College Counseling Process

College Counseling Process

Developing and Researching a List

Our Responsibilities:

Help point student toward resources; make suggestions; help assess likelihood of admission

Students’ Responsibilities:

Identify schools of interest, conduct research and visits; in conjunction with college counselor, create a list of appropriate colleges, including safeties; keep college counselor informed as your list develops

Test Registration

Our Responsibilities:

Discuss testing plans with students; publish registration deadlines

Students’ Responsibilities:

Discuss testing options and plans with college counselor; know and meet all deadlines; complete and submit forms

Applications

Our Responsibilities:

Provide general advice about completing applications; offer advice regarding specific application requirements

Students’ Responsibilities:

Complete applications, thoroughly and on time; know and meet deadlines; meet with college counselor to review applications; know each college’s requirements; submit transcript request form(s) to the College Counseling Office

Essays

Our Responsibilities:

Provide information about essay writing in conjunction with the English Department; discuss options for essay help; review essays and provide feedback (if student brings them in well before deadline!)

Students’ Responsibilities:

Start early! (junior year is not too soon); know each college’s essay question(s); seek feedback, but write your own essay!; proofread CAREFULLY!

Application Fees

Our Responsibilities:

Provide fee waivers for students with financial need as determined by the Bullis Admission Office

Students’ Responsibilities:

Pay fees online as necessary

Transcripts I

Our Responsibilities:

Send transcripts to all colleges on student’s Transcript Request Form (TRF) by deadlines; include any final transcripts from previous high school (if applicable); send fall-trimester senior grades to all colleges

Students’ Responsibilities:

Make sure College Counseling Office has final transcript from previous high school (if applicable); complete TRF(s) well in advance of application deadlines; notify College Counseling Office of any changes in college list

Transcripts II

Our Responsibilities:

Send a final transcript in June to ONE college where student intends to enroll

Students’ Responsibilities:

Inform College Counseling Office of all decisions and of final college choice so final transcript can be sent

Teacher Recommendations

Our Responsibilities:

Send any teacher recommendations on file with us to colleges indicated on Transcript Request Form by deadline

Students’ Responsibilities:

ASK EARLY, and have teacher sign “Teacher Recommendation Request Form,” return signed cop to College Counseling Office

Test Score Reports

Our Responsibilities:

Provide information about how to send score reports and when they are required

Students’ Responsibilities:

Send appropriate test score reports to colleges by direct request to testing organization —The College Board and ACT

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Our Responsibilities:

Provide information about financial aid and scholarships; offer financial aid help session

Students’ Responsibilities:

Meet deadlines; know each college’s requirements; look into scholarship opportunities when appropriate

Final Decisions/Enrollment Deposits

Our Responsibilities:

Advise student about final college choice

Students’ Responsibilities:

Inform College Counseling Office about all college application decisions; send an enrollment deposit to ONLY ONE college, by May 1


Early Decision/Early Action/Rolling Admissions

Our Responsibilities:

Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of early notification plans

Students’ Responsibilities:

Remember that Early Decision plans are, in almost all cases, binding, i.e., if you are accepted, you are committed to enrolling; once early plans are finalized, you must withdraw your application from any other schools to which you have applied

Athletics/NCAA Eligibility Center

Our Responsibilities:

Provide information and assistance with athletic recruitment process and with online registration; provide guidance for students/parents/coaches; provide fee waivers for those who qualify

Students’ Responsibilities:

Register with the Eligibility Center if there is any possibility that you will be a Division I or II athlete in college; if you have attended another high school previously, that transcript must be sent to NCAA directly from that high school. Student-athlete is responsible for sending official standardized testing to the Eligibility Center.

Testing Accommodations

For Students with Documented Learning Differences

Our Responsibilities:

Refer students to Learning Specialist for accommodations

Students’ Responsibilities:

Complete additional accommodation forms well in advance of registration deadlines

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