Top 10 College Application Steps for Seniors

What are the top 10 items that need to be on your “to-do” list?

One: Review your list of colleges. The schools should be those you’re interested in, have programs with majors you are considering, and fit your needs, values, interests and learning/instructional style. Are you interested in a Four or Two-Year program? How about a technical, vocational or trade school option? Have you considered the military? The average number of applications most seniors submit is approximately 5 to 7 schools. Consider two schools that might be a reach or stretch, those you dreamed about attending all your life. Next, consider 2-3 that are possible, your testing, grades, and coursework meet the middle 50% of those admitted in the past. Then 2-3 schools where you are likely to be admitted (your statistics are in the top 25% of the previous admitted class). Check the range of test scores and grade point averages of previously admitted students to determine this set on the college’s website. See next 9 steps by clicking here.

Please Explain Score Choice

Score Choice allows the student to forward the scores they choose to the colleges or universities they are applying to.  So what does a student need to know about this policy?

Here are some items to think about: SAT Reasoning and Subject test scores can be submitted by test date. If a student does not choose Score Choice, all scores will be sent to the college. Score Choice is optional. Students should follow the score-reporting requirements of the colleges they are applying to. Colleges will only receive the scores that the student sends to them. Individual sections of a specific test date cannot be selected—only the entire test of the particular SAT will be sent. It does not cost more to send one or multiple copies or all test scores to a college. Scores can be sent by paper, CD, or Electronic Score Reports.  If the student requests a second report to a college, the report will only include the unique set of scores chosen by the student, which may or may not include previous test scores.

For more information, check with the College Board.