On the evening of Wednesday, December 18, the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County was honored to welcome representatives from nine prestigious colleges and universities to its inaugural college panel and fair for all high school students and their parents. Organized by Ms. Karen Sheff, director of college guidance, and Ms. Marisa Gelb, assistant director of college guidance, the event provided attendees with an insider’s look at critical information about applying to college. HANC Principal Rabbi Shlomo Adelman remarked, “Our inaugural College Fair was an extremely effective first step in the college process and provided necessary and valuable information to begin identifying potential college choices.”

During the panel, which was moderated by Ms. Sheff, representatives from Columbia University, Hofstra University, NYU, Queens College, SUNY Albany, SUNY Binghamton, Touro’s Lander Colleges, UMass Amherst, and Yeshiva University answered questions about the selection process for admission to their institutions. Panel members provided insightful information about academic and standardized test requirements, appropriate high school course loads, and the components of the application each establishment focuses on during the admissions process. The panel also discussed Jewish life on and off campus and the variety of opportunities available to students at their university and abroad.

This event culminated in three sessions in which each representative met with students and their parents in small groups to answer questions regarding their specific college or university. Students were able to introduce themselves to the representatives, discuss their personal goals, and find out insider information about admissions. This event proved to be a huge success, with more than 150 people in attendance. v


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