Here is a quick overview of Northwood School’s program about the colleges search and application process for Juniors.

headed for college1) Monday, November 13: Taking Stock

  • Where are you?
  • The Junior Timeline
  • The Great Sorting Game
  • Homework: Resume worksheet


2) Monday, December 11: What, When, Who?

  • Understanding your PSAT results
  • Your “Team”
  • Family Connection
  • Homework: Log into Family Connection


3) Wednesday, January 3: Standardized Testing

  • SAT vs. ACT
  • Other Tests
  • Testing Timetable
  • Khan Academy and other test prep
  • Homework: Take SAT and ACT diagnostic Tests


4) Tuesday, January 23: The College Search     Bring your laptops!

  • Making a Match
  • Research Colleges
  • Homework: Use Family Connection. Make a list of prospective colleges.



5) Tuesday, February 13:  College athletics and getting recruited

  • What is the difference between DI, DII, and DIII schools, in terms of competitiveness and scholarship possibilities/lack thereof?
  • How does the NCAA clearinghouse/ eligibility work?
  • Picking a School for Academic and Athletic Reasons: How would you feel if you went to a certain school for a sport and did not make the team or got injured? Pick a school that is a fit in every way, not just athletically.


6) Tuesday, February 27: Making the Most of a Visit

  • Visit Checklists
  • Reno will speak.
  • Homework: Go for at least one college visit. Keep a journal and take notes on the visit(s).  The Northwood College Guidance Office will offer the following trip options:
  1. a) University of Vermont and St. Michaels.
  2. b) St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam
  3. c) Siena and Albany


7) Tuesday, March 20: The Application

  • Decision Plans
  • Common Application
  • Recommendation
  • Homework: Complete the Common Application on Paper, except for the essays.


8) Wednesday, April 18: The Essay

  • What is a good topic?
  • Homework: Write a practice Essay in Your English class.


9) Wednesday, May 2: The Interview

  • Types of Interviews.
  • How to present yourself.
  • Practice Interview Questions.
  • Homework: Make a list of plans for the summer. Accomplish all of the tasks on your summer list.

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