College Planning Resources
College Counseling Events
The college counseling office facilitates several programs throughout the year to prepare students and parents for the college search and application process.
Fall College Fair: Our private college fair includes over 160 four-year colleges and universities. This fair is exclusive for NSU University School students and parents.
Freshmen Forum: College counselors meet with the freshmen class to provide an overview of the guidance and college counseling program.
Sophomore Forum: College counselors meet with the sophomore class to provide an overview of the guidance and college counseling program.
Freshmen/Sophomore College Night: The college counselors host College Night, where several deans of admissions discuss current college admission trends and criteria. Students and parents are welcome to attend this program.
Junior/Senior College Night: The college counselors host College Night, where several deans of admissions discuss current college admission trends and criteria. Students and parents are welcome to attend this program. Directors of Admissions from the following universities have participated on our panel: University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Duke University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Cornell University, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, UCLA, University of Southern California, University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida State University, Rice University and more...
Sophomore Symposium: College deans facilitate this mock application workshop with sophomores and their parents to provide an in-depth look into how colleges make admission decisions.
Parent Meet and Greet: Q&A information session on the college admissions process with the college counselors. Grade specific meetings will be held throughout the year.
Information Sessions with College Deans: More than 60 college admissions representatives visit NSU University School to provide information sessions about their respective universities to small groups of students from August-November.
College Essay Workshop with English teachers: Juniors and seniors will meet with designated writing specialists to support students with their college essays/personal statement.
Senior Panel on College Admissions: Senior students share their college search and application experiences with the junior class.
Fall and Spring Regional College Trips: Led by the College Counseling department, students in grades 10-12 will visit the campuses of several universities in a particular region. For example, in the Northeast, we have visited colleges including Harvard University, Columbia University, Boston University, New York University, Tufts University, Quinnipiac University, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Cornell University, Syracuse University and Yale University. In the Middle Atlantic region, we have visited colleges including George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland and Georgetown University. In the South, we have visited Emory University, Georgia Tech, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. Students will attend information sessions, during which an associate dean of admission will discuss the application process, including transcript review, high school course selection, standardized testing (ACT/SAT/SAT II), letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors, and the role of extracurricular activities and the college essay in the application process. Students will also be led on campus tours, during which they will see lecture halls, athletic facilities, and residence halls.
Nuts and Bolts of the College Application: Junior workshop for students and parents. Students will complete a sample college application during this workshop.
Financial Aid Workshop: Co-coordinated by the NSU University School counselors and the NSU Office of Financial Aid
Athletic Recruiting Information Session: Facilitated by NSU University School's Athletic Director
Mock College Interviews: The college counselors work with seniors in preparation for college alumni interviews
Introduction to Naviance and Family Connection: The NSU University School College Counseling Office has selected Naviance's Family Connection to assist us and our students in managing the college and career planning process. Family Connection is a comprehensive website that students and parents can use as a tool in planning for their future. These online resources support college planning, application tracking and communication between the student and counselor. Juniors meet with their assigned college counselor who works with each student individually throughout the college process from exploration and initial planning through the application and decision process.