Essential Resources For Your College Search

JUNIORS, by now you’re into college search mode. Are you taking advantage of these resources?

COLLEGE FAIRS: College fairs are a great way to start your search.  You’ll have the chance to get exposed to a large number of colleges and universities all in one place and meet admissions reps from a long list of schools.

COLLEGE GUIDES: College guides offer an easy way to review and compare basic facts such as GPA, SAT and ACT ranges, course requirements, tuition, study body demographics and feedback from students.

COLLEGE WEBSITES: College websites provide detailed info about a school’s student body, required curriculum, courses of study, tuition and financial aid, housing and extracurriculars. You’ll also find online photo galleries and virtual tours.

ONLINE PLATFORMS: Online search platforms such as NAVIANCE, SCOIR and MaiaLearning are accessible to students in subscribing high schools. These tools present admissions outcomes for graduates from the same high school, allowing current students the opportunity to compare their credentials (GPA and test scores) with those of previous applicants.

Although each of these resources are helpful, students should not rely exclusively on only  one. Using a combination of the above will lead to a thorough search and an appropriate balanced list of schools to which to apply.

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It’s Not Too Late To Apply

For seniors who have not yet completed their application process or are not happy with their outcome, the National Association of College Admission Counseling’s College Openings Update provides a list of over 400 US colleges and universities with openings, financial aid and housing available to qualified freshman and/or transfer students for the Fall 2019 semester.

Kwame Anthony Appiah wrote a thoughtful piece in the May 5th New York Times Magazine, titled “Almost All the Colleges I Wanted to Go to Rejected Me. Now What?“. As you move forward, and seek out new options, be inspired by his words: “Take up that question of questions. Think about what you can do with the opportunities you have … If you do the work, make friends and enjoy reasonable luck there, you’ll come away from the college enriched and ready for the next phase of your life. So seize the day.”

Make use of the Update to search for schools through the use of various filters including state and country.  Both public and private colleges and universities are included on the list. The list is an excellent resource and will continue to be revised as colleges and universities finalize their admissions numbers for 2019/20.

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Get Ready For Tomorrow’s SAT and SATIIs

A few thoughts if you’re scheduled to take tomorrow’s SAT or SAT IIs.

To minimize your stress tomorrow morning, it’s a great idea to get organized ahead of time. The last thing you need on test morning is a desperate scramble. These are some of the things you can do tonight to get your big day off to a great start:

First, check with your parents to make sure they know when and where you’re scheduled to take the test, and arrange how you’ll get to the test center. Next, gather and pack all the things you’ll need to take with you. Some of the things on this check list are “must-have” items, while others are optional.

REQUIRED: Don’t forget any of the following items or it will be a long ride home!

  • An approved calculator
  • Sharpened #2 pencils
  • An acceptable form of photo ID
  • Your admission or standby ticket

SUGGESTED: These are things you may want to bring along.

  • Water
  • Snack
  • Sweater
  • Back-up calculator
  • Extra batteries for your calculator
  • Watch (to keep track of time)

alarm clockSet your alarm, get a good night’s sleep and have a healthy, satisfying breakfast.

Good luck!

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Registration Reminder

Remember, today is the registration deadline for the June 8th ACT.


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Registration Reminder

Remember, today is the registration deadline for the June 1st SAT and SAT Subject Tests.

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May 1 is National College Decision Day


Still deciding? Think about what criteria were important to you when you originally made your list and what left an impression on you when/if you visited and after you completed your research for the schools you’re now considering.

Call a current student if you have any more questions and find the answers that may help you make a decision.

A pro/con list can be a good tool to use as you try to organize your thoughts and compare schools.

Talk to your parents about what’s on your mind.  Once your decision has been made, celebrate— you’re on your way to college!

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College Warm Up

Seniors, it’s one week away from National College Decision Day! Once you’ve notified the school of your choice that you’ll be attending and have sent in your deposit, take care of this to-do list:

  • Decline any other offers of admission you received.
  • Review your financial aid details and follow up on any loose ends. Review your payment plan options and make sure your first payment is submitted on time.
  • Be sure to complete any roommate surveys or requests and submit your housing forms on time.
  • Be on the look out for any orientation programs offered and register on time for fall classes and complete any summer reading or pre-semester assignments before you arrive on campus for the start of your first semester..
  • Pay attention to any other paperwork that may arrive in your inbox, including health forms, health insurance and health insurance waiver forms, tuition payment plan options and tuition insurance information.
  • Request that your high school send your final school report or transcript to your college.
  • Thank those who’ve provided support and helped you throughout your college process. Write a note to your guidance or college counselor, recommendation writers and anyone else who has guided you along the way. Let your supporters know what your plans are for next fall and express your appreciation for all their efforts. Sort through your college admission materials and save the following: final copy of each of your essays on your computer or back-up device, or print a hard copy, print a copy of your completed common app because your online account will become inactive, your test score report(s), your transcript, important school work you may want to use if asked for samples.
  • Hold on to an updated list of activities or honors to help you create your resume when needed.

Finish strong. Don’t let anything disrupt your college bound plan. Complete your high school requirements, stay focused and take care of this to-do list before you go off to college.

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