We support the New York State Dream Act Coalition!

Undocumented youth need your orgs help!

I am asking that all people who work with youth, sign the below letter — we need ALL the support we can get to make sure that every undocumented youth have access to state financial aid.

Sign it here by filling it out the quick Google Form!


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Lehman College Specialized Information Sessions

These are great opportunities for students to check out Lehman college for specific interests.  Open to 9th-12th graders.  Please encourage students to register.

Lehman College
Spring 2015
Specialized Information Sessions

Social Work
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Music Building, East Dining Room

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Music Building, Room 306

Nursing & Health Sciences
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Music Building, East Dining Room

Business, Economics, and Accounting
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Carman Hall, Room B04

(Early Childhood, Childhood, Middle, and High School)
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Carman Hall, Room B36

All sessions begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

For a complete list of Information Sessions and to R.S.V.P at the website


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Getting Ready for the Redesigns

As you know, the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT® are coming in fall 2015 and spring 2016, respectively. As part of the College Board’s commitment to communicate clearly about the redesigns, we’ve recently launched collegereadiness.collegeboard.org to help you and your students understand the changes and get ready with sample questions from every section.

At the new site, you can:

  • Learn about the redesigned SAT Suite of Assessments, including details on:
    •  Why the exams are changing
    •  Key changes, with a breakdown of score reporting
    •  Exam structure and timing
  • Get a peek at practice, including:
    • Sample questions in reading, writing and language, and math, as well as sample essay prompts
    • Skills crosswalks — one for reading and one for writing and language

We encourage you to explore collegereadiness.collegeboard.org and share it with students, their families, and others who may be interested in the redesigned assessments.

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cIcu’s College Connections Newsletter

Attached is the newly released winter 2015 College Connections newsletter. College Connections is a free newsletter for counselors, students, and parents. This edition provides articles on FAFSA completion, summer programs at independent colleges and universities in New York State, resources about paying for college, and more.

This and past editions of College Connections are also available for download as PDF documents from the “Get More Resources” tab on cIcu’s Admissions and Financial Aid Outreach Web site, www.nycolleges.org. The “Get More Resources” tab contains several resources chock full of information for your students and their families about New York State’s 100+ private independent colleges and universities – information about the wonderful opportunities for study, the financial aid process, admissions, and college transition. These resources, Your College Search, Affording College (and its Spanish equivalent), and College Quick Tips are all available for free download.

If you have not yet placed an order for copies of our 2015 edition of Your College Search, we recommend that you do so now. Your College Search, published annually, provides information about the 100+ private independent colleges and universities in New York State and highlights the myriad academic programs they offer. The 2015 edition of Your College Search will be released in May 2015. To order copies of the 2014 edition and/or to pre-order the 2015 edition, complete our online form at www.surveymonkey.com/s/YourCollegeSearch.

To meet our grant deliverables, we need your feedback on our resources. Below is a link to our short online evaluation form. Please take a moment to fill it out as your comments and suggestions will help us to make future resources and publications more helpful for you, your students and their families – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cIcuOutreachFeedback. Thank you for your help!

Download the newsletter here.

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Study reveals SAT thresholds may hinder future four-year success

From Inside Higher Ed:

For those students on the cusp of meeting minimum SAT requirements to enter college, where they choose to enroll could determine their chance of eventually earning a bachelor’s degree.

Researchers from the College Board and Harvard University’s Kennedy School released a paper last month describing how students who are drawn out of four-year institutions to the two-year sector — due to minimum thresholds for SAT scores — have lower bachelor’s degree completion rates than those who attend four-year universities.

Read the full article here.

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Save the Date for SUNY School Counselor Forum, May 8

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Watch for more details here.

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Don’t Ask ‘What Can I Do With This Major?’

From the Huffington Post:

A really smart student of mine who has been getting stellar grades in Economics was considering it as his major. But he wanted to know what he could do with it. I have had that question regarding every subject you can name. And the reality is that it is a bad question. It is the wrong question. It assumes that the subject is what you will do. If you major in history you will be a historian and if you major in philosophy people will laugh and say where are the philosopher jobs. It does not work that way. There are tons of English majors who are not teachers of English or novelists. They are lawyers, ad execs and a myriad of other things that require great communication skills. Philosophy is often considered a good gateway to law or other careers where logic is required– including technology.

Read the full post here.

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