Knowledge for College Moved to April 25th

Posted on April 20th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Learn how to approach life after high school with the Knowledge for College Program, rescheduled for Wednesday, April 25th, at 7 p.m. in Allendale Columbia School’s Curtis Performance Center (CPC).

This event is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to learn about the College Advising Program at AC and to become educated about the current college admission landscape.  The program includes a panel of college admission counselors who will offer advice to families during these pre-college years and answer questions about the college search and application process.  For handout and cookie purposes, please click here to RSVP (please submit a new RSVP for the rescheduled date).

AC families are welcome to bring friends from other school communities to this program.

 

Kristin Cocquyt

Kristin Cocquyt

Unlike most of our peer schools, we have a dedicated full-time college advisor. 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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Mock Application Review Program April 12th

Posted on March 8th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School
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Mock Application Review Program April 12th

Curious about college applications? Find out about them at the Mock Application Review Program on Thursday, April 12th, in the Dining Commons at 7:00 p.m. Upper School students and parents have the opportunity to serve as the admission committee through this guided exercise facilitated by Patrick O’Neill, Associate Director of Admissions at the University of Rochester. Learn how college applications are reviewed and evaluated. For handout and cookie purposes, please click here to RSVP. AC families are welcome to bring friends from other school communities to this program.

 

 

Kristin Cocquyt

Kristin Cocquyt

Unlike most of our peer schools, we have a dedicated full-time college advisor. 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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Rochester National College Fair March 18th

Posted on March 8th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

The Rochester National College Fair will be held on Sunday, March 18th, from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Upper School students and parents are welcome to attend this event to gather information and interact with admission counselors from over 200 colleges and universities. More information, including the list of participating colleges and student registration, can be done on this website. Students should register in advance to be assigned their own unique barcode to use to sign up for college mailing lists.  (more…)

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Parents, Students Invited to Knowledge for College March 20th

Posted on March 7th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School
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Register online for Knowledge for College

Greetings from Allendale Columbia School’s College Advising Office! Students in grades 6-10 and their parents are invited to the Knowledge for College Program on Tuesday, March 20th, at 7:00 p.m. in AC’s Curtis Performance Center.

This program was created for families in grades 6-10 to provide an overview of the college search and application process and College Advising program at AC. The program includes a panel of college admission counselors from Alfred University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SUNY Geneseo and Syracuse University who will offer advice to families during these pre-college years and answer questions about the college search and application process. This event is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to learn about the College Advising Program at AC and to become educated about the current college admission landscape.

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Alumni Discuss College Life (2018)

Posted on January 11th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

By Kristin Cocquyt, AC College Advisor

On Thursday, January 4th, over 20 Allendale Columbia alumni from the classes of 2014-2017 enjoyed an afternoon back on campus for the annual College Life Program. A joint effort between the College Advising Office and the Alumni Office, this annual tradition welcomes back recent alumni for an opportunity to reconnect with friends, faculty, and staff and to share their words of wisdom about their college experiences with Upper School students during a panel discussion.

This year’s panelists included Samantha Bilinski ’16 (RIT), Yasmine Kangbeya ’17 (Northeastern University), Ethan Kennedy ’14 (Cornell University), Nicole Salpini ’17 (Syracuse University), and Xinyuan “Tom” Yi ’16 (University of Rochester).

The top three tips from our panelists to our Upper School students:  (more…)

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Recent Grads Return to AC, Participate in College Life Program

Posted on January 14th, 2015 by egillette

Twenty three alumni, hailing from graduating classes 2011-2014, returned to campus on January 8th to share their knowledge and expertise gained in college with Upper School students. This College Life Program invites recent graduates for lunch and mingling, followed by a formal panel, which provides students with a platform to ask questions. Moderated by AC’s College Advisor, Kristin Merriman, the event allows students to hear alumni talk from experience, and can ease fears as well as boost confidence, as Upper School students begin the college process or may be finalizing their plans following graduation from AC. It’s become a tradition that many Upper School students look forward to.

Panelists College Life

Alumni provide advice to Upper School students

Visiting alumni represented nineteen different colleges, and several also shared their gap year and transfer experiences. Advice ranged from “how to live with a roommate” to “what’s it really like learning in the college classroom?” Alumni were eager to respond, even sharing “what they wish they knew” in hopes of aiding students just entering college. Alumni participants even went home with a special gift from Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch, Food Service Manager, who prepared AC favorite blonde brownies for all of the alums.

Student enjoy the College Life Panel in the CPC

Upper School students listen intently to alumni panelists.

 

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