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The Westminster college guidance program seeks to help parents and students  see the admissions process as a path by which students come to know who they are, how to face reality, and how to launch out of the home and into the freedom of adulthood.

Components of The Path

The Common Application

The Common Application is a general application for admission to 517 member colleges and universities in 47 states and the District of Columbia, as well as Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

College Jargon Guide

A guide to the jargon you have no doubt heard by this point. A good place to start.

5 Categories of Schools

For a student, it could be said that in life’s next step after high school, there are over 5000 choices. Those choices can be divided into five categories.

The Path – Grade Checklists

Freshman Year: Developing Identity

  1. Attend the freshman/sophomore Atrium Knight on November 2.
  2. Take a Personality Test through the enrichment period in the first nine weeks. Take a look at the Knightly Herald article by Abigail Mathis
  3. Attend subsequent personality seminar and meet to discuss results during enrichment period.
  4. Get involved in co-curricula activities to see what areas you would like to commit to over high school.
  5. Attend decision making seminar “Developing Identity” during the enrichment period. 
  6. Attend decision making seminar “Facing Reality”during the enrichment period.
  7. Read “Five Kinds of Colleges” on the website during the enrichment period

Sophomore Year: Facing Reality

  1. Attend the freshman/sophomore Atrium Knight on November 2.
  2. Take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 19 (for more information see “Standardized Tests Page). 
  3. Work on writing the college essay during the enrichment period. 
  4. See the GPA worksheet handout and Link.
  5. Take ACT(link) on June 10, register by May 5
  6. Take SAT(link) on June 3, register by May 9

Junior Year: Narrowing the Options

  1. Prepare for the SAT, ACT, PSAT/NMSQT during the enrichment period. (link)
  2. Take either the ACT or the SAT at least twice. (Link).

ACT dates and sign-up deadlines

        • test on September 10, register by August 5
        • test on October 22, register by September 16
        • test on December 10, register by November 5
        • test on February11, register by January 6
        • test on April 8, register by March 3
        • test on June10, register by May 5

SAT dates and registration deadlines

        • test on October 1, register by September 1
        • test on November 5, register by October 7
        • test on December 3, register by November 3
        • test on January 21, register by December 21
        • test on March 11, register by February 10
        • test on May 6, register by April 7
        • test on June 3, register by May 9
  1. Attend a career field trip.
  2. Attend the junior/senior College Knight on August 30 in S-180.
  3. Attend on-campus visits from various college representatives.
  4. Attend one of the following college fairs.
  1. Go on the College Tour, September 12-16.  Take a look at the Knightly Herald Article by Ethan Shaw.
  2. Schedule a personal college guidance meeting with Mr. Herring by October 5 and be prepared to discuss the above plus the following:
    • Co-curricular activities
    • Leadership roles
    • Making a contribution
  1. Take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 19 (at Westminster for no charge)(link)
  2. Continue to make college visits second semester and into the summer as needed.

Senior Year: Making the Decision

  1. Attend junior/senior College Knight on August 30 at 7pm in S-180.
  2. Schedule an admissions checklist meeting with Mr. Herring by September 16.
  3. Accomplish the following before the meeting:
    • Read the Common Application page (Link) on the school website.
    • Select 3-5 preferred colleges.
    • Create an account with each college or through the Common Application.
    • Request a transcript. (It must be signed by you and a parent.)
    • Request teacher recommendations.
    • List acceptance deadlines.
    • List housing deadlines.
    • List scholarship deadlines.
    • List college ministry opportunities.
  1. Register for the SAT and/or ACT by September 16, including any remaining SAT subject tests that you need to take.

ACT dates and sign-up deadlines

        • test on September 10, register by August 5
        • test on October 22, register by September 16
        • test on December 10, register by November 5
        • test on February11, register by January 6
        • test on April 8, register by March 3
        • test on June10, register by May 5

SAT dates and registration deadlines

        • test on October 1, register by September 1
        • test on November 5, register by October 7
        • test on December 3, register by November 3
        • test on January 21, register by December 21
        • test on March 11, register by February 10
        • test on May 6, register by April 7
        • test on June 3, register by May 9
  1. If helpful and appropriate, attend a college fair.
  1. Keep up your grades in all of your classes!
  2. Attend the resume seminar. (Click here for a sample resume.)
  3. Be aware that early decision deadlines are between October 1 and November 1
  4. Usually applications need to be completed by October or November for early action, but check with the colleges where you are applying for a specific date.
  5. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in October. (Link paying for college)
  6. Sign up for your final meeting with Mr. Herring by March 1.

Miscellaneous Resources

Financial Aid

Here you can find information on scholarships, grants, and financial aid

College Advisor Expectations

What to expect from a Westminster College Advisor

Online Resources

Helpful links that might be useful in your college search

Standardized Tests

Information and links to the SAT and ACT tests

Self Portrait

Here you can find formation on what colleges are looking for from their applicants

Sample Resume

An example of a sample resume for colleges

Junior Form

A checklist for juniors to fill out before they meet with Mr. Herring

Senior Form

A checklist for seniors to fill out before they meet with Mr. Herring