Words of Wisdom

  1. Visit the college counseling office often. Check college websites, explore scholarship possibilities, work on applications or ask questions concerning the college process.

  2. Work closely with teachers.

  3. Develop a filing system for college information, and create checklists.

  4. Read through college applications thoroughly. Schools may require a specific number of language credits, subject area scores, a recommendation from a specific teacher, or a personal essay. Knowing and adhering to these requirements is the student’s responsibility.

  5. Complete the application and proofread it. Parents and staff will offer help and advice, but are not responsible for the final application(s).

  6. Treat each application as if that school is the first and only choice. Many colleges notice a student’s level of interest. They want to admit students who want them.

  7. Meet all deadlines. Confirm dates with the college. If the application deadline is January 15, do not assume that means postmarked by January 15.

  8. Present special talents in music, drama, athletics, physics, creative writing, etc. aggressively to each college. Do not be modest. Highlighting special talents will help the admissions committee determine whether a student qualifies for a specific scholarship.

  9. Schedule college visits when feasible. Contact the college for special visit days/weekends.

  10. Use the correct codes on applications and standardized test registrations. Register with the same name each time.

  11. Save everything! Copy everything, especially online applications.  


“In the long run it is not the college you go to…

but rather what you do once you are there that counts.”

-Fred Hargadon

Princeton University