November 1st marks the largest of the college application deadlines for Archmere students. Over 90% of seniors have an application submitted by this date and the Office will process over 1,000 application requests. Students are spending the final days before this early deadline finalizing essays and proof-reading their applications.
It’s fall application and meeting session time in the College Counseling Office. All seniors are required to meet with their college counselor to finalize their application plan as October 15th and November 1st deadlines are right around the corner. Over the next six weeks, the Office will process approximately 1,000 application requests.
As May 1 approached in the College Counseling Office we asked seniors to list the mascot and nicknames of the college they were attending on our office graffiti board. Our Auks will be future Gauchos and Garnet, Cardinal and Orange, Crimson Tide, Flyers, Spartans, and even a Fighting Engineer! Like the classes before them, they will always be bound together as Auks.
We are quickly approaching the universally practiced May 1st enrollment deposit deadline day. This is the date that most colleges guarantee their offers until and thus the date when students must decide where they are matriculating.
The months of March and April are some of the busiest for college visit centers. Caravans of high school juniors on Spring and Easter Break are taking advantage of vacations to visit potential future homes. Accepted seniors return to campuses to finalize their enrollment choices, and even eager and accelerated sophomores and freshman (or perhaps it’s motivated and eager parents of freshman and sophomores pushing the visits) are dipping their toes into the search process. They will be wooed with promotional videos, impressed by admission presentations full of stories of success and opportunities, and will be comforted by scripted backward-walking campus Sherpas pointing out the latest capital projects and impressive facilities such as lazy rivers, brand new labs, and Jack-and-Jill bathrooms that are cleaned daily. And while the visit experience is a nice introduction to a college, students need to get beyond the controlled messages and see things for themselves. To do this I recommend: getting lost, a family scavenger hunt, and relaxing in your future living room. Let me explain.
The last round of decisions will be coming up for seniors as we quickly approach the May 1 enrollment deposit deadline. We encourage seniors to make final visits to college options, attend accepted student programs, and ask questions when they have them.
All juniors have completed an introductory meeting with College Counseling and family meetings have begun this week. The Class of 2019 can schedule individual meetings with their college counselor and at least one parent during a free period or after school by visiting https://pickatime.com/client?ven=11607878&event=320493.
Almost all introductory student meetings have been completed as well as the second parent night. We’d like to take an opportunity to thank students and parents for their understanding and flexibility in regards to all the required rescheduling because of the weather.
Snow days, late starts, and periods of cabin fever are a perfect excuse to commence conversations about summer plans. WARNING: Please do not start this discussion with your college counselor like this, “Will a college like to see this summer experience on my application?” If the non-verbal response isn’t an eye rolling, someone has an excellent poker face. You should do things that feed an interest over the summer.