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College Counseling Update - April 2021

College Counseling Update – April 2021


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SENIORS

The College Counselors will be available to answer any questions seniors may have throughout the final months of the college admission process. Seniors are encouraged to stop by the College Counseling Office.

Return Scholarship and Grant Reward Letters
Send in scholarship and grant award letters. All seniors who receive any scholarship or grant awards from any organization or college (whether or not they intend to enroll) must forward a copy of the award letter to our College Counseling Assistant, Mrs. Palopoli palopolik@lschs.org by Friday, April 23, 2021. Seniors, please remember to also forward all college acceptance letters to Mrs. Palopoli. Seniors are encouraged to inform teachers via email where they are going to college and thank the teachers who may have written letters of recommendation on their behalf if they have not already done so.

Final Semester - Keep Grades Up 
Admissions decisions are contingent on the successful completion of all course work.  Admissions officers reserve the right to question poor second semester performance and, in some cases, to reverse an admissions decision that has already been made. We have many examples of students whose grades dropped second semester resulting in their receiving letters from the college or university they planned to attend informing them their acceptance will now be re-considered.

Submit Admission and Housing Deposit
Please be aware that La Salle will send a final transcript in June to the one college that the La Salle graduate has deposited to. The National Reply/Matriculation Deposit Date is May 1, 2021. Most residence hall rooms are assigned on a first-come first-served basis, so send the housing deposit as soon as possible. Some colleges are hosting on campus tours and information sessions for accepted students. Many colleges are hosting virtual accepted student events throughout the spring as well as virtual tours of their campus. We encourage families to take advantage of these online opportunities. When in doubt, please contact the college or university directly for the most up to date information.

Do Not Double Deposit
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD A SENIOR ENROLL AND DEPOSIT AT MORE THAN ONE COLLEGE! Each year some seniors (and parents!) have a difficult time making up their minds about which college to enroll in after they have been accepted. Students may NOT send deposits to more than one college. This is called “double depositing” and is an unethical practice. Should the colleges involved determine that a student has “double deposited” the student’s admission may be jeopardized. This practice is unfair to other applicants. The “double depositor” is taking up a spot that could go to another student, who will instead be wait-listed or turned down. It is an acceptable practice to deposit at one college and maintain your name on a wait list at another. However, indicating to two colleges that you will be attending by sending deposits to both should not be considered.

Decline Admission Offers To Other Colleges
After the student has chosen, committed, and deposited to a college, he should write a brief email declining admission to colleges where he has been accepted but will not be attending. This will allow students on a wait list to be accepted and awarded the aid previously held for the accepted student. If a senior does not have the contact information for an admissions representative, he may send his response to the general admissions email.  Many colleges also offer the option to decline via the college’s own admission portal. This is an obligation to be taken seriously.  It enables other students who may be “wait listed” to move up on that waiting list.

Understanding the wait list. Students who are waitlisted, who wish to still be considered for admission, should immediately respond to the college that they wish to remain on the waiting list. Please refer to the link Understanding the Wait List for more information. Students should also speak with their college counselor and email or send the local college representative for La Salle College High School a note letting the college admissions officer know how strongly they wish to attend that college. Students should also send their “3rd quarter” most recent senior grades to the college.

There’s money out there. Our college website, www.lschs.org/college has links to numerous scholarship search sites as well as a variety of posted scholarship opportunities.  Don’t miss out!


JUNIORS

Group Advisory Assignments

A wealth of information is available on the Internet about the College Search process.  A good starting site is our comprehensive website www.lschs.org/college.  The syllabus and relevant content for the College Counseling Group Advisory Pass/Fail class can be found in Open LMS. There have been three assignments so far. These assignments are a building block for the college search and application process.  They are a step-by-step way of managing the process in an effective way. The student’s level of engagement will affect the outcome of the college search and admission process.  Failure to complete ALL the assignments results in a failing grade for the class.

Virtual College Fairs
The Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) is hosting multiple virtual college fairs in April and June. The program will allow students and their families to hear from a multitude of different universities and obtain valuable postsecondary information. Recordings are also available from the Fall 2020 sessions.

Six of the nation's top liberal arts colleges—Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams—are joining forces to host two events for juniors and
their families to help answer questions about the college search process:

Junior Jumpstart
April 20, 2021 at 8:00 pm or April 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Navigating and Belonging: A Special Session for First-Generation and Low-Income Students
May 24, 2021 at 8:00 pm or May 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Students and parents are encouraged to check each college’s admission website for updates on available in-person information sessions and campus tours. Many colleges reserve the month of April for admitted senior events. If a college has cancelled on campus admission events for the spring semester, we highly encourage juniors to take advantage of virtual campus tours which most colleges offer on their admission website. We also suggest visiting www.campustours.com and www.youvisit.com/collegesearch

Course Registration and Grades
For detailed information, please refer to the email you received from Mr. Whitney.
Course registration for senior year began Tuesday, March 9, 2021 and juniors were expected to select their courses by Friday, March 26, 2021. Juniors received an overview of the course selection process in Group Advisory class in late February/early March. Since many admission decisions will be based on the junior year GPA in college preparatory courses, we suggest that students take their academic responsibilities most seriously as we head towards the end of the second semester.  While participation in activities is a factor used to tip the scales in the admission process, primary focus is on the student’s cumulative GPA and SAT or ACT scores.

Standardized Testing
Compass Education Group recently hosted a discussion on college admission testing and the increase in test-optional colleges. We expect most colleges and universities to remain test-optional for the 2021-2022 admission cycle.

Juniors are encouraged to take a practice test to find out which standardized test they may possibly perform better in. Most test prep companies, including Kaplan, offer these evaluations for free. Now that students have taken the PSAT, many of them will want to decide which test they should take next, the SAT or ACT. Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board to offer free test preparation.

When registering for the SAT or ACT, the student is reminded to use his legal name, the name that is on his transcript, to avoid confusion in the college application process. Also, we recommend that students use suitable email addresses (preferably their La Salle school email) when corresponding with colleges keeping in mind the impressions they are creating. Our school code – 393370 – should be entered on the registration so the college counselors receive the test scores.

Junior are reminded to save a graded paper for your college applications next year. You may need to provide a writing sample to colleges that require it especially if you are applying test-optional to that college.

An important reminder as the semester progresses: GPA, rigor of curriculum, and standardized tests are the top three criteria for admission to college. Spring is the time for renewed motivation and best effort. It is also time to think about asking a teacher, preferably from a core academic subject area from junior year, to consider writing a letter of recommendation for senior year college applications. Remember that writing letters of recommendation is a very time-consuming and is a voluntary service on the part of our faculty.

NCAA
Students who are planning to participate in Division I or II athletics in college must complete the online NCAA Eligibility and request that a transcript be sent. Email Mrs. Palopoli palopolik@lschs.org with any questions. Transcripts will be sent to the NCAA upon request and again after graduation. The Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete and the Eligibility Quick Reference Sheet are useful tools in navigating the process. The minimum GPA to participate in Division I collegiate athletics as a freshman is 2.30.

College Costs
With the costs of education increasing, now is a good time to investigate Federal Student Aid, scholarship programs and research comprehensive information about financial aid at www.lschs.org/college. Please avail of the Net Price Calculator tools that all colleges provide on their websites.

Parents, if you have not yet done so already, please complete the Parent Perspective and College Criteria form as soon as possible.

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