Camp College FAQ's



General Questions/Students/Parents

What is Camp College?
Camp College is an overnight college access and information program that is geared toward upper level high school students (rising sophomores and above)

Where is Camp College?
The locations for Camp vary by summer. We are grateful to Canisius College (Buffalo, NY) and SUNY Potsdam (Potsdam, NY) for hosting the 2017 sessions.

When is Camp College?
Camp will take place at Canisius College July 8-10, 2017 and at SUNY Potsdam July 21-23, 2017.

Who should attend Camp College?
If you are a self-motivated, college-bound high school student and you are interested in planning for your journey after graduation, you should attend. Thinking you should attend college, but you’re unsure what you should be doing to get there or what your options might be? You should also attend.

How much does Camp College cost?
Thanks to the generosity of the host campuses and New York State Association of College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC), the support of a number of colleges and universities, community-based organizations, and individuals, Camp College is free for all participants (transportation excluded). That’s $0.00!

How do I get there?
Any way you can! Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Camp College. Buffalo, NY is easily accessible via car, air, train, or bus. Potsdam, NY is best accessed via car or bus.

Costs associated with transportation to the program are the responsibility of the group(s), organization(s), or individual(s) in attendance. If you are interested in sharing the costs of transportation with others, please contact the co-directors at camp.college@nysacac.org.

Why do I have to attend with a group or chaperone?
Due to liability and insurance policies, it is important for every student to be on campus with an adult chaperone. Need help finding a chaperone? Contact us at camp.college@nysacac.org.

Who can chaperone me at Camp College?
Any adult over the age of 21 can accompany you to the program as a chaperone. Most chaperones are school counselors, community-based organization staff or volunteers; youth group mentors, or parents. All chaperones will be expected to submit to a background check, take on mentorship responsibilities and participate fully in the program.

Do I have to stay for the entire program?
Yes, Camp begins on Friday afternoon and ends on Sunday afternoon. Participants must be able to participate in the entire weekend in order to be accepted.

 

Mentors/Chaperones

What is the difference between a mentor and a chaperone?
All adults at Camp serve as mentors for the weekend. Chaperones bring students to participate in the program and may not be affiliated with the profession. Volunteer mentors are professionals in the field who share a passion for helping students navigate the post-secondary planning and college admission process. They may work in the admission office at a college or university, in a high school, or for a community-based organization. The mentors and chaperones comprise the staff at Camp College and play a major role in facilitating all activities for the weekend.

What are the expectations for mentoring/chaperoning at Camp College?
We ask for positive attitudes and contributions, adherence to all Camp and host campus policies (including submitting to a background check), and helping to supervise a group of 120-150 high school students. This means late nights and early mornings for the weekend.

How do I get involved as a Camp volunteer?
NYSACAC members and college admission professionals should complete the mentor application here.

If you are interested in chaperoning a group of students to Camp, you must submit the chaperone forms here.

 

Potential Host Campuses

I would like to host Camp College on my campus. What do I do?
Interested in bringing Camp College to your campus? For more information, contact the co-directors at camp.college@nysacac.org.

What are the benefits of hosting Camp College?
Hosting a Camp College session is a great way to exhibit your campus, collaborate with and support New York State ACAC, admission professionals and students. Not only are you able to highlight opportunities at your institution for an eager group of prospective students; hosting Camp College also offers the opportunity for high school counselors and other admission professionals who help students find universities to experience your campus.