Information for the Class of 2020
MONTHLY COLLEGE OFFICE NEWSLETTERS:
- Narrow your college choices. Please keep in mind the following three categories: Reach, Target and Safety schools. Be sure to have an appropriate amount of safety choices.
- You should have already made a NAVIANCE account. Please build your prospective list of college choices in “college’s I’m thinking about.” Conduct college searches using “Super Match.”
- Sign up for text messages from the College Office by texting @murrow2020 to 81010.
- Don’t stress over declaring a major. College is about finding yourself. Most colleges are extremely well-rounded and offer over 100 majors to choose from. Please keep in mind that you do not have to declare a major until the end of your sophomore year in college. This gives you plenty of time to explore your options.
- Visit colleges if you haven’t already done so.
- SAVE THE DATE – The Senior Class College Application Process Workshop for Parents & Students will be held the evening of Thursday, September 26th, 2019 at 6:00PM in the auditorium. Invitation to follow.
- SAT and ACT Registration Dates:
SAT Test Dates: Oct. 5, 2019; Nov. 2, 2019; Dec. 7, 2019; www.collegeboard.org
ACT Test Dates: Oct. 26, 2019; Dec. 14, 2019 www.actstudent.org
- Familiarize yourself with the admissions requirements for each college choice. Be sure to find out if the colleges require the SAT Subject exams.
- Become acquainted with the online application process. Visit the CUNY website at www.cuny.edu/admissions/undergraduate for a preview of the CUNY online freshman application. Check out www.suny.edu for the SUNY application information.
- For most private colleges, become acquainted with the Common Application. A sample of the instructions for the “Common App” can be found on the web at www.commonapp.org. Be mindful that most of the colleges using the Common Application will require supplements. Supplemental forms differ for each college institution and must be completed along with the application. If the required supplement is not submitted, the application is rendered incomplete. If the college you are interested in is not listed on the Common App website, please visit the official website for the school and apply directly.
- Consider carefully, if you intend to submit an Early Decision/Early Action application. Understand that “Early” doesn’t mean it is “easier” to get in. Early admissions policies are designed for students who are meeting the criteria for admissions into their top choice school.
- To comply with colleges’ due dates and to ensure that your application is received prior to their deadline, the College Office has implemented specific submission deadline dates: Type of Application Online College Application Due Date College Office Deadline:
SUNY & Private – Oct. 1st September 16
Early Decision/Action November 1-15 September 30
Regular Decision December 1-February 1 SCS Appointments TBA
- Draft your college essay now! This is the biggest stress of all. Having at least a rough draft by September will ease your anxieties. Please see the essay prompts below. You only have to choose one topic, 650 words max. This one essay is applicable to all colleges in the CUNY, SUNY and Private/Out of State Public college sector.
1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
- Begin exploring financial aid options at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Financial Aid Evening Workshop for Parents & Students –November 21st, 2019 at 6:00PM.
- Continue volunteering. Many scholarship opportunities will be available for those students who have a commitment to service.
- Have your resume of activities updated and ready. Utilize NAVIANCE for assistance. It is extremely resourceful!
Although this might seem like a daunting task, it is possible to complete the application process successfully and with less stress if you begin the preparation over the summer. Dedicating a minimal amount of your time will greatly benefit you in the fall. Have a wonderful summer!
Helpful Phone Numbers:
CUNY 212-997-2869 SUNY 800-342-3811 FAFSA 800-433-3243 COLLEGE BOARD 866-756-7346