The excitement of college counseling at UNIS is that the world is our campus. Each year our students apply to and enroll at universities in ten or more countries outside of the United States.
UNIS students are educated to become lifelong learners and active, responsible citizens fully prepared to continue their studies anywhere in the world. Our graduates leave UNIS to attend colleges and universities across the United States and in many other nations.
Admissions officers value applications from UNIS because they know that our students contribute a distinctive maturity, intellectual vitality, and broad outlook to their student body. Our International Baccalaureate curriculum imparts a dynamic combination of knowledge, skills, independent research, critical and creative thought, and international-mindedness. Grounded with the knowledge and skills from the IB curriculum and other classes, UNIS graduates easily adapt to the rigor of college academics.
Stay up-to-date with the College Office
We encourage you to consult the following places for College Office resources and time-sensitive updates:
- College Corner: This weekly bulletin, linked in each week's Tut House Newsletter, is the primary resource for information from the College Office. It includes links to important documents, upcoming deadlines, useful instructions, notices about upcoming events and college visitors, and highlights from past events you may have missed.
- Schoology: The College Office Team posts updates to Schoology with important reminders, exciting event invitations, and all visits from college representatives.
- Naviance: This software helps you and your college counselor organize your college search and application process. Students receive access to Naviance, and training about how to use it, in the spring of junior year.
- Email: The College Office sometimes sends important alerts via broadcast email, and individual counselors may send emails to their students/families with important updates about the application process.
College Admissions Demystified (January): This evening program launches 11th grade families on their college search. The range of college planning activities offered by the college office is described in depth at this meeting.
College Planning Seminars (March-May): These seminars, available to 11th grade students, are designed to address the various components of college selection. The importance of decision-making, becoming informed about college options, learning to use various resources and understanding the details related to the college selection process are among the topics covered.
Parent Coffees (March-May): These meetings throughout the spring of 11th grade enable parents to meet informally with the college counselors to discuss topics of interest.
UNIS College Fair (April): This event is held each spring for 11th grade students and parents. Itattracts admissions representatives from over 150 colleges in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
Saturday with Admissions (September): This event, held in early September each year, provides 12th grade students and parents the chance to gain practical information about the college process through small group workshops conducted by admissions officers on application options and writing the college essay. Participants review actual applications and partake in a simulation of an admissions committee.
Individual College Visits (September-December): Each fall, over 100 colleges and universities from around the world visit UNIS. This gives seniors the opportunity to meet college representatives face-to-face in small group settings and gain direct information about colleges of interest to them. Seniors are permitted to miss six classes for college visits, but must obtain written permission from teachers as least two days in advance. Juniors are permitted to attend college after school or during lunch and free periods.
Financial Aid Information Program (October): This event for students and families of any grade provides guidance on the process of the various types of aid and how to apply.
Looking Ahead to College (November): Two programs—one for 11th grade families and one for 9th/10th grade families—introduce students and parents to the various facets of the college selection process. These programs also provide guidance to younger students as to how they can develop greater personal awareness as to their strengths and interests through participation in summer programs and school activities.
The Interview Workshop (June): Led by an admission professional conducting mock interviews, this workshop provides rising 12th grade students the chance to learn about this important aspect of the admissions process.
Senior Seminars (May): Offered throughout 11th and 12th grade, these seminars deal with transition issues such money management, sexual orientation, health and wellness, diversity on campus, time management, campus safety, relationships and leaving home. Guest speakers are brought in to address these various topics.
Letting Go (May): This program provides insight for parents on topics related to the transition to college.
Director of College Counseling
"Each year admission results bring distinction to our students and their families and to the entire UNIS community."