Paying for College: The Expensive Elephant in the Room

Posted on September 22nd, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

 

Take a guess. How much are families currently investing in a college education? 

Including tuition, room and board, and other expenses, families will spend an average of $92,304 for four years at a public in-state college; for private colleges, it jumps to an average of $169,732 for four years (NCES 2017-18). With the cost of higher education seemingly reaching no limit, families are feeling stuck.

Is it better to save for college as soon as a child is born, or will limiting assets benefit your student in the college financial aid process?

Where can you turn when you have questions about paying for college?

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College Admission Committee: What Happens Behind Closed Doors?

Posted on August 20th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School


Ten stern-looking men and women, stacks of college applications surrounding them, gather around a conference table, where they are poised and ready to dash the dreams of thousands of high school seniors. Is this what you picture when you think of college admission committee?  Having spent fifteen years in selective college admissions, I can promise you that image is not entirely accurate. Sure, there may be admission counselors sitting in a meeting room, but they’re looking bleary-eyed because they’ve spent the past 5 months reviewing seemingly endless files of transcripts, letters of recommendation, and essays. They’re not excited about sending bad news to anyone, let alone you.  

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College Essays: Choosing a Topic That’s Uniquely YOU

Posted on May 30th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

By Emily Nevinger 

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Emily Nevinger will be leading the workshop
Finding your Voice: Personal Statement, Supplemental Essays, and Common Application

Sunday, June 2nd
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Allendale Columbia School
What makes a college application essay stand out from the thousands of others? This event is open to to the public at a cost of $50/student. If you choose to partner with AC College Consulting after attending the workshop, you will receive a $50 credit towards your college advising package. Register here!

I’ve read about 15,000 college essays, so believe me when I tell you I’ve seen every topic under the sun. There are the essays I wish I could unread, too crude to even mention here, and essays from my early days as an admissions counselor that still stick with me today. There have been hilarious anecdotes, emotional tell-alls, and countless stories about making the winning goal as the game clock expired. I always appreciated the essays that would transport me from my neverending application reading days to the blissful land of high school seniors on the verge of greatness. From smiles and tears to questions about judgement, college essays have the potential to resonate with college admission counselors and impact your admission decision. (more…)

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AC Class of 2019 Celebrates Decision Day

Posted on May 3rd, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

Allendale Columbia’s Class of 2019 celebrated the May 1st Decision Day by wearing apparel from their future schools. They plan to attend colleges in all corners of the United States, including the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Austin, Middlebury College, Berklee College of Music and 15 different colleges and universities in New York state. (more…)

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AC College Advising Team Reminds Families of Best Practices

Posted on March 22nd, 2019 by cnickels

The recent news coverage questioning the integrity of the college admission process is unsettling for all of us. Students work incredibly hard to earn a spot into their best-fit college and that is how it should work for everyone. At Allendale Columbia we want to assure you that we have always followed the NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices, which governs the actions of college admission officers, high school counselors, and independent admission consultants.

As your family considers next steps for the college application process, and your friends or family members consider working with AC College Consulting, we wanted to share a few reminders and best practices when it comes to supporting your child in his or her college application process.

  • Stay encouraged. The vast majority of college admission decisions are based upon the holistic review of students’ merits.
  • Trust our experience. Kristin Cocquyt, College Advisor, and Emily Nevinger, College Advising Consultant, have 30 years of combined admissions-related experience.  We believe in the ethical practice of college advising, working with families and students on individualized plans for their college search and application processes.
  • Ask our advice. If you ever feel like a company or organization is offering you additional support or guarantees that seem too good to be true, you can contact us for help in evaluating the organization.
  • Trust the process. We do not condone the financial contributions of families to colleges for the purposes of preferential treatment in the admission process.
  • Know we have your student’s best interests in mind, as do college admission officers. We regularly and ethically engage our professional networks to authentically support our students’ success in the college admission process.

 

Upcoming AC College Advising and College Consulting Events

College Consulting: Creating an Authentic, Well-Rounded Application – April 6th
What types of classes, extracurriculars, and recommendation letters make a college application stand out? This workshop is designed for students early in their high school careers, when there is time to discover and build a strong foundation. This program is open to the public.

 

AC Class of 2020 Family College Meetings – Now through May 23rd
Family College Meetings, which include student/parents(s)/host parent(s)/guardian(s), are crucial opportunities for us to discuss the family’s goals for the college process. During this meeting, we will create a student’s standardized testing plan, discuss the important criteria and goals for the student’s college search process, and Kristin Cocquyt will follow up with a personalized list of college suggestions and resources. Families should contact Kristin directly to schedule their meeting after one “Junior Parent Survey” is submitted in Naviance Student. Meetings can be scheduled during a student’s free period or at 3:15 p.m. Skype meetings can also be scheduled with international families. Since early planning is key to a successful college process, Family College meetings should be wrapped up before Strawberry Breakfast on May 23rd.

 

Kristin Cocquyt

Kristin Cocquyt

Unlike most of our peer schools, we have a dedicated full-time college counselor. Kristin Cocquyt's primary focus is to support, guide, and advise AC students on their college search and application process. She has been in the field of education for 13 years and has visited over 160 colleges, giving her a solid basis for recommending colleges that are great matches for our students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Hamilton College and is a member of both the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

 

Emily Nevinger

Emily Nevinger

Emily Nevinger is Allendale Columbia School's College Advising Consultant, guiding students in the greater Rochester area and beyond on the college application process, financial aid, interview preparation, essay review, and more! Emily began working at the university level in 2003 and was a senior member of the admission committees for University of Miami, Emory University, and UNC Chapel Hill. Emily holds a bachelor's degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Enrollment Management from the University of Miami and a College Access Counseling Certificate from Rice University.
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Get Knowledge for College on March 19th

Posted on February 28th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

Allendale Columbia School’s Knowledge for College program, to be held on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, in the Curtis Performance Center, 7-8 p.m., was created for families in grades 6-10 to provide an overview of the college search and application process and the College Advising program at AC. A panel of college admission counselors will be present to answer questions. AC families are welcome to bring friends from other school communities to this event.  Click here to RSVP.

 

Kristin Cocquyt

Kristin Cocquyt

Unlike most of our peer schools, we have a dedicated full-time college counselor. Kristin Cocquyt's primary focus is to support, guide, and advise AC students on their college search and application process. She has been in the field of education for 13 years and has visited over 160 colleges, giving her a solid basis for recommending colleges that are great matches for our students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Hamilton College and is a member of both the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
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Visit Rochester National College Fair on March 17th

Posted on February 28th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

Students and parents in grades 9-11 are welcome to attend the Rochester National College Fair on Sunday, March 17th, 2019, 1-3 p.m., at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Gather information and interact with admission counselors from over 200 colleges and universities. Click here for registration and list of participating colleges. To avoid long entry lines, students are strongly advised to register in advance!

 

Kristin Cocquyt

Kristin Cocquyt

Unlike most of our peer schools, we have a dedicated full-time college counselor. Kristin Cocquyt's primary focus is to support, guide, and advise AC students on their college search and application process. She has been in the field of education for 13 years and has visited over 160 colleges, giving her a solid basis for recommending colleges that are great matches for our students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Hamilton College and is a member of both the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
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Coffee Klatch for Parents of Juniors

Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

Parents of 11th-grade students are invited to AC for an informal coffee klatch with College Advisor Kristin Cocquyt to answer questions and share in the excitement with fellow parents as you plan for your student’s college search and application process. In Mrs. Cocquyt’s experience, this is an especially timely opportunity for parents who are navigating the college search with a child for the first time.

The following Junior Parent Coffees will be offered for the Class of 2020:

  • Thursday, January 31st, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Founders’ Lounge

  • Thursday, February 7th, 9-10 a.m. in the Dining Commons

RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/Lkkv7aD6PCKcoq912

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