College Corner with the Director of College Counseling: Blog Post #2

Christina Bergamo is the Director of College Counseling at Trinity Hall. Questions? Email cbergamo@trinityhallnj.org.

Ninety College Visits in Nine Weeks

As we near our last day of college admissions visitors at Trinity Hall, I can’t help but reflect on how fortunate we are to have welcomed college representatives from all over the United States, plus one from the UK, to meet with our students nearly every day for the past nine weeks. Since the beginning of this school year we hosted over 90 colleges who held private admissions presentations for our juniors and seniors. To be able to provide this opportunity for our students, and increase the number of colleges visiting each year, has been one of my major projects as Director of College Counseling.

It is no secret that we have wonderful young women here at Trinity Hall, but unfortunately the college admission process in 2016 has become extremely competitive. For a student to have the opportunity to meet and converse with the admission counselor who will be the first round read and decision on her application, in the environment she feels most comfortable, is priceless. Having colleges visit Trinity Hall gives us the opportunity to not only tell each college who we are as a school, but show them what it really means to be a Monarch. Our seniors are able to add a three dimensional version of themselves to their application, and ask any questions they may have about a school or the application process in person, surrounded by their peers, instead of after an on-campus information session of 100+ guests.

Another important fall event we host is our College Night, and on November 9 we held our second annual event. At our College Night we host a panel of deans and directors of admissions who speak of their experience in admissions, provide advice, and address any questions or concerns our parents and students may have. Nearly the entire junior class and their parents attended this year’s event, and a strong showing of underclassmen parents attended as well. From the new SAT, to athletic recruitment, to the dreaded college essay – the panelists put all minds at ease and provided behind-the-scenes insight into what really happens in an admissions office. Having worked in undergraduate admission myself, I appreciate their openness in sharing their knowledge with our students, and their willingness to come see us during the busiest time of their year.

By exposing our girls to as many schools as possible, whether it be through our opening year trips or the private admissions presentations we host on campus, we are helping our girls select colleges to apply to that are the right fit for them – both academically and socially. Our girls consistently represent themselves and Trinity Hall incredibly well during these visits, and I receive numerous visit requests as a result of the positive things being said about our girls throughout the admissions circuit.

As admissions travel season comes to a close for the counselors on the road, they are now returning to their offices to start reading and deciding on applications. It is not surprising that we have already received a number of college acceptances, many from schools who visited Trinity Hall. I can’t wait to see all of the good news that December will bring.

Thank you to the college admission representatives who visited Trinity Hall on behalf of the following schools (September – November 2016):

  • Albright College
  • Assumption College
  • Babson College
  • Bentley University
  • Boston University
  • Brookdale Community College
  • Bryant University
  • Bryn Athyn College
  • Bucknell University
  • Cabrini College
  • Caldwell University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Dickinson College
  • Drew University
  • Drexel University
  • Elon University
  • Embry-Riddle University
  • Fairfield University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Felician University
  • Georgian Court University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Harrisburg University
  • Hofstra University
  • Iona College
  • James Madison University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Johnson and Wales University
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Manhattan College
  • Marist College
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Massachusetts Inst. of Technology
  • Merrimack College
  • Monmouth University
  • Montclair State University
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Neumann University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Niagara University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Princeton University
  • Providence College
  • Purdue University
  • Roanoke College
  • Robert Morris University
  • Rutgers University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Saint Bonaventure University
  • Saint Francis College
  • Saint John’s College
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Saint Peter’s University
  • Salve Regina University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Simmons College
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stevenson University
  • SUNY Maritime College
  • Syracuse University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • The College of New Jersey
  • The George Washington University
  • The University of Tampa
  • Towson University
  • Trinity College
  • Union College
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Maine
  • University of MA, Amherst
  • University of Miami
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Richmond
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Florida, Tampa
  • University of St. Andrew’s (UK)
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Villanova University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wagner College
  • Washington College
  • Wellesley College
  • Wheaton College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Xavier University

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