CCSC’s College Counseling Office, now housed in the school’s newly renovated “Annex” space at 255 Bent Street, is humming with activity this fall, as the school’s 32 seniors are deeply immersed in the college application process.
With deadlines for early decision applications coming up next month, the school will hold its annual College Application Boot Camp for all seniors on the afternoon of October 17. Faculty and volunteers will be present to help students review their applications and essays. Applying for financial aid and scholarships will be the topic of a November 7 event for all senior families.
Other highlights of CCSC’s fall college counseling calendar include:
Washington trip: Eleven CCSC seniors spent two days at the end of September in Washington, DC, with College Counselor Nadira Hairston and Director of Guidance and Counseling Vanessa Barrios. The group toured American University, Howard University, and George Washington University, and did some sightseeing along the way.
College Admission Panel: Admission representatives from several local colleges attended CCSC’s annual College Admission Panel on October 10. Reps from Northeastern University, College of the Holy Cross, Bryant University, Framingham State University, and Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts fielded questions from students about the college application process and decision criteria. All members of the senior and junior class were required to attend the session.
Campus visits by college admission officers: Already this fall, interested CCSC students have had the opportunity to meet in small groups with admission officers from Oberlin College, Colgate University, Goucher College, Wheelock College, Regis College, and Stonehill College. In the coming weeks, the school will welcome representatives from Denison University, UMass-Amherst, College of the Holy Cross, Quinnipiac University, Northeastern University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Lesley University, and Western New England University.
College Planning Night for 10th and 11th Grade Parents: It is important for families to begin familiarizing themselves with the college application process well before their students are seniors. This informational event covered the timeline for standardized testing (PSAT, SAT and ACT), how to begin making a list of schools, application components and decision criteria, and the financial aid and scholarship application process.
Standardized test prep: To practice for the SAT tests required for most college applications, juniors and sophomores will be taking the PSAT test on October 17 during the school day.