INDIVIDUAL & GROUP Meetings

Throughout the advising process, the goal of the College Office is to facilitate the exchange of information and to provide personal counseling for each student. In this respect, the heart of the process is the series of meetings that take place beginning in the winter of the junior year and continuing through the fall of the senior year.

The junior year meetings are held on two levels: group and individual. The group sessions address common issues facing any student applying to college. Such issues include, but are not limited to, what to look for when researching a college, how to accomplish that research, how colleges review applications, interviewing, and College Night, our spring evening when over forty college representatives visit Ramaz.

The individual meetings are one-on-one and serve several purposes. The first meeting is an opportunity for the adviser and advisee to get to know each other better. It is also a time for both to gain some insight into the student's direction in terms of lifestyle, college, and career. Personal and academic history and goals are discussed, and the student should leave the meeting with a preliminary list of colleges to research, as well as with an idea of what tests he/she needs to take and when.

The family meeting, conducted either towards the end of junior year or the beginning of senior year, focuses more on colleges and the application process. The agenda includes a review of the student’s high school record, careful refinement of the list of colleges begun previously, a detailed look at the application process, including the responsibilities of Ramaz and the student, and an introduction to the financial aid application process.

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