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College Planning: Where to Start

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Maria Swanberg

on 24 August 2016

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Transcript of College Planning: Where to Start

Deciding Where You'll Apply: Things to Consider when Narrowing Down Options
What are Colleges Looking For?
College Application Process
Rigorous curriculum (AP and Honors classes)
Extra-curricular activities (in and out of school)
Standardized test scores

Strong essay/personal statement
Letters of recommendation
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Vol I, No. 1
Starting Off...
Senior Year College Planning:
Where to Start & What to Know
Make sure your profiles are appropriate
Go through your profiles and remove anything that might be questionable.
Email addresses, social media and organizing your applications:
Research colleges for academic, financial and personality fit

Aim for 8-10 colleges in the following categories:

Dream schools that are very competitive
Slightly less competitive schools that you have a great chance of being admitted to
Schools that you will definitely be admitted to
Research colleges for academic, financial and personality fit.
Know your application deadlines and types of admission.
This is a binding contract!
If the student receives an offer of admission, he/she is obligated to accept and pay the deposit.
The deadline for filing Early Decision is typically...
The student applies by early deadline date and receives notification early (generally between mid-December and early February).
The student is not bound to accept and may apply elsewhere!
The deadline for filing Early Action is typically...
Deadlines for application filing of January 1st and 15th, February 1st and 15th and March 1st are the most commonly used.
However, these deadlines do not apply to all colleges - for example, UF's regular decision deadline is November 1st.
Tends to be used by state universities
Students are notified on a rolling basis as applications come in.
Admission closes when desired number of offers of admission has been extended.
November 1st.
November 1st.
You can apply any time before March/April; however,
this does not apply to Sagemont students.
You should apply as early as possible!
Take note of priority deadlines, such as FSU's October 19th deadline.
Your deadlines:
You are encouraged to finish your applications prior to the application deadline.
Your suggested timeline:
Early decision / action -
Regular decision -
end of November
You need to start this process ASAP!
Complete your resume of activities and
1-page document; should capture extra-curricular activities from 9th-12th grade;
should include -

Clubs, organizations, athletic teams, community involvement, volunteer work, part-time jobs, awards received, leadership positions held

Senior autobiography:
answer all questions; teachers and counselor will use this as a reference when writing letters of recommendation.
Download the application.
Common Application -
Coalition Application

All other applications will be available on school's website
This is important to know because of
admission deadlines
! Plan ahead depending on which type of admission you're seeking.
Request recommendation letters from
Request teacher recommendations
at least 3 weeks prior to application deadline
Teachers will submit all letters of recommendation to Ms. Grano De Oro, but students must follow-up with each individual teacher.
Completion of resume and senior autobiography in Naviance is required
requesting any letters of recommendation.
Official request for letters of recommendation must be made in Naviance
face-to-face teacher request.
Submit SAT/ACT Scores
Send scores directly from testing agency.
Write your admission essay.
If the college requires an admission essay (or short answer responses), submit them to Ms. Grano De Oro electronically (via email) for review.
Suggested revisions will be covered with the student as soon as possible.
Submit the application packet.
Before the submitting application, make a copy of all confirmations and data for your files.
The packet should include:
College application
Resume of activities
Application fee
Transcript (request in Naviance)
Teacher recommendation (if required)
Counselor recommendation (if required)
Admission essay and short answer responses (if required)
Send ACT and/or SAT scores directly from testing agency website. The Sagemont School cannot send these.
January mid-year report
Ms. Grano De Oro will send transcripts and letters of recommendation.
must submit the application (all sections), application fee and test scores.
Net price calculator
Florida Bright Futures (Dec. 1st)
FRAG Grant
Florida Pre-Paid
FAFSA (October 1st)
CSS Profile (available Oct. 1st)
Merit aid
Naviance scholarship list
teachers and counselor.
Create college accounts and review all application requirements.
senior autobiography in Naviance.
Financial Aid
Create a professional email address
First name. last name@mail.com
Use an email address specifically for college applications.
Social networking profiles / presence on social media
Organize emails to keep communication from different colleges in order.
Make sure to check this email address often so that you can be up-to-date on all communications you receive.
Keep yourself organized!
Always check your portals (college application accounts) to know the status of your applications.
Check your email frequently to make sure that you see and respond to all college communications in a timely manner, especially if they request additional information/documents.
Update Ms. Grano De Oro on your progress and keep the information in your Naviance accounts up-to-date. Don't be afraid to reach out for help!
Be sure to maintain your academic standing so that your acceptance and financial aid are not affected.
Most importantly...
Be aware of decision deadlines and put plenty of thought into your decision once acceptances are received.
Other factors to consider:
School size
Degrees and majors
Degree requirements
Diversity of student body
Give yourselves the best opportunity to do well
by focusing on the process and not the end result.

Better yet,
start the application process
altogether! Avoid getting stuck on the "what ifs" that will keep you from taking a step forward or even starting this process at all.
Continue to offer support.
Your child may not readily ask for your help with applications and essays, but encouragement is always welcome.

Do not be afraid to ask for help.
This can be a challenging process and knowing when you need help can make all the difference in keeping you on track.
Know your limits!
If you get stuck along any part of this process, stop and take a step back. It's ok to take a break and come back later...it will still be there, trust me!
Remember that
this experience revolves around
you and where you envision yourself in the next few years. Avoid comparisons with your peers and think about what will be the best fit for you.
Don't be afraid to let your child take the lead
in this process, with the understanding that this represents the next major transition in their lives.
Engage in honest communication
especially when it comes to expectations and feelings of pressure.
For many students, this process represents a great deal of anxiety - some real, some perceived. Talk about what they expect to accomplish, as well as what you, as parents, hope to see them achieve. Sometimes these goals are not in line, and this can be a source of constant
Check in with your child
to make sure that he or she is on the right track and is making progress with their applications. Know the major deadlines so that you can follow up as needed.
If you are a parent of more than one child, understand that
all kids are different and what worked for one child may not work for another.
This can refer to so many things - the schools they apply to, the program they want to study, how they pace themselves to get things done, etc.
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