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University Admissions Programs

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Admissions Seminars

This fall, CTY invites you to virtual seminars led by university admissions professionals from around the U.S. These 60-minute live sessions will cover topics directly related to the application process and even some of its recent changes. Spaces fill quickly, so register now for invaluable advice from real university decision-makers.

Please note that you must enter at least one student and one parent when registering.

Cost: $100 per seminar
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Navigating College Admissions Tests Amid COVID-19

Matt Steiner – Senior Director, Compass Education Group

From canceled tests to optional scores and how to determine acceptance, the experts at Compass Education Group will give practical advice about college admissions testing in the age of COVID-19.

green arrow Monday, October 26 (7 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET)
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The GPA Game

JoAnne Phang – Director of Admissions & Partnership Programs, Syracuse University

How do admissions officers consider your grades and course choices when deciding their incoming class? How do they use this information to determine your chances of success at their school?

green arrow Tuesday, November 17 (7 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET)
Seminar full – Add me to the waitlist

The College Essay

Christopher Flores – Associate Director of Admissions, Tufts University

What are admissions officers looking for in your essay? What makes a great college essay? How essential is this to the admissions process?

green arrow Thursday, November 19 (7 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET)
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Financial Aid

Tuition assistance for our University Admissions Programs is offered through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for eligible families.

To apply, please fill out a registration form and a financial form and email both to (note: availability is limited).

Mock Admissions Workshop

You’ll have the opportunity to interact with a professional admissions officer who will guide you through the application review process. This exclusive CTY workshop is limited to small groups in which you’ll read applications, consult with your committee, and render decisions for students. The activities will give you behind-the-scenes access to the admissions process and help you better understand what university officers look for when accepting students.

Please choose one session from the following:
green arrow Monday, November 2 (7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET) 
green arrow Monday, November 9 (7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET)  
green arrow Monday, November 16 (7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET)  Session full

Please note that you must enter at least one student and one parent when registering.

Cost: $150 per family
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University Admissions Seminars for International Students

Grades: This virtual program is designed for families who have a student entering university within the next four years.

Session 1: The Basics of U.S. Universities
green arrow Tuesday, October 27, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET

Session 2: An Insider’s Look into Admissions Decisions and Applications
green arrow Wednesday, October 28, 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. ET

Session 3: From Essays to Extracurriculars – Nuances in U.S. Admissions
green arrow Thursday, October 29, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET

Session 4: International Students Applying to U.S. Universities
green arrow Friday, October 30, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Through in-depth seminars and guest appearances from qualified professionals, this four-session program will help international families navigate the U.S. university admissions process.

Please note: Registration for this four-part program is limited to one adult, one student, and one shared device. Additional household members are welcome to attend any of the four online sessions with their registered relatives using the shared device.

Cost: US$500 per family
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We start with the basics of U.S. colleges and universities and the search process. What are the differences between research and liberal arts institutions? Public or private universities? The benefits of urban, suburban, and rural campuses? In the second session, we will review mock applications for a better understanding of what admissions officers look for, how decisions are made, and how to put your best application together. Session 3 dives deep into the nuances of applications: the college essay, extracurricular activities, and recommendations.

The final seminar focuses on the practical application process for international students. What will make you stand out? What paperwork will you need? Are there extra courses or exams you must take? Once you complete this program, you can go forward with powerful knowledge to submit your best university applications.

Cost: US$500 per family
This is a four-part program. Registration for this program includes attendance for all four online sessions.