COLLEGE GUIDANCE NEWSLETTER
April 3, 2018
SENIORS:
Senior College Guidance

We continue to congratulate and celebrate the Class of 2018 on their many college acceptances thus far. Our two week break yielded many decisions and we are anxious to hear the news. Please remember to share all your updates with Mrs.Gerrity and Mrs. Crane. We wish continued good fortune for those seniors who still have decisions pending this coming week.
Regular Decision Reviews:

The conclusion of the regular decision process may present seniors with a variety of admissions decisions. An acceptance is, of course, the most favored news. However, some students will receive news of a denial, a conditional acceptance or be offered a
place on a college waitlist. If a conditional acceptance or a waitlist offer is granted, please be sure to meet with Mrs. Gerrity or Mrs. Crane to further discuss this process. Brief descriptions of the various decision categories can be found in the College Guidance Handbook:
Accepted Student Events:
During late March and much of April, colleges will offer accepted students the opportunity to attend special events designed to afford potential freshmen and their families the opportunity to see a campus one more time, meet fellow accepted students, engage financial aid officers or speak with academic advisors. For
students and families struggling with a final decision, these events can be as valuable as they are informative.
National Decision Day:
New York Times Opportunity
SENIORS: Submit Your College Essay for Publication
JUNIORS AND UNDERCLASSMEN: Have the opportunity to see samples of what are considered to be strong college essays.
FOR ALL UPPER SCHOOL
STUDENTS AND PARENTS:
JUNIORS:
What's Happening in Junior College Guidance Class?.........

As we get closer to the end of the school year, counselors will be working with juniors in College Guidance on information and techniques to prepare them for college interviews over the summer and into the fall. If juniors are visiting a college that offers evaluative interviews, we encourage them to make the most of this opportunity. An interview shows demonstrated interest and can complement an application by giving a college added insight into a student’s personality.
Counselors are also introducing juniors to the Common Application, the online application that is used by over 800 colleges across the country. During the final two cycles of College Guidance, counselors, along with faculty from the English Department, will be working with juniors on their college essay, asking students to brainstorm topics and refine drafts. The goal is for all our juniors to work through the end of the school year to complete a college essay which only needs to be slightly polished over the summer. Over the summer, juniors should also continue to build and bring their college lists into focus through research and visits to colleges taking advantage of the many tours and information sessions that colleges offer during June, July and August. 
ACT PREP:
“ACT Academy will help students improve their readiness for the ACT test and college and career by giving them the resources they need to increase their understanding of core academic skills. And the fact that ACT Academy will be free to all students is yet another way ACT is working to close gaps in equity, opportunity and achievement for underserved learners.”
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT
SUBJECT TESTS:

Each year, requirements and recommendations for SAT Subject Tests grow more diverse, but the general trend is toward more flexible requirements.


AP'S ON THE HORIZON
All students enrolled in an AP course this year will take the College Board AP Exams in May. The link to the official AP Exam schedule appears below with valuable links to important information about the exams and free online test prep from the College Board. Spring sports, college visits, service work, vacations and the general rigors of a Sacred Heart student can all encroach on the valuable study hours warranted to prepare for these exams. It’s never to early to begin to prepare, get things organized or map out a study plan, as these exams will quickly be approaching. 
2018 AP Exam Schedule:
AP Exam Calculator Policy:
AP Exam Day Policies:
AP REVIEW
There are many ways to prepare for AP exams outside of the preparation you do within the classroom at Sacred Heart. You can choose to review from a book created for that purpose, such as:
or

Or, use the helpful prep material found of the College Board website:


Or you could opt to take a review course offered in the area in which you live. There are many, such as this one:
"These new intensive six-hour courses will review curriculum and teach topic-by-topic simplified techniques for successfully answering exam type questions.  Our group tutoring courses are taught in classroom settings by New York State licensed teachers." 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
In February, Mrs. Crane attended the Annual Girls School College Counselor Conference (GSCCC) in Dallas, Texas. She was able to meet with 35 college counselors from private girls high schools across the country. The conference centered around a full day of programming that included discussion with a college admissions officer about the review process and what colleges look for in college essays, a presentation on working with recruited athletes, and time to exchange experiences and discuss current trends in college counseling with other high school counselors. The conference also included visits to Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University that gave Mrs. Crane an opportunity to meet with admissions officers and take part in a campus tour of both campuses.
COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT
UPCOMING COLLEGE FAIRS:
Upcoming College Fairs in Our Area

New York National College Fair
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York, NY
April 22, 2018

Southern Westchester College Conference
Westchester County Center
White Plains, NY
April 23, 2018

Northern Westchester College Conference
Fox Lane High School
Bedford, NY
April 24, 2018

University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis,
Johns Hopkins University, and Emory University join together for a presentation Westchester on April 30th: