The Power of Second Chances

There is a growing debate on college campuses throughout America about whether or not a student’s criminal history should be considered in the admission process.  While the Common Application does, in fact, ask students whether or not they have a criminal history, we also ask students who do have this history to provide us with more information to help explain their circumstances.  We know there is a human story behind every application.  To view NYU’s full statement on this issue, please read more. Read More

Travel Gifts

Now that the Early Decision I deadline is around the corner, my colleagues and I have returned from our travels and are getting ready to review applications! But before we hunker down and start reading, the admissions staff started a new post-fall travel tradition this year: travel gifts.  Read More

In and of the Great Outdoors

As you know by now, thanks to Becca’s post about preparing for travel and Beau’s descriptions of the places he has been and things he has eaten, admissions counselors from NYU are scattered across the globe meeting with students to share information about our university and the application process. What you might not know though is that our time on the road is also meant for us to get to know where you come from in the hopes that by becoming more familiar with your communities and your schools we will be better able to understand you as applicants and potential members of a future NYU class. Read More

Scholarship Programs at NYU

Many scholarship programs at NYU feature programming designed to assist students in identifying available academic and institutional support resources, to encourage students to delve more deeply into a particular area of study and to foster a sense of community that can be helpful when navigating a large and oftentimes complex university like NYU.  I help to create programming for the Smilow Scholars Program, one of our newest scholars programs here at NYU. Read More

Evil and College Rankings

I am probably one of the few admission deans you will meet who does not think university rankings are the root of all evil. Many of my colleagues argue that quality in American higher education cannot be quantified and no magazine, newspaper, or website has any business providing metrics to judge an institution of higher education on such a simplistic set of variables, whether it be average class size or average test scores.
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