College Corner March 2017

college-cornerBy Kit Llewellyn, College Advisor

Don’t forget about your March college preparation to-dos! Read on to see what you should be doing now as a sophomore, junior, and senior.

Sophomores:

  • On Sunday, March 19th, all sophomores will sit for the Pre-ACT from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on the Downtown Campus. Please bring three #2 pencils (non-mechanical), a calculator, a snack, and $12 cash or check (issued to St. Francis School).
  • Begin visits to nearby colleges/universities.     
  • Research interesting and challenging summer courses, jobs, and activities.                
  • Use Spring Break to visit colleges along the way, if you are traveling.   
  • Take virtual tours online.

Juniors:

  • If you registered, take the SAT test this month.                   
  • Sign up for the May or June SAT, June ACT, or June SAT Subject tests, if applicable.
  • Use Spring Break to visit prospective colleges.    
  • Keep reading and finish up strongly this year.
  • Meet with Kit Llewellyn to look over your preliminary list of suggested colleges and share them with your parents through Naviance.
  • Compile your activities/community service into a resume on your Naviance account.
  • Research summer camps, seminars, and summer academic sessions on college campuses for your enlightenment.

Seniors:

  • Report any issues to Kit Llewellyn.
  • If colleges require additional information, send it immediately.   
  • If accepted, denied, or wait-listed by a college, notify Kit Llewellyn.
  • All colleges should reply with financial aid packages/scholarships by April 1st, or at least early April.
  • Meet with parents and  Kit Llewellyn to discuss which college is the best match.
  • Consider financial aid packages carefully!
  • Try to revisit colleges where you have been offered a place.
  • Listen to the advice of parents and Kit Llewellyn, but insist on your choice, if it feels right to you.
  • Follow acceptance/housing instructions carefully.
  • Students on wait-lists should write letters expressing interest and send additional  information (for instance, update on your Senior Project or any awards/honors received).