Helpful Tips on College Applications
Welcome to the College Counseling Page. You will find information, resources, and advice regarding the application process from the College Counseling Team. If you wish to contact us to schedule a meeting please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Coffee Mornings:
Below are copies of the presentations given during the Parent Coffee Mornings @ ASM.
The process for getting ready for college starts as early as 8th grade. The following document outlines the steps the College Counselling Department feels that students should be undertaking in each grade level.
For US applications:
Personal statements should tell a story about what has shaped you (family experiences, failures, successes, beliefs, etc.) You should be creative and engaging in your essay. The following prompts are the 2017-18 Common App prompts: Common App questions.
Many schools also require supplemental essays of varying length.
For UK applications:
For UK personal statement please read through the following resources (available from UCAS) on how to plan out your essay and what admission’s officers seek:
For EU applications:
Most EU schools require a letter of motivation, similar to that required by schools in the UK. This letter should explain why you are choosing that particular university and degree program. It should explain:
- Who you are and what motivates you.
- Why you are applying to study at that university.
- What you find interesting about the program and why.
- What activities/experiences you have achieved that make you proud.
- Your future goals/plans.
Additional Resources and Important Links
College Research Templates:
These templates are a helpful tool for keeping track of the universities you research. Please modify it by adding additional columns, as necessary, to keep track of attributes and information that are important to you.
US College Information Template – There are three tabs that include basic information about each school, requirements for admission and student life.
College Board Website -For PSAT/SAT/ACT/AP registration and score checking, important information regarding US applications, and college search tool.
Common App Website –For applications to many colleges in the U.S. Provides tips, best practices and guide to the application process for 700+ member colleges and universities.
TOEFL: To create a TOEFL iBT account and find available test centers, dates and times for this English proficiency test.
FAFSA: Link to Federal Student Aid website. Filling out the FAFSA is required for American nationals.
UCAS – For applications to colleges in the UK, tracking applications, university search tool, and important information about studying in the UK.
IELTS UKVI – This is a visa requirement for the Tier 4 Visa for all non-EU applicants.
|September 8, 2017||Registration Deadline for October 7, 2017 SAT and SAT Subject Tests|
|October 5, 2017||Registration Deadline for November 4, 2017 SAT Subject Tests|
|October 7, 2017||SAT and SAT Subject Tests @ ASM|
|October 15, 2017||2018 Entry Deadline for the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and for most courses in medicine, veterinary medicine/science, and dentistry (UK applicants)|
|November 2, 2017||Registration Deadline for December 2, 2017 SAT and SAT Subject Tests|
|November 4, 2017||SAT Subject Tests @ ASM|
|December 4, 2017||SAT and SAT Subject Tests @ ASM|
|January 15, 2018||2018 Entry Deadline for most Undergraduate Courses (UK applicants)|
|February 9, 2018||Registration Deadline for March 10, 2018 SAT and SAT Subject Tests|
|March 10, 2018||SAT and SAT Subject Tests @ ASM|
|April 6, 2018||Registration Deadline for May 5, 2018 SAT and SAT Subject Tests|
|May 3, 2018||Registration Deadline for June 2, 2018 SAT Subject Tests|
|May 5, 2018||SAT and SAT Subject Tests @ ASM|
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|University Fair – Gulf EDU||10/02/2017|
|Alumni Visit – Political Science Major Student||10/26/2017|
|Hult International Business School||11/15/2017|
|Stony Brook University||11/17/2017|
|Global Study UK Fair||11/23/2017|
|Education City (Qatar) University Fair||12/6/2017|
|Yale Young African Scholar Program||12/22/2017|
|Study UK University Fair||01/15/2018|
|Alumni Visit – Architecture Major Student||01/17/2018|
|American Universities Abroad||02/12/2018|
|Global Study UK Spring Fair||03/22/2018|
|University Fair – Gulf EDU||04/02/2018|
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