Information for Seniors

THE APPLICATION

2019-2020

You must have a Common Application account (www.commonapp.org).

Match – Log into Naviance and supply your email address as on Common Application.

FERPA – Family Educational Rights Privacy Act

List all colleges to which you are applying on both Common Application and Naviance. Make sure you have indicated the plan ED, EA, REA, or RD and that all deadlines are accurate. Check Common App for Supplements.

*If you plan to apply under one of the early plans, see your counselor ASAP*

Short essays and autobiographical statements should be planned, drafted, revised, read by others, revised again and then finalized.  Thoughtful responses do make a difference, DO NOT let others influence your writing too much.  Seniors, you should have confidence in your responses because you have worked diligently to accomplish them.  Parents should resist the temptation to co-author the responses.  Colleges expect that the student will be the sole author of their essays.

You should give a copy of your application to your counselor for review.  Make an appointment to discuss your plans and have your questions answered at that time.

TIMELINE FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION – A Processing Form must accompany each application.

Due Date                                                         Submit before

November 1                                                    October 15

November 15                                                  November 1

January 1                                                         December 9

 

We can send all information and records as soon as we know where you are applying;  However, colleges do not actually start your application review until your application has been received.  You can submit your part of the application as soon as you are ready.  School documents can follow.

TEST SCORES – SAT/ACT

A number of colleges are permitting student self report of scores.

Request an official copy of your scores from the testing company to be sent to each school that requires this.  We do not send scores.  File this request as soon as you identify the colleges.  It may take 10 or more business days.

AP scores – You are not required to send them at this time but may note them on the Common Application.  It is fine to wait to send them to the school you will attend for credit review.  Each college website indicates the potential credit or placement adjustment you will qualify for with a certain AP score.

COUNSELOR RECOMMENDATION

Your counselor will write a summary letter about you to be included with each secondary school report.  Counselors draw material for their letters from your transcript, teacher comments, information you and parents provide on the Brag Sheets and the knowledge gained while working with you during your time at Bronxville.  Be sure to speak with your counselor if there is information you want to be shared with admissions.  Similarly, if you completed an activity resume in Naviance Student mention this to your counselor.

TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS

During these first few days of the year, reconnect with those teachers who have already agreed to write for you.  Make sure you inform them of the specific deadlines for your applications. Ask teachers or other reference people you have not yet approached immediately if you would like them to write for you.

TRANSCRIPT

Please review your transcript carefully, sign and return it by Monday 9/23/19 at the latest.

Make an appointment with your counselor to discuss any question you have about the transcript.  This is the document that will accompany your recommendations and will serve as the major piece of information for admissions officers to make their decision.

What Should Seniors Do Next?

  • Log In to Common App and sign your FERPA.
  • Log in to Naviance and request your teacher recommendations. (DO NOT request teacher recs on Common App; this must be done only through Naviance.)
  • It is helpful to teachers and counselors if all colleges you are applying to are listed in Naviance under My Colleges with the correct application plan designated on the pulldown menu (ED/EA/Regular). This gives teachers a clear notification of all deadlines.
  • Return your signed transcript to the Counseling Office.
  • Make an appointment with your counselor if you haven’t already to check in and go over your plans.
  • Review college representatives visiting counseling office and sign up to meet with those of interest either in the counseling office or through Naviance.