COLLEGE PLANNING 101: GETTING EQUIPPED FOR THE JOURNEY
Instructor: Mr. Robert Von Hagen
There is a lot that parents need to know about preparing for and helping their children gain admission into college, paying for it, and mounting an effective and productive college search. But it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. This course is focused on parents of students in grades 7-11. Over the course of six hours and three class meetings, you will be better positioned to understand just how much college admission has changed from when you applied yourself.
Session 1: Current Trends in College Admission and Sorting Colleges: What’s going on out there and why? We’ll survey the higher education landscape, encompassing more than 3,000 colleges and universities. (Help!)
Session 2: Understanding the Elements of “Holistic” Admission Review and Financial Aid & Scholarships: What do colleges review for and why? How can we afford college? We’ll discuss need-based aid, merit-based scholarships, admissions, and more.
Session 3: Mock Admission Committee and Helpful Resources: Each participant will become part of the admission committee for a “university”, reviewing candidates and deliberating on who gets in, who does not, and why! We’ll also review college resources and identify the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Mr. Von Hagen is a college counselor at Marist School for 22 years and has facilitated Marist School’s Career Connections Internship Program for twelve years. Mr. Von Hagen also coaches for both the middle school cross country and track and field teams.
Marist School’s Alumni Engagement program, which is a key part of the Office for Institutional Advancement, focuses on building, maintaining, and strengthening relationships with the school’s 10,000 alumni as well as with the growing body of parents of alumni. Various alumni initiatives, events, awards, and publications are aimed at fostering relationships that bind the school and alumni in a sense of common purpose and advance the school’s mission and goals.