Making Your Final College Decision

Making Your Final College Decision

“You may feel as if everything depends on which colleges admit you, or whether a certain one does. After years of experience, however, here is what I know, virtually to the point of certainty: almost nothing depends on exactly which strong college admits you. Everything depends on what you decide to do once you get to a strong college, and how well prepared you are to take advantage of the infinite opportunities you will find there.”
~ Jeffrey Brenzel, Former Yale Dean of Admissions

The finish line of the college process is in sight for our senior clients! May 1st is National College Decision Day and the deadline for seniors to accept one school’s offer of admission and submit your deposit.

Here are The Coach’s suggestions on what to do over the next few weeks:

✓ Attend Admitted Student Days
✓ Carefully weigh your options – with the help of parents, your coach and others on your support team. Use the College Decision Matrix as a tool to objectively compare your prospective schools, according to the criteria that is most important to you.
✓ Compare Financial Aid Packages – Award Letter Comparison Tool
✓ Create an action plan to improve your chances of being admitted from a Wait-list (if necessary)
✓ Decline admission offers – notify colleges of your intent not to attend. This is a courtesy not only to the college, but also for students hoping to be admitted from a school’s wait list

For more – check out The Coach’s College Planning Playbook Presentations: Making Your Final Decision & Wait-List/Deferrals

How To File the 2017-2018 FAFSA

How To File the 2017-2018 FAFSA

Here is a helpful step-by-step guide for completing the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for New Jersey students:

ED 101: Understanding Application Options

ED 101: Understanding Application Options

Should I apply Early Decision to increase my admissions chances?

Many questions about the “Earlies” have been coming into The Coach’s inbox, with seniors wanting to understand their application options and make decisions based on their best interest.

We make it a point of emphasis that students should not apply ED solely to boost their admissions chances. In order to apply ED, the school must be a clear #1 preference and an ideal match – academically, personally and financially. In addition, it’s important to keep in mind that ED applicant pools are significantly more competitive than Regular Decision, meaning that you’ll want your GPA/SAT to be near the 75th percentile of the college’s admitted students profile.

The Coach has updated our Playbook Presentation on Application Options. Seniors and their families should review the information carefully and discuss their options with The Coach.

College Application Boot Camp

College Application Boot Camp

Attention Class of 2017! The countdown to college application deadlines is on:

Countdown to Nov. 1 - EA/ED Deadline For Many Colleges

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The Coach has updated our College Application Boot Camp for 2016 – where you’ll learn how to manage key application components and requirements, plus discover The Coach’s advice for putting your best self forward through your applications.

In addition to going through our Boot Camp Presentation, The Coach also strongly suggests reviewing Allen Cheng’s entire Common Application (+ analysis) that got him accepted into Harvard. It is lengthy, but an absolute must read for any senior applying to college.

 

Organizing The College Application Process

Organizing The College Application Process

Organization is key for college application success!

By far, fall of senior year is the busiest (and most important) phase of your high school career. Before the “fun” of tests, projects and essays of the school year begins, take the time now to organize your application deadlines and requirements. The Coach strongly recommends creating a master college application spreadsheet to keep track of your progress. Feel free to make your own copy of the ACC College Application Master Spreadsheet.

Another resource from The Coach to utilize is our Calendar of college-related dates.

Here is a list of important dates for seniors to be aware of:

  • Sept 1: SAT Registration Deadline
  • Sept. 10: ACT
  • Sept. 16: ACT Registration Deadline
  • Oct. 1: FAFSA & CSS Profile available
  • Oct. 1: SAT
  • Oct. 7: SAT Registration Deadline
  • Oct. 15: EA Deadline (GTech, UNC)
  • Oct. 22: ACT
  • Nov. 1: EA/ED Deadline
  • Nov. 15: EA/ED Deadline
  • Dec. 1: Rutgers Deadline
  • Jan. 1: RD Deadline
  • May 1: Decision/Commitment Day