The goal of the College Counseling Office is to support, inform and encourage students and their families as they navigate the exciting, complex and ever-changing process of college admissions.
College Counseling Winter Weekend Schedule
Zoom Links will be sent to all families on Friday, February 19.
Saturday, February 20
9:00 AM ET - 12:00 PM ET
In this session, we will offer an overview of the upcoming college search process, discuss important details and available resources, distribute information, and explain the upcoming program for the weekend as well as for the remainder of the academic year.
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Introduction to College Counseling at Lawrenceville
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
We have created three different tracks during this slot in order to provide insight for families with differing levels of college admission experience:
Inside the College Admission Process
TRACK 1 : An Introduction to the US College Admission Process
If you received your education abroad, entered the workforce or military service early on in your life and so bypassed college, or are simply new to college admission, there’s little question that it’s an entirely mystifying process to understand. We've designed this session for families looking to learn basic admission language, the application timeline, and to gain an overview of the American college and education system.
TRACK 2 : Admission 101
Designed for families who have a general knowledge of the college application process and seek an overarching perspective on how admission officers make decisions from a pool-wide perspective, this session breaks down the approach that institutions take in selecting applications. College Counselors will use their own past admissions experience and current national trends to explain in detail how colleges build an incoming class of students.
TRACK 3 : Inside the Common Application
Each student is likely to complete a Common Application as part of their college process, so this session is designed for participants to peer into the application components themselves to see what admission officers see when they read and how they might evaluate the sections. While Admission 101 looks at application pools as a group and how admission offices operate, this session will look at applications individually and how an admission officer might evaluate a candidate.
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
College Counselors will host a zoom session with parents of their counselees to discuss the year ahead and answer questions related to the college search process.
Individual Counselor Presentations
Sunday, February 21
9:00 AM ET - 12:30 PM ET
Lawrenceville’s college counselors will present a series of seminars about college admission and the college counseling process. The seminars will run concurrently over three time-blocks throughout the morning so families have ample opportunity to explore a wide variety of content areas. The sessions will run 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, 10:15 AM -11:15 AM, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
JUST TELL ME WHAT TO DO!
We designed this program for families with Underformers or those new to the college process. We will set the table for the eventual search and application process by addressing important topics such as the role of extra-curriculars and course selection, while also reviewing the basics of college application requirements, standardized testing, etc. We will lay the groundwork for best practices for beginning the college search and provide an overview of what happens in the Fourth and Fifth Form years once your child begins engaging with the College Counseling Office.
MYTHS, RUMORS, HEARSAY, & ADMISSION MISPERCEPTIONS
Could there be a more fertile ground for misunderstanding than the college admission process? This session debunks common misperceptions, analyzes rumors and their truth and/or fiction, and dispels the repeated (and sometimes incorrect) admission anecdotes that often pepper the process. Come ready to ask, “I heard that colleges do xxxx…Is that true?”
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
OPPORTUNITIES BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE
An excellent and vast set of higher education opportunities await beyond the traditional liberal arts model. In this seminar, we will explore a range of options that families may encounter or should consider throughout the college process. This range includes international universities, land-grant/state universities, institutes of technology, non-traditional institutions, single-sex colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, United States service academies, and gap years.
MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES IN COLLEGE ADMISSION AND COLLEGE COUNSELING
This session will explore multicultural issues and diversity perspectives on college campuses, including how they relate to the college process. We will discuss the essential questions to ask admission officers on the topic during a college search, as well as help students and families know where to find available resources to incorporate multicultural perspectives in their college research.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
CONSIDERING COLLEGE COSTS
Financial Aid, Merit Scholarships, and the Application Process: With the cost of higher education skyrocketing, colleges are continually developing need-based aid scholarship programs, merit money offers, and a range of financial aid initiatives to make college more affordable for everyone. However, the process of applying for aid, both need-based and merit-based, offers its own complexities. All families seeking information on college funding options and reducing the financial burden of higher education are encouraged to attend.
STRESS, ANXIETY, AND STUDENT HEALTH
Student psychological stress in high schools and colleges seem to increase yearly. Is it low resilience? College pressures? Social media? All of the above? Whatever the source, today's adolescents report widespread anxiety and continued unhealthy stress at unprecedented rates. We've decided to address our students' ebbing psychological well-being through deliberate programming in the College Counseling curriculum and we invite you to join the discussion and partner with us to implement the solutions!
Please note that the CCO Winter Weekend program is specifically designed for parents, but if students are especially curious, they may join us for the Sunday Seminars.