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Sample Schedule for the Juniors

Pursuing College Admissions
This detailed schedule is an example of the college planning process throughout the junior and senior years. Outside of the following ten formal meetings, EDvantage College Consulting completes hours of research, makes phone calls to college admissions representatives and local contacts, spends time preparing and revising your personal list of colleges, and answers various questions and issues that arise via email and phone communication.

The Intake Interview via phone/email (During Summer or Fall Semester of Jr. Yr.)
  • Discuss client’s current stage in educational or college search process.
  • Assist with course selection/planning
  • Begin discussing needs, desires, concerns, and questions of student.
  • Begin discussing needs, desires, concerns, and questions of parent.
  • Create college entrance examination taking timeline and provide advice for prep
  • Continue to assist with academic advising throughout first semester of jr. yr.
Meeting #1: Academic Profile and Beginning of College List Building (Second Semester Jr. Yr—Jan/Feb)
  • Review academic history (transcripts, test scores, current course placement)
  • Re-calculate GPA according to standards of most colleges
  • Discussion of students’ values, likes and dislikes, and overall feelings about school, self, and the world
  • Discuss overall factors important when choosing a college; prioritize
  • Assist with preparation of activities and honors resume to be included in college applications
  • Create “to do” list for student
  • Parents complete “Understanding Expectations” Survey
Meeting #2: Present Initial College List (via email or in person) (Feb/March of Jr. Yr)
  • Review current grades in courses
  • Provide initial list of colleges believed to be good matches (up to 20 schools if out of state colleges are included)
  • Discuss research process to help families better understand schools on list
  • Model the research process for one school from prepared list
  • Create “to do” list for student
  • Distribute Summer Program/Activities Survey (if applicable)
  • Provide recommendations on summer programs (if applicable)
Meeting #3: First Research Meeting and Plan Campus Visits* (March/April Jr. Yr)
  • Review current grades in courses
  • Discuss student’s research (via email and in person, if necessary)
  • Refine college list as necessary
  • Provide advice on college tours and how to make them successful
  • Assist with basics of planning campus visits over Spring Break and/or before the summer
  • Create “to do” list for student
  • Discuss Athletic Recruitment (Discussions with coaches, cover letters, athletic resumes, follow-up process)
Meeting #4: Second Research Meeting Following Campus Visits (May of Jr. Yr.)
  • Continue to discuss student’s perception of schools
  • Revision of college list based on college visits and research
  • Discuss future college visits
  • Discuss finalized summer plans
  • Discuss NCAA Clearinghouse (if applicable)
  • Create “to do” list for student
Meeting #5: Finalizing College List and Understanding College Applications (Summer prior to the Senior Year—July)
  • Review final resume
  • Review transcript that includes all junior year grades
  • Review newest test scores
  • Re-evaluate and color code final college list
  • Explain Common Application Process
  • Brainstorm to help student understand application essay prompts and assist with selection of themes/ideas
  • Provide student with specific essays topics related to colleges of interest. Up to 2 application essays will be reviewed at next meeting.
  • Provide general guidelines and advice related to what admissions readers look for in the student application essay
  • Explain the Common Application and discuss this application format in detail
  • Create “to do” list for student
Meeting #6: Revising Essays/Applications, Organizing Timelines (August)
  • Assist student with editing and revision of up to two application essays
  • Proofread final Common Application
  • Provide specific senior year calendar based on schools of choice outlining all college admissions related deadlines
  • Assemble recommendation packets for teachers and provide advice on how to get the most effective teacher recommendations
  • Create “to do” list for student
Meetings #7, #8, #9: The Final Deadlines (September/October/November)
  • Discussion of what to expect during college admissions interviews
  • Provide students with sample list of questions used during interviews
  • Review college admissions interview student responses and brainstorm
  • Review up to 6 student-prepared final applications/essays
  • Teach student what follow-up paperwork must be sent to the schools of choice
  • Continue to provide updates, assistance, editing, revision of applications until December 15th
  • Create “to do” list for student
Meeting #10:Staying the Course (Optional: February)
  • Review semester grades and current progress reports
  • Discuss “senioritis” and college admission philosophies regarding performance in the senior year
  • Begin the conversation about the realities of college acceptance and denial
Meeting #11: Planning Your Next Move (Optional: April)
  • Discuss options after letters of acceptance are received
  • Provide advice on making the final college selection.
  • Review formal Statement of Intent to Register

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