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Summer Essay-writing Workshops
To maximize your chances of being admitted to colleges and universities (as well as receiving merit scholarships from those institutions that offer them), students must stand out from the crowd. And, creating a compelling college essay is a sure-fire way to demonstrate what makes you unique. As a former college admission director, I've read and evaluated hundreds of college essays. And I'll be sharing my expertise with rising seniors once again this summer via my three-part essay writing workshops. To learn more, click here.
IECA National Conference/College Affordabiility 101
During IECA's national professional conference in Denver (May 9-13, 2017) I presented "College Affordability 101: How Determining Financial Fit Benefits Your Familees and Your Practice." The break-out session was designed for new members and/or those unfamiliar how to incorporate "affordability" into members' practices.The conference, which drew over 500 IECA members from across the globe, was held in Denver.
Central New York April 2017 Visits
New York State abounds with a diverse set of colleges and universities. In April, I visited Colgate University as well as Hamilton, Ithaca and Wells colleges. My tours and one-on-one sessions with admission officers provided me with up-to-date information and enabled me to continue building relationships on behalf of my students.
NYC Programs in March 2017
In March, I was invited to attend a counselors' luncheon in Manhattan sponsored by the EcoLeague, a consortium of of liberal arts colleges dedicated to environmental stewardship, social change, and educating students to build a sustainable future. Thank you Alaska Pacific University, College of the Atlantic, Dickinson College, Green Mountain College, Northland College, Prescott College and Alaska Pacific University for an informative presentation and a delicious meal!
And thanks also to The New School (including Eugene Lang College, Parsons School of Design and the College of Performing Arts) for inviting me to attend its annual regional Counselor Day. What fun to return to my old stomping grounds and to see how the university has grown since my days there as director of admissioin at Lang.
Florida Sunshine Tour/February 2017
In February, I was one of 35 independent educational consultants and high school guidance counselors to participate in the Florida Sunshine Tour, sponsored by the Private Colleges and Universities of Florida (PCUF). Schools visited are listed below (under College Visits).
Lehigh Valley Colleges Tour/Spring 2016
I recently participated in a counselors' tour of six colleges and universities located in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC), the tour enabled the fifty of us not only to see the campuses but also to speak at length with admission officers, faculty and students from Cedar Crest, Lafayette, Moravian and Muhlenberg colleges and DeSales and Lehigh universities
Rhode Island Colleges Tour/Spring 2015
I've been selected to join a select group of high school guidance counselors and independent educational consultants on a five-day tour of 10 Rhode Island collegecampuses in April. They are: Brown, Bryant, Johnson and Wales, New England Institute of Technology, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams, Salve Regina and URI. The tour is sponsored by the Rhode Island Association of Admission Officers (RIAAO).
Northern California Counselors' Tour/Winter 2015
During the first week of February, I participated in an independent college counselors' tour of seven campuses in the San Francisco Bay area. Sponsored by the Higher Education Counselors Association (HECA), of which I'm a member, 49 colleagues and I visited California College of the Arts (CCA), Mills College, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, University of California/Berkeley, University of California/Davis and the University of San Francisco. Shortly, I'll be linked a short video of this tour here. Stay tuned.
New Hampshire College and University Council Counselors' Tour/Fall 2014
I recently returned from the fall New Hampshire College and University Council (NHCUC) Counselors' Tour of eleven campuses throughout the state. I learned so much, and am grateful to the many admission officers, faculty, staff and students who graciously hosted our group of 25 from across the country. IECA members like me routinely visit at least 20 schools each year, and in 2014 I spent time on 40 campuses! This is what keeps us current and helps us build relationships so that we can, in turn, not only introduce our students to a variety of approprite options but also effectively advocate for them if and when they decide o apply to these schools..
Campus Visits Summer 2014
As an independent educational consultant, I aim to visit between 20 and 30 college and university campuses each year. My three most recent trips this summer (2014) have brought me to Washington, DC (American, Georgetown and George Washington universities and Corcoran College of Art + Design); southern Connecticut (Fairfield and Quinnipiac universities) and Westchester County, NY (Sarah Lawrence College and SUNY Purchase).
I learn so much from these visits and from speakiong with admission officers privately, and I often text or send photos via my cell phone to my students while still on campus when I sense that particular places might be a potentially terrific match with their unique needs, preferences and personality. :)
Check out my most recent video that I created from photos I shot at Sarah Lawerence and Purchase.
And read my blog about the benefits of summer campus visits.
For a full list of campuses I've visited since 2009, see below.
Consortium of Vermont Colleges (CVT) Bus Tour/Spring 2014
I joined 39 colleagues who serve as public and private school counselors or work as independent consultants, like me, on a whirlwind tour of 18 Vermont campuses (in six days!) during this April's CVT Bus Tour. The knowledge I gain from campus visits like these enables me to continually think about appropriate, "new" options for my students, whether degree, study-aboard or summer programs. I can't wait for the next tour!
Five Colleges Tour/Fall 2013
I'm looking forward to my upcoming trip to the Five Colleges, Inc. in the lovely Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts October 20-22. As one of a select group of counselors, I'll be spending two full days immersed in all that's happening at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. As a Mount Holyoke alumna (who also took courses at Hampshire and UMass as an undergrad), this will be a particularly exciting time for me.
PS Update: Loved the tour! View the short video I created from photos I snapped at Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges.
New Jersey ACAC College Tour/Summer 2013
I was one of 38 high school and independent counselors who visited five New Jersey colleges (Monmouth University, Princeton University, Rowan University, Rutgers University and Stockton University) n July of 2013. Check out my short Princeton video.
IECA Spring Conference 2012/Boston
Read my recent blog about the spring IECA conference in Boston; check out the short video I put together after my IECA tours of Curry, Dean and Regis colleges.
Bucknell, Susquehanna and Penn Videos/Spring 2011
I spent two full days at Bucknell and Susquehanna universities as a participant in a special IECA tour as well as a morning at the University of Pennslyvania. View a short video I made at Bucknell; see my Susquehanna video and check out my Penn one.
IECA Spring Conference 2011/Philadelphia
I just got back from the the spring IECA conference. Wow! Read my recent blog "Straight from the Horse's Mouth" to find out how what I learned will directly benefit my clients.
Spring has sprung! Time to visit colleges...This short video captures just some of what Sandra Moore recently saw while visiting Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY) and Pace University (Pleasantville, NY).
Experiencing college campuses first hand is an essential component of the college search and application process and, more often than not, “seals the deal” when students are trying to determine the school they ultimately will attend.
Similarly, a college counselor serves families best having in-depth knowledge of the wide variety of educational options available.
To that end, each admission season Sandra M. Moore visits a number of post-secondary institutions. Below is a list of four-year schools visited since 2009.
American University (Washington, DC)
Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
Art Institute of Boston (Boston, MA)
Babson College (Babson Park, MA)
Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)
Barry University (Miami Shores, FL)
Barnard College (New York, NY)
Bates College (Lewiston, ME)
Bennington College (Bennington, VT)
Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)
Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Boston University (Boston, MA)
Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)
Brown University (Providence, RI)
Bryant University (Smithfield, RI)
Bucknell Universtiy (Lewisburg, PA)
Burlington College (Burlington, VT)
California College of the Arts (Oakland, CA)
Castleton State College (Castleton, VT)
Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, NY)
Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA)
Champlain College (Burlington, VT)
Colby College (Waterville, ME)
Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH)
Colegate University (Hamilton, NY)
The College of Saint Joseph (Rutland, VT)
The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY)
Columbia College (Chicago, IL)
Columbia University (New York, NY)
Connecticut College (New London, CT)
The Cooper Union (New York, NY)
Corcoran College of Art + Design (Washington, DC)
Curry College (Milton, MA)
Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
Dean College (Franklin, MA)
Denison University (Granville, OH)
DeSales University (Center Valley, PA)
Drew University (Madison, NJ)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL)
Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL)
Emerson Collge (Boston, MA)
Endicott College (Beverly, MA)
Eugene Lang College (New York, NY)
Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT)
Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison, NJ)
Flagler College (Saint Augustine, FL)
Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne, FL)
Franklin Pierce University (Rindge, NH)
Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
George Washington University (Washington, DC)
Green Mountain College (Poultney, VT)
Goucher College (Towson, MD)
Hamilton College (Clinton, NY)
Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
Iona College (New Rochelle, NY)
Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY)
Jacksonville University (Jacksonville, FL)
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
Johnson State College (Johnson, VT)
Johnson and Wales University (Providence, RI)
Keene State College (Keene, NH)
Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)
Keiser University (Ft.Lauderdale, FL)
Landmark College (Putney, VT)
Lafayette College (Easton, PA)
Lehigh University (Allentown, PA)
Lesley College (Cambridge, MA)
Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
Lyndon State College (Lyndonville, VT)
Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL)
Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY)
Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT)
Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
Mills College (Oakland, CA)
Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA)
Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ)
Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA)
Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA)
New England College (Henniker, NH)
New England Institute of Technology (East Greenwich, RI)
New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester, NH)
New York University (New York, NY)
Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Norwich University (Northfield, VT)
Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
Pace University (NYC and Westchester campuses)
Plymouth State College (Plymouth, NH)
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Providene College (Providence, RI)
Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT)
Regis College (Weston, MA)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
Rhode Island College (Providence, RI)
Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI)
Richard Stockton College (Gallaway, NJ)
Rivier University (Nashua, NH)
Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI)
Rollins College (Winter Park, FL)
Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ)
Rutgers University (Brunswick, NJ)
Saint Anselm College (Manchester, NH)
Saint Michael's College (Colchester, VT)
Salve Regina University (Newport, RI)
Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, NY)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
Siena College (Loudonville, NY)
Simmons College (Boston, MA)
Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Smith College (Northampton, MA)
Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, NH)
Southern Vermont College (Bennington, VT)
Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
Stetson University (Deland, FL)
Suffolk University (Boston, MA)
Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA)
SUNY Albany (Albany, NY)
SUNY New Paltz (New Paltz, NY)
SUNY Purchase (Purchase, NY)
Sterling College (Craftsbury Common, VT)
Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ)
Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
Trinity College (Hartford, CT)
Tufts University (Medford, MA)
Union College (Schenectady, NY)
University of California/Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
University of California/Davis (Davis, CA)
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA)
University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH)
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)
University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
University of Tampa (Tampa, FL)
University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Vermont Technical College (Randolph Center, VT)
Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
Wells College (Aurora, NY)
Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
Wheaton College (Norton, MA)
Wheelock College (Boston, MA)
*List updated 4/24/2017