US Universities Meeting – Institut le Rosey

Northwestern University insisting on TOEFL, despite your

BESPOKE – Paris.  ALPHA PREP – US.  Jen Koller does a good job, too.

Under 600 SAT, take TOEFL or IELTS.  Hard to get a TOEFL test date.  $250.  Carouge or ICC Centre near Airport.

ACT moving to computer test.

Possible for Florimont to become a closed TOEFL centre.  IELTS can be taken in Geneva, we think.  It is also cheaper.

All current US applicants need to prepare a résumé, annotated, for June 15th.  Also a list of 10 US universities.

Common App prompts are available at  Look at these, choose 1 that suits you and produce a 1st draft for June 15th.

Your parents need to complete a questionnaire.

George Washington University – needed boys and high scores this year. Cornell rejected some high-level applicants but were generous with some others.  Family contacts count less now.  Columbia not worth applying to.

University of Penn – ED helps.

NYU – some good acceptances.  Liberal Studies in particular.  SATs less important.

Chicago good. Boston Uni – liberal studies again is easier.  IB 36 plus.  Bentley – IB 6 point average, according to the uni.  EDs ok. Stern – Business School at NYU.  Babson.  Bennington.  Marist- very accepting – Lynn also.  Watch your application doesn’t get lost!  Delaware  very good – good campus.  Hobart a good safety option. Wake Forest – will take a lot ED.  They like the internationals.

Lower grades –  Bryant, Bishops, Concordia, Elon, Tampa, Wheaton, maybe Amherst, Lynn. American University.  Florida Atlantic. Stonehill. Salve Regina. Lake Forest. Nice campus but boring! Great facilities.

Fordham is now harder.  Bucknell also accepting. Great place.  Kids from Ecol Int love it.  North Western hard to get in – Rosey kids love it.  Fantastic engineering.  Clemson, South Carolina v accepting. North Eastern – harder.   Furman – lots of Christians.

Canada – McGill Karen J’Bari – Business harder.  Arts and Sciences easier.  Business at Toronto harder – choose commerce otherwise you will end up far away!  Separate IB document needed.

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Visit – Syracuse University, New York

Here is a short report of the visit of Ms Nancy Rothschild, Assistant Dean of Syracuse University.  17 pupils attended and 3 staff  – 3 from 1ère, 5 from 2nde, 9 from 3ème.

Medium-sized city – university is on a hill overlooking the city.  The US offers amazing choice.  Sunshine in Florida and California – snow in the North East.  Some universities in cities, like Syracuse.  And universities in small towns out in the countryside.

What kind of environment?  Small liberal-arts?  Professional school? Syracuse – right in the middle – a bit of everything.  13000 students divided between 9 different schools and colleges.  Largest indoor stadium on a campus – 35,000 in the stadium.  Division 1 teams in basketball, football etc  Residence halls – all 1st and 2nd year students have to stay in university housing.  Great facilities – golf, swimming etc.

US studies – exploration, changing your mind is fine – you don’t have to decide on major until end of 2nd year.

College of Arts and Sciences the largest.  3.3 students.

Well known for Economics and International Affairs.  The post-grad school is one of the best for social sciences – the professors teach the undergraduates. Architecture – engineering – information management and communications.  Management.  Public communications – public relations.  Visual and performing arts – art, music, drama.

Established 1870, one of the 1st to accept women.

You don’t have to know your major, but you do need to decide where to begin – arts and sciences or somewhere else.  Your current interests (e.g. engineering) dictate your choice of which part of Syracuse university you start at.  Transfer is of course possible.

What does it take to get in?  Grades – overall, and in particular subjects given your potential choice.  For example, architecture needs a portfolio.

Harder for Europeans to get in?  Competition from Asia?  Syracuse values diversity and Europeans are desirable in maintaining and developing this.  There are no quotas.  The question is how well prepared are you to succeed in the area you wish to major in.

SATs can be interesting but not required.  English proficiency IS needed of course – either through SATs or TOEFL.  At least 600 on writing and 600 on critical reasoning.  In case of doubt, interviews can be requested.

Majors and minors can be combined.

300 plus clubs and organisations – many professionally-oriented.

Centres in Strasbourg and Florence and elsewhere in Europe.

A teaching and research university.  Research is part of what you do from the beginning.

For a marketing degree in the business school, Maths is important.