Resources & Events

JANUARY 8, 2019
College Night for Juniors and Parents
7:00–9:00 p.m. (Franklin Theater)

John Thurston, Director of College Counseling, and Emily Birchby, Associate Director of College Counseling, will present on the college application process and next steps for juniors and their parents. (Snow date, January 15).

FEBRUARY 6, 2019
Prospective Parent Coffee: Preparing for College
5:00–6:00 p.m. (Head of School's Office)

Prospective parents are invited to hear expert advice from Waynflete's Associate Director of College Counseling, Emily Birchby and Head of School, Geoff Wagg. Emily has experience working the other side of the admission process having spent more than 10 years in admissions at Bowdoin. Learn how we help students and parents gain control of the college process and lessen everyone's stress along the way. (Snow date: February 7.)

To RSVP for this event, please contact Fiona Haslett at or 207.274.5224.

March 14, 2019
Pre-ACT offered to sophomores

March 25, 2019
PSAT10 offered to sophomores

March 27, 2019
College Admission Committee Simulation
7:00–8:30 p.m. (Emery Student Center)
Admission counselors from Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby lead junior class parents through a mock admissions committee exercise.

April 30, 2019
College Financial Aid Evening
7:00–9:00 p.m. (Emery Student Center)
Mike Bartini, Director of Student Aid at Bowdoin, will present the ins and outs of the financial aid process.



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.

Helpful Links

Search for colleges and scholarships, create an account for online applications, get information on test preparation, register for the SATs and SAT IIs, change test dates, send scores, and more! This is also the best way to learn about and fill out the Profile—a financial aid form required by many colleges of a student applying for financial aid.

Create a personal account to keep track of those schools you're interested in, search for scholarships, apply online, and buy test preparation software. Site also contains databases of study abroad programs, distance learning programs, summer camps, jobs, and internships.

Both college and scholarship searches are available at this site. The site is also home to CollegeBOT Crawler, a search engine dedicated solely to education-related Web sites.

Site contains links to colleges' virtual tours, videos, and webcams. Also has links to sites dealing with financial aid, college searches, and college life.

Site features virtual campus tours, college search engine, online applications, and information on financial aid.

Free college and scholarship searches.

Create a free acount to use when searching for colleges and scholarships and applying online. The site also contains lots of information regarding test preparation.

Test preparation for both ACT and SATs, as well as information on undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

Home of the ACT Assessment test, this site offers a college search engine, ACT registration, on-line college registration, financial aid award estimates, and more.

The common application form is used by 241 colleges and universities. The form is downloadable from this site, and there is information about the participating institutions.

A good website containing an up-to-date list of schools that do not require the SATs. This list can be sorted by state, by school or downloaded.

This is the easiest way to learn about and apply for federally funded financial aid. The FAFSA—Free Application for Student Aid—must be filled out by any student wishing to apply for financial aid.

Financial Aid information for parents and students, including a helpful financial aid calculator tool, explanations of financial aid forms, and a scholarship search.

Information on paying for college, including loans, savings plans, scholarships, grants, and alternative funding.

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Colleges Visiting Waynflete

Each year, many college representatives visit the Waynflete campus throughout the fall and early winter to talk with students. Students are encouraged to meet with these college representatives and ask any questions that they have. You will find a schedule of visits on this calendar.