As an AP Literature and Composition student, you are certainly on the college path. It is my assumption that most, if not all, of you are planning to attend college following your high school career.
This mini-unit is designed to help you, the pre-college student, gather a few materials together in a porftolio that you may find useful as you apply to various colleges.
Your College Preparation Portfolio will include all of the following:
1) A revised and updated resume. (25 points)
2) A self-written letter of recommendation about yourself from the perspective of a teacher of your choice. (25 points)
3) A college application essay (reflective). (25 points)
4) Proof of completed college application (if attending college). If not, complete the COMMON APPLICATION. (25 points)
Of course, many of you may already be ahead of the game and may have all or some of these items complete! If so, then revise them and include the work you have already completed in your portfolio. There is no need to do any extra work if you have already put some time and thought into these activities.
Simply click on the sub-tabs for instructions for each part of the portfolio.
College Prep. Timeline
Follow this calendar your senior year to be prepared for college:
- Register for the September ACT if appropriate (check ACT dates).
- Come up with a preliminary list of colleges that includes reach, match and safety schools.
- Explore the websites of the colleges that interest you to learn about admissions requirements.
- Check your senior year class schedule to make sure you're taking the English, Math, Social Science, Science, and Foreign Language classes you'll need for your top-choice colleges.
- Look over the Common Application and begin thinking about potential topics for your personal essay.
- Visit campuses and interview with college representatives if appropriate.
- Register for the December SAT or ACT if appropriate.
- Take the November SAT if appropriate.
- Don't let your grades slide. It's easy to be distracted from school work when working on applications. Senior slump can be disastrous for your admissions chances.
- Make sure you've submitted all components of your applications if you are applying to colleges with November deadlines for early decision or preferred application.
- Put the final touches on your application essays, and get feedback on your essays from counselors and/or teachers.
- Continue to research scholarships.
- Keep track of all acceptances, rejections, and waitlists.
- If waitlisted, learn more about waitlists and move ahead with other plans. You can always change your plans if you get off a waitlist.
- Keep your grades up.
- If you have ruled out any colleges that accepted you, notify them. This is a courtesy to other applicants, and it will help the colleges manage their waitlists and extend the correct number of acceptance letters.
- Go to accepted student open houses if offered.
- A couple circumstances may warrant an appeal of a college rejection
May - June
- Avoid senioritis! An acceptance letter doesn't mean you can stop working.
- Most schools have a deposit deadline of May 1st. Don't be late! If needed, you may be able to request an extension.
- Prepare for and take any appropriate AP exams. Most colleges offer course credit for high AP scores; this gives you more academic options when you get to college.
- Have your final transcripts sent to colleges.
- Send thank you letters to everyone who helped you in the application process. Let your mentors and recommenders know the results of your college search.
- Keep on top of procuring student loans. Notify your college if you receive any scholarships.
- Graduate. Congratulations!
July - August after Senior Year
- Read all mailings from your college carefully. Often important registration and housing material is sent in the summer.
- Register for your classes as soon as possible. Classes often fill, and registration is usually on a first-come, first-served basis.
- If you get your housing assignment, take advantage of the summer to get to know your roommate (email, facebook, the phone, etc). Figure out who will bring what. You don't need two TVs and two microwaves in your tiny room.
- Off to college!