Tips All High School Years
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is no best college, only the best fit. First decide what schools you want. Then decide how to get them to want you."
of all high school graduates now go on to college. Given that high school enrollment
is projected to increase, seniors will continue to face increased competition
in college admissions."
Selection Time Table
Take SAT II subject tests in courses you just completed.
Do something this summer that will build upon one of your passions: take a course, do an internship, volunteer.
college literature, guide books and directories. Talk to recent alums
to form ideas about the "college of your choice."
Visit college campuses now that schools are back in session.
Find out at your high school guidance office when college representatives
are visiting your school. Attend the meetings. What characteristics in
a college appeal to you? Begin to make a list.
Take the PSAT given by your high school
Attend college fairs and college sponsored presentations held in the community.
Visit colleges over spring vacation if convenient. Organized tours, arranged
by a phone call to the Admissions Office, are strongly suggested; interviews
are optional. What appeals to you as you visit schools?
Find out dates the SAT and ACT are administered. Register
for tests at least six weeks beforehand. May is the most popular month
for the SAT; June for the ACT. Take the SAT II subject tests following
your class in that subject.
Do something meaningful. Consider enrichment programs
at home or away, community service, jobs, internships, educational travel.
for catalogues and begin to plan college visits and interviews. We will
prepare you for visits and will conduct mock-interviews before you go.
Begin service academy application process.
Athletes-apply for NCAA clearinghouse registration at your school.
Finalize college list. Apply to 2-3 "reach" schools, 3-4 "middle" schools, and 3 "safer" schools.
Write college essays
Visit colleges throughout the fall to confirm your final list.
Register for October/November SAT I and II and/or ACT
Early Decision candidates - approach your teachers for recommendations.
Apply to out-of-state state universities (California during November)
Register for December SAT I or II
Register for the Financial Aid PROFILE
Request letters of recommendation from teachers.
Inform guidance office of final list so they may send transcripts and materials.
Triple check all deadlines for applications.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available in the guidance office.
Early Decision results mailed by colleges
Take a vacation if all applications have been mailed.
Write thank you notes to guidance counselor and teachers who wrote recommendations for you.
Watch mail-box closely for
arrival of fat or thin envelopes.
or re-visit colleges under serious consideration if in doubt about the
Notify all relevant colleges of your final decision (usually required
by May 1).
AP test if appropriate.
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