2. What Guidance Dept Needs...• Transcript release signature, $12 (full sheet, yellow)• For every college... at least 2 WEEKS BEFORE DEADLINE ✴ Transcript request form (half yellow sheet) ✴ Conﬁrmation of application email/printout (complete the application ﬁrst!) ✴ $ or fee waiver ✴ Counselor/ College-Prep Form (if needed) ✴ Essay ✴ Activity list (if not included online) ✴ Letters of Recommendation (if not emailed) ✴ This also applies for a Scholarship Application
3. Application Anxiety• KEEP COPIES OR PRINT OUT of all components that you’re responsible• Establish a line of COMMUNICATION with each college or university to which they apply. Be sure to ask for the name of your guide on during a campus tour or get the card of the admissions ofﬁcer you met with. • ASK QUESTIONS to admissions representatives (at open houses, campus tours, college nights, and so on) about their institutions process: what the timeline for application processing is? how long they should wait before calling to ask about applications? and so forth. • Prepare to BE PATIENT! Know that processing applications takes time; you may not get any news for several weeks.
4. Filling Out the Application๏File online! It’s the preferred method, reduces application fee and hastens response. (Need a credit card)๏Immediately print out the conﬁrmation email or page upon completion! (No matter what- PRINT THIS OUT- you will need to submit a copy to the guidance ofﬁce when requesting transcripts and I need a copy for class credit)๏Be accurate, complete and honest in all information submitted๏Note and meet all deadlines๏Note and conform to all speciﬁc instructions and requirements๏Keep a record of the dates and results of all ﬁled applications
5. ETHICS... what not to do!* Fabricate or exaggerate* Have someone else write/rewrite your essays* Fail to disclose disciplinary infractions if asked directly (schools usually give applicants a chance to explain)* Tell more than one college that its your first choice* Mislead college about intended major to help you get in
6. The Common ApplicationThe Common Application is a single application for undergraduate college admission, usedby a consortium of selective colleges and universities. There are currently close to 400member colleges and universities, both public and private, that agree to give fullconsideration to applications submitted on this one common form. Not sure if your targetschool is one of them?You can ﬁnd the member list on the Common Application website:www.commonapp.orgDo colleges prefer that I use their own application?No. All Common Application member colleges and universities also belong to the NationalAssociation for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), which requires that membersnot discriminate against applicants based on the particular form an applicant uses. Severalcolleges even use the Common Application as their own form.Quick Search... Xavier, Miami U, Dayton, Hanover, Wittenberg, Transylvania, Butler,Centre, Otterbein...
7. Application MythsMYTH: Admissions committees seek to recruit well-rounded students.FACT: This is not necessarily true. Admissions committees can differentiate between those who aretrying to load up their activities sheet and those who have a sincere interest in their extracurriculars.Dont join clubs you think colleges want on your resume, participate in what youre really interested.MYTH: The essay doesnt count for much.FACT: Many colleges view the essay as a "tipper" that can afﬁrm or negate an admissions decision. Theessay is regarded as a critical aspect of admissions credentials, so you should spend considerable timedeveloping the idea, writing, and prooﬁng. Through the essay, an admissions board is able to see thestudents understanding of intellectual or social issues, as well as her creativity and maturity.MYTH: If, by second semester of junior year, your GPA isnt so hot, its too late tobring it up.FACT: Most colleges look for a trend in high school academic performance, and they place a highimportance on improvements in a students grades in the second semester of junior year. So if yourtranscript to date is not stellar, its may not be too late to bring up your GPA.MYTH: Applying for ﬁnancial aid diminishes my chances of admission.FACT: Although some schools still operate under this credo, more common now is a need-aware, orneed-conscious policy; few colleges now have the money to fund all of the students who qualify forneed-based aid. But by not applying for aid, you may be cutting off any possible chances for admission.
8. Application MythsMYTH: It doesnt matter when I send in my applications, just as long as itsbefore the deadline.FACT: Generally, theres no disadvantage to sending your application right at the deadline, butthere are pluses if you get your application in early:• If any component of your application is missing, youll have time to get it in before its too late.• The ﬁles that are complete and ready to be read early in the process may be reviewed more carefully when the staff is not at the edge of exhaustion.• Some institutions prefer all applicants to have an interview with a staff member or a local alum. The earlier your application is received, the sooner the college can contact you about an interview.• you avoid the stress of squeezing everything into the last minute.MYTH: Its not a good idea to ask alums from your high school what theythink of a particular college.FACT: Enrolled students and alumni are the best source for a candid, unvarnished opinion ofwhat the school is like and how it could serve your needs and goals. Seek out former students ofyour high school who went there or friends of your parents who graduated from there. Dont beshy about asking them the tough questions!
9. Early Decision v. Early ActionEARLY DECISION...• MOST BINDING! EARLY ACTION...• November date for application • no ﬁrm application date, just you• Receive an admission decision well in submitting earlier than needed advance of the usual notiﬁcation date • Receive an admission decision early in the (usually by Dec or Jan) admission cycle (usually in January or• Agree to attend the college if accepted and February) offered a ﬁnancial aid package that is • Do not have to commit to an EA college considered adequate by the family • May apply to other colleges under regular• May only apply to one college for early admission plans decision • Must give the college a decision no later• May apply to other colleges under regular than the May 1 national response date  admission• Must withdraw all other applications when accepted by ED• Usually must give a nonrefundable deposit well in advance of May 1
10. InterviewsThe college interview offers you an opportunity for an exchange of informationwith an admissions ofﬁcer. For the student, an interview offers a chance tohighlight individual strengths and interests and to gather additional informationabout the college. For the admissions ofﬁcer, it is a way to get to know thestudent and add to the personal and academic information that comprises anapplication ﬁle.Preparing for an interviewBefore the interview, you should review the literature about the college and,on a notepad, jot down questions youd like to ask. (You should deﬁnitely asksome; questions about access to facilities, activities, off-campus programs,housing—whatever is important to you—are encouraged). The notepad willalso come in handy if you want to take some notes during the interview.Bring along a copy of your school transcript and a brief resume describingyour activities. This will come in handy if you are given an information sheetto ﬁll out prior to your meeting.
11. Fighting SenioritisREMEMBER THAT COLLEGES SEE BOTH A MIDYEAR GRADE REPORT AND FINALTRANSCRIPT!!! Every year, colleges rescind offers of admission, put students on academicprobation, or alter aid packages as a result of "senioritis." Colleges reserve the right to denyadmission to an accepted applicant should the students grades drop. And because the collegesdo not receive ﬁnal grades until June or July, students may not learn of a revoked admissionuntil July or August, after theyve given up spots at other colleges and have few options left.According to a 2007 New York Times article*:• The U. of Colorado at Boulder rescinded admission in 2006 for 45 of its accepted students, 10 of whom had already attended orientation, selected classes, or met roommates.• The U. of Michigan sent out three different letters to its incoming freshmen with poor ﬁnal grades: 62 issuing gentle warnings, 180 requesting an explanation, and 9 revoking admission.• Twenty-three would-be freshmen found themselves without a college when the U. of Washington revoked their acceptances during the summer because of poor ﬁnal grades.Tips for keeping seniors on track• Maintain a challenging course load.• Enjoy their senior experience—responsibly.• Get a job, ﬁnd an activity, intern somewhere... keep yourself busy and out of trouble• Keep a calendar of their activities and deadlines• Not obsess over the admissions process
12. Deciding Where To GoColleges Will Help You Choose Colleges that have offered you admission arent going to waitpassively until you have decided. They will inundate you with invitations to teas, receptions, campus"admission days," and other events designed with one purpose in mind - to convince you to accepttheir offer of admission.Making the Best Choice for You The strategies that worked for you during the ﬁrst part ofyour school selection process can be helpful again now. Refer to the list of factors you wereconsidering when you decided where you would apply for admission. See how well the colleges thathave offered you admission meet those requirements.The best way to make the ﬁnal decision is to visit (or revisit) the campuses thatare still in the running. You may be invited to attend special on-campus events held in honor ofnewly admitted students. Keep in mind that these events are carefully orchestrated to make the mostpositive impression possible on you and your parents. But if you look beneath the hype, these eventscan give you valuable insight into exactly what the campus culture and opportunities are like.Reaching Down Deep Whatever criteria you use to distinguish offers, the decision ultimatelycomes down to you. Take it seriously and weigh your offers carefully. A lot of money-not to mentionfour or more years of your life—is involved here. A ﬁnal thought...youre probably sick and tired ofeveryone telling you that college is an investment. Well, its true. But think of it this way: As aninvestment, you should expect it to provide returns for you. The bigger the returns (inacademics, career prospects, lifestyle, etc), the better the chances are that its the right school for you.