College Counseling ייעוץ קבלה למכללות ולאוניברסיטה

College planning is a family affair.  It is important that parents and students together discuss  the choice of colleges and plan the steps necessary to apply and select the right college.  As one of the first major decisions that a young adult makes regarding his or her future, this is an exciting journey.  College selection can also be challenging, but is interesting and rewarding as well, and it is thus our privilege to help guide you through this process.

The keys to a successful college process are being honest, realistic and responsible.To this end, clear and open communications between students, parents, college counselors, and the colleges themselves are essential to ensure that we are all on the same page. 

To make wise choices for the future means to be intelligently informed.  A wise decision is based on self-knowledge and an awareness of the opportunities that are best suited to the person. There is no such thing as a “best college,” rather there are colleges and universities that provide the best fit for each individual student.  From a wide array of colleges and institutions of higher learning, each student will find those that best fit his or her level of ability and achievement, interests and goals.  Our role is to guide you through this process, helping to minimize the uncertainty and maximize your ability to achieve your goals.  The College Counseling Handbook outlines our approach and provides detailed information about all aspects of the college process.

Ultimately, college planning is the responsibility of each student. Each student should take advantage of the help and resources offered through the College Counseling Office.  The Latin saying Carpe Diem (Seize the Day!) should serve as each student’s motto throughout this process.  Students are expected to seek out advice and to take advantage of resources available to them.   

The college counseling process formally begins in January of junior year with our annual Junior College Counseling Night, a mandatory program for all 11th grade students and their parents.  For the next 16 months we will work with each student individually to explore their options, go through the college selection, application, and admissions processes, and make college decisions.

Our hope for all students is that they will take responsibility for the process, do their best, maintain a sense of humor and perspective, and believe in themselves! 

 

The College Counseling Office has many resources on hand to assist the student during the selection and application process. The following resources are recommended in particular:

 

Naviance:

connection.naviance.com/maimonides


Testing

The College Board/SAT (http://student.collegeboard.org/)
ACT (http://www.actstudent.org/)


Application:

The Common Application (https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx)


Financial Aid:

MEFA (http://www.mefa.org/collegebound/home.aspx)
Fastweb (http://www.fastweb.com/)
FinAid (http://www.finaid.org/)
FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/)
CSS Profile (http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile)


Maimonides School College Counseling Handbook Class of 2014

PDF version is available HERE


Presentation to 9th and 10th grade parents

PDF version is available HERE


Maimonides School College Profile

PDF version is available HERE