deadlinesYesterday was November 2, the early decision/early action application deadline for many colleges and universities in the United States. 40% 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:

  • Sending Test Scores
  • Is Part of Your Application Really Missing?
  • Keep Your Family Connection List Up-To-Date
  • Paying for College
  • Registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center
  • 15 Points to Ponder When Choosing a College
  • They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.
  • The November Checklist


scoresSending 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. Northwood does not send test scores to colleges.


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.

Keep Your Family Connection List Up-To-Date
Seniors 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.


Paying for College

College is a big investment—don’t jump in without doing your homework. Please carefully read Financial Aid Timeline (and Resources) to learn what you should be doing when. My web site has a lot more information about scholarships and financial aid. Read More.

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.

They 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


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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