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Update from King’s College London

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Covid-19 Update from King’s

Keeping you informed

 

If we have not met before, my name is Paulina Rozynska and I look after our East Asian (Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea), Australia, Turkey & CIS markets at King’s College London.

During this challenging time, we understand there are concerns about the impact Covid-19 will have for the new academic year and what this may mean for your students who hold an offer with King’s, as well as those looking to apply in the future years.  With the UCAS deadline having passed, it’s important that you and your students are aware of the plans and measures that King’s is taking to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students from the start of the new academic year.

September Outlook

With the changes to how A levels, IB and equivalent qualifications are being awarded, we are working on an extensive range of measures to mitigate the impact on students and ensure that no-one is disadvantaged.

King’s is Open. We are ready to welcome students when the new academic year starts as scheduled in September. We are committed to providing students the high-quality learning and enriching university experience that they can expect from King’s, whether they can join us in London or not.

We put safety first. As we open our campuses, we will put in place appropriate and specific measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our community of students and staff, in line with UK Government guidance.

We’re preparing for flexible teaching. We know that regular interaction and discussion with our expert teaching staff, with individual support for each student, is what matters most to our students and this will continue to be at the heart of our educational provision however teaching is delivered. Online teaching will take place where we cannot be certain to ensure safe distancing, including teaching in larger groups such as lectures, at least for the first semester. As this is an evolving situation, we are in direct contact with students holding offers at King’s on a regular basis, so they are being updated when we have new information.

Guidance and support for offer holders and information for applicants can be found on our Coronavirus FAQs webpages.

Scholarships

There is several funding options still available and open to international students (with some country specific).  Students can search and apply on the Scholarships page.

King’s Offer Holders

For students holding an offer with King’s, we have a suite of information available on the Offer  Holder  Hub. The hub has faculty and course-specific information and resources, offer holder events, social media groups to sign up to, student testimonials, virtual campus tours information on our residences, our students’ union KCLSU and lots more.

Students holding an offer for King’s will have been invited to access the hub, so please let your students know to keep an eye on their emails for information from asking@kcl.ac.uk.

Online Events for Prospective Students

Although we are unable to travel, we would still like the opportunity to interact with your students. For students looking to join us in 2021, we will be running a series of information sessions which they can book online here.

Alternatively, if your school are running any online events  you would like King’s to be part of, please email me on paulina.rozynska@kcl.ac.uk.

King’s Community on Unibuddy

King’s is also on Unibuddy, so students can find a current King’s student, academic or staff member to ask their questions directly to. All they need to do is create an account by clicking on the ‘Sign up’ tab on our Unibuddy webpage, and then they can start interacting immediately.

Resources Hub for Schools – Sign up to the Hub here

As part of our commitment to providing information and resources that benefits prospective students, teachers and counsellors, membership to our digital Schools Liaison Hub offers you access to useful content and tools including:

  • Videos on applying, competitive courses, personal statements, help on aptitude tests and interviews
  • An interactive Personal Statement workshop for you to use in the classroom
  • Videos on subject-specific courses, digital brochures and links to taster days.

King’s Service to Society

King’s is putting the community at the forefront with vital research, development and training taking place during the Covid-19 pandemic. From hosting a diagnostics centre to looking at the mental health effects of the pandemic, read about King’s response to the coronavirus.

University of Kent International Schools Newsletter – July 2020

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University of Kent International Schools Newsletter | July 2020
Dear all,
A warm welcome to the July edition of the University of Kent International Schools Newsletter. We hope you are all still keeping safe and well.

This newsletter will now be sent to our International School colleagues every other month. Once again if you have any feedback about this newsletter, or would like to ask for further details about any of the contents, please get in touch with us.

In this update we will be sharing important details regarding the start of our 2020/21 academic year, as well as details of our upcoming Virtual Open Day, and recent news from Kent.

Our plans for the new academic year:

We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students to the University this September. We will, as of now, be open for business when the autumn term begins on 21 September 2020. We want to ensure that the student experience at Kent is the best it can be, from the moment students arrive on campus, so we are taking steps to protect our students and staff from Covid-19, while safeguarding the quality of our teaching and student life. We are awaiting further guidance regarding entry procedures to the UK and will publish further information as soon as it becomes available; however we are aware that concessions for Tier 4 visas will be available.

In the meantime, the Education and Universities ministers wish to reassure international students who are considering study in the UK that they will be able to apply for, and will receive, their Tier 4 visas in good time before commencing their programme of study in the UK. Despite some COVID-19 disruptions to visa processes and exam timetables, they have advised students to still get started with the process. For example, by familiarising themselves with UK visa requirements and talking to their chosen Universities about evidence they may need to supply for a visa application. The government are continuing to monitor worldwide border, travel and public health restrictions and are resuming normal services as soon as they are able. Some Visa Application Centres have reopened, with more to follow over the coming weeks. As local restrictions lift, and application centres begin to reopen they will be seeking to process applications as quickly as possible.

Our promise: 

  • The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our top priority.
  • We will not compromise the quality of teaching, learning and experiences of our students.
  • We will keep applicants updated over the summer to support their arrival at Kent in the autumn.

Our approach for September and the autumn term:

  • The majority of our teaching and services will be delivered in a blended way – both online and in person. Which parts of a student’s studies will be online and which will be in person will vary according to the course they are on, government requirements and our health and safety assessments. We are planning the details of this now and will be able to update applicants in the coming weeks.
  • Online lectures will be complemented with face-to-face and/or online interactive sessions.
  • Lecture theatres will be used for smaller face-to-face group-based activities.
  • Lab classes, and other activities where students physically need to be there, will take place in strict compliance with health and safety requirements.
  • Some modules, or parts of modules, may need to be rescheduled to later in the academic year when social distancing restrictions are eased.
Virtual Open Day – Saturday 4th July
Saturday 4th July 2020 – 10am to 2pm (BST)

Whilst it may not be possible to visit us in person right now, our Virtual Open Day provides a great opportunity to take a look around Kent and find out all about our courses and student life.

On the day, attendees can:

  • Chat to current students and lecturers
  • Get information about fees and funding
  • Listen to presentations about our courses
  • Explore our Libraries, and discover how our staff and facilities help students through their studies
  • Find out about the range of student support facilities available to students
  • Have a virtual tour of our high quality academic buildings and specialist facilities
  • Tour our range of accommodation options
For more information and to register your place on our open day, please click here to visit our website.
IELTS certificates now considered for up to a year past expiry
We are pleased to say that we will now consider IELTS certificates which are up to 1 year past their official expiration date, for degree level applicants. The exception to this is where a UKVI IELTS is required, for example for the International Foundation programme or face to face pre-sessional programmes.
Arrivals Weekend Changes for September 2020
Each year, International Recruitment runs an airport transfer service over Arrivals Weekend, for all new international students arriving at Heathrow and Gatwick. As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, it unfortunately will not be possible to run the service this year. This is due to a variety of factors including the difficulties of practicing social distancing measures on  the coach service. Instead, we will be offering enhanced advice and support online for international students on how to make their way safely to campus. Please keep an eye on our Getting Started pages for more information.
Students Share Their Experience of Online Learning
Following the disruption COVID-19 brought to our in-person learning and teaching this academic year, our students have been sharing stories of their transition into the world of online learning.

Kent Law School:
One of our Kent Law School students has been sharing her experience of international internships and networking during lockdown. You can read Maryam Faisal Khan’s story here on our website.

School of European Culture and Languages (SECL)
A student from the School of European Culture and Languages has shared her experience of studying online during lockdown, “The SECL staff, or my particular tutors anyway, have been absolutely fantastic during this time, lots of Zoom meetings, quick and helpful email responses, updates, support from the Head of Department and tutors in general. They have tried to communicate as much as possible during this time, which is very much appreciated. I was incredibly worried about the impact to my studies when lockdown first started, but the tutors (including my dissertation supervisor) have helped immensely.”

School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC):
Students from the School of Anthropology and Conservation faced the added challenge of being in lockdown during a key period in the development and completion of their projects. However they have taken this opportunity to present their work via an interactive online screening of visual anthropology projects

School of Computing:
Following the cancellation of the computing showcase poster fair in March due to Covid-19, the School of Computing moved the poster fair online to celebrate the hard work put in by the final year students and supervisors. The students and staff in the School also had the opportunity to vote for the best poster as they would normally do with an on-campus event.
Orla Garratt, Marketing and Communications Manager for the School said, ‘We know how much work goes into the final year projects and it was such a shame that our students missed out on the chance to display their work and talk about their projects in person. The virtual fair was a way of displaying the high standard of work that we have come to expect from our students, and we had a great response in the number of votes the posters received. A huge thanks goes to the team who helped get the posters, descriptions and voting online.’
https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/unikentcomp-news/2020/06/15/best-poster-competition-winners-announced/

Law School Students Win Prestigious Award

Final-year Law LLB student Xavier Alexis-Greenfield and second-year LLB student Tayla Dwyer of Kent Law School have won the Michael Sherrard Award from The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple; a prestigious award given in recognition of advocacy skills and dedication on the path to becoming a barrister.

The award, provide by donations of senior members of the renowned Inns of Court, supports undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds who aspire to a career at the Bar. It includes two funded weeks (£250 per week) of work experience; one week marshalling (shadowing a judge in court) and one week’s experience in Chambers.

Law schools are invited to nominate no more than two candidates who are expected to attain a good upper-second or first-class degree and who also show potential to be a successful advocate through their participation in mooting or debating. Successful candidates must also demonstrate self-confidence, strong communication skills along with motivation and determination for a career at the Bar.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Xavier and Tayla will have to wait until they can take up their placements but in the meantime have been offered general advice on the next stages of their career and on applying for a Major Scholarship at any of the Inns of Court. Copies of Tayla and Xavier’s CV will be circulated to all chambers and Judges participating in the scheme and they will also be invited to networking events.

Kent School of Architecture and Planning End of Year Show
On Friday 19 June 2020, the Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP) celebrated its 15-year anniversary with an online event to showcase students’ work from the current academic year. An archive of all KSAP’s end of year projects since 2008 is also being hosted on the showcase website.

The End of Year Show 2020, which is available for public viewing, explores projects by students studying the BA (Hons) Architecture RIBA/ARB Part 1 course, MArch RIBA/ARB Part 2 course, and KSAP’s various postgraduate taught and research programmes. The showcase demonstrates the vast amount of work from students, detailing the initial ideas behind the projects, through to final concept drawings, animations and designs.

Students were further celebrated with KSAP’s 2020 Awards and Prizes, with accolades given in recognition of sustainability, women in property, best dissertation, technology and more.

The End of Year Show can be viewed here until further notice.

University Provides Free Mentoring for Language Students in Kent
Kent’s department of modern languages has begun a free mentoring scheme for sixth form language students across the county, to help them maintain and develop their language skills despite the restrictions of lockdown.

Through the scheme, Kent’s fourth-year Modern Language students conduct weekly tutoring sessions on Zoom and Microsoft Teams, engaging the sixth form students in language exercises and conversation in French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Language provision in schools has been reduced over recent years, and Kent’s Department of Modern Languages is keen to provide the best language-studies resources available for those pupils eager to develop their skills and perhaps consider studying further. The University of Kent is also providing free online resources to partner schools via the Department of Modern Languages’ website and has recently organised an online teaching forum on distance learning in Modern Languages. A recording of the forum can be found here.

The scheme also benefits the University students, as the majority are currently in their fourth year with many considering teaching modern languages in the future, for which mentoring provides valuable experience.

The scheme is free to all schools who wish to take part, with a current majority of partner schools based in Kent. Further information on joining the scheme can be found here.

Kent and Medway Medical School Curriculum Praised by General Medical Council

The General Medical Council (GMC) met online with staff from Kent and Medway’s first medical school, Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS), as part of the ongoing quality assurance process run for any new medical school.

This was the GMC’s first ever virtual visit to any medical school and was also a major milestone for KMMS. The visit confirmed that KMMS is meeting the required standards the GMC expects all medical schools in the UK to achieve and it is therefore on track to welcome their first students in September this year.

During the visit the GMC acknowledged the successful recruitment of all key members of the Year 1 staffing body and those they met were well engaged and demonstrated an understanding of the school’s aims and ethos.

The KMMS team has been recruited locally, nationally and internationally and many of them hold clinical positions within Kent and Medway healthcare settings and have been working on the front line during the pandemic. For example, the School’s Founding Dean, Professor Chris Holland, has recently moved to work as an intensive care consultant at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust.

KMMS has been making contingency plans to prepare for the students arrival during the COVID-19 pandemic and the GMC recognised that the School’s ‘digital first’ approach has put it in a good position to deliver its Year 1 curriculum during the ongoing pandemic.

For more information, please see our website.

TCNJ Reflects on the Past and Looks Ahead

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The College of New Jersey

As we celebrate the end of another academic year, we want to thank you for all your hard work! With many unforeseen bumps in the road, we recognize your efforts to support and motivate students throughout the application process, especially students who find their home at TCNJ! Know that we value our partnership with the school counseling community and we simply couldn’t be successful without you!

We also wanted to give you a sneak peak at some exciting changes coming to our application process next year.   We’ve already shared the big one in a previous message:  TCNJ will be test-optional for Fall 2021 applicants.  We also have some revamped academic specializations that may be intriguing to your students, including:

  • Art History and Visual Culture
  • Astronomy/Astrophysics (specialization within Physics)
  • Biochemistry (specialization within Chemistry)
  • Biomedical Physics (specialization within Physics)
  • Data Sciences (specialization within Computer Science or Mathematics)
  • Geophysics (specialization within Physics)
  • Materials Science (specialization within Chemistry or Physics)
  • Special Education – Secondary Education (in Biology, English, History and Math)
  • World Languages and Linguistics (specializations in French, Italian, Japanese and Spanish)

This is also an exciting time in the virtual world! We highly encourage your students and their families to participate in one of our Virtual Admissions Presentations.  School counselors interested in learning more about TCNJ and our application process are welcome to join us too!

TCNJ is also supporting a variety of virtual college fairs and other online events where students, parents and school counselors can connect with us virtually!

While we understand that this upcoming school year will have its own unique challenges, our desire to help your students discover their passions and succeed in their college search remains unmatched. Our TCNJ Admissions Staff is always here to help you with any questions that you may have for your students.

Join Us for a Virtual Information Session | The University of Chicago

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UChicago Admissions is excited to offer online educational opportunities and virtual programming where you can learn about UChicago and the ins and outs of the college application process. Beginning Monday, March 30, and continuing Monday through Friday, please join an admissions counselor for a live information session that provides an overview of UChicago’s academics, application process, and financial aid. These sessions are open to interested students of all ages, and we will keep an eye on the chat to ensure that your specific questions are answered during the session. Please take a look at the dates and times available and register to join us!

Register for a Virtual Session

Want to learn more about the campus itself? There’s no better way than hearing about it from our students! Take a virtual tour around campus, learn about our students’ experiences with the Core curriculum and so much more, and view it all at your convenience!

We are happy to help with any questions you may have. Do not hesitate to reach out to us at us at collegeadmissions@uchicago.edu or find your regional counselor here.
We look forward to speaking with you about the liberal arts education, our specific UChicago curriculum, highly selective admissions, and any other questions you may have. Keep an eye on your inbox for updates as we continue to roll out our online offerings and we hope to (virtually) see you soon!

In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe!

CalArts Now Accepting Walk-Ins for London Auditions

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California Institute of the Arts
CalArts Office of Communications
WALK-INS WELCOME!
CalArts faculty will now be accepting walk-in auditions
in London for students interested in auditioning for
the School of Theater for Fall 2020.
Both BFA and MFA prospects are welcome.

Monday, January 13
Tuesday, January 14
1 PM – 4 PM

For location and additional information, contact rpark@calarts.edu.

Bangor University Newsletter

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Please find attached Bangor University’s latest international newsletter – keeping you up to date with our news, images and announcements.

Bangor University … at a glance

Awarded Gold Award, the highest rating possible,

in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

Top 10 UK University for Student Satisfaction (The National Student Survey 2019)

Top 50 UK University (QS World University Rankings 2019)

Top 40 UK University for Research (REF 2014)

Generous scholarships of up to £4,000 a year

No. 1 most affordable place to study in the UK (Totally Money 2019)

Located just three hours from London by train

Awarded ‘First Class Honours’ for its sustainability (People & Planet 2019)

No. 8 in the world for its commitment to sustainability according to an international league table of environmentally friendly institutions, earlier this year (UI Green Metric, 2019)

18 academic schools and more than 250 undergraduate degrees

Bangor International Teachers Newsletter October 2019

Start of Application for 2020 entry and HKBU is on webinar

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 HKBU application for 2020 entry has already begun:

  • Two rounds of applications:
    main round: 20 Sep 2019 – 2 Jan 2020;
    extended round: 8 Jan – 29 May 2020.
    Apply via the Online Application System at https://iss.hkbu.edu.hk/amsappl_nj/ .
  • High school transcripts and predicted IB scores are required.
  • Personal statement and academic reference are optional.
  • Portfolio is required for Film studies and Visual Arts.
  • Submission is completed only after successful payment of application fee.
  • Shortlisted applicants might be (1) invited to interview/audition/test; or (2) given a conditional/firm offer based on predicted grade, etc.
  • Details of individual program is available at http://admissions.hkbu.edu.hk/en/international.html
  • Leaflet of HKBU international admission: http://admissions.hkbu.edu.hk/ug/intl_prospectus

Entrance requirements

  • Students may apply with IB result.
  • Minimum requirement for IB: completion of IB Diploma
  • English requirement: Grade 4 in English A (HL/SL)/ English B (HL)/ English Literature and Performance (SL); or Grade 5 in English B (SL). For other recognised English Language qualifications, please refer to http://http://admissions.hkbu.edu.hk/ug/lang_req.
  • Some programmes may have specific entrance requirement, e.g. Chinese proficiency for Chinese Medicine, ABRSM exam result for Music, etc.

 

Scholarship

  • Outstanding applicants will be considered for scholarship automatically. No extra application is required.
  • The earlier they apply, the better chance qualified students could receive a scholarship.

Inquiry

  • International students are most welcome to contact me or our non-JUPAS team for inquiry at ardirect@hkbu.edu.hk.

Webinar

We are going to host a series of webinars on our programmes and life in Hong Kong. Counsellor, students and parents are welcome to register. Audience may ask question and receive instant response from the host. This month, we have invited different faculties and their respective current students to introduce their programmes and opportunities, and their student life at HKBU. Webinar details are appended below for your information.

Date Time Topic Registration URL
Monday, 14 October 6:30-7:30pm (HKT) Programme Introduction of Faculty of Science https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4703601194400490508
Tuesday, 15 October 6:30-7:30pm (HKT) Programme Introduction of School of Business https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1921527812730252044
Thursday, 17 October 6:30-7:30pm (HKT) Programme Introduction of Faculty of Social Sciences https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4036849646106234124
Monday, 21 October 6:30-7:30pm (HKT) Programme Introduction of Faculty of Arts https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3197312045160282380
Tuesday, 22 October 6:30-7:30pm (HKT) Programme Introduction of School of Chinese Medicine https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2713580805008076044
Wednesday, 23 October 6:30-7:30pm (HKT) Programme Introduction of School of Communication https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3049098977247194892
Thursday, 24 October 6:30-7:30pm (HKT) Programme Introduction of Academy of Visual Arts https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2926557306820457740

University of Pittsburgh 2019 Third Quarter International Newsletter

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Newsletter

The International Admissions team at the University of Pittsburgh is excited to welcome you to our new newsletter! Please find the newsletter in the attachment.

University of Pittsburgh 2019 Thrid Quarter International Newsletter

Important Dates:

August
Application opens!

February 1
Scholarship Consideration Deadline

April 1
Application Deadline for Fall 2020 Admission
May 1
Enrollment Deposit Deadline

The University of Buckingham

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 Buckingham is the UK’s leading University for Teaching Quality according to the annual Times/Sunday Times rankings – we are consistently ranked 1st in the UK and have a TEF Gold rating. We are also top 5 for staff/student ratios and student experience. We are a non-profit University with a Royal Charter from Queen Elizabeth II. We have welcomed international students for over 40 years with 100+ countries represented on campus in 2019.

·         Buckingham’s two year honours degrees allow students to experience high quality UK University education at a lower cost and with more study focus. Students can complete their Masters in 3 years or a 1+2 foundation+ bachelors’ degree in 3 years.

·         Buckingham enrols students in January and September. Both intakes are still accepting applications direct or via UCAS. The January intake is particularly popular with students and their parents/advisers if they have not secured a place in the UK in September or have been unhappy elsewhere and wish to get their studies back on track. They can start with us in January and graduate before their peers two years later.

·         Buckingham is amongst the UK Universities with the lowest crime in the UK (according to the Complete University Guide annual rankings on this issue)

·         The campus is beautiful and unique, just 60 minutes from central London but in a classic English town setting, halfway between Oxford and Cambridge. We have an accommodation guarantee scheme in place for September and January entry.

·         The University of Buckingham’s Medical School admits students in January each year, including high school graduates. We do not require UKCAT/BMAT and do not have a cap on International student numbers, unlike other UK Universities. We also still accept applications all year round, after the traditional UCAS October UK deadline.

Unlock your potential at NYU

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Follow your passions or discover new ones

Undecided or already decided, with more than 230 areas of study there’s always a way to pursue the things you love at NYU. Whether you’re an artist, a coder, an entrepreneur, or a researcher discover the experience waiting for you at one of the best universities in the world.

Is Undecided Really Okay?

If you’re not sure what you’re interested in studying, you still have interests and passions. Our Admissions Officer, Phoebe, explains how to navigate NYU when you’re unsure what to study.

Read More: HERE

Making it Personal

Our admissions staff is traveling the country hoping to meet students like you, but striking up a conversation with an admissions officer can be a little awkward. We get it. Here are some tips for a great conversation with your admissions rep.

Read More: Here

In the Pursuit of Answers

When most people hear the word research the first thing they think of is science. At NYU, research goes beyond the lab and is in the DNA of everything we do. Students from across the university and disciplines come together to research all aspects of the world around us.

Read More: HERE

Finding your Place as an “International” Student

How do you figure out if a school is the right fit when you can’t visit? Whether you’re from Texas and hoping to go to NYU Abu Dhabi or from Sydney and dreaming about New York City. Our Admissions Officer, Eudora, shares tips on how to approach the college search process when going to campus isn’t an option.

Read More: HERE

Start your Start-Up

Maybe you haven’t found the right major but you know what interests you and where you want to be in life. NYU’s Leslie eLab provides a creative space for student entrepreneurs to turn their latest inventions and ideas into successful business ventures.

Watch Video: HERE

What’s Next?

  • Find the major or program that’s right for you.
  • Don’t miss the deadline! Learn how to apply.
    • Early Decision I: November 1
    • Early Decision II: January 1
    • Regular Decision: January 1
  • Not Actually an Undecided Student?
    • Update Your Information! Keeping your information up-to-date for NYU can ensure you get the most accurate and relevant information to help you during your college search process.

NYU Admissions 383 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003 | Phone: 212-998-4500 | Email: admissions@nyu.edu