Get a jump on the college search

Central Valley Academy students and their families are invited to Herkimer County Counselors’ Association’s College Night 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 at Herkimer College.

This is a great time to learn more about individual colleges and to become more familiar with the college search process. You will have the chance to speak with representatives from many colleges (see list below).

In preparation, plan to bring a sheet of self-addressed labels to save time filling our information cards at each table! Also, take a look at suggested questions to ask. These will help you decide if a school is the right fit.

For further information, please contact the Guidance Office at (315) 895-7120.

Which colleges are expected?

Community Colleges

Cayuga Community College, Fulton-Montgomery CC, Herkimer College, Hudson Valley CC, Jefferson Community College, Mohawk Valley CC, Niagara County CC, North Country CC, Schenectady County CC, Tompkins Cortland CC,

SUNY schools

SUNY Adirondack, SUNY Albany, SUNY Alfred, SUNY at Buffalo, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Buffalo State, SUNY Canton, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Delhi, SUNY ESF, SUNY Farmingdale, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY POLY, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Purchase

Private Colleges & Universities

Albany College of Pharmacy, Alfred University, Castleton State College, Cazenovia College, Clarkson University, College of St. Rose, Daemen College, Elmira College, Green Mountain College, Hamilton College, Hartwick College, Johnson & Wales University, LeMoyne College, Lyndon State College, Maria College, Nazareth College, New England College, Niagara University, Paul Smith’s College, Robert Wesleyan, Southern Vermont College, St. Bonaventure University, St. E’s College of Nursing, St. Lawrence College, The Sage College, University of New Haven, Utica College, Vermont State College

What should I ask?

Make the most of the evening by asking these questions:

  1. What are the admission requirements (GPA, SAT/ ACT scores, class rank, etc.)?
  2. What is the admission policy of your school (application deadline and fee, rolling
    admissions, early admissions, etc.)?
  3. What do I need to do to complete your college admissions process? Is an essay
    required? If yes, what should I write about?
  4. Is an admissions interview required, or just strongly suggested? What type of
    questions will be discussed?
  5. What is the cost for one year? What types of financial aid are available?
  6. Are academic or athletic scholarships available, if so what are the criteria?
  7. When should I begin the financial aid process? What is the average freshman
    award?
  8. Is the location of the school rural, urban, or suburban?
  9. Is housing available on campus for students? Do freshman have to live on
    campus, and are they allowed to have a car on campus?
  10. How many students live on campus in residence halls? How many students
    typically live together in a room? Is housing assured to everyone?
  11. Do the residence halls provide Internet access?
  12. Are there places or programs to receive tutoring assistance in areas such as
    reading, writing, study skills, word processing instruction if I should need it?
  13. Can freshman declare majors? Can I choose “Undeclared” ifl don’t know yet
    what I want to do?
  14. Do veteran faculty members teach freshman courses or do graduate assistants
    teach them?
  15. What is the ratio of students-to-faculty in freshmen courses?
  16. What student organizations, clubs, and activities are avai !able?
  17. What intercollegiate sports do you offer? What division is your school? Do you
    offer intramural sports activities?
  18. Does your school give college credit for Advanced Placement (AP) examinations?
    What AP score is needed in order to receive college credit?
  19. Does the school have a Placement Office?
  20. What is the placement rate for my major?
  21. How do I schedule a campus visit?
  22. Do you offer a study abroad program?
  23. May I observe a class? May I come for an overnight visit, or shadow a current
    student in the same major of my interest? When may I come?
  24. When is your school’s open house?
  25. Do any of the outside activities that I participated in count in the admissions
    decision?