Notes from a Tour of NY, CT and NJ Universities

Rider – NJ

  • Div 1
  • nice campus
  • lake
  • No application deadlines
  • SAT optional
  • Old or new SAT – no use of writing component
  • IB – 5s – 30
  • Scholarships – 1300 SAT upwards

Rutgers – Camden

  • Liz Atkins – Dean for International Admissions (?)
  • Nadia, Vikki
  • Originally South Jersey Law School
  • 4.5k undergrads
  • NCAA Div 3
  • 4 schools – Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, Law School
  • Public research institution
  • SRAR  – self-reported academic record
  • Letters of Rec not reviewed
  • $40k per year total

Penn – How are you going to use the spaces?  What are you going to contribute to the world?

  • E.g. developing algorithms to help in pediatric diagnostic
  • Not the top GPA necessarily

Drexel  – Business & Engineering

  • 3 x 10 week classes
  • art history
  • Architecture & Interior Design
  • Fashion Design
  • All kinds of design, often nationally-ranked
  • Media, screenwriting – Drexel LA
  • Digital media
  • Entertainment and Arts Mgt – media, tv – producing
  • Music industry – production & business
  • Dance major – education, PT, etc
  • Founded 1891
  • 14k undergrads.  Average class size 19.  10-1 student to faculty ratio.  80 + majors
  • Engineering & Business.
  • Co-op employer – Google, Microsoft, MTV, J P Morgan
  • Have to declare a major when apply.  10 week academic terms – need to be well-organised, hard-working
  • 4 co-op option, 3 co-op option
  • 300k students in this area.  Vibrant academic community.
  • 2 year residency program
  • CSS Profile – important for international need-based financial aid
  • Various co-op options – this is flexible
  • Star program – summer research.
  • Global scholars – full tuition scholarship.  Drexel Global Scholars Program.
  • Hard work – lots of exams

The College of New Jersey – IF ENGLISH IS A PROBLEM – Institute for ESL – State Uni Like a Liberal Arts


  • Faculty mostly Ivy League
  • incrsasing international students
  • Media, Education
  • Division 3.
  • 6.5k undergrads.
  • 21 average class size.
  • 92% retention rate
  • Communication, Business (Bloomberg Business week ranked as number 1), Education, Engineering, Humanities, Nursing Health Exercise Science
  • Writing intensive
  • SAT preferred but optional
  • $45k total cost (merit scholarships 2.5 to 10k
  • 65% admit rate – international admission results.
  • Less than 1% international students

Drew University, Madison, NJ


  • 55% admit rate
  • Small-scale recruitment
  • 1.5k undergrads – very small
  • Average class size 17-1
  • NYC semesters – 45 minutes transport.  Go in 2 times a week.  Go to station, get on train.
  • Various possibilities in NY.
  • 3 x off-campus experiences
  • Interviews on website.
  • NCAA Div 3.  Scholarships from 10k to 20k.
  • Need-based scholarships for international students.
  • IB 33 plus – no need for SAT if IB.
  • V small class sizes.

Fairleigh-Dickinson – EPFL in New Jersey!

  • Florham, Madison, NJ & Metropolitan Campus (Teaneck NJ)
  • Hospitality Managemenent
  • Some courses specific to each campus.
  • Dual programme – Rockstone, near Banbury
  • Metropolitan – Division 1 – GPA typically above 3.0, tennis, 3.8.  Strong emphasis on academics.
  • Not too suburban, not too big
  • Global Scholars Program
  • UN Program

Manhattanville College – Castle – Smart  – Mastercard Internships

  • Geisler  (Middlebury)
  • Global and local – applied liberal arts, deep personal involvement faculty-students.
  • 1 hour from NY and lots of multinational businesses in the area
  • Possibility of research triangle

Sacred Heart – Fairfield, CT – Pleasant, Division 1, Social & Media, Business, RC.  Wrestling.

  • recruiting undergrads
  • performing arts students who don’t want to major theatre
  • Education  Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Athletic Training, Business, English, Media
  • Located between very privileged and unprivileged areas
  • Communications Program – School of Communications and Media Arts – fast-growing
  • Division 1 European students – soccer
  • Athletics up and coming – North East Conference – Mid Major (Major) – Bryant, Boston College, BU, Fordham similar level

Sarah Lawrence – Liberal, Progressive, Performing Arts JJ Abrams.

  • Inspired by John Dewey.  Link to Vassar College.
  • Student-led discussion – IB type of curriculum helpful.
  • Academic model has not changed much.
  • Independent research with faculty.
  • Quiet, pastoral environment
  • 1 on 1 tutorials, Oxbridge style
  • Michelle (student) from Tampa – performing arts.  Tommy – CT, Fairfield, Music, Literature etc.
  • Lots of choice – open curriculum.  Student-centered.  1 student and 1 teacher.
  • Egalitarian community of scholars.  1st name terms.
  • Faculty with research interests.  Very responsive to student
  • 1.4k students.
  • Founder built a mansion for his wife Sarah Lawrence.
  • Conservatory style performing arts
  • Electronic music studio
  • Creative expression is valuable work in college.
  • Half of the credits can be taken in creative & performing arts
  • 3 x seminars and 3 x research projects
  • Not part of being admitted to the college.  Strong curriculum, essay-writing.  Then auditions for music ensembles etc.
  • A particular student strength will be staffed appropriately at the NY Met, for example.  Lessons and training.
  • Typically the student wants BA but is dramatically talented.
  • 70-30 female-male ratio.  Not artificially engineered.
  • 65-35 is average for small liberal arts college.
  • Many students active in LGBT.
  • Bright, confident, progressive, liberal students.
  • Visual arts studios, screenwriting center.  JJ Abrams.  Top film program.  Barbara Walters.
  • Vera Long
  • 40 acres
  • Tommy – drawing, comic books.  Learned loads, despite a strong background – questioning what he’d done before, pushing him into unfamiliar territory.  Student-curated arts space.  Pushing him to create funny and serious stuff.

Baruch, CUNY – NY for the Less Privileged

  • Tools for Clear Speech
  • 10% international.
  • Diversity – socio-economic, nationality, religion
  • Average class size – 30 students
  • JP Morgan Chase, Santander, KPMG, Standard Chartered, UN
  • 90% of internationals go to the Business School
  • $15k (cf 40k, 50k elsewhere NY)  but $39k total (all included)
  • Guaranteed accommodation 1st year accommodation internationals
  • Lots of clubs
  • IB 34 points
  • SAT 1250 average old system.  550 CR.  500 Math.


  • 63k applications
  • 1st year often spent away – London, Paris, Florence, Washington DC
  • Indicate willingness for this on application!
  • $70k per year
  • Financial aid from Bobbe F!
  • Underrepresented majors are awarded scholarships at times.
  • Tics School of Arts – Performance Studies (portfolio required) – all written – and Game Design
  • Education Studies
  • Education Theatre Major –
  • Abu Dhabi – students who – like all NYU – want to make a difference in the Middle East.  Funded by Crown Prince!  Unparalleled facilities, internships, business and commerce possibilities in a developing market with not many students competing!
  • Tisch – some professional training but not all – e.g. published play, summer programmes – e.g. Stage Door Manor – top 16 actors at camp
  • Conservatory and academics.  Writing in a local magazine.
  • 10k applied to Tisch – 300 got in.
  • Library – “text a librarian” 24-7 – answer within 3 minutes.

Barnard – High-Powered Intellectual Women

  • 3 x letters of rec – 2 academic (core subjects) & 1 x letter of rec
  • admit rate has gone from 36% a few years ago to 17% currenty

Fordham – Division 1 Sports, In NY but Sheltered.  NY Enclave.

  • select Arts & Science or Business
  • Dance and Drama – v selective – must declare these majors up front
  • pick college and campus
  • Acceptance rate same across board – 45%
  • School of Business more competitive
  • Must apply to the college you intend to stay at
  • No additional writing task
  • SAT or ACT
  • TOEFL or IELTS can be waived
  • Business – Maths will be looked at more closely
  • Keep the Common App essay AUTHENTIC – with errors corrected.

Rutgers – Friendly, Lively, Fun

  • careers and internships
  • 12 internship fairs per year – companies from NY City.  Online search facility.  Online résumé builder tool.  Mock interviews.
  • Networking – alumni mentoring – e.g. “Road to Wall Street »
  • Lots of research possibilities.
  • 100 majors, 8k courses, 200 grad programs.
  • Liberal Arts example – Psychology Major, Italian Minor, Masters in Education.
  • 120 credits to graduate over the 4 years.  Core requirements – academic writing.  All planned out beforehand (summer)  Social science requirement – options within.
  • IB – 5s, 6s, 7s.  Grade trends.
  • Online application – Rutgers Applications.  Self-reported academic record.  Official SAT scores.
  • EA – November 1.  Regular Action – December 1 if want to be eligible for scholarship.



July 2016 Rutgers session – Uni Georgia, Marquette Uni
  • Georgia sends lots to Olympics.
  • D1 v D2
  • “If you’re not in top 80 in the world, not going to go to U Georgia”.
  • If you go, you are supported
  • Marquette – medium-sized.  Jesuit.  Big East conference.
  • Men’s rowing
  • How can se demonstrate your ability?
  • NAIA – not the most competitive – and exists in Canada – e.g. UBC.  More lenient on eligibility requirements.  Credential evaluation service –
Canada – Canadian Interuniversity Sport.  Quebec, Ontario, Canada West.
  • academics important.
  • Student-athlete is huge time commitment.
  • Kid mjust make the contact
  • Don’t send hours of video.
  • Coaches not allowed to call back.
  • DON’T send hours of testimonial.

CIS Forum

NCAA vs. NAIA: Collegiate Sports in the US of A and Students’ Choices

20 November 2014

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Michelle Lewis, Carroll College Chair and Presenter,

Karen Scott, Texas Christian University, Presenter,

Cathy Day, Carroll College, Virtual Presenter,

Jessica Hazard, Texas Christian University, Virtual Presenter,

Ike Ukaegbu, Texas Christian University, Virtual Presenter,

NCAA Resources

NCAA Home Page

NCAA Eligibility Center

NAIA Resources

NAIA Home Page

Frequently Asked Questions

NAIA Guide for the Student Athlete

International Documents Required by Country

International Academic Published Standards

Directions for Submitting International Records

NAIA Monthly E-News for International Student Eligibility Center Updates

NAIA and NCAA Scholarship comparisons

Highly Selective International Admissions – Ruby Swarthmore, Sarah Vassar NY, Tanya Oberlin Ohio, Ryan Bowdoin (Maine), Kora (Wesleyan, CT)

  • test averages may be similar but same student waitlisted or admitted at different institutions
  • Academics important but not determining
  • 1st gen?  Socio-economic status?  Gender?  Financial aspects?  Development?  Legacy?  Athletics?
  • Small-medium liberal arts – space is an issue.
  • Vassar

Public Universities Admissions – British Columbia, St Andrews, Oregon, Washington

  • Public tend to be larger.  Great variation in degree programs.  Larger numbers – more opps
  • Georgia, N Carolina and William & Mary claim oldest public uni.
  • First uni created as federal land grant institution – Kansas
  • State funding for research opportunities
  • Top scholars
  • Admissions – open enrollment (no requirements), competitive, selective.
  • Pacemakers Minnesota, wetsuits – UCLA , insulin – Toronto, computers Iowa State and gatorade Florida – all invented at public universities
  • Most need SATs.  Only 30% need rec letters.
  • Demonstrated interest not needed
  • Test scores and academic grades most important
  • Committee reviews only in exceptional cases – 75% of unis.
  • Jan-March – decisions delivered to internationals
  • Oregon – extra curio and special talents not considered for internationals.  ILESTS sub-scores considered.

UC Update 2016


2017 fall application – 4 out of 8 questions.  350 words max.
  • Leadership question – any kind of leadership.
  • Creative side
  • Greatest talent of skill

Concordia & Bishop’s

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Montréal – French & English.

Concordia – 5k courses.  46k students. Levels similar in the various universities.

7 universities in Montréal – Montréal, McGill, Québec à Montréal, Concordia…

Lots of experiential programs.

Arts & Science…biggest Fine Arts in Canada.  Biggest film festival in Canada. Journalism etc.

Big engineering & computer science…gaming industry.  John Molson School of Business.  Can take a real mix of classes.

Applications – March 1st or March 15th application deadline.

Concordia – have to put them in order of preference – 27 points. Business 28.

Average class size 32 in 1st year – then it reduces.  If French citizen, c $13k per year.  Otherwise 20-25k $.

Bishop’s – various choices. 26 points. 4 in Maturité.

Elite US Unis – Update 2015

Brown – James Ketta

6.4 undergrads. 8-1 student faculty. 15% international. No core curriculum, no required courses. Most students at Brown do a range of subjects anyway. 2K courses offered every year. Interdisciplinary v important. Province – being renovated and revived. Residential campus. Demonstrate energy, curiosity and restless drive. 100% taught by faculty.

UPenn – Maxime.

1740. Benjamin Franklin founder – key principles: purposeful learning, academic flexibility, diverse learning community. Largest % of int students in Ivy League. 5Th largest city. Philadelphia. Campus. 12 houses. 4 undergrad schools. $900 million annual research budget. Centre of Undergraduate Research. Service to society.Wharton – work with non-profit start-ups in Philadelphia. Demonstrate energy, curiosity and restless drive. 100% taught by faculty.

Kyo – Stanford

V large campus – biological reserve, lots of resources. You have access to all 7 schools. Academic freedom – trying new things. Quarters – 10 weeks. 4-5 classes per quarter. Interdisciplinary subjects – e.g. symbolic systems (linguistics, computer systems, psychology). Completely diverse group. 45 athletes went to Olympic games – “6th in world”. Economic diversity – 60% first generation students. Demonstrate energy, curiosity and restless drive. 100% taught by faculty.

Wellesley – Milena

Beautiful campus – 12m from Boston. 1 in 4 inhabitants are students. 1000 classes every year. Cross registration with MIT, Babson and Brandeis. Everyday leadership. No graduate students. Research with faculty. 14% international this year. World’s most powerful women’s network. Demonstrate energy, curiosity and restless drive. 100% taught by faculty. Committed to full support if necessary.

Yale – Keith

Sterling Memorial Library. Incredible resources – available, not forbidden to touch the books, use the machines! e.g. 2 x Gutenberg Bibles. 800 labs. Lots of investment has been put in. Unfair proportion of the word’s great scholars. All faculty teacher undergraduates. 1.5 hours to NY. 5.4k undergraduates. Relatively small. Aim is to learn deeply. 1:1 ratio in Engineering. Emphasis is on being a scholar. 12 residential colleges. Oxbridge style presence of academics in each college plus a Master. Access to leading minds, informally. Demonstrate energy, curiosity and restless drive. 100% taught by faculty.

Tips from Elite Unis – Q & A 21st September 2015

– ED or EA for those who feel they can present themselves to best effect now rather than later. Not motivated by having a better chance. No need to re-take tests etc.

– Early evaluation available at Wellesley

– Restrictive EA – non-binding. Restrictive element is that you don’t apply to other private unis EA.

– Best fit is key.

– Top institutions will meet demonstrated need. Aim is to admit the strongest students.

– International students don’t qualify for US aid but institutions will be need-sensitive and seek to help you.

– No merit scholarships

– No preference for ACT, SAT or new SAT – will superscore regardless. Low SAT score students can be admitted, high score SATs can be denied.