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

For current students, the following resources are available: 

  • 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.

Helpful Resources

College Counseling Timeline

Tut 1

  • Strengthen vocabulary by reading - prepares you for  future standardized tests and the IB.
  • Study hard, earn best grades possible - build the foundation for success in the IB, as well as university admissions
  • Get involved in school activities and summer activities too - explore and find activities you are good at and truly really enjoy.
  • Choose sophomore courses with care - understanding your academic strengths and where you may need extra support and focus. 
  • Work hard, have fun, and start to think about what you might like to do in the future. 

Tut 2

September

  • Strengthen vocabulary by reading - prepares you for  future standardized tests and the IB.
  • Study hard, earn best grades possible - build the foundation for success in the IB, as well as university admissions
  • Get involved in school activities and summer activities too - explore and find activities you are good at and truly really enjoy.
  • Get involved in activities, during summer, too - explore and find activities you are good at and truly really enjoy.
  • Attend CIS/IB University Fair at UNIS to begin exploring types of colleges/universities from around the world. 

October

  • October PSAT administered to all students at UNIS (required).  Scores will be received in December.  No study or preparation necessary, as this is an opportunity to learn about the test and what it’s like to take a standardized text under official timed conditions.  

January - February 

  • Begin to think about IB diploma course selection.  Choose courses based on interests and possible university admission options. Carefully consider courses that are right for your academic background and special interests.  Choose your courses thoughtfully!

April - May 

  • Consider taking a mock ACT for diagnostic purposes, and comparison with the PSAT/SAT.  
  • For students considering universities with standardized test requirements (SAT/ACT) begin formulating a test preparation and study plan.  
  • Study hard for best grades possible.  

Summer

  • Make your summer productive - this is an especially good time to continue activities or start something new.  
  • Consider preliminary review of material for standardized tests (SAT/ACT).  
  • Rest and have fun and keep reading. 
     

Tut 3

September 

  • Attend CIS/IB University Fair at UNIS to begin exploring types of colleges/universities from around the world. 

October

  • October PSAT administered to all students at UNIS (required).  For US citizens, permanent residents and greencard holders, results of this PSAT will be used in the National Merit Scholarship competition.  
  • Save your best graded papers, with teacher comments, which might be used with some test-optional US colleges.  
  • Gather artwork for portfolio (if applicable)

January

  • Students receive counselor assignments and introduction email.  
  • Complete Initial College T3 College Planning Survey
  • UNIS College Kick-Off Event: Demystifying College Admissions  (for Juniors and their families)

February

  • First ACT
  • Meetings with college counselor begins 

March - April 

  • Seek out your counselor - continue meeting 
  • First SAT
  • Attend College Planning Seminars (March-April) 
  • Develop an initial college list with college counselor
  • Visits to colleges during Spring Break - or extracurricular activities 
  • ACT
  • Attend Spring College Fair at UNIS (180+ universities attending) 
  • Complete the College Office - Personal History Form 

May

  • Students and parents attend Saturday With Admissions program (required) 
  • Seek out your counselor - continue meeting
  • Attend College Essay Writing Workshop and/or UK Personal Statement Workshop
  • Speak with your college counselor first, and then two teachers about letters of recommendation
  • SAT
  • Consider registration for SAT Subject Exams (only for students considering universities that require or strongly recommend such exams)
  • Set up your Common Application (College Office workshop) 

June

  • First draft of your common application essay and/or UK personal statement 
  • SAT or ACT
  • Great month to visit colleges - to better understand your personal preferences and academic prospects for admission - looking for your match (fit).  Demonstrated interest may be important at some colleges/universities.  
  • Parents complete “parent recommendation” for their son/daughter. 

July & August

  • Work on a draft of the Common Application and supplemental essays and/or UK Personal Statement 
  • Make the most of your summer - important to keep up your activities - work on your Extended Essay 
  • Rest up and get ready for T4
  • Visit colleges! 
     

Tut 4

September

  • Update counselor on college list and possibility of any early applications to university
  • Turn in second draft of college essay(s) and/or UK Personal Statement 
  • Attend CIS/IB University Fair at UNIS to begin exploring types of colleges/universities from around the world. 
  • Any remaining SAT subject tests (only if required).  
  • ACT
  • Reconfirm two teachers to write recommendations
  • Meet with college representatives (With teacher approval, all T4 students may miss up to 6 class periods to meet with visiting universities.) 
  • Attend Financial Aid evening program and begin to file all financial aid forms (FAFSA and/or CSS Profile)
  • Consider scheduling interviews with colleges/universities 
  • Work on applications 

October

  • SAT/ACT
  • Visit or re-visit colleges during long weekends/break
  • With college counselor, review and revise college list - deadline to notify college counselor about early applications (both US and UK) 
  • Continue to meet with college representatives visiting UNIS 
  • Turn in school forms to college office
  • Pay attention to application deadlines and requirements
  • Work on applications

November

  • Nov. 1 - First major Early Decision/Early Action application deadline (US) 
  • Nov. 15 - Second major ED/EA application deadline (US)
  • Narrow college list down to final selections
  • Wrap-up visits and schedule remaining interviews

December

  • Dec. 1 - 15  Earliest Regular Decision application deadlines at some universities. 
  • Pay attention to application deadlines and requirements
  • Complete and be prepared to submit all college/university applications 
  • Winter Break - College Office is CLOSED .

January

  • Jan. 1 – Major Regular Decision application deadline
  • Jan. 15 – Major Regular Decision application deadline
  • Pay attention to application deadlines and requirements

February & March

  • Enjoy two months with minimal college-related activities

March

  • Most admission decisions received this month

April

  • Many opportunities to revisit campuses
  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss options
  • Notify those colleges that you are no longer considering

May & June

  • May 1 – deadline to make your final decision (all US universities) 
  • Notify your accepted college of your enrollment plans
  • Speak to your college counselor about wait list issues and conditional offers of admission
  • Graduation!
     

UNIS Programs

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 (May): This event provides T3 students (rising T4) 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 (September/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.

Standardized Testing

Recommended Standardized Testing Timeline:

  1. SAT
  2. ACT
  3. TOEFL
     

School Profile

Financial Aid

FAFSA
CSS Profile
Resources for Non-US Citizens
 

Meet our Office

Co-Director of College Counseling
Paul Greene
(212) 584-3060
prgreene@unis.org

Associate Director of College Counseling
Danielle Jakob 
(212) 584-3101
djakob@unis.org

Co-Director of College Counseling
Tiffani Hooper
(212) 584-3149
thooper@unis.org

Associate Director of College Counseling
Brooke Smith
(212) 584-3116
bsmith@unis.org

Administrative Assistant
Jennie Gonzalez
(212) 584-3004
jgonzalez@unis.org