College Counselor’s Corner: Hot Colleges

College Counselor’s Corner

It’s National Writing Day, the best day for posting a blog! Besides, in the world of college counseling, there’s no shortage of information to write about.

Hot Colleges

Another computer science building is slated to open at the University of Washington, alma mater of star Hudson counselor Chris Baker. The building, named for Bill and Melinda Gates, will house a robotics lab, wet lab space, commons space and an auditorium, all at the cost of $110 million. (I’m sure Ari Raisa knows about wet space, but I had to look it up.) Fittingly, the new digs will be located across from the Paul Allen Center.

No shock: another computer science building at University of Washington

Back on the East Coast, Cornell continues to innovate. Last year, it created the SC Johnson College of Business, combining the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, the School of Hotel Administration and the Johnson Graduate School of Management. Recently, it opened the first phase of Cornell Tech, a high-tech campus for graduate students on Roosevelt Island.

Now, Cornell has launched the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity. According to an announcement on its website, “Students in the Milstein Program will select a major in the College of Arts and Sciences but will also have access to a specialized curriculum that will develop their proficiency in computer science during the school year in Ithaca, while spending summers in New York City immersed in the innovation economy with access to speakers, mentors and summer internship opportunities.” (That’s quite the long sentence for National Writing Day.) A $20 million gift from the Milsteins, Cornell Arts and Sciences alums, made the innovative program a reality.

So who gets to participate in the program? The first crop will be selected from applicants to Arts and Sciences Class of 2022. Now that’s a win!

Very sci-fi: Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island

Supplemental Essays

Students using the Common App know that writing questions may appear in multiple sections. That’s why Common App has consolidated supplemental essay prompts of member schools in its new Writing Requirements section, listing questions under both “College-Specific Writing Questions” and “Writing Supplement.” (See the example for Wake Forest below.)

Wake Forest demands answers!

Regarding essay writing, here’s a shout out to Hudson English teacher and fellow Brunonian Randi Roberts, who just launched the Hudson Writing Center. By the time the students hit Junior Seminar to draft their essays, I know they will have benefited from Randi’s expertise. Congratulations, Randi!


U.S. News has released an article on colleges with rolling admissions. What’s not important is the rank; we all know about those. But the list does remind us that some very fine colleges (e.g., Pitt, Penn State, Indiana) use rolling admissions, which provide an early read on your student’s candidacy. and hopefully good news before next spring.

Why not roll with Pitt?

Financial Aid, Awards and Scholarships

Applications for the annual Bronfman Fellowship are now open. The Bronfman Fellowship is among the most prestigious programs available to outstanding Jewish students of all backgrounds who are in their junior year of high school. Check it out on

Seton Hall has an alliance with the United Nations that provides students with access to international organizations and diplomats. Accordingly, the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and International Relations is sponsoring a Sustainable Development Challenge. Winners, juniors and seniors in high school, will be eligible for cash prizes and Seton Hall scholarships. For more, go to U.N. Challenge.

We’ve often heard that a college’s sticker price isn’t really what most students pay. But understanding financial awards across colleges can be a challenge, to say the least. Enter Edmit, a Boston-based startup. According to the Boston Globe, “The site will build a profile of the student who is entering the college ‘market,’ taking into account grades, test scores, extracurriculars, and family income levels. Then it will calculate an expected tuition price.” Use of the site will be free to students, families and counselors. Colleges will pay a subscription fee to use the platform to communicate with students.

Financial Aid Seminar at Hudson: Wednesday, October 25, at 6:00 pm.

The session will be open to all Hudson high school parents, not only those of college applicants. Please RSVP, sending me an email and telling me how many people from your family will attend.

College Visits

Coming to Hudson:

  • Drew: October 24

  • Clark: October 24

  • College for Creative Studies: October 27

  • Caldwell: November 7

  • University of British Columbia: November 14

  • Chapman: TBA

Open Houses and College Events

Franklin & Marshall: October 21November 11
SCAD: Saturday, October 28
Manhattan College: Sunday, October 29
National Portfolio Day (NYC): November 12
Seton Hall: November 19February 18April 22

Here’s to National Writing Day! Don’t hesitate to write to me with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Contact Me
Nina Berler
(201) 859-3665 ext. 119
2017-10-20T12:39:33+00:00 October 20th, 2017|
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