Responsibilities Through the College Process

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop an organizational system that works for you. Missing a deadline can often mean a missed opportunity. Make sure you keep ahead of all the dates.
  • Consult with your college counselor/senior advisor to make plans for your standardized tests. Register yourself for the ACT, SAT, and SATII tests. 
  • Develop a list of colleges that interest you. Visit some during school breaks if you are able. By fall of senior year you want to work with your senior advisor to narrow the list down. 
  • Discuss with your parents a plan for financing your college education. Tuition can be very costly. 
  • Keep up to date with Naviance. Update your list of colleges as your thoughts change. 
  • Request recommendations from two academic teachers. Discuss your decision with your senior advisor. 
  • Draft essay prompts from the Common Application. It is OK to have a few drafts and/or different versions by the end of the summer. Show to your senior advisor for feedback. 


PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be open to new directions and possibilities that your child might want to explore (i.e., major, schools)
  • Listen carefully.
  • Keep an open mind. College may have changed significantly within the past 2 decades. 
  • Understand that your child's college application must be entirely his or her own. Expect that your child upholds the standards of integrity stated by universities and St. Andrew's. 
  • Be open and honest about your financial concerns. 
  • Provide the college counselor with your insights with the initial college search questionnaire. 
  • Communication with your child's college counselor to be sure everyone is on the same page. 
  • Help your child develop a balanced college list. Make sure you visit colleges of various selectivity spans. Share positive opinions about colleges which seem like there are good chances of admissions. 
  • Support your child's decisions.


COLLEGE COUNSELOR RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Develop a balanced list of prospective colleges based on student's performance and stated interest. 
  • Provide some indications for admission based on previous information and experience. 
  • Write an honest and intentional counselor report for each student that emphasizes strengths and growth. 
  • Provide appropriate support and feedback to students during the essay writing process. 
  • Send transcripts to colleges in a timely fashion. 
  • Maintain strong relationships with college admission officers. 
  • Advocate for student during the admission process. 
  • Serve as a resource for students and parents throughout the process.