Time to Breathe a Sigh of Relief?
You know how in soap operas, the minute you think the story is winding up and you can breathe a sigh of relief because everything worked out for the good guys, looming in the background is a mysterious stranger who is about to wreak havoc on everyone’s ephemeral happiness?
Welcome to the world of college admissions!
Now that for the most part we have successfully navigated the treacherous waters of November 1 deadlines and Rolling Admissions, we have before us a new set of deadlines. You want to check your colleges’ websites but here is a sample:
November 15 for Central Michigan scholarship consideration, College of Wooster, Kettering, Reed, Rhodes, Tulane, University of Colorado Boulder
November 30 for University of California schools
December 1 for priority admission or scholarship consideration for Auburn, Boston U, DePaul, Miami University, University of Cincinnati, Western Michigan
December 15 for U of Michigan Dearborn
and of course the dreaded January 1 for nearly everything else.
Here is a website that gives scholarship deadlines by month: Note particularly the AXA and the Burger King scholarships that are not tied to a particular college or program.
A Gentle Reminder About School Report/Counselor Forms
If you are applying on the Common App or the Coalition App and you have invited and assigned your teachers and me, you can be sure that our recommendations and your transcripts will automatically be sent to each of your colleges when you submit your applications
If you have any non-Common Applications that have deadlines from now through January 12th you must have the school form in to Patti absolutely no later than Friday, December 15th. Forms submitted after that deadline will not be processed until after December Break, which means they will be late. If your college has Rolling Admissions, remember, the sooner the better!
Your turning in the school form is what triggers our sending your transcripts to Non-Common App schools. In some cases, the school form is not obvious. If you are applying to a Non-Common App school and do not find a form on their application or website, sometimes we need to dig deeper—and sometimes we just send the transcript and recommendations with a cover letter. it is absolutely imperative that you make clear to Patti and Bridghette IN WRITING if you need to have transcripts sent to non-common app schools. We are not mind-readers!
A future heads-up: the College Counseling office is closed when the school is closed—so you won’t be able to get college help for all of Thanksgiving Break and December Break. I’m pleased to say all of you look well focused on the task at hand, but if you need other help, be sure to see me before the big breaks. If an issue comes up over a break period, call the College Counseling Office, and leave a message—we’ll deal with the issue the first day we’re back. You, of course, are free to work on your part of the applications right up to the deadline, but save yourself some grief by getting them in before the very end! Some of you experienced the Common App “crashing” on October 30. This could easily happen again in December!
Since this set of deadlines includes a lot of schools and we will be unavailable during the break, make sure you do the following:
- Hand the forms directly to either Bridghette or Patti. That way you can be sure they have been received
- Make sure to fill out your sections of the form. Most importantly, make sure to sign and date the form!
- If there is no form, send an email copied to both Patti and Bridghette with your request.
In other words, PLEASE help us help you by getting us the information we need and adhering to the deadlines.
A FIRM Reminder About Teacher Letters and Forms
When you ask a teacher to write a letter of recommendation, you need to remember that they are doing you a favor. This isn’t part of a job description, it isn’t an assumed duty, and they don’t get time off from the rest of the great things they do for you to write them—this is an extra. In the interest of being courteous, you need to do the following things to help them help you:
- First, give them time—no last minute “I need this recommendation by tomorrow’s!”
- If you have invited them on the Common App, relax. If it is for a scholarship or other Non-Common App school, you can save everyone a headache and insure things are sent on time if you do one of the following:
- Make sure they have given me a copy (hard copy or email) and we can send the letter out—or—
- Give them a stamped envelope addressed to where you want the letter sent. The envelope must be addressed, because they can’t send the letter without the address; it also needs a stamp for the same reason.
Your teachers are writing these letters because they care about you, and because they want to help you— if you want the application process to work, be sure to touch base with your letter writers next week, with forms, proper envelopes, and lots of gratitude in hand.
Patricia Bostwick, MA, LPC
Director of College Counseling