John Adams' College Goals:
John Adams High School is determined to prepare and empower all of our students to 
achieve academic success. We motivate our students to become responsible citizens and contributing members of today’s society. Currently, we offer a range of Advanced Placement programs and are working with Colleges to give our students the opportunity to earn free college credits while still in high school. Everyday at John Adams we encourage our students to reach for the stars .
Mr. Dwyer, College Advisor
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SAT & ACT Info:
The SAT & ACT are standardized tests widely used for college admissions in the United States. Most colleges requires a SAT or ACT score in order to be a qualifying applicant. Students don't have to take both tests, they may take whichever test they prefer.

Financial Aid:
Student financial aid in the United States is a funding that intends to help students pay education-related expenses including tuition, fees, room and board, books, and supplies for education at a college, university, or private school.

A scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further his or her education. Scholarships are awarded based upon various criteria and can be awarded to anyone who fits that criteria. Scholarship money is not required to be repaid.

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College is an investment you make for your future. The amount of time you spend preparing for college can lead to great benefits.

Mapping your Future committed to helping students, families, and schools navigate the higher education and student loan processes through trusted career, college, and financial aid counseling and resources. Mapping Your Future's student-minded information portal and person-to-person financial loan counseling provides unbiased financial aid education to help students understand the student loan process,

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            but the fruit is sweet.  ~Aristotle

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SUNY schools are:

  • State funded public colleges. 
  • Slightly more expensive than CUNY colleges 
  • Numerous with 64 institues
  • Research universities, academic medical centers, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, agricultural and technical institutes and an online learning network 

CUNY schools are:

  • State funded public colleges
  • Senior and Community colleges
  • Fairly numerous, there are 23 CUNY schools in New York
  • Generally easier to get in to than SUNY colleges

Private colleges are:

  • Rely on funding from tuition & private contributions
  • Generally more expensive than public colleges
  • They usually have smaller class sizes than public colleges
  • Harder to get in to than public colleges
  • Prestigious and well heard of