A Workbook for College Bound Students and their Parents

Some Information Prepared by: The Post Graduate Center, Cherry Creek High School, Glenwood Springs High School and Durango High School

Adapted for Yampah Mountain High School by the Principal

For more information, please contact your Advisor

Yampah Mountain High School code: 060-669

                                                                                 Freshman Year

                                 Sophomore Year

Junior Year


Senior Year




January - February

March - April


College Admission Trends

To be a savvy college consumer, you should examine the trends affecting college admissions at the start of the 21st century. First and foremost, colleges are receiving more applications (and more strong applications) than ever before. As a direct result, many colleges have become much more selective, to the point of denying admission to many academically solid students.

Why has this trend developed?

All of these factors mean that students now face a college admission process very different from the past that is much more competitive, and requires more forethought on your part.


What are Colleges Looking For?

Each year, the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) surveys colleges and universities to determine the top factors influencing admission decisions. According to the 2008 Admission Trends Survey, the following factors, in order of importance, were:

  1. Rigor of coursework, and grades in “college-prep” courses
  2. Admission Test Scores
  3. Grades in All Subjects
  4. GPA/Class Rank
  5. Essay/Writing Sample
  6. Advisor Recommendation
  7. Teacher Recommendation
  8. Interview
  9. Community Service
  10. Work/Extracurricular Activities

With these factors in mind, here are ways you can prepare yourself for the college application process.





Just when you’ve started to get comfortable in high school, when you’re finally an upperclassman, you have to make one of your biggest decisions yet: You have to choose that one school out of over 3,800 colleges and universities in the country as THE SCHOOL FOR YOU. So the first person you should probably have a sit-down, heart-to-heart conversation with is not your parent, your school Advisor, or your best friend...it’s you. You don’t have to know what you’re going to major in, or what you want to be when you grow up to start the college process, but you should have a general idea about who you are as an individual. Without a sense of yourself and your needs, how can you possibly pick a college that’s right for you?

Activity #1: Time For Some Soul-Searching There are obviously no right or wrong answers to the following questions, but your answers may give you some surprising insight into that age-old question: Who am I?

  • GOALS: Think about where you are now, and where you want to be in the future.
  • What kind of person are you at this point in your life?
  • What kind of person would you like to become?
  • EDUCATION: This is the whole reason you’re going to college, right?
  • What is your learning style?
  • What courses do you enjoy most and least in high school?
  • What do you choose to learn on your own?
  • Would you prefer to learn by listening? Or learn by discussing?
  • What books have had an impact on you?
  • ACTIVITIES & INTERESTS: Fortunately, college is not just academics.
  • If you went home tonight and your homework was miraculously done for the rest of the week, how would you spend your free time?
  • What activities have you wanted to try but haven’t yet?
  • THE WORLD AROUND YOU: Your environment says a great deal about you as a person.
  • How are you most like and unlike each of your parents?
  • When and where do you feel your best?
  • What current local/national/global issues are important to you?
  • YOUR PERSONALITY: Think about how you view yourself, and how you think others view you.
  • Are you influenced by others? Or do you influence others?
  • What do you expect from yourself? How often do you meet these expectations?

Now analyze your answers. Are you:

  • introverted or extroverted?
  • a doer or a thinker?
  • logical or impulsive?
  • independent or group-oriented?
  • patient or impatient?
  • ready for college? Or scared to death?

As you begin to define who you are as a student and a person, you will hopefully start to recognize certain colleges as fitting your personality. And you may find that many schools could be a possible fit.

Activity: What Are You Looking for in a College?

1. REGION (Consider Climate & Region: East Coast West Coast Colorado Midwestern Other)

2. SIZE (Small- Under 3,000, Medium- 3,000-10,000, Large- 10,000-20,000, Largest- over 20,000)

3. SETTING (What do you want to have access to? Rural, Small Town, Moderate-LArge City, Major City)

4. DISTANCE FROM HOME (How often and easily do you want to come home?)

5. TYPE OF INSTITUTION (Public or Private, Specialized: Art/Design/Technical)

6. SCHOOL CALENDAR (Semester, Block)

7. ACADEMICS (Academic Facilities Average Class Size Faculty/Student Ratio)

Graduate Rate

8. PROGRAMS OF STUDY (Business, Communications, Liberal Arts, Teacher Education Engineering, Fine/Applied Arts, Health Professions, etc. Other: Honors Program, Study Abroad)

9. HOUSING (Coed Residence Halls, required On-campus Housing, Off-campus Housing)

10. COST PER YEAR (Up to $10,000, $10,000-$20,000, $20,000-$30,000, More than $30,000)

11. DIVERSITY (Economic, Racial, Religious, Gender, Nationality, Language Background)

12. SOCIAL LIFE,ACTIVITIES, AND PROGRAMS (Active Fraternities and Sororities, Bands, Choirs, Clubs, Organizations and Groups, Community Involvement)

13. ATHLETICS (Division I, Division II, Division III, Intramural Teams, Club Teams)


In order of importance, choose your top three criteria for a potential college from the list above.




Of your most important criteria, what would you like to have but could live without?




Are there things the college must NOT have?




Do you have any questions about schools that you have been unable to answer? Meet with your Advisor for help in finding the answers.

Activity: Completing an Online College Search

Now that you have compiled a set of criteria to help you in creating your college list, it’s time to utilize the Internet as a resource. At the end of this Planning Guide is a complete list of the many different websites, we encourage you to try several different sites as you research colleges.

At www.collegeboard.com, the College search link can help you match your interests and abilities to appropriate schools. You can save searches, add colleges to a personal watch list, and update your preferences at any time. We recommend that you register with www.collegeboard.com so that you can save your searches and other information under your user name. www.collegeboard.com 

Activity: Your Preliminary College List

Now that you have completed an online college search, examine the top 15 schools, which most match your interests. Make a list of them and their website addresses.

Where do I go from Here? Research, Research, Research

The next step in examining schools on your list involves research. This is the time to gather information about individual schools and see how they will meet your needs.

Online Research

The Internet is a powerful tool in your college search and application process, and often one of the best places to start. The 2005 Admission Trends Survey conducted by the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) shows that 100% of the respondents (colleges) have a website, and 91% provide an online application.

We encourage you to do your own web research, and visit the websites of the individual colleges you are considering. Some of the things you can do on a colleges’ website include:

Many of the online college search sites have links to the colleges’ websites. Most colleges list their admission requirements, test requirements, degrees and majors offered, housing information, cost and financial aid information, etc. Most schools also provide statistics about the average or middle 50% SAT and/or ACT scores of the freshman class, and average or middle 50% high school grade point averages. This information is very important because it helps you rate your chances of admission.

Objective Guidebooks

In addition to college websites, similar information can be found in a number of different resources available online. Some good references are:

These resources provide objective and statistical information.

Subjective Guidebooks

Other resources provide opinions about colleges. You may want to check out:

Some of these books offer student perspectives and opinions, others rank different programs and fields of study at schools. It is important for you as the consumer to look beyond the rankings and ask how they arrive at them.

People as Resources

Choosing Your “Foundation” School: Your Most Important Task

Many students are tempted to start their college list with their “dream school”, the school they would love to attend, but that might be a long shot in terms of admission. We often hear students say, “Well, I’m applying to State U, but I don’t really want to go there.”

We recommend a different approach: your first priority should be finding one or two schools that you are sure you can get into -your foundation or “safe” schools- and that you would be very happy to attend. For some students, this is the hardest school to find: for others, it’s the easiest. But starting your college list with your “foundation” school allows you to approach the college selection process with “insurance”: the knowledge that you have at least one school where you would be happy.

To find your “foundation” school, look for schools that meet your basic criteria, and where you easily fit the academic profile of students who attend that school. It should also be a school that will challenge you academically with majors that interest you. Remember, selectivity does not equal quality: in other words, just because it may be easier to get into a certain college does not mean that the education you’ll receive there won’t be strong. Again, there are over 3,800 colleges and universities in this country. Regardless of how selective they are, most can offer a valuable education to their students.

Now is an excellent time to start comparing your colleges. Use the worksheet below to do just that. Make copies if you have more than three colleges to compare.













Activity: Meet & Greet:

Visiting with College Representatives at

College Fairs, at School and in on  Campus Tours.

There are many opportunities for students to talk with representatives from colleges of interest. Most colleges have admissions staff who are “assigned” to a particular high school, state, or region, and it is usually these admissions personnel who attend college fairs and schools.

September/ October:

Visits provide opportunities for:

Try to learn what you can about a college before you meet with the representative, so that you can make good use of the limited time you may have. Some questions you may want to ask:

Up Close and Personal: The Campus Visit

There is no substitute for seeing a college campus first-hand. Sure, viewbooks and websites can give you a lot of information and glossy photos, but meeting professors and students, seeing classrooms and residence halls, and eating the food – that’s what gives you a true feeling of a college.


A campus visit is informative any time, but it’s best to see the school while it’s in session and students are in classes. If you can only visit during the summer, on a weekend, or when the school is on a break, that’s okay-just be prepared to visualize what the school looks like with students and professors in the class-rooms and residence halls.


Plan ahead! We recommend giving an admission office at least two weeks advance notice of your visit. Also, read up on the college and think about possible questions you’d like to ask.

You may want to do any of the following while you’re visiting a college:



When you talk with your tour guide or other students, ask:

In an interview or information session, you could ask:


Whether you’re visiting just one campus, or doing a marathon trip across the country, write down your impressions right after you see a college!

Ask yourself:


Sometimes a campus visit just isn’t feasible. Don’t worry! There are ways to get a feel for a specific college’s atmosphere without setting a foot on campus.

Try these ideas:

Learning Your Way Around the College Entrance Exams

While there seems to be a great deal of emphasis on college entrance exams, they are only one of the many factors colleges look at in making their final decisions. Some of these tests are used in the admission process as indications of academic potential; some are used for educational placement; others are designed as preliminary opportunities to develop good test-taking skills. Many students choose to retake some of these tests to enhance their scores. Be sure to find out which exams are required by the colleges you are considering. The following descriptions may be helpful in understanding more about college admission testing.

ACT: The ACT is more achievement-oriented than the SAT, measuring acquired skills and knowledge in English, math, reading, and science reasoning. It is currently administered free of charge to all juniors at Yampah Mountain High School in April, and is administered nationally on several other dates as well. Like the SAT, it is required of applicants by many colleges and sponsors of scholarship programs. Most colleges accept either the SAT or the ACT. We recommend that you take this test in the spring of your junior year and retake it, if necessary, in the summer or fall of your senior year.

SAT: The SAT measures verbal and quantitative (math) reasoning ability. It is administered periodically at test centers throughout the United States and is required by many colleges and sponsors of scholarship programs. We recommend that you take the SAT in the spring of your junior year and retake it, if necessary, in the fall of your senior year.

SAT II: The SAT II’s are subject tests which measure your knowledge and skills in a particular subject and your ability to apply that knowledge. Subject tests fall into five general areas: English, history and social studies, mathematics, science, and foreign languages. Some colleges, such as the University of California system, require particular subject tests. We recommend that you check individual college requirements for SAT II’s and plan appropriate times to take these tests. For example, if you are studying for an AP Biology test, it may be advantageous for you to take the SAT II in Biology around the same time.

Advanced Placement (AP): A college may permit a new student to skip or even receive credit for a class in which they pass the AP test. Many colleges grant advanced placement and/or credit for a score of 3 or better. These tests are graded from 1 (low) to 5(high).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Some colleges require the TOEFL of students whose first or native language is not English. This test, either alone or in combination with the ACT and/or SAT, will give colleges information needed to make admission decisions.


You can also register for the SAT online at www.collegeboard.com and the ACT online at www.act.org.

Test preparation information is available through three main resources: College in Colorado website (ICAP), The College Board website and YMHS online curriculum, Study Island.

Test scores are returned approximately four weeks after a test date. You will receive your SAT, SAT II, and ACT scores in the mail. Also, students can access their SAT scores online about two weeks after taking the tests.

Many colleges require a report of your scores directly from the testing agency. You may send your scores for free to four schools when you register for the SAT and ACT. Additional score reports cost up to $9.50 for each school.

If you are applying Early Decision or Early Action to any college, we recommend that you have your test scores directly reported to the college.

Most colleges will take your highest SAT Verbal and Math score, and your highest ACT Composite (average) score.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS: Understanding Your Options

College applications usually consist of a biographical/informational form to be completed by the student and parent, academic information (including coursework, grades and transcript), activities and other involvement, teacher and Advisor recommendations, essays and personal statements, and an application fee.

Most colleges have their own applications, which are generally available by mail or from the colleges’ website. Students may often print out the application and send it in by mail, or complete the application and apply online. Online applications are convenient and easy to complete, and some colleges are using them exclusively. If you apply online, be aware of other support documents and information, which you must send in separately. Often your application is incomplete and will not be considered until the admission office receives all your documents. This may include official test scores, high school transcripts, and letters of recommendation

Over 300 colleges, mostly private, participate in the Common Application, which is a generic application a student completes one time and electronically can send to many colleges. These applications are available through their website, www.commonapp.org. Be sure to check carefully for supplemental essays/materials required by the individual schools.


Application deadlines are critical in college admissions. Missing a deadline often means you have lost your chance to apply at all. Remember that the YMHS Registrar’s Office has its own deadlines you must meet as well, generally 2 weeks before your college’s deadline. Since we must gather, complete and mail many supporting documents for each application, and many YMHS students are applying to schools at the same time, we insist on at least 2 weeks and sometimes 3 weeks in advance of your deadline.

Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision Applications

The use of multiple admission plans by colleges and universities often results in confusion and concern among students, parents, and high school Advisors. In an effort to help reduce this confusion, the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has developed the following definitions of admission decision options as of September 2001.

Early Decision is the application process in which students make a commitment to a first

choice institution where, if admitted, they definitely will enroll. Students must withdraw all other applications as soon as they have been admitted. Should a student who applies for financial aid not be offered an award that makes attendance possible, the student may decline the offer of admission and be released from the Early decision commitment. Talk this option over carefully with your parents and Advisor if you are planning to consider an early decision application. Many early decision applications are due as early as November.

Early Action is the application process in which students make an application to an institution of preference and receive a decision well in advance of the institution’s regular response date. Students who are admitted under Early Action are not obligated to accept the institutions offer of admissions. Check the early action requirement of the schools you are applying to.  Some schools allow you to apply to as many early action schools as you want. Others do not let you apply to any other early action schools if you apply to them.

Regular Decision is the application process in which a student submits an application to an institution by a specified date and receives a decision within a reasonable and clearly stated period of time, but not later than April 15.

Rolling Admission is the application process in which an institution reviews applications as they are completed and renders admission decisions to students throughout the admission cycle.

Wait List is an admission decision option utilized by institutions to protect against shortfalls in enrollment. Wait lists are sometimes made necessary because of the uncertainty of the admission process, as students submit applications for admission to multiple institutions and may receive several offers of admission. By placing a student on the wait list, an institution does not initially offer or deny admission, but extends to a candidate the possibility of admission in the future before the institution’s admission cycle is concluded.

Often applying as early as possible increases your chances of admission and eligibility for particular programs.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Early Application Programs

The advantage to colleges with early application options is that they often get a strong pool of early applicants who are either committing to attend or indicating a very strong interest in attending their school. In fact, some colleges are taking fairly large percentages of their freshman classes through their early programs. Students who apply under an early option sometimes have a better chance of admission as part of a smaller early applicant pool. Being accepted early can also alleviate the stress of the college application process much earlier in the school year.

Disadvantages to students include completing campus visits, research, and applications early in the school year, and being ready to commit to one school through Early Decision. Early decision is not for students who are unsure about how they will finance college (you will not be able to apply to other colleges and then compare financial aid packages), or who are still not sure that this one college is the best fit for him/her, or who had a weak junior year and may need a strong senior year to help their application.

Application Planning Guide

This section of the College Planning Guide is designed as a handy and easy reference to help in filling out your college and scholarship applications.

Listed below are some tips to keep in mind when completing your applications. Remember that it is extremely important to leave a favorable impression with the admissions office by sending them a well-prepared application.

Be aware of deadlines. In general, the more selective the college, the earlier the deadline. Make sure you meet the deadline.

Neatness is important. Many students type or word process their applications. You may want to make a “working” copy of your application before you fill out the original.

Spelling counts. Spelling errors leave a very bad impression.

Be thorough and complete. Rather than leave a question blank, indicate “not applicable.”

Honesty is a virtue. Don’t pretend to be something you are not.

Colleges want to see your effort, not someone else’s. Prepare the application yourself. Colleges may become suspicious with a “too perfect” application or essay.

Be proud of your accomplishments and let them know about them. This is not the time to downplay aspects of your life. Present yourself and your activities openly and honestly. Don’t minimize or exaggerate.

Supplementary material should be submitted only if it is relevant or adds to your application. Don’t get carried away.

Let your uniqueness shine through.

Your essay or personal statement is the key avenue to let the college see your individuality, maturity, and experiences. Make the most of this opportunity.

Double-check everything before you turn it in, and save a copy of everything. Also, save a copy of the letters of recommendation you receive from teachers!

Telling Your Story: Essays and Personal Statements

Students and parents often find the essay to be one of the most frightening parts of the college application. In order to ease your mind, most colleges do not expect you to create an exhaustive novel in your college essay. They simply want to know you better and discover your unique qualities Yes, you do have unique qualities!

It is often helpful to attend college essay writing sessions. Take advantage of the opportunities in Post-secondary Options class to work on essays, and ask your English teacher, Advisor, and parents to help you. Finally, edit your work.

Your Reputation Precedes You: Recommendations and Evaluations

Some colleges either require or encourage that your application includes two to three school- related recommendations. Two evaluations by academic teachers (often one closely related to your intended field of study), and an evaluation by your Advisor will cover all of the necessary requirements. Occasionally you may want to also include a special recommendation from a coach, boss, activity sponsor, or non-academic teacher who can provide an exceptional view of a particular area of interest or strength. If you are applying to public institutions in Colorado, and meet the admission index, recommendations are generally not necessary. Talk with your Advisor if you are uncertain.

No evaluations will be written about you without your expressed request, and you will be given the option of waiving or not waiving your right to read the teacher evaluations. You may also need to have them sign an individual college’s special form at a later date. In order to have a greater level of rapport and understanding, you should take some time to sit down with a teacher and your Advisor before you ask them to do an evaluation/recommendation. They will appreciate the opportunity to update their knowledge of your interests, activities, and educational goals. In asking teachers to write recommendations, you should ask those for whom you have accomplished positive outcomes and who also know you on a more personal level.

Recommendations can give the college admissions office a more complete view of you in such areas as academic potential, personal character, leadership, motivation, self discipline, and interpersonal skills. If you don’t feel comfortable asking a teacher for an evaluation, it may be best not to do so; but maybe now is the time to begin to develop a stronger bond with at least one of your teachers. You will be amazed at the overall benefits this type of relationship can bring. Teachers and Advisors who write many letters of recommendation appreciate all of the advance notice you can provide. Be sure to thank those people who are taking the time to write your letters for you.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Submitting Your Completed Application

When you have assembled and completed all parts of the application, including the application fee, essay(s), and letters of recommendation (if required), you are ready to submit your application to the college or university. In addition, there may be some forms that YMHS will complete and submit on your behalf, such as transcripts. Be certain that you have everything ready at least 2-3 weeks before your college deadlines.

When you need a transcript sent to a college, you will need to request if from the the YMHS front desk or the transcript request on our website at www.ymhs.org. Some colleges may require you to submit official test scores, and, if so, you will need to contact ACT or College Board directly to have your scores sent to the college. The first page of the transcript includes academic coursework completed during high school. The second page of the transcript includes all test scores that are part of a student’s record when the transcript is printed.

Secondary School Report

The YMHS Office will help complete college and scholarship applications by processing the following information:


One of the major hurdles in the college application process is financial aid. With the cost of funding a college education high and getting higher, many families are understandably concerned about how to finance that expense for their children. However, do not eliminate a college strictly on cost alone until you have applied for assistance and been told how much financial aid you will be receiving.

College in CO has extensive information about all forms of financial aid. The financial aid office of the college you are interested in can also provide you with valuable information, and you should contact them about your special needs and concerns.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Most students rely on federal programs for funding, and that aid is based on evidence of financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

So, how do you get started? In order to receive financial aid, you must apply each year you are in college. If you don’t think you qualify, try anyway. You may have more options than you think. You will be ahead of the game if you collect your income tax information throughout the year so it can be compiled and ready right after January 1.

Step 1

Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov (this is your fastest alternative). The FAFSA will determine how much money you and your family must contribute each year for your education. Some schools require you to fill out their own application. Check with each school you are considering to find out what they require.

Step 2

Check out as many sources as you can find for scholarships. Your Advisor and College in CO are excellent resources. NOTE: These financial aid resources are free; do NOT pay for this information.

Step 3

Complete and submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of the year you plan to attend school.

Step 4

Your FAFSA will be evaluated using a standard formula that takes into account you and your family’s income, assets, and other special circumstances. This need analysis will determine the amount you and your family will be expected to contribute for your education, which is called your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). Your NEED is the difference between the cost of your education and your family’s contribution. Say your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is $5,000. At a college with a total cost of $8,000, you’d be eligible for up to $3,000 in financial aid. At a college with a total cost of $25,000, you’d be eligible for up to $20,000 in aid. In other words, you’d be contributing the same amount at both colleges.


You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that lists all the information you provided on the application. Be sure all information is correct; send corrections back to the processor.


Colleges you requested on FAFSA will receive the results of the FAFSA analysis. If you qualify for aid you will receive an award package detailing the types and amounts of financial aid for which you are eligible.


When you receive your financial aid packages, consider your options carefully. When you have made your decision, reply to that school by their deadline. Don’t hesitate to call your school’s financial aid office if you have questions.

Need-based aid packages may include a combination of three types of financial aid:

Loans: These may be federal, state, or institutional, and interest rates are usually low. Repayment may not start until after graduation depending on whether it is a student loan or a parent loan.

Grants: These are usually gifts or aid in the form of tuition and/or fee reduction.

Work Study: The college will provide the student with a job on campus to earn money to help defray costs. These jobs usually pay better than minimum wage, have limitations on working hours, and require that the student apply and be accepted for a particular work-study placement.

The package may meet all or part of the need as computed by the FAFSA. While most colleges will try to meet a high percentage of your need, the packages from different schools may vary. You will want to consider all your options carefully.

Most of the federal money that is available for higher education assistance is disseminated directly by the college.

Several pointers:

Non-Need or Merit-Based Financial Aid

Scholarships, grants, and financial aid that are non-need based are divided into two major categories: Talent-based Scholarships and Private Scholarship Programs.

Talent - Based Scholarships: These scholarships are usually given by the college as an inducement or reward for demonstrated or proven talents. The most common ones are academic, athletic, and artistic/musical scholarships. You typically have to continue to participate in these areas during college or maintain a certain GPA to keep the scholarship.

Inquiries regarding talent scholarships may go through the respective departments at the college of your choice or the admission office itself. The college’s financial aid office can be of help in contacting the appropriate individuals. You will want to receive written confirmation of scholarship awards prior to making a final choice of colleges.

Private Scholarship Programs

A large number of community, religious, professional, and ethnic groups sponsor scholarship programs. Some may have special qualification requirements, restrictions on fields of study or particular institutions, and/or requirements that the student or parents be members of a certain group. You should check the eligibility requirements and stipulations carefully.

Most of these scholarships have their own forms and are available from the group offering the scholarship. Deadlines vary a great deal and most are announced and have deadlines early in the calendar year.

The Boettcher Scholarship awards Colorado students who meet the following criteria with a full-ride scholarship to any of Colorado’s colleges or universities.

Students must:

Other Ways to Reduce Your College Cost

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC): ROTC is offered through all four military branches (Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy). Students who are interested in a career in the military after college will take required military science courses, in addition to their regular college courses, and will benefit from scholarships offered by ROTC. Talk ot the admissions officers at colleges about ROTC..

THE FINAL CHAPTER: Making Your Decision

Senior year tends to fly by pretty quickly, and as the snow starts to melt and the trees start to bud, your acceptance letters will come in the mail. Hopefully, you have several colleges to which you have been accepted. Congratulations!

Here are some final tips to help you make a decision you’re happy with:

look, now is the time to go.

May 1st is the Candidate Reply Date. Do not assume that this date is flexible! If you do not commit to a college by that date, you may lose the chance to do so. Typically, committing to a college requires a tuition deposit of $100 to $300. You should also complete each form the college sends you, including financial aid forms and documents.

Navigating the Wait List

If you have been wait listed at a college, you should protect your own interests by ensuring that you have committed to a college by May 1st as the other college may not let you know if you are off the wait list until after that date. If the wait listed college is truly your first choice, you may want to send a letter to the admission director stating your interest. You may also want to include any new information, such as recent grades, impressive school work, or new recommendations.

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Now that you’ve made a decision, don’t give in to senioritis! Colleges have been known to withdraw their offers of admission upon receipt of substandard final grades, so don’t let up.

But you can take time to congratulate yourself. You were accepted to college, made it through one of the biggest decision-making processes of your life, and are now ready to move on to one of the most fun and exciting phases of your life.

Remember to thank those who supported you throughout the process: parents, teachers, Advisor, and friends. And remember to enjoy your last few weeks of high school!

College Searches

College in CO:


College Board:

www.collegeboard.com www.collegeincolorado.org

Princeton Review:




Financial Aid and Scholarship Information


Free Application for Federal Student Aid- complete guidelines and information.


Free scholarship search when students set up a profile www.collegeboard.com


Testing Information

ACT Testing registration and information:


SAT Testing registration and information:


Other Information

Western Undergraduate Exchange Program – allows out of state students to enroll and receive in-state tuition: