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Our Keystone State adventure began as participants in the amazing Bucknell and Susquehanna University Joint Independent Counselor Tour. The two day event was jam packed, beginning with an evening welcome from Rob Springall, Dean of Admissions/Bucknell and Chris Markle, Director of Admissions/Susquehanna. The next day, with Bucknell first on the agenda, the morning included a student led tour of the gorgeous 450 acre campus as well as meetings with leadership from the faculty (Engineering, English, Management, Art History, Biology), the admissions office and administration. Students applying to this highly selective, Division I (Patriot League) liberals arts university with a population of over 3500 undergrads choose to study from one of three areas: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management and College of Engineering. Admissions is highly selective and here’s an important tip from the staff- demonstrate interest! Susquehanna set us on a similar rigorous agenda in the afternoon. We were equally impressed by the beautiful, compact 306 acre campus and positive energy exuded by faculty (Biology, Communications, Music, Information Systems, English), admissions, administration, and academic support. A special highlight- words from President Lemons on Susquehanna’s strong “state of affairs”. As noted in an earlier blog, students applying to this selective, Division III (Landmark and Centennial Conference) liberal arts college choose to study in the School of Arts, Humanities and Communication, School of Natural and Social Sciences, or the Sigmund Weis School of Business. A tip from admissions: prospective undergrads can submit two graded papers in place of standardized test scores. The DEC NETWORK will continue to recommend both of these excellent educational institutions. For more information, go to www. bucknell.edu and www. susqu.edu.