Colleges are looking for well-rounded students who will be academically successful at their institutions. They establish certain criteria for admission. No single factor really determines acceptance or rejection. Many schools are interested in more than just the academic record and are looking for challenging courses, good grades, accomplishments, commitment to activities, etc. Many colleges are looking for:
Check college websites to review the requirements!
APPLICATION (Completed online by student)
TRANSCRIPTS (Requested by student, sent by school)
TEST SCORES (Requested by student to be sent directly from testing agency)
RECOMMENDATIONS (Counselor rec sent with transcript if requested, teacher recs usually sent separately)
All of your application “pieces” do not have to be mailed at the same time! As materials are received, the colleges will create a file for you. After submitting applications and supplementary materials, you will want to follow up with colleges to make sure they have received all of your application materials so they can begin to review your application.
Regular Decision : Students are required to apply for a fixed date. Applications are evaluated and then decision letters are mailed to students by Spring.
Rolling Admission : The college will review each student’s application as soon as all the required materials have been received. Applicants are usually notified of decision within 4-6 weeks. Space may be limited, so it is advised to send in your application in a timely manner.
Early Decision : Students submit the application to a college early, usually by November 1 st and are notified in December. The student is agreeing, by contract, to enter that college if accepted and withdraw all other applications. This option is most appropriate for students who have a strong academic profile and have a definitive first choice of schools.
Early Action : Early action is a process in which students apply and receive a decision by mid-December, but it is non-binding. It is similar to Early Decision, but if accepted the student is not required to accept admission or withdraw other applications.
REMINDERS: Financial Aid can play a role in the type of admission decisions! Discuss with your counselor! If you apply early, you could either be accepted, be denied, or be moved into the regular decision pool.
Complete the information on the WSHS Transcript Request form.
Provide an addressed stamped letter size envelope for each college/scholarship application.
Attach Secondary School Report or Counselor Recommendation forms, if required by school. Sign and complete student forms.
Submit payment. The first three transcripts are free of charge, and all transcripts after that are $5.00. No records will be sent until the fee is paid! If a transcript request is made after the deadline, there will be an additional late fee of $5.00 per transcript.
Turn in the request form, stamped/addressed envelopes, payment, and other forms to MRS. KURTH in the Student Services Office.
Allow at least three weeks for processing and mailing to colleges.
MID-YEAR GRADES WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE SENT TO ANY COLLEGES FOR WHICH TRANSCRIPTS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. YOU DO NOT NEED TO TURN IN ADDITIONAL REQUESTS!
Must be signed by parent and student!!!! Waive your right! New this year! You must provide envelopes!
Please put the date of request. Neatly print name and address of Admissions Office. If multiple campuses, please specify which one you are applying to! PLEASE specify application type. We need to know this so we are aware of the deadlines. Include due date! NOT ASAP!!! If requested will be sent in with transcript. Check application to see if there is a Secondary School Report. If so, please print out and submit to counselor with transcript request.
Interested in the military? Sign up to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). This is a timed test that determines how qualified you are for certain military occupational specialties and Enlistment bonuses. A high score will improve your chances of getting the specialty/job and signing bonus you want!
The ASVAB will be offered here at West Springfield on the following dates:
November 4 th and March 22 nd
See Ms. Hurlburt to sign up!!!!!!!
Army: www.army.mil Marine Corps: www.usmc.mil
Navy: www.navy.mil Coast Guard: www.uscg.mil
Air Force: www.af.mil National Guard: www.ngb.army.mil
For additional information, go to www.militarycareers.com
Apprenticeship – employers training program that combines on the job training with related instruction. Sponsored by an employer and receive a state apprenticeship certificate. Some examples of fields that offer apprenticeship opportunities are carpentry, cosmetology, electricity, plumbing, optical, and surveying.
Community Colleges (NOVA) – 2 year programs usually lead to an Associate’s Degree, license, or certificate in a particular field. Many community colleges offer academic courses as well as technical/occupational training in a variety of fields. After two years, it is usually possible to transfer to a four year university and earn a Bachelor’s degree in a particular field.
Technical/Trade Schools – Privately owned schools that offer technical training. Be sure to know what type of degree you can get and what opportunities are available upon completion. Check to see if school is licensed and ask questions regarding job opportunities available after graduation. Areas of specialization include fashion, cosmetology, medical and tech training, broadcasting etc.
A strong senior year makes a strong application! Stay organized, use good time management, and demonstrate responsibility and advocacy! Be organized and knowledgeable about the college process and what you are responsible for!
Semester grades are important! We will automatically send a copy of your 1 st semester grades to any college you have requested transcripts for.
An upward trend can help when applying to colleges. Many times they will wait to make a decision until they see your Senior year grades!
You grades count all year! Work hard each quarter even after you get accepted into college. Colleges can (and will) revoke their acceptance if your grades decline.
Know your requirements for graduation, including the diploma type you are working towards. If you are not sure, ask your school counselor.
The WSHS Student Services Department sends out a lot of information for Seniors through student email. Since we no longer have school based email, you MUST update your email in Blackboard!
We have many college representatives visiting in the fall. Take advantage of these visits! They are a great opportunity to make connections!
You MUST complete your Junior Packet in order to receive a recommendation from your counselor. With the change in counselors this year, it really helps us write an effective letter for you!
If you are interested in playing college athletics, you must be registered through the NCAA Clearinghouse. See Mr. Stahl in Student Services if you have questions regarding this process and to get information.
The West Springfield CEEB code is 472140 . You may need this on various college applications.
Keep a list of all colleges you are applying to! Know the deadlines and be aware of the requirements! If you need any assistance, see your school counselor or Ms. Hurlburt in the Career Center. If you are not sure, ASK!!!!