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The Enrollment Lottery is now completed.
áWe are continuing to accept Letters of Intent for all grades,
á and children will be added to wait lists, first come, first served.
Please visit the Enrollment Process page for more information.
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PRIVATE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIESá
WRITING YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY
Senior Coursework Details
MacLaren School Profile

Applying to College
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á á á á á á á áThe time has come to begin the process of filling out your college applications. áYou might want to consider applying first to colleges that have "rolling admissions" where you will learn of an admission decision in as soon as 3-4 weeks after submitting your application. áBe sure to use time savers, such as the Common Application, if you're applying to a number of schools that are members. áThis helpful "guide" to filling out the Common Application was created last year when the Common Application was revamped and gives both suggestions and explanations of the various sections. áTips for Filling Out the Common App will give you MacLaren specific information that you'll need. áThe most significant advice anyone can give you is to take your time, especially with the essay requirements, which also applies to any short answer questions! áRemember, this is a process and if you pace yourself over the fall of your senior year, you'll do a good job AND have a life!!
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Much of this process involves being organized...there are deadlines to pay attention to; letters of recommendation to request; a transcript to order --- and the people involved who will help you complete your application need some advance notice! áTheáApplication Trackerá can help you stay on top of all of these pieces. áAs you start to get organized, read over the hints in the following handouts to make sure you do the very best job you can. áThere are also some "ins and outs" in terms of requesting letters of recommendation that might be helpful:

The College Applicationá á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á á áHints for Applying Online
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In case you need a "refresher course" about the difference between Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Decision, and Single Choice Early Action, this chart should simplify what can be pretty complicated. áIt's important for you to be informed about the implications of choosing either Early Decision or Single Choice Early Action and when in doubt, be sure to ask questions!
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Decision Plan Rules

Two lists of schools that offer "early" admission plans -- Early Decision and Early Action
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Transcript Request Formá-- Most postsecondary institutions will require an "official school transcript" as part of your application to their school. áSome exceptions of note include the California and Montana public colleges and universities who will ask you to self-report your grades as part of the application. áIF you are accepted and decide to attend, a final transcript will be required in June. áAlthough many schools now make it possible to send your transcript electronically, for a timely submission, be sure to fill out one request form for each school you're applying to. áLikewise for scholarships!!á

Letters of Recommendation Form - Teachersá á If* you needáa letter of recommendation from one or more teachers, be sure to ask well ahead of any deadlines. áAfter a teacher agrees to write a letter for you, let him/her know that you will give them this completed form along with any other information they will need in order to complete this process for you. áDon't forget to write a thank you note!!

Letter of Recommendation Form - Counselorá á áIf* you need a letter of recommendation from your counselor, please fill this form out and make an appointment with Mrs. Fruh to review your information. áIt is helpful if you drop the form off in advance of your interview so that there is time to read and digest the information you've shared. áThe counselor recommendation offers you an opportunity to insert important information that hasn't already been shared elsewhere in the application.

*Not all colleges require letters of recommendation and may ignore them if you include them.


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PRIVATEáCOLLEGESá& UNIVERSITIES
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If you are including someáprivate colleges and universities on your list, ta
ke a look at this handout to learn about some important characteristics that are typically a part of their application and admission process. áá

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WRITING YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY(S)

Your essay is the one piece of your application that you have total control over! áAlthough you'll face constraints on length and perhaps the topic, your essay is an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to express yourself and share your unique self. áUse expressive language, action words, and tell a story about yourself that only you can tell, in the first person! áTake a look atáthese suggestionsáof what to do (and not to do) before you get started on brainstorming some ideas. áHopefully the "Essay Workshop" offered every fall at MacLaren will also help you find your voice. áAs you write and rewrite your essay, it is permissible to get input from teachers, parents and or peers, which can be quite helpful in clarifying a thought or refocusing a paragraph. áHowever, sometimes a student's essay begins to sound more like a 40+ year old adult rather than the 18 year old that is applying to college so any "editing" needs to be done judiciously!

If you're totally stuck, take a look at these two documents to help you brainstorm some ideas:

Essay Brainstorming
Fiske's How Can I Brainstorm Essay Topics



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