Camp College

The New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC) is thrilled to be hosting Camp College NJ again from  July 30th-August 1st  at Caldwell University.

What Camp College is and who attends:
Camp College NJ is an exciting opportunity for students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to learn more about the college admissions process. Specifically, this program is geared towards rising high school juniors and seniors who lack the resources they might need to find the best college matches and successfully complete the application process. Most students who have attended in the past have been low-income and/or the first in their families to attend college.

Highlights of Camp College include:

  • Presentations and more personalized small group sessions that educate about the college admissions process and demystify the college experience.
  • Individualized support from college admissions experts in areas such as researching colleges to find good matches, applying for financial aid, and filling out college applications.
  • A college fair that puts students directly in contact with over 25 college admissions representatives.
  • Meals in the dining hall and an overnight stay in the residence halls, providing a taste of life on a college campus.
  • A career exploration workshop that emphasizes the connection between college and career.
  • Mock College Interview session

Costs:
There is no cost of attendance for students or chaperones for attending the program. Lodging and meals are also provided free of charge.

Chaperone requirements:
If five or more students are attending from the same high school or organization, students must be accompanied by a chaperone. Chaperones can be school counselors, community-based organization leaders, or teachers who know the student well. Chaperones cannot be parents, relatives, or guardians of the students.

One chaperone can accompany up to ten students. While chaperones do not need to travel to Camp College with their students, they must stay for the entirety of the program, including overnight in the residence halls. (All chaperones will be given a single room.) In addition, under the guidance of the Camp College staff, chaperones will become part of the program by helping to lead small group sessions. Much more detailed information will be provided to chaperones about their responsibilities prior to the start of Camp College. Prospective chaperones also should feel free to contact us with any questions. We can also connect you with past chaperones for advice.

While the two days will be full and heavily scheduled, Camp College consistently provides chaperones and students with a richly rewarding experience. Camp College is not meant to replace the role of the school counselor in students’ lives, but rather, to supplement it.

If less than five students are attending from the same high school or organization, students can attend without a chaperone.  However, in this case, students must provide a letter of support from their high school counselor along with their application.

How to apply:
Because space is limited and there is no cost to participants, students must apply for this program. Please read application instructions carefully, as only completed applications will be reviewed.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and we will start a waitlist once the program has been filled. You will receive your admission decision via email, so please be sure to give us an email address you check often.

Email campcollege@njacac.org with any questions.