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Senior Checkpoints

* Verify that your transcripts are accurate
* Find out which financial aid applications are required at your choice colleges
* Ask for letters of recommendation to include with your admissions and/or college applications.
* Work on admissions application essays.
* Attend college fairs and financial aid nights.
*Early decision candidates should complete college applications.

* Continue completing the college applications.
* Early decision deadline is often November 1 or 15.
* Determine which financial aid forms on your list require - when in doubt contact the financial aid office.
* Search for additional sources of financial aid.

* Complete school applications ideally by December 1.
* Collect family tax information.
* Complete then make a copy of your FAFSA. Don't submit before January 1, it will only be returned to you unprocessed.
* Take SAT or Achievements if registered.
* Stay organized.




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College Help

College Preparation Checklist

*Planning For College*

    According to COLLEGE TIMES, getting into college is a process that requires many important steps.  Sorting through information, taking tests, filling out forms, talking with people, and analyzing yourself takes time, energy, and a strong sense of responsibility.  However, when the college admission process is done well, you will leave high school knowing that graduation is not an ending, but the beginning of an exciting new phase in your life:  your college career.

*College Search*

   Step one in this process is beginning the search for the colleges/universities to which you will apply.  There are more than 3,000 colleges in the U.S.  No doubt there is more than one college that will meet your specific needs and objectives.  The more accurate information you have on the colleges, the better able you are to make the decision of whether or not to apply to the universities.  Many sources for educational planning are available to you.


There are many sources of information available to you in the guidance office.  Your counselor is available to meet with you and your parents to aid in obtaining information and considering alternatives.  Teachers, college students, and alumni are excellent sources of information, not only about the colleges, but also about college life.

College representatives often make visits to your school to meet with students.  Their visits can provide you with an excellent opportunity to learn about the colleges in which you are interested.  To take advantage of this sources of information, listen carefully for announcements of visits and check with your counselor for the dates of upcoming events.

*The Visit*

    By far the most valuable source of information for you is the college visit.  Make a visit to each school to which you plan to apply.  If at all possible, plan to visit during the academic year so you are on the campus while students are there and classes are in session.  To make the most of your visit, you might utilize the following suggestions:

*Search Links for Support Services*

College Board On-Line


The Princeton Review



*Narrowing Your Search*

There are many characteristics of  the college experience that may be important to you.  Your list may include the following:




On-campus Housing

Liberal Arts or University

Special Academic Programs

Men's/Women's Colleges

Student Activities

Colleges with Religious Affiliations

Diversity of Student Body

Historically Black Colleges

Social Life

Admission Selectivity

Academic Environment

NCAA Sports



Financial Aid

    If several of the colleges you are considering have similar characteristics, you may want to rank your strongest possibilities to determine your preferences.

*Types of Admission*

    Colleges and universities may use one of the following types of admissions:  rolling admissions, regular admissions, early decision, early action, and deferred admission.  It is important as you begin planning your calendar for the admissions process to know the type of admissions and the dates for each application.

Rolling Admissions:   A college using rolling admissions does not set a due date for applications.  Rather, the admissions office reviews an applicant’s folder once it is complete.  If the applicant meets the set criteria for admission, the student is offered admission to the college.  It is advisable to apply early to schools that use a rolling admissions policy.

Regular Admissions:    A college using  regular admissions sets a date by which all applications must be filed.  After consideration is given to all the applications, decisions are mailed to the applicants.

Early Decision:    Many colleges offer an early decision plan as a means of attracting top-notch students.  A student applying for early decision should have three qualifications:

    If a student is accepted under an early decision plan, the student is committed to attend.  The early decision plans of colleges vary in their regulations.  If considering this type of admission, review the conditions very carefully.

Early Action:    Students receive a decision earlier than the standard response date but are not required to enroll or make a deposit prior to May 1.

Deferred Admission:    Students are permitted to postpone enrollment, usually for one year, after acceptance to the college.


Some colleges/universities request recommendations from teachers, administrators, or coaches.  When you are considering which teachers to ask for recommendations, consider which of your educators:

*College Admission Testing*

According to COLLEGE BOARD HANDBOOK, the required college admission tests provide very important information to both you and to the college to which you are applying. 

From your scores, you

From your scores, colleges

It is very important to know the tests required for each school you are considering.

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT Reasoning) :    SAT Reasoning is usually taken the first time in the spring of the junior year and again in the fall of the senior year.  Most four year colleges require the SAT Reasoning as part of the admission requirements.   

SAT Subject:    Some schools require achievement tests as part of the admission requirements.  These one hour multiple-choice tests may be used in the admission decision or may be used by the college for placement.  Usually schools require a Math test and an English test.  Consult the college catalogue for tests that may be required or recommended in other subjects.

You may not take the SAT Reasoning and the SAT Subject on the same day.  Check your college catalogues to determine if the colleges to which you are applying require SAT Subject achievements.  Be sure you plan your testing schedule wisely so all scores reach the colleges prior to the deadline.

SAT Test Prep classes are offered throughout the school year by Horizons Education Services. For more information, call 741-1256.


AP Exam Score Required for Class Credit

(some of our most frequent colleges)

School AP Chemistry AP Biology AP Enviro Sci AP Physics AP Calculus AP Statistics AP English AP US History AP Government  
Emory/Henry 4, 5 3 4 3, 4 3, 4 3 3, 4 4, 5 4  
UVA @ Wise * 3, 4 or 5 * 3, 4 or 5   * 3, 4 or 5 * 3, 4 or 5 4 or 5 3 or 4 4 or 5 4 or 5  
ETSU 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 or 4 3    
Radford 4 3 4 3 3 3 4, 5 4 3  
VA Tech 4 or 5 4 or 5 *3 or 4, 4 or 5 * 3, 4 or 5 * 3, 4 or 5 * 3, 4 or 5 * 3, 4 or 5 * 3, 4 or 5 4 or 5  
James Madison 4 5 4 3,  4 4 4 4 4, 5 4  
VHCC         * 3, 4 or 5   * 3, 4 or 5 * 3, 4 or 5 * 3, 4 or 5  
* If multiple scores are listed, please visit the schools website as additional credit may be awarded.        



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