Secondary School Recommendation
Secondary School Recommendation (or SSR) is created by your student's College Counselor and sent to colleges with your student's application. The SSR includes information from Teacher Comment Sheet (TCS) and Extracurricular Activities Sheet (EAS). Your student should ask one teacher per semester to fill out the TCS. The EAS is completed by coaches and teachers who cover EA activities.
How important is an SSR? Vital. Therefore, TCS and EAS are also vital. It is your student's responsibility to submit these forms to teachers. However, they are not mandatory.
Just because SSRs are about College Applications does not mean that they are only important to 12th Graders! The foundation of a good SSR - the completed TCS and EAS forms - start in 9th Grade. The completed TCS and EAS forms are collected in a folder by your student's counselor and in 12th grade are used for the SSR.
College Counselors need information from these forms to be able to write an SSR which is personal to your student. Bear in mind these counselors have a very large caseload to deal with and the folder containing your student's TCF's and EAS's helps them remember who your student is and where his/her strengths rest.
Tip - remind your student to complete and hand these forms to a teacher or coach in a timely manner. Don't expect last minute submissions to cause happiness. Teachers have a lot of work to do.... Also, be sure to check that the TCS and/or EAS is returned by the teacher. If your student is doing special high level courses or research, make sure that the counselor is aware of this and that it is included on the SSR. SSRs help colleges to know who your student is in a simple and efficient manner. When dealing with thousands of applications, (think 60,000 for NYU in 2015) college admissions officers will take every bit of help they can get!
College Visits to Stuyvesant
Many Colleges have been visiting Stuyvesant and offering Information Sessions. New colleges are added to the list as they come up. Seniors should check outside Room 222. For information or go to this link for the schedule: http://bit.ly/2dUUP5i
27th Annual Latino College Expo & Leadership Summit - Open to Students of All Backgrounds
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., New York University
This event is open to students of all backgrounds!
NACAC College Fair
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Jacob Javits Center
This is perhaps the biggest college fair of the spring.
Colleges that Change Lives NYC College Fair
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 1:00 p.m., The New York Hilton Midtown
This fair is held by representatives from over 40 small, private, liberal arts colleges featured in the classic book by Loren Pope.
FREE eBook - College & Career Planning
As your students prepare for the next stages of their lives, they may be excited and overwhelmed with the number of paths that lie before them. Choosing a major, a school, and a career are important decisions that can determine the course of their futures. Those choices should be made using the proper tools. You can help your student find expert guidance on planning for college and careers through this FREE eBook – College & Career Planning: 6 Easy Ways to Start Preparing for What’s Next. They’ll discover how to: * Assess their interests, abilities, and values * Explore majors that fit their interests * Explore careers that align with their goals * Discover schools that share their values and offer majors they’re considering * Measure their academic readiness * Estimate the cost of attending a college or university
More College Resources
An interesting resource for students preparing to apply for college is the organization, brEDcrumb, which offers SAT/ACT waivers and covers application fees for up to five colleges. Check this link: http://www.bredcrumb.org/
Senior Parent Night
For those who missed Senior Parent Night: AP of Guidance Casey Pedrick did a presentation on understanding the college admissions process. The evening included a slide show. Those slides are available now on the Stuy Website - go to Academics, then College Office, then Parent Presentations or click the link below.
Financial Aid Presentation
Read the PA BULLETIN for college related articles, which can be found in every article. Click here for a list of the most recent relevant articles.
Please be sure to also check the Stuyvesant College Office webpage for ongoing information and updates.
NEW!! The Stuy College Office is now on Facebook! Click here to read periodic updates about college related events at and around stuy. Please note: You may need to log in to your Facebook account to see the page.
- The Senior & Junior Bulletins listed on the Stuy College Office Web page. Click on the College Bulletin link on the right side of the page. Every month, the College Bulletin has an extensive list of scholarship programs. They are also automatically emailed to all senior families and to junior families in their spring terms.
- The Scholarships, Aid, and Awards page on the Stuy PA web site. The PA offers a limited list of opportunities, which are listed as various scholarship and aid sources notify us of their availability. Check the Stuy College Office Web page to learn about more opportunities.
- Stuy academic department Web pages. From time to time, individual departments list scholarships.
- The FastWeb.com Web site.
- The FinAid.org Web site.
- The MeritAid.com Web site.
- The ScholarshipMentor.com Web site.
College Preparation Checklist
College admissions is an increasingly competitive process. The Federal government has put together this simple checklist to help parents and students make informed choices about choosing a career, taking the right classe, and finding money for school. It's never too early to start thinking about your child's college admissions strategies.
- SAT / SAT II Registration
- Info about SAT score availability
- ACT Test Dates and Registration
- Info about ACT score availability
Princeton Review offers automatic discounts to all Stuy students. Tell them you are a Stuy student when you register for courses to take advantage.
Kaplan has created a landing page on their Web site for Stuy families with discount offers and free resources. Click here to learn more. Note that Kaplan also offers limited discounts for Stuy students. Make sure to tell them what high school you attend for benefits.
- May 2014 - Is This Still the SAT?
- February 2014 - An ACT for the 21st Century
- February 2014 - What Counts in the College Admissions Process (Keith Berman presentation)
- November 2013 - Attributes of a Well Balanced College Application
- November 2013 - Breaking Down FAFSA and Financial Aid
- November 2013 - Top Secrets of One Top Stuy Student
- September 2013 - Expanding College Options - the "Hidden Ivies"
- September 2013 - Acceptance - That's All We Want
- April 2013 - Keeping Score of the Colleges
- April 2013 - Summary of Common Application Changes for Fall 2013
- April 2013 - Financial Aid, FAFSA, and the NYS Tuition Assistance program
- February 2013 - Financial Aid Practices Under Review at Selective Institutions
- February 2013 - The Importance of Extracurricular and Summer Opportunities
- February 2013 - College: Experience vs. Expectations
- February 2013 - The Times They Are a Changin'! (about proposed Common App changes)
- December 2012 - Mastering a few Common College Interview Questions
- December 2012 - Consultant Kal Chany's Take on Financial Aid
- October 2012 - Bon Mots From an Eyewitness to the Gatekeepers
- October 2012 - Demystifying the "Holistic" Admissions Process
- April 2012 - Motivating Students to Prepare for College Entance Exams
- April 2012 - Stress and the Stuyvesant Student
- February 2012 - Summer Opportunities - It's Not Too Early to Start
- February 2012 - The Ivy League Is Nothing More Than an Athletic Conference Peter Johnson Offers College Advice
- February 2012 - Financial Aid Tips from a Pro (Kal Chany)
- June 2011 - Advice from Stuy Parents of Successful College Applicants
- May 2011 - Thinking Ahead: Advice for College Applicants and Parents from Michael Motto
- April 2011 - College Advice: Understanding What Admissions Officers Look for in a Student's Application
- March 2011 - SAT or ACT: Which Should Your Child Take?
- March 2011 - College Advice: Tackling the Personal Statement
- March 2011 - Are Our Children Racing to Nowhere
- March 2011 - Teachers Present Contest Opportunities in Science and Humanities
- January 2011 - Advice from an Ivy League Admissions Director
- January 2011 - College Advice: Does Applying for Financial Aid Affect Admission Outcomes
- January 2011 - Summer Opportunities - It's Not Too Early to Start
- November 2010 - College Advice: AP, Honors, or Regular - Why Course Selection Matters
- November 2010 - Advice from a Financial Aid Expert
- June 2010 - A Parent-to-Parent Panel Provides Practical College Advice
- May 2010 - Expert Advice on Stress and Success
- March 2010 - Internships and Research Opportunities for Stuy Students
- January 2010 - Summer Opportunities for Stuyvesant Students
- January 2010 - Whether to Sit for the SAT or Get Into the ACT
- June 2009 - PA Panel Provides College Advice to Parents
- May 2009 - Three Critical Questions for College Applicants
- February 2009 - Parent Advice: Resources for Struggling Stuy Students
- November 2008 - Three Views on College Admissions
- November 2008 - College Admissions: Expert Advice
- November 2008 - The Importance of Extracurricular Activities
Ever wonder where former Stuy alums have gone on to college? Stuyclopedia for the list of colleges that students now attend. Click on the name of each school to learn the names of the alums who are enrolled there.