College Counseling

Philosophy

College counseling at The New School is about finding the right fit for each student. There are over 3000 colleges and universities in the United States, not to mention great options around the world. Finding the right college is not just about US News & World Report rankings or prestigious names. Instead, it is about finding a place where the student will be successful in the classroom, engaged outside of it, and happy/fulfilled as a person. The college search and application process is a journey of self-discovery and reflection, not one of packaging and competition. As a student grows to better understand what he or she is looking for, the appropriate fit becomes more clear. The college search and application process at The New School is also student-centered and student-led. The student is the one applying to college, and while the college counselor, teachers, and parents are all resources to support the student, the student is in charge and the driving force.

Timeline

Freshman

  • Gain exposure to college life through a visit to a local university
  • Prepare for standardized testing and the ACT through the  Pre-ACT
  • Lead a student-led conference and begin conversations about their passions— academic and non-academic
  • Explore careers that are of interest to the students

Sophomore

  • Visit regional universities with their class to contrast different types of colleges and university preferences
  • Prepare for standardized testing and the SAT through the PSAT, which will serve as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
  • Comprise a list of universities and colleges in which they are interested

Junior

  • Visit universities outside of the region either with the school or with their families
  • Take the PSAT, as a practice for the SAT and as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
  • Prepare for college applications through the drafting of a college application essay
  • Make a defined list of universities and colleges to apply for
  • Take the ACT and/or SAT
  • Request and receive letters of recommendations from teachers

Summer Between Junior and Senior Year

  • Complete the Common Application
  • Visits colleges they are undecided about applying to before finalizing their list of universities to apply to
  • Begin work on supplemental essays
  • Consider application options such as Early Decision/Early Action/Regular Decision to each school

Senior

  • Complete all applications and essays
  • Complete scholarship applications
  • Complete financial aid materials
  • If applicable, re-take the ACT or SAT
  • Make any necessary final visits to schools
  • After making their final decision, students will apply and pay the deposit
  • Select housing at their chosen college
  • Enroll in classes at their chosen college