The latest trends in college and graduate school admissions! 

      Winter 2013 

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! 
Congratulations to the Class of 2013, on submitting superb college applications! Cheers to seniors who have received early acceptances to Barnard, GW, Harvard, Indiana, Michigan Art & Design, Northwestern Journalism, Penn Engineering, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Towson, Tulane, U Arizona, U Mass Studio Art, U Missouri Communications, U South Carolina, U Vermont, U Wisconsin and Washington University in St. Louis.
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Wishing all a New Year of health, happiness and hopes realized!
Best regards, 
Julie Raynor Gross, Founder & President, Collegiate Gateway LLC
Medical School Curricula Changes
How to Find the Best-Fit Colleges for YOU!
Who Are You? The Effect of Personality on Social Media
Merit Aid Increases at Private Colleges
What is the Value of a Liberal Arts Education?
Early Admissions Programs Remain Popular
topofarticles  Medical School Curricula Changes



Medical schools in the US are re-thinking curricula in efforts to produce better-trained physicians for the needs of the 21st century.  Trends in curriculum reform include earlier clinical practice; greater integration of biomedical science and social sciences, such as psychology; more flexible and individualized learning plans; and more team teaching. 

For more, see our BLOG.





How to Find the Best-Fit Colleges for YOU!
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The most critical aspect of the college admissions process is finding the right fit between you and colleges. The first step is to identify your strengths, preferences and values. 

What are you passionate about?
What do you like to do in your free time?
Do you like going into the city?
Do you prefer studying in a classroom or getting real-world experience?

For more, see our BLOG.




Who Are You? The Effect of Personality 
on Social Media 


Do you feel more energized when you are with other people or alone? 

Do you tend to notice the details 

or the big picture?  

Do you make decisions more with your head or your heart?  

Do you like to plan in advance 

or go with the flow?


Your answers to these questions represent your innate personality, which influences many aspects of your behavior and thought! Your personality affects how you prefer to communicate, learn, process information, accomplish projects, work with others, make decisions, and use social media

For more, see our BLOG.



Merit Aid Increases at Private Colleges

Colleges are awarding more merit aid, in efforts to lure top students from higher-ranked private schools, as well as less expensive public schools. "Many schools, eager to boost their standing or build a more diverse student body, have been ramping up their merit aid to promising applicants." (Wall Street Journal). 
For more, see our  BLOG.



What is the Value of a Liberal Arts Education?


The model of a liberal arts education is evolving due to changes in the market. Liberal arts colleges are increasingly offering pre-professional degrees such as business, communications and engineering; encouraging students to study abroad to increase global citizenship; and incorporating experiential learning into the curriculum. 

For more, see our BLOG.



Early Admissions Programs Remain Popular

Many colleges saw a substantial increase in the number of early admissions applications in 2012, including Boston University, Colgate, Cornell, Emory, and Vanderbilt, all with binding Early Decision policies. Northwestern accepted its largest number of Early Decision applicants to date, already filling 43% of the Class of 2017
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Standardized Test Dates and Registration Information 2012-2013 

SAT Test Dates: 

See for registration dates and score reporting policy. 
1/26/13, 3/9/13, 5/4/13, 6/1/13 
ACT Test Dates: 
See for registration dates and score reporting policy.
2/9/13 (no test centers in NY), 4/13/13, 6/8/13

AP Exams:
See for registration dates and score reporting policy.
May 6-10 and May 13-17, 2013   

New York State Regents Exam Schedule: 
June 13-15, June 18-21, 2012; June 11-14, 17-20, 2013


Julie office croppedCOLLEGIATE GATEWAY

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 and graduate school admissions. Students receive individualized guidance to help plan courses, extracurricular activities, community service and summer plans; schedule and prepare for standardized testing; develop an appropriate college or grad school list; brainstorm and review essays and applications; and prepare for interviews.

Ms. Gross continually visits colleges around the country and meets with admissions deans, students and faculty, in order to keep current about admissions approaches, academic programs and school culture.  Ms. Gross received her A.B. from Princeton University, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude; her Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Phi Delta Kappa; and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  She is certified to teach High School English, and attended the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions.  Ms. Gross is a Certified Practitioner of the MBTI Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator and the Strong Career Interest Inventory.  READ MORE.

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