While many EH seniors await their college acceptance letters, some have already received an early holiday gift. On December 12, Ms. Brianna Chiaraluce, a University of New Haven counselor, met with eight prospective students in a one-on-one interview during Instant Decision Day. By the end of the 10 to 30-minute consultation, students walked away knowing whether they were accepted into the institution or not. The 8 seniors who participated in this event were each accepted and offered scholarships ranging from 20,000-23,000 dollars!
At EHHS, all senior students are offered this ‘instant decision’ opportunity for UNH and Albertus Magnus College. Prior to the event, an application was to be sent through the Common Application along with all other required materials, such as the student’s SAT/ACT score, mid-year transcripts, recommendation letters, etc. Besides the regular application cost through the Common App, there was no supplemental cost to participate in the event. In addition to an admissions status, Ms. Renee Seufert, an EHHS guidance counselor, states, “This process does not include the financial aid package that will be offered from the university, but the admissions rep may inform the student that the university is offering them a merit scholarship.” Through the experience, students can receive early personalized benefits from the college based on their academic performance, application, and interview. In addition, students can ask questions about the college directly to the admissions counselor. This event gives students a chance, unlike any other applicant. “There are many benefits to getting done with the process early, including reduced waiting period for decisions, more financial aid available, less stress once everything is complete,” says Ms. Seufert. The opportunities and benefits offered to students makes the stressful process worthwhile.
Personalizing your application helps you stand out to the admissions counsel of your desired school. Believing in this importance, UNH offers students in regional high schools the chance to schedule an interview with an admissions counselor at their school. Though students who apply Early Decision (ED) to the institution are required to meet for an interview, Instant Decision Day gives students a unique opportunity to receive a status update immediately after Personalizing your application helps you stand out to the admissions counsel of your desired school. Believing in this importance, UNH offers students in regional high schools the chance to schedule an interview with an admissions counselor at their school. Though students who apply Early Decision (ED) to the institution are required to meet for an interview, Instant Decision Day gives students a unique opportunity to receive a status update immediately after the interview. Furthermore, this decision is non-binding! If students are accepted, they still have the choice of attending a different institution. The event proved to be worthwhile for students. One participant, EHHS Senior Melissa Nuñez, states, “The face-to-face interview made me more comfortable with applying and settled my nerves about receiving my admissions decision.” Though it can seem nerve-racking to be told directly about acceptance or rejection, the opportunity is worthwhile.
Ms. Chiaraluce says, “It is an opportunity for us to create a memorable and exciting acceptance for the student. We always want to make our potential students feel welcome and excited about their admission to the university, and we figured this is one fun way we could do that.”
With eight admitted students and an accumulated $175,000 received in scholarships, EHHS’ collaboration with UNH proves to offer great opportunities to students. Though decision day is months away, students are geared up with one acceptance letter in hand. The class of 2021 and all other underclassmen can now begin to consider options for next year and prepare for their own possible interview and instant decision.