College Admission

University Counselling
NMS’s Counselling Services
Admission Office Representatives
Summer and School Vacation Visits
Interviewing with Universities
Strength Explorer
Personality Test
Career Interest Profiler


Introduction to University Counselling

Neerja Modi School (NMS) helps students build upon their positive experiences at NMS to gain admission into colleges and universities all over the world. Applying to colleges and universities is an exciting and revealing experience which gives you a chance to look at who you are, what you value, and what you might want to do with your life. It can also be a complicated, demanding, and time-consuming process. NMS counselors help guide, support, and counsel students and parents as they research schools, make choices, select and visit universities, and complete applications.


NMS’s Counselling Services
Our comprehensive counselling program guides and supports students throughout the university application process, beginning in Grade 9 and continuing throughout Grade 12. The program includes:

  • A university workshop for parents and students of Grade 9-11 that provides a general overview of the university application process. 
  • University presentations for Grade 9-11 students and parents detailing all aspects of the university application process. 
  • Initial individual student consultations in term 1 of Grade 11 followed by meetings with both students and parents in Grade 11 and throughout Grade 12. 
  • Consultations with students to discuss their choice of countries and the different academic systems in them, as well as the selection of schools, university courses and/or disciplines, depending on the system. 
  • Providing information and materials such as university brochures, catalogs, and guides as resources for students in their university search. 
  • Offering the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) to Grade 8,9, 10 and 11 students. 
  • Advice on standardized testing, including the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude/Assessment Test), the ACT (American College Test), the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). 
  • Identifying schools that are a good fit depending on the student’s interests, academic strengths, athletic skills, and other factors relevant to the student. 
  • Assistance and guidance in preparation of applications including personal statements, essays, mock interviews, and contact with university representatives. 
  • Counselor/referee letters of recommendation that strongly support student’s candidature to appropriate universities. 
  • Advice on extracurricular and summer activities. 
  • Counsel on how students can effectively communicate with universities in all aspects of the application process. 
  • Guidance on financial aid. 
  • Maintaining relationships with universities and contacting representatives to support individual applications. 
  • Organizing visits from university representatives in the UK, continental Europe, US, Canada, and other countries. 
  • Organizing University Fairs, where students and parents can attend and meet with admissions officers from over 150 institutions from the UK, US, and Canada. 
  • Taking interested students to University Fairs in Delhi.
  • "Best Fit" advice after conditional offers and acceptances in the spring. 
  • Advice on Wait List situations in the US and Canada. 

NMS Counselors are always available for advise and counsel students on their university choices.


Admission Office Representatives

Each year NMS hosts many college and university representatives to our school. Students should take advantage of these visits to learn more about university life and the application process in general as well as the specific school. Representatives from the US and some European universities are usually the people reading your application and deciding to admit you. Therefore, it is extremely important to attend the college visits.

Summer and School Vacation Visits

NMS counselors helps students plan visit to schools where they have an interest in applying. This is an excellent way to help narrow your college choices. In the UK, Open Day – when the university departments open their doors to introduce prospective students to the facilities, tutors, and programs – is an excellent way to learn more about the course and university. Universities list their Open Days on their websites as well as under Open Days on the UCAS site. Most schools also offer daily tours or self-guided walks.


Interviewing with Universities

There will be many opportunities for students to meet with university representatives in Grades 11 and 12 and gather information which will help you in deciding where to apply. Each year, NMS hosts university representatives from around the world. If you are being considered as a candidate for Oxford or Cambridge, you will be invited for an. Other courses in the UK, such as medicine and some art programs may also require interviews. Few schools in the US require interviews for admittance and many may not offer them on campus, however, students are still encouraged to schedule interviews, if given the opportunity. Except the interview process for Oxbridge, UK medical schools, Art courses, and several other programs, the interview will not make or break your chances for acceptance; the purpose of the interview is to give the interviewer an idea of the candidate’s suitability for the university and also to provide information to the candidate about the school and program.



Neerja Modi School uses Naviance, an online data management system devised for the US college application process. Naviance has an extremely useful set of tools for students and parents to use online called Naviance - Family Connection. NMS has also subscribed to their online test prep for SAT/ACT which is accessible to all students from grade 9 to 12 free of cost.

Naviance by Hobsons is a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness platform that enables self-discovery, career exploration, academic planning, and college preparation for millions of students across all ages and around the globe.



Studies reveal that student engagement hits its lowest point in high school, jeopardizing students' long-term success. Districts and schools need concrete strategies to keep high schoolers involved in their own education.  
Naviance improves student outcomes by helping students connect their strengths and interests to long-term goals today.  
Found on Naviance, “Strength Explorer” is a personality inventory that directs students to colleges that offer an educational path to those careers. These career suggestions include Department of Labor information such as educational requirements and salary data. Also included are multimedia presentations describing careers in detail.

Grade X

  • All students are given instructions on completing "Strength Explorer", a personality inventory, found on Naviance.
  • NMS counselors direct them to possible career fields in the areas of interest

Grade XI

  • Students may re-visit their "Strength Explorer" results to begin searching for colleges that match their interests.
  • Each career and related fields are directly linked to possible college majors.
  • Using Naviance there are direct links from the list of these college majors to actual colleges that offer those majors.
  • Naviance also provides direct links to college websites for more in-depth investigation.



Do What You Are has been used by millions of students to discover which of 16 personality types is most like them. Personality type and career interest survey results reveal which careers and college majors offer the greatest likelihood of success. It prepares students for more educated decision making and goal setting with these insights



The Career Interest Profiler is an online career interest assessment for students based on Holland's interest codes. It allows students to complete an inventory which analyzes their own interests and pairs the results with potential career matches.
Once the survey is complete, students will view a results page that calculates their interest scores using six categories: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.

To see a list of careers that best fit these types of interests, click the “View Matching Occupation List” button. The list is organized by the amount of preparation required to be successful in each career.