Guidance department hosts immediate action program for college admissions

Rachel Cho, Staff Assistant

Schreiber has decided to host its first college admission immediate decision program. Representatives from Adelphi University, Dowling College, Mercy College, and St. John’s University will visit Schreiber to review student applications and supporting materials. Students can find out whether they are accepted on the same day they submit their application.

“I see many seniors stress and worry about getting into a college and I think participating in this program lessens the pressure for the seniors knowing that they got into a school,” said guidance director Mr. Hank Hardy.

Application fees for students participating in the immediate action programs will be waived. After submitting the necessary materials and having a 10 to 15 minute interview with a representative from the college of their choice, students will be notified whether they are admitted or denied.

To participate in the college immediate decision day, students must have attended at least one information session, held throughout the day on Nov. 16, complete a hard copy of the college application, and provide the required materials for each college they are applying to.

“I think it’s really helpful, and it’s easy because they tell you if you got accepted immediately. Overall it’s a really good program and I am glad Schreiber is offering it,” said senior Tom Brown.

Dowling and Mercy Colleges contacted Schreiber immediately upon hearing of the program. The guidance department reached out to Adelphi, and SUNY Farmingdale is still in negotiation to visit at a later date. The administration also looked for local schools with a residential program, specifically.

Students will have to sign up to meet with college representatives on designated days and at designated times. Representatives from Dowling College will arrive at 9 a.m. on Dec. 3, representatives from St. John’s will arrive at 9 a.m. on Dec. 6, representatives from Mercy College will arrive at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 7, and representatives from Adelphi University will arrive at 9 a.m. on Dec. 19.

“Through this program everything became more convenient and faster for the seniors,” said Mr. Hardy.

“It gives you more confidence because you get your answer immediately and if you don’t get in the representatives can tell you what you are lacking so you can fix it,” said senior Joe Bonilla.

If students are not accepted they can re-apply for the same school.

“I really like that the colleges give us an immediate decision on the spot because it’s so annoying to wait, and I also think the interview is a good experience for future reference,” said senior Anna Haralampoudis.