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SVHS Class of 2020 College Planning Calendar

College Planning Calendar for the Saint Viator High School class of 2020, created by College Counseling.

Keywords: SVHS College Counseling,Kelly Dutmers,Saint Viator College Counseling

2019-20 ACT National Test Dates and Registration Information

Important information ... When taking the ACT/SAT tests, you must send official test scores to Saint Viator High School to avoid possible
loss of scholarships and/or awards. Saint Viator must have official ACT scores for students to be considered as an Illinois State Scholar.


ACT Assessment Registration Deadlines Late (Fee Required)
February 9, 2019
January 11, 2019 January 12-18, 2019
April 13, 2019
June 8, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 9-25, 2019
July 13, 2019
May 3, 2019 May 4-20, 2019
*September 7, 2019
*October 26, 2019 June 14, 2019 June 15-24, 2018

*December 7, 2019 *August 9, 2019 *August 25, 2019
*February 8, 2020
*September 27, 2019 *October 13, 2019

*November 1.2019 *November 18, 2019

*January 10, 2020 *January 17, 2020

You must register online at
*Anticipated dates. Please verify.

2019-20 SAT National Test Dates and Registration Information


March 9, 2019 February 8, 2019 February 26, 2019
May 4, 2019 April 4, 2019 April 22, 2019

June 1, 2019 May 1, 2019 May 19, 2019

Future dates TBA

Register Online for the SAT at

Saint Viator High School Code is 140-098

If you want to participate in NCAA Division I or II sports as a college freshman, you should enter “CODE 9999” on the ACT registration form as

the destination of one of your college and scholarship choices.

Junior Year


 Parents are invited to the SVHS Parent Meeting on College Planning to receive an overview of the college planning process.
 Familiarize yourself with the ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests. Determine if and when you should take each test.
 Register for any winter or spring ACT, SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests.
 Register for the SVHS ACT Prep Class.
 Consider a summer enrichment program for high school students.
 Make an appointment to meet with the college counselor for an individual family meeting if you have not already done so.


 Finalize senior year classes with your counselor, keeping in mind your college or career.
 Begin the college search in earnest. Identify the factors that are important to you in choosing a college. Two-year or four-year?

Location? Cost? Public or private? Programs you need? Social environment? Consult your counselor, college counselor, guidebooks,
Naviance Family Connection, school websites, and materials in the Counseling and College Counseling offices.
 Regularly check Naviance Family Connections for a list of college representatives visiting SVHS. Use these visits to add to your college
 Plan college visits on days off.
 Consider a summer enrichment program for high school students.
 Make an appointment to meet with the College Counselor for an individual family meeting if you have not already done so. Schedule
meeting early to ensure follow up can occur.
 Attend Catholic College Fair at Saint Viator High School.
 Attend Oakton Community College’s Annual College Fair, which is mostly Midwest colleges.


 Make an appointment to meet with the college counselor for an individual family meeting if you have not already done so. Schedule
meeting early to ensure follow up can occur.

 Register for the SAT Subject Test(s) if required by your college choices.
 Visit colleges during spring break.

 Make an appointment to meet with the college counselor for an individual family meeting if you have not already done so.
 Attend the District 214 College Fair at Harper College with representatives from more than 200 colleges across the country.

 Talk to the college counselor to develop a short list of good college matches.
 Visit college campuses on days off.
 Take the ACT.
 Use the Counseling Department resources to research summer programs.


 Finish the year out strong! This will be your most important semester as these grades are the final grades on your transcript when
applying in fall.

 Take AP exams if appropriate.
 Analyze and understand your test results. Register and prepare for the fall ACT or SAT if needed.
 If you are a college-bound athlete, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
 Decide which colleges you can visit this summer. Ask colleges about summer open house programs, tours and interviews.

 Participate in summer opportunities: travel, school and work. Try to do something meaningful.
 If interested, take the College Essay Workshop at Saint Viator High School. This is a great opportunity to start working on your college
essays with direction from our own faculty.
 Continue to work on rough drafts of college essays.
 Check current school calendar for the date of the Financial Aid Seminar at SVHS in the fall. Be sure to attend with parents if you have not
already done so during a previous school year.

Senior Year


 Make an appointment to meet with the College Counselor for an individual family meeting if you have not already done so.
 Finish college research, compare schools and finalize your application list.
 Create a system to monitor college deadlines and required application pieces.
 Work on rough drafts of college essays and begin college applications.
 Check Naviance Family Connection and the college bulletin board, and listen to morning announcements, for a list of college

representatives visiting SVHS so you can meet with schools of interest.
 Visit the NACAC College Fair.
 If appropriate, attend the Directions College Fair for postsecondary options for students with special needs.

 Submit the FAFSA after October 1st – the sooner the better.
 If needed, parents should attend the District 214 FAFSA Completion Night or another program like it hosted at your public library.
 Make sure the colleges you have applied to have received the information from FAFSA.
 Submit CSS PROFILE registration forms for schools requiring them.
 Send in early decision, early action and priority applications.
 Start submitting transcript requests to Parchment. Make sure you have completed and turned in to the College Counseling Office the
yellow College Application Information Form for each school to which you are applying. Observe all deadlines.
 Make requests for teacher and counselor recommendations by the stated Saint Viator High School internal deadline found in the
Counseling Office and in your senior homerooms.
 Have your test scores sent from your testing account to colleges from the testing agencies.
 If interested in the arts, visit the NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair in Chicago.
 Visit colleges while they are in session. Send thank you notes for any interviews.
 Apply to schools with rolling admissions. Early applications can mean early responses. You do not want to miss scholarship deadlines.

 Make sure you have completed and turned in to the College Counseling Office the yellow College Application Information Form for each
school to which you are applying. Observe all deadlines.
 Check with all schools to which you have applied to make sure they have received all of your materials.
 Keep your grades up; colleges do look at semester grades.
 Participate in the District 214 NCAA Night if interested in college athletics (if available).
 Native Spanish speakers can visit the District 211 Spanish-Speaking College Fair (if available).

 Submit remaining yellow College Application Information Forms to the College Counseling Office.
 Start planning holiday visits to colleges. Call ahead to make sure they are open!
 Gather financial aid information.
 Contact colleges if you are interested in arranging an alumni interview.
 Begin scholarship research.
 Report any admissions decisions to counseling. Bring a copy of any scholarship offers to the counseling secretary.

 Request through Parchment that seventh semester transcripts be sent for schools requiring them. This is also called the mid-year report.
 If accepted under a binding early decision plan, withdraw all other applications.
 Check with all schools to which you have applied to make sure they have received all of your materials.
 Continue researching and applying for scholarships.
 Advise the College Counseling Office when you receive decisions from colleges.
 Submit information on scholarships you receive to the College Counseling Office for inclusion in the graduation program.

 Are you wait listed? Contact those colleges if you wish to remain on their wait list or let them know you have made another choice.
Many colleges will let you know by the summer.


 Continue to pursue scholarship options; watch due dates.
 Keep your second semester grades strong. The college you attend will be looking at your grades when they receive your final transcript!
 Advise the College Counseling Office when you receive decisions from colleges.
 Submit information on scholarships you receive to the College Counseling Office for inclusion in the graduation program.
 Send a thank you to teachers, counselors and anyone who helped you through the process.


 Send any new material that may support your application to colleges.
 Advise the College Counseling Office when you receive decisions from colleges.
 Submit information on scholarships you receive to the College Counseling Office for inclusion in the graduation program.

April All colleges should respond with an admission decision by the first week of April.
 Decide which college you wish to attend. Revisit the school if necessary. Participate in “admitted student visit days.” Go to any
 information meeting to which you are invited.
Advise the College Counseling Office when you receive decisions from colleges.
 Submit information on scholarships you receive to the College Counseling Office for inclusion in the graduation program.

May Mail deposit to ONE college by May 1. Sign and return any financial aid award letters to acknowledge that you accept the aid offer.
 Inform all colleges whether or not you are going to attend. They may be able to give your spot to another student if you are not
 attending.
Fill out loan applications.
 Send in your housing contract and register for orientation. Tip: Attending an early session will yield you more options for fall classes.
 Take AP Exams if appropriate.
 Study for finals; final grades still count!
 Through Parchment, request your final transcript be sent to the college you will attend after your grades are reported.

June Attend all first-year student advising days, open houses, orientation programs and registration days offered by your college.
Read books on how to survive in college – physically, emotionally and academically.
 Send thank you notes for any scholarships you have received.


The ACT and SAT are national college admission examinations that consist of individual tests in different subject matters. These tests

have been around for a while; however, there have been some changes to these exams in the few last years. The best preparation for

both tests is to take rigorous courses within a strong curriculum.

The ACT Assessment
The ACT tests students in English, math, reading and science; an optional writing test is available. The ACT takes about three hours without
writing and three and a half hours with writing to complete. It consists of 215 multiple-choice questions. The ACT test is universally accepted for
college admissions. The questions asked on the test are curriculum based and directly related to what the student has learned. Many students take
the test multiple times. You must register to take the ACT online at A separate score report is maintained for each test date.
Through ACT, students can indicate which set of scores they would like reported to a college. Saint Viator recommends all students take the
writing portion of the test. Some colleges require it for admission; there is a list of schools that require the writing test on the ACT website. Some
colleges do not require the writing test but do use the results for placement into English classes. Taking the writing test will not affect scores of the
multiple-choice tests in the ACT Assessment or the composite scores for those tests. A combined English/Writing score on a scale of 1 to 36 will
be given. A writing test sub score will also be given on a scale of 2-12. Students are given 30 minutes to complete the writing test. For more
information, please go to the ACT website at

The SAT Assessment
The SAT tests the subject matter learned by students in high school and how well they apply that knowledge - the critical thinking skills necessary
to succeed in college. Students are tested on evidence-based reading and writing, and math. The questions on the test include multiple choice
questions, student-produced responses to math questions, and essay questions. With the new test, there is no penalty for incorrect answers.
Registration for the SAT is completed online at Through SAT, a student can send one,
multiple, or all test scores to a college on a single score report; SAT will be able to send scores by test date and/or scores from individual SAT
Subject Tests.

ACT, College Board and Saint Viator recommend students take the tests in the spring. This gives students the opportunity to complete more
course work during their junior year before taking the test. There is still plenty of time to retake the test, if needed, prior to early application
deadlines in the fall.

The best preparation for both tests is to take the most academically challenging course load possible in which students can be successful. Take
advantage of the ACT Preparation Program for juniors offered at Saint Viator. The course runs six weeks beginning in mid-February and includes
the week of the April ACT, which is hosted at Saint Viator High School. The course is taught by our own experienced ACT instructors. In
addition, courses and tutors are available for students who would like extra preparation. You can find a list of tutors on the Saint Viator
Counseling Department Webpage. The ACT and SAT Websites are also very helpful, providing students with sample test questions and essay



In certain subjects, especially math and languages, students can qualify for advanced placement in higher-level courses and/or college credit by
scoring above a certain minimum on departmental exams given during freshman orientation. The idea here is simply to allow you to enroll at the
level of study that is appropriate for you. You may decide not to accept advanced standing, but the option is a useful one for those who wish to take
advantage of it.


Most colleges and universities participate in the College Board Advanced Placement Program and will award credit for those AP courses you took
in high school. A score of 3 or better on the US History AP Exam, for example, may earn you semester hours of credit at your college, enable you
to skip the history portion of your general studies requirements, and provide you with immediate entry into advanced upper-level offerings in the
History Department. The policies vary somewhat from one campus to another and even among the departments on any one campus. Many high
school students, however, each year receive college credit or credit exemptions from requirements via the AP route. PLEASE NOTE: Your test
results will not automatically follow you, so make certain to have them forwarded to your college registrar's office from your College
Board account.


CLEP offers 33 exams in five subject areas, covering material taught in courses that you may take in your first two years of college. CLEP exams
allow you to bypass introductory classes in subject areas you already know or can study on your own. CLEP exams can save you money since the
courses you bypass through CLEP are courses you will not have to pay for on your way to a degree. Any student is eligible to take CLEP exams.
Information about registration and test centers may be obtained from


Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas. These are the only national
admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests. SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate
yourself in the admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. Juniors
completing a fourth year of a language, chemistry, or calculus may want to consider taking SAT II tests in June in preparation for admission to
more selective universities. Some of the more selective schools will use SAT II scores for either admission or placement. Based on your
performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses. Registration for the
SAT II is done with the same form that is used for the SAT I online at


A number of honors and AP classes at Saint Viator can be taken concurrently for college credit in cooperation with Loyola University Chicago.
Any student taking these courses should contact the Admissions Office of any university they are considering to verify whether they will accept
these credits, as it is at the discretion of each college to do so.

January 2019

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 2 3 4 5

6 7 8 9 10 11 12

deadline for Feb

13 14 15 16 17 18 19

Late registration
deadline for
February ACT

Final Exams

20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Class of 2020
Parent Counselor
7pm Auditorium

27 28 29 30 31

Continue college and career searches using Naviance Family Connection.


By contacting the Counseling Office by telephone at 847-392-4050, ext. 261 or e-mail at [email protected], parents may
schedule an appointment for a parent-student conference with the college counselor to discuss college choices. A student may also
schedule a parent-student conference with the college counselor to discuss college options if his or her parents cannot attend an
appointment and can set up an appointment by stopping in the Counseling Office in Room 132 to make an appointment. These
conferences can be extremely helpful to both parents and students.

During the conference, the college counselor will review with the student and the parent the student’s current list of college choices
with respect to specific admissions requirements and will answer questions regarding selections. In addition, the college counselor will
help the student explore other possible college choices based on fit. In order for the college counselor to prepare for the meeting and
customize it for each individual, students are asked to complete the Student Self-Assessment and the College Meeting Survey in
Naviance/Family Connection.

The college counselor will send an electronic invitation to schedule an appointment shortly after the Junior Parent Counselor meeting
in January.


Go to the Saint Viator High School homepage; click on Students; click on Counseling/College Info; click on Family
Connection (Naviance); enter your user name/e-mail and password and you are in. You may now click on Colleges,
Careers or About Me.

If you click on Colleges, you can type in the name of any college you would like to explore and Family Connection
will give you comprehensive information regarding the college, as well as a link to the website. The scattergram is a
very popular feature. Grade point averages and ACT scores from Saint Viator students are displayed for a particular

If you click on Careers you can take a personality quiz, take a test for careers that match your interests, and search
various careers and career clusters in depth.

February 2019

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 2

Schedule an appointment for parents and students with the College Counselor by
Calling 847-392-4050, Ext 261

Registration deadline February ACT
for March SAT

10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Class of 2020 &
17 18 2021 online Catholic 22 23
No School summer College Fair
President’s Day registration Using Naviance Family Connection, continue
19 ACT Course college and career searches. Complete
A good weekend to visit colleges Pre-test 3pm Student Self-Assessment and College
26 Meeting Survey in “About Me” before
24 25 20 21 scheduling an appointment with the college
27 28

Registration deadline
for March SAT



There is nothing like a campus visit to help get a better idea of what college life is like and whether it's what you really want. Sample
as many campus activities as possible to develop a "feel" for the college. A little research and forethought will help ensure a rewarding
campus visit.

1. Plan the visit in advance.
2. It is preferable to visit the college while school is in session and while students and faculty are there for at least one half of the day.

If this is not possible, it is still valuable to visit, take the tour and hear the admission counselor speak.
3. Talk with an admissions counselor, tour the campus, sit in on some classes, talk with a professor in your area of

academic interest, eat a meal in the dining hall, stay overnight in a residence hall if possible.
4. Contact the college at least one to two weeks in advance. You may need to schedule even earlier in the fall. Give the admission

officer time to plan for your visit. They will set up a campus schedule, including class visits, and make appointments for you.
5. Read the college catalogs and brochures. You will get more out of the campus visit if you know something about the school

6. Prepare a list of questions. Ask both specific and general questions. Remember no question is dumb.
7. Bring your high school transcript and test scores. This will help the admission officer evaluate you.
8. Take your parents. Parents may have questions of their own and this is an opportunity for them to find out about the college too.


The interview with an admission officer is a key part of your campus visit. The admission officer will want to find out if you are the
right kind of student for that college and, of course, you want to find out if you are typically found within the admissible range.

1. Be on time. This creates a good first impression.
2. Relax and be yourself.

3. Ask questions. If you followed the guidelines above, you will have your most important questions already prepared.
4. It is okay to ask about your admission chances. If you have your high school transcripts and test scores with you, the admission

officer will be able to give you an idea of your chance of being admitted. However, a definite answer will probably not be possible
at this time.
5. Mention any additional information. If there are important things about your background and achievements, such as co-curricular
activities, special skills, honors, etc., now is the time to mention them.


Sometimes it is impossible to visit a campus. You can still get the feel of a college by talking to recent graduates or current students
who are from your area. The college admission office can give you the names of these people. Write or call the admission office to
find out when a representative will be in your area or check the school bulletin board to see when representatives will visit Saint
Viator. Additionally, many colleges offer virtual tours in their website.

March 2019

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 2

Schedule an appointment for parents and students with the college counselor by 9
calling 847-392-4050 Ext 261. SAT Exam

345678 16

deadline for
April ACT

10 11 12 13 14 15

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Late registration
deadline for
April ACT No School –Spring Break
Spring break is a good time to visit colleges. Check to make sure specific colleges

are in session.



When selecting a college, you will find a range of sizes, locations, activities, programs, and admission requirements among the 3,000
plus colleges in the United States. You can get a list of schools that match your criteria in Naviance Family Connections under
College Search/Match. In order to narrow your choices, you should consider what is important to you about the college you will
attend. Many questions will come to mind; the following questions may help to guide your thinking.

Academic Program: What degrees are offered? Majors? Minors? Electives? Retention rate? What core courses are required
freshman year? Following years’ courses? Any special programs such as independent study, off-campus study, study abroad, ROTC,
LD? How intense is the academic pressure on students?

Activities: Newspaper? Athletics? Drama? Debate? Band? Fraternities and sororities? Political organizations?

Admissions: What are the admission requirements? ACT or SAT? High school academic units? Interview? High school GPA?
Recommendations? Achievement tests? Special requirements for certain programs? Admission deadlines? Early admissions?
Application fee? What are the average ACT and SAT scores for incoming freshmen?

Campus: What is the campus setting? Urban? Suburban? Rural? How large? How many buildings? Cultural and social
attractions? Facilities? Campus security? Does the surrounding area have access to internships and jobs?

Career Center: Does the college offer a Career Center? What types of services are offered, such as career fairs, job shadowing and
career placement? Does the school place students in jobs on or off campus?

Costs: What is the tuition? Room and board costs? What meal plans are offered? Is a deposit required and when? What is the
tuition payment schedule?

Sports: What are the college’s facilities? What intercollegiate and intramural sports are offered? Athletic scholarships?

Faculty. What is the faculty size? Part-time? What percentage holds a Ph.D.? Student-to-faculty ratio? What is the average class

Financial Aid: What financial aid programs are offered? How many students receive financial aid? What are the requirements?

Living Accommodations: Are dorms available? How many? Are men and women separated? How many students per room or
suite? Is there a good selection of off-campus housing? How many years am I required to live on campus? Is there parking available
if I bring a car?

Religion: Is the school religiously affiliated? Are students predominantly of one religion? What facilities are available for religious
services on campus? Are there religious organizations?

April 2019

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 2 3 4 5 6

Registration deadline
for May SAT

78 9 10 11 12 13
District 214 18
College Fair 6;30- 19 ACT at
8:30pm Saint Viator
Forest View Easter Break 8 am

Ed Center 26 20

14 15 16 17 27

21 22 23 24 25
Easter Break Late
28 Registration deadline
29 for May SAT


Student athletes who plan to play college sports must register
with the NCAA. Schedule an appointment with the College Counselor
by calling 847-392-4050 X 261


Now is the time for college-bound student-athletes in their junior year to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center if they plan on
participating in college athletics. Early registration promotes positive planning and involvement, bypasses the last-minute rush and
helps college-bound student-athletes avoid issues that may delay their academic and amateur certifications. The registration process is
easy and can be done by:

1. Logging on to the Eligibility Center Website at

2. Select the down arrow to Register.

3. Choose Division I or II on the left and press the “Create an Account” button to register OR choose Division III or Undecided
on the right and press the “Create a Profile Page” to create an account.

4. Follow registration steps.

The NCAA Eligibility Center registration fee is $90 for domestic students. The fee for students who have international educational or
sports-participation experience after the age of 11 is $150.

When student-athletes register for the ACT or SAT, please let them know to use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999. This will
ensure the test score(s) go directly to NCAA. Student-athletes who don’t use the 9999 code will need to pay to have the score sent
later in the process. Remember that NCAA cannot take ACT or SAT scores from transcripts.

Student-athletes need to apply for admission to the college or university they are interested in attending. Some student-athletes think
that because they are being recruited or because they have registered with the Eligibility Center, they do not need to apply for
admission. Athletic eligibility and admission to a college or university are two separate processes and both need to be completed.

More information regarding NCAA eligibility can be found here:

May 2019

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 2 3 4

Registration SAT Exam
deadline for June at SVHS

5 6 7 8 9 10 11

AP Exams this Week.

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

AP Exams this Week.

19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Late registration Late Registration
deadline for May
deadline for SAT
June ACT

26 27 28 29 30 31

No School
Memorial Day

Plan on which colleges you will visit this summer.



All GRADUATES must complete 24 credit hours, including:

4 credits in English 4.0 credits in Theology 0.5 credit in Fine Arts

3 credits in Math 2 credits in Physical Education/Health 0.5 credit in Computer Technology

3 credits in Science 2 credits in Social Studies (including Civics) 2.0 elective credits

1 credit in US History

2 credits in Modern World Language (in some instances Fine Arts may be substituted)

All students must pass the United States and Illinois Constitution exams.

All students of the Class of 2018 must meet the Christian Service requirement of 100 hours.


College entrance requirements related to high school coursework vary from college to college. Some suggestions for coursework in various
disciplines are given below. The general requirements for admission to colleges and universities in the State of Illinois are listed in the Curriculum
Guide. If a student has questions about a specific college entrance requirement, contact the college directly.


Many students, parents and college professors blame high schools for the poor performance of college freshmen. Students should take the most
challenging classes in which they can be successful. Examine course descriptions in the required subjects and determine which ones will provide
the highest challenge that can be handled. Consider taking advanced and honors classes even if all A’s are not earned. Hard work in these classes
will develop study skills and survival techniques that prove valuable in college.

Suggested Courses:

English – Enroll every year in English classes, especially those that emphasize writing. Writing is thinking. Practice as much as possible.

Social Studies – Most schools require a background in United States History and an understanding of American political and economic thought.
In addition, take at least one course in the development of Western Civilization and one in current international politics.

Science – Illinois state colleges prefer three years of laboratory sciences.

Math – Graduates should have passed classes in basic arithmetic, geometry and Algebra II. Students who hope to succeed in college will study
advanced math concepts in algebra, trigonometry and calculus.

Modern World Language – Two years of a modern world language is strongly recommended. Students who are considering careers in business,
science or public service would do well to take four years of one language.

Computers – Before leaving high school, students should be proficient in word processing and computer technology.


In general, colleges expect a senior to complete at least four solid academic courses during senior year. More competitive colleges will
expect seniors to complete five solid academic courses. In addition, students considering more selective colleges should continue to take
Advanced Placement and/or honors courses during senior year. Solid Academic Courses include: math, English, social studies, science and
modern world language.

June 2019

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

SAT Exam

ACT Exam

Final Exams

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summer School Registration
Session 1 begins deadline for July

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

23 24 25 26 27 28 29

Late Summer School

Registration Session 1 ends
deadline for July


Visit colleges this summer!!!


Particularly in highly selective schools, the essay can make or break an application; it can tip the scales in a close decision depending
on whether the essay is powerful or weak.

 Read the directions carefully. You will want to answer the question as directly as possible and follow word limits exactly.

 Write lean! A cardinal rule is for the writer to omit needless words.

 Start early. Leave plenty of time to revise, reword, and rewrite. You can improve your presentation.

 Tell the truth about yourself. The admission committee is anonymous to you; you are completely unknown to them.

 Focus on an aspect of yourself that will show your best side. A narrow focus is more interesting than broad-based

 Speak positively. Being negative tend to turn people off.

 Write about your greatest assets and achievements. You should be proud of them!

 Do not repeat information given elsewhere in the application.

 Do not write about general, impersonal topics like the nuclear arms race or the importance of good management in business.
The college wants to know about you. Some ideas are: influential people in your life, memorable experiences, summer travel
experiences, leadership experiences, etc.

 Do not use the essay to excuse your shortcomings unless you intend it to be a natural integral part of your topic. If it is
a question of underachievement, you should find somewhere else other than your essay to explain why you had not been
working to your ability.

 Do not use clichés. Do not go to extremes - too witty, too opinionated, or too “intellectual.”

 What makes the essay distinctive is not the topic, but the way you describe the experience and the impact it had on you.
Recount your experiences in a way that allows the reader to share in it, and as a result, have insight into your thoughts and

July 2019

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 2 3 4 5 6

No summer school in session. – Offices closed

7 8 9 10 11 12 13
SAT Exam

Summer School
Session II begins

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25 26 27
Summer School
Session II ends

28 29 30 31

Visit colleges this summer!!!



Even people who do not know you well will be able to write detailed, accurate letters if you provide them with a Student Self-
Assessment Survey. This is an online survey that you need to complete on Naviance Family Connection.


Look to see if recommendations are required, and if they are, how many. The best letters come from people who know you well. You
can help people by providing them with everything they need to do a good job. Use this checklist to ensure the quality of your letters.
Try to select a teacher who has had contact with you during your junior year or has worked with you over several years.

1. Personally ask teachers to write a minimum amount of letters of recommendation. Provide them with a blue Request for
Letter of Recommendation Form, which is available in the Counseling Office. Teachers are given fifteen school days to write a
letter, but the earlier you give them a request, the more time they will have to write it. You must ask your teacher in person if
he/she can write a letter for you. You must inform the teachers of deadline dates for your applications. Directions for teachers on
how to access your Self-Assessment Survey are included on the form.

2. Allow at least 15 working days before the mailing deadline. It’s easier for everyone if you plan ahead!

3. Establish, with the teacher/writer, whether he/she should send letters online or turn them in to the college counselor to be mailed.
When in doubt concerning this procedure, check with the college counselor. We strongly recommend anything that needs to be
mailed by the Counseling Office, such as counselor reports and letters of recommendation, be mailed together.

4. Take time to thank the people who helped you with the application process.


During the month of February, you will be asked to complete a Student Self-Assessment Survey
online in Naviance Family Connections. When completing your college applications, some may
require one or two letters of recommendation from faculty members and/or counselor. When you
ask someone to write a recommendation, the faculty member will be able to access your Self-
Assessment Survey so that he/she will know more about you and enable him/her to write an even
better recommendation. Information in these letters could be critical in the acceptance process.

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Think about which teachers you will ask for letters of recommendation.


 Visit each college website separately – each college has their own application requirements.
 Read all of the directions for applying: have the yellow College Application Information Form handy to fill out all

information. Do they require a school/counselor report? How many teacher recommendations are needed?
 Send a transcript for each college through Note: for Common Application schools you do not need to

add each school separately. Simply click on the words Common Application and add your Common Application ID when
prompted. This cannot be done until you invite the counselor when you are filling out the Common Application (see below).
 Send ACT/SAT scores through the testing agency to each school where you apply.
 Take note of any application and scholarship deadlines.
 Fill out the application online whenever possible; use paper applications only if necessary.
 Electronically send what is asked of you and completely fill out the yellow College Application Information Form even if
we do not need to mail anything.
 It is YOUR responsibility to give us anything that needs to be mailed. This needs to be done AT LEAST 15 school days before
the deadline.
 Personally ask the teacher to write a letter of recommendation for you and follow all internal Saint Viator High School
recommendation request deadlines found in the Counseling Office or in your senior homeroom. Specify to the teacher on the
blue Letter of Recommendation Request form which colleges his/her letter will be going to and how they will be submitting
the letter on your behalf (as indicated by the numbers in the legend).

Common Application Information (skip if not using Common Application)

 Everyone must assign the college counselor or guidance counselor as a counselor recommender in the Common App. Enter
the name and submit his/her Saint Viator High School email address in the “Recommenders and FERPA” section for one of
the colleges you are applying to. For the counselor recommendation, you only need to do this once and it applies to ALL of
your application on Common Application. This is not the case with your teacher recommenders, as once the teacher’s
information is entered in you will then have to find that teacher in a drop-down menu for each college, select their name, then
click “assign.”

 Once you enter this information the school report will be sent to your counselor. Give him/her time to start filling out your
School Report before signing on to Parchment. Once the report has started, you can sign on to to request
your transcript. Complete the steps for applying and remember to click on the Common Application tab and enter your
Common Application ID when asked for it on Parchment.

Send transcripts at
Send ACT scores by going to

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The majority of colleges prefer online applications, which are available on the schools’ websites. They may also have an application
that is hosted on a third-party website, such as the Common Application, the Universal College Application, or the Coalition for
Access, Affordability, and Success. Speak with the college counselor on how to organize your college applications and how to select
which application type you will ultimately be submitting.

Once you have decided on which application format you will pursue, start the application, fill out the required information, and print
supplemental forms that need to be turned in to the college counseling office, such as the School Report/Counselor Report. Affix the
School Report/Counselor Report with a paperclip to the yellow College Application Information Form you will be turning in for that
application. The Teacher Recommendation Forms (if applicable to your application) should be given to the teachers along with the
blue Letter of Recommendation Request form (use a paperclip to attach). BE SURE TO COMPLETE YOUR PORTION AND

CAREFULLY NOTE ALL DEADLINES! We are eager to see that your applications are processed quickly and without
complications. Please do your part by following these instructions and by not expecting instant service on your applications. We
process more than 1,600 applications from September through January.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for requesting letters of recommendation from teachers, if they are needed (not all applications require a
teacher or counselor recommendation). The blue Letter of Recommendation Request sheet must be filled out before asking the teacher
and upon the teacher stating s/he will do so, you will hand over the completed blue sheet. If they are to submit any recommendations
online, you are responsible for assigning them access, which connects their email address with your application.

Transcripts are sent electronically: Saint Viator High School collaborates with Parchment to manage online, secure transmissions of
student transcripts, which is what most colleges prefer. Under certain circumstances, transcripts can be mailed. Students will have an
account created for them by the beginning of senior year with their transcript located in their account already. At the beginning of
senior year they will be sent a registration code which will help them connect to their account. Students will be able to use Parchment
after a student graduates to continue to request transcripts. We encourage you to file the student’s password in a safe location. If you
have any questions regarding this service, please contact Mrs. Stefania Svejnoha at [email protected] or 847.392.4050, ext.

ACT/SAT TEST SCORES: Students are responsible for sending ACT/SAT scores to colleges from your testing account. Take
advantage of sending test scores to four colleges, free-of-charge, when you sign up for ACT.

FAFSA: You MUST fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) even if you know you will not qualify for aid.
Colleges use FAFSA as the basis for scholarship eligibility. FAFSA is available online at and can be completed
starting October 1, 2019 for the Class of 2020. FAFSA will now be using the tax information from two years prior, allowing this
application to be filed in the fall instead of spring of senior year. Most financial aid comes directly from the college to which you have
applied. Always check with the director of financial aid at the college. It is to your benefit to get this information to schools ASAP.

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Institute Day in order to complete the application process.

Submit FAFSA forms. You may use information from the two years prior.


There is a difference between early decision, early action and restrictive early action:

Early Action - if a student applies by a specified early action date, the college will let the student know their decision before students
who apply at regular deadline. Early action is NOT binding.

Early Decision - allows the student to apply early (usually first semester) and receive an admission decision before the college’s usual
notification date. Many students decide not to apply to any college through early decision because it is a binding agreement.

 Early decision is a BINDING agreement, which means that if you are accepted, you agree to attend that institution no matter
what other acceptances you receive.

 You are allowed to apply for early decision at only ONE school, although you may still apply for early action and regular
decision at other colleges.

 Colleges can accept early decision applicants before the financial aid packages are prepared and offered to the student. That
means that the student may be locked into a financial aid package that is not suitable for him or her. Once the student has
officially agreed to early decision, he or she does not have the option of looking for a different school that offers a better
financial aid package. You will need to research the financial aid you anticipate receiving from that college prior to applying
early decision. The best way to determine this is by contacting our admissions representative from that college and by using the
Net Price Calculator for that college.



o Once a student is admitted under EARLY DECISION, they MUST WITHDRAW all previously
submitted applications.

Restrictive Early Action - allows the student to apply to an institution of preference and receive a decision early. He/she may be
restricted from applying early decision or early action or restrictive early action to other institutions. The student is responsible for
checking on this.

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The application form tells a great deal about you, but it can never replace the real you. Sometimes admission officers and scholarship
committees will want to meet you in person and ask you questions, which gives them an opportunity to evaluate the validity of their
impression of you from your application. Interviews may begin by simply verifying the responses you included on your application,
what high school you attend, how many brothers and sisters you have, what your parents do for a living, etc. Factual questions of this
type are designed as icebreakers to help you relax. More importantly, the sessions will demonstrate your ability to express yourself
orally. In addition, the interviewers can make more accurate judgments about your attitude and personality after a personal
conversation than they can make from a piece of paper. It also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Carefully review the following checklist and mentally prepare yourself. Remember that the interviewers are generally adults. They
will expect you to be clean and neat, to speak standard English, and to be excited about what they have to offer. If you are not willing
to put some honest effort into preparing for the interview, you are wasting both their time and yours.



Use common sense in choosing your clothing. Leave your parents/friends in the car. Arrive early!
Bring your academic resume. Listen for and remember the interviewer's name.

Research as much as possible about the school or scholarship. Smile occasionally and pay attention.

Formulate intelligent questions based on your research. Make eye contact during the interview.

Thank your interviewer for his/her time and write a short thank-you note – e-mails are acceptable.


1. Who has most influenced you in your life?

2. Why do you want to attend this school?
3. What was the last book you read that was not required reading?
4. How do you define success?
5. If you were told that you had one year to live, what would you do
6. What is the most significant invention of the twentieth century?

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Financial aid has helped millions of students continue their education. Your chances of getting it are best if you apply the right way the
first time. The first step is to apply for admission and financial aid at institutions that interest you. Most require that you be accepted
before they offer you financial aid. Check the deadlines for each scholarship program to which you plan to apply. File the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and, if requested, the CSS PROFILE as soon as possible in October 2018, and
preferably at least four weeks before your earliest deadline. FAFSA will be using the tax information from two years prior, allowing
the application to be filed in the fall of senior year.

 Student Guide to Financial Aid -
 Financial Aid Information Page -

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students must complete the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid to apply for federal student aid programs. For some colleges and states, this is the only form you will be asked to
complete. You must complete the FAFSA form electronically at
Complete the CSS PROFILE. Some colleges and private scholarship programs will also ask you to complete the CSS PROFILE,
which collects information about your family not included on the free federal form (FAFSA). This information is used to determine
eligibility for state, institutional and private funds. The CSS PROFILE fee covers the costs of collecting, processing and sending your
information to the institutions and agencies you list on the CSS PROFILE. The CSS PROFILE and FAFSA must be mailed separately
to the proper locations. Be sure to report your name, address, and social security number accurately on both forms so that CSS
(College Scholarship Service) can match your federal and CSS PROFILE data. Some colleges and programs will also want you to
complete their own application. Check with each institution and program to make sure you know exactly which forms to file. DO
NOT send the CSS PROFILE if it is not required.

When processing is completed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). This indicates your estimated family contribution, which
is used to determine your eligibility for financial aid. If you need to make corrections, use Part 2 of the SAR.

 Investigate every source of financial aid and all alternatives to financial aid.
 Request college admissions and financial aid information.
 Know which financial aid applications to file.
 Complete all applications early for institutional scholarship consideration with admissions.
 Complete CSS PROFILE and FAFSA forms in October.
 Respond promptly to requests for information. Make sure you ask questions; a misunderstanding can cost you money.
 Keep copies of all documents.

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Tuition and Fees
Don’t forget to include items like deposits or application fees.
College Cost Calculator:
Net Price Calculator is also available on individual college websites, which are sometimes hard to find. Go here: and type in the name of the college, which will lead you to their calculator.

Books and Supplies
Buy used books if possible. Check,, and
Computers are another item to include in this category.

Room and Board
Most colleges spell out the basic costs pretty clearly. Also budget for special furniture or supplies you might need (e.g., refrigerator
rental). Plan for family cell phone plans, Skype, and computers, which can add a few hundred dollars to the budget.

Students, particularly those who attend schools far from home and who may have to fly back and forth, often underestimate this
category. Commuter students are not exempt from these costs either - gas, tolls and parking fees can add up.

Personal Expenses
This covers laundry, toothpaste, soap, movies, late-night pizza, ski trips, parties and everything else you’re going to spend to take care
of and entertain yourself. Remember, that’s not cheap!

This accounts for those expenses not necessarily incurred by every student, such as joining a fraternity or sorority. Plan on spending
several hundred dollars for membership fees, T-shirts and events. Spring break trips are expensive, so keep travel costs in mind.

Ways to Stretch your Cash:
 Cruise the Campus Events - Instead of splurging at off-campus theaters and concert halls, check out events around the quad.
 Use that Meal Plan - Skip the take-out pizza and Chinese food and head over to the dining hall. Many colleges charge for a
meal plan whether it is used or not. You might as well get your money’s worth!
 Don’t be a Slave to the ATM - They are way too handy. Try limiting yourself by setting up a healthy financial budget.
 Stick to a Budget - Figure out how much money you have for weekly expenses and then keep track of how much you actually
spend. At the end of the week, compare the two and decide where to trim your expenses.
 Don’t Double Up - Contact your roommate before school starts to see who will bring what. No need to splurge on two stereos,
two TVs and two DVD players if you do not have to!

February 2020

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Sources of Academic Scholarships

 Colleges and universities
 Community agencies and groups
 Corporations, businesses, unions, etc.
 Federal and local governments

How Do I Find Out About These Scholarships?

 Check individual websites of colleges and universities.

 All scholarship information received by the counseling office is posted on the Saint Viator website under Students. At the drop-
down, click on the Counseling/College Info link. Scroll down to Mrs. Dutmers’ webpage. On her page, scroll down to
Scholarships. We recommend checking this site every couple of weeks, as it is updated frequently. Most scholarships are
completed online. If not, applications can be found in the counseling office.

Helpful Web sites for scholarship searches:

IN ADDITION Fastweb……………………………

 Watch for announcements of scholarships in newspapers. Scholarship Monkey………………
Free Scholarship Search…………..

 Ask your parents to check at work or with their unions. FAST Aid…………………………
 Ask your employer for available scholarships.………………….

 Contact the college of your choice. Scholarship Hunter……………….
Scholarship Guidance…………….

Scholarship Owl…………………..

How Do I Apply For a Scholarship? Student Scholarships……………..
My College Scholarship…………..

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 Watch deadlines. Gather information on what else needs to be submitted
along with your scholarship application.

 If the scholarship application requires a transcript or letters of
recommendation, fill out the purple Scholarship Request Form found in the
Counseling Office indicating what needs to be sent with your scholarship
and how it should be sent per the scholarship directions.

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Listed below are just a few of the many sites available: Don’t forget to check the Saint Viator
Website for college and scholarship
 The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) … information.
 College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program …
 Common Application (used by over 450 colleges) …
 SAT … Go to Student Life. At the drop-down
 ACT … click on Counseling/College Info, Mrs.
 NAVIANCE Family Connection … Dutmers webpage and scroll down to
 NCAA …
 Parchment (send electronic transcripts) … Scholarships.

The following sites provide direct links to the webpages of colleges in the United States, as well as around the world.
 College Navigator – Statistics on each college and university complied by the National Center for Education Statistics of the

United States of America Department of Education.
 Big Future – an excellent college search website with the ability to filter different search criteria.
 Petersons - this is another quality search website where students can find an abundance of information about different colleges.

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Listed are various stress factors related to the college admission process are listed below. They address two
major areas of concern: the planning process and the successful survival of freshman year.

1. Concern as to what your peers will think and say about your acceptances and rejections: “Will I find myself involved in the
acceptance/rejection comparison game?”

2. Concern about being asked to examine and then expose your differences, when all along you might have been trying to hide

3. Concern that the decision-making involved in the college admission process is more than you as a 17-year-old can handle.

4. Concern about the admission tests.
5. Concern about the quality of advice offered. “Everyone appears to be an expert. To whom should I listen?”
6. Concern about pleasing parents: “How far do I go with their suggestions?”

7. Concern about living with the final decision: “Will I regret my ultimate choice?”

8. Concern about flunking out: “Will I be in the 10 or 15 percent of the freshmen that will not return for the sophomore year?”

9. Concern about a roommate: “What will living in a dormitory and sharing space with someone else be like?”
10. Concern about alcohol and drugs: Students might face a direct attack on already established morals and values.

11. Concern about entering one of the “big six” career areas: “Just how important is it that I pursue a career in engineering,
accounting, business management, law, medicine or computers?”

12. Concern about doing well once on the campus: “Would I be better off attending a slightly less competitive school where I can
be on top of the heap, as opposed to a more competitive one where I might find myself on the bottom?”

13. Concern about leaving home.

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