Resources & Events
September 11, 2019
Overview of the College Counseling Program for Seniors
7:00 p.m. (Franklin Theater)
Seniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend an evening to review the College Counseling program. The program will begin directly following the Grade 12 Parent Potluck at Boulos House. Emily and John will provide an overview of their approach for seniors in the throes of the college application process. Topics will include a review of standardized testing options, creating the final list, different application deadlines, who is responsible for submitting what credentials, and more. Seniors will also receive their weekly college counseling schedule.
John & Emily will host a pizza party for seniors starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Emery Student Center prior to the program in Franklin Theater. Students should RSVP to either John (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emily (email@example.com) so that they know how much food to order.
OCTOBER 2, 2019
Overview of the Financial Aid Process for Senior Parents
7:00 p.m. (Emery Student Center)
Parents of seniors are encouraged to attend an evening to review the college financial aid application process and have their questions answered by Mike Bartini, Director of Student Aid at Bowdoin College. John and Emily will also be on hand to help answer questions.
OCTOBER 7, 2019
Overview of the College Counseling Program for Juniors
7:00 p.m. (Franklin Theater)
Juniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend an evening for an introduction to the College Counseling program. Emily and John will provide an overview of their approach for juniors beginning the college application process. Topics will include a review of standardized testing dates, researching potential colleges, different application deadlines, who is responsible for submitting what credentials, and more.
NOVEMBER 4, 2019
Overview of the College Counseling Program for Sophomore Parents
7:00 p.m. (Franklin Theater)
Sophomore parents are encouraged to attend an evening for an introduction to the College Counseling program. Emily and John will provide an overview of their approach to the college application process. Topics will include spring standardized testing, beginning to explore potential colleges, and an overview of timing.
John and Emily will host a pizza party for sophomores starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Emery Student Center prior to the program in Franklin Theater. Sophomores are welcome to stay and attend the informational session with their parents. Students should RSVP to either John (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emily (email@example.com) so that they know how much food to order.
Q. Can I apply to colleges online?
A. YES! In fact, applying online can be easy. Before doing so, however, check carefully to make sure you can present yourself in the way you want. Some online applications can be limiting, and you may feel that you want the opportunity to submit supplemental materials such as an Activities Résumé with your application. If you are someone who wants this kind of flexibility, then you may want to stick to the traditional method of application.
Q. What if I have a game or other school commitment on the day I’m scheduled to take the SAT I or SAT II?
A. First, don’t panic! Come and see us in the College Counseling Office right away. There are things we may be able to do to change your test date when unexpected things come up. Let us know as soon as you realize there is a potential conflict.
Q. Should I apply Early Decision?
A. While much has been written about the alleged advantages of applying Early Decision, it is not always a good idea. Certainly, there is a distinct advantage at some schools in applying early, but that is not the case at all schools, nor is the advantage as great as many think. Moreover, there may be a distinct disadvantage in applying early if you are also applying for financial aid. If one or two schools are clearly at the top of your list, talk with the college counselors about the advantages and the disadvantages of applying early.
Q. Whom should I ask to write my recommendations?
A. It’s a good rule of thumb to have one recommendation from a teacher in the Humanities, and one from Math or Science. However, it is more important to choose teachers who know you well both as a student and as a person. Be sure to let the college counselors know who you have chosen.
Q. Will I be able to see my recommendations?
A. It depends on the teacher. Ask those writing your recommendations what their policy is. If you're concerned about a Waynflete teacher writing a bad recommendation—don't be. Teachers won't agree to write a recommendation for you if they don't feel they can write a supportive one.
Q. What should I do if I receive notification that something is missing from my application?
A. First, don't panic! But also be sure that you don't ignore it! The college is informing you that there is a piece to your application that they need before they can review it. If you double-check and realize the missing piece never got sent, simply send it to the college. If you are positive the information got sent, contact the school to see if they received it after the notification was sent out. The school will let you know if it wants you to send the information again. For this reason, it is vital to make copies of all parts of your application.
Q. When will I find out if I’m accepted?
A. Every school is different; however, most schools will let you know of their decision by the end of March or early in April at the latest. At that time you will be accepted, rejected, or placed on a waiting list.
Note that all schools adhere to The Universal Reply Date. Colleges give students (except those they have accepted Early Decision) whom they have accepted until May 1st to decide whether or not they will matriculate. Any money deposited to schools prior to May 1 should be refundable.
Q. What is a waitlist?
A. Colleges will offer some applicants a place on their waitlists. Students who have been waitlisted may be offered admission to the school at a later date if the school has room. If you've been waitlisted at a school that you are very interested in attending, then you should choose to be on the waitlist, and there are particular steps you should take to maximize your chances of being offered admission. Make sure you talk with the college counselors about being on a waitlist. Also, remember that you should definitely make a deposit at the top school to which you have been accepted.
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