An important part of understanding college campuses and finding the right fit for our students is actually visiting. Taking a tour gives us a feel for what happens on campus and provides valuable information about admissions trends at that campus. Talking with admissions reps allows us to understand what they are looking for when reviewing applications each year. Check out our most recent visits to Chicago and NYC schools.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Total Undergraduate Population: 2,681
Admission Rate: 59%
Most Popular Majors: Studio Arts, Visual Arts, Art History
Total Undergraduate Population: 11,420
Admission Rate: 72%
Most Popular Majors: Biology, Nursing, Psychology
Loyola operated on a rolling admissions schedule with no ED or EA. There are over 250 student organizations to get involved in and it is a Division I sports school. The L has a Red Line stop right on campus for easy access to public transportation.
Total Undergraduate Population: 13,168
Admission Rate: 69%
Most Popular Majors: Communications, Liberal Arts & Humanities, Finance
Computing and digital media is fastest growing college in the university; partnership with City Space and is the largest film and tv studio outside of Hollywood which is located in Chicago.
University of Chicago
Undergraduate Population: 5,967
Admission Rate: 7%
Most Popular Majors: Economics, Mathematics & Statistics, Biology
University of Chicago offers lots of opportunities to do research with professors. In fact, there are more opportunities than there are students to fill them; research is substantial
New York City
Pratt Institute - Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate Population: 3,367
Admission Rate: 57%
Most Popular Majors: Architecture, Graphic Design, Illustration
New York University
Undergraduate Population: 24,888
Admission Rate: 31%
Most Popular Majors: Liberal Arts & Humanities, Business, Economics
If you are applying to one of the artistic programs, you can apply test optional because of the importance of the portfolio; if you apply TO, they will focus more on transcript so make sure your senior grades stay strong.
NYU - Tandon Engineering
Many of the professors are doing industry research so reach out to them to get research opportunities and/or TA positions; you can do research starting freshman year, but most don’t do it until 4th year
Undergraduate Population: 2,461
Admission Rate: 16%
Most Popular Majors: Psychology, Economics, English
Barnard is the only all women's college to have Division I sports. Also, Barnard students can take as many classes at Columbia as they want and vice versa which makes most of Barnard's classes actually co-ed.
Undergraduate Population: 7,552
Admission Rate: 6%
Supplemental essays are one of the most important factors that Columbia Admissions uses to determine if an applicant is a good fit.