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College Counseling

The Process

Episcopal's residential community provides opportunities for the college counselors to work closely with students. As a result, the counselors know the students well, and can advocate strongly and work diligently to convey each student's strengths.
Students are encouraged to consider a wide range of possible college choices, exploring everything from what fields of study interest them to what type of campus community appeals to them, ultimately leading towards discovering the best match between student and college.

The College Counseling Office provides research tools, and guides students in using the Internet to gain information about colleges, scholarships, and standardized (SAT and ACT) testing.

Yearly Planner Timetable

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the College Counseling Office resources at any time. Our formal college planning process takes place in the following stages:

List of 4 items.

  • Freshman Year

    Top priority freshman year is for students to concentrate on academics and making a smooth transition to boarding school life. 

    FALL 
    • Invited and encouraged to attend the College Fair (mid-October).
    SPRING 
    • Work with advisor to develop sophomore course plan.
    • Explore personal interests and activities at EHS .
  • Sophomore Year

    Fall Semester
    • Attend the College Fair in October (required). More than 200 colleges are represented at the fair.
    • Take the PSAT (required).
    • Consider taking the practice ACT offered at Episcopal (optional).
    Spring Semester 
    • Sophomore class meeting to introduce students to Naviance - a comprehensive website designed to help students and parents explore colleges and careers. It is linked to Naviance, which the college counselors use to track and analyze college admission data. Each sophomore student and parent is provided a personal access code and instructions for logging into Naviance.
    • Work with advisor to develop junior year course plan and begin planning standardized testing timeline.
    • Meet with a college counselor (required).
    • Explore summer opportunities that complement your interests and passions.
  • Junior Year

    September 
    • Meet with visiting college representatives during free periods. (Typically, representatives from more than 75 colleges come to campus and meet with interested students in the fall.) 
    October
    • Take the PSAT.
    • Attend the College Fair. More than 200 colleges are represented.
    • Consider taking the practice ACT offered at Episcopal (optional).
    December
    • Attend the Overview of College Counseling workshop to review functionality of Naviance and the standardized testing timeline.
    January
    • Attend the Nuts and Bolts of College Counseling workshop. Topics include researching colleges, visiting campuses, and planning your standardized testing timeline. There is also a laptop tutorial on Naviance and its web-based college research and test prep resources.
    • Juniors receive individual college counselor assignments. 
    • Students complete the Rising Senior Questionnaire and schedule their first meeting with their college counselor.
    • Develop a plan for when to take standardized tests (SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and/or the ACT). 
    • If interested, sign up for the optional on-campus SAT prep class.
    February
    • Students schedule the first meeting with their college counselor if they have not already done so.
    • Attend the optional on-campus SAT prep class.
      March
      • Consider visiting colleges over spring break. 

      April

      • Attend College Counseling Workshop during Spring Parents Weekend (students and parents).
      May
      • Participate in College Essay Writing Workshop led by the college counselors and English faculty.
      • Discuss with your college counselor which teachers are best suited to write letters of recommendation on your behalf. Request those recommendations and return the completed Recommendation Request Form to your counselor. 
      • Attend "The Senior Panel," led by members of the senior class. Hear firsthand the inside scoop on the college process from our seniors' perspectives.
      Summer before Senior Year
      • Visit colleges and, when possible, schedule interviews with admission offices.
      • Continue to explore your interests through an internship, volunteering, traveling, taking a course, etc.
      • Carve out time to work on your applications. The Common Application is available August 1 and other college applications are typically available between July 1 and September 1. 
      • Write a polished draft of your Common Application essay.
    • Senior Year

      Fall of Senior Year 
      • Continue to work on the Common Application 
      • Complete your final draft of the Common Application essay and required supplemental essays.  
      • Work to make the best grades possible as you begin your senior year.
      • Meet with your college counselors early and often.
      • Attend required senior class college counseling meetings and workshops.
      • Meet with college representatives visiting EHS. 
      • Visit colleges throughout the fall. Students may be excused from three days of classes to visit colleges. (There is a Fall Long Weekend in October; this is a good time to visit a college.)
      • Review colleges' application deadlines and other requirements (scholarship deadlines, art supplements, etc.)
       
      Spring of Senior Year 
      • College Counselors will submit mid-year grades to colleges on behalf of seniors.
      • Students are encouraged to work with counselors to express demonstrated interest where important and valued. 
      • All colleges will release admission decisions on or before April 1.
      • If you have been placed on a waitlist, meet with your college counselor to frame an individualized waitlist strategy. Your counselor will be contacting colleges and advocating on your behalf.
      • Inform the college in which you will enroll by May 1, the National Candidate's Reply Date.


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