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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 from winter break!  Now is the time to review your MID YEAR CHECKLIST.  January is a great time to get organized and jump start your college search.  

1. Meet with your high school counselor 

  • Review your PSAT scores with counselor and parents (if you took it in the fall) 
  • Ask for recommendations for summer programs 
  • Schedule next year’s courses 
  • Schedule your standardized tests for spring 
  • Discuss any school based standardized testing (AP, IB, other) 

2. Gear up for next year 

  • Explore summer programs 
  • Prepare for spring standardized tests using PSAT test scores as a guide 
  • Ask teachers about their recommendation policies (for summer programs, scholarships, or college applications) 
  • Job shadow or intern to learn more about potential careers 
  • Plan college visits

Take Action 

  • Take or review the Course Plan Survey to verify your next year course schedule will fulfill your graduation requirements 
  • Add your Spring testing schedule to GuidedPath in order to get registration and test reminders

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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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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 an opportunity to take on new challenges.  Start the New Year with these resolutions:   

  1. Use your phone for something more than social media!  Get organized in 2020 by trying a new app or two.  Apps like My Study LifeTodaitTinyCards, and Forest – will all help you organize your schedule and study smarter.  Here’s another list of the best apps for high school students.     
  2.  Learn about yourself.  Take a personality or learning styles survey.  Find free online or ask your counselor for links to surveys.
  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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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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