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D DAY is here, SAT on Saturday, October 4!!

It is D Day. Our students from Mobay to Kingston are slated to sit their exam this Saturday. Largely, my crew heads to Priory, some AISK/ JC, others, St. Andrew or Mt. Alvernia, Belair or Dinthill.

I hear a few schools are trying to become test centers. It would be nice for Heinz Simonitsch as our Mobay office is just next door!

What do you need? On Saturday?

1) Your ticket and picture ID

2) Get there by 7:45 am

3) Have your No 2 pencils and excellent erasers, not smudgers

4) A good working calculator

5) Take some lunch, water, coffee or juice

6) Leave cellphones out.

7) Set your watches to the proctor's watch.

8) Avoid staring at other people and their papers during the exam.

Sleep heartily the night before. SAT is not for those children who cram the night before, it really is for those who have practiced repeatedly.

The score to beat is 1570. Come on guys, let us get there! Sending out a challenge.

This Sunday, at 11 am, we welcome the new students and students of Heinz Simonitsch. Parents and students need to log on. The link will be in the Whatsapp group. Please be there with your notepads and pens.


Watch the group chat for notification as we start all consultations for this in October. After you have submitted your apps, it is financial aid time.

Please read notices below.


September 2021

Greetings from Ithaca, New York! Our fall semester is in-person and has been so for nearly one month. The pandemic’s many impacts on all of us continue. But, we stay ready and are prepared to adjust in any number of ways as needed. Our campus and local community also remain vigilant and responsive to public health information updates and changes. For most of you reading this, school is underway—virtually or in person, or, perhaps, in some necessary combination. We wish everyone a safe and successful school year. If there are ways that we can assist you as you support your students and families, I hope that you will be in touch with us to inquire about assistance.

For more than a year, we have had to reimagine and recreate the ways through which and by which we engage students, families, and school and organization partners about the opportunities available to students and the admission process. Unfortunately, the next several months promise more of the same. Cornell Undergraduate Admissions staff are not traveling this fall to recruit students, and visitors are not yet invited to campus for in-person tours and information sessions. We are hopeful that this will adjust in the weeks and months ahead as the pandemic’s impact on the campus and local community begins to moderate. In the meantime, emails and newsletters like this, along with virtual tours, online presentations, workshops and information sessions, virtual high school engagement, and websites and social media will continue to play a prominent role in our communication and outreach efforts. To this end, allow me to update you on some key items this month including: 1) Cornell University Extends Test-Optional and Score-Free Undergraduate Admissions Testing Policies for Fall 2023 and Fall 2024 First-Year Applicants; 2) Ivy League Athletes and Standardized Testing; 3) Early Decision Application Deadline is November 1; 4) Submitting the Common Application; 5) Deadlines for Applying for Financial Aid; 6) Introducing the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy; 7) Special Gift Establishes Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration; and 8) Virtual/Online Programming and Engagement and the Undergraduate Admissions Website for Counselors.

Since April 2020, Cornell has not required first-year applicants to submit SAT or ACT exam scores. Three of Cornell’s undergraduate colleges—Agriculture and Life Sciences; Architecture, Art, and Planning; and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business—do not use test scores as part of their admission process. Applicants to Cornell’s four other undergraduate colleges—Arts & Sciences; Engineering; Human Ecology; and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations—have the option to submit SAT and/or ACT scores, although they are not required. Cornell University will extend its 2022 undergraduate admission testing policies for two more years. In extending the existing policies to the high school graduating classes of 2023 and 2024, Cornell recognizes the continuing risks of COVID-19 transmission during in-person testing around the world. At the same time, the university is entering a two-year period of deliberate experimental review in order to guide admission testing policy requirements beyond these two years. We will engage both in self-study about the role of testing in promoting access and success at Cornell and systematically review admission assessments in partnership with other universities and higher education organizations. The Ivy League has suspended admission testing requirements for prospective student-athlete applicants in the current academic year (2022) and has not yet determined requirements for future years. Cornell will continue to follow the guidance and policies of the Ivy League regarding admission testing requirements for applicants who expect to participate in a varsity sport.

Cornell University’s early decision application deadline is November 1. If paying the application fee will pose a hardship, students may request a fee waiver. Please follow the instructions online: to learn more about requesting the application fee waiver. Remind students to submit required application materials by the deadline: If the application and fee/fee waiver arrive by the deadline, it is fine for all other required application materials to arrive shortly thereafter. Any students who anticipate significant issues or delays in submitting application materials by the deadlines or who have other questions or concerns, should contact us. As always, Cornell will do all we can to support and assist students who wish to apply. Students should apply to Cornell University using the Common Application (CA). For more information on how to apply, feel free to visit: Cornell is need-blind in our admission review of US citizens, permanent residents, and other eligible non-citizens, including asylees, refugees, long-term green card applicants, and undocumented students with and without DACA status. For those in the aforementioned categories who are admitted, need-based financial aid is also available. For international applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the US, the admission review is need-aware, meaning we consider whether international applicants are able to meet educational costs and whether they submit the CSS PROFILE and require financial assistance, when making admission decisions. Cornell, as an Ivy League institution, provides only need-based financial aid to those admitted students who apply for financial aid and demonstrate need. The early decision financial aid application deadline for U.S. citizens/permanent residents, and eligible non-citizens, including asylees, refugees, long-term green card applicants, and undocumented students with and without DACA status, is November 21. For more information regarding financial aid at Cornell, please visit: The early decision international financial aid application deadline for international citizens is November 1. For more information regarding international financial aid at Cornell, please visit: Last week, university leaders, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the launch of the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy – “an important moment here at Cornell,” said Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack. The school’s opening is the culmination of a four-year faculty review focused on elevating excellence in the social sciences, which Cornell University Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff said was preceded by five decades of discussions about a policy school’s potential. Announced last year and now a reality, President Pollack said the Cornell Brooks School fits squarely within Ezra Cornell’s founding vision for a university that would create and share knowledge for a public purpose. Prospective Cornell undergraduates will be able to apply to the Cornell Brooks School as soon as fall 2022 for fall 2023 admission consideration and entrance. The university also recently announced a history-making $50 million gift from Peter Nolan ’80, MBA ’82, and Stephanie Nolan ’84 that will establish the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration and provide scholarship funding to expand educational access for future generations of hospitality business leaders. The gift will support financial aid in the school – a world leader in hospitality business education for nearly 100 years – and reaffirm the university’s commitment to need-blind admission and expanded socioeconomic diversity. Last year, so you, your students and their families could get to know Cornell, we created an expansive Virtual Visit website that provides access to a range of online and virtual content, programming, and engagement opportunities. We’ve recently reorganized the site and added more content. Within the site you will find: student blogs; university, college and school information sessions; a virtual tour; information on all of our undergraduate majors; details on how to apply; admissions deadlines; and news and other important updates. This fall, Cornell is again offering live joint information session programs in partnership with other institutions, and online programming developed and hosted exclusively by Cornell Undergraduate Admissions. Online event information and registration can be found at: Finally, let me direct your attention to a great resource, especially for those who advise prospective students and applicants considering Cornell. The Undergraduate Admissions Website for Counselors is available here: and features welcome and introductory messages from our Vice Provost for Enrollment, Jon Burdick, and me, along with important news and information, ways to stay connected, counselor and other event information, and resources to support you as you support your students. We look forward to working with you and your students during this admissions cycle, and we invite you to contact us should you have any questions. Sincerely, Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions Cornell University


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