Easing the College Application Process

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Many high school seniors are preparing to meet the looming college application deadlines that begin to creep up early in the fall. Before they can submit those applications, students must give serious consideration to what they are looking for in a college or university.

In order to make the decision-making process easier for these teenagers, Locust Valley High School holds several mini college fairs, at which juniors and seniors can meet college admissions representatives to ask questions and learn first-hand what each school has to offer. According to Assistant Principal Michelle Villa, the fairs are also an opportunity to make connections with those people who may be evaluating the applications. “We always recommend that students follow up with these representatives after face-to-face meetings, solidifying a relationship and keeping themselves fresh in the memories of these decision makers,” she explained. 

Ms. Villa works with the guidance department staff to bring a variety of colleges to the fairs. Schools range from small to big, near to far, public to private and everything in between. “Our guidance counselors work with the students to determine what they are looking for and we encourage them to talk with the college representatives from schools that match their interests. She said they also provide them with a list of suggested questions so they go in prepared to make a good impression.

The college fairs allow students to gather information on many schools in a short period of time, helping them to make decisions on where to apply and where to visit. The first mini-fair was held on Sept. 19. There are additional fairs scheduled for Sept. 26, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24. A list of colleges and universities that will participate can be found on the district website at http://www.lvcsd.k12.ny.us/our_schools/lvhs_college_visits.