Instant Decision Reaps College Acceptances and Scholarships for 35 James Caldwell High School Students


WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Nearly 10 percent of the senior class at James Caldwell High School (JCHS) breathed a little easier this holiday season, following the school’s annual Instant Decision day on Dec. 3, when 35 members of the graduating class received the news that they were accepted into one or more of 10 area colleges or universities.

Coordinated by Lisa Blackman, supervisor of guidance, the event included Caldwell University, East Stroudsburg University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Johnson and Wales University, Kean University, Montclair State University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Rider University, Seton Hall University and William Paterson University.

“This was the third annual Instant Decision day and it continues to be a successful and stress-relieving event for many of our seniors,” said Blackman. “This year, we were excited to increase the number of colleges and universities who participated in the day from eight to ten. It was a really great day for the students and the schools.”

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During the day, many students were also offered scholarships based on academic merit. Some of the universities require the students to apply for scholarships online, however, nearly half of the accepted students were also offered scholarships.

For senior Brendan Peter, the event was a complete success. Leaving the event with a smile on his face, Peter shared, “My first choice was Montclair State University. I am in and now my college searching is complete.”

The school plans to continue with its Instant Decision Days, hoping to attract even more schools to the event. 

“The Instant Decision Days have been a huge success,” added Blackman. “Senior year can be stressful when students are waiting to hear back from colleges. Instant Decisions help students make  plans a little sooner, and hopefully made their holidays a little brighter.”

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