college bound

In their spring semester of junior year and fall semester of senior year, all ESA students take a College Bound class with our college counselor, Meghan Gray. Students learn about different types of colleges, work on college applications, and learn career skills such as writing resumes.

Brianna Paulino Earns President’s List Honors
SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran congratulates Brianna Paulino class of 2017 for earning the highest of honors during the fall 2017 semester. “I’m proud that you’ve earned the right to be named to the SUNY Canton President’s List,” Szafran said. “You’ve demonstrated a commitment to your academic studies and I’m proud of your accomplishments. Here’s to your continued success in all of your future endeavors.” This honor recognizes full-time students who achieve a GPA of 3.75 or greater.

Isa Ghit Earns President’s List Honors
Isa Ghit of New York, NY was recently named to the President’s List at SUNY Potsdam. Ghit, whose major is Theatre , was among 882 SUNY Potsdam students who were honored for academic excellence in the Fall 2017 semester. College President Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg recognized the students for earning top marks. To achieve the honor of being on the President’s List, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Fatoumata Ouattara Named to Fall 2017 Dean’s List
Fatoumata Ouattara class of 2017, was among 1,534 SUNY Oneonta students who earned Dean’s List honors for the fall 2017 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying a course load of 12 hours or more.

Brian Duran Recognized at EOP Honors Convocation
Brian Duran class of 2017, will be recognized at Buffalo State’s annual Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Honors Convocation. Duran was among the students who achieved a 3.0 GPA during the spring or fall 2017 semester, or who has a a cumulative 3.0 GPA for the 2017 calendar year.

Dionelys Jimenez makes the fall 2017 Dean’s List at SUNY New Paltz
SUNY New Paltz is proud to congratulate Dionelys Jimenezof Brooklyn, NY, for being named to the Dean’s List for the fall ’17 semester. Dean’s List designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade-point average in a semester with a full-time course load.

Sasha Parrish makes the fall 2017 Dean’s List at SUNY New Paltz
SUNY New Paltz is proud to congratulate Sasha Parrish of New York, NY, for being named to the Dean’s List for the fall ’17 semester. Dean’s List designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade-point average in a semester with a full-time course load.

Avery Santiago Named a BOLD Scholar
Avery Santiago has been selected for Ithaca College’s inaugural cohort of BOLD Scholars, comprising 10 juniors who have become part of an initiative focused on cultivating courageous leadership among college women. Through a comprehensive review process, Santiago was chosen from among over 100 applicants for her exceptional leadership abilities, critical thinking skills, passion for building community and ability to facilitate challenging discourse.

Carla Cobb Named to 2017 Fall Semester Dean’s List at DePauw University
DePauw University congratulates Carla Cobb on being named to the Fall 2017 Dean’s List. The Dean’s List recognizes students who achieve a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Our recent graduates have been accepted to…

Adelphi University


Agnes Scott College

Alfred State College

American University of Paris

Bard College

Beloit College

Berea College

Brooklyn College


Bronx CC

Cayuga CC

City Tech

Clark University

College of Art Chicago

College of Saint Rose

College of Staten Island

Colorado State University at Colorado Springs

Cornell College

Cornell University

CUNY Lehman

DePauw University

Dominican College


Earlham College

East Stroudsburg University


Emory University

Eckerd College

Fairleigh Dickinson



Goucher College


Hartwick College

Hobart and William Smith

Hofstra University

Hudson Valley CC

Hunter College

Indiana University

Iona College

Iowa State


Ithaca College

Jamestown CC

John Jay College

Kansas State

Kenyon College

Kingsborough CC


Le Moyne College

Macaulay Honors College at Lehman

Marquette University

Manhattanville College

Mercy College

Medgar Evers College

Mohawk Valley CC

Monroe College


New College of Florida

New England College

New York University

Niagara Country CC


Oberlin College

Pace University

Penn State

Pepperdine University

Pitzer College

Purchase College

Purdue University

Queensborough CC

Quinnipiac University


Russell Sage

Sage College of Albany

Sarah Lawrence College

Seton Hall


Siena College


South Carolina State


St. John’s University

St. Josephs College

St. Peters University SUNY Brockport

SUNY Broome

SUNY Buffalo State

SUNY Canton

SUNY Cobleskill

SUNY Delhi

SUNY Fredonia

SUNY Geneseo

SUNY  New Paltz

SUNY Old Westbury

SUNY Oneonta

SUNY Oswego

SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Purchase

Syracuse University


Temple University

Tulane University

University of Albany

University of Connecticut

University of Iowa

University of New Haven

Warren Wilson College

Wayne State University


Western New England College

York College

University of Buffalo

University of Michigan

University of New Hampshire

University of Texas

Utica College

Updated September 2019

FREE Tech360 SQUAD Program – Application Deadline September 15th

New York On Tech is a non-profit organization seeking to prepare the next generation of technology leaders emerging from NYC. Through their TECH360 Squad program, sophomores and juniors in NYC high schools participate in a free, 10 week after-school technology program. 


 FREE Museum of Natural History Classes – Application Deadline September 15th

Every year, the After School Program (ASP) at the Museum of Natural History offers courses to New York City high school students interested in the sciences. There are courses in astrophysics, earth science, genetics, and more.


FREE Cooper Union Saturday Academy – Application Deadline September 18th 

The Saturday Academy is a full scholarship, year-round program for New York City area high school students, grades 10-12, and is ideal preparation for students interested in pursuing a degree in art.


 FREE CUE’s Teen Art Collective – Application Deadline September 20th 

The CUE Teen Collective is an engaged group of teens with art on their minds. Their aim is to collaboratively investigate the New York Art World through field trips, artist talks, and discussions


PAID InterseXtions: Gender & Sexuality Internship – Application Deadline September 22nd 

In this paid internship, join other NYC LGBTQ+ teens to explore gender and sexuality in art, through a lens of race, class, culture, religion, nationality, and language.


It Girl Program: Syracuse University

The 9th Annual It Girls Overnight Retreat

Sunday, October 6 – Monday, October 7, 2019

For just $25, students can visit campus, sleep in a hotel, take interesting and fun workshops, and hear from YouTube Influencer Margot Lee. This interdisciplinary hands-on program engages female students interested in businesscommunicationsengineeringdatainformation, and critical thinking.


Open Society Foundations-Deadline, October 22nd 

Youth Activist Fellowship: The Soros Justice Fellowships seek applicants for its Youth Activist Fellowships. Applications are due on October 22, 2018 (11:59 pm PDT).


SEO Scholars Program-Deadline, December 6th 

For more than 55 years SEO Scholars has helped close the achievement and opportunity gap for thousands of underserved public high school students. 


 DOROT Teen Volunteer Opportunities – Rolling Admissions

Teen interns provide direct services to DOROT’s elders. Through ongoing training, interns learn about the challenges of aging through workshops and field–based experiences. 


Urban Park Rangers Conservation Corps – Rolling Admissions

The Ranger Conservation Corps (RCC) is an urban environmental internship for high school students. RCC participants work on environmental restoration in Forever Wild sites located in our flagship parks. 

Many colleges offer opportunities for high achieving, First-Generation-To-College and/or Students of Color to visit and see what their campuses have to offer. These weekends are FREE and transportation is usually free or subsidized. Please check out the websites below for more information about requirements and how to register for diversity open houses at the following colleges. These programs and competitive and many fill up before the deadline, so don’t delay!

Babson College: Multicultural Overnight Experience, October 27-28, Deadline: rolling basis until mid-September

Bowdoin College: Explore Bowdoin, November 7-10. Deadline: September 27

Carleton College: Taste of Carleton, October 10-12, Deadline: August 19

Carnegie Mellon University: Celebration of Diversity, November 3-5. Register ASAP.

Colorado College: Flyin’ Tigers, October 27-29, Deadline: September 28

Connecticut College: Explore Weekend, November 9-11, Deadline: October 1

Davidson College: Access Davidson, November 3-5, Deadline: August 26 (priority); September 16 (final)

Denison University:, November 2-4, Deadline: October 1st

Dickinson College: Discover Diversity at Dickinson, November 7-9, Apply ASAP.

Franklin & Marshall College: Collegiate Leadership Summit, October 27-29. Deadline: Septemeber 13

Haverford College: Have a Look, October 6-8, Deadline: September 15

Lafayette College: Our Beloved Community, November 9, Deadline: October 1

Lewis & Clark College: Compass Scholars Weekend, November 3-5, Deadline: September 16

Oberlin College: Multicultural Visit Program, October 10-12, November 14-16. Deadlines: September 16, October 21

Reed College: Discover Reed, October 13-15, Deadline: September 9

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Science, Technology, Arts at Rensselaer (STAR) Program, October 25-26, Deadline: September 20

Trinity College: Preview Weekend, November 3-4, Deadline: October 4

Tufts University: Voices of Tuft Diversity Experiences, October 17-18 (Engineering), Arts & Sciences (October 24-25), Deadlines: October 1, October 8

Union College: Getting to Know U, October 13-14, September 22

University of Pennsylvania: PEEP, October 13-15, Deadline: October 15

University of Rochester: Multicultural Visitation, November 10-12, Deadline: Oct. 6

Admissions visits are an important way for students to learn more about a college’s academic offerings, practice engaging with college reps and for colleges to learn more about our school and amazing students. In the coming months, we will have many college visits, all of which are held in Room 210.

Colleges with confirmed visits are as follows:

SUNY Delhi: 9/9 – 10:30 pm

UMass Amherst: 9/13: 10:30

Northeastern U: 9/18 10:30

SUNY Potsdam: 9/18 11:30

Penn State: 9/19 10:30

SUNY Canton: 9/26 11:30

Hobart and William Smith Colleges: 10/4 – 1:20

Hampshire College: 10/24 –  10:30 am

SUNY New Paltz: 10/28 – 11:30 am

Stony Brook University: 10/29 11:30

Ithaca College: 11/4 10:30