth on AffordableCollegesOnline.org's list of colleges that the organization feels balance cost with long- term earnings potential. Thi Xavier's new Convocation Academic Center is a 97,597 square foot facility. It has the capability of accommodating 4,600 people. The university will hold its graduations and Baccalaureate ceremonies, as well as sports events, tournaments, and concerts in this facility. Xavier is first among the nation s colleges and universities in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school, according to data compiled by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Xavier had 60 African- American graduates earn medical degrees in 2011, the latest year for which complete data is available.