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Grade 12 & Postgraduates

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Timeline

Senior Year

  • Attend required evening Kick-Off College Counseling event for seniors and parents in early September featuring a keynote address from a college admission officer.
  • Attend Senior Seminar classes and workshops in the early fall which will address important topics relating to the college application process.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to meet with the college admission representatives on the WMA campus from September through early December.
  • College Counselors available for individual meetings with parents during Parents’ Weekend in October and throughout the year upon request.
  • Meet regularly with your College Counselor. Seniors should work closely with their counselors to effectively manage their college applications, especially regarding application requirements and deadlines. Finalize plans to apply Early Action, Early Decision or Regular Decision.
  • Register for remaining standardized tests well in advance of the deadlines. Remember that the student is responsible for submitting his/her own scores directly from the testing service. Official test scores are NOT included on the WMA transcript.
  • PARENTS can apply for federal financial aid online at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa and for institutional financial aid by completing a CSS/Financial Aid Profile at www.collegeboard.com
  • International students should register to take the TOEFL again if necessary.
  • In the early fall, PARENTS OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS should prepare all required financial documentation including the Certificate of Finances and a signed Bank Statement to be submitted to colleges by the specified deadline. Many colleges require original documents to accompany each application, so please be aware that you may need multiple copies.
  • Use the long weekend in October and/or the extended Thanksgiving Break to visit colleges of interest.
  • Make sure you have requested two teacher recommendations at least four weeks in advance of your earliest application deadline.
  • Review your applications and essays with your College Counselor BEFORE submitting.
  • Finalize and submit all applications ahead of deadlines. We recommend submitting applications PRIOR to the holiday vacation as many colleges have deadlines of Jan. 1.
  • Results of most Early Action and Early Decision applications released between mid-December and mid-January. Students admitted under a binding Early Decision plan must withdraw their applications from other colleges.
  • Maintain a strong academic record throughout your senior year. Mid-year progress reports are sent to colleges in January. Colleges reserve the right to reverse any admission decision due to a decline in your performance, and have done so in the recent past. Don’t let this happen to you!
  • Financial aid applicants file the FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan. 1.
  • College decisions released between March and mid-April. Notify your counselor of all decisions, including wait list offers and merit scholarship awards.
  • Carefully weigh offers of admission, financial aid and merit scholarship as you make a final college choice.
  • Send a deposit to ONE SCHOOL ONLY no later than May 1.
  • Take appropriate Advanced Placement exams in May.
  • Promptly notify all colleges to which you have been admitted of your plan to enroll at another institution. (Remember that students on a wait list are anxious to know if they have a place in the entering class.)
  • Share your news with your College Counselor, teachers and any other individual who has helped you during this process. Remember to express your gratitude for their support and guidance. A written note of thanks is always welcome and deeply appreciated.

Program

During senior year, individual meetings are more frequent in preparation for the submission of applications with deadlines as early as October. Admission officers from over 75 colleges send representatives to our campus to meet with WMA students, giving our students a unique opportunity to learn more about the colleges that interest them and establish personal contacts. One-on-one meetings are supplemented with additional programs and events designed to meet the needs of our diverse student population.

Events

During senior year, individual meetings are more frequent in preparation for the submission of applications with deadlines as early as October. Admission officers from over 75 colleges send representatives to our campus to meet with WMA students, giving our students a unique opportunity to learn more about the colleges that interest them and establish personal contacts. One-on-one meetings are supplemented with additional programs and events designed to meet the needs of our diverse student population.

Senior Seminar

By the fall of senior year, our focus turns to one-on-one meetings with our students. A number of required classes are offered to review the Common Application, to instruct students how to “link” their Common Application and Naviance accounts (a necessary step for the submission of their online applications), to understand the various application options (Early Decision, Early Action and Priority) and to address other important topics. Seniors will also have the opportunity to meet with college admission officers who visit our campus each fall.