1. Research/Organization of School List
After researching a list of schools, students must organize as many college visits as necessary in order to establish a selection of schools the students are interested in applying to.
2. School Visits
Starting from October to December, students visit the Admissions Offices of their prospective schools.
3. Necessary Application Recommendations
Request English, Mathematics, Home Room Teacher, Guidance Counselor, or Principal recommendations, and Transcripts from current school. For the Common Application, teachers can directly submit recommendations online. Make sure to give your teachers adequate information about yourself and enough time to craft a letter for you. Teachers do not like rushing to write recommendation letters, so give them at least one month’s notice.
4. SAT/ACT Registration
Students must register for and take standardized tests before most applications are due, which is January of senior year. Preferably, students should have finished standardized testing in their junior year.
5. Application Submission
Student must complete all college essays, including supplemental essays before the January deadline. Most universities will have their applications on the Common Application website. Essays should be personal stories that convey your unique personality, and should not be focused on your achievements and academic performance.
6. Application Status
On March 10th, students will receive notification of their acceptance, rejection, or waitlist status.
7. Waitlisted Students
Students on the waiting list start to hear about their waiting list status beginning on April 10th, but often must wait until June or July to hear from schools.