Seniors

Late College Applications – Colleges are still looking for students

Did you get started late applying to colleges? Or perhaps you got your December test scores back and you are reconsidering what colleges you are applying to?  

Don’t worry! There are many colleges that you can apply to in January and after (even some through August). Here are a few tips for finding colleges/universities with open applications: 

  1. Schools with Rolling Admissions: Rolling admission schools review applications essentially in the order that they are received.  These schools will continue to take applications for as long as there are still spaces available in the freshman class.  The college does not wait for all applications to be submitted before giving you an admissions decision.
  2. Check the Regular Decision deadlines:  Many colleges have “regular” decision deadlines between January and March.  Although, your options for financial aid or scholarships may be somewhat limited the later you apply.
  3. Nearby Public Universities:  Public universities, especially those near you, may have local attendance areas.  Being in the local area may help increase your chances of being admitted.  Some have deadlines that are later than other public universities.
  4. Religiously Affiliated Colleges: Some religiously affiliated colleges or universities will have extended application dates.

Take Action
Each college profile lists the application deadline for the school.  Search for colleges in the above categories, then check their application deadlines.  If the deadline has not passed add it to your college list.

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Mid-year Checklist

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Welcome back!  You are half way to the end of senior year.  Hopefully your winter break has you refreshed and ready to dive back into school because this is a busy time of year.     

Review this MID YEAR SENIOR CHECKLIST to be sure you are on track.  Don’t delay – there are a lot of time sensitive deadlines in the next few weeks.

1. Meet with your high school counselor 

  • Request a copy of your seventh semester transcript for your records 
  • Request your counselor send transcripts to colleges as needed 
  • Ask about scholarship opportunities 
  • Check on graduation requirements/deadlines 

 2. Check on college applications 

  • Check your email and follow up on any requests for information 
  • Set up college email account if requested by college 
  • Complete any January-February college applications you are still working on 
  • Confirm your test scores have been sent to all your colleges 
  • Confirm all your recommendations have been sent and received by the colleges 
  • Email an update to any colleges about additional honors/awards received since submitting your application

 3. Finalize your financial aid  

  • Talk with your parents about their college budget for you 
  • Attend financial aid workshops with your parents 
  • Check financial aid deadlines for colleges 
  • Check scholarship application deadlines 

Take Action
GuidedPath is designed to help you keep you organized in the application process so that you don’t miss a task or deadline.  Your dashboard will already show many important deadlines (test registration deadlines, college deadlines, etc.) but you can add your own custom tasks.

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Happy 2020!

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It’s the start of a new year and a new decade (possibly – there’s debate about that).  However, there’s no denying that January 1, 2020 is the start of a year full of big changes ahead – graduation, college, new people and places.  Start the New Year off right with a few resolutions:   

  1.  Keep your grades up.  With only one more semester left in high school, you may be tempted to coast in to graduation.  Don’t let “senioritis” get the best of you.  Colleges will look at your final grades and can take back your admission offer if your grades are not up to snuff!   
  2.  Don’t procrastinate!  Another symptom of senioritis is procrastination.  Develop a system to stay on track of your assignments and deadlines.  Creating good habits now will make your freshman year of college will be a piece of cake.
  3. Use social media responsibly.  Does it pass the “parent” test?  If it isn’t something you would want your parent to see- don’t post it. 
  4. Pick up a book!  Make an effort to read a novel each month, or at minimum try reading one long-form journalism piece each week.  Reading will improve your vocabulary and make you a better writer.
  5. Make someone smile.  Find ways to bring happiness into someone’s life each day.

 Happy New Year from the GuidedPath team. 

 

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Wishing you a Joyous Holiday

In this special season of sharing and celebration, we send a greeting from our hearts to yours.  We wish you a relaxing winter break filled with family, friends, and time to reflect on the past year with happiness and gratitude 

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

 
 

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Are you done with college applications?  Check your list twice!

First semester of senior year is winding down.  The holiday break and the new year are almost here.  Are you finished with your college applications?  There are multiple steps to getting a COMPLETE application into the college of your choice.  Use the following checklist to see where you are in the process.  All of these steps are detailed in your GuidedPath account. 

College Applications 

Filling out the college application is only the first part of the process.  

  • Common Application 
  • Coalition Application 
  • State Colleges/Universities Application (like Apply Texas, or the UC System) 
  • Individual College/University Applications 

Transcripts 

Check transcript requirements for each college you are applying to.  Are you required to send your transcript at the time you apply, after you’ve been admitted, or at the time of enrollment (or all of the above)?   

You may need to send another transcript in January.  This is known as the “seventh semester transcript.”  It shows your grades from your first semester in senior year. 

Test Scores 

Be sure to request the following test scores to be sent to all your colleges.  Be sure to include both past and future test scores for ACT, SAT, and/or SAT Subject tests.   

Submit your AP test scores after you graduate, unless requested otherwise. 

Recommendations 

Check to be sure your counselor and teachers have completed any recommendations you have requested. 

Financial Aid forms 

College is expensive.  Work together with your parents to get your financial aid forms completed.  

  • FAFSA – ALL colleges use the FAFSA 
  • CollegeBoard CSS Profile – some private colleges and other programs use an extra financial aid form.  It is quite involved and takes a lot of time to complete.  Watch for deadlines. 

Special applications 

Some special programs (such as honors programs) or scholarships require additional applications.  Check college website for additional applications and deadlines.  

Take Action 

Check your GuidedPath account and take a look at your application plans Have you submitted all the requirements for each application?  Make a note of any outstanding requirements and get those to the college as soon as possible 

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Early Decision and Early Action 2

The process of applying to college has become increasingly strategic for both students and colleges.  With students applying to more colleges and colleges receiving more applications than ever, there’s increased pressure on both sides.  Students want to know “Will the college accept me?”  Colleges want to know “Will the student enroll here?”  That’s where early deadline come in.  Applying early typically gives you a slight advantage in the application process and signals to the college (especially with Early Decision) that their school is at the top of your list.   

So, what’s up with Early Decision or Early Action 2?   

Early Decision 2 (ED2) and Early Action 2 (EA2) are the second round of early deadlines.  Perhaps things didn’t work out as you planned with your first round of early applications, or maybe you just weren’t ready to apply at the time of the first deadlines.  ED2 and EA2 give you a second chance at an early application. 

As with the first-round of these same application plans – you may only apply to one school as an Early Decision applicant, but you can apply to multiple schools as an Early Action applicant.  

Should I apply with Early Decision 2 or Early Action 2?     

ED2 and EA2 may give you a slight admission advantage just like you had with ED1 or EA1.  Schools tend to admit a higher percentage of students from their early pools as compared to the percent they admit from the regular decision pool.  If there is a school that is top on your list but you still haven’t applied, it may help to apply in the ED2 or EA2 round. But, remember!! If you apply as an Early Decision 2 applicant – you are committing yourself to attend that school if they admit you.  Meaning ED2 should be reserved ONLY if you are willing to enroll!  

But my Early Decision 1 application was accepted… 

Congratulations!  You are done with the admission process!  Your early decision admission is a binding offer meaning you committed to enrolling at that school when you applied ED1.   

What about my Early Action 1 applications…? 

You have likely received decisions from schools that you applied to in the first round of Early Action.  Admitted or denied, you can still submit applications to other schools if you like (EA1 is non-binding).  

What if I was denied as an ED1 or EA1 applicant – can I apply again in ED2 or EA2?  

You can’t apply to the same school again – just one application per school.  And while it doesn’t feel good to get a “no” decision from a college, ED2 and EA2 give you an opportunity to set your sights on a new first choice school.   

Take Action 

If all these deadlines have your head spinning, be sure to talk to your advisor about your application strategy.  Don’t forget –  

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