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Collegiate Courier: Spring 2015

Dear students and parents, 

Spring has officially arrived! And even if it's still 30 degrees out, many exciting developments are in the air.

Seniors: Soon, you'll be receiving your Regular Decision admissions decisions. Though it's easy (and understandable!) to feel some anxiety, try to stay calm, and maintain a sense of excitement about the process. And if that doesn't work, this article will offer a helpful perspective.

Juniors: You are now beginning to develop and refine your College List. This is an important responsibility, but also an enjoyable opportunity to explore your own preferences - have fun learning about, and envisioning yourself at, a variety of different colleges and universities!

Freshmen & Sophomores: Keep up the good work!  You are building an important foundation for your academic accomplishments and engagement in extracurriculars.

The college admissions landscape changes every year. Last year, it was the Common App. This year, it's the new SAT. We know you probably have a lot of questions about the new test, so we've asked a panel of seven test-prep experts to weigh in and share their knowledge and insight. You can read their responses in the blog below. The early admissions process has also seen many changes, and we've analyzed the latest trends.

As always, stay in touch! Follow us on twitter, at @cgateway6 for helpful reminders and guidance throughout the year.

Best regards, 
Julie Raynor Gross, Founder & President
Collegiate Gateway LLC

Early Admissions Trends 

Whether you applied early decision or early action, there were some surprising trends among several highly sought-after schools. Each year, the early admissions landscape  can change, and this year was no exception. READ MORE.

Ask the Experts: Should I Take the New SAT?

The redesigned SAT will debut in  2016. As a result, current sophomores must decide whether to rush to take the current test, wait and take the new version, or avoid the SAT altogether. READ MORE

Career Corner: A Grand Slam in Accounting

Growing up, Jackie Rottmann knew she wanted to pursue a career in accounting. Now she's doing just that - for READ MORE.

National Essay Competitions

If you're a high school student who enjoys writing, you could win awards including scholarships, all-expenses paid trips, and even donations to your school library. READ MORE.

Why Institutional Accreditation Matters to You: Part 2

Every college is unique. In addition to finding schools that fit your preferences and interests, check whether they are accredited!  READ MORE.

Introverts, Extroverts, and...Ambiverts?

Most personality theories posit that you are either an introvert or an extravert. Now however, more people are starting to recognize the existence of a third option: Ambiverts, who use a blend of extraversion and introversion.

2014-2015 Test Dates:

SAT Test Dates: 
See for registration dates and score reporting policy.  
5/2/15, 6/6/15 
ACT Test Dates: 
See for registration dates and score reporting policy.
4/18/15, 6/13/15
2015 AP Exams:  
See for registration dates and score reporting policy. 
Week 1: May 4-8, 2015; Week 2: May 11-15, 2015
2015 New York State Regents Exam Schedule: 
See NYS Education Department Schedule.
June 2, 16-24, 2015


Collegiate Gateway LLC is a boutique educational consulting practice founded by Julie Raynor Gross in 2004.
The company offers customized educational counseling to families of high school and college students to facilitate personal growth and maximize opportunities for college, graduate school and career. 

Ms. Gross serves as the Chair of the College Committee of IECA, and has received the Graduate School specialty designation.  She continually visits colleges and graduate programs around the country and meets with admissions deans, students and faculty in order to keep current about admissions approaches, academic programs and school culture.   READ MORE.

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