Six colleges and universities recently offered Valley Central High School (VCHS) students $89,000 in scholarship money and 96 college acceptances over the course of two days during the school’s Instant Admissions event.
On Dec. 15 and 16, representatives from East Stroudsburg University, Mercy College, Mount Saint Mary College, The College of Saint Rose, SUNY Dutchess and SUNY Orange visited VCHS to interview interested students and give on-the-spot college admission decisions.
Students met individually with admissions counselors in a face-to-face setting to discuss their goals, academic history and financial aid. The colleges waived their application fees as part of the event, enabling students who may be struggling financially to apply.
"It gives me a chance to apply to a school I may not have thought of before with nothing to lose,” wrote one student on the event’s feedback form. “It also gives me an opportunity to explain any shortcomings I may have in my academic record. Plus, you don't have to wait to hear about a decision!"
According to Valley Central High School’s guidance department supervisor, Joseph Debold, the college admissions matriculation rate has increased by 10 percent since the high school began hosting the event four years ago.
“We look forward to holding this event each year as it increases the opportunities for our students, especially those who may have been on the fence about applying to college,” he said.
One of the college admissions counselors wrote, “Coming to Valley Central High School is always fantastic because the students have great questions, are prepared to answer questions about themselves and are super professional. The quality of students that we are getting from Valley Central is apparent in their personalities, academic record and the goals they have in mind. We love this event because we can really see who we are getting at our college and we love to hear their backgrounds and future plans."