College admissions deadlines: seniors, get organized now!
Most people don’t like deadlines. They create work, they’re set in stone, and they put you at the mercy of someone else. Miss that “postmarked by” date, and your application probably won’t get opened. The good news is, with the exception of early action, early decision, and rolling admissions, you’ve got about three months to wrap up the application process. Here’s how to get it done.
Get your external application items taken care of. You can, if you choose, write your application essay the night before it’s due. You can also fill out your Common Application, scholarship and financial aid forms whenever you choose—as long as they’re turned in on time. But there are a few items that are out of your control…and they need to be taken care of right now.
Transcripts (records of your courses, grades, GPA, and class rank (if available)), teacher recommendations, counselor recommendations, and test scores (ACT or SAT, AP or IB, SAT Subject tests) must be reported by a third party. That means you need to ask counselors and teachers for recommendations now, if you haven’t already. Prepare a resume listing extracurriculars, job, volunteer activity, and anything else you want them to be aware of—it will help them highlight your strengths as well as describe your participation in class. Complete your Senior Recommendation Letter Form found in the Post Grad Center. ACT & SAT scores MUST be sent from the testing companies directly.
The College Board or ACT sends your scores to the schools you specify. While you can order scores over the phone as deadlines near, it’s cheaper to get it done now. Check www.collegeboard.com and www.act.org for more information.
Transcripts are sent by Mrs. Connally in the Post Grad Center and take several days for processing. Check your application deadlines, and then contact Mrs. Connally to find out when you must turn in your green sheet. During the month of December, we require TEN days to process an application. This is due to the high volume of applications received at that time. If you’re applying early action or early decision, check college websites to see if they want your first semester grades sent separately when they’re available.
While deadlines can confound even the most organized student, here’s something to keep in mind as your application process heats up: the annual College Senior Survey, in which 23,423 graduating seniors nationwide participated, reports that most students do not get into their first-choice school. And yet 86 percent were very satisfied or satisfied with their college experience, and 82 percent indicated they would definitely or probably choose again to attend their current school.
If those numbers don’t help you realize that, for almost all students, the admissions process works out favorably, think about this: one way or another, in just three months or less, it will all be over. And then all you’ll have is….the wait.
There are over 65 colleges and universities visiting the Post Grad Center during the month of September and October. To get a complete list of colleges that will be visiting Smoky Hill go to Naviance under the college tab.
Calendar of Events
Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Deadline
December 8, 2012 November 2, 2012 November 16, 2012
February 9, 2013 January 11, 2013 January 18, 2013
April 13, 2013 March 8, 2013 March 22, 2013
June 8, 2013 May 3, 2013 May 17, 2013
Beginning in the upcoming 2012-2013 testing year, ACT is implementing additional enhancements to safeguard a level playing field for all test takers and help ensure the integrity of ACT score results.
- Students will be required to provide their gender and a photo of themselves when they register.
- Students will be required to provide their high school when they register.
- Types of acceptable IDs have been reduced and all require a photo.
- On test day, test center staff will match the name and photo on the student’s ticket, the examinee roster, and the student’s photo ID to the examinee who arrives to take the test before granting him or her admission. If students do not bring both their ticket and acceptable photo ID on test day, they will not be admitted to test.
- Students (including those who hope to test on a standby basis) will be required to register their intent to test and will not be allowed to make any test center or test date changes the day of the test.
More details on ACT’s test security and identification enhancements, including FAQs and links to important resources, can be found at www.act.org/idenhancements.
Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Deadline
October 6, 2012 September 7, 2012 Sept. 21, 2012
November 3, 2012 October 4 2012 October 19, 2012
December 1, 2012 November 1, 2012 November 16, 2012
January 26, 2013 December 28, 2012 January 11, 2013
March 9, 2013 February 8, 2013 February 22, 2013
May 4, 2013 April 5, 2013 April 19, 2013
June 1, 2013 May 2, 2013 May 17, 2013
This fall, the College Board will introduce important changes to help ensure everyone has a fair chance on test day.
Effective with the October 2012 test:
- You will be prompted to provide an acceptable photo during registration. The photo will appear on your Admission Ticket.
- You must present your Admission Ticket with your acceptable photo ID to enter your test center. NO TICKET, NO ID, NO ADMISSION!
- Standby test-takers will not be admitted. (Online requests for waitlist status may be possible until about 5 days before the test).
- Changes to test center, test date or test type will not be permitted on test day. They will have to be submitted about 2 weeks prior to test day.
Effective with the March 2013 test:
- You will be required to provide a photo in order to register for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests.
Test Date Registration
Available on October 1, 2012
Sycamore Learning Company will be conducting a PSAT/SAT Preparation Seminar on October 1 & October 2 from 3:15-5:45 p.m. in the Post Grad Center.
In the 5-hour seminar, students will learn about all sections of the PSAT /SAT, take shortened practice tests to get used to the types of questions on the test, and be provided with a multitude of tips and strategies to help them on each section of the test. Included in the $89.00 price of the seminar is an extensive study guide full of tips and strategies, as well as many practice tests with detailed answer explanations.
Register at www.sycamorelearning.com
or call toll free 866-223-9691.