Category Archives: College Application

May 1st National Enrollment Deposit Day

Wolf College ConsultingThe May 1st National Enrollment Deposit Day is quickly approaching. 

I want to take this time to remind high school seniors and parents of some important items:

Enrollment Deposits:

  • You must send an enrollment deposit to one college by May 1st to hold your spot for the Fall Semester.
  • If you are on the waiting list of your top choice college, you must send a non-refundable deposit to your second choice.  If you come off the waiting list of your top choice college you can then deposit to that college (but you will not be refunded your original deposit from your second choice college).
  • If colleges require an additional housing deposit, make sure to also send in the housing deposit (look at deadlines –most are by May 1)

Financial Aid

  • By now, you should have heard from most (if not all) of your colleges about financial aid. Let me know if you would like to set up a meeting to go over your financial aid packages.  It can sometimes be hard to read and confusing.  I’m happy to help.
  • Make sure you complete all financial aid documents (online or hardcopy).  Make sure to read deadlines and dates!

GRADES

  • GRADES STILL MATTER!  Do not let “senioritis” get to you!  Colleges do take away acceptances from students every year.  You need to keep up your grades.  This summer you can relax, go to the beach, and hang out with friends.

Campus Visits

  • If you still don’t know which college you want to attend, it’s not too late to visit your top choice colleges, meet with your academic departments and talk to financial aid counselors.  April is a busy month for college admissions offices, so you need to set up your appointments now!
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Thank You Card Time!

Wolf College Consulting - Thank you CardSeniors — some of you might be done with your applications, but don’t forget to write thank you cards to those that filled out your letters of recommendation forms. Wolf College Consulting recommends that you do the following when you write your thank you cards:

  • The obvious — Thank your teachers, counselors, or pastors for taking the time to write the letters of recommendations to your colleges.
  • Another Thank You — Thank them for the ways they have encouraged you, helped you and challenged you. Be specific.
  • Keep them posted — Tell them that you will keep them posted as you hear from your colleges. It will really excite them if they hear you were accepted to a school that they wrote a letter to.
  • The future — Tell them that you are excited about making the transition to college and tell them they played a key role in preparing you for college success.
  • Optional — Add a gift card or a small gift to thank them (this can also be for Christmas too). They will really appreciate it! Remember this is optional and not a necessity.

Wolf College Consulting hopes that you are enjoying the Holiday Season!

Confusing Application Terminology

Wolf College Consulting, applicationsAs application season has officially begun, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the application deadline terminology. Below you will find information about deadlines and Wolf College Consulting tips.

Early Action – this deadline allows students to apply early (typically in November) and also receive an early admissions decision – acceptance or denial (typically in December or January). This deadline is non-binding which means if accepted you are not required to attend. You may apply to multiple early action colleges. I typically encourage all of my students to mostly apply Early Action for two reasons: typically colleges accept at a higher yield for Early Action applications and some colleges only give academic scholarships to students that apply Early Action.

Early Decision – this deadline allows students to apply Early Decision to ONE college (typically in October or November). Students who apply Early Decision are bound to attend that college if accepted (also known as a “binding” decision).  You may apply to other colleges, but only ONE Early Decision. If you are accepted to an Early Decision college, you are required to withdraw all other applications. I only recommend applying Early Decision to a college if you are sure it is your #1 Choice and you are prepared financially for that college.

Early Action Single Choice – to make it confusing there is another “Early” deadline. This deadline allows your to apply early to ONE Early Action Single Choice college, but it is non-binding. You may apply to other Early Action colleges and you are not required to withdraw your applications if you are accepted to the Early Action Single Choice college.  If a college offers this type of deadline and it is one of your top colleges, this can be a great option.

Regular Decision – this deadline is typically in January and most notifications are sent by April. If a college also has an Early Action deadline, I first recommend applying Early Action, but some colleges only have Regular Decision deadlines. This in a non-binding application.

Rolling Admission- some colleges do not have a specific deadline and instead have a rolling admission policy. You can apply at any time (typically until May 1 or when they run out of space). When you apply you typically hear back from the school within 2-4 weeks. For Rolling Admission schools, I still recommend applying as early as possible for scholarships and to give you time to make decisions, register for classes, etc.

Please contact Wolf College Consulting if you need help understanding the application process.  We are here to help!

Thank You Card Time!

Wolf College Consulting - Thank you CardSeniors — some of you might be done with your applications, but don’t forget to write thank you cards to those that filled out your letters of recommendation forms.  Wolf College Consulting recommends that you do the following when you write your thank you cards:

  • The obvious — Thank your teachers, counselors, or pastors for taking the time to write the letters of recommendations to your colleges.
  • Another Thank You — thank them for the ways they have encouraged you, helped you and challenged you.  Be specific.
  • Keep them posted — tell them that you will keep them posted as you hear from your colleges.  It will really excite them if they hear you were accepted to a school that they wrote a letter to.
  • The future — Tell them that you are excited about making the transition to college and tell them they played a key role in preparing you for college success.
  • Optional — add a gift card or a small gift to thank them (this can also be for Christmas too).  They will really appreciate it!  Remember this is optional and not a necessity.

Wolf College Consulting hopes that you are enjoying the Holiday Season!

 

The Application Season is Here!

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We are officially in the middle of the college application season.  Wolf College consulting is aware of the stress students (and parents) are experiencing and I wanted to give you some last minute tips for you as you finish your applications.  Below is a list of “Do’s and Don’ts”


Do:

  • Do have someone review your application before you press the submit button
  • Do make sure you have sent in all of your materials that are necessary for the application to be complete
  • Do make sure you submit your applications by the due dates
  • Do have someone read your essays before you submit them (but do not have too many review your essays)
  • Do confirm with your references that they have submitted your letters of recommendations.

Do not:

  • Do not write all of your words in lowercase letters (or all uppercase letters).  Take the time to make sure you capitalize all of the correct letters – it looks more professional. 
  • Do not misspell your name.  If you misspell your name, the colleges will not be able to match other documents to your application. 
  • Do not send in the wrong Social Security Number – the colleges may not be able to match your application with your other documents.
  • Do not accidentally send in your wrong essay (example – do not send your USC essay to LMU).  You don’t want to accidentally tell LMU that USC is your top college choice.

Remember that this application season is only a “season.”  You are almost done and you will get through it!   

 

Common Application Essay Tips

For those that are working on the Common Application Essay, read this article on tips to help make sure you are answering the questions the way colleges want you to:

Tips for the Personal Essay Options on the Common Application

Facebook is your new College Resume

Social Media is a new way for colleges to get to know you.  Your Facebook, Youtube and Twitter Profiles are a “living and breathing” extension of your application and resume.  Therefore it needs to work for you — not against you.

More and more colleges are using social media to find out  more about their students.  Is your facebook page consistent with what you say about yourself on your application or in your essays?

Here are some tips on how to make this “live” resume a strong one for colleges:

  • Express what you are passionate about.  Don’t just include pictures you take at birthday parties, include pictures you take in public service.
  • Show schools who you are.  Use your social media sites to showcase what you do — post art portfolios online or links to videos or photo galleries from your performances, athletic events, etc.
  • Think strategically and take control of your site.  If a friend posts something on your site that does not reflect who you are, then delete it from your page
  • Colleges expect kids to be kids — have fun on your profiles, but always make sure that you present yourself in way that truly reflects you.
  • Become “fans” of colleges that you are interested.  This will help you learn more about the college and what is going on, and it also let’s the school know you are truly interested in them (and not afraid to show them how you are).

Remember — Social media can enable students to give admissions staff a valuable perspective on themselves.  Use it and make it work for you!