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  • Late College Applications – Colleges are still looking for students

    Did you get started late on applying to colleges? Got your December test scores back and you’re 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: Once your application is completed, you receive an admissions decision after the application is reviewed.  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 less 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.  Sometimes the deadlines for these schools 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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  • College Transition: Are you ready? (Updated with link)

    For many students, high school is like a second home.  It’s a place you feel comfortable.  You know where to find your friends and your favorite places to hang out.  Now, you’re getting ready to embark on a new adventure – college.  This will be unlike any experience you’ve had in the past.  How do you prepare?  What should you expect?

      

    Harlan Cohen (the NY Times bestselling author of The Naked Roommate) shares some thoughts in this TEDx Talk video about what you need to do to prepare for college: Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable.

      


    Take Action

    Talk to your parents and friends about steps you can take to start getting ready to leave home and go to college next fall.

      

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

    Santa may have finished his rounds yesterday but are you done 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 
    • Individual colleges/university applications 

    Transcripts 

    Check transcript requirements for each college you are applying to. 

    • Transcript required with application 
    • Transcript required after application 
    • Transcript required after enrollment 

    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: 

    • ACT 
    • SAT 
    • SAT Subject 

    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 

    When all of these steps are completed- your college applications will be DONE!  Check in your GuidedPath account. All the steps listed above are in GuidedPath.

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  • ALL: Wishing you a Joyous Holiday

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    In this special season of sharing and celebration, we send a heartfelt greeting from our hearts to yours.

    Enjoy a special time with your family and friends.  

    We want our team to spend quality time with family and friends as well.

    Our office will be closed from December 23 – January 2.  

     
     

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  • Seniors: Early Decision and Early Action 2

    The process of applying to college has become increasingly strategic for both students and colleges.  Gone are the days of mailing a paper application to one or two schools and waiting for a “big envelope” to come back in return.  Students are now applying to many more colleges. According to the Higher Education Research Institute’s The American Freshmen report series, 35 percent of first-time freshmen applied to seven or more colleges during the Fall 2016 admission cycle.   

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

    Early Decision 2 (ED2) and Early Action 2 (EA2) are just another set of deadlines. Because of the increased application volume, colleges have creating a variety of strategies to manage all those applications.  One of those strategies is to create a number of different deadlines to encourage students to apply in waves.  

    Just like the first-round version of those 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 get 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 enroll 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 (Early Action 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.  Although, it doesn’t feel good to get a “no” decision from a college, ED2 and EA2 gives 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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