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Nyack College, through its undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs, pursues its historic mission of preparing men and women to ”take the whole Gospel to the whole world.”

Nyack College offers $500 off First Online Class for New Students Finishing Their Bachelors

Adult students have busy lives.  We run after kids, pay bills, and try to save for the future.  Most know that a bachelor degree will help them advance in their careers.  But still many wonder if finishing college is worth it and if the “quick and easy”, accelerated programs work.  Our school has helped thousands of working adults achieve their academic goals and has prepared them for better placement in the workplace.  They earn more pay.  They clinch big promotions.

OM program Until April 25, 2014, the college is offering $500 off the online program for new students. Learn more below and mention this article when asking for more information. Some restrictions apply and the grant is only available for new students entering the program for Spring/Summer 2014 .


Is Nyack College’s OM Program for you?

The bachelor degree in organizational management prepares students to hone their skills in the workplace, be it as a teller in a bank or customer service representative at UPS.  It’s a degree that opens doors.  The OM degree is not for everyone but it was tailor made for working parents and career minded individuals with packed schedules.

This degree completion program began in 1989 and we’ve graduated over 3000 students so far.  In March 204, we launched cohort 552.


Bachelor degree completion NyackThe Bachelor’s Degree is Fully Online And…

Students with 60+ credits will finish their degree in one year.  Placed in cohorts, you’ll work online and move through the coursework. Guidance is provided at every step.  Mentors will help you work through the readings and discussions.  To start, all you need is a computer.

So with 60 credits and a one year commitment, how much does this cost?  The online degree is $12,600 that is less than a year’s tuition at a private university and par to a public SUNY school.  Don’t forget to ask about our $500 offer to help you get started!

Don’t have 60 credits to transfer? Speak to our counselors and see how you could still graduate in 16 months.


Don’t Believe the Hype.  Believe the Students.

Our students come from all over the tri-state area and the US.  Hear what they have to say about the program and feel free to ask your questions below or on our information form.

“The course material is challenging and the academic standards are high.” -Michael, Cohort 403

“I would recommend this program to anyone who has the desire to finish his or her college degree.” -Anacleta, Cohort 432

“I could never have imagined getting my bachelor degree in 16 months after being out of school for 15 years!” -Valencia, Cohort 456

Nyack is different and has history behind it.  Founded in 1882, we are an institution with two campuses in Manhattan and Rockland County, New York.  We are an accredited school with over 3200 students, representing 62 countries.  Ask us now for more information about this program and others. 

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10 Tips for Surviving Freshman Year in College

It’s here: the moment many high school seniors wait for. The mail had come and the acceptance letters to those dream colleges have arrived.  Freshman year in college gets closer and now new students can plan for success.

As you piece together your fall schedule and organize your wardrobe, keep these tips for success in mind as you enter freshman year in college.

006Schedule your day: Work an eight hour shift that includes classes and classwork. If you start at 9, finish your day at 5. If you start at 10, go until 6pm. But keep a regular schedule of studying which excludes vegging on the couch between class.

Eat meals with different people: It’s best to stay social and really extend yourself to meet new people. By having meals with different groups, you can meet new friends and friends of friends.

Take a variety of classes: Get those pre-requisites out of the way. Register for a full class load that includes a balance between science and math with the liberal arts. Take a few challenge courses too, maybe graphic design, computer science or expository writing. Many students suffer later in their college careers because they need more credits or they need to transfer to another college because of prerequisites.  Long story short, keep your bases covered.

Ask for care packages from home: It’s best to stay in contact with home and in the first few weeks of college, you can get homesick fast. Ask friends and family to send little care packages through the mail. They could be as simple as a card and box of chocolate. The sentiment will keep you fueled through all the freshman change.

Make time for yourself: Get some down time to listen to music, hit the gym or take a yoga class. Reflection and prayer will boost you through the long weeks of study.

Ease Up on the Credit Card: Be responsible with your credit. Don’t rack up charges on new clothes, a new TV or smart phone. Weigh out each purchase and only buy what you can afford. Better yet, use cash. That way when you’re out of money, you are done.

Eat Salads at Lunch and Dinner: French fries and pizza are tempting but eating them at every meal is the fast track to the dreaded freshman-15. Make a habit of always putting salad on your cafeteria tray. Don’t think about it. Just do it and eat up the veggie goodness.

Stock Your Room with Water and Good Snacks: Late night munchies come on without warning. While you’re studying or watching TV, you might get thirsty or hungry at random hours past midnight. Make sure you’ve always something stashed away–preferably healthy choices like water, granola bars, and maybe some fruit you snagged from dinner.

Buy Used Books: Now that you’ve a full class load, it’s time to buy all the textbooks for them. Check the bookstore for used copies and then surf the internet. Amazon and other websites have used bookstores. Be careful to order books in time for class. When in doubt, get the first required reading in the bookstore and then order the rest online.

Visit Every Professor’s Office Hours at least Once: All your teachers are required to be in their offices during the week. On the syllabus, check out the times they’ll be available. Around week three, make an appointment and prepare a question related to the material. By using office hours, you’ll get some extra instruction on the coursework and also begin building a relationship with your professor.

The first year of college is a transitional moment for most young adults. They begin their studies so that one day they can become professionals in the workplace. But before any of that can happen, each freshman has to navigate through the months of hard work, socializing, self-discovery, and even weight gain. How would you advise a new student in their first year of college?


Survival Guide for New Transfer Students


A new student hanging with two upper classmen during campus games

A new student hanging with two upperclassmen during campus games


Welcome to campus!  You’ve made the move and switched schools. You’ve registered for classes and are counting down the days to start fresh at college.  Some students may have changed schools and moved to a different state.  Others may have gone just down the road.  Some still have found their way to our New York City campus.  But no matter how far or near you’ve gone, transferring programs is an exciting time and these tips will help you get settled fast.

Refocus on Academics

A new school means an entirely new roster of classes that are available to you.  Research classes that have been rated very well by the student body.  Look at the courses that weren’t offered at your former school and can now kick start your pursuit of the perfect bachelor’s degree.  Then register, register, register.

Get into clubs that focus on your interests. Or start one!

Get into clubs that focus on your interests. Or start one!

Visit Professors Office Hours

Once classes have started, it’s time for you to get to know the people behind the syllabi.  Getting to know your teachers means that you can learn the ins and outs of your new department and school.  Build a good working relationship with your instructors, come prepared with questions that are class specific, and don’t be afraid to talk about where you’ve come from and where you’d like to be post-graduation.

Join Clubs and Academic Societies

Nyack College has two campuses which offer great opportunities for people who love artsy, suburban living as well as metropolitan lifestyles.  Extracurricular clubs explore your interests outside of class such as hiking, prayer, and volunteerism.  Getting involved is not only good for your resume but also your social life.

Double Check Finances

Talk to financial aid and student accounts.  Make sure your accounts balance and your loans are in good standing.  Don’t be afraid to inquire about scholarships and grants.

Commuters! Stick around and enjoy campus

Commuters! Stick around and enjoy campus

Visit Your Program Director

Getting to know your professors is one thing. Meeting with your program director is great too.  As a small community focusing on student growth, Nyack has program directors that are completely accessible.  Look at the big picture of your academic and professional career.  Then talk about these goals with the director.  She might be able to give you tips about independent studies, paid internships, and professors that specialize in your concentrations.

Ask Questions

And we mean randomly.  Ask questions to your roommates, people walking to the cafeteria, and students working out in the gym.  The more you know the easier your transition will be.  Socially, it’s great to start feeling connected to your new home too.  At Nyack, our students are famous for being super helpful.

Settle into the Dorms

Time to decorate!  You’ve done this before so relax and enjoy the time to set up your bed and drawers as well as your clothes and secret stash of snacks

Commuting?  Spend Lots of Time on Campus

College is your job.  So if you’re commuting, get to work early.  Spending time on campus, even if it’s just to sit on Hillside with coffee, can help you get settled faster.  In Nyack and in Manhattan, coffee shops and pizza joints will tempt you to stick around just a little longer.  So sip and enjoy.

Talk to Your Admission’s Counselor

She may have been your first point of contact but your admission’s counselor can help you with questions about campus.  Our Nyack counselors continue to build relationships with their students.  So please feel free to contact us.

Strike Up a Conversation with a Classmate

It may seem simple and kinda of corny but chatting with your classmates is a great way not only to make sure you’re prepared for class but to meet new people.  Keep it simple and light.  After a few sessions, you’ll have at the very least a classmate you can email when you’ve forgotten if the paper is due this week or next.

To our transfer students that are new to Nyack, we’d like to extend a hearty welcome.  It’s going to be a blessed semester!

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Undergrad Mom Turned Valedictorian and MBA

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Every valedictorian has a story to tell.  This week our featured alumna is the 2011 valedictorian of the Manhattan campus: Annette Mendoza.  On a cold Friday, we caught up with her for an interview about her life as a Nyack Warrior and as an MBA.

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Annette fits into the new category of modern-day college student.  A mother of three and full time professional in the banking industry, Annette began her career in 1994 and in 2007 decided to finish her bachelor’s degree in New York City at Nyack College. She began the interview by saying:  “I started as a [bank] teller and worked my way up.”  She wanted to continue her education but life had its demands.  Her career was going well and she had kids in elementary school.  In a one-year span she had doubled her salary and jumped 10 levels at Dime Savings.  She became a trainer and then assistant manager, diving into analytical work.


On returning to school to finish her degree, she said, “Looking back it didn’t seem fast.  But now it just seems amazing.”


Annette’s Job in a Nutshell

“I don’t do the same thing every day,” said Annette about her work at Signature Bank.  Up early to help her kids out the door, she then leaves her home in Queens and arrives at her Manhattan office by 8:30am.  Her day ends at 5pm and in between she works with branch managers as a technical software analyst.  Her responsibilities include working within the mainframe, ensuring accounts are created and maintained properly.  She runs integrity reports to check client data so that nothing has been entered incorrectly.  She helps customers and bank managers on a daily basis and when big projects come up, such system upgrades, Annette reports to the office on the weekend too.  While life may be hectic she laughed, saying, “I really enjoy what I do.”


Her Life as a Nyack Warrior

Annette returned to school to study business administration.  After 15+ years in the workforce and a busy family life, she made the leap and took night classes at Nyack College’s Manhattan campus.  “I had a feeling in my heart that Nyack was the place for me,” she said when we asked her how tough it was as an undergrad mom.  “The professors were very supportive.  Dr. Grant was always available and accommodating especially when I wanted a finance concentration in New York City.  He helped me make it happen so that I could achieve what I needed to.”


Professors in her undergraduate classes helped Annette plan for the future and when she became valedictorian of her graduating class, they encouraged her to continue for a master’s degree in business administration.


Getting her MBA

Annette didn’t think she could continue if she wasn’t “100% full-hearted” about the program.  She was taking time away from her family.  She was sacrificing sleep and free time.  So when she met the director of the graduate program, she knew what she was facing: 16 intense months that was only possible because of her family, friends, and program mentors.  “Dr. Becker was an excellent professor.  I saw his passion and knew that I wasn’t just a number to him.  There was a personal touch and the professors knew who I was and were concerned about me.  It was a blessing.”


How has life changed with an MBA?

Annette replied simply, saying that she can work in a wider array of jobs.  Her workflow is effectively structured according to best practices that she learned at Nyack College.  The master’s degree in business administration helped her create tools to improve her job performance. “I work smarter not harder,” Annette said, adding that she feels better prepared for the unknown and confident that her career in business has a solid foundation.  In the future, she even hopes to teach business and personal finance.


Advice for MBA students?

“Don’t give up!” Annette explained.  So many times she had an urge to stop and call it quits.  But pressing forward and finishing was one of the greatest achievements she’s had.  In a small cohort of eight students, Annette said the camaraderie helped too.  Each class is a step that the entire group experiences together.


‘There’s a lot of changing.”  Annette described the true challenge of the program.  “You are becoming a master in this field.  You are being shaped and molded.  You will cry, laugh, and then you will look back.  There will be a sense of accomplishment.  So just keep moving forward!”


Final Thoughts and Thank you’s

We asked Annette if she wanted us to highlight anything in particular in this article.  She answered, “Yes!  My husband, Carlos.  I couldn’t have done it without him.”  Her many thanks go out to her children: Christopher, Faith, and Jeremiah for their understanding and support.  Finally, she gives her best wishes to the next cohorts in the MBA program at Nyack College.


Note from the Editor:  Alumni Spotlight is a special column dedicated to Nyack Warriors around the world.  Whether on the banks of the Hudson River or in Battery Park, Warriors go far and wide.  Do you know an alumnus with a great story?  Please message us so we can share their story on our blog.

Alumni Spotlight: George Ramos, AGSC Class 2012

At 1pm, George Ramos was leaving family court when we caught up with him for an exclusive alumni interview.  A graduate of Nyack College’s Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, George has spent the past 6 years working for New York City, first as a Child Abuse Investigator and now as a Family Assessment Coordinator.  A part of the Administration for Children Services, the Family Assessment Program (his employer) helps teens and families in crisis.  The agency provides services and social workers to assist families tackling such issues as truancy and drugs.

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At the very start, George said that he wanted to do this interview in order to expressly highlight his gratitude to the faculty of the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling.


His work with ACS and the Family Assessment Program… in a nutshell

Specifically, George manages intake, meaning when a case comes in, he identifies specialists who can assist the particular issues of the family.  He speaks to teens, sometimes without their parents in order to learn about the underlying issues in their lives.  Before his degree completion with the AGSC, he already had a steady job within the department.


So why pursue a master’s degree in mental health counseling?

George wanted to advance his degree and like many adults he struggled with time commitments.  He’d a family and a full time job.  Adding course work to this plate seemed almost impossible and in fact the faculty and admissions counselors were unsure he’d be able to carry all the responsibilities.


“I remember sitting in the office as my candidacy for admittance was discussed.  They were skeptical of my application but they wanted to give me a chance to discuss my goals for the program.  As we talked, my understanding of the school deepened.  They spoke about empathy and investment in mental health and the Christian church.  They spoke of people doing good not for a job or number but for a greater purpose.”

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The full commitment of the classes weighed on George but he endeavored to succeed.  “It’s hard being in a class with students who are smarter or younger than you and quicker to understand things. Dr. Lucas believed in me even when I struggled.  I don’t think you can get that in any other program. This is a community of learners.”


What was a monumental moment for him in the AGSC?

“Too many,” George told me and again began discussing his admittance into the program.  He knew the program was designed to mend broken lives.  “That resonated with me.  And sometimes in class you wonder how you’re going to remember the material and all the techniques.  But eventually you’re with a client or at your internship and you hear Dr. Chin in your head.  He’s telling you about case studies.  Suddenly, I realized that I knew what to do.  I could hear Dr. Robles speaking and I thought –wow!  I can do this!”


What advice does he give to new students?

George said that students should remember that their job is to learn techniques and new information.  Sometimes in the moment, the material can be overwhelming.  But have faith because the greatest strength that the program has lives with the professors who “have knowledge of the discipline and respect to the Bible.  They merge the two together, not letting one outweigh the other.  It’s thoughtful and pointed.”  New students and graduates are in the program for a reason: to help others and the Kingdom.


Was the hard work worth it?

Yes.  George said that with his degree he was able to advance within his department and compete with applicants that have backgrounds in social work.  He feels that while a master’s degree in social work is widely known, his degree in mental health and counseling is clinically pointed and based on best practices.  He had an edge and used it.


In the future, George knows that he can continue within ACS and can eventually clinch a high-powered administrative position within New York City.  But in fact he wants to open a non-profit mental health practice specifically for people of color.  He wants to continue healing and educating in a Christian way. George is currently enrolled in Harvard University’s Extension School studying Management.



Final Thoughts?

Before we ended our conversation, I asked George if he wanted anything in particular printed in the article.  He said simply, “I want this [article] to show how grateful I am to the AGSC and for how vested they were in me.  I’d like to highlight how warm they’ve been to me and continue to be.  It’s a lot like home.”

Note from the Editor:  Alumni Spotlight is a special column dedicated to Nyack Warriors around the world.  Whether on the banks of the Hudson River or in Battery Park, Warriors go far and wide.  Do you know an alumnus with a great story?  Please message us so we can share their story on our blog.

Announcing the Alumni of the Year and other Homecoming Events

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Homecoming Weekend 2013 will be here before you know it. We hope you can join us for an unforgettable, family-friendly weekend!  We’ve a packed schedule of events.

We are excited to announce

The 2013 Alumni of the Year:

Pastor Richard A. Villodas, Jr. ‘03

Rev. Kelvin L. Walker ‘88

Mr. Christopher A. Yount ‘84


* The Alumni of the Year awards will be presented at the all alumni reunion dinner, “An Evening of Jazz” on Saturday, October 12.

The 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees:

Rev. W. Paul Braun ‘77

Mr. Timothy E. Conway ‘08


* The Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions will take place at half-time of the Men’s Soccer game onSaturday, October 12. The inductees will also be honored at the Alumni Athlete and Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, October 11.


Great Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Just for you, we’ve planned an exciting, event-filled weekend. You won’t want to miss:

Reunion Round of Golf,

Chairman’s Welcome Dinner,

Running Warrior 3K Walk and 5K Road Race

Breakfast with President Michael Scales,

the School of Music’s Pardington Hall Centennial Concert, and so much more!


Kids will have a great time bouncing about at the Lil’ Warriors Kidz Zone, listening to jazz renditions of classic children’s music at Jazz for Kids, and they won’t want to miss a special visit from “Colors” the Clown!

Don’t miss your chance to renew your college friendships at the all alumni reunion dinner, “An Evening of Jazz.” The classes of ’63, ’73, ’83, ’88, ’93, and ’03 will be highlighted as they celebrate their reunion years. Family and friends welcome!

Celebrate the Miracle in Manhattan with us on our New York City Adventure! We’ll have a bag lunch en route to Lower Manhattan, a tour of Nyack’s new Battery Park campus followed by a walking tour (1.4 miles) of 11 Lower Manhattan landmarks including the 911 Memorial at Ground Zero. The afternoon will conclude with dinner at the historic Fraunces Tavern and a ride home under the city lights. The New York City Adventure will depart from Boon Center at 12:15 PM and return at approximately 9:00 PM on Friday, October 11. The cost of the tour is $40 and includes lunch and dinner.

Visit www.nyack.edu/homecoming to view the full schedule of events, travel and lodging information, and to register online. Many of the events throughout the weekend require advanced registration, and our deadline to register is October 10.

We hope to see you in October!


Five Websites For a College Scholarship Search

Previously we’d published information on how to pay for college beyond student loans. We talked about diversifying your financial aid strategies by looking at grants and scholarships that are offered by schools like Nyack College and by private companies. So here are five websites to help you get started in your general college scholarship search. At the end of the article, read some tips about using the search engines.


Taken during photoshoot of some NYC campus students.

Taken during photoshoot of some NYC campus students.



This comprehensive website is like a catalog for students to browse colleges from across the country. Sign up for an account and inquire about the Cappex awards available to students. They’ve given away over $11 billion and offer grants for GPA and community service as well as for special birthdays and “biggest Cappex fan.”


College Board

This is a mega-listing of college scholarships and grants offered around the US. Private and public organizations are listed here and include big names such as Macy’s, Best Buy, and PBS.


Fast Web

Fast Web has been around for a long time. It’s a premiere website for grant, scholarship, and internship information.

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Sallie Mae

Sallie Mae is a leading lender of educational loans. Part of its business plan includes scholarships for college students. Click around and see which fund best fits you!


Scholarship Experts

A search engine for scholarships, this website could take up a good portion of your free time. There may be some overlap with the other sites listed above but once in a while there is a scholarship here that the others have missed.



Tips for a scholarship search: If you are an incoming freshman who needs some tips or a new student to our college, the first step is to find the right scholarship or grant for you. Think about who you are, where your come from, what you want to study, and interests that you’d like to pursue. Finding funds for college takes time and effort. Nothing is for free but these five websites will help you get started by listing available programs that help students pay for college.

Scholarships and Grants for Nyack College Students

Future students may not be aware but Nyack College has over 80 endowed scholarship funds and awarded over $9 million in financial awards last year. As we had stated in our previous post called Six Strategies for Paying College Tuition Beyond Loans, students need to think outside of the box when they research grants and scholarships. Our Nyack students should ask about new programs and then extend a search toward public and private organizations as well as paid internships and assistantships (stay tuned for that article: Wednesday night).

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At Nyack 95% of our students receive financial aid. If you’re a current student or an incoming Nyack Warrior, get in touch with the Office of Financial Aid and ask about an updated list of awards for eligible students. Also note that specialized grants are available for New York City commuter and Rockland residential students. Since endowment funds are constantly updating, please request more information here about financial aid.


Highlighted Grants and Scholarships for Nyack College


C&MA Undergraduate Grant Program

Christian and Missionary Alliance students may receive a grant up to $12,500. Active membership at a C&MA church and active ministry are taken into consideration.


C&MA Hmong Scholarship

Awarded to incoming new students who are from a C&MA Hmong church. Student must meet a minimum GPA to be eligible.


Sibling Grant

This $500 award was introduced in 2012-2013 school year. When there are two or more siblings attending Nyack full-time, each student may be eligible for the grant.

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Nyack Scholars Grant

Awards range from $1000-$3500 for first-year freshmen with exceptional scores on their SATs, ACTs, and high school GPAs.


Transfers Grant Awards

This scholarship ranges from $1000-3000 for transferring students who have a GPA over 3.0 which could earn an award of the minimum $1000 grant. Students with a GPA over 3.5 could earn the maximum $3000 award.


Ministerial Dependent Grant

This $1000 grant is awarded to a dependent of a person who is licensed and/or ordained. Applicants should currently serve on a church, district, or missionary staff and have the major source of income paid for by a church, district, or mission board.


Home School Grants

Up to $3000 per year, this award considers the number of years that a new student received homeschooling. Students may earn $1000 toward the scholarship for each year they were home-schooled which is then awarded over a traditional four-year course of study.


If you are a future Nyack College student, ask us now about our application process and the financial aid program. Start by inquiring for more information and our counselors will help you throughout the entire process.



Six Strategies for Paying College Tuition Beyond Loans

95% of our Nyack College students receive financial aid, and not just by student loans. In fact, many students are able to supplement or even cover wholly their educational expenses by diversifying ways by which they get money for school. Here are some ways that students can pay for college. This article is the first of a series of financial aid articles. Please stay tuned for our next article: websites to research college scholarships.


Did you know music students can find scholarships at Nyack College?

Did you know music students can find scholarships at Nyack College?

Six Ways to Get Money for College


Research the Scholarships offered by your College

Most schools and university, Nyack College included, have scholarships and grants available. Our school offers over 80 different grant funds. For incoming students, the most important strategy is to research scholarships that fit who you are as an individual, a student, and as a successful candidate.



Use College Databases and Lender Websites that also offer Scholarships

Sallie Mae and Cappex are two huge companies that help prospective students find dream colleges and clinch financial aid. The process of applying to college is closely linked to the ability to pay for it. So companies have made the way a little easier for students. They put everything in one place for you to find what you need for your academic future. Remember that scholarships are not always based on your GPA. You can also earn an educational award because of your ethnic background, academic major, where you live, or if you are the first of your family to go to college.

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Utilize Brand Loyalty for Student Grants

Are you a fan of Best Buy, Macy’s, or PBS? Big name organizations like these offer scholarships to their viewers and fan base. Usually there is a theme involved. So the company will try to award scholarships to students who fit a prescribed description of what they think is the “ideal student”. Research the brands you like. Find out how you can get $1000 for just being you.


Apply for a Paid Internship with local Companies and Organizations

This isn’t technically free money. You have to work for this pay check but the benefits of getting an internship go beyond just money in your wallet. For example, each summer Americorps of Rockland County send 35-40 college age interns to work with local organizations. Not only are they learning great skills but they are bringing in a paycheck and boosting their resumes. By being an Americorps intern, they are separating themselves above their peers and giving themselves the ability to get another internship with even more money.


Apply for an Assistantship at Your College

Most colleges have dorms, professors with busy departments, and admissions offices with overwhelming amounts of paperwork. While work study students can handle a majority of the work, sometimes different departments require students who can work independently as well as on a team. For example, any college with a dorm will need resident assistants. They act as a liaison between the student body and the director in charge of their well being. In exchange for their work as an assistant, colleges and university offer financial support that cover part (or all) of their room and board.


Join a Government Program that Pays for College

In the US, local and federal governments have created programs to help offset the cost of college tuition. These programs are designed to recruit talented students into specific fields of study in the hopes that after graduation these gifted alumni will in turn serve the greater public. One program is called the Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Employees. So ask around and do your research. Your future career may pay your current educational bills.


When you’re looking to manage your educational costs, try to think outside of the box. Remember that you must ask about grants, awards, and scholarships or else you will never learn about them. Free money comes with a price: paperwork. Be thorough and complete every part of an application. Start today by asking a prospective college, like Nyack, about its different financial aid programs. If you’ve learned of another way to get money for college, leave a comment!

2013 Graduate Daniel Looks Back

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Daniel Ortiz sat behind the front desk of the Admission’s Office inside Shuman Hall.  Finishing his Nyack College years with a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry, Daniel looks back at his undergraduate experience on campus.

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Freshman year was “crazy and unexpected”, he stated.  Everything was a huge learning experience even though Daniel was once just happy to graduate high school.  “I’m the first person [in my family] to graduate from college.”  At first he wanted to go into the military but his sister encouraged him into another direction, toward higher learning and Nyack.

“It felt right.” Daniel said,  tilting in his chair.  Born and raised in New York City, he was glad to transition away from an urban lifestyle to a campus that was beautifully set overlooking the Hudson River.  Leaving home was a difficult decision but in doing so Daniel says that God restored his relationship with his parents.  By leaving, he could appreciate them more.

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Like any teenager, he felt his parents were overprotective but as he looks back over the past four years, he’s grown to understand their beliefs and actions.  “Superglad,” he said, describing the stronger bond he feels towards them.

“To see my parents so happy at graduation… It’s meant everything to me.” Daniel, the youngest of six, added and discussed how faith is a verb, an action word.  His time as a Nyack Warrior gave him new perspective as well as opportunities.

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As a front desk coordinator assistant, he likes to work closely with both the director and assistant director of admissions.  They teach him about counseling and behind-the-scenes practices in college enrollment.  But he also said that he is grateful for learning about leadership from them.

At the end of our conversation, I asked Daniel “What has been the highlights of attending Nyack?”

His face is serious as he says without hesitation.

Above all “I understand my relationship with Christ.  As a kid, I was in choir and preached. But here, I learned that I am never alone.  Even when academics and relationships caused trouble, my teachers pointed me back to Christ.”

Second, “meeting my fiancé.  She is a student here too, from Minnesota and one of the biggest factors for my relationship with Christ.”

Third, “Being able to walk across that stage [at graduation].  My high school was a ‘push school.’”  Daniel’s secondary school was a funnel to process students through the grades and rush them through graduation.  One teacher, Daniel said, would finish the lesson and then look at the class, saying “You’re never gonna remember that tomorrow.”

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Daniel shook his head lightly and smirked at me as if saying “Can you believe it?’

Today, Daniel continues working for Nyack College as he and his future wife plan their wedding.  Congratulations, Daniel!

Behind the Scenes of Nyack’s New City Campus

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It’s almost time to say goodbye to Broadway.  It’s almost time to pack up the trucks and make the move downtown.

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Nyack College is igniting a new beginning in a neighborhood steeped in history.  On an afternoon stroll through Manhattan, our students will be able to visit the Freedom Tower, St. Paul’s Chapel, and even Fraunces Tavern Museum—where George Washington delivered a farewell speech to his generals after the Revolutionary War.

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And this will be our new home.


Outside the administrative offices, a faux wall separates sidewalk traffic from the buzz saw commotion inside.  It’s hard to imagine new offices while watching this current hum of construction.  But with a few weeks left, the furniture and fixtures are almost ready for placement.

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Inside the main building, men at work lay colored tiles according to the bright schematic that our new New York City classrooms will have.  I visited the orange floor where the tangerine pop of color accented doorways and hallways.  On the red floor, carpenter tools stand by freshly laid textile carpeting while workers measure and check the quality of work.

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In Fall 2013, undergraduate and graduate classes will be held in these rooms.  But for now, the space is maximized for organization.  Artwork and breakables are designated to their own classrooms while “the command center” resembles a gallery walk through a beautiful mind.

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Maps, plans, and checklists line the walls.  Sketches lean against each other in the corner.  Meanwhile staff and administrative personnel from our Rockland campus flip through charts and check details on laptop computers.

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It’s happening!


Winter is ended and spring comes with many blessings including our city campus’s move to 17 Battery Place.  The days are ticking away and a small army of workers continue to hammer, paint, and solder their way toward our big move!


In a few months, students will climb out of subway stairwells and zip up elevators.  Fall classes will commence and in the backdrop through the windows, we’ll have this view!!

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What is Life at Nyack College Really Like? Watch This Video

After much deliberation over the final three videos for our Life at Nyack Contest, we’ve finally made our decision!

Congratulations to Larry Moua for his great short film that features the story of three freshmen attending Nyack College.  The camera angles are great and the monologues are honest.  We loved every nanosecond.

For your work, we’ve an iPad with your name all over it.

Congratulations as well to our second place winner: Michelle Langorino and third place victor: Kyle Matteson.

We hope you have a great spring and thank you to all the entries!

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