January Family meetings for juniors continue.
January 23 Evening start time TBA, RACC College Fair at Novato High School. This fair features out-of-state colleges interested in California students.
February 12 Santa Rosa Junior College math placement test for seniors at Credo
February 21 SAVE the DATE! For an evening to learn more about colleges and programs for teens. This event is make-up from our cancelled October event. A small college, adventure learning and service fair will be from 6-7 pm. Two 25-minute information sessions will follow and will include Colleges That Change Lives, Finding Financially Friendly Schools, The WUE and Study Abroad.
March 26 at 8:00 am Credo College Coffee Klatch: Comparing College Offers
College visits on campus have concluded for the fall. Watch for new opportunities in 2018.
NOW: Students and a parent should both create an FSA ID right now. These unique credentials will allow you to access Federal Student Aid's documents and are required as your electronic signature on the FAFSA. Parents should file the FAFSA if they haven’t already.
February, March, April: Many summer programs have deadlines coming up shortly.
April 1: National Notification Date. All admissions decisions from colleges should be received by this date.
May 1: Candidate’s Reply Date. Students must inform colleges of their intent to attend and deposit.
Tips for Seniors:
Most, or all, of your application work should now be behind you. Put the finishing touches on any remaining applications and hit “send.” Now take a few moments to pen a thank you note to your recommenders or anyone else who really helped out during this process. If you have received any early admissions decisions, let them know the outcome. Your teachers, coaches and bosses really are interested so don’t be coy.
An Introduction to: College Visits
Because so much information is so readily available online, some parents and students think college visits are not terribly valuable. But visits really give you a feel for the academic and social culture of a school. Many students have a strong reaction to a campus when they visit, and it isn’t always what they expect.
Sign up in advance for the official tour. You’ll find out what the college is proud of, gain access to dorms, classrooms and other places not open to the public and learn about special programs and facilities.
Go rogue too. Eat in the cafeteria, stop students and ask them what they like best and least about their college. Parents; back off for this.
Read. Check out the newspaper and pay attention to the fliers posted to learn about issues on campus and what students do for fun and care most about.
Interview if possible. This is usually only available to juniors and seniors and you must sign up in advance. Large public colleges may not offer interviews.
Jot down your thoughts. When you leave make some notes about the aspects of the campus that stood out, both positive and negative. These notes will help you keep different schools straight and be useful when you write the “Why This College?” supplement.
Say thank you. Address and stamp envelopes before your visit and write a thank you note to your interviewer or tour guide right away. Mention something specific you liked or loved about the school. Drop it in the first mailbox you see.