Students
  • attend all group and individual meetings (punctually)
  • sign up online or submit paper application by all test deadlines
  • communicate desires/wishes honestly with parents and counselors
  • be realistic about expectations
  • respect advice of counselors
  • meet deadlines by getting materials into College Counseling Office two weeks before due dates
  • be actively engaged in admissions process
  • follow up communications and requests from colleges in a timely manner
  • keep a calendar for admissions process
  • create a file and keep all college admission materials organized
  • focus on the right colleges (ones which will meet your needs)
  • do not submit multiple deposits
  • know your application deadlines, application fees and individual college's required supplements.
  • students should NOT apply to more than 15 colleges
Parents
  • attend meetings of College Counseling Office
  • read all correspondence from the CCO including College Counseling updates in the weekly Parent Scoop 
  • communicate with students/counselors
  • be realistic about expectations; let the student's college list be theirs, not yours
  • respect counselor's advice
  • know that we want what is best for the student
  • work with us not against us
  • hold student accountable for meeting their responsibilities
  • treat college counselors as professionals
  • support the application process (due dates etc.)
  • make visiting college campuses a top priority
  • monitor student's progress in admission process
  • support student's desires/needs; make the student accountable and take ownership of the college application process
  • celebrate student successes; don't dwell on failures
  • be supportive of your student during the process
College Counselor
  • be knowledgeable about the college admission process
  • treat each student as an individual
  • advocate for the student
  • facilitate the application process, including providing colleges with a transcript, school profile, and official school recommendation for each candidate  Note: Counselors are not responsible for registering students for standardized testing, providing fees, or sending out official scores.
  • be accessible; communicate frankly, honestly and promptly
  • keep the student's best interest in mind
  • maintain confidentiality
  • educate students/parents about the admission process
  • listen to students and parents
  • keep students/parents aware of the Financial Aid/ Scholarship process
  • report to colleges any significant changes in a candidate's academic status or qualifications between the time of recommendation and graduation
  • provide future assistance after graduation

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430
978-827-7000
admissions@cushing.org

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.

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