College Counseling Update – May 2020
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Students may contact their college counselor to schedule a virtual chat with any questions or concerns before the end of the school year Friday, May 22, 2020. The College Counselors will also host a few virtual "Coffee with the College Counselors" throughout the summer. You can stay informed throughout the summer by following one of our social media platforms and visiting www.lschs.org/college. If there is an issue that needs immediate attention during the summer please call the College Counseling Assistant, Mrs. Katie Palopoli at (215) 402-4849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep in mind that there will be times during the summer when Mrs. Palopoli will not be available. Unofficial transcripts will be available for rising seniors to download through the student portal beginning in mid-June.
It has been a pleasure to work with you though this process. We have been humbled by the resiliency you have shown throughout the past couple months as you had to make your final college decision during unprecedented times. We wish you all the best and are available in the future should you need any assistance.
A final transcript will be sent in mid-June by the College Counseling Office to the ONE college where you are enrolling so it is important that seniors notify Mrs. Palopoli of their final choice by updating their SCOIR account. We have many examples of colleges that have reconsidered or rescinded admissions decision due to a downturn in senior year grades. Please make sure that you finish the year strong to avoid any negative consequences.
Be prepared to enroll at ONE college by that college’s registration deadline. May 1, 2020 is the date viewed by the collegiate community as the universal reply date for regular admission. Please check with your college to see if the deadline was extended and if you need to request the extension. You will be required to send an admission and/or housing deposit to confirm your enrollment intentions. Under no circumstances should you enroll and deposit at more than one college!
Financial Aid Webinars
Representatives from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Agency (PHEAA) will be providing an overview of how to apply for all types of financial aid, including completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required to determine eligibility for most student aid programs such as the Pennsylvania State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, institutional offers, and federal student and parent loans. This will also be a great opportunity to have PHEAA representatives answer questions you may have.
Click Here to register for the May 7, 2020 webinar from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Click Here to register for the May 14, 2020 webinar from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Click Here to register for the May 21, 2020 webinar from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
College Counseling Group Advisory
Since January through mid-March, the College Counselors have met with juniors once a cycle in the student advisory classes and personally in one on one meetings about the college search process. Since then, we have continued to post relevant college counseling material in Blackboard and have met with students virtually to answer any specific questions they may have. Topics covered have been:
- Explanation of the college search and application process
- The Common Application www.commonapp.org
- Anatomy of an admission decision
- Transcript of all grades
- Information available at www.lschs.org/college
- Use of SCOIR
- Selection of courses for senior year
- Difference between the SAT/ACT
- Test optional colleges
- Reflection on experience at La Salle
- Self-survey for the College Bound
- Creating a personal profile
- Activities resumes
- Letters of recommendation
- Writing an application essay|
- Defining their ideal college
- Creating a college list
- College compare and contrast
- Learning from campus visits
- Types of applications
- College costs and financial aid
- Net Price Calculator
- Application process at La Salle
- Career information
Students have created biographical, academic and activities profiles and are writing on topics of essays commonly required for college applications. The thoughtful completion of these assignments will help the student be prepared for the college application process. In order to earn a passing grade in Group Advisory, the Junior Survey Part 1, 2, 3, and 4 must be submitted in SCOIR, as well as the Self-Survey for the College-Bound, and all outstanding items included in the PowerPoints in Blackboard by Sunday, May 10, 2020. Failure to complete assignments will result in summer remediation that includes a remediation fee.
Applying to Colleges
The Application Process at La Salle can be found at www.lschs.org/college which contains a wealth of information about the college search and application process. Please note that the earliest date that your son should submit an application to college is Friday, September 11, 2020. If a college uses The Common Application (accepted by close to 900 colleges and universities) then students must apply using The Common Application. We strongly encourage students to meet with their college counselor when school starts in the fall prior to submitting their applications.
The Senior College Counseling Group Advisory Class will start Thursday, August 27, 2020 and the College Counselors will take the students, step-by-step, through the college application process in general and specifically the application process here at La Salle College High School. We will be filling out The Common Application during X days, as well as Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 in the month of September. The College Counselors will host a Senior Parent College Q & A Night at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
Any student who has not yet visited a college campus is encouraged to do so over the summer and early fall (pending lockdown restrictions). Most colleges have also dramatically overhauled their virtual tours and are offering live information sessions and one on one meetings via Zoom, etc. Check out Chapter 6, Learning from Campus Visits, in College Match, the book required for advisory class. We also encourage students and parents to read Chapter 8, The Admission Process Revealed, in College Match.
Increasing numbers of students are applying Early Decision or Early Action in the fall (typically over 80% of the senior class) and that has an impact on the timing of college visits and SAT/ACT examinations. These official early application deadlines can range from October 15th to November 15th. You can see the deadlines for each college on their admission website or for a handy excel spreadsheet of deadlines please visit the Common App Requirements Grid.
COVID-19 has directly impacted the administration of the SAT and ACT. Standardized testing – try not to stress about postponed or cancelled test dates in the spring. The ACT, SAT, and colleges will attempt to be as flexible as possible in offering opportunities to take the exams. There are also over 1,000 test optional colleges including hundreds that will be test optional for the upcoming year. When registering for the SAT or ACT, your son 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.
Thank you to the parents of juniors who took the time to complete the Parent Perspective forms sent to you in January. If you have not yet done so already, please complete the Parent Perspective and College Criteria form as soon as possible. This information will help us counsel your sons by keeping your input in mind.
One year from now your sons will have deposited at a college or university. Their success depends on how well they have developed their talents during these past years and how much they invest themselves in the college search and application process. We encourage them to make good use of their time this summer and return in the fall prepared to make applications to colleges on a timely basis.