It’s official; junior year is over. We in the guidance office have put together a list of things you should be doing in the fall to make your senior year as smooth as possible.
On the College front:
- Register. Register for Family Connection. Email school secretary if you misplaced your registration code.
- Complete. Complete and submit the Student Questionnaire to your guidance counselor via email.
- Research. Continue to research and refine your list of potential colleges. You should know between 6 and 8 colleges you would like to apply to when you return in the fall.
- Visit. Get out and visit schools that catch your interest. Take a trip, a tour, and the time to see if a college is a good fit for you.
- Request. Request applications from colleges to which you’d like to apply. Check to see if the college’s 07/08 application is available online.
- Draft. Write a draft of your personal essay/statement. The common application web site is a great place to start.
- Create. Create a resume of your activities and achievements. Boost your resume by getting involved over the summer: volunteer, take a class, and follow your passions.
- Register. Register for fall SAT, and ACT Increase your scores by taking the time to study this summer!
On the Belmont High School front:
Where are you in the college search process?
- Stay on top of your summer reading/work
- Read your senior thesis books
- Complete your 40 required hours of community service. Service Opportunities list is here.
I have no idea what I want to do…
Majors and Careers
I have no idea where I want to be…
Could someone make me a list?
Three Excellent Ways To Apply To College
Apply Disc is a computer disc that has the applications of most private Colleges in the United States and also includes the COMMON APPLICATION.
Advantage: Applications can be done on the computer and therefore revisions can be made easily, multiple copies may be printed, work can be saved quickly, and the application looks professionally done.
Common Application is an application that is accepted by many private colleges. Those colleges that accept the Common Application are listed at the top of the application’s first page. There is a paper copy and a computer version of the Common Application. You can also download the common application or apply online by visiting http://www.commonapp.org/
Advantage: Students can complete one application, but can use it for multiple colleges. Therefore, filling out the Common Application should save students time, energy, and effort. Remember: if using the paper copy version, always be certain to keep the original and send photocopies to the colleges.
College's own Application
Each college should have their own application. Generally these are available on the Apply Disc; on the Internet; or can be sent to your home directly.
Advantage: Some schools, in particular state schools, accept only their own application.
Early Decision Or Early Action Applicants
If you are considering applying Early Decision or Early Action to a college and have not spoken to your counselor, you MUST see him/her as soon as possible.
Student Profile Forms/Resume
Please complete the Student Profile/or Resume as part of the college application process. Be as detailed as possible. This form is extremely important in helping your counselor write your letter of recommendation.
Grade Point Averages
Seniors who wish to know their grade point averages should see the guidance secretary to complete a GPA request form. All students are given an unweighted (all courses given same credit regardless of level) grade point average. However, their transcripts do list what level the course is so colleges can give additional weight to Honors or AP courses.