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College Counseling Updates 5/13

Class of 2022

  • Final Transcripts: To ensure your son’s final transcript is processed efficiently, please have him provide our office with his Common Application ID number. If your son used a different application, we need the application ID number for that college. Please contact Suzanne Hayes at hayess@avonoldfarms.com with any questions. 
  • Students should continue notifying their counselor with admissions decisions and update their Scoir account. 
  • Here is our advice about being on a waitlist.
  • Have questions? We can help! Contact your son’s College Counselor.

Need-based Financial Aid

If you are requesting need-based financial aid, the earlier you file, the better. You must complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance) at https://fafsa.gov.

Please note the address, as there are other services that charge fees to help you fill out a free application. Some colleges will also require you to submit the CSS ProFile at https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/ This is a more complicated form that may require more time.

Merit-based Scholarships

The following websites provide useful information for students interested in researching and applying for scholarships:

Questions? We can help!  Contact Suzanne Hayes in the  College Counseling Office at hayess@avonoldfarms.com.



Class of 2023

Recommendation Requests

We have asked each student to request a recommendation from a current English or history teacher and a current mathematics or science teacher. The counselor will write the school recommendation. Please remind your son to return the forms to our office before leaving for the summer.

Other activities

  • Our College Counselors will continue meeting with their advisees. Be sure your son responds to meeting invitations and attends as scheduled. 
  • This is a good time to continue working on the Common Application. Students can create an account as a first year applicant and complete the Profile and Family information. We can help lead your son through the Education sections and the rest of the form.
  • This is a good time for parents to explore Scoir. Please have your son complete his personal profile and college preferences. In addition, Scoir offers a comprehensive platform from which to explore schools including virtual tours through YouVisit and their detailed College Walls.
  • Scoir also provides a survey tool in Career Preferences available through YouScience. Although it takes a while to complete, it can generate some potential major and career ideas based on survey responses. 

Standardized Testing

While some colleges continue to require standardized testing as a part of an application,  standardized testing is no longer as essential an element of college applications at many institutions. Fairtest.org (​​https://www.fairtest.org/university/optional) curates the most complete and current listing we have found. 

While strong test scores can enhance a student’s profile, we recommend that our students take either the SAT or the ACT twice, pursuing scores as a “good-to-have” not a “must-have” part of their profiles.

Scholarships

The Cameron Impact Scholarship awards 10-15, full, four-year scholarships to students in the class of 2023. To be eligible, students must have an unweighted GPA of 3.7 or higher, be a citizen of the United States, excel in extracurricular activities, exhibit strong leadership qualities, and demonstrate active participation in community service. Early Application deadline is May 20, 2022. Regular deadline is September 9, 2022. 

Questions? We can help!  Contact the College Counseling Office.