Applying to college is an important rite of passage for Deerfield students. The most important aspects of the process are those that ask you to know yourself and to find a voice through which you can express your opinions and your preferences and, ultimately, represent yourself to others in a clear and confident way. Each student approaches the process in a slightly different way. Some of you will move through the steps quickly; others more slowly. It is crucial to take each of the steps yourself. Do not try to rush them or allow someone else to take them for you. Appreciate the time it takes to become more self-aware and to evaluate yourself honestly as a college candidate.
It’s important for you to learn more about the College Advising Office and the services we provide and to keep on top of the paperwork (electronic or otherwise) that applying to college requires. Both college admissions offices and the College Advising Office at Deerfield assume that you are at the center of your own application process; here is a list of items for which we will hold you responsible.
- Develop an efficient organizational system for managing your college process.
- Schedule regular meetings with your college advisor. During the summer correspond with your advisor at least once a month.
- Develop a realistic list of colleges that interest you.
- Visit colleges if you can, with particular attention to those in your 50-50 and 70% categories. Where possible, schedule an interview.
- Read all of the information you receive from the College Advising Office; it will remind you of deadlines and inform you of college representatives coming to campus and opportunities for interviews. Return all forms we ask you to complete.
- Make sure that your Naviance college list is accurate and reflects your most current plans.
- Research the admission requirements of the colleges you are considering. Are there required high school courses? Required tests? Required recommendations? What are the deadlines?
- Over the summer complete a draft of your Common Application. Solicit feedback from your college advisor about essay topics. Send your advisor your first draft. Your advisor will provide you with feedback. Revise and return to school with an essay you’ve worked hard on but one about which you are still willing to think further.
- Review the supplemental essay questions for the colleges you are considering seriously. Keep a spreadsheet with essay topics and deadlines.
- Discuss with your parents the plan for financing your college education and how that might affect your college list.
- Request recommendations from two academic teachers, usually from the junior year. You may want to discuss your choices with your college advisor. While it is ideal to ask in person for a recommendation, our teachers are understanding about an email request as long as your message is thoughtful.
- When asked, as on the Common Application, about disciplinary infractions and their consequences, answer honestly. Work with your college advisor on developing your statement.
- Your standardized test scores do not appear on your transcript, so it’s up to you to direct the College Board to send them to the colleges to which you’ve applied.
- Complete all of your applications honestly and accurately. Your signature on the application is your pledge that the work you’re submitting is truthful and that it is your own. Submit your application yourself. In every aspect of the process, from your interactions with your peers to your conduct with college representatives, uphold the Academy’s standards of respect and integrity.
- Keep your college advisor completely up to date with your plans and with the outcomes of your applications.