College Applications 101. The Who, What, When, Where & HOW of College Admissions. Jeffrey Wright Hill – Houston, TX OperationApplication.com. Program Overview. Admissions Lingo.
The Who, What, When, Where &HOWof College Admissions
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Deadlines – Respect them! The Deadline date represents the date by which a school should have received ALL required information (application, test scores, transcripts, etc.)
e.g., Hypothetical U.
(SAT Critical Reading: 500 / 610; SAT Math: 520 / 620)
For Hypo U., 25% of enrolled students received a math score of 520 or lower. The upper number is for the 75th percentile of students who enrolled in the college. For the above example, 75% of enrolled students got a math score of 620 or lower (looked at another way, 25% of students got above a 620).
Every Level: take the most challenging curriculum for which you are qualified
Prepare for the PSAT in October
Work on a list of colleges that suit the goals of the student prior to any College Fairs. Visit with reps from those schools of interest. Begin to plan campus visits.
Take practice SAT & ACT tests. Determine which is more comfortable and focus on prep for that test.
Register for February or April ACT/March SAT.
Register for any AP tests.
Assess the need for any SAT II tests.
Begin to make plans for summer activities to ensure a balanced resume/applications.
Meet with your counselor at high school to ensure that you know the appropriate process to get transcripts, teacher and counselor recommendations and any other required school forms for your college applications. Make sure that your counselor knows that you plan to get your applications in early!
Firm up the list of colleges that you plan to visit.
Consider using Spring Break to visit colleges. Plan for additional summer college visits.
Continue to prep for SAT/ACT and take the exam.
Firm up summer job plans and volunteer activities.
Determine which 2 teachers from your junior (or soph) year you will ask for college recommendations and speak with them about your request.
Draft 2-3 general college essays that should fit most applications, including an “Additional Information About Me” essay. (GOAL for this task: As soon as school is out!)
Draft an Expanded Resume. This information will be used on the Common Application, as well.
Determine whether it will be necessary to take a standardized test an additional time in the fall. If so, register now & begin prep.
Work experience and/or volunteer experience as planned.
Continue to visit colleges. If interviews are required by any out of state colleges try to arrange for those while you are visiting the campus.
Finalize a list of all schools to which the student will apply including all deadline dates, required items for application and create tickler system to ensure that all deadlines are met and items submitted at least 30 days in advance of due date for Regular Application and 14 days in advance for Early Applications.
Work on Common Application and specific school supplements as they become available, generally after August 1st.
If needed, prep for additional standardized testing (ACT/SAT) in the early fall. Take tests, including SAT II/Subject tests.
Make any additional campus visits. Follow up with handwritten thank you notes.
Meet with any college reps that visit your campus. Be prepared with specific questions re: that school.
Determine if the student has a clear-cut first choice college and, if so, does that college offer Early Decision? Weigh the benefits of that option and make those deadlines the priority, if applicable.
Determine whether any Alumni letters of recommendation are helpful for schools to which the student is applying and help arrange for those.
Ensure that Mid-year Reports are sent by the high school.
Early Action and Rolling Admission decisions will begin to arrive.
Test months in italics indicate that Question & Answer Service (SAT) & TIR Service (ACT) are available.
If struggle with Standardized Testing, consider Test Optional schools (fairtest.org)
Total of 8-10 schools/applications to be distributed as:
PLUS: Any additional school-specific Supplements
If the admissions decision comes down to you vs. one other person we want them to choose…
Focus all efforts on making your app that much better, that much more interesting, and you that much more likeable.
When they finish reading your essay they should want to come meet you & convince you to come to their school.
Letters of Recommendation
ncaa.org Eligibility Center
sign up to see your counselor for help with recommendation letters, forms that need counselor signature, help with college search, etc