The College Counseling Office is an excellent resource for students during the college selection process.
Links and Resources
Family Connection is a comprehensive web-based program that assists Wasatch Academy students, families, and counselors in the college search and application process.
The Common Application
The Common Application is accepted by over 512 colleges and universities.
The College Board
College Board Tests: SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, AP®, CLEP®
Pay for College: Scholarship Search, Education Loans
ACT Test Registration, Test Prep, Scores, College Planning, Financial Aid, and more
The TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world. This test is often an application requirement of students whose first language is not English.
Test Optional Information
The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing. See the searchable listing of over 755 four-year colleges that do not use the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT to admit substantial numbers of bachelor degree applicants.
Online form for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, required for all college financial aid recipients.
PROFILE is the financial aid application service of the College Board. Many of the member colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use the information collected on PROFILE to help them award nonfederal student aid funds.
NCAA Eligibility Center
In order to participate in college athletics at the Division I and Division II level and receive athletically based financial aid, students must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and meet academic and amateurism eligibility standards.
An online database to online and offline sources to find scholarships for students.
The College Admissions Mystique by Bill Mayher
Colleges that Change Lives by Loren Pope
Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right For You by Loren Pope
Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years by Coburn & Treeger
Visiting College Campuses by Janet Spencer & Sandra Maleson
Online Courses is a free and comprehensive resource that is a collection of open college courses that spans videos, audio lectures and notes given by professors at Harvard, Princeton and MIT. Online courses offers highly relevant courses such as iPhone Application Development from Stanford and Cyber Humor from Oxford. This may be a wonderful resource for those students looking to explore additional educational topics and to see what college level courses have to offer.
Equally important as the campus visit is the official interview at many colleges. Some colleges do not have individual interviews, but if a college does, it is certainly to your advantage to arrange for one. It is not only an opportunity for you to find out more about the particular college – but it is also a chance for you to “sell yourself” and possibly make a “friend” of a member of the admissions committee – one who will be “in your corner” when the committee discusses your application. The visit and the interview can indeed be one of the wisest steps you can take in making your college choice. In some cases a Skype or phone interview may be available.
At the interview itself:
- Dress neatly and appropriately. (Remember that this is a mutual selection process and you are on exhibit during the interview.)
- Be friendly, relaxed, and courteous. Talk freely about your accomplishments or talents, but don’t brag about them.
- Be prompt. If your interview is scheduled for 10:00 AM, be there at that time or slightly earlier. But don’t be late! If you find that you will be unavoidably delayed, telephone and apologize well in advance.
- Don’t ask questions about things you could have learned by reading the catalogue. Your questions should show that you have done some serious thinking and reading about colleges in general and about that college in particular.
- By all means take your parents, since they have a considerable interest in your choice also. But you should do most of the questioning and answering. The admissions officers are evaluating you, not your parents.
While on campus:
- Sit in on one or two classes, if possible.
- Look at the dormitory rooms.
- Check on dining facilities. Visit the library.
- If you are interested in science, visit the laboratories.
- Check on social, cultural, religious, and recreational facilities.
- Talk informally with students.
- Read the student handbook and the college newspaper.
The admissions officer may give you a frank evaluation of your chances for admission and tell you what you need to do, but do not try to pressure him (or let your parents do it) into making an immediate, on-the-spot decision.
Representatives from many colleges and universities visit the campus throughout the year, especially in the fall. Wasatch Academy encourages students to take advantage of these opportunities to find out more about particular colleges – even if you are not certain that you are interested. Plan to attend as many of these on-campus visitations as interest you. It is a good idea to talk with a number of these representatives, if possible; but keep in mind that they, of course, want to make their institutions sound as appealing as possible. Plan in advance the questions you want answered. Most visits will take place in the College Counseling Office. If meeting with a college representative necessitates you’re missing a class, you must get permission from your teacher in advance.
One of the most important aspects of selecting a college is the campus visit. Students are encouraged to begin visiting colleges early in their high school years, utilizing vacation periods and family trips as good opportunities. At the middle of the junior year, students are encouraged to be planning college visitations for spring break and for the summer before the senior year.
In addition, you are encouraged to visit those colleges to which you plan to apply while they are in session so that you may schedule interviews with an admissions officer, attend classes, stay in a dorm, and generally get an accurate picture of life on the particular campus.
Always check online or call the college admissions office as far in advance of your visit as possible to arrange an appointment. When you contact the college, indicate your status as a senior and request an interview at the time of your appointment, if the particular college grants interviews. Please refer to the Wasatch Academy Student Handbook details regarding the ‘College Visit Day’ policy.