NYMA College Counseling
A Highly Individualized Approach

We are here every step of the way.

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College Counseling

An individualized Approach

At the New York Military Academy Cadets are the recipients of a comprehensive curriculum that guides them through every phase of the college process.  With a 21:1 student-counselor ratio; this allows for a highly individualized approach to the college process that promotes and cultivates meaningful relationships between NYMA Cadets and their counselor.

The college process is an exercise in self-examination and self-discovery to uncover each student’s future best self.  No two students are exactly alike, and neither is their process in discovering which college, academy, university, or school is best for them.  The process is meant to be reassuring, empowering, and encouraging as they determine their next step after NYMA.

The College Counseling Office is committed to helping NYMA Cadets find the best college for them.  We promise to provide guidance and counsel in all phases of the college process, from researching, considering and advising colleges that align with Cadets’ academic and extracurricular interests, to assisting in the numerous phases of the application processes, to consultation and evaluation of the student’s acceptances and options.  In the end, we hope that Cadets will come to fully understand their talents, needs and goals, and that they will discover and matriculate at colleges that foster and cultivate their objectives and goals.

NYMA's College Counseling Office

We are there to Help you Every Step of the Way

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Our students matriculate to colleges, academies, and universities across the country and world to further pursue their passions as lifelong learners and leaders.





NYMA Cadets meeting with a member of the Admissions Team for the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.

Steps as You Plan Ahead

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1. Discuss your graduation requirements.
2. Discuss your extracurricular activities and options.
3. Begin organizing the things you will need for college applications: grades, awards and scholarships, articles about you and your summer activities.
4. Keep a journal to help record memorable events.
5. Brainstorm college majors and career choices.
6. Make a list of colleges and universities:
    a. Location
    b. Academics
    c. Sports
    d. Cost
    e. Average SAT scores
    f. Average GPA
7. Create a resume.
8. Begin researching financial aid options:
    a. FinAid!
    b. All About College.com
    c. CollegeBoard
    d. Scholarships.com
    e. fastweb!
9. Plan summer opportunities to include satisfying the community service requirement:
    a. idealist
    b. Backdoorjobs.com
    c. VolunteerMatch.org

1. Plan to take the PSAT/SAT by registering for a test prep course.
2. Create an account with CollegeBoard (click here).
3. Develop a list of your top ten colleges:
    a. Location
    b. Academics
    c. Sports
    d. Cost
    e. Average SAT scores
    f. Average GPA
    g. Application deadlines.
4. Request information from colleges.
5. Research financial aid, scholarships and deadlines:
    a. U.S. Department of Education
    b. National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
    c. SallieMae
    d. fastweb!
6. Discuss with coaches the options of playing collegiate sports and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requirements.
7. Submit your activity sheet to the guidance office.
8. Submit college list.
9. Research summer jobs and programs.
10. Ask teachers and supervisors to write college recommendations.
11. Request college applications.
12. Plan summer college visits.
13. Draft college essays.

  1. Submit your narrowed list of colleges.

  2. Know your deadlines and which ones you ned to meet.
  3. Know application requirements.
  4. Request recommendation letters.
  5. Make copies of all application or submission confirmation for online applications.
  6. Check college essay requirements.
  7. Plan your interview
  8. Complete the Federal Student Air (FAFSA) and college financial aid applications.
  9. Write thank you notes.
  10. Make the decision.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is required by most colleges to determine need-based financial aid.

Claims to be “the leading scholarship search provider” for students.

This award-winning site is considered “the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools – on or off the web.”

Pay for College
This section of the College Board website has information about college costs, scholarships, financial aid applications, education loans, and college financing.

Student Aid on the Web
Federal student aid information including Pell grants, Stafford loans, etc.

Campus Tours This site offers virtual campus tours of many colleges and universities.

CollegeBoard’s My Road Comprehensive college and career planning website.

HBCUMentor A guide to America’s historically African American colleges and universities.

Naviance A comprehensive college and career readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, improving student outcomes, and connecting learning to life.

New York’s Private Colleges & Universities Learn about independent colleges and universities in New York State: locations, academic programs, campus profiles, financial aid, and more.

Peterson’s Excellent site with comprehensive information about colleges.

Princeton Review Information about colleges, test preparation, scholarships, and more.


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