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Grade 12

Counselors

Student last names beginning with:

A-Col: Mrs. Gasiewski
Com-Dec: Mrs. Landers
Ded-Don: Mrs. Evans
Doo-Dz: Mrs. Mahler
E-G: Mrs. Landers
H-Las: Mrs. Evans
Lat-Mo: Mrs. Mahler
Mp-P: Mrs. Olsen
Q-Sta: Mrs. Smedberg
Stb-Tang: Mrs. Mahler
Tao-Wel: Mrs. Olsen
Wem-Z: Mrs. Smedberg

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Frequently Asked College Questions

How do I decide where to apply?

It is important to first know what you want in a college or university! We recommend that you read over the Naviance "Do What You Are" personality profile you completed as a sophomore and review what it tells you about yourself. Consider your goals and the criteria you have set for the college you will attend. Research your college possibilities thoroughly - do online searches, visit websites, meet with the college representatives in the Career Center in the fall, and read books about colleges. Review your choices periodically with your counselor and keep a running list on Naviance. Most importantly, VISIT! Arrange a campus tour through the Admissions Office, attend classes on campus, and talk to students and professors about what they like best about the school. As you gather information about your schools, maintain a comparison of their main aspects.

What if I am undecided about attending college right away? What are some other options?

More and more students are choosing to either postpone their college start time or choose an alternative route, including the military, technical or career schools, or immediate employment. Students who choose to delay their admission often take part in what is commonly referred to as a "gap year." During this interim year, they participate in some kind of meaningful experience such as travel, community service or non-academic study. We offer a regional Gap Year Fair during the winter at Conard High School to help you consider various options. See list of important dates.

When do I apply to college?

Applications for colleges and universities will be completed between October and March of the senior year, depending on the deadline for each school. Many schools will have a regular deadline between January 1 and March 15. Some schools have early application policies with an earlier deadline. Some schools will have a rolling deadline policy that will give students some flexibility. It is important to thoroughly research the schools in which you have an interest and to know their application procedures and deadlines.

How do I decide whether or not to apply “Early Decision” or Early Action”?

Students who have started the process early, researched colleges and visited schools of high interest may find a favorite early on. Applying under these early deadlines can offer some advantage in the admissions process by letting that school know you have strong interest. It is important that you examine the policies for each school and to understand your responsibilities. Typically, “Early Decision” is a binding agreement that you have considered this school carefully, including the financial aspects, and are ready to commit to that one school if accepted. “Early Action” is usually not restrictive but there are a few exceptions to this.

To how many colleges should I apply?

It is advisable to be thorough enough in your research that you can narrow your list to a list of five to seven colleges or universities. There are students who, for good reason, apply to more and students who apply to only one or two. Your list should have a range of competitiveness and expense. Typically – one (or two) “reach” schools; two or three possible schools; and one (or two) very likely schools, all of which would meet your needs.

Should I take the SAT Reasoning Test again in my senior year?

How many times and when a student should take the SAT will vary from student to student. Typically, students take the SAT at least once during their junior year and a second time in the fall of their senior year. In addition, the ACT has become an increasingly popular option. See your counselor to decide which testing option(s) is right for you.

How do I obtain college applications?

Most colleges have their applications available on-line to complete electronically and a great many colleges (over 500) participate in the “Common Application” (see next question). It is possible to complete downloaded applications if you have no access to the internet.

What is the “Common Application?” Should I use that to apply to the schools that participate in the program? Where do I find it?

“For more than 25 years, the Common Application has been a time-saving advantage for students and counselors.” More than 500 colleges and universities accept this application; most use it exclusively. The application can be completed in several work sessions and sent electronically to multiple schools. The schools, their deadlines and requirements are listed on the website. Many of the schools have supplements that must also be completed. It is available at www.commonapp.org and you can find that link on your Naviance homepage.

How do my transcript and recommendations get sent to colleges?

You submit the following to the School Counseling Secretary at least 3 weeks before your deadline, to ensure that we have adequate time to meet the college's deadline:

  • One yellow Permission to Release Records form that goes in your file, allowing Hall to send your transcript to all colleges to which you apply
  • Complete Hall High School Transcript Request form and transcript fee ($3 per college).

Your transcript, school profile, required forms and the counselor recommendation will be submitted online. Parent and Student Brag forms must be completed on Naviance prior to requesting transcripts be sent.

Who is responsible for sending my SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject and ACT test results to colleges?

YOU ARE! You must initiate the sending of official scores through your account on the College Board and/or ACT websites either when you register for the test (four reports included with your fee) or after you have taken the test (an extra charge).

How will I know if colleges have received my application materials?

Many colleges will offer you an opportunity to log in to their website to check the status of your file. If not, you can call to insure that your application is complete.

How do I request letters of recommendations from teachers and others?

Pink "How to Request a Teacher Letter of Recommendation” forms are available in the School Counseling Office. You should first talk informally with those teachers that you think know you well and receive a verbal commitment from them. Be sure to send a thank you note or email after they have written the recommendation

How many letters of recommendations should I request?

Colleges and universities will differ on their requirements, so pay close attention to what each school is requesting. Typically, you will need to submit two teacher recommendations (it is sometimes suggested that one come from a humanities teacher and one from a math/science teacher). There may be exceptions to this, but this is generally a safe number. Your counselor's letter of recommendation is considered part of the transcript packet. Make sure you have completed all required documents for this.

Should I schedule an interview if the college says it is recommended but not required?

Yes, if at all possible take the opportunity to interview. While interviews are less of a factor in the process than they may have been in the past, they are still an important way for you to show your interest in a particular school. If you do, make certain you are fully prepared, reviewing the information in your junior year Post-Secondary Planning Guide and meeting with your counselor beforehand to review interview techniques.

Do I need to send my quarter and mid-year grades?

A form will be available in the School Counseling Department enabling us to send your quarter grades if your school requires them. Your mid-year grades will automatically be sent to every college to which you have applied. The final transcript will be sent at the end of the school year to the school you have chosen to attend.

Am I allowed to send in my college application before I take the SAT/ACT in my senior year?

Yes! Students are encouraged to submit their college application as soon as they are able. Test scores, school transcripts, and letters of recommendation are typically submitted after a student has submitted his/her application. All materials should be submitted by the deadline.

What should I know about financial aid?

You should know that college financial aid offices are your greatest source of information and that it's extremely important to adhere to all deadlines. Be aware that there are two common financial aid forms - the CSS Profile (provided by The College Board and used at many private schools), and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We offer a town-wide financial aid presentation every year at Conard High School that covers all the basics of financial aid. Colleges are required to provide complete information on their website about the total expenses for their school.

What are my rights and responsibilities as a college applicant?

It is very important for you to be knowledgeable of what is right and proper as you work with various schools. You can read about the code of ethics that affect college admissions at www.nacac.com. Click on SPGP (Statement of Policy and Good Practice) in the second heading.

What if I am having difficulty communicating with the college admissions representative and I have problems or questions?

Your counselor is here to help you every step of the way from thinking about your college list to preparing your application to making the best decision about which school to attend. Please see your counselor about any questions, problems or concerns you have along the way. If you just need a sounding board for options you face, we are here to listen

What is my responsibility once I have been accepted to college?

It is your responsibility to inform the School Counseling Secretary about all of your college decisions and ultimately which school you choose to attend. If you are accepted for early decision at your first choice school, you should withdraw any other applications that have been sent by notifying each college/university.