Monday, February 27, 2017

Can I be a pre-med major?

That is a common question we answer at the Office of Admissions.  There is a popular misconception about being 'pre-med' or 'pre-law'.  

Pre-med is not a major, rather it is a track of study with a particular end goal in mind.  That end goal is getting accepted into medical school after attaining a bachelor's degree.  According to published medical school acceptance data, Biology is the most common undergraduate major of future doctors, however medical schools accept applicants from other disciplines at near equal rates as biology majors.  Therefore you are generally free to pursue a wide array of majors as long as you fulfill medical school prerequisites such as biology, chemistry, physics and math before applying.  

As for pre-law, The American Bar Association actually does not recommend any one undergraduate major.  Just like medical students, future lawyers come from a wide degree of disciplines.  Law schools often look for applicants that have taken challenge classes in their college curriculum, maintained a high GPA, and scored high on the Law School Admission Test.

At Adelphi there are several Joint Degree Programs for students who know they ultimately want to become doctors and lawyers.  Joint Degree Programs provide students with a direct path to professional careers.  Some programs even allow you to skip a year of college and achieve your goal in a shorter period of time.  For example, Adelphi's Early Admission partnership with Lake Eric College of Osteopathic Medicine permits students to enter medical school after just 3 years of studying at Adelphi.   

There is also a Pre-Professional Advising office located in the Nexus Building.  This office is open to the entire study body and helps students apply to the professional school of their choice, whether it be medical, law, dental or veterinary.   

Monday, February 20, 2017

Does Anyone Know What Time it is?

It’s the start of the Spring Recruitment Season!

Now, before you scratch your head in confusion of what that means let me explain. As you know, the Fall is the time of the year where admissions counselors are always on the go. We’re making visits to your schools, being representatives at college fairs, facilitating on the spot admission events, and just traveling as much as we can to meet with you and put a face to the name. But did you know we actually travel in the Spring as well?

So in case you’re a Senior and you thought you missed us, there’s still time! If you are a Junior and want to get an early head start on checking out colleges, the Spring is the perfect time to start! Us Admissions Counselors at Adelphi cover a wide range of areas from Long Island to even Florida, and many, many areas in between! I in particular travel to Western New York, Hudson Valley, Rockland County, Westchester, and all counties in Connecticut. So if you’re keeping an eye out for us, you just might see us at a college fair very soon.

Here’s just a list of some Regional Fairs that you may find me at:
  • Syracuse NACAC: March 8th 9am-12pm, 5-8pm
  • Rochester NACAC: March 12th 1:00pm-3:30pm, March 13th 9am-12pm
  • Buffalo NACAC: March 15th 9am-12pm, 6-8:30pm; March 16th 9am-12pm
  • Hudson Valley College Expo: March 24th 9am-5pm
  • Southern Connecticut College Fair: April 5th 4pm-8pm
  • Hartford NACAC: April 6th 9am-11:30am, 6:30-8:30pm; April 6th 9am-11:30am
  • Southern Westchester College Fair: April 24th 6:30pm-9pm
  • Northern Westchester College and Career Night: April 25th 6pm-9:15pm

And these are are just a few! Remember, if you want to see an Adelphi Representative at a college fair you plan on attending, definitely don’t hesitate to look out for us! We hope to see this Spring!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Snow Day!

Happy Friday, Future Panthers!

We hope all of our local students stayed safe in yesterday's snow storm (and enjoyed your day off, of course)!  Our current students sure did have fun in the snow- check out this picture of President Riordan with two of our Admissions Ambassadors, Nadia and Brianne, and President Riordan's adorable dog, Georgia.

What is your favorite snow day activity?  If you are from an area where it doesn't snow, what are you most looking forward to doing during your first snow day at here Adelphi University?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Start of Classes

Greetings future AU Panthers! The start of the Spring semester is simultaneously the beginning of a challenging, yet rewarding college decision process! Although the task of narrowing down your ultimate option may seem nebulous and overwhelming at this time, I assure you that if you take advantage of your resources, the decision will come naturally. This is the time to begin (or continue) inquiring about financial aid packages, addressing scholarship questions, begin recognizing differences in academic programs (through researching plans of studies online), meeting with current college students at your preferred institutions, registering for online chats and engaging in virtual tours, requesting class visits if you've been admitted and would like to experience the collegiate classroom for yourself, and finally, VISITING!

The fall and spring semesters are highly encouraged seasons to visit schools because you'll see the student community active on campus- whether it's walking to their class, back to their dorm room, picking up food in the dining areas, or socializing at campus hot spots, students MAKE the campus a vibrant and interactive map of opportunities, creativity, and intellectual growth. I encourage you all to take advantage of our upcoming events that can be found here! Make time to explore all of your options this spring and get in touch with us to talk through any questions or concerns! You can reach our Admissions Office directly at 516 877 3050!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy Holidays and Happy New Years from the Office of University Admissions!

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!  We are looking forward to another wonderful year here in the Office of University Admissions, and we hope to see many of our future Panthers at upcoming admissions events.  Stay tuned for new blog posts in 2017!

Your Admissions Counselors

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Nexus Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

Yesterday was an exciting day on campus here at Adelphi University!  Not only was it the last day of classes for our current students (good luck on finals to all!) but our campus celebrated the opening of the Adelphi University Nexus Building with the Adelphi University Board of Trustees and President Christine M. Riordan.

The Nexus Building is a $76 million state-of-the-art facility that is transforming the Adelphi student experience.  Our College of Nursing and Public Health has ten state of the art examination rooms in the building filled with simulation mannequins.  Our Office of University Admissions, our Learning and Writing Centers, our Office of Academic Services and Retention as well as many other offices on campus are now housed in the building as well.  Classrooms throughout the building have floor to ceiling white board for notes, as well as state of the art computer technology, which students from all majors have the opportunity to experience.

The Adelphi University Nexus Building is an excellent addition to our campus, and we hope you are able to come visit us in the new Nexus Building soon!

Monday, November 21, 2016

What are YOU thankful for?

My favorite holiday is quickly approaching- Thanksgiving! In the world of college admissions, Thanksgiving seems to be the break before the application storm- the influx of early action applications followed by the thousands of rolling admission applications. We take time at the end of this week to reflect what we’re thankful for, but to be quite honest, I might sneak reading a few college applications as well! Whether you’re applying to colleges through early action deadlines or not, I encourage all prospective students to at least begin, if not complete, their applications by the end of November.  Not only will this ensure that you begin to hear with decisions earlier, but will give you time and opportunity to enjoy your senior year! Believe me, you’ll be thankful!

Speaking of thankfulness, I want to reach out to all prospective students, families, and secondary counselor communities and say thank you to everyone that’s made my fall recruitment/travel season a continued success! I work with such talented counselors and students, both in Suffolk County, NY and out-of-state, and there is tremendous joy when I open up the influx of thank you cards in the fall and spring and know that the college application process is as important to my constituents as it is to me! Remember to think about what you’re thankful for this year and know that we’re thankful to be getting to know all our students through their hard work on applications, recommendation letters, personal statements, transcripts, and interview/appointments with us of course! Happy Thanksgiving to all!