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).
When do colleges conduct interviews for prospective applicants?
College counselor Jerome A. Cole, MA discusses when colleges normally conduct interviews for perspective applicants.
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Speaker: When do colleges conduct interviews for prospective applicants?
Jerome Cole: I think there are probably two primary time periods or timeframes, if you will, when colleges conduct interviews. The first is during the spring of a student's junior year; you will see a lot of students that will be visiting college campuses during the spring and that's when quite a few interviews take place. The other timeframe would be the fall of your senior year; so the months of September, October, November, December, traditionally when you see a lot of colleges interviewing seniors. So I would plan to look at those -- from a planning's standpoint I would look at those two periods that's not to say that if they are not done during the summer or other timeframes, but those are the two primary periods when colleges conduct interviews.