College Planning

Like everything at Purnell, the college planning process is personal and individualized.

Our College Guidance Office will assist you in finding the right path for yourself after high school, whether that be at a college, university, or other option.

Purnell graduation

This way to college

There is a clear path to college from Purnell, with plenty of guidance along the way.

Sophomore Year

Students take the PSAT in both the 10th and 11th grades so they become comfortable with taking standardized tests. This test also serves as a benchmark for those planning to take the SAT or ACT.

You’ll have the opportunity to take a diagnostic test offered by an outside test preparation company that will help you determine whether you will be more successful on the SAT or ACT. Additionally, we offer both SAT and ACT test preparation courses on campus.

Although there are many colleges that are test optional and some schools consider recommendations, essays and transcripts much more strongly than the SAT/ACT, we want to make sure that you are prepared should you want to take either test.

Junior Year

Students take the PSAT in both the 10th and 11th grades so they become comfortable with taking standardized tests. This test also serves as a benchmark for those planning to take the SAT or ACT.

Although there are many colleges that are test optional and some schools consider recommendations, essays and transcripts much more strongly than the SAT/ACT, we want to make sure that you are prepared should you want to take either test.

In our College Process class you’ll determine what you are looking for in a college, figure out possible majors, and research colleges based on your interests. You’ll present information about two colleges to your classmates, practice interviewing skills, and begin visiting various colleges.

In April, you’ll attend the New Jersey National College Fair where you will meet representatives from various colleges around the world.

Senior Year

Our Senior English class places special emphasis on writing for a public audience. You’ll work on college essays and applications under the guidance of the College Guidance Office, the English Department and the Affinities Coordinator during the fall term.

We’ll assist you in all aspects of the college application process throughout the year. We understand the anxiety surrounding this process and work closely with families to ensure that everyone’s needs are being met.

Naviance

Naviance has a variety of potential uses for families during the college search. Use the program to:

  • Link directly to college and university websites, and resources for scholarships, financial aid, and more
  • View student information, including test scores and grade point average
  • Compare a student’s statistics to past Purnell applicants to the same college or university
  • See when college admissions representatives are visiting Purnell

Connect to Naviance

Login information is provided to students and parents/guardians. Please contact the College Guidance Office if you need to reset your password or have any other questions.

Purnell Graduates are Prepared for Success

Our graduates are confident. They are responsible. They are self-advocates in their learning. They live and work well with others. With all this preparation, with all this experience, it is no surprise that Purnell has a 100 percent college acceptance rate.

Class of 2016 Matriculation List

2013-2015 College List

Transcript Requests

If you need records sent to an employer, school or other program, please complete our Transcript Request Form.

College Admission Representatives

Please contact our College Guidance Office at (908) 439.4060 for more information about scheduling a visit to Purnell.

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