Friday, March 23, 2018

Where to Look If You're a Film Major

College Transitions has guided thousands of students to and through higher education. They aim to bring perspective (and sanity) to the application process while providing you with the comprehensive, data-driven advice you need to earn admission and make the most of your college investment. They recently provided this information for film majors:

Spielberg, Tarantino, and Wes Anderson all had to start somewhere. That somewhere is an undergraduate film program where you will hone your skills as a future writer, director, producer, editor, cameraman, and lighting technician. Yet it is important to note that film schools vary greatly in the quality of instructors, possession of high-end equipment, and connections to the industry that can be essential when graduates begin networking in order to land their first jobs. The usual suspects (or Usual Suspects since we’re talking about film), like USC and NYU grace our list, but so do many schools far from the entertainment hubs of New York and L.A. All of these institutions produce graduates that are prepared to chase their filmmaking dreams.

American University
Chapman University
DePaul University
Emerson College
Loyola Marymount University
New York University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Temple University
University of California, Los Angeles
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
University of Southern California

For a more extensive list of top film schools, please click here.

Mr. Salowe was kind enough to share a list of his own with me and because of his experience and knowledge of the CHS student population, I would like to share that list also:

Montclair St.
CUNY – City University & Brooklyn College
New School
U of Texas – Austin
Loyola (Chicago)
Columbia (NY)
University of Pittsburgh
U of Arts - Philadelphia
Mass Arts

Pledge Your Collegiance and Win

Collegiance is back! Between now and May 15, students can pledge their #Collegiance on Instagram with a video, Boomerang, or photo. Film and media professors from College Board member institutions will select the most creative submissions, with 10 winners receiving cash prizes for college. Get your students started.
View the Collegiance Video

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rutgers School of Engineering Knight for a Day

The School of Engineering will hold its final Knight for a Day tour of the spring semester on Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. This prospective student tour begins at the Visitor Center with an admissions information session, followed by a five-campus bus tour.

After the bus tour, families will break for lunch (on their own) and head to the school-specific portion of the day at 1 p.m. A detailed itinerary will be provided once registered.

Department options include one of the following:

  • Biomedical & Chemical/Biochemical
  • Civil/Environmental & Materials Science
  • Electrical/Computer & Industrial Systems
  • Mechanical/Aerospace & Applied Science/Packaging
Families can register while space is available. To learn more, please visit our website. We hope you will share this information with your students and their parents.

If you have questions, please write to

Promote Wildlife Conservation and Win Scholarships

Promote wildlife conservation to win scholarships!
Conserve Wildlife Foundation invites high school students from across the state to submit an original social media campaign showing the importance of wildlife protection in New Jersey. 

The fun and educational "Species on the Edge 2.0" Social Media Contest capitalizes on high school students' expertise with social media platforms, and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, and love of nature. The contest helps to develop students' experience in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and their project management skills. 

Best of all, it's FREE to enter - and gives students the chance to win scholarships and other prizes! All entries will be eligible to win a day in the field with a wildlife biologist.
Prizes include:
  • 1st prize: $1,000 in scholarship money
  • 2nd prize: $500 in scholarship money
  • 3rd prize: $250 in scholarship money
Questions? Contact our CWF Director of Education Stephanie DAlessio at or by phone at (609) 984-0621.

Contest applications are due Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
All entries are due Friday, May 18, 2018.

A special thank you to our contest sponsor:    PSE&G Logo
The contest addresses various Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards and New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.  

Friday, March 16, 2018

Rutgers Admitted Student Open House

Admitted Student Open House is April 14!
Admitted Student Open House is Saturday, April 14. Students will be introduced to life as a Scarlet Knight with residence hall tours, faculty presentations, information fairs, and reduced prices at our dining halls and spirit shops.

A full schedule of events and tips to help students plan their day will be available soon. Questions? Write to

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Two River Theater's Metro Scholar Program

I am pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for Two River Theater’s 2018/19 Metro Scholar program. The application is attached and will be posted on our website shortly.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the program:

Metro Scholars: This year-long, highly competitive program, open to high school juniors from across New Jersey, is a unique opportunity for students to learn about professional theater. In addition to seeing every show in Two River Theater’s season for free, selected students take workshops and master classes with professional artists and assist staff throughout the company – an immersion into theater that has made this a proven training ground for the country’s best university programs.  Since 2005, 141 outstanding students have completed the Metro Scholars program.

METRO SCHOLAR INFO SESSION: Tuesday, April 27 from 4:00-5:00 at Two River Theater. Teachers, Students and their Parents/Guardians can learn more about the program from staff and current Metro Scholars, take a tour of the theater, and get answers to their questions.

Please feel free to forward this email directly to your interested high school sophomores (the program will take place during their junior year).  We would love for your students to work and play with us!


Kate Cordaro Director of Education
Two River Theater | 21 Bridge Avenue | Red Bank, NJ 07701
732.345.1400 x1814 |

Current Sophomores:
Information and Application

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Scholarship Tool

In an effort to help students afford their higher education, our team at LendEDU recently updated our guide to college scholarships to help students find relevant opportunities specifically for them.

Within this update, we have added our new search tool where students can filter scholarship opportunities based on their grade level, GPA, the scholarship amount, and the requirements of the scholarship.

On top of this new tool, our resource teaches students and families the importance of searching for scholarships when figuring out how to pay for college. Here is the URL:
Note: You can click the link at the top of the page to jump down to the scholarship search tool.

Here are some other points we cover in the guide:
- Different Types of Scholarships Available
- Applying for Scholarships
- Essay Tips
- Letters of Recommendation Tips
- Spotting Scholarship Scams

We have also included YouTube videos from our channel to help make the information a little more digestible and entertaining.

This resource would be very useful for your students and could certainly help them find some opportunities relevant to them. Would you be willing to share it on your website?