Step One: Take Time to Think
are you going to college? Do you want to learn a particular skill or train for
a specific career? Or do you want a more general education before making career
decisions? The more you know about yourself, the easier it will be to decide
what type of college best fits your needs.
Step Two: Consider
Your Needs and Preferences
differ in both major and minor ways. It is up to you to discover the
differences and to decide which are important to you.
Step Three: Research
that you have decided the characteristics you would like your college to have,
you need to start identifying schools that match those characteristics. The counseling office is a good place to begin. Talk with your
counselor about the types of colleges you are considering. Your counselor is
familiar with many universities, colleges, and two-year schools and may
immediately be able to give you some suggestions to research.
Take Entrance Exams
Make plans to take the appropriate college entrance exams, such as the SAT I. Attend the college fair
held at CDO in the Fall.
the counseling office doesn't have catalogs or brochures for the colleges you are researching,
simply go online to their websites
and research or ask for additional information. Colleges are more than
happy to send information to prospective students.
with admissions officers
admissions representatives visit CDO, so make the time to meet with the representatives of colleges you
think you might like to
attend. They can provide valuable information and personal insight. Upcoming
visits are posted on the
counseling offices main window. All check your email often as counselor email college visit schedules. If there is a college rep
you would like to see, come and get a pass from the counseling office.
is no substitute for seeing firsthand the place you may be spending the next
two to four years. So if you have the opportunity, VISIT!
Step Four: Narrow
Look over your
list of colleges and eliminate those that no longer interest you. If you
haven't yet visited a college that still does interest you, make arrangements
to do so. If the college is too far away to visit, call to ask if it is
possible to have an interview with an alumnus/alumna who lives in our area.
Your final list of colleges should include:
1. At least one school you are sure will accept you-known as a
2. One or more schools where you have a 50-50 chance of admission.
3. One or more "long shots"-schools that
receive many more applications from qualified applicants than they can accept,
but where you have a chance of being admitted.
Step Five: Submit
Complete Schools Application or the Common Application if accepted
Complete Essay/Personal Statement if required.
Get recommendation from counselor if required
Teacher recommendations if required
Request Transcripts to be sent to schools you are applying to
Send your SAT or ACT to your chosen schools
PAY ATTENTION TO DEADLINES. OFTEN TIMES THE FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DATE IS SOONER THAN THE SCHOOL'S GENERAL APPLICATION DATE.
Step Six: Apply for
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please refer to our Financial Aid pages by click here
For scholarships, please refer to our Scholarship Bulletin put out monthly
Step Seven: Final
a college notifies you of acceptance and you plan to attend, inform the college of your decision. If you decide not to attend, please also inform them of your decision so that they can offer a spot to another potential student. The National Acceptance Deadline is May 1st.
Reference: College application process. Retrieved from Olympia High School.