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    • December 14, 2008 College Visits
      • STEPS
      • FORMS
      • “ Home” for the next 4 years.
        • Will I be happy living here?
        • Will I enjoy the type of classes I take?
        • Will I like the people I work with?
        • Will I like the system here?
      • Academic
        • Do they offer the major I am interested in?
        • Is the workload “just right” for me?
        • What special things does this college offer?
      • Call the Admissions Office.
        • Schedule a visit with an admissions officer
        • Schedule a campus tour.
        • Roaming around campus on your own.
      • 2 schools per day.
        • Give yourself ample time to roam the campus before or after the interview.
      • Be Punctual! Plan for
      • Get Write
      • How large are all of your classes?
      • Who teaches you in these classes? (Graduate assistants or professors?
      • Does this school have a core curriculum? How restrictive is it? Is there a foreign language requirement?
      • How adequate is the library? The computer facilities?
      • When do you have to declare your major? What are the most popular majors?
      • Are some dorms much better than others? Are dorm rooms wired? Do many students live off campus? Why?
      • Do students seem to work primarily for grades? How competitive are the students?
      • How accessible is the faculty?
      • Can you tell me anything first-hand about the _____________ department?
      • What’s the biggest issue in local campus politics?
      • What percentage of students study abroad at some time?
      • What impact do fraternities/sororities have here? Athletics?
      • What are weekends like? Are there alternatives to the typical party scene?
      • How active is student government? What activities are popular?
      • Are the arts supported here?
      • What do you think is the greatest shortcoming of this college? What do students complain about?
      • What do you like best about your experience and education here?
      • Where do students come from? Is this a diverse community?
      • Why did you choose this school? What others did you apply to?
      • What kinds of kids do you think are happiest here? Least happy?
      • If you could attend another college now, where would you go? Why?
      • http://www.collegeweeklive2008.com/en_CA/visitors/app-lobby
        • College Hall
          • Inside the College Admissions Process
      • http://collegeprowler.com/
        • Subscription (CP?)
      • https://www.collegedata.com/cs/admissions/admissions_tracker.jhtml
      • http://www.wsjclassroomedition.com/pdfs/wsj_college_092503.pdf
        • Top 50 feeder schools to top MBA, Law, Med Schools
      • http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2008/0519/030.html
      • CEOs and their Colleges (Brilliant)
        • http://www.ensmp.fr/Actualites/PR/EMP-ranking.html  
      • Time Higher Ed - world U
        • http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/hybrid.asp?typeCode=243&pubCode=1&navcode=137
      • Newsweek
        • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_100_Global_Universities
        • http://rccse.whu.edu.cn/college/sjdxkyjzl.htm
      • Begin and continue a thorough self-examination of your abilities and interests.
      • Study hard and get good grades. Set your academic goals now.
      • Think about careers.
      • Try a sport, club or other activity. (the more unique the better – but something you enjoy)
      • Begin your resume
      • READ
      • OCTOBER
      • Plan and become involved in extracurricular activities, clubs, etc.
      • Position yourself for leadership in at least one area.
      • Keep up your grades. Be sure teachers know you care.
      • READ as much as you can. This has a huge effect on your vocabulary, hence your standardized test results.
      • NOVEMBER
      • Investigate the kinds of education available: two-year colleges, four-year colleges, universities, professional schools and more.
      • What are your college-related goals? Are you interested in the top tier, most selective schools?
      • Talk to your counselor about your ideas and ask questions. Get to know them as well as your teachers.
      • DECEMBER
      • If not already done, start a checklist of personal preferences in selecting colleges: selectivity, size, location, etc.
      • Start your list of 10-12 target schools (It will likely change several times.)
      • READ over break!
      • Fill your spare time with community service, volunteer work and activities. (This will all go on your college apps.)
      • JANUARY
      • Think about college visits.
      • Keep up your grades. Freshman year DOES count!
      • READ!
      • Download the Common App for college and fill it out with your record as it stands today.
      • Fill out the app as realistically as you can as if you were a Senior.
      • Create an improvement plan.
      • FEBRUARY
      • Visit nearby campuses if you are interested in local schools.
      • Keep up your grades. Do extra credit whenever possible. Strive for A’s and B’s in all classes
      • MARCH
      • Put forth your best effort! (improvement counts)
      • Plan a challenging schedule for next year. (such as AP classes) Colleges look for indications that each student has tried to take the strongest possible course of study.
      • APRIL
      • Plan a productive summer – community service, volunteer work, extra classes, sports camp, summer school, unusual experience, job,
      • Talk to your counselor about what might help your resume.
      • MAY
      • Study hard for final exams.
      • JUNE
      • Have a fun and productive summer!
      • Sign up to take PSAT.
      • (Good practice for next year when you will be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship competition)
      • Consider taking a career assessment test if offered.
      • Start or continue your “brag sheet” or resume.
      • Maintain good grades; READ! ( Sophomore and Junior grades almost always count the most )
      • OCTOBER
      • Take the PSAT.
      • Attend any college-oriented school meetings.
      • Start or continue your resume.
      • Get to know your teachers. Be sure they know you are a serious student.
      • Research careers using the internet and/or high school resources.
      • Talk to adults about their careers. What appeals to you?
      • NOVEMBER
      • Investigate colleges using the internet or books.
      • Focus on academics. Do extra credit whenever it is offered.
      • Time permitting, fill your resume categories with community service or activities.
      • Think about what makes you unique (this may become your “ACE”)
      • DECEMBER
      • READ!
      • (this can make a BIG difference on your SAT scores)
      • Use your holiday to research schools and think about summer opportunities.
      • (remember, college apps will ask for some combination of paid employment, clubs, community service, summer programs, activities, honors and awards)
      • Talk to older friends about their college experience and what campus life is like at their school.
      • JANUARY
      • Investigate colleges using computer search programs.
      • Use your PSAT scores to help indicate what may/may not be realistic for you.
      • Also use your PSAT scores to project what test prepping you might want/need to do to reach your goals.
      • Research different careers using the internet.
      • FEBRUARY
      • Search for relevant summer activities that support your “ACE” (unique area of interest, talent etc.)
      • Talk to your counselor about your ideas and to ask questions.
      • Keep up your grades and do extra credit whenever you can. Show you care.
      • MARCH
      • Can you start to identify 10-12 target schools? You can modify the list as you go.
      • Get the admission stats & download applications for a couple of your top schools – see what they expect!
      • Register for AP exams if you will be completing an AP class this year.
      • APRIL
      • Register for June II Subject Tests in academic subjects you may complete this year (such as chemistry, physics, etc.) if this year represents your “peak” in that subject.
      • Visit some nearby colleges over break.
      • Be sure you are in your target schools’ databases so you will receive information from them.
      • MAY
      • Make use of your summer:
      • (college classes, special programs, community service, job, SAT prep etc)
      • Prep for SAT II’s as needed. (there are books available in every SAT II subject area)
      • Study for finals. Keep those grades high.
      • Consider Summer School if appropriate or you need to repeat a class.
      • JUNE
      • Take II Subject Test if appropriate. (some schools will require 2 or 3 different subjects)
      • Refine your target list of schools and be sure it meets the “RRR” range test. Fill out worksheet.
      • Hopefully you’ve planned a fun yet productive summer!
      • Don’t forget to READ!
      • Register for PSAT.
      • Continue refining your list of target schools.
      • Research schools on the internet or via books and visits.
      • Update your resume with any new information.
      • Plan next two years’ extra-curricular and community service activities.
      • Think about when to take the SAT or ACT tests – develop your tentative “test plan”
      • OCTOBER
      • Take PSAT to be eligible for national Merit Scholarship competition.
      • Study hard! Aim for A or B grade point average. Do extra credit whenever you can.
      • Start a personal file updating information for your resume.
      • Locate and organize all awards, articles, prizes etc. earned.
      • Acquaint yourself with resources at your school.
      • NOVEMBER
      • Keep grades up. Improvement counts.
      • Get to know your junior year teachers, as these may be the best ones for letters of recommendation.
      • Take SAT Subject Tests, such as Language Tests With Listening, if appropriate.
      • Continue research on specific colleges.
      • Improve your vocabulary! Learn 20 new words a week.
      • Think about college majors.
      • READ!
      • DECEMBER
      • Study Hard!
      • Take SAT Subject Tests if appropriate.
      • Register for SAT if you would like to take it in January.
      • Receive results of PSAT/NMSQT. Use results to develop a prepping strategy to improve your SAT scores as needed.
      • READ over break!
      • Fill up your spare time with as much community service, volunteer work, club or sport activity etc. as you can
      • JANUARY
      • Continue college research.
      • Compare PSAT and projected SAT results to the averages at your target schools·
      • First chance to take the SAT.
      • Be sure to have your Social Security Number and your school CEEB code number.
      • Consider SAT prepping for the March or May tests
      • FEBRUARY
      • Register for SAT if you would like to take it in March.
      • Begin to prepare for SAT or ACT.
      • Remember how important junior grades are for your class rank and college apps.
      • Plan a challenging Senior curriculum.
      • (An easy schedule can cost you an acceptance.)
      • MARCH
      • Research interesting and challenging summer courses, jobs or volunteer activities.
      • Have your target list down to 10-12 schools.
      • Plan college visits to nearby colleges.
      • Register for SAT, ACT or SAT Subject Tests if you plan to take any in May.
      • Sign up for AP tests in your AP class subjects.
      • Plan a challenging Senior schedule – no Senioritis!
      • APRIL
      • ACT testing
      • Plan an interesting and challenging summer.
      • Get into the databases (mailing lists) of your target schools (via internet)
      • Attend college fairs.
      • Write letters of intent to the service academies if applicable. (military)
      • Prep for AP exams if applicable
      • College visits during Spring Break?
      • Think about financing college – will you need aid?
      • READ!
      • MAY
      • SAT testing
      • (many counselors think it is best to reserve May and June for SAT Subject exams in the subjects you will be finishing this year)
      • Students who will be applying Early Decision or Early Action should try to complete all testing during junior year.
      • Take your AP exams.
      • Don’t forget to study for your high school finals!!
      • Use Scholarship Search programs to investigate scholarships that might be available to you.
      • JUNE
      • SAT and ACT tests as desired.
      • Arrange college tours for summer. Call Admissions office of schools to set up tours and interviews.
      • Visit colleges. Take tours and do interviews if offered.
      • Do something extra with your resume in mind. Develop your “ACE”!
      • Prep for SAT’s and work on vocabulary – READ!
      • Keep extra curricular activity and community service efforts going.
      • Refine your college list.
      • Get a file “bin” and set up a file for each target school.
      • Attend all high school college-related meetings.
      • Meet with counselor and ask questions.
      • Identify all the application deadlines for your schools and fill out checklist.
      • Get your school’s CEEB code and have it handy along with your SS#.
      • Finalize your resume.
      • Prep for final SAT/ACT testing and register.
      • Ask teachers for letters of recommendation if your colleges want them.
      • Request interviews at privates whenever they are available.
      • Get a good senior picture, formal or informal.
      • Print practice apps for all your schools even if you will be doing them on-line.
      • Review your Handbook carefully.
      • OCTOBER
      • Take SAT/ACT as needed (register for Nov/Dec).
      • Work on applications.
      • See if college applications are on the internet yet
      • (be sure they are for the right admission term) If so, download & print them for practice and/or get the essays.
      • Think about essay topics. Brainstorm.
      • Keep grades up! Many schools will request your senior grades in their decision process.
      • Are you taking the SAT again?
      • Did you obtain all letters of recommendation needed?
      • Decide about applying early decision – you can only do one!
      • If you’re an athlete, talk to coach(es).
      • Polish your resume for the last time!
      • Are any of your target schools visiting your high school?
      • NOVEMBER
      • Attend any workshops/ meetings offered by your high school.
      • Think about financial aid needs.
      • Work on essays and applications.
      • Watch deadlines! (many early applications are due in November! )
      • Don’t procrastinate with your apps! The earlier the better.
      • Want to take the SAT one more time?
      • Have your high school send transcripts to colleges that want them.
      • Send thank you notes to anyone who helped you (letters of recommendation etc).
      • Be sure your SAT/ACT scores have been sent to all your colleges after your last test. Send AP scores as well if they are strong.
      • Make sure that your parents obtain a Federal Student Aid PIN.
      • DECEMBER
      • This is likely your last chance at the standardized tests – use it if you need it.
      • Study Hard! You can’t afford to let your grades slip.
      • (first semester grades may be used in decisions) Be sure to report your test scores to all your colleges.
      • Use the internet to research scholarships.
      • Finish any remaining applications! Proof them over and over.
      • Have others read your essays to be sure they are captivating and demonstrate something unique about you.
      • Think about financial aid needs and familiarize yourself with the forms.
      • Keep copies of everything you send.
      • If accepted Early Decision, inform other schools.
      • JANUARY
      • The last of the applications should be due this month for Fall admission.
      • Are your test scores sent?
      • Transcripts sent as required?
      • Letters of recommendation in?
      • Obtain FAFSA forms and file as soon as you can after Jan 1;
      • Consider using CSS/PROFILE for aid if your college(s) take it. (College Board website)
      • You may need a GPA verification form for some state grants. (research this).
      • Attend financial aid workshops at your school or elsewhere.
      • FEBRUARY
      • Finish financial aid forms. Timing matters! Being late can literally cost you.
      • Tell your parents you will need their 1040 tax information (as current as possible, last years at least)
      • You can estimate the financial aid you will receive.
      • Have school send updated transcripts or mid year reports if needed.
      • Pay attention to correspondence from colleges.
      • Keep your grades up! Offers can be rescinded!
      • MARCH
      • FAFSA form due (Review the SAR you will receive to be sure it is using the right data)
      • Register for AP tests.
      • Wait for acceptance letters!
      • ( Pay attention to housing forms in acceptance letters. There may be deadlines and preference options)
      • Consider appealing a rejection. (if it was your first choice and you have some reason for them to reconsider you)
      • Notify your counselor when you receive college decisions and write waitlist letters if appropriate.
      • APRIL
      • Congrats on all your acceptances! You must generally select a school by May 1.
      • Final campus visits if needed to help make your decision.
      • Talk to people who can help you decide: alumni, older friends who are there, parents, and your counselor.
      • Prepare for AP tests and finals.
      • Review and discuss financial aid offers as part of your decision making process. These can be appealed also.
      • MAY
      • Most of your schools must be notified by May 1 with an SIR form.
      • Plan summer employment.
      • Pay attention to housing and meal plan information contained in your acceptance letter(s).
      • Inform the schools you will NOT be attending as well.
      • If needed, research loans (PLUS, Stafford etc) to make up for any financial gap after aid results are known.
      • Study for finals and APs! (use prep books?)
      • JUNE
      • Order final transcript and anything else to be sent to your college.
      • Consider computer needs for next Fall (notebooks, wireless connections, etc)
      • Attend all orientations at your college.
      • Do some extra research on your college to think about what activities you will pursue.
      • Respond to any financial aid offers you received.
      • Keep READING!
      • Have a great summer and look forward to the amazing adventure that awaits you !
    • That which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.