Calendar for College Admissions





In Addition

9th Grade

Plan your entire high school curriculum, making sure you take the most challenging courses and do not slight science courses!
Make sure you find an outside interest
either at school or elsewhere.  
Pursue that interest...
and enjoy it.

10th Grade

Continue strong program. 
Ask about interest inventory,
and value clarification
Keep a journal or find opportunities to write about yourself, your activities and ideas and interests.  Keep a file of possible topics for your college essay

11th Grade

In the fall take the
PSAT test
in October.
Depending on your courses,
it may be possible to take some
SAT II tests in June

11th Grade Spring

Begin to look at college web sites on the internet.  See your college counselor at least twice

With your High Scool College Counselor, plan to investigate colleges he/she suggests. 
Also plan testing schedule.
Take SAT test in May or June

11th Grade

Visit colleges and have interviews.  Get on mailing lists for applications and newsletters.
Work at a job, or if none is available,
pursue an interest to
a high level.

12th Grade

Narrow your list of colleges to 6 with the help of your parents and your college counselor. Make sure you choose at least three colleges you can probably be admitted to.
Take SAT tests in November.
Take SATII tests in December
Consider taking the ACT test as well.

Line up your college recommendations

12th Grade

Send off applications on time.
Make sure your
Financial Aid forms
are filed on time
Develop a check list for each college, to ensure that all your forms go off on time. You may be able to check the status of your file on line. Portfolios and special mailings can follow your application.

12th Grade Spring

When you receive your acceptances, develop a grid to measure their appeal and affordability.
Once you decide to attend a particular school, be sure to notify and thank your recommenders.

Plan to visit the schools which accepted you if there is any doubt about which one you want to attend. Parents should use this time to talk with financial aid officers at the schools you are considering. Students take time to relax once the decision is made BUT devote some time to planning to make the most of the freshman year.



Why Use College Center



Whether building a house, or developing a family financial plan, we invariably seek the advice of experts.  Not only do they provide their particular expertise and knowledge, their first contribution is that of objectivity in what can often become an emotional and drawn out process. Second, experts provide experience with situations and trends that arise in an “industry” that we have no way of knowing about. 

In the case of College Center, its director has been a college counselor and director of the department of a very dynamic private school for 15 years, then a Vice President for Admissions, Financial Aid, and Research at a leading liberal arts college for 9 years and a counselor to individual students for the last 10 years.  In addition to that he has served as an admissions officer at Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.  He has also written a book for Thomson Publications, called “The Insider’s Guide to College Admissions”.  The book is in its fifth edition.

College Center also has close knowledge of close to 100 of America’s top colleges and universities.  This knowledge has been gleaned from the admissions records of a number of students who have been admitted to those schools and from personal visits to and discussions with those schools as well. Knowledge of particular colleges and universities is a strong part of College Center’s expertise.  But the Center also has vital knowledge of “how the system works: “ how applications are read and evaluated, how admissions committees function, how athletic, alumni, and other influence is integrated into the final admit/deny decision.  And remember the waiting list—another mini-admissions process that needs to be fathomed. College Center understands that too.

At the same time that objectivity, experience, and particular knowledge are valuable, College Center recognizes that each student and each family are different. So the task becomes helping the particular, individual student to find colleges and universities that are a good match for his or her abilities and interests.  Then, through listening and through dialogue, College Center helps that student develop an edge” in the application process.  This combination of match and edge  is what ultimately will lead to admission to a number of schools and the student being able to choose the one where he or she will be happy and will thrive.

Having counseled thousands of students, face to face, through books and pamphlets, and on the internet, over the years College Center stands ready  to make a difference for students in the second decade of the twenty first century.