Friday was November 15, the early decision/early action application deadline for many colleges and universities in the United States. 25% of our students have submitted early decision or early action applications and many more of our students are well into the process of applying to colleges, including several who have already applied to their list of colleges.

In this issue: financial aid resources for parents; registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center; 15 Points to Consider When Choosing a College, SAT Subject Tests and the November checklist.

Paying for College

College is a big investment—don’t jump in without doing your homework. Learn about college costs, applying for scholarships and other types of financial aid, choosing the best aid package, taking out education loans, and paying the college bill. Just about every financial aid application will ask for information from your tax return(s), so do everything you can you prepare those early (you don’t need to submit them early). Read More.

Sending Test Scores

Remember that students are responsible for sending SAT, SAT Subject Test and ACT scores to colleges and universities that require them. Here are instructions for how to do that.

Keep Your Family Connection List Up-To-DateSeniors must keep up-to-date their Family Connection list of “Colleges I’m Applying to.” Here’s a quick checklist:

  • Every school you plan to apply to is on the list.
  • The correct type (ED, EA, RD) is chosen, so we know the correct deadline.
  • Choose “yes” if you are applying via the Common App. You should always apply via the Common App if it’s an option at the college.
  • Click “have you applied?” when you have submitted your application and select “I have submitted my application.”
  • Click “Request transcripts” (above the list) for every school to which you plan to apply.
  • Click “view detailed status” (above the list) to see what documents have been sent to the college from the Northwood College Counseling office.

Registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center

The NCAA Eligibility Center is an agency of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) that certifies the initial eligibility of all perspective student-athletes who register to compete as a freshman athlete at NCAA Division I and II member institutions. Any student-athlete who hopes to participate in Division I or II athletics should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of the junior year in high school, or at any point thereafter. Go to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

15 Points to Ponder When Choosing a College

We’ve all seen the lists by U.S. News & World Report, Petersons, Kiplinger, Forbes, and other companies in the business of ranking colleges., but no national ranking can tell you which college or university is the best match for you. Your interests, personality, talents, and career goals make any ranking have limited usefulness. This article covers 15 features you should consider when choosing a college or university.

twitter_facebook1They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.

As high school seniors work meticulously this month to finish their early applications to colleges, some may not realize that comments they casually make on social networks like Facebook and Twitter could negatively affect their prospects. In fact, new research from Kaplan Test Prep suggests that online scrutiny of college hopefuls is growing. Read More

SAT Subject Tests

Many of the country’s top colleges and top universities require SAT Subject Tests. Read more about the Subject Tests and which schools require them.

The November Checklist

Finalizing your list of schools, applying to colleges and universities, scheduling visits to campuses, thanking recommenders and keeping college coaches up-to-date are some of the items on the plate for this month. Check out the November checklist for seniors and PGs. There is a lot to do, and with the winter athletic seasons upon us, the time is tight for many of our students.

Thank you for your support, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!


John Spear
Director of College Counseling


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