Monday, July 31, 2017

Upstate Visits - Day 3

Hartwick College
On my final day of the trip, we went to visit Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta. These two are located just minutes away from each other so they make a good pair when it comes to visiting campuses.

The one thing I think bears repeating about Hartwick is: this campus is on a massive hill. The pro here is that the views from various parts of campus are really lovely. The con is you need to be prepared to walk up and down a lot of inclines (though our tourguide informed us that many students hack the system by learning what buildings have elevators that can help things be a bit easier to navigate.). During our stay it was clear that Hartwick is investing some major dollars in the campus look and feel because there were construction projects going on all around. One main change is going to be a new pedestrian walkway on a road that was formerly bustling with cars. As a school that offers merit aid, this campus might be the right fit for students looking to attend a private school on a public college budget. Check out the net price calculator to estimate the cost for your individual financial situation.

Our final campus for this trip was SUNY Oneonta. The most noticeable contrast to Hartwick was the physical layout of the campus being much flatter. Of course, topography should not necessarily be number one on your list of campus factors, but since these two are so close to one another I think the contrast bears highlighting. Much like Oswego, I was pleasantly surprised by the renovation efforts on the campus. The spaces are bright, clean, and modern. Oneonta is also an example of how not all four year SUNY schools charge the same price for Room and Board. Oneonta's non-tuition fees are approximately $14,000 (compared with a school like Binghamton with Room & Board plus fees closer to $17,500). It isn't a massive difference but when you consider that many ElRo students would also get merit money to attend Oneonta, the savings really does compound over the course of four years. Still not convinced? SUNY Oneonta's campus is the proud home of the only Starbucks in a 50 mile radius.

Summer sometimes gets a bad rap when it comes to being a time to visit campuses, but I encourage you to not overlook this free time as a chance to really dig into seeing schools in person!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Upstate Visits - Day 2

The View from the Admissions Office, HWS.
The middle day brought us to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and SUNY Oswego.

Hobart and William Smith are actually two colleges (one for men and one for women) that operate on the coordinate system - meaning they have one campus and one office of admission but issue separate diplomas and have different mascots and school colors. For them, they see it as an advantage of being able to keep traditions from both schools and allow for double the number of leadership positions for students (each has their own student government, etc).

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are located at the edge of Lake Seneca, one of the Finger Lakes, and let me start by saying the view of the lake from their Admissions Office is absolutely stunning. The Wegman's chocolate chip cookies they give away there aren't too shabby either. An HWS education is rooted in the liberal arts. Instead of a core curriculum or firm distribution requirements, students are asked to complete 8 goals by the time they graduate. These goals can be reached by way of classes but they can also be reached through experiences and extracurriculars. This allows for students to shape their education with the freedom to take classes they want, but without going 100% to an open curriculum. Approximately 60% of students study abroad, just one of the ways they prepare students to lead lives of consequence (that's their tagline).

On our HWS tour we passed by a bulletin board with little tabs on a map for every place students had internships right now. This is a close up of the Northeast. They seem to have it covered :)
That afternoon, we headed farther north to visit SUNY Oswego.

Another lakeside campus, this time along Lake Ontario, was our next stop: SUNY Oswego. Something felt different about this SUNY campus. A large part of this 'feel' is the facilities. Almost all of the campus has been renovated or rebuilt in recent years. That means you are walking through many crisp hallways, creative architecture, and technologically up to date spaces.

Is this what you pictured when you think of SUNY?
Well, that's Oswego.

Hockey is a big focal point here (no surprise there) and yes, you need to be ready for cold winters if you enroll. But, they also make a concerted effort to connect buildings and allow for travel between spaces without going outdoors for too long (same strategy as University of Rochester, though not via underground tunnels). I'm so glad I had the chance to see this campus. I was really impressed and thing it just goes to show the diversity that New York State has to offer.

PS - Our namesake also had the chance to visit this place

Upstate Visits - Day 1

The next three blog posts are going to cover a three day trip upstate where I had the opportunity to visit six colleges. This entry will cover Broome Community College and Onondaga Community College, two SUNY schools.

Broome Community College is located right near SUNY Binghamton and is probably the most relevant 2-Year SUNY for ElRo students because of its Binghamton Advantage Program, an offer of admission that some students receive after applying to Binghamton. In this program, students live on Binghamton's campus but take courses at Broome prior to transferring to Binghamton after one or two years. You can learn more about the BAP here. The advantage with attending a school like Broome is you save money on tuition, have a chance to earn credits, and then apply to transfer to a more selective 4 year school. They also offer a unique program called AA1 that allows bright students to earn an Associate's degree in only one year (again resulting in financial savings). For students that need a small setting in order to thrive (or a starting point before taking classes at Binghamton), Broome might be the right fit for you.

Our next stop was Onondaga Community College, which might end up to be the sleeper hit of this trip. I was blown away by the campus and could really see ElRo students being able to thrive here. Located right near Syracuse, Onondaga CC is slightly more developed than some other 2 year schools that I've seen. This is mainly due to the size. Onondaga has almost 12,000 students enrolled - that is double that of Broome. This allows them to have more integrated housing (see photo above) and provide a true campus feel that is not far from a large city (there are shuttles to take students all around if they need to get off campus).

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

NYSACAC 2017 SUNY Geneseo

The end of the year has been wild! Sorry this post is so tardy!

Earlier this month, because of an NYCDOE Office of Post Secondary Readiness grant, I had the good fortune of being able to attend the 2017 NYSACAC Conference at SUNY Geneseo. This was my first time at SUNY Geneseo, first time at the Coming Together conference and second time at the NYSACAC conference.

The conference experience was truly great but I won't try and bog down the blog with lots of information about the obscure sessions I attended (or the one I co-presented!). Instead I want to focus on the most relevant part of the conference to you readers which is: the campus!

SUNY Geneseo was so great! I loved everything from the architecture, to the main street adjacent to the campus, to the gazebo at the heard of campus with a killer view. The student ambassadors were phenomenal - the sort of representatives that make you feel like I want to tell the entire senior class to apply. They were energetic, courteous, and working day and night as VOLUNTEERS. I've said for years that SUNY Geneseo is the SUNY system's answer to the 'small private liberal arts college.' The emphasis is on being a well rounded learner and the vibe reminded me of many other small colleges in the Northeast. We got to hear a keynote address from a faculty member and that only bolstered my already positive opinion of the place.

Particularly with so much chatter out there about getting a liberal arts degree, I'm thrilled to have places like Geneseo where students CAN pursue their passions and NOT go into debt.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Admission Accomplished 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 on their exciting admission results and enrollment decisions!

Earlier this month, we created our annual bulletin board to visually represent where the senior class will be headed next fall.

Below you will find the list of colleges where our seniors were admitted. If the school is listed in bold that indicates at least one student plans to enroll for the Fall. Please note, this list is based on self-reported results in Naviance. There remain students who have not updated their accounts, so there may be additional schools that are not shown here.

Adelphi University
Allegheny College
American University
Amherst College
Arizona State University
Babson College
Bard College
Barnard College
Barry University
Baruch College of the CUNY
Bates College
Baylor University
Bennington College
Binghamton University
Borough of Manhattan Community College of the CUNY
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brooklyn College of the CUNY
Bryn Mawr College
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Case Western Reserve University
Champlain College
City College of New York CUNY
City University of New York
Claremont McKenna College
Clark University
Clarkson University
Colgate University
College of New Rochelle
College of Staten Island - CUNY
Connecticut College
Cornell University
CUNY-Macaulay Honors College
Davidson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Emerson College
Emory University
Fairfield University
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Goucher College
Grinnell College
Hamilton College - NY
Hampshire College
Hawaii Pacific University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
Hunter College of the CUNY
Indiana University at Bloomington
Iona College
Ithaca College
John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the CUNY
Lafayette College
Lawrence University
Lehigh University
Lehman College of the CUNY
Lewis & Clark College
Long Island University, Post
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Maryland
Macalester College
Manhattan College
Marquette University
McDaniel College
McGill University
Michigan State University
Mount Holyoke College
New York City College of Technology
New York University
Northeastern University
NYU Shanghai
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
Occidental College
Oxford College of Emory University
Pace University, New York City
Pennsylvania State University
Pratt Institute
Purchase College State University of New York
Purdue University
Queens College of the CUNY
Quinnipiac University
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Saint Louis University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Sarah Lawrence College
Scripps College
Siena College
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern Connecticut State University
St. John's University - Queens Campus
St. Lawrence University
State University of New York at Albany
State University of New York at New Paltz
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stony Brook University
SUNY Buffalo State College
SUNY College at Cortland
SUNY College at Geneseo
SUNY College at Oneonta
SUNY Oswego
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Syracuse University
Temple University
The College of New Jersey
The George Washington University
The Ohio State University
The University of Arizona
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Scranton
The University of Texas, Austin
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College (New York)
University at Buffalo The State University of New York
University College Dublin
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Hartford
University of Maine
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of New Hampshire at Durham
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puget Sound
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of St Andrews
University of Toronto Undergraduate Only
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ursinus College
Vassar College
Villanova University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Wheaton College MA
Williams College