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Navigating Your Way to College Success

Learn what colleges are really looking for in a student, what has changed and how to prepare

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  • Learn how to define your interests
  • Determine your personal fit and colleges for you
  • Understand the role of testing, course selection, and activities in a high school career
  • Learn how to identify your college application support system at your high school
  • Learn how to find your story and voice for your personal essay
  • Discover tools to make your application stand out from the rest
  • Set goals for year one of college
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About this course

The college application process is so much more than writing an essay and hitting submit. It's a step-by-step process that takes time, effort, some introspection and a plan.

This is a chance to begin at the beginning and step back from the automatic assumption that college must be the next step — a reminder that college is not only more school, but also a chance to choose and configure programs that match your individual talents, timing and style of learning. You will be able to concentrate on what you are interested in, learn in a more independent way and start to make serious plans about your career.

Learn from college experts, authors, bloggers and students as they share personal stories that shed light on the college application process from both the applicants' and the colleges' perspective. Learn what colleges are really looking for in a student, what has changed, how to prepare and what to expect.


This course is designed for:


  • High school students applying for college
  • Parents who want to learn more about all aspects of the college application process

In this course, you will:

  • Learn how to define your interests
  • Determine your personal fit and colleges for you
  • Understand the role of testing, course selection, and activities in a high school career
  • Learn how to identify your college application support system at your high school
  • Learn how to find your story and voice for your personal essay
  • Discover tools to make your application stand out from the rest
  • Sset goals for year one of college

Each college adviser provides exercises to help you hone your skills, as well as reading and resources you can turn to for inspiration and further insight. This course is designed to be taken more than once and used as a reference for tools and "just-in-time" resources while you are applying to college.


College advisers include:

  • Ray Ravaglia, former director of pre-college programs, The School of The New York Times
  • Dr. Aviva Legatt, affiliated faculty at University of Pennsylvania and independent college admissions consultant at VivED Consulting LLC
  • Christine VanDeVelde, journalist and co-author of "College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step"
  • John Darnton, author and former New York Times journalist and editor
  • Alan Katzman, CEO and founder, Social Assurity
  • Lisa Heffernan, author and blogger, (Grown and Flown)

Student guides include:

  • Marya Friedman, Wesleyan University
  • Anabel Getz, Georgetown University
  • James Kogan, Hunter College
  • Matt Martratt, Lassiter High School
  • Sean Panado, St. Augustine High School
  • Cate Pasquerelli, Cooper Union School of Art

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Course Curriculum

Unit 1: To Get You Started

  • Course Introduction (2:19)
  • Ways to Take This Course
  • Meet Your Student Guides
  • Join Our Facebook Group
  • Exercise: Turning the Tide
  • Special Offer: 2016 College Symposium Free Pass

Unit 2: College, What's It All About?

  • Unit Introduction
  • Meet Your Adviser (0:49)
  • Student Spotlight: College Opens Opportunities
  • Being Clear About What You Want (3:45)
  • Exercise: Creating a List of Objectives
  • Identifying Personal Interests (5:22)
  • Exercise: Finding Your Strengths
  • Exercise: Comparing Your Findings
  • Tools and Resources

Unit 3: It Starts With You

  • Unit Introduction
  • Student Spotlight: How Did I Choose Schools?
  • Meet Your Adviser (0:58)
  • What Is Personal Fit? (0:48)
  • Ways to Assess Your Values (3:50)
  • Exercise: Take a Break
  • Exercise: Determine Your Values
  • Debriefing the VIA Survey of Character Strengths (4:34)
  • Exercise: Creating a Vision
  • Narrowing Your School Choice (5:17)
  • Tools and Resources


Your Instructor

The School of The New York Times

The School of The New York Times is a place for students to explore their passions while meeting and networking with like-minded people.

The school offers educational programming for professional and pre-college audiences, offering classes on writing, editing and content marketing as well as courses that explore the most important issues facing the world today, such as politics, business, culture, science and innovation.

Frequently asked questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course — you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like; across any and all devices you own.

Will I get a grade or certificate?

No grades will be given in this course but you will receive a certificate of completion once you finish all the lessons.

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