School counselors facilitate the college application process, and advise families at every step:
Learn about the ACT Test and additional helpful college planning resources.
College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY)
CACNY is a network of CBOs, schools, and colleges, which provides college planning resources in order to assist New York City's young adults to gain college access.
- new! The Big Apple College Fair in sponsorship with the College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY) will be hosted on Saturday, October 25th from 1 PM--4 PM at the Jacob Javits Center, Hall 1A. A flyer is available (here).
The College Board is a private company, which administers the PSAT and SAT exams, as well as the Advanced Placement program.
Important Test Dates, Deadlines & Resources:
Resources for Students:
College Admissions 411
This Spanish-language television series provides U.S. Latinos with a step-by-step guide for applying to college (available in Spanish and in English).
This website provides relevant information about colleges and higher education opportunities worldwide.
The website features a listing of virtual events (here
) for students, families, & schools. For additional information or to schedule a "private tour" session, please contact Joanna Grubman (email@example.com
Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (ClCU)
CICU is a statewide association representing more than 100 independent colleges and universities in New York State. CICU provides multiple college planning resources including:
The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of over 500 member colleges and universities.
City University of New York (CUNY)
The City University of New York (CUNY) provides high-quality, accessible education at 24 New York City campuses
, which include senior and community colleges, as well as graduate and professional schools, and research centers.CUNY Admissions:
- CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) helps students earn an associate degree within three years.
- CUNY Start - a low-cost, intensive full-time program providing an alternative to typical remedial classes offered to CUNY students needing preparation in reading, writing and math before entering credit classes.
- ROTC - CUNY is expanding Army Senior ROTC opportunities and Military Science class offerings to students in CUNY's system. CUNY students will have no obligation to enroll and cadets may become eligible for an allowance of up to $500. For further information, contact Captain Christopher De La Torre at 212-650-6478 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUNY Counselor Resources
Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR)
ESR provides professional development, consultation, and educational resources to adults who teach young people in preschool through high school.
- Increasing College Access - A postsecondary planning publication (2009) by Carol Miller Lieber, featuring research-based models for secondary school comprehensive college and career access programs and suggested curriculum outline.
Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)
The NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) manages more than 20 grant and scholarship programs including the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).
Learning Leaders’ mission is to help New York City public school students succeed by training volunteers to provide individualized instructional support and other school-based support, and by empowering parents to foster their children’s education development.
This student-friendly site offers practical advice organized by grade, starting in middle school.
Mytonomy offers a growing video library of over 3,000 videos on such topics as succeeding in high school, picking the right college, and mastering the college application process.
National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
NACAC provides college & career development opportunities, research, and resources for students and counselors.
National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
NCWD/Youth offers a range of technical assistance services to assist state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth.
National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research
The National High School Center, based at the American Institutes for Research, provides the latest research, user-friendly tools and products, and high-quality technical assistance on high school improvement issues.
New York Urban League
The New York Urban League helps disadvantaged New Yorkers gain access to equal opportunity in employment, education, health care, housing, and the civic arena.
Next Step U
Next Step U is a website with multiple resources for students, families and counselors. Designed to help students plan for life after high school, their magazine includes articles on career choice, transition tips for life after high school, and choosing a major.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
This nationally recognized source of career information is designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.
NYC College Line
NYC College Line is a website created by Graduate NYC!, CUNY, NYC DOE, and Goddard Riverside. The website is designed to help students, parents, and college advisors to manage post-secondary planning from exploration to graduation.
NYC Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Readiness (OPSR)
The NYC DOE Office of Post Secondary Readiness researches and develops school and program models that help students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
NYC Department of Education - Office of Safety and Youth Development (OSYD)
Helping schools to create and maintain a safe, orderly and supportive school environment for students is the mission of the Office of Safety and Youth Development.
- Tools to Help Students Prepare for College - designed for school counselors and college advisors to promote the implementation of a comprehensive college-readiness program in every New York City public high school.
NYC Mayor's Office of Adult Education
The Mayor’s Office of Adult Education works to improve the quality of life of New Yorkers by working with adult learners, educators, and government agencies to promote a state-of-the-art adult education system.
- You Can Too - features a network tool for adult learners interested in reaching their educational and career goals.
- Know Before You Enroll - provides information to help New Yorkers make informed decisions when selecting a school or training program.
State University of New York (SUNY)
The State University of New York (SUNY) is the nation's largest comprehensive system of public higher education, offering programs at 64 geographically dispersed campuses.
Access free online practice tests-SAT, ACT and more!
U.S. Service Academies
U.S. Service Academies are among the top ranked universities in the country. Graduates earn a top-tier education, extensive leadership training, and a commission as an officer in the US armed forces. Additional information on the academies and the application and nomination processes can be found here.
Special Considerations for College Planning
Ensure that student athletes' academic coursework and college planning meet their unique needs (i.e., National Collegiate Athletic Association-NCAA eligibility guidelines).
- College Board Resources - Counseling Student Athletes
- PSAL - Public Schools Athletic League Student Athlete Eligibility rules and regulations
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center - general information for counselors, students, and families about NCAA eligibility guidelines
- NCAA Presentation Document -Nov 5, 2013 "Supporting Student Athletes in NYC Public Schools" professional development event held at Yankee Stadium.
- NCAA Interactive Presentation for Students and Parents.
NCAA Presentation document: Your Path to the Student-Athlete Experience for HS Counselors
NCAA Eligibility Center High School Portal
New NCAA Division I Initial - Eligibility Standards - NCAA official document providing an overview of recent changes and powerpoint presentation.
- Free Webinar provided by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA) to educate student athletes, parents, coaches, counselors, and administrators on the recruitment process for student athletes. Topics include: Scholarship Myths & Facts, the NCAA & NAIA Eligibility Centers, NCAA Core Course Requirements, and much more! Webinar registration options: Student-Athlete/Parent or High School Staff.
- National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Eligibility Center
Students in Temporary Housing/Unaccompanied Youth:
Ensure students in temporary housing and unaccompanied youth receive the maximum allowable financial aid available to them for higher education.
Advise undocumented students in terms of available recources, as well as their rights.