If you have a high school senior, you are most likely facing the daunting task of college applications. Depending on how much information you have received from your daughter’s school, you may find the entire process overwhelming and hard to navigate. Attending high school and college information sessions and then selecting schools is only the first step. If you attended college in the 80’s or earlier you will know what I mean by “things have really changed”!
While it may seem straight forward to your daughter because she has figured out the common app, as a parent you may think “what happened to hand writing an essay”? Not only are the days of sending applications in the mail all but gone, there is added pressure of multiple essays, additional SAT Subject tests, AP scores and a host of other information we may not have experienced enter into the equation. Add in the idea that this entire process is the stepping stone to your daughter’s independence may cause unexpected emotions for parents.
Understanding the application process can help reduce worry and stress both for the senior applying and for the parents.
Quick Guide To College Submissions
- Create an account on the common app website.
- Add schools to the list of colleges you are applying to by clicking the link provided. Two tools are included in the common app: Requirements gird and Requirements Tracker. These help your senior know what is needed-ACT or SAT, recommendation letters and number of essays for each school.
- Match, Stretch, Safety these are terms used often to describe the fit for your daughter. There are many factors that contribute to the final school selection and it is important to have at least one school in each category to give your daughter the most options.
- Include in every application the following documents: A copy of your daughter’s transcript (Early Decision may require first quarter grades). A list of all activities both at school and outside of school. Test scores (ACT, SAT, SAT subject tests, AP scores). Parent or Legal Guardian Information. Supplemental essays can be unique to each school
- Application Lingo if this is your first child applying there is a lot to understand and this dictionary can help understand the process.
- Confirm that your school has been uploading grades and recommendation letters into the common app online. Check in the high school counselor to ensure deadlines will be met.
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A special note of thanks to Susan Perlman, our daughter’s college admissions advisor-we couldn’t have gone through this process without her!