COLLEGE GUIDANCE NEWSLETTER
November 5, 2018
GREAT ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN THROUGH SENIORS FROM THE DARTMOUTH DEAN OF ADMISSIONS
STANFORD STUDY ON FINDING THE RIGHT COLLEGE
SENIORS:
SENIOR UPDATES 
 
·       Early Action and Early Decision deadlines have arrived and counselors have been working with seniors both in College Guidance and individually to complete their applications and college essays. Seniors should continue to be mindful of additional upcoming college deadlines of November 15th, December 1st and December 15th.
 
·       Once applications are submitted, colleges will notify you when they have received your application. This is in addition to the email you may receive from the Common Application. Colleges will usually send information about accessing a portal or setting up an account through which you can check on the status of your application and on what other materials have been received such as transcripts, recommendations and test scores. Typically, colleges will not communicate with the counselor when a document is missing so, it is very important that you continue to monitor your application status at all the colleges to which you have applied to make sure that documents have been received. Please also be reminded that it often takes several days or more for colleges to update their application portals.
 
·       Don't forget that for those schools that require official scores, you must send your own SAT ( www.collegeboard.org ) or ACT ( www.act.org ) scores directly from these testing agency websites. This process can take up to three weeks so make sure to do this in ample time to meet each college application deadline.
 
·       Remember that the FAFSA ( www.fafsa.ed.gov ) and CSS Profile (www.cssprofile.college board.org ) applications opened on October 1st. Access to all 2017 income tax filings will be required by these agencies. Please consult individual college websites for more information about deadlines for filing the FAFSA and the CSS Profile (if required).
 
·       Many Early Action and Early Decision colleges will ask for Mid-Semester senior grades (sometimes referred to as “1st Quarter grades”). Seniors must let their counselors know if these grades are required for their early colleges by filling out a form available in College Guidance. The seniors have received direction regarding this process in their college guidance classes.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
As we've emphasized, there are many scholarships available to students, both directly from colleges or from other organizations . Make sure to check the suggested scholarship websites listed in the College Guidance handbook. A few specific ones are also highlighted below
JUNIORS:
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