Here at College Planning & Tutorial Center, we help families make one of the most important decisions in their student's life. The most important facets of today's application process are:
Rigorous Course Schedule
Leadership / Activities / Comprehensive Resume
SAT/ACT test scores
Applying for Merit Money (based on students GPA and test scores only)
Qualifying for extended time on the SAT/ACT/AP/SAT Subject Tests
We can help you prepare for college as well as navigate the college preparation and application process. We will assist and guide you through the entire process, providing support, strategies, and the tools to reach your goals. We offer college planning, pre-college planning, and courses to hone the skills to meet these challenges, as well as a full Tutorial and Homework Center.
The following are guidelines of issues that need to be considered and addressed. We have helped our students and their families bring clarity to these important issues, and attain success in gaining entrance into the colleges of their choice.
Getting Accepted into College 1. The importance of a GPA 2. Why choosing a rigorous high school course schedule is vital 3. The importance of Community Service and Leadership Activities 4. What to do in the summers to increase college acceptances 5. When and what to do if your student wants to play college sports, music, dance, etc. 6. If a portfolio is needed, what to include 7. The difference between Early Acceptance and Early Decision 8. What does "binding" mean? 9. Early acceptance dates are tied to Merit Money Scholarships
Taking the Tests 1. Is there a need to take a Career Test and/or Personality Test to determine a college major? 2. When is the best time to take the PSAT? SAT? ACT? And how many times? 3. Is there a need to take Subject Tests? Which ones?
Community College 1. Are there any advantages to attending a Community College first? 2. The best time to transfer from a Junior College 3. Do transfer students receive scholarship money?
Choosing a Major 1. How to choose a major if you don’t know what you want do 2. Does it hurt if you indicate "undecided" on the application? 3. What if the chosen major is impacted?
Financial Aid & Scholarships 1. Should the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be filled out no matter what the family's financial situation is? 2. What is the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile? 3. When are scholarship application deadlines? 4. How to obtain an athletic, music, dance, etc. scholarship 5. What are test and application fee waivers and how are they obtained? 6. How to determine an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)
Letters of Recommendation & Personal Interviews 1. Are Letters of Recommendation important? 2. Is a personal interview recommended or required in order to gain acceptance to the colleges? 3. When to visit the campuses and arrangements for the tours
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