There is a lot to do in September for seniors preparing to submit college applications. Here’s a checklist to help you stay on track. Most Northwood School students take five classes. I tell them that college applications is like a sixth class, at least for the first three months. Give your applications and the college search 30-45 minutes a day these first three months, and you’ll be fine.

  • Make sure you know who your college counselor is. See Mr. Spear or Mrs. Moore in the College Guidance office if you don’t.
  • Log in to the Family Connection (Naviance) site. Update your “Colleges I’m Thinking About” list.
  • Attend some of the many sessions with college admissions representatives who visit campus.
  • Meet with your counselor; discuss early decision and early action; finalize list of colleges. Bring a list of colleges to which you may apply with you to your meeting with your college counselor.
  •  If applicable, meet with your coach(es) to discuss possible good-match colleges.
  • If you expect to compete in Division I or II intercollegiate athletics, register with the NCAA Eligibility  Center, if you have not done so yet: www.eligibilitycenter.org.
  •  Write two college essays. Ask your English teacher to review and make suggestions. Your English teacher will assign at least one college essay in the first quarter.
  •  Collect all application forms, including supplements. Learn which colleges accept the Common Application (see www.commonapp.org) and what application supplements those colleges require.
  • Create a CommonApp account, if you haven’t already.
  •  Register for the ACT. Go to http://www.actstudent.org/.  Register for the October test date. Our school code is 332-760. The test center is Northwood School and that code is 181280. THE DEADLINE IS FRIDAY SEPT. 27. Print TWO COPIES of your admission ticket. Give one to Mrs. Moore, the college guidance assistant, and keep one for yourself. You may also email a copy of the admission ticket to Mrs. Moore:moorek@northwoodschool.com. ober? Register for the December test.Can’t take the ACT in October? Consider taking it in December.
  • Register for the SAT. Go to www.collegeboard.org. Register for the dates listed below. Our school code is 332-760. Print TWO COPIES of your admission ticket. Give one to Mrs. Moore, the college guidance assistant, and keep one for yourself. You may also email a copy of the admission ticket to Mrs. Moore: moorek@northwoodschool.com.
    • Girls Hockey: November in Saranac Lake ( center code: 33836). Also take it in October in Saranac Lake (test center code: 33836) if you need to take the SAT twice or you need to take the Subject Test(s) in addition to the SAT.
    • Boys Hockey: December at Northwood (test center code: 33542). If you plan to apply early decision and/or you need to take a subject test, also register for the October test in Saranac Lake (test center code: 33836) or the November test, but the junior and prep teams have conflicts during the November test.
    • Everyone else: November in Saranac Lake (test center code: 33836). You’ll be able to take the test again in December and/or January if you wish to re-test.
  • Think about which teacher may write your college recommendations. (One English and one science or math).
  • Log in to Family Connection and follow this link to waive your right to see your teacher recommendations. Why waive your right? Read this. While you are there, also enter your Common App user name and password, so that Northwood can electronically submit your transcripts, recommendations and other necessary documents.

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