SAT Essay on Reality Television Stumps Some

March 16, 2011

The SAT essay normally causes angst for at least some test takers. The March 2011 SAT essay caused a firestorm among those who are not fans of "Jersey Shore" and "Survivor." The topic was reality television, and test takers were asked to discuss whether it is authentic and whether it is a beneficial form of entertainment. The website College Confidential was beset with pages upon pages of complaints from students who don’t watch television, don’t watch reality television, or were prepared for what they thought would be a more academic topic. The College Board’s position is that the essay is a means for students to demonstrate their writing skills, no matter the specific essay topic, and that there was enough information in the essay question to allow a student to respond. It seems the bottom line is flexibility, being able to write a cogent response no matter the specific topic.

For more information, click here

Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!

While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.

 

Did You Know?

With the number of applicants now using the Common App and the ease of submitting an online application (in the 2010-11 cycle, 1.8 million applications were submitted as of January 1, 2011), admissions officers are looking for more than just an application to make admissions decisions - you need to demonstrate a genuine interest in the school.  The best ways to do this include visiting the campus, having a campus interview if offered, attending college fairs and completing the intake form for schools you are really interested in, attending any local events in your area sponsored by the college, and emailing the admissions counselors with specific questions about programs that interest you.  These steps can help to differentiate you from the herd of "stealth applicants" who use the Common App as their sole contact with the school.

 

News

Way Back When College Was a Buyer’s Market

March 31, 2011

Oh to be interested in attending Harvard University in the late 1860s. Harvard and other schools like Vassar and Columbia actually advertised for students in newspapers, and any required frehman entrance exams could be taken on the weekend prior to the start of classes. How… Read More>>

Ni Hao! – NYU to open Shanghai campus

March 27, 2011

New York University announced plans to establish a degree-granting campus in Shanghai. NYU's president was expected to sign an agreement on March 28 with Chinese officials to seal the deal. This move signals a continuing trend for American universities. NYU already has a degree-granting campus… Read More>>

 

Testimonials

"College Search Navigators did a wonderful job assisting both my daughters with the college admissions process.  They really absorbed who my girls were as unique individuals and helped them in articulating this to their target colleges.  Both of my daughters have had marvelous experiences at schools that are perfect for them. "

Frances O., mother of Beth Anne and Claire, Class of 2008, 
Georgetown University; Class of 2011, Boston College