Representatives from 26 colleges and universities across the country recently visited Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) and were impressed with what they saw. More than 100 teen artists met with the reps at this year’s college fair, making a profoundly positive first impression.
“After the event, a number of college representatives called and emailed saying how impressed they were by our students’ talent and professionalism,” explained LIHSA Guidance Counselor Melissa Stencel. “They were equally impressed by how well prepared the students were for the college application process.”
Among the colleges represented were Boston University, Penn State, New York University, Wagner College, Montclair State University, James Madison, Hofstra University, PACE, the Fashion Institute of Technology and several SUNY schools.
“Hosting the annual college fair provides our students with an opportunity to acquaint themselves with the programs of more than 25 colleges, universities and conservatories,” said Jack Lenson, interim principal of LIHSA. “This helps students to evaluate their options and make informed decisions about college applications. The fair also gives college representatives an opportunity to see our students perform and to affirm that our students will make substantial contributions to their programs.”
At LIHSA, college prep is serious business and students put a lot of work into it. They are guided through the process step-by-step by their program directors, guidance counselors and teachers, who help them with everything from college applications and essays, to portfolio reviews and prescreening of performance recordings. Once all the applications have been submitted, the process of individualized scholarship searches begins.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students,” Stencel said. “They are able to network with colleges on their home turf, allowing the representatives to see where they perfect their craft. It can be overwhelming at first, but our artists rose to the challenge. Student response was fantastic—they really impressed the representatives.”
Visit www.nassauboces.org/lihsa or call 516-622-5678 for more information about BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts, located at 239 Cold Spring Rd. in Syosset.