WATCHUNG – Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung held its annual College Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The event featured over 100 colleges and universities from throughout the country. Mount students from all grade levels had the opportunity to attend as did a group of students from Oratory Prep in Summit. The parents of Mount juniors and seniors were also invited.
Students spent the afternoon speaking with college representatives and collecting literature on the schools’ programs and application procedures. “The experience furthered my understanding of the schools in which I am interested and gave me a chance to continue the dialogue I’ve already started with college representatives,” said Mount senior Samantha Aurilia.
“There were a lot of schools I hadn’t considered before,” said Mount junior Juliana Albano. “It was a great chance to see a wide variety of colleges.”
The fair has proven helpful to the visiting colleges as well as the students in attendance. “The event allows the Mount and the colleges to gain insights of each other,” said Patricia Bixel, Director of the Office of Student Services. “By sharing information with our students, we afford them the opportunity to have a personal interview that provides them with valuable information about the college.”
For Mount junior Kelly Wong, the event provided abundant access to prospective schools. “It was an amazing experience for me because it gave me the opportunity to meet representatives directly and ask questions,” she said.
The annual event is part of a broader effort by the Office of Student Services to expose Mount students to opportunities in higher education. Numerous college representatives visit the campus in Watchung each week. Students are also introduced to and guided through the college application process in College Skills classes. With a one hundred percent college acceptance rate, the Mount maintains a school culture that aims to prepare students for college and beyond. Students in the Class of 2011 now attend schools including Harvard University, Georgetown University, Duke University, Cornell University, Brown University, the University of Notre Dame, and Boston College. Last year’s senior class, comprised of 113 students, also earned over $12 million in college scholarships and grants.
Mount Saint Mary Academy is a Catholic, independent school which provides an exemplary college preparatory education for young women in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1908 as a sponsored work of the Sisters of Mercy, the Mount remains committed to challenging each student to develop her fullest potential in a Christian atmosphere of love and caring.
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