Welcome to senior year! The information in the Senior Blog will help you kickstart the college process with ease. While Mrs. Hirschfield, your advisors, College Access Leaders, and your family are all here to assist you, you have to be proactive and stay on top of the information you will receive in this blog and those that follow. New bulletins will be published every other week. Good luck to the class of 2020!
College Office Walk-In Time: X and Y Bands
The College Office is open and available for quick questions, brief check-ins, and form drop off during X and Y bands and after school. Students are seen in order of their arrival. If a student requires an extended conversation or advising from Mrs. Hirschfield, please make an appointment.
Don’t Miss Out On Getting Time-sensitive Alerts and Reminders!
If you haven’t signed up for text message alerts from the College Office go to room 218 and sign up.
Refer to College Prep Day Slides to Prep for College Application Process
You may need a refresher on how to complete recommendation surveys or how to request a recommender in Naviance. Slideshow here.
College Application Tracker
It is very important that you organize well for the application process. You need to keep track of deadlines for scholarships and financial aid, as well as college applications. Use this form (or adjust to your liking!) to help you organize.
ALL students must review their transcripts first to ensure accuracy. In the coming days, Advisors will distribute documents for you to sign off on to make sure your transcript is accurate and you’re on track to graduate. Transcripts can be requested beginning October 15th.
Documents Required by College Office
- Transcript Review forms (coming soon)
- Class of 2020 College Application Procedures
- Transcript Request Log
In the coming days your Advisor will hand out these forms. Students will not be able to make official transcript requests without submitting all required forms.
October 16th – SAT Day Right Here at SLA
All Seniors are eligible to take the SAT at SLA on Wednesday, October 16th for FREE! Students will be given more information during Advisory to confirm participation.
Letters of Recommendation
Advisor Letters– Your Advisors will write your ‘Counselor Letter of Recommendation’ because they know you very well! You don’t need to request the recommendation in Naviance! If you haven’t completed your letter of recommendation survey in Naviance, please do so ASAP. Academic Letters – Teacher recommendations are an important part of your application and good ones can tip the scale in your favor, helping you stand out among thousands of applicants. Make sure to know how many you will need (most colleges require one advisor/counselor and one teacher letter) and speak to your teachers prior to requesting letters of recommendation. They may ask you to complete a supplementary questionnaire or submit a previous assignment. Students must also request teacher recommendations in Naviance in the ‘Colleges that I’m Applying to’ section.
College Recruiters Visit SLA
We have a full list of schools that will visit us this fall. (The New School and Vanderbilt University will be our first visits on 9/17!) Make sure to have an updated college list in the ‘Colleges that I’m interested’ section in Naviance so that you can get notifications in advance to meet with the College Reps. This helps the College Office keep track of your potential colleges. Visits generally take place in the College Office suite; you will be notified if the meeting is in a different location. Come prepared to ask thoughtful questions and make a good impression!
College Essay Help
Senior year is finally here – time to start thinking about your college essays! Mrs. Block will be here on Monday, September 16th at the beginning of each lunch band to explain the importance of college essays; different essay topics and how to develop them; how to coordinate application essays, supplemental essays, and scholarship essays; and how best to write and polish your essays. She will be at SLA during lunch bands every Monday and Tuesday for individual consultations. Sign up for consultations on the sheet on Ms. Hirschfield’s door.
A number of schools offer to cover your expenses or give partial scholarships to visit their institution. This is a great opportunity for you to experience first hand what it would be like to attend that school. Here’s a list of participating schools. Act quickly since most deadlines are very early in the school year.
Common App & Coalition App
Students may apply to colleges using either application–as long as the school is a participating member. (Note that some schools have multiple application portals.) Remember not to create duplicate applications as this can derail your submissions. Make every effort to select one application portal to minimize confusion and additional tracking. Here are Common App FAQs and Coalition App FAQs.
College Open Houses and Information Sessions
The University of Pennsylvania offers several different ways to visit and learn about how you can discover whether Penn is right for you. You can visit the undergraduate schools (Art and Sciences, Wharton, Engineering, Nursing), classes, even the dorms. For more information visit HERE.
(Beginning) September 13, Tufts University hosts a variety of programs on the University’s campus for prospective students, including open houses for STEM, arts, women in engineering, and more. More information HERE.
September 14 – Franklin & Marshall College opens the admissions office to visitors on select Saturdays for student-led campus tours, and panel discussions. The first session is September 14; more information HERE.
September 15 – 2:00 p.m. MIT holds an informational visit at Germantown Academy. For more information and to register visit HERE.
September 18 – Merrimack College (North Andover, Massachusetts) offers an information session at Holy Cross in Bensalem. Find other Information Sessions and Open Houses on their campus year round HERE.
September 19-21, The Journey to Bucknell is an overnight all expense paid program designed to expose high-achieving, traditionally underrepresented (African-American, Asian-American, biracial/multiracial, Latino/a, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander) high school seniors to Bucknell University. For information and deadlines visit HERE.
September 21, October 14, November 9 – Dickinson College in Carlisle Pa. hosts informational Open Houses. To register and for more information visit HERE.
September 22-23, and October 13-14, November 3-4, Carnegie Mellon hosts overnight visits (financial aid available). For more information visit HERE.
September 28, October 19 – Bloomsburg University offers fall Open Houses; space is limited, so register HERE.
September 29, 9:00 a.m Saint Joseph’s University holds its Fall Open Houses: More information HERE
October 6, November 3 10:00 am, Holy Family holds two fall open houses. For more information visit HERE.
(Beginning) October 10, Oberlin College and Conservatory offers opportunities for students to visit campus for free. Students of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. More information and dates HERE (note: deadline for the Multicultural Visit Program is September 16.)
October 13-14; November 10-11, Case Western Reserve University invites high school seniors from diverse backgrounds to visit their campus in the heart of Cleveland’s University Circle. Case includes schools of nursing, engineering, arts and sciences, management, law, medicine, dental medicine, and much more! Find out whether Case is a good fit for you at their Diversity Overnight program with all expenses paid. Choose the dates that fit your schedule: Oct. 13-14 or Nov. 10-11. Deadline for October visit is September 1; October 1 for November visit. Find the application HERE.
October 13-14 and November 10-11, Wesleyan University offers an opportunity for students to visit campus for free for their annual open house programs. You must apply by October /November 8. More information HERE
October 17, 7:00 pm, Carnegie Mellon University hosts an information session at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue Philadelphia PA 19131: More information HERE.
October 24-26, Brandeis University welcomes “exceptional young minds from diverse backgrounds” to their fly-in weekend; all expenses including transportation are paid. Deadline September 15. For more information visit HERE.
October 27, Tyler School of Art requires all applicants to submit a Portfolio Review. For more information about Open Houses and Portfolio Day October 27, visit HERE.
November 9-11, Connecticut College invites you to explore diversity on their campus and learn about the college’s resources for multicultural students. More information HERE.
November 16 – 10:00 a.m. the Savannah College of Art and Design hosts an information session at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. More information HERE.
Don’t Miss out on Scholarships with September Deadlines!
Check the Scholarship tab in the Blog regularly for on-going updates.
Featured Scholarships – Check DEADLINES and ADD them to your TO-DO list!
The Horatio Alger Association offers scholarships to assist high school students who have overcome hardship. State and Federal Scholarships open applications August 1, 2019! More information about eligibility HERE.
Questbridge offers full scholarships through college match and offers many scholarship opportunities at a variety of universities for academically outstanding students with low-income backgrounds. More information about eligibility HERE
The John M. Belk Scholarships are for prospective students at Davidson College who are well-rounded and present a strong application. Students must be nominated by their school. More information HERE; tell Ms. Hirschfield if you are interested in applying to Davidson.