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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.

A student advisor is someone on school staff – a teacher, a librarian, or an administrator who provides a student or a group of students with guidance on their personal and academic goals. This is done using individual and group meetings. Students require the emotional and social support that advisory provides at this critical time of adolescence. At NYMA, all attempts are made to keep advisory groups small so that they function best; most instructors manage between 6-10 students.

Through an advising group, each student becomes part of a “built-in” peer group that provides security for new and returning students alike. In general, the advisee moves through the academic program having the same advisor. This allows the advisor, advisee, and advising group to develop a level of trust and understanding required to help the student to progress through potentially difficult and challenging situations. This comfortable group can help build a student’s self-esteem and offset negative influences.

Each NYMA advisor will have a diverse group of students, often across several grade levels. The focus and requisite tasks will vary.

The advisor will:

  • serve as an advocate assisting students with academic and behavioral issues
  • build community among the group members
  • reinforce skills necessary for success
  • alert group members to opportunities for community service/service learning, scholarships, internships, and other programs that offer valuable services to the student

Contact For School / College Counseling Office:

EMAIL: tmadaia@nyma.org

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

College Bound

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.

College Bound

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

Steps as You Plan Ahead

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.
 

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

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

FinAid
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.

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.

Standardized Test Schedules

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