College Admissions Symposium

The Joyce Ivy College Admissions Symposium (JCAS) 2015 will take place May 15-16, 2015.

Registration will open in February 2015.

Program Overview

The Joyce Ivy College Admissions Symposium (JCAS) is a unique program that brings together high-achieving female high school juniors and their families, high school counselors, community-based organization leaders, and admissions officers and alumni from highly selective colleges and universities. The Symposium is an opportunity for participants to gather the information necessary to successfully navigate the college admissions and financial aid process at highly selective institutions, and for college access professionals to share best practices in a collaborative setting.

Joyce Ivy College Admissions Symposium 2015
May 15-16
Washtenaw Intermediate School District Teaching and Learning Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan


JCAS for High School Counselors, Educators & Community-Based Organization Leaders: Launching A Leader

Friday, May 15

  • Admissions and Financial Aid Updates
  • Crafting an Effective Letter of Recommendation
  • Essay Themes
  • Web Technology Tools for College Advising and College Admissions
  • College Affordability and Financial Aid
  • Admissions Committee: Application Case Studies
  • Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program

JCAS for Female High School Juniors and Families: Launching A Leader

Saturday, May 16

  • Putting the Pieces Together: Developing A Strategy for Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Crafting an Effective College Essay
  • College Visits
  • Developing and Demonstrating Leadership
  • Q & A with Admissions Officers and Counselors
  • Admissions Committee: Application Case Studies
  • Creating A Personal College Admissions Launch Plan

Past workshop faculty leaders include admissions officers, high school counselors, and alumni from:

  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Wellesley College
  • Yale University
  • Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC)
  • Cranbrook Schools
  • East Grand Rapids High School
  • International Academy
  • Grandville High School


Sample Sessions

Putting The Pieces Together


Affordability & Financial Aid


Writing Effective College Application Essays