January 24, 2017
Counselors will be sending out first semester senior grades or “mid-year reports” in the next few days to all colleges where you have open applications. It is very important that you continue to monitor your status at all the colleges with an application from you that is still under consideration, and to let your counselor know of any items they have not received. In addition, please remember to notify College Guidance of all decisions so that Mrs. Gerrity and Mrs. Crane can use this information to keep our records accurate and up to date. We ask that you send us copies of your admissions letters and emails, along with any merit scholarship notifications; these letters will be handled discretely and held in the utmost confidence.
Are you interested in learning more about journalism at the Summer Academy of the New York Times? Or spending 2 weeks studying architecture at Cornell University? Or learning about coding and programming at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.? These are just a few of the wide variety of summer enrichment and pre-college programs available to high school students hosted by colleges and organizations across the country. Many of these programs are listed in Naviance and this month counselors worked with both freshmen and sophomores demonstrating how they can use their Naviance accounts to explore some of these summer opportunities. Students are encouraged to continue to check Naviance and the College Guidance classroom for new entries/information. College websites and other websites such as and are also good resources for information on available summer programs. For questions, please see Mrs. Gerrity and Mrs. Crane in College Guidance. 
Sacred Heart’s own Dr. Wadzinski treated our sophomores and juniors to an exclusive ‘insider’ presentation about the Yale Young Global Scholars summer programming. Dr. Wadzinski shared details regarding this rigorous, challenging program to interested students during morning break last Tuesday. He shared insightful tips regarding the application process and general aspects of the program. Sophomores and juniors have been furnished with program details that can be accessed at:

Most colleges will begin to have Open House events. While some are geared to Juniors and Seniors in high school, most are welcoming to all and are a great way to begin to get a sense of what type of college may be appealing to you. Here is one that has options over the next few months:
Ethical College Admissions: Do Campus Visits Have Value?
Spring Break can be a perfect time to visit colleges to begin to decide what type of school would be of interest to you. If you’re passing through a college town on a family trip or have a free day for a quick visit, use the opportunity to visit a new campus. Whether it’s a college at the top of your list or one that you know nothing about, take advantage of the chance to investigate what might interest you. Do you prefer a rural, suburban or urban setting? Would you like a small liberal arts college or a much larger campus? What academic programs would you like to pursue? Do you want a school where Greek life is a part of the social life? Would you prefer a campus where you could participate in some level of athletics? Do they have the extracurricular activities that you’re looking for? If the admissions office is open, sign up for an information session and a campus tour and if the admissions office is closed, send a follow-up email letting the college know that you were on campus. You can learn a great deal about what environment you find most comfortable by exploring different types of college campuses. Get an early start on your search for the college that will be the right fit for you.
Upcoming College Fairs in Our Area

Hartford National College Fair
Connecticut Convention Center
Hartford, CT
March 28 & March 29, 2018

New York National College Fair
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York, NY
April 22, 2018

Southern Westchester College Conference
Westchester County Center
White Plains, NY
April 23, 2018

Northern Westchester College Conference
Fox Lane High School
Bedford, NY
April 24, 2018

Northeastern University

Supported and driven by the long-term goals of a highly competitive college education that prepares graduates to be career and employment-ready, Northeastern University has long been a celebrated pillar of experiential learning designed in a co-op format that affords its undergraduate students the opportunity and flexibility to participate in two or even three co-op learning scenarios. Students electing to partake in three co-ops may extend their undergraduate experience to a five-year enrollment at Northeastern.

News from Northeastern:
“Northeastern started with an innovative idea: that education is about engaging with the world to solve problems and lead change. That distinctive approach, founded in cooperative education, has created an academic culture that infuses both undergraduate and graduate studies.

We empower our undergraduates to chart their own academic path, through more than 90 majors and concentrations and global experiential learning opportunities in 92 countries. Northeastern's 158 graduate programs prepare students for emerging new fields; students are able to take courses on campus, online, or in hybrid formats, creating the educational experience that best meets their needs. The university is committed to the educational success of its students, offering need-based aid and a range of scholarships to reward the outstanding achievements of students from all walks of life. Admission to Northeastern’s undergraduate program is highly competitive. Our goal is to build a diverse community of intellectually curious, mature, and highly motivated students who are a good match for our distinctive educational experience.

Northeastern’s Co-op Program
Experiential learning, anchored by our renowned cooperative education program, lies at the heart of academic life at Northeastern. The integration of study with professional work, research, and service in 136 countries around the world gives students real-world opportunities and responsibilities. They explore their path, acquire a deeper grasp of their studies, and develop an understanding essential to lifelong achievement: how to learn and grow outside the comfort zone of the classroom. Northeastern offers a model that is a stronger and more successful way for employers to identify and engage with skilled talent and remain competitive as the jobs of today and tomorrow continue to grow in areas such as technology, engineering, and healthcare. The university’s century-old approach to education, rooted in its signature co-op program, combines classroom learning with real-world experience. Co-op is an educational program in which you alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time employment in positions related to your academic and/or career interests  in the U.S.  or  globally . You will start with a required co-op course that prepares you to succeed in your co-op experiences. Your first co-op opportunity typically begins in the second semester of your sophomore year, and you will be able to complete up to three co-ops in the course of a five-year program, or if you choose, up to two co-ops in the course of a four-year program. Graduates head into the workforce having up to 18 month of career-related experience and a deeper understanding of their chosen profession and the world of work. Co-op is the cornerstone of a Northeastern education, and the majority of students participate in co-op ( for the class of 2016,  96% of graduates participated in at least one co-op, 78% participated in two or more co-ops ) , but it is not required for graduation. Undergraduates who choose not to pursue co-op are required to fulfill Northeastern’s experiential learning requirements by participating in at least one research, service learning, or study abroad programs.”
Junior College Guidance Questionnaires

Juniors and their parents are encouraged to complete their respective College Guidance Questionnaires. Parents and guardians can access the questionnaire via the College Guidance page on the Sacred Heart website (see visual below).
Juniors received their questionnaires last week and have been assigned a deadline of Feb. 16th.

Upon receipt of both the student and parent questionnaires, college guidance counselors will begin to schedule appointments with students and parents. These documents play an important role in the college process and the College Guidance Department looks forward to receiving this information.
Carnegie Pollak will be using the Sacred Heart facilities to host an ACT Prep class for Juniors on campus starting on Sunday, February 4th. Registration for this course has been open to the general public as a Carnegie Pollak offering. Any Sacred Heart student wishing to enroll, is advised to do so as soon as possible since seating is limited.
We are compelled to remind you that there are many different ways to study for the ACT and this is just one possible approach. The most important thing is to know that preparation in some regard is key to success. 

Please also know that, limited Financial Aid is available and should be discussed directly with the team at Carnegie Pollak.
Students may opt to sit for SAT Subject Tests to display mastery of specific disciplines. Although many schools no longer require students to take SAT Subject tests, often the most highly competitive colleges and programs have different requirements regarding these tests, so it is essential for students to research this information and ensure they are taking the number of required tests for the colleges to which they intend to apply. 

Most importantly, it is imperative that students speak with their respective teachers to discuss their individual preparedness for a particular subject test, along with specific details about the test and best time to sit for it.