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Academics
College Counseling
In recent years, the college application process has earned a dubious reputation for the anxiety and mystery that surrounds it. At Peddie, college counselors help "demystify" the process by developing a partnership with students, parents, teachers and advisors. Understanding that no two Peddie students are alike, counselors work with students and their families to find the school that best matches each individual's abilities, interests and aspirations.

All students and their parents are encouraged to seek the advice and insight of the college counselors; however, the formal process begins in the student’s junior year. Guest speakers address specific concerns, such as financial aid, essay writing and college visits. These seminars are enhanced by the counselors’ individual appointments with each member of the class. The senior year is then one of fine-tuning – visiting a few more college campuses, finalizing the college list, meeting regularly with the college counselors, completing the applications and essays, and with the hoped-for acceptances in hand, making the appropriate choice.

Peddie's college counseling office provides a central location for all resources, along with a comfortable setting for students to work. Among the resources available to students are current college catalogues, computer programs with the most up-to-date software for selecting colleges and determining financial aid eligibility and a collection of college videos that students and parents may borrow.

List of 7 items.

  • Sophomore year

    • In October, take the PSAT
    • In May or June, take SAT Subject Tests in appropriate subjects. Check with your teachers to find out which test is appropriate for you. Also, see guidelines on the College Entrance Tests page of this site 
    • Make appropriate academic choices and maintain your academic average (or improve upon it)
    • Volunteer, get involved, and start a list of the things you’ve done in high school. This will come in handy when you fill out applications in your senior year.
    • Make initial college visits during the summer before junior year. These visits are a great opportunity to see what kinds of different schools are out there.
  • Junior year: Fall

    • Keep working hard in the classroom and staying involved on campus and in the community
    • Take the PSAT. The college office will register you for this October test. Pick up practice exams in the college office.
    • We will host college admissions representatives throughout the fall. If you don’t have class and would like to meet with them to learn about their schools, come by for a visit.
     
    • Visit colleges at the three College Evenings on Campus
  • Junior year: Winter and Spring

    • Parents & Students - Complete questionnaires provided by the College Office.
    • Buy a good college guide. For example, Barron’s or Peterson’s have just about all the nuts and bolts. The Fiske Guide to Colleges gives more in-depth, narrative—and also subjective—accounts of about 300 popular colleges and universities (see Suggested Resources for more information).
    • After you complete your questionnaire, meet with your college counselor initially and then schedule a follow-up meeting. At this time you will build a list of colleges that appeals to you. Constantly refine this list as your research grows. Look for patterns in your list – athletic interests, geography, etc.
    • Check out school web sites; contact colleges and ask to be placed on their mailing list
    • Contact coaches, music and theater directors, etc. Web sites are a great source for this contact information.
    • Register for ACT, SAT Reasoning Test and Subject Tests and, if necessary, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Please see college counseling for TOEFL registration.
    • Visit a few campuses in March. Follow up with a thank you email.
    • Use long weekend in the spring to visit a few more colleges
    • Find out what your social security number is – memorize it
    • Meet with your college counselor again
    • Attend college fairs in April/May
    • Take the SAT, SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests and ACT in May and June.
  • Junior Year: Spring and Summer

    • Continue to research colleges on your list. Speak with currently enrolled students.
    • Use the Internet as an important research tool
    • Stay in touch with coaches, professors, athletic directors, artistic directors, etc.
    • Take a TOEFL exam if necessary in August
    • Study for the fall SAT
    • Complete Common Application over the summer
    • Community service hours - volunteer over the summer!
    • Summer employment, reading, travel –keeping engaged and active – all are important
    • Work on your essay
    • Visit more colleges—again, make sure you follow up with anyone you make contact with at a college
  • Senior year: Fall

     
    • Apply in September to large state universities and service academies.
    • Create a chart with deadlines, admission requirements, coach contacts, etc.
    • Meet with your College Counselor to review your applications.
    • Talk with your College Counselor about whether you should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
    • Arrange final campus visits and interviews, if necessary.
    • Retake SAT Reasoning Test and/or ACT if necessary. The deadline for the October test is early - right around the time school starts. Note: Register before returning to school.
    • Continue taking SAT Subject Tests, if necessary.
    • Attend information sessions with college representatives in the fall.
    • Continue to narrow your list of colleges until you reach the number of schools to which you wish to apply. Check admission requirements and application, scholarship, and financial aid deadlines.
    • Meet with college counselor to review applications.
    • Study, Study, Study!!!
    • Early Decision and some Early Action applicants receive notification in mid-December.

      Make sure you know when the application deadlines are for each college. Submit rolling applications ASAP
  • Senior Year: Winter

    • Arrange interviews as necessary and required; we can help with this if necessary
    • Maintain a strong academic average because some colleges will request to see winter grades.
    • Report additional honors and achievements to admission offices. College Counselors will help with this communication.
    • Keep up coach contacts and work with college counselor regarding "official" visits.
    • Financial Aid deadlines: File on time!
  • Senior Year: Spring

    • Stay in touch with your college counselor.
    • Beware of "Senioritis"—colleges will rescind offers if grades are too low.
    • Admission decisions begin arriving.
    • You must reply to all admissions offered by May 1st.
    • Money can only be on deposit at one college after May 1st.

Quick reference guide

Peddie School Code: 310-535

College Office 
phone: 609-944-7515
fax: 609-944-7906
email: Contact Carole Tatar at ctatar@peddie.org
201 South Main Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520-3349
Phone Number: 609-944-7500
Fax Number: 609-944-7901