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How to begin the college process.
What it takes to get into a Highly Selective College.
How to appeal a college decision.
How high a score you need to qualify as a National Merit Semi-Finalist.
How to increase your chances if you are wait listed.
Tips and strategies for the college essay.
College opportunities for students with learning disabilities.
Options if you don't want to go to college.
Academic summer programs for high school students.
And much more.
How To Begin:
You may want to begin with the category Choosing A College. This section
will cover the basic information you need in order to get started.
If you are a junior or senior in high school, you should take a look at the
College Planning Calendar. This calendar includes a monthly check-list of
important things to do in the area of college planning.
As you continue your research, you may explore each category that interests
you. If you have questions that are not answered, you can send an email or
check the Frequently Asked Questions section.
After working for twenty-five years as a college/career advisor in a public high
school where 98% of the students attend college and 85% attend a four year
college, I have gained a great deal of knowledge about the college process
and I would like to share it with you.
Good luck with your college search!
SAT Test Dates
December 7, 2013
January 25, 2014
March 8, 2014
May 3, 2014
June 7, 2014
Sign up for the SAT at: www.collegeboard.com
PSAT/NMSQT Test Dates
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Public high schools normally take the PSAT on Saturday and private high
schools normally test on Wednesday. Check with your high school for PSAT
sign up information.
ACT Test Dates
December 14, 2013
February 8, 2014
April 12, 2014
June 14, 2014
Register for the ACT at: www.actstudent.org
The essay questions for the Common Application have changed.
Select one and write no more than 650 words.
1. Share a story that is central to your identity.
2. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.
3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.
4. Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.
5. Discuss an accomplishment or event that marked a transition from
childhood to adulthood within your culture, community or family.
New information on Gluten Free College Dining Experiences
(See the Frequently Asked Questions Section)
Many college fairs will be held throughout the country.
Check www.nacacnet.org for a location near you.
WHERE TO FIND IT ON THIS WEBSITE: (Popular Pages)
Academic Resume: Highly Selective Colleges Page
Appealing A College Decision: Appealing A Decision Page
Common Application: College Essay Tips Page
FAFSA: Financial Aid Page
Gap Year: Gap Year Page
Gluten-Free kitchens on college campuses: Frequently Asked Questions
Letters of Recommendation: Highly Selective Colleges Page
Learning Disabled Information: Colleges for Learning Disabled Students
National Hispanic Recognition Program: National Merit Scholarships Page
National Merit Scholarship Cut Off Scores: National Merit Scholarships
PSAT Information: National Merit Scholarships Page
Summer Programs: Summer Programs Page
Testing Information: How To Choose A College Page
Wait List Information: Getting Wait Listed Page
Also see the Index on the left side of the page.
College Planning Simplified