The path to college can be stressful and seem daunting at times. The College Counselors at Wasatch Academy understand how stressful the college application process can be. We place great emphasis on helping students find their way step-by-step through the college application process. We help each student identify the colleges and universities that are the best fit for them and their goals.

College Counseling Guidelines:

  • Wasatch Academy’s college counselors take a personalized approach to best accommodate each student’s individual needs and strengths.
  • The counselors encourage students to search for schools that are the best fit for their academic and personal interests throughout the entire application process.
  • While there is no perfect way to prepare for the college and because each student is a unique individual, the following path to college is recommended:
    • Create a résumé file, saving such items as report cards, diplomas and certificates; a list of awards and honors you receive; a list of all school and community activities you take part in; a list of offices you hold in these organizations; and a list of volunteer or paid jobs you hold. Update this file every semester.
    • Become involved in at least one extracurricular activity and, if possible, get really involved. As you become a 10th, 11th and 12th grader, try to take a leadership role.
    • During the summer, take part in enrichment programs or special workshops and camps for music, science, engineering, writing, filmmaking, theater, language, etc. Or you may want to consider retaking a class in which you received a grade you weren’t satisfied with, or take a new class in summer school.
    • If you have the time, get a summer job or find work during the summer as a volunteer in an area where your community needs help.
    • Over the summer of your junior and senior years, prepare for the SAT or ACT by reading books with testing tips and sample questions. You can find these in bookstores or libraries and at your school, or you can access them on the Internet. There are also workshops available on how to prepare for the college entrance exams.
    • Make time to visit a wide variety of college campuses, especially in your junior and senior years.

Seniors – 12th grade
Wasatch Academy seniors begin their year with several important decisions to make.  Seniors meet regularly with their college counselors to ensure an organized and well-planned approach to the application process.  During this time, memories and experiences are turned into essays, and meaningful student/teacher relationships generate thoughtful and heartfelt letters of recommendation.

  • During this time, memories and experiences are turned into essays, and meaningful student/teacher relationships generate thoughtful and heartfelt letters of recommendation.
  • Strive for the best possible grades in all of classes and do at least two to three hours of homework every night. The grades earned in the senior year are extremely important. Consider taking up to three AP classes.
  • The SAT is offered on campus in October, November, and December.
  • The ACT is offered locally in October and December.
  • International students have the opportunity to take the TOEFL multiple times during the first semester.  Wasatch Academy is a certified TOEFL iBT testing site.

Juniors – 11th grade
New and returning juniors benefit from the understanding that this is their final full academic year before applying to college. The school places significant emphasis on helping students focus intensively on following their educational plan, expand their personal interests, and hone the critical skills and habits necessary for college admission and a career of collegiate accomplishment and success.

  • Strive for the best possible grades in all of classes and do at least two hours of homework every night. Grades are especially important in the junior year because this is the year that colleges will examine most closely. Consider taking one or two AP classes.
  • Individualized college planning meetings begin in February and continue throughout the spring semester and senior year.  TOEFL, SAT, and ACT exams are offered to juniors in the spring semester.
  • All juniors will take the PSAT in October.
  • Individualized college planning meetings begin in February and continue throughout the spring semester and senior year.
  • TOEFL, SAT, and ACT exams are offered to juniors in the spring semester.

Sophomores – 10th grade
Students who join Wasatch Academy during their sophomore year focus on studying the most challenging academic subjects available to them. This is a time of high expectations, in which students are encouraged to develop the critical thinking skills and time management skills that are essential to academic success.  Sophomores learn about who they are as individuals, acquire a sense of self-responsibility and responsibility to others, and embark on the important path of becoming academically successful young adults.

  • If students are completing any courses that will prepare them for the SAT Subject tests, they are encouraged to take the May exams.
  • Sophomores are also encouraged to consider taking the June ACT and SAT.
  • Sophomores have the opportunity to take the pre-ACT in October.
  • Now is the time to get involved in extracurricular activities.

Freshman – 9th grade
Students who enter Wasatch Academy as freshmen have a tremendous advantage in developing the academic and personal strategies needed for admission to the college that will best meet their individual needs and requirements.  Teachers and faculty advisors design a four-year schedule of academic classes and extracurricular activities. This empowers students to expand their minds while building an impressive and distinctive high school transcript.

Responsibilities: Students/Parents/Counselors

Students are expected to do the following:

  • Do their best in their time at Wasatch Academy
  • Complete their online questionnaires for Teacher Recommenders and Counselors
  • Attend meetings with their counselor and respond to counselor emails
  • Keep informed via Family Connection
  • Register for standardized tests
  • Request teacher recommendations
  • Plan a productive summer (work, study, intern, camps, etc.)
  • VISIT COLLEGES
  • Register with NCAA Clearinghouse for Division I, II athletics
  • Prepare Common Application for counselor review BEFORE senior year
  • Prepare a few drafts of possible college essays BEFORE the start of senior year
  • Register for fall standardized tests and SEND SCORES to colleges
  • Be aware of scholarship deadlines and requirements (many are as early as Dec. 1)
  • Take advantage of visits to Wasatch by college admissions reps
  • Finalize “ACTIVE” applications list in Family Connections in mid/late fall of senior year
  • Submit their portion of each application including supplements (keep copies)
  • Pay application fees
  • Fill out student portion of FAFSA

Parents or Guardians are expected to do the following:

  • Communicate openly (and often) with their student
  • Maintain perspective… your child is changing!
  • Let your child drive the college admission process
  • Facilitate college visits
  • Be aware of scholarship deadlines and requirements (many are as early as Dec. 1)
  • Provide a credit card number to pay test and application fees
  • Submit financial aid information on time:
  • CSS Profile is available after October 1 of senior year
  • FAFSA is available after October 1 of senior year

The College Counseling Team is expected to do the following:

  • Provide counsel, not placement
  • Assist in the development of a broad, preliminary college list
  • Submit supporting materials: transcripts, counselor evaluations, teacher recommendations, Secondary School Reports, and Wasatch School profile
  • Advocate for the student
  • Visit colleges and admissions offices
  • Attend national, regional and local conferences