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College Counseling: Senior Year

Your senior year is the culmination of your high school career. It is an exciting time, yet can often be stressful and overwhelming. Manage your time carefully and align your priorities accordingly. Most importantly, enjoy your senior year!

September

  • MEET WITH YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR AND COLLEGE COUNSELOR
  • Finalize teacher recommendations.
    • Review college choices, application process, and application deadlines.
  • Attend Senior College Information Night at the Academy of Notre Dame.
  • Consider re-testing (SAT, Subject Tests, ACT) if necessary.
  • Continue to complete applications as indicated by the college counseling office. See College Application Process.
  • Continue to work on essays and have at least two people proofread.
  • Meet with college representatives who visit the Academy of Notre Dame. See Naviance for an updated list of visits.
  • Explore financial opportunities. See Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • Complete CSS/PROFILE if needed for a particular college. Visit www.collegeboard.com.
  • Continue participation in co-curricular activities.
  • DOUBLE-CHECK EARLY DECISION AND EARLY ACTION APPLICATION DEADLINES.
  • Plan to attend financial planning nights.

October

  • Complete FAFSA and FSA ID request 
  • Complete applications for rolling admissions, early decision, and early action.
  • Explore financial opportunities. See Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • Meet with college representatives who visit Academy of Notre Dame. Visit Naviance for an updated list.
  • Submit a copy of any Merit-Based Scholarships you’ve received to the College Counseling Office.
  • Plan to attend financial planning nights.

November

  • Complete remaining applications.
  • Explore financial opportunities. See Financial Aid and Scholarships and attend financial planning nights.
  • Submit a copy of any Merit-Based Scholarships you’ve received to College Counseling Office.

December

  • Finish all college applications
  • Write thank-you notes to teachers who have written you letters of recommendation.
  • Explore financial opportunities. See Financial Aid and Scholarships.
    • Submit a copy of any Merit-Based Scholarships you’ve received to the College Counseling Office.

January

  • Seniors hear from Academy of Notre Dame recent graduates about their college experience.
  • Explore financial opportunities. See Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • Mid-year grade reports are submitted to Common App schools, request any optional reports to be sent.
  • Submit a copy of any Merit-Based Scholarships you’ve received to the College Counseling Office.

February–April

  • Make final campus visits if needed.
  • Notify colleges of any decisions or changes.
  • Submit a copy of any Merit-Based Scholarships you’ve received to the College Counseling Office.

May–June

  • AP Exam administered. Note: AP scores will be available by June or July.
  • Notify college of your decision to attend or not. (NO LATER THAN MAY 1.)
  • Send in confirmation and housing deposits.
  • Graduate from the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur!!!

Preparing for College

You are preparing for college every day at Notre Dame! Taking challenging courses and participating in meaningful activities at Notre Dame is the best way to prepare for college. Explore the following links to learn more!

College Application Process (Part 1)
Understanding How Colleges Admit Students

Each of the following criteria may be considered by colleges or universities when making admission decisions:

  • Academic Transcript and Course Selection
  • Special Talents and Interests
    • Fine and Performing Arts: If you are interested in performing at the college level, please notify your college counselor and current teacher in the area of interest.
    • Athletes: If you are interested in participating in collegiate athletics, please notify your college counselor and current coach. Also visit www.eligibilitycenter.org to learn about the eligibility and recruitment process.
    • Please note: Colleges may also give consideration to applicants based on ethnicity, legacy or alumni status, and numerous other factors.

Constructing a College List

Each student is encouraged to begin constructing her college list in the spring of her junior year. Based on the information gathered through college exploration, students should have preliminary lists of colleges and universities that match their desired interests. During college counseling courses in the spring of the junior year, a college counselor will be available to help. Students may also use Naviance to assist them in constructing their lists.

Upcoming Events

 

    • MonAug27 Information Night for Prospective NCAA Student-Athletes 6:30 PM
    • TueSep11 Senior Parent College Night 7:00 PM
    • TueOct02 Senior Financial Planning Night 7:00 PM
    • SunOct14 NACAC College Fair

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The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school, commits itself to the education of young women of grades 6 through 12 for responsible living in a global society.

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