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RHS College Nights

Grades 9-12

RHS College Nights

Over the next few months, Robert Lovvorn, Riverdale’s College Counselor, is hosting a number of college nights for students and their families. In the past, Riverdale has traditionally offered one for the seniors in the fall and one for the juniors in the spring. This year, however, we’ll be hosting grade-specific college nights in both the fall and spring.
Robert Lovvorn was recently in Seattle with approximately 3,000 college admissions professionals (and another 1,400 online) for the annual NACAC College Conference. He’ll be bringing the most up-to-date data and advice, often directly from the admissions teams themselves, to each of these college nights so that students are better prepared regardless of which stage they are at in the process. College Nights will be held via Google Meet, and access links will be shared closer to the event date.

Senior College Night: October 7th, 2021, 6–7 p.m.

While most of our students are well into the application process at this point and regularly meeting with our college counselor, there are a lot of specific issues that are worth repeating for both parents and students. We’ll cover admissions timelines, “insider information” on the 2020–2021 application review process, how materials are sent to and received by institutions, the virtues of spacing out one’s applications, and much more.

Senior College Financial Aid Night—FAFSA and Merit Scholarships: October 12th, 2021, 6–7 p.m.

With FAFSA opening on October 1st, many families will already be in the process of working through applications for federal student aid, but there are always a lot of questions about what colleges do with that information when received and how different types of scholarships and awards are determined. We will cover the basics of the “Expected Family Contribution,” how that number affects award amounts, student loans, parent loans, and merit scholarships.

Junior College Night: October 21st, 2021, 6–7 p.m.

There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding how some institutions will address the 2022–2023 applicant cycle, but here we will spend a significant amount of time helping students and families prepare for how to navigate the year to come as well as how to begin exploring opportunities to engage with schools in which one may be interested.

Sophomore College Night: November 9th, 2021, 6–7 p.m.

Having begun their time at Riverdale in distance learning, there are undoubtedly a lot of issues that are particularly relevant to our sophomore class and how to best prepare for the not-so-distant application process. While we will certainly touch on what that process looks like, we’ll mainly focus on what sophomores can do right now to better put them in a position to succeed, no matter the type of school they are looking at.

Freshmen College Night: November 18th, 2021, 6-7 p.m.

Often students reach their junior or senior year only to realize that hindsight is 20/20—it would have helped then to know what they know now. We will touch on a number of these subjects: most particularly, grades, course selection, extracurriculars, and service-learning opportunities.