Finding Your College at LTS
Long Trail School’s college guidance counselor, Scott Magrath, knows that colleges are vastly different today than they were a generation ago. Not only are they more expensive, but they are also harder to get into.
Magrath has an open door and an accommodating schedule to students and families at Long Trail, no matter what grade the child is in. He hosts college nights for grades 8 to 10, as well as for the more traditional grades 11 and 12.
He notes that the landscape of college admissions has shifted. In the past, a family could start the college process in junior year and be fine. Now, the process of learning about one’s own preferences and financial requirements requires more time. Magrath states, “The application process can be as important as where the student ends up enrolling.” The price of a college education has caused a need to invest more effort and time in managing affordability, and an increased need for scholarships, raising the level of competition for funds.
Next summer, Magrath will lead the Advanced Secondary School Counselor Summer Institute, run by the New England Association of College Admissions Counselors.