The Necessary Steps

Developing Your List of Schools

You need to assess your interests, strengths, and future goals, as well as your grades, test scores and past accomplishments.  Many factors must be considered, and we can help you as you create a realistic list of "safe" "target" and "reach" schools.

The Common Application or Non-Common Application

Some schools participate in The Common Application, where you can complete basic information and prepare one essay which can then be distributed to multiple institutions.  However, many of these schools also require completion of supplemental essays and/or additional questions.

 

Resume

Whether you are uploading an actual document, or completing a pre-set form, it is important to maintain an accurate list and description of activities throughout high school, particularly leadership positions.

Test Scores

You will be responsible for ordering reports containing your SAT, SAT II, ACT and AP scores to be sent to the colleges. This is in addition to many instances of "self-reporting" on the application.

Letters of Recommendation

While the actual letters are likely sent electronically, depending upon practices and procedures at your high school, the human factor is still vital! It is still important to focus on teachers who can best describe you to the admissions committee and remember to ask them -- in person -- early.