GTCNYC Scholar Testimonials
I want to thank GO TO COLLEGE NYC for all your help during the college admissions process. Your advice was invaluable; beginning with our first meeting the summer of my junior year. You truly helped me present the best version of myself to the colleges. Your expertise advocating for lower income students provided advice that didn’t occur to my college counselor (getting in touch with the diversity coordinators at the different schools was a stroke of genius, and it gave me an edge in the admissions process). You also helped me craft emails to college reps, how to conduct myself during interviews, advice on tackling the SAT, etc. At first, I was truly terrified about the college admissions process, feeling woefully unprepared compared to my schoolmates (many of whom took years of SAT test prep, while crafting their college essays in the fall of their junior year). Therefore, I’m deeply grateful GTCNYC offered personalized guidance and help to students like myself, who wouldn’t have gotten it otherwise. Again, I’d just like to reiterate how much I valued your input throughout my entire college admissions process. GO TO COLLEGE NYC clearly offers a tremendously important service to NYC students from lower income backgrounds. Keep up the good work!
None of my good success would be possible without the assistance I received from GO TO COLLEGE NYC. Thank you for helping me get this far!
Thank you, so much, GO TO COLLEGE NYC, for all you have done for me. That includes refining my college list, attending workshops on how colleges filter applications and make decisions, as well as covering the cost of applications and financial aid reports.
GTCNYC Counselor Testimonials
Although we have full-time college counselors, it’s difficult giving every student all the time they require, when they require it. This is especially true for students needing the most attention, like those from families struggling financially, or with little to no experience with the college process. GO TO COLLEGE NYC does a fantastic job supplementing our work in the college office, in every capacity; including helping students with their essays, providing timely deadline reminders, and suggesting additional schools. Once accepted, GO TO COLLEGE NYC goes the extra mile, providing care packages for our lowest income students, with dormitory essentials for those going away to college. In addition, our GO TO COLLEGE NYC counselor always copies my colleagues and I on all emails sent to our students, striking a successful balance between high school and independent counselor, which is often hard to find.
GO TO COLLEGE NYC helped my seniors develop a list of colleges commensurate with their individual strengths and talents, while providing honest and authentic feedback. They also provided me with fabulous resources that I plan to use as I counsel high-achieving, underrepresented students. I am extremely grateful, and highly recommend GO TO COLLEGE NYC to others.
My school is beyond blessed to work with GO TO COLLEGE NYC as it provides our students with valuable insight and support regarding the college application process. GO TO COLLEGE NYC has become an excellent resource for my students, helping them improve their applications and explore colleges offering the best financial aid.
“We caution institutional leaders who celebrate their graduation rate gains to take a good look at their data and ask whether they are doing enough to get more African-American, Latino and Native students to graduation and to close completion gaps. The answer for many institutions is, ‘No’. Fewer than half of the institutions we analyzed raised rates for their underrepresented students and cut gaps. Institutions can and must do more to serve [underrepresented] students.”
~ Kimberlee Eberle-Sudré, a higher education policy analyst at The Education Trust