Introduction to College Advising
College guidance, in its formal sense, is a two-year, student-centered process that begins in the fall of the junior year and culminates with the graduation of our seniors. In keeping with our student-centered approach, the Ramaz College Guidance Office empowers each individual student and family to research and apply to college options that match the student's religious development, personal disposition, academic profile, talents, interests, and ambitions. To this end, the College Office schedules individual conferences, parent conferences, group meetings, informational evenings, and workshops.
The Ramaz college advisers encourage students to take the leading role in their process. We support each student by providing the information and tools each student needs in order to ask probing questions, navigate colleges’ websites, obtain answers, make intelligent decisions, write compelling essays, process the paperwork, and grapple with dilemmas as he or she ultimately finds the college that is the best fit.
Throughout the entire process, the College Office team functions as a unit to spur students to make personal choices and to advise students and their parents. Beyond writing an individualized, comprehensive school recommendation for each senior, once applications are filed, the advisers communicate with the colleges and provide whatever information they may yet require. As advocates for the students, the advisers serve as the liaison for the Ramaz Upper School and ensure that all schools to which our students apply understand our rigorous dual curriculum requirements, the extent of our curricular and extracurricular offerings, and the strengths of each individual Ramaz applicant.
The College Office is, as well, the place to obtain forms and receive help in completing SAT and ACT registration materials.