Dear Northwood Seniors (and your parents):

HappyNewYearHappy New Year! It’s January 13th, and nearly three-quarter of the members of the class of 2017 have submitted all or most of their college applications. Students returned to Northwood last week, and the big hockey tournament begins today.

Here are some of the topics I’ll be talking to seniors about during these next few weeks.

As always, see, call or email your college counselor when you need help!


John Spear
Director of College Counseling

Second Semester Checklist

Because most seniors are concluding the college application process, your next checklist encompasses the entire second semester. Read more.

The Class of 2017: Acceptances So Far

It’s very early to be reporting college/university acceptances. Next month the acceptances will start flowing in, but we do have some good news to report. Seniors have been admitted to the following schools:

  • Bard College
  • Boston University
  • Cornell University
  • Hamilton College
  • Ithaca College
  • Marist College
  • Miami University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Plymouth State University (2)
  • RPI (3 – all ED)
  • Saint Michael’s College
  • St. Lawrence University (4 – 3 ED)
  • Stevenson University
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY College of Envi Sci and Forestry
  • SUNY Fredonia
  • The University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota – Duluth
  • University of Vermont
  • Utica College (2)

Transcript Requests for All February Deadlines

Seniors submitting applications with February  deadlines need to turn in their Transcript Request Forms to the college counseling office no later than Friday, January 15th. If you have a January 15th deadline and haven’t turned in your Transcript Request Form see your counselor immediately.

Don’t Forget: Submit Test Scores

Arrange to have standardized test scores (that’s ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests and TOEFL, as necessary) sent to colleges/universities you’ve applied to. Here’s how.

Applying for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available to families in the fall, and all families intending to apply for financial aid should get started on this application right away. Most private colleges and universities require the CSS/PROFILE as well. See which colleges/universities require the PROFILE. Read more about financial aid.

Is Part of Your Application Really Missing?

You’ve sent out your last college application. You know that you’ve taken every step possible to provide thoughtful and complete application packets. Now it’s time to wait for the responses. Instead, you receive a letter saying that parts of your application are missing. Don’t worry; it happens. It doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is really missing. Usually it means the university is behind with data entry. First, log in to Family Connection and then check the Detailed Status page on Family Connection to see what Northwood’s college counseling office has sent. Then call the admissions office and tell them you are calling to “confirm that my application file is complete.

For a laugh, read “Before You Scream at Your School Counselor.

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