By: Andrew Mees, Director of College and Athletics Communications firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloomfield College gave guidance counselors from around the country a special glimpse of the private, liberal arts institution on July 9, as the school welcomed the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC) for an installment of the organization’s second annual Summer College Tour.
“We are delighted to take part in this year’s NJACAC College Tour, and we hope it continues to be a success and tradition in the state,” Director of Admission Nicole Cibelli said of the day’s activities. “We hope the counselors had as much fun here today as we had hosting them, and we look forward to being a part of this great initiative again in the future.”
One of six New Jersey institutions to participate in the three-day event, Bloomfield welcomed the counselors onto the 11-acre campus for a morning filled with insights into the College’s innovative educational offerings and new era of expansion.
Greeted by President Richard Levao, board of trustee members and members of the Bloomfield College Alumni Association (BCAA) for a mid-morning breakfast, counselors were then taken on a guided tour of the school’s newest state-of-the-art crown jewel, the Franklin Street Residence Hall, to begin the day’s itinerary. Visitors took in the building’s signature amenities, including its game room, movie theater and rooftop courtyard to cap the first highlight of the morning program.
An informational session about the College’s cutting-edge academic programming followed the tour, as representatives from each of Bloomfield’s seven academic divisions – including division chairs and Vice President for Academic Affairs Marion Terenzio – presented the inner workings of their respective areas and took questions from visitors. An Instagram scavenger hunt and campus tour concluded the day’s schedule, giving the counselors an interactive way to see all the historic campus has to offer its students while gaining valuable insights to pass along to their current pupils.
The New Jersey affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the NJACAC is comprised of over 1,200 professionals dedicated to the goal of helping students transition from high school to college. The organization is the only professional association whose members come from secondary schools, community-based organizations, colleges and universities.
“Every one of us who came here today feels Bloomfield College is a first-class institution,” tour coordinator and Hunterdon Central Regional High School (Flemington, N.J.) counselor Jennifer Nuechterlein said of the group’s stay on campus. “It says an awful lot about a school to have so many alumni, faculty and staff be such a big part of something like this, and it really made impression on all of the counselors. Students are lucky to have a community like this that supports them, and we are so happy the school allowed us to come on campus and see it for ourselves.”
“It was great to have school counselors from all over the country visit Bloomfield College - many for the first time - as part of the College Tour,” Vice President for Enrollment Management Adam Castro said. “We pride ourselves on providing a warm and efficient admission process for interested students, and building strong working relationships with these passionate and energetic counselors makes the process more enjoyable and less stressful for everyone involved. I could tell they are truly committed to their students’ success, and they will now return home with valuable information and great stories about Bloomfield College to share with them.”