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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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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Chariot Learning will facilitate a SAT/ACT Intensive Class this October. The class is ideal for students in grade 11 that have completed Algebra II. Students currently enrolled in Algebra II are advised to begin their SAT/ACT preparations in the spring. Seniors planning to take the October ACT and/or November SAT could also consider taking this course to maximize their scores.
Full course details can be accessed by clicking here. The priority deadline to register is September 21st. Additionally, all AC students have the opportunity to take the FREE full-length practice tests and should click here to RSVP for the practice ACT on Sunday, October 21 and/or the practice SAT on Sunday, October 28th (both tests run from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.).
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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 CocquytUnlike 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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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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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.
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.
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We are very pleased to share the Class of 2013’s college choices and gap year plans! Members of the Class of 2013 are off to a diverse list of colleges and universities across the United States – from Colorado and Texas, to Missouri and Florida to right here in Rochester! This year’s college list reflects the variety of academic interests and individual personalities of the senior class. Our seniors intend to pursue majors across disciplines from fine arts and music to physics and biomedical engineering and just about everything in between! Congratulations to the Class of 2013 for all of your accomplishments, including your collective $2,000,000 in four-year academic scholarships! We know our graduates are off to great places to do great work and will carry with them the skills they developed and values they cultivated here at AC!
Morgan Broberg – LeTourneau University
Joshua Buttars – Furman University
Gloria Colaprete – Rochester Institute of Technology
Chloe du Plessis – Roberts Wesleyan College
D. Richard Faraone – Alfred University
Omar Franceschi – Cazenovia College
Emma Holloway – University of Michigan – Honors Program
David Jarrell – University of Southern California
Fei Yu “Tommy” Jin – The University of Iowa
Yong Hwan “James” Jin – Returning to South Korea
Minsoo “Brian” Kim – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – FL
Eric Lasser – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – FL
Natalie Lichtenstein – Nazareth College
Dongze “Peter” Lu – Washington University in St. Louis
Yifei “Fei” Ma – Colorado College
Forest Melcher – Guilford College
Brian Miers – University of Rochester
Tierney Nash – Hampshire College
Michael Patterson – Rochester Institute of Technology
Sarah Price – Monroe Community College
Charles Quatela – University of Wisconsin, Madison
John Queenan – University of Rochester
Rachel Redhead – Cornell University
Deja Robinson – Columbia University
Sonya Sial – The Pennsylvania State University
Ole Johan Talberg – Returning to Norway to complete high school
Matthew van Niekerk – University of Rochester
Xihui “Katherine” Wang – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jong Pil “JP” Woo – University of Rochester
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