Being admitted to college and staying in college are two different
things. Students who graduate from high school can enter public colleges
and universities, but many students don't make it beyond their freshman
year. Students can improve their chances of success in college by; taking
challenging courses (especially in the senior year), planning ahead, and
talking with teachers, the counselor, and administrators.
CHOOSING A COLLEGE CALENDAR
SUMMER BEFORE GRADE 11
Preliminary choosing of a type of higher education to reflect
one's own needs, interests,
abilities, personality, and career plans.
FALL, GRADE 11
Visit with college representatives and attend college information
days. Reaching a final choice of type of schooling and preliminary
consideration of specific "best" colleges for you.
Plan to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National
Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test if you are an outstanding student and/or
wish to practice for the SAT. This is given in October during the regular
school day. Test registration is in early October in the guidance
office. Taking the PSAT during the junior year can qualify you for
National Merit Scholarships
WINTER & SPRING, GRADE 11
Extensive use of catalogs, reference books, websites, test score
results, materials available throughout the high school in the guidance
department, library, and bulletin board area.
Narrow down your list of likely colleges to the five or six which
you feel are good choices for you.
Begin college visitations.
SUMMER BEFORE GRADE 12
Visits to campuses and official interviews, visits to classes and
dormitories. Narrowing down specific college choices to the two or three
Write a draft of your personal essay required by many colleges.
FALL, GRADE 12
Termination of interviews and visits on college campuses.
Check with your counselor to see that you are meeting the specific
admissions requirements of all of the colleges which are of interest to you.
Discuss with the counselor any other tests (Math, History, ACT,
SAT, Scholarship) you should take this year to assist you in being
admitted to college or considered for scholarships. ACT is the test of
preference of Ohio institutions. Check bulletins for specific test
preference for out of state institutions.
FALL & WINTER, GRADE 12
Preparation of applications, references, transcripts, test scores,
and other materials. Forward to final college choices. It is good to get
applications in early.
All colleges require that a high school transcript be sent.
Request this in writing from the guidance office and provide a stamped,
addressed envelope. There is no charge for transcripts.
Secure college recommendations from teachers and community members.
Check with your parents to see what financial help you will need
from sources outside the family. If such assistance is needed, consult
the counselor regarding the many types of financial aid that are
Apply for all financial aid and available scholarships.
Have your parents file a FAFSA after January 1. This is a
financial analysis which determines financial eligibility for federal aid
programs. Contact your colleges if they also require a CSS Financial Aid
Profile for consideration for their institutional financial aid. Both
forms are available in the guidance office.
WINTER & SPRING, GRADE 12
Colleges announce acceptances, waiting lists, and rejections.
Together with your parents, compare college financial aid awards. Select
your college and mail the appropriate financial award statements to that
Send your non-refundable deposit to the college you will attend
(usually due by May 1st).
Final planning and adjustments are made.
SUMMER, GRADE 12
Adjustment to transition from high school to higher education;
college-level workloads, study techniques, schedules, social life,
responsibility, leaving home.
HOW DO COLLEGES ACCEPT YOU
Before a college finally accepts you for admission, there is much
a college wants to know. Many colleges request a statement from the high
school principal or counselor which indicates your ability to successfully
pursue college-level work. Your class rank is a very important guide to
college admission officers. This is based upon final grades at the end of
your junior year and in your senior year. Some colleges will admit
candidates who rank in the highest fifty percent or the highest
twenty-five percent of their graduating classes. Many colleges in the
East will accept only candidates who rank in the top ten percent of their
class. Consult your college catalog/websites to determine admission
Colleges request all test scores (mental ability, achievement,
PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, ACT) that are available from your high school record.
Health records, references, extracurricular activities, personal
achievements and a personal interview by a college official are also
required by many colleges.
No one set pattern of high school subjects will enable you to meet
entrance requirements of individual colleges. Most colleges recommend the
English 4 years, emphasis on writing
Mathematics 3-4 years, Algebra I, II, and Geometry
Social Studies 3-4 years
Science 3-4 years
Foreign language 2 - 4 years
The Arts 1 year
Many universities place admission conditions on student's who have
not completed a college preparatory program. These conditions may include
placement in remedial classwork, delay of entry into regular coursework or
other actions to be decided by each university. Each university has set
forth its own combination of courses which should be taken for admission
without conditions. Refer to the college catalog/websites for specific
COLLEGE ENTRANCE TESTS
Many colleges require all applicants for admission to take
entrance examinations. College catalogs refer to these test requirements
under admissions procedures. The tests usually required are either the
College Board (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).
There are more than 25,000 high schools in the U. S. The quality
of their teaching staffs, physical facilities, and curricula range from
inadequate to superior. Grading systems differ as well, both in use and
in type. Therefore, the exam results provide standard measuring devices
which help college officials determine equitably the applicant's aptitudes
for college study. The tests also offer evidence of a student's effort in
his schoolwork in relation to his potential. Test scores coupled with
GPA provide more balanced evaluations of the individual that can GPA
Find out early whether the colleges you are considering require
the SAT or ACT and what the colleges' deadlines are for receiving
applications and test scores. Select the testing dates from the posted
calendars. Be aware of test registration deadlines and the location of
the testing centers. Some testing dates are not local. CHECK THE TEST
BULLETINS! Complete and mail registrations early so you are more assured
of being assigned to your first choice test center ( listed in both test
registration packets). It takes approximately five weeks to process your
scores and mail them to the colleges you designate, so choose test dates
that will allow sufficient time for your scores to reach colleges by the
If you are applying to a college for early decision, you should
take the SAT and/or ACT in your junior year. Test scores from the senior
year might not be reported in time for early decision deadlines.
Both companies provide college selection and scholarship
information services for participants. Test scores may be directly
released to selected colleges and scholarship programs by the student
granting permission on the test registration form. Both companies also
provide a student search service which releases all pertinent information,
by permission, about the student to college and scholarship programs.
Applications for the SAT and ACT are available in the guidance
office. These are completed and mailed by the student to the testing
centers. A test admission ticket will be mailed to the student upon
receipt of payment and registration. The student needs to take the
admission ticket and photo identification to the test center the morning
of the test. Test registration deadlines and testing dates are posted in
the guidance office, listed on the Guidance Calendar and on the SAT and
ACT websites. Online registration for SAT is
www.act.org. Athens High School CEEB code is
PRELIMINARY SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST/NATIONAL MERIT
SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFYING TEST (PSAT/NMSQT)
A shortened version of the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I),
the PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading, writing skills and mathematical
abilities important in
college work. The PSAT/NMSQT has five sections: two, twenty five minute
critical reading sections (sentence completion and critical reading
questions). There are two, twenty five minute math sections
(multiple choice and student-produced responses). The thirty minute
writing skills section contains identifying sentence errors,
improving sentences and improving paragraph questions.
This test is recommended for juniors who plan to continue their education
and are seeking recognition and financial assistance through scholarship
programs administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. This
test is administered in October of each year. Test scores are returned to
the high school in December to be used for pre-college counseling with
students. Juniors who are interested in taking the test will register in
the guidance office in early October. However, National Merit
Scholarships are offered only from the Junior year of testing. For
additional information see
THE COLLEGE BOARD SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (SAT I)
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I Reasoning Test) is a three hour
multiple choice test that measures critical reading, writing and
abilities. The two 25-minute, one 20-minute critical reading sections are
to measure extended reasoning, literal comprehension and vocabulary in
The two 25-minute one 20-minute mathematical sections test numbers and
operations, algebra and functions, geometry and measurement and data
analysis, statistics and probability. Ten questions require
students to produce their own responses. One 25-minute verbal or math
equating section is also given as part of this test. One 25 minute
essay, one 25 minute multiple choice section and one 10 minute
multiple choice section test improving sentences, identifying
sentence errors and improving paragraphs.
You will receive three scores on the SAT I, one critical reading,
one writing and one math.
Each subject is scored on a scale of 200-800. The national average is
approximately 500 in each subject (1500 combined). However, most
competitive colleges will look for significantly higher scores.
Refer to the SAT bulletin/website and Guidance Calendar for registration
deadlines and testing dates. The Athens High School CEEB code is
The SAT II tests are one-hour, multiple choice tests in specific
subjects. Unlike the SAT, which measures more general abilities, SAT II
Tests measure your knowledge of particular subjects and your ability to
apply that knowledge. Some colleges require one or more SAT II Tests for
admissions or placement purposes. Some require various combinations of
tests; others permit students to choose. Check the requirements of the
colleges where you apply before deciding which tests to take. Whatever
your choice, try to take an SAT II Test soon after completing a course in
that subject - while the material is still fresh in your mind.
SAT II tests are offered in the areas of; English Composition,
Literature, American History and Social Studies, World History,
Mathematics Level IC, Mathematics Level IIC, French, German, Korean,
Chinese, Hebrew, Latin, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Biology E/M,
Chemistry and Physics. Refer to bulletin/website for services
AMERICAN COLLEGE TESTING PROGRAM (ACT)
The ACT assessment is a battery of four academic tests; English,
Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning. Each of these tests contain
multiple-choice questions that offer four or five answer choices from
which to choose. The English test is a 75-item, 45 minute test that
measures understanding of the conventions of standard written English
(punctuation, grammar and usage, and sentence structure) and of rhetorical
skills (strategy, organization, and style). The Mathematics test is a 60
item, sixty minute test which emphasizes quantitative reasoning in
pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra and coordinate
geometry, plane geometry and trigonometry. The Reading test is a 40 item,
35 minute test that measures reading comprehension from passages on topics
in social studies, natural sciences, prose fiction, and the humanities.
The Science Reasoning test is a 40 item, 35 minute test that measures the
interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving
skills required in the natural sciences. The optional writing test
is a 30 minute essay test that consists of one writing prompt that
will define an issue and describe two points of view on that issue.
Two scores are given on this test: a combined English/writing score
on a scale of 1-36 and a writing subscore on a scale of 2-12.
The ACT Interest Inventory information is designed to provide
majors, career, and interest information to the student.
Students receive separate scores for each subject, as well as a
composite score which is the average of the four scores. Each score is on
a scale from one to thirty-six, with thirty-six being the best possible
score. The average composite score for AHS students is 22.7.
Refer to ACT bulletin/website for services and fees.
Refer to the ACT bulletin/Guidance Calendar for registration deadlines
and testing dates. The Athens High School CEEB code is 360-245
There are many test preparation materials, websites and workshops
available. Check the college resources link for additional
information. Refer to the following internet resources:
FIVE KEYS TO COLLEGE ADMISSION
Some things you might do to assure yourself admission to college
when the time comes:
Decide early. Ask yourself if you really want to go to college.
Pick the right high school courses. Four years of English, three
years of Social Studies, three years of mathematics, three years of
science, 2 - 4 years of foreign language, and one year of humanities are
the usual main prerequisites. If you lean toward a scientific or
engineering career, make that four years of mathematics.
Get the study habit. Learn to take reading and lecture notes,
write compositions, and prepare for exams. Tip: if you face an entrance
exam involving a test in a special field, like chemistry, you will do
better if you just took the course the previous semester.
Go in for activities. Don't overdo it to the point where your
studies suffer, but within reason develop your outside interests.
Colleges are looking for more than brains. If you have worked on the
yearbook, been in student government, played in the band or been an office
assistant, it will be helpful. Athletes are in demand at most colleges
but when accompanied by good grades. Also plan on doing community service.
Think now about after college! This is perhaps most important of
all. It is a significant fact that most outstanding professional people
made tentative career choices at early ages. Your eventual career has to
do with what courses you take now in high school, what field you major in
at college, and the type of college you select.
CHOOSING A COLLEGE
Study college bulletins and handbooks/websites, visit campuses.
Talk with faculty, students, alumni.
Discuss findings with parents, teachers, and guidance counselor.
Decide on the school which has what you want.
AREAS TO EXPLORE IN CHOOSING A COLLEGE
Is the college's philosophy (religious affiliation, goal of
education, etc. compatible with yours?
Do you feel you would like to live and study two or four years
with these types of students? Have you attempted to sample the campus
atmosphere? Have you visited the campus when it has been in session?
What reputation does the school have? By which associations is it
accredited? How do alumni, educators, and employers rate it?
It is located near or distant from your home? Will travel
expenses be a significant factor?
Would you enjoy living in the community, climate, and section of
the nation in which the college is located?
Do you prefer a public or private institution? Do you prefer a
specialized school, a liberal arts college or large university? Do you
prefer a co-educational school? Is the college church affiliated?
Where do the majority of students come from?
Do most of the students commute or live on campus?
Does the college have a campus visitation program?
Is housing available/guaranteed for freshman? Is it available for
all four years?
What options are there for student housing?
What is the current student enrollment?
What is the academic calendar? (semesters, quarters)?
Courses of Study Offered
Does the college offer an adequate program in the specific area of
study in which you plan to major?
Is the program of study in which you are interested recognized by
various accrediting agencies and/or professional groups?
What is the duration of the program in which you are interested?
(Specific engineering programs might be four years at one college and five
years at another one.)
What are the graduation requirements in your intended major study area?
What is the average class size? Largest? Smallest?
How many students in last year's freshman class returned for their
What was the grade point average for the freshman class last year?
What is the college procedure for student orientation, class
placement and scheduling?
How is a faculty advisor assigned to a student?
Do students graduate in four or five years?
What are the largest departments on campus - what are their strengths?
What are the college's entrance standards? Do you have a
reasonable chance of being accepted?
Have you spoken with a representative of the institution regarding
your plans, chances of being accepted, etc.?
What entrance exams, achievement tests, and/or placement tests are
Do certain departments (or colleges) within the institution have
higher entrance standards than for general admission to the institution?
What high school prerequisite does the institution require for
major area of study?
Are you familiar with the application procedure and deadlines?
Does the college require a certain grade point aavaerage or rank
Will my activities and involvement in school be considered?
On what basis are applicants accepted?
Are personal interviews or letters of recommendation required?
Are there special requirements for certain majors?
What percent of applicants are accepted?
Can admission denials be appealed?
What are application filing dates?
Room and board
General fees; health, laboratory, general activities, etc.
Books. Used books can usually be purchased at a reduced rate.
Check the local book stores as well as upperclassmen and on-line services.
Incidental costs; social life, laundry, and travel.
How much did costs increase from last year to this year?
Are there deposits for tuition and housing? Are these refundable?
Are deposits required each year for returning students?
Student Financial Aid
What financial aid is available for students in your intended
major area? Similar G.P.A.? Parents' financial status?
What part time employment opportunities are available at the
institution or in the community?
Does the school provide loan services or permit payment of fees on
an "installment" basis?
What constitutes the school's financial aid "package" (loans,
grants, scholarships, work study)?
What types of financial aid are available in your community?
(Service clubs and businesses offer awards.)
What percent of students receive financial aid based on financial need?
What percent of students receive scholarships based on academic ability?
What are the financial aid application procedures and deadlines?
When are financial aid applicants notified of their awards?
Do you offer a tuition payment plan?
Are the institution's overall regulations compatible with your
What are class attendance, requirements?
Is there an "honor system" regarding testing procedures, curfews, etc.?
Are students permitted to have vehicles?
Are students permitted to live off campus?
What is the grading system?
Are the school's dormitories "livable"? How many persons per
room? Bath facilities? Dining facilities? Special themes?
Are the health services adequate? (Physician, health center,
student insurance, etc.)
Is there a guidance and student career assessment center?
Are there adequate study and research facilities?
library have a quality selection of books? What hours is it open?
there sufficient computers, scanners, instructional media? What
periodicals and newspapers are subscribed to?
Does the institution offer a placement service to its graduates?
What academic support services are provided by the school
(tutoring, counseling, etc.)? Is there an additional charge for these
Does the school sponsor mixers so new students can meet more easily?
What types of recreational facilities are available?
What do most students do for recreation during the week? Weekend?
Are there fraternities and sororities? What percentage of the
student body belongs? Is it necessary to be a "Greek" to be included in
most social events?
Are there special programs and concerts offered on a regular basis?
Will you be able to afford social life at that college?
What is the average age of the student body?
What is the male to female ratio?
What percent of the students reside on campus? In outside housing?
What are procedures for selecting a roommate?
What are some of the rules and regulations that govern campus and
Athletics and Physical Education
What are the college's physical education requirements?
In which intercollegiate athletics does the college participate?
How extensive is the intramural program?
What is the faculty/student ratio? What is the faculty size in
the department in which you plan to major?
Do a sufficient number of faculty hold doctoral degrees from
recognized institutions in the department in which you plan to major?
What is the professional reputation of individual faculty members?
Who provides the instruction in your major? Professors? Teaching
EARLY DECISION PLANS TO ATTEND COLLEGE
The early Decision Plan is an early acceptance plan based on a
high G. P. A. and test scores. A student decides during the junior year
that they would like to attend a certain college. They should take the
SAT and/or ACT in the spring of their junior year. The student needs to
request and submit the admission application to the desired college's
admission office. A transcript of the student's high school grades will
be sent to the desired college upon the student's request. Under this
plan, a student may apply to only one college. Usually the deadline for
filing under this plan is October 1 of the senior year. However a student
should send his application as early as possible, preferably June or July
following the junior year.
Check the particulars for each institution for its early decision
The college application is the most important document in the admissions
process. This document requires testing, scholastic and personal data in
which an admissions office will base an acceptance decision. Remember
these guidelines when completing applications:
-Begin completing applications early. This allows for several
-Complete all sections of the applications.
-Send application fee with application.
-Neatness counts. Type or print neatly.
-Consider applying online or use the Common Application, if your
colleges accept this.
-Make copies of all documents in case something is lost.
-Keep a college file for copies of completed admissions and
financial aid applications.
-Request a copy of the high school transcript be sent to colleges.
-Apply early. Financial aid will be awarded pending admission.
First come, first serve.
-Adhere to deadlines.
-Useful internet resources: act.orgcollegeboard.comembark.competersons.comc3apply.org
When you have decided on the colleges to which you
want to apply, write to the Director of Admissions for the applications.
The guidance office does not supply college application forms (some
schools accept a "Common Application"). When requesting admissions
applications, also request financial aid and scholarship applications at
the same time. Refer to the sample letter below.
The majority of institutions request that you submit your
application early in your senior year. Refer to the college bulletins for
application deadlines. Most schools also require a processing fee to be
sent with the application. This fee is not refundable and does not apply
to any fees charged after acceptance.
A number private colleges request that you write a brief
autobiography or personal essay. Be sure to carefully think this through
before writing it.
Many colleges require teacher/counselor recommendations. Since
the teachers/counselors write many recommendations, request that one be
written for you two to three weeks before the deadlines.
A sample application request letter:
City, State Zip Code
Office of Admissions
_____________ University and/or College
City, State, Zip Code
I am a student at Athens High School and expect to
(month, day, and year).
I am interested in your college and would appreciate
bulletin of information and the necessary forms for filing an
for admission. Will you also send information on financial aid and
scholarship programs for which I might qualify?
WRITING YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY
The college essay is an opportunity to "talk" directly to the
college's admissions committee and to help them see you as a thinking and
feeling person, rather than simply a set of impersonal statistics. Except
for the interview, it is your only chance to share your thoughts, insights
and options; to highlight your accomplishments; and to convey your
maturity and outlook on life. If you see the college essay in this way - as
an opportunity - then it is clearly worth the effort to put some extra
time, thought and energy into writing it.
Purpose of the Essay
The college essay is extremely important for two major reasons:
1. It enables the college admissions office to evaluate your
communication skills. Through your essay they can assess the clarity of
your thinking and your ability to convey your thoughts in written form.
2. It enables the admissions office to learn more about you as a
person, beyond what grades and SAT/ACT scores can convey. A well-written
essay can speak worlds about your attitudes, feelings, personal qualities
and creativity. For the admissions staff, it adds another important piece
to the puzzle because it distinguishes you as an individual, different
from any other student who is applying.
Choosing a Topic
The choice of a topic is frequently not an issue, because many
colleges and universities will either give you a topic to write about or
present several rather specific topics from which to choose. Other
colleges may simply suggest broad general topics or give you total freedom
to write about something that interests or concerns you. Regardless of
whether you must respond to a prescriibed topic or come up with one of
your own, here are a few general hints about the most effective way to
approach your topic:
-Narrow your topic and try to be a specific and illustrative as
-Relatedly, the easiest topic to write about is yourself. No one
knows more about you than you. Since one important purpose of the essay
is self-revelation, it is no place to be shy or modest, although you
should not exaggerate. If you choose to write about yourself, remember
that little incidents and facts are often the most revealing of character
-Do not be afraid to write about something you think is a little
different. A unique topic or approach is often refreshing to a college
admissions officer who has been reading applications all day. Further, an
unusual or off-beat essay is an excellent way to show your creativity.
-Make all optional essays mandatory.
Sample Essay Topics
Write about someone you admire.
Write about something you have read.
Why do you want to attend this college?
How do you see yourself ten years from now?
Write about a meaningful activity.
Describe a humorous experience.
What experience or event has had a significant impact on your life?
Provide a brief essay about your activities, interests,
achievements and talents.
Write about your life experiences that have influenced your
intellectual and personal growth.
If you had to formulate the perfect admission question, what would
it be and how would you answer it?
Preparing to Write
Before actually sitting down to write a first draft of your essay,
spend some time organizing your thoughts. Develop a framework for your
essay so it will have a smooth and logical progression from one idea or
incident to the next. Consider your purpose in writing, what you want to
convey, and the tone that you think is most appropriate for the topic.
Decide on a style that is comfortable for you, not one that you think the
college admissions committee prefers. Finally, remember that organizing
your thoughts and deciding on a framework does not mean you must be overly
rigid at the start; leave room for flexibility and creativity as you
actually begin writing.
Writing the Essay
You do not have to get it right the first time. Instead, write
the first draft of your essay with the main focus on content -
communicating your thoughts. Then set if aside for a day or two then
reread it with a fresh perspective and make any necessary changes. This
is also the point at which you shoulc consider matters of organization,
style, grammar, spelling and tone. Once you have rewritten your first
draft, you may ask a parent or teacher to evaluate it. While the final
essay should be yours, they may be able to offer helpful suggestions for
technical or other improvements.
Within this general outline for writing the essay, there are some
"do's" and "don'ts":
Do think "small" and write about something that you know about.
Do reveal yourself in your writing.
Do show rather than tell. By giving examples and
illustrating your topic, you bring it to life.
Do write in your own "voice" and style.
Don't write what you think others want to read.
Don't exaggerate or write to impress.
Don't use flowery, inflated or pretentious style.
Don't neglect the technical part of your essay (grammar,
spelling, sentence structure).
Don't ramble - say what you have to say and conclude.
Your college essay, along with your high school record,
standarized test scores, and extracurricular involvement, will provide the
bases upon which the college makes its admissions decision. A thoughtful,
well written essay can affect the final decision in a very positive
Many colleges require guidance counselor and teacher
recommendations as part of the application process. Recommendations can
assist in the admissions decisions if the counselor or teacher knows the
applicant well and can positively describe the applicant.
Use the following guidelines when requesting a recommendation from
-Request a recommendation be written two weeks before it is due.
Teachers are writing many recommendations.
-Complete the top section of the recommendation form and provide a
stamped, addressed envelope.
-Provide a copy of your resume or activity sheet or arrange for a
-Sign the recommendation waiver before giving the teacher the
-Select your teachers who are writing recommendations wisely.
Colleges request that the high school guidance counselor address
scholastic, extracurricular and personal information in the college
recommentation. Please adhere to the following procedure when requesting
a college or scholarship recommendation from the guidance counselor:
-Schedule a 15 minute interview.
-Complete the Request for College/Scholarship Recommendation Form
prior to the interview. (See below)
-Request a recommendation be written two weeks before it is due.
-Complete the sections of the recommendation form and provide a
stamped, addressed envelope.
-Sign the recommendation waiver before giving the guidance
counselor the recommendation form.
COLLEGE/SCHOLARSHIP RECOMMENDATION FORM
1. List school extracurricular activities (clubs, athletics) and
leadership positions held.
2. List community extracurricular activities and leadership positions held.
3. List school and community involvement in volunteer service projects.
4. List work experience.
5. Describe your personal qualitites. Consider integrity, values, and
6. Describe your intellectual qualities and abilities.
7. What are the first three words that come to mind in describing yourself?
8. Describe your strengths?
9. Describe your special talents?
10. At this point in your life, what is (are) your career goals?
11. At this point in your life, what is (are) your personal goals?
12. Are there any special circumstances, background information or other
factors that need to be addressed?
13. Is there any other information that you would want me to address?
VISITING A COLLEGE
Few students understand the real purpose of an interview and the
opportunity it presents. It is necessary that a student make special
preparations for the visit.
One common opening question is, "What would you like to know about
this college?" You may think they are going to ask the questions but this
may not be true. It is imperative that you outline the steps you will
take in order that you will derive full benefit from your visit to a
college. Refer to "Areas to Explore in Choosing a College."
The student should write to the college and request a specific day
and time to visit with a representative from the admissions office. It is
best to type the letter in a business fashion. Address the letter to the
admissions official by name if possible. This official is listed in the
college bulletin. If unable to locate the individual's name, send the
letter to the Admissions Office labeled: "Attention: Admissions
Committee." Refer to the sample. You may need to take a copy of your
transcript with you for the admissions interview. Request this in
writing, two days in advance, from the guidance office.
Make arrangements to also meet with a financial aid officer at the
time of your visit. Request listings of scholarships and grants for which
you may be eligible to receive.
Relax and be yourself during your visit. You are making this
visitation to see what life will be like on a particular campus, to see
the opportunities which are available to you at this college, and to give
the admissions official a chance to see what you are like. It is only
natural that you might be nervous, but relax!
Please refer to the college visitation procedure when attaining
permission to be excused from school to make a visit. Visits are limited
to three during the junior year and unlimited during the senior year.
These are considered excused absences. Permission will not be granted
during the last week of each grading period. The college visitation
forms are available in the attendance office and need to be filed two days
prior to visits.
A campus visit requires a great deal of thought, a lot of
questions, and thorough study. This is a good time to shop around and
compare. When investing two to four years or more of your time and $3000
to $70,000, a well thought out decision is important.
Sample Campus visit letter:
State, Zip Code
Office of Admissions
University or College
City, State, Zip Code
Attention: Admissions Committee;
I am a student at Athens High School and expect to graduate
in (Month), 200_.
I would like to meet with an Office of Admissions staff
and take a tour of your campus. Please advise me of a time
day) that would be convenient for a visit to your campus.
The majority of colleges notify you if you have been accepted or
rejected after they have received your sixth-semester grades. Some
colleges may require grades for seven semesters (first semester of senior
year). Final acceptance is not assured until the college has received
official notification from your high school that you have graduated and
they have received the grades from your senior year. However, you can be
reasonably sure of acceptance when you receive notification from the
college provided that you keep up your grades.
If you are accepted at more than one college, be sure to send your
letter of acceptance to the college of your choice as soon as possible.
At the same time, notify the other colleges that you are canceling your
application. May 1st is a universal date for college notifications. A
suggested letter follows:
Notice of Cancellation
City, State, Zip Code
Director of Admissions
City, State, Zip Code
I was pleased to receive your notification of my
_____________College/University. However, my college plans have
changed and I regret that I will not be able to attend your college.
Thank you for the time and consideration given to my