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  • A New Way to get Better College Deals

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    Engage the future. Change the world.

    New programs:Electrical & Computer EngineeringNetwork & Computer SecurityInterdisciplinary StudiesBiology

    New buildings:Student Center Spring 2011Field House Summer 2011Oriskany Residence Hall Fall 2011Technology Complex 2013

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    Engage the future. Change the world.

    New programs:Electrical & Computer EngineeringNetwork & Computer SecurityInterdisciplinary StudiesBiology

    New buildings:Student Center Spring 2011Field House Summer 2011Oriskany Residence Hall Fall 2011Technology Complex 2013

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    Engage the future. Change the world.

    New programs:Electrical & Computer EngineeringNetwork & Computer SecurityInterdisciplinary StudiesBiology

    New buildings:Student Center Spring 2011Field House Summer 2011Oriskany Residence Hall Fall 2011Technology Complex 2013

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    Engage the future. Change the world.

    New programs:Electrical & Computer EngineeringNetwork & Computer SecurityInterdisciplinary StudiesBiology

    New buildings:Student Center Spring 2011Field House Summer 2011Oriskany Residence Hall Fall 2011Technology Complex 2013

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    Engage the future. Change the world.

    New programs:Electrical & Computer EngineeringNetwork & Computer SecurityInterdisciplinary StudiesBiology

    New buildings:Student Center Spring 2011Field House Summer 2011Oriskany Residence Hall Fall 2011Technology Complex 2013

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    By Abraham M. Lackman

    ollege graduates are more likely to volunteer, to donate blood, to be tolerant of diverse opinions

    and to make decisions that lead to better health. So says a report from The College Board that examined the myriad benefits that individuals and society as a whole derive from postsecondary education.

    The findings in Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society echo what I have regularly witnessed from my vantage point at the Albany-based Commission on Independent Col-leges and Universities (cIcu).

    I can readily see that a multitude of benefits flow

    from New Yorks institutions of higher education into nearly every aspect of life in our state from improved health care and public safety to environmental aware-ness and greater civic engagement. College graduates vote more often, and participate more in community and civic organizations and activities.

    Campus Compact, a national organization committed to community involvement, estimates that the value of student service is $4.45 billion

    Higher education pays dividends for all of us

    Learn the college acceptance optionsBy Maria Badami

    Spring is finally here and so are the college notification letters.

    It used to be that a fat letter suggested a student was ac-cepted to a college. A thin envelope implied rejection. This is no longer true. Colleges and universities are hedging their bets by employing new enrollment management options, including extensive use of wait lists, deferred admissions and guaranteed transfer options.

    In order to fully appreciate these options one must first understand that colleges have been overwhelmed with thou-sands, if not tens of thousands, of applications. This is largely the result of a growing number of institutions (460 colleges and universities) accepting the common application, and stu-dents submitting many more applications in hopes of getting accepted somewhere.

    Colleges are challenged with accurate projections of the number of accepted applicants who will ultimately enroll. To hedge their bets, colleges over accept applicants expecting a certain number to select other institutions. Colleges also offer candidates who did not make the first cut placement on wait lists. Generally these offers are accompanied with a letter of intent. Students who do not reply to the letter of intent will automatically be removed from the wait list.

    I strongly encourage students who have been placed on a wait list at a preferred institution to do more than submit the wait list form. This is their last opportunity to demonstrate in-terest in an institution. They should write a letter or email, ad-dressed to the person who signed their wait list letter, inform-ing them of their strong interest in the college and updating them on any new information. The tone of the letter should be positive and mature. A letter of support from a school counselor or teacher is appropriate, but students should not overwhelm the admissions office with too much informa-

    tion. They should not call daily or visit the admissions office unan-nounced. They should not attend the accepted students event. This is a sure way to get crossed off a wait list.

    The practice of guaranteed transfer or deferral is becom-ing increasingly popular. Tak-ing into account that a certain

    Maria Badami is a college admissions consultant with Col-lege Directions of CNY. 7030 East Genesee St., Fayetteville, 243-6658. collegedirectionscny@gmail.com.

    Abraham M. Lackman is presi-dent of the Commission on Inde-pendent Colleges and Universities (cIcu). cIcu is a statewide associa-tion representing more than 100 independent colleges and univer-sities in New York State. For more information, visit cicu.org.

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    See Dividends on page 17

    See Options on page 5

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    SUNYIT: growing college for technology, professional studiesNew programs approved, new buildings under construction

    With new buildings and academic programs, SUNYIT is an institution on the moveand an increasingly popular choice for students.

    Construction activity is a familiar site on the SUNYIT cam-pus, with three buildings to be completed this year: a $13.6 mil-lion student center, a $20 million field house, and a $23.5 million residence hall for future freshmen. New academic programs in electrical and computer engineering, and network and computer security were launched in fall 2010; freshmen will be admitted into a new biology program starting this fall.

    SUNYIT President Wolf Yeigh and other officials recently an-nounced the completion of an agreement that paves the way for development of the Marcy NanoCenter at SUNYIT, a 300-acre campus site intended for high-tech manufacturing. In addition, a wide-ranging nanotechnology partnership with the University at Albanys College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering has generated a lot of excitement and interest in SUNYIT.

    SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technol-ogy at Utica/Rome, is New Yorks public institute of technology. More than 2,800 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in technology and professional stud-ies on the SUNYIT campus, a high-tech learning environment on hundreds of acres in Marcy, N.Y., minutes from Thruway Exit 31, Utica. SUNYIT students come from all over New York, many other states and more than 20 other nations; a growing number of students are enrolled in online courses and degree programs.

    SUNYITs undergraduate degree majors/programs include: ac-counting, applied computing, applied mathematics, business, civil engineering technology, communication & information design, computer engineering technology, computer & information sci-

    ence, computer information systems, criminal justice, electrical and computer engineering, electrical engineering technology, finance, general studies, health information management, industrial engi-neering technology, mechanical engineering technology, network

    See SUNYIT on page 6

    SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, is New Yorks public institute of technology.

    Want Better College Deals?hen buying items like cars and homes, consumers shop

    and bargain to get the best price. College also is one of the greatest expenses a family will ever face. Yet, when it comes to this major purchase, students and parents avoid shopping and bargaining or tapping experts like they do when purchasing a home or

    auto. They may select a college because

    its close to home or because one or two of the students friends are going there, but often take on unnecessary debt.

    College costs rise 7 percent every year and increasingly young families start with a huge debt load or parents retirement assets are depleted.

    Planning is important. 90 percent of college graduates dont work in their degree field and 60 percent graduate in

    six years or more. There seems to be little help espe-

    cially for families who dont qualify for need-based aid.

    Consider taking a different ap-proach. Determine your debt thresh-old and realistic earning expectations upon graduating, then shop for a col-lege that will get you into that career without excessive debt. Its possible to bargain effectively with colleges, but to

    WApproach process like buying a house or car

    See College Assistance Plus on page 6

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    number of students will drop out after their first semester, transfer to another institution, study abroad