The College Landscape: Now and Beyond
This workshop will look at how the pandemic has affected the class of 2022 and beyond from an admissions perspective. We will look at what role the SAT and ACT will play in the upcoming cycles and what exactly Test Optional means for students. The workshop will also take a deeper dive into the various application plans including Early Decision and Early Decision II, how best to capture a student’s organic talents and interests, and why getting an early jump on the admissions and application process might be more important than ever.
February 9, 2021
College Bound: An Overview
This introductory workshop will equip students and their families with the basic concepts of the college admissions process. Topics covered include preparing for college now, the SAT and ACT, basic college researching, the college application process, what colleges look for in an applicant, college majors, and a comprehensive college timeline for high school students.
March 9, 2021
Spotlight on the Essentials: The Common Application, Extracurricular Activities, and Recommendation Letters
Participants will learn the ins and outs of the Common Application, the application tool that allows students to apply to multiple colleges at the same time. Also, through clear examples, we will examine the best ways to shine a spotlight on a student's extracurricular activities. Finally, participants will learn who is best to write their college recommendation letters, how and when to approach them, and how self-reflection forms can ensure the best possible letters are written.
April 13, 2021
The Common Application Essay and the “Why This College” Supplemental Essay
The college essay and supplemental responses are an integral component of the college application process and the student’s big chance to let their voice be heard. After the high school transcript, and for some schools even the SAT or ACT scores, the essays are probably the most important piece of the college application. By using imagery and examples, students can recreate a small part of their life for the admissions officer. The purpose of the “Why us?” or “Why this college” essay is to demonstrate--through specific details and examples--why a student is a great match for a particular school. This webinar will be led by College Starter’s essay expert.