The balance of application-writing and coursework make fall and winter terms busy for you – but it is an exciting time for everyone. You begin to hone in on schools of interest, while individual, family, and group meetings provide guidance through the process. The team of college counselors hosts “work parties” during fall term which are specifically geared toward application construction and the essay-writing process.
During the early fall, you should also take advantage of the college rep visits on our campus – we have college admissions officers on campus most days. One of the most difficult parts of senior year is actually not the busy fall and winter, but the months of February and March, when you are waiting to hear from schools. And – though most seniors don’t believe us when we say this in August before their senior year
– the most intense period of the whole year for many students is late April, when they have received decisions from all colleges – and in turn need to make the final decision!
Summer Writing & Application Workshop (August)
Family Meeting #3 (September)
This late-August/early September meeting is vital to review your progress over the summer and plan for the coming months. There is not a right or wrong place to be at this point. A good general rule is to have identified a solid nucleus of colleges. They should each be appealing to you, and hold some realistic chance for admission. It is likely that your list will still change during the fall. Over the summer, many students revise their general criteria enough after looking that they might be eager for some new suggestions.
Individual Meetings with the Process Coach (September – January)
Although the choice of where to attend is always owned by the student, everyone is happy to listen and offer thoughts when they are desired. Also, your counselor can offer proactive advice for students who are placed on a waitlist.
College Rep Visits to EPS (September – October)
Numerous college admission officers take the time to visit EPS to learn more about the school, its program, and to meet interested students. There is no better way to help yourself in this process than to spend 30-45 minutes speaking with an admission officer. You must sign up for each visit on Naviance. You must also be sure that you contact your teachers 48 hours in advance of the visit and that you have permission from your teachers if you want to attend these sessions during class times.
Be meticulous about following the calendar of college admission officers who visit Eastside Prep, and sign up for each visit on Naviance. The actual meetings vary in content and style. Some students may be just beginning to look at the institution and eager for general information while others will be following up on an extensive previous visit to the campus. In either scenario, it is extremely important that you attend these sessions for the schools in which you have interest. Colleges keep records on how students have made contact with them. The visiting representatives are the ones most likely to first evaluate your application.
Prepare Each Application (September – January)
Read closely all of your applications, and then distribute the necessary parts to our office and your teachers. Please note that while this is largely done on-line through Naviance, some colleges require forms that must be submitted in paper. Take care to follow our in-house deadlines for the receipt of these materials—this “paperwork” process seems pesky, but following it to the letter is important.
Send Official SAT or ACT Scores to Schools (October – February)
EPS will not report any standardized testing results (SAT, ACT, AP etc.). Most colleges require an official report from the testing agency. (Note that you are entitled to four free reports each time a test is taken.)
Attend the SAIS College Fair (October)
Each fall, EPS along with other Seattle area independent schools, sponsor a college fair. About150 colleges and universities nationwide send admission officers to this event. In the senior year, the fair is a good resource to ask application questions and to display further interest.
Submit any Early Action / Early Decision applications (October – November)
Most “early” deadlines are during or near the first two weeks of November. If you are interested in applying early to any school(s) please speak with your counselor at least one month in advance. Early Action applications are non-binding, while Early Decision applications are a binding commitment to attend that college or university.
Finish and Submit Regular Decision Applications (November – February)
Work well ahead of deadlines to ensure your best product. Ideally, you will have finished all of your applications BEFORE the December break. Remember that we need to know your schools and deadlines well in advance (keep Naviance up to date!)
Early Decision/Withdrawal of Applications (December – January)
This is an important step to remember, if you are accepted under ED, your binding early decision agreement requires you to do so and it will afford the colleges the chance to offer a spot to students interested in attending those schools.
Individual Meetings with the Process Coach (January- April)
Although the choice of where to attend is always owned by the student, everyone is happy to listen and offer thoughts when they are desired. Also, your process coach can offer proactive advice for students who are placed on a waitlist.
Continue to Perform in Classes (January – June)
Your grades will be forwarded to each college to which you will apply. It is often the last piece of information on you each college will receive, and thus your final chance to impact the decision positively. “Senior Slump” is no laughing matter. Colleges frown seriously on students who let their grades drop precipitously in the spring of senior year, and reserve the right to rescind a student’s acceptance if the drop is severe enough and without legitimate extenuating circumstances.
Notify Counselors of All Decisions and Recommenders of Acceptances (December – April)
Although the school sometimes receives notification of decisions, it cannot be assumed. Inform your process coach of each decision. Also, teachers who took the time to write your recommendations are sincerely interested in your outcomes. It is an important courtesy to inform them of your results and to thank them for their efforts on your behalf.
Notify Colleges of your Decision (December – April)
Obviously, the school you choose to attend must receive confirmation of your decision—the National Candidate Reply Date is May 1. It also is extremely important that you inform the other schools that you will not be attending. Colleges cannot act upon wait-lists until they know of the plans of the students they initially accept. In addition, this is a courtesy owed them after their offer to you.