College Advising

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Who we are...

At Baltimore City College, we pride ourselves on the tradition of providing a rigorous academic curriculum through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. By offering every student rigorous studies and high caliber extracurricular and co-curricular activities, we aspire for our students to demonstrate excellence and to succeed in the best colleges.  We strive for our students to become committed and responsible citizens active in their local and global communities.

The college application process is a key component to each City College student’s experience at the Castle on the Hill. Not only does this process serve as the culmination of all of the academic preparation encouraged during one’s time at City, but more perhaps more importantly, the process also serves a journey; a journey into an independent adulthood and a lifetime of learning, for which one’s City College experience is the cornerstone of that foundation.

At City, we in the College Advising Office are eager and ready to help all students and parents navigate that journey in a way that is personal and best suited to their individual needs and talents.  Embracing City’s mission of providing academic programs that incorporate communication, intercultural awareness, and inquiry-based learning, we structure an exploration of each student's sense of self, interests and talents, ambitions, and long-term aspirations.

Your Role...

 

As a Student 

      Students must take ownership of every aspect of this process.Students need to be open-minded. Listen to all that one may hear, but do so critically, all the while staying true to one’s aspirations and goals. In doing so, always evaluate the reliability of your sources. Resist the notion that there is one perfect school: a superb education can be gained at many an institution.

      Ask tough questions of yourself. After thinking hard about interests, learning styles, and desired social settings, commit to thorough research. Visit with admission officers and ask thoughtful, informed questions. Visit prospective campuses in person (if possible) or at least do so virtually. Only through such thoughtful work will one be able to design an informed and appropriate college list.

As a Parent 

      Be sure to make this your child’s college search process. Listen, keep an open mind, and be sure to make your child owns this process; after all, it is he or she going off to school, not you… and you certainly want to help prepare your child for success in that independent life that he or she is about to embrace.

       If necessary for your situation, have an open and candid conversation – as early as is practical - about finances and any limitations that need to be considered.

 Always show support. Be involved in the process, but resist the temptation to direct or to steer it.

      Recognize the complexities of this process that your child is internalizing and be careful to consider what this process is really all about. While the first step is certainly gaining admission to schools and choosing one to attend, this piece is merely the small, initial step in the more important journey of intellectual and social maturation that the undergraduate years provide. And in that process, a student’s sense of happiness and “fit” can make a world of difference, regardless of admit rates.

 

As a College Counselor 

      Familiarize ourselves with new information about colleges’ admission policies and practices, new programmatic developments at the broad array of schools our students consider, and new admission offices’ staff development.

      Educate college admission officers about The City College community, the Opportunities City students pursue here, and about the students themselves as a precursor to the collegiate life our students seek to lead.

       Provide the information and support necessary to students and parents to facilitate as smooth a transition to life after City as possible.

       Structure a process that requires and enables students to develop a sense of responsibility and personal empowerment in this important decision-making endeavor, all while offering support and care to the needs of the individuals involved.

As college advisors, we will:

      Strive to provide comprehensive and professionally sound advising that addresses the student’s individual needs – academic, social, emotional, and financial. We recognize that this college search journey will be unique for each student; therefore, we will focus upon the personal strengths of each student and use those strengths to guide every student’s path.

      Focus on the idea of “match” or “fit” in providing advice to students about process and about specific educational opportunities. While part of that decision-making journey will incorporate specific information regarding schools’ selectivity issues, we want to help students focus on the idea of finding a set of schools that provide confidence, wonder, and enthusiasm regarding their future, schools that are best-positioned to provide opportunities for future success.

      Push hard to make each student take responsibility for the considerations and decisions this process demands. By pushing each student to lead his or her own search process, we hope that students will learn and embrace the idea of applying the wide variety of skills that the Baltimore City College curriculum fosters in a real-world application, all in a situation fully supported by committed professionals.

      Seek to work in partnership with students and parents to make this search process as smooth and as meaningful as possible.

 
 

Our events...

 

Interview clinic: 

The Junior Interview client is an opportunity for the Junior class to practice interview skills, resume building and professionalism. Students will be aided in creating their own academic resume, and will meet for a short mock interview with industry professionals, and will receive instant feedback! This is the kickoff to the Junior admissions process. 

 

College Fair: 

The Annual College Fair is an amazing opportunity for our students to meet with over. 100 colleges and universities, community programs, and scholarship opportunities. 
 

Knights of the Round Table: 

Every year, Baltimore City College alumni are invited back for a round table discussing with our current seniors to share their insight on the college process, adjusting to college life, and reflections on their foundational experience at Baltimore City College and how it prepared them for college success. 

FASFA Workshops: 

Throughout the academic year, seven FAFSA workshops are available to assist families in submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We rotate the timeframes to be accessible to as many families as possible. We also assist families with FAFSA by appointment, by reaching out to the student’s college advisor. 

 

Coffee Hour:

Throughout the academic year, we host several Coffee Hours. Families are invited to chat with our college advisors to discuss anything and everything college related. This is a great time for a first time family or a veteran college-going parent to share advice, best practices, and connect with the college access community at Baltimore City College. As a treat, we always provide coffee, tea, and something sweet! 

 

Summer Tour:

Each summer, the College Advising Office hosts our Liberal Arts College Tour. Students are selected to attend a 3 day college exploration of some of the top private liberal arts colleges and universities to learn more about the college application process, visit campuses, and connect with admissions professionals. 

 

Bootcamp:

Each summer, the College Advising Office hosts 3 College Boot Camps at Baltimore City College. These boot camps sessions are free and  give rising seniors a head start in the college application process. These sessions include: the college application portfolio, creating a Common Application account, practice writing a college essay, and preparing for the financial aid and scholarship process. Students that attend our summer boot camp are well prepared for the college process and are able to balance both the college process and academics when the school year begins. 

 

Fall College Tour: 

The Senior class is invited to our Fall College Tour before the college application season begins. As a school field trip, The College Advising Office will select a variety of colleges and universities in Maryland and neighboring states to learn more about the college application process, tour a college campus, and even have lunch in their dining hall. The purpose of this college tour is to allow students that have never visited a college campus to gain that experience and to give them an opportunity to learn from admissions professionals what it takes to be successful in college, no matter which campus they choose. This trip is at no charge to the student. 

Meet our Staff

 

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    1. College you went to: York College of Pennsylvania B.A. Mass Communications, Loyola University of Maryland, M.A. School Counseling 

    2. Activities & Clubs you did in College: Black Student Union, Student Senate, Admissions Ambassador, Relay for Life, WVYC Radio, 

    3. Things you do at school: Advisor: The Civil Rights Trip, Advisor- A Few Good Men

    4. Specialities in the college process: I’ve spent 3 years as a college admissions counselor, focusing on recruitment in the areas of diversity, STEM, and general liberal arts. 

    5.  Anything else you are proud of: I am a proud alumnus of Baltimore City College, the Mighty Class of 2007. I am also a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. the first African-American, intercollegiate Greek-lettered fraternity.

Phone: 410 - 396 - 6557

Fax: 410 - 243 - 0669

3220 The Alameda
Baltimore, MD 21218

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