• Due West Event Info: 2013/11/23

    Nov 23, 2013

    How to write school supplemental essays: a workshop with former admissions officers

    What matters to you most and why?
    What is your favorite word?
    Describe the world you come from and how has it shaped your life?

    The college application process doesn’t end with the personal essay. It involves a series of other supplemental essays that are required by schools.These essays can at times be as important as the personal essay. They showcase the breadth of a student’s interests, the specificity of their desire to attenda school and also show how serious a student is in applying to a certain school. As former admissions officers and independent college counselors, our team at Due West will help you navigate the many kinds of supplemental essays and help you be better prepared when writing them.

    Join us for a free workshop in which we will clarify the purpose of supplemental essays for universities like Stanford,Columbia, Chicago, MIT, NYU and the University of California schools. After the workshop you will have strategies for how to tackle these essays and avoid the common pitfalls that students face at this stage of the application process.

    Presenters: Keith Hernandez & John Beck, former Columbia and Dartmouth Admissions Officers

    Date: November 23, 2013 from 4-6pm

    Location: 2ndnd Floor, Yosemite Club, Yu Yang Road No.4, HouSha Yu Town, Shunyi District, Beijing

    Register by calling 85910912-803 or email: wu@duewesteducation.com.

    Got questions about applying to college in the US? Come visit us at Due West for a free consultation with one of our experienced Counselors! Please reply to our Wechat or call our hotline: +86 1085190912 / 180 0103 1816

  • Concord Academy Admissions

    Nov 19, 2013

    Concord Academy’s Director of Admissions,Marie Myers, was in Beijing last week to introduce the school to interested families. Due West was there, so keep reading if you missed a chance to learn about this great school for yourself!

    Concord Academy (fondly referred to by its students and teachers as “CA”) is distinctive for 4 reasons:

    - Superior academics
    - Diverse and inclusive student body
    - A culture of independence and responsibility
    - Preparing students to be successful in school and life

    Case in point? The most popular colleges attended by CA grads include Tufts,Brown, NYU, Yale, Columbia and MIT. In addition to being known for being intellectual, CA students are passionate, goal-oriented, engaged and compassionate. They are lifelong learners, a quality that will not only ensure they do well in the college process but do well in life beyond university.

    Marie also shared a few interesting statistics about CA and their Chinese students. In the 2012-2013 admissions cycle, 140 applications were received from China. Only 10 were admitted, of which 8 accepted. With such a high yield in the past year, Chinese students can expect the 2013-2014 admissions cycle will be even more competitive.

    Interested in learning more about CA and other top American boarding schools? Stop by Due West for a free consultation with one of our experienced boarding school counselors!

    Please reply to our Wechat or call our hotline: +86 10 85190912 / 180 0103 1816

  • Academy Andover Admissions

    Nov 6, 2013

    Last Wednesday, November 6, Andover’s Dean of Admissions, Jim Ventre, spoke to a packed house in Beijing. Due West was there, and we wanted to share with you some of the key things we learned about the Andover experience, including what they are looking for in their applicants!

    The best way to know if Andover is the right school for you is if you share the same values. There are three very important values every prospective Andover student should know:

    - First is their school motto, non-civi,or not for one’s self. Like all top schools, Andover is looking to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow, but they approach this by preparing their students to be eligible to lead when called upon. Andover students are collaborators and partners, people who can share information and use knowledge for the greater good.

    - Second is youth from every quarter. Andover is committed to creating a diverse student body. In fact,it’s the most diverse school of the top American boarding schools. This is why 47% of students receive financial aid; 42% are non-white; students come from 49/50 US States; and there are currently students from 48 different countries enrolled at Andover.

    - Third is goodness and knowledge. Andover students are nice students, who enjoy helping each other, sharing information with each other, and working together as partners.The combination of goodness and knowledge is Andover’s recipe for students to live a meaningful life.

    Mr. Ventre also talked about the admission process at Andover, including how they make a decision, what test scores you need to have, and what traits do they look for in their students:

    - Andover involves over ½ of its faculty to read application files and help make decisions. Because the teaching faculty is so diverse, there’s not one thing that they are looking for in their applicants.

    - Andover is not a ‘test school.’ Their median TOEFL score is a 100, and they do place a high premium on English competency when they evaluate an applicant. But the most important parts of your application are your essays, teacher recommendations and interview, much more so than the SSAT percentile!

    - Andover evaluates students based on the passport they hold. So ex-pat families living in China are looked at differently than Chinese students.

    - There are three key traits Andover looks for in its applicants: Optimism, Resilience and Social Agility.The successful Andover student has a good attitude, can get up when they fall down, and can share what they know with their peers and teachers.

    Interested in learning more about applying to boarding school? Come to Due West for a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced counselors!

  • Here Come Boarding Schools

    Oct 25, 2013

    Due West is excited to inform all of our followers that many top US boarding high schools will be visiting China in the coming weeks and holding information sessions introducing themselves to prospective families. This is a great opportunity for students and their parents to learn more about each school and also to network with administrators or alumni from each institution. Due West highly recommends interested families to attend these presentations. Most of the schools require students to contact them in advance of each presentation to register for the information session. Upon successful registration, the schools will provide students with all necessary information, including where the location where the presentation will take place.

    As students prepare for these visits, here are DueWest’s tips on how to make the most of these information sessions:
    1.Do your research first! Come to the visit prepared to talk about that school. Every school has something that makes them unique. Demonstrate to the school officials you’ve thought about why their school will be the right school for you!
    2.Ask a question! With so many students showing up to these presentations, it’s important to distinguish yourself. During the Q and A, make sure you get your hand up in the air to ask a thoughtful question.
    3.But remember to share the time. Sometimes,students are so eager to make a good impression on a school, they prepare 2 or 3 questions to ask the school official. This can actually leave a bad impression; instead of remembering the great question you asked, they may only remember that you took up an unfair amount of their time.
    4.Follow up with the school to say thank you! If you really enjoyed learning more about their school, tell them! People always like to hear that you appreciated their presentation.

    Please see below a list of schools that will be visiting China in the coming week. Due West will continue posting new information on other schools that will be visiting China in the coming weeks so please stay on the lookout for our future posts!

    Miss Hall’s School (All-Girls School)

    Dates in China:
    Beijing: October 26-29
    Shanghai: October 30-31
    Hong Kong: November 1

    Location:Pittsfield, MA
    Description: Miss Hall’s is a nationally recognized boarding and day independent secondary school that combines an exceptional college-preparatory curriculum with two innovative, nationally acclaimed programs: Horizons and the Girls’Leadership Project. Offering boarding in grades: 9-12.
    Student Information: 136 Boarding/180 total.
    To learn moreabout Miss Hall’s, visit http://www.misshalls.org.
    If interested in meeting with the school,send a message to the Admissions Office at info@misshalls.org.

    Wyoming Seminary

    Dates in China:
    Beijing: Oct 27-28
    Shanghai: Oct 30-31
    Hong Kong: Nov 1

    Location: Kingston,PA
    Description: Seminary is a suburban school in a small, historic city—Kingston. Enrollment is diverse, representing 15 states and 22 countries. Seminary offers160 courses (including 26 AP), small classes, challenging electives, and astudent/teacher ratio of 8:1. Graduates are accepted to highly competitive colleges.
    Student Information: Grades 9-12 and Post Graduate. 171 boarding/406 total.
    To learn more about Wyoming Seminary, visit http://www.wyomingseminary.org.
    If interested in meeting with Wyoming Seminary, complete the following formhttps://www.wyomingseminary.org/page.cfm?p=1482&LockSSL=true.Once the form is complete, the family will be prompted with further instructions on how to arrange a meeting with Wyoming Seminary.

    Fryeburg Academy

    Dates in China:
    Shanghai: Oct 26
    Beijing: October 28-30
    Dalian: Nov 2-3

    Location:Fryeburg, ME
    Description:Fryeburg Academy, founded in 1792, is a dynamic day and boarding school located near the White Mountain National Forest and recreation area. Fryeburg offers a comprehensive curriculum including 14 AP courses, ESOL classes, a tutorial program, 24 sports, and award winning fine arts program.
    Student Information: Offering boarding in grades 9-12 and post graduate. 126 boarding/636 total.
    To learn more about about Fryeburg, visit http://www.fryeburgacademy.org.
    If interested in meeting with the school,contact Mr. Christopher Hibbard, Director of Admissions, atchibbard@fryeburgacademy.org.

    Worcester Academy

    Dates in China
    Shanghai: Oct. 27-28
    Hangzhou: Oct. 29-30
    Beijing: Nov. 1-2
    Hong Kong: Dec. 8-10

    Location: Worcester, MA

    Description: Worcester Academy is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6-12 and post graduates. Worcester’s urban setting,diverse community, and challenging curriculum provides students with a solid,real-world education. Located 40 miles from Boston, Worcester Academy offersboth 7-day and 5-day boarding.
    Student Information: 166 boarding/637 total.
    To learn more about Worcester, visit http://www.worcesteracademy.org.
    If interested in meeting with the school,contact Mr. John Ettore, Director of International Recruitment, atjohn.ettore@worcesteracademy.org.

    Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH)

    Dates in China:
    Chengdu: Oct 27-28
    Beijing: Oct 29-30
    Shanghai: Nov 1
    Hong Kong: Nov 2-5

    Location:Mount Hermon, MA
    Description:NMH offers academic excellence through an award-winning and engaged faculty,world-class resources, and careful attention to each student, ensuring individualized support and instruction. The school’s commitment to preparing students not just for college but for the world is what sets NMH apart.
    Student Information: Offering boarding in grades 9-12 and post graduate. 531 boarding/645 total.
    To learn more about NMH, visit http://www.nmhschool.org.
    If interested in meeting with the school,contact Ms. MettaDael, Director of International Admissions, atmdael@nmhschool.org.

    Got questions about applying to boarding school? Come visit us at Due West for a free consultation with one of our experienced Counselors!Please reply to our Wechat or call our hotline: +86 10 85190912 / 180 0103 1816

  • Get smart

    Jul 10, 2012

    Dear Due West friends,

    In the following clip, our own Keith Hernandez, a former admissions officer at Columbia, explains how students can get smarter in the college application process. It is our primary hope to serve students to the best of our ability and to provide students and families the most accurate and transparent information possible.

    We’re also excited to introduce the new Due West Scholars Program, a new opportunity for students to work with Due West for free. Find out more and download the application here.

    As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have about the U.S. university experience and the various admissions processes that students must tackle. Check back: we’ll be updating with more videos.

    All the Best,

    The Due West Team

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    Oct 31, 2010

    每个学生都是独一无二的

  • 我们伴你左右

    Oct 30, 2010

    为你量身定制的产品与服务帮助你进入理想的学校