College Counseling

AOSR offers a strong support system that will bring students and families through the college and university application process smoothly, helping to develop decision-making skills, set realistic goals, assess priorities, and explore the rich variety of options that lie ahead.

Our students, counselors, and parents agree that successful outcomes are achieved through:

  • Attention (particularly to application dates and deadlines)
  • Organization (knowing what is required and when it is due)
  • Self-Assurance (discovering your passions and then articulating your talents)
  • Research (exploring all academic programs and scholarship opportunities)

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College Counselor

Our experienced and approachable College Counselor, Ms. Jessica Samet, meets with students formally, both as a group and individually, throughout the relevant time periods in order to personalize her guidance and to assist meaningfully in the research, selection, and application process.

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Outlined below are the means by which you can achieve the AOSR goals.

Senior Checklist

  • At the beginning of the year, seniors should make an individual appointment with the College Counselor to confirm options discussed in their junior conferences. After researching colleges, seniors should have a list of colleges that best meet their criteria.
  • Students applying to the U.S., U.K., or American Colleges in Europe should complete applications and personal essays early in the fall semester.
  • Students need to get recommendation forms to distribute to three of their teachers by October 15th.
  • Research (exploring all academic programs and scholarship opportunities)

Note: It is the responsibility of the student to make an appointment with the counselor and complete these college-related assignments.

Preparing the Application

Preparing a quality application can result in positive decisions. Many College Admission Officers report that the surprising high volume of applications that arrive obviously having been completed "the night before the deadline." Remember that neatness, clarity, and creativity are important. Once the application is submitted to the College Counseling Office, it will be sent shortly thereafter- please proofread beforehand!

In an effort to help with neatness and organization, many colleges use the Common Application. This is a standard application form that is accepted by over 250 selective colleges and universities in the US. Experience with the Common Application has demonstrated its advantages to students, counselors, and teachers. The concept is simple: students complete one Common Application Form, photocopy it, and send the form (via mail or email) to any of the 250+ participating colleges. The procedure simplifies the college application process and eliminates duplication of efforts. The Common Application is available on the internet at Paper forms are also available in the College Office.

AOSR Application Timeline

All students should know their application deadlines. Completed applications must be submitted to the College Counselor at least 15 days prior to the application deadline. A transcript request form must be completed with the name and address of each institution that a student wishes to send their transcript to. The transcript request form must be signed by a parent to indicate their permission to send the transcript, and finally the form must be returned with any application materials that should be included with the transcript.

Remember: you should request your Teacher Recommendations BY October 15th for early applications and November 15th for all other applications deadlines.

Note: Students must still SEND their SAT/ACT/TOEFL scores. Colleges must receive the official from the College Board, ACT, and ETS.

Note: Students can also apply and pay for their applications on-line; however the official transcript, counselor recommendation, and teacher recommendations must be sent through the counseling office.