Applications: Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision, Rolling Admissions
Senior Worksheet/Parent Brag Sheet
Early First Semester Be Proactive!
Research and visit colleges & use NAVIANCE Family Connection!
Develop a preliminary list of colleges/universities
Meet with your counselor
Visit the college/career center
Early First Semester Be Proactive!
Complete your Senior Worksheet and have your parents complete their Brag Sheet. Submit completed forms a.s.a.p. to your counselor.
Work on college essays and scholarship nomination form.
Identify teachers/coaches, etc. for letters of recommendation
Participate in community service
Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges
The College Board College Handbook
Book of Majors
Rugg’s Recommendation on the Colleges
Colleges That Change Lives
Fiske Guide to Colleges
Attend college fairs
THIS YEAR COUNTS! Continue to do your best. Your first semester senior year grades will be sent to colleges.
USE SCHOOL RESOURCES
Sign up for college visits at GMHS via Naviance
Read College/Career Center updates
Request transcripts via Naviance
COLLEGE REP. VISITS Naviance is the only way to register for a GMHS college rep. visit
COLLEGE REP. VISITS Print the Confirmation page and have your teacher sign it. This is your admission ticket.
A BALANCED PORTFOLIO
Once you know what colleges you are interested in attending, create a list of those schools.
Reach Schools – Less than 30% chance of gaining admission Target Schools – 30%-60% chance of gaining admission Most Likely Schools – 60%-90% chance of gaining admission
TRANSCRIPT REQUEST Under the Colleges tab , click on Transcripts
REQUESTING TRANSCRIPTS This is the only way to request transcripts for colleges, universities, scholarships and the NCAA
REQUESTING TRANSCRIPTS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS, ATHLETICS, ETC.
KEY INFORMATION FOR THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS
Transcripts and/or counselor recommendations will be sent only after the student makes a request through Naviance/Family Connection for each college AND the student has met with his/her counselor.
Allow at least three (3) weeks for the processing of the transcript and counselor recommendation letter. Please be mindful that some early decision deadlines are as soon as the beginning of October.
If you are applying to colleges with December 15 through mid-January deadlines, you MUST complete all requests in Naviance/Family Connections no later than December 1st!
MORE KEY INFORMATION
Information you may need for your applications:
School address: George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043
School phone Number: (703) 248-5525
School Fax Number: (703) 248-5556
GMHS CEEB Code: 470795
Many of the schools you apply to allow the counselors to send transcripts and recommendations electronically. You MUST meet with your counselor to discuss this at the beginning of the application process.
TEACHER RECOMMENDATION REQUESTS
Request in writing the recommendation letter at least three weeks before the due date
Give the following to the teacher:
A copy of Senior Worksheet and Parent brag sheet
The recommendation form, if applicable
A stamped, business size envelope addressed to the Admission’s Office of each school, if applicable
The due date for each school
Many schools allow teacher recs to be sent electronically. Discuss with your counselor.
WHAT COLLEGE ADMISSIONS COMMITTEES CONSIDER
Transcript Grades: Colleges recommend that you take the most challenging courses your school offers in which you can be successful.
Standardized Tests: SAT/ACT scores
Extracurricular Activities: Stay involved!
The Essay: If you had two minutes to sit down with the admissions committee, what would you want them to know about you?
Letters of Recommendation: Be sure to check each school’s specific requirements!
Personal Interview: Be yourself and be prepared to answer and ask questions!
THE COLLEGE ESSAY
Some college applications ask for a personal statement while other colleges have specific questions they want you to answer.
One topic for your college essay may be a story that captures a moment in time-- a day in your life, a turning point, or a brief encounter that had a significant effect.
A good essay makes an applicant come alive for the evaluator!
DECISIONS! DECISIONS! DECISIONS!
Weigh the pros/cons of your admissions’ offers
Visit schools again to help make your final decisions
Continue to use resources
Continue to work hard in your classes
Request IB transcripts for colleges/universities
Communicate your final decision to your counselor!!!!!!!
There are more than 3,600 colleges to choose from. You are bound to find more than a handful of schools you would be interested in attending.
The statement that says, “the harder it is to get into a school, the better the school” is a myth. It is not true! The college application process is about finding a good match for you. There are many factors to consider when choosing a college.
“ College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.” (Colleges That Change Lives)