Director of College Counseling, The Edmund Burke School
Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).
Where do college interviews take place?
College counselor Jerome A. Cole, MA discusses where a typical college interview will take place.
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Speaker: Where do college interviews take place?
Jerome Cole: Well, I would say for the most part, they take place on college campuses and normally that it is in the office of college and office of undergraduate admissions. There are some schools they do what they call a alumni interviews and those normally take place in your local area. So, for example we live in Washington, DC; we happen to know that there are large numbers of college educated people here in DC.
So if you are applying to a particular university, they have a alumni here in the Washington, DC area, you could very well end up doing an alumni interview here in Washington. Those normally take place in someone's workplace or at a public setting, a coffee shop or restaurant or whatever; they normally about 30 to 45 minutes in length and pretty informal. Basically, they are just trying to get to know who you are as a person. So, I would say, primarily two locations, the college campus itself and then for some situations they will actually take place in your local area and probably be an alumni who does that.