SENIORS Class of 2022 – Last Minute – COMMON APP QUESTIONS
College Admissions College Applications Common App 2021-22
Some last minute questions!
??? “I cannot submit my application because my teachers haven’t submitted their recommendations and/or I’m retaking the SAT/ACT and awaiting my new scores”
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE-hit the submit button. Your application can be submitted prior to the receipt of any external supporting documents (i.e., teacher recs, transcripts and test scores).
Please re-read my note on test optional policies- noting the wide variation in interpretation and expectations. If you are still testing- go ahead and submit your application- followed by sending official scores when available but by the due date. Note that each college will list the last acceptable test dates on websites.
Test scores can be reported on your applications or this section can be left blank since official scores are required regardless of what you’ve entered within your application portals. Scores are sent through the College Board and ACT – and there is a cost.
??? Do I have to send all my SAT/ ACT scores?
Please read — Super Score & Score Choice – my blog a few weeks ago
???? “Where / When do I sign up for alumni/ admissions interviews? – College Admissions?”
This process varies across colleges. If interviews are optional – treat this as required as any additional opportunities to showcase your strengths and demonstrate genuine interest should not be overlooked. For example, some colleges such as Johns Hopkins allow you to request an interview prior to submitting your actual application.
As a Cornell University alumni interviewer, I can assure you there is very little you could say to adversely impact your chances. We recognize some students are nervous. This is an opportunity to learn more about the college. I cannot think of any of my peers who would go out of their way to sabotage your application. At worst, you’ll get a lukewarm report and at best, you may bond so strongly with an “influential” alumni to receive a positively glowing interview report. The impact of your interview on the admissions decision is very small.
Your interview will be virtual – so it’s really important that you aren’t sitting in your bedroom – but in a professional setting free of distractions and other household noise.
If it is a minor error, let it go rather than calling attention to the situation. If you have concerns on what is defined as “minor” -ask your GC or me and we can determine if notification is helpful or harmful. If you made a typo- official scores and transcripts will be received. Keep in mind, your reader will spend 5 to 10 minutes on your file == outside of a glaring spelling error, not likely to be a headache.
??? We’re probably not eligible for financial aid. Are there any scholarships?
Yes there are many unique merit based and need based forms of aid. If you need assistance with finding and applying for scholarships or completing your FAFSA/CSS Profiles, please reach out to discuss your unique situation.
You will be surprised to know that financial aid is likely for many families. I can assist you with determining your eligibility — please don’t rule out applying for financial aid. The most common misconceptions that lead families to avoid applying are those dealing with parental income vs. assets as well as divorce/blended family situations. Give me a call to discuss your unique situation.
There’s always a quality university thrilled to have your student attend- it may be less selective than your initial dreams but nonetheless a fine option and having options is important in shaping your balanced college list. I cannot overstate the importance of having a financial safety for the unexpected bumps of life!
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