Before you begin your senior year of high school, it may be beneficial to do some reflection. What kind of learning environments do you enjoy and thrive in? Do you know what you may want to study? Reflecting on questions like these before your senior year will help you when considering to which colleges you may want to apply.
The Common Application opens this month. Some colleges have their own applications, while large university systems may have one application that can be used for all of their schools (such as the UCs or CSUs in California). The Common Application is used by over 700 member institutions, so you can use this one application to apply to any of the member schools including Mount Saint Mary's University. Create your account and check this off your to-do list.
Begin your Common Application for MSMU as well as other schools. Keep track of application deadlines so you don't miss out on kep opportunities.
Check our calendar often to see when a MSMU representative will be hosting an information session in your area and/or with your high school.
Ask your school counselor and/or a teacher to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
Be sure to follow MSMU on Instagram and Facebook to stay informed!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens this month. If you are eligible to apply for federal and state aid, complete the FAFSA. Have your results sent to MSMU by including our school code (001243) before submitting.
Attend college fairs and financial aid information programs offered by your school or local organizations.
Take advantage of college open houses or preview days where you can become more familiar with professors and current students.
If you are looking for scholarships, begin researching and applying for them. Feel free to ask a college counselor at your high school, a guidance counselor/academic advisor, as well as your MSMU admission counselor. Often times, your parent or guardian's employer may provide scholarships as well. It does not hurt to ask.
Complete your Common Application, including the personal statement. Be sure to read through the entire application, which may include optional essays that can benefit you.
Contact the MSMU Office of Admission or your admission counselor if you need an application fee waiver.
Request your official transcripts be sent to MSMU.
Attend an MSMU Application Day or an Onsite Visit with your high school to receive your admission decision on the spot. Application fees and letters or recommendation will be waived. You will have a brief interview with your admission counselor instead. Don't be nervous - we just want to get to know you beyond your grades.
If you submitted the FAFSA, make any necessary corrections to your Student Aid Report (SAR) to avoid delays in processing your financial aid award.
Apply by our December 1st Early Action deadline to be considered for our Honors Program, guaranteed admission from high school to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program or the full-tuition Le Puy Scholarship.
Continue applying for outside scholarships.
If you have not completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid yet, make time to do so. Many schools will begin awarding financial aid to admitted students in January.
Expect your admission decision if you applied by the Early Action Deadline.
Apply by our January 15th Priority Deadline. In addition to your Common Application and personal statement, MSMU requires one letter of recommendation and official transcripts.
Request your official transcript, including fall semester senior year grades, to be sent to MSMU.
Keep an eye out for your financial aid award once you have been admitted and have submitted your FAFSA.
Participate in financial aid appointments throughout the spring to review your award package.
Expect your admission decision if you applied by the Priority Deadline.
Review your financial aid award online once you receive your admission decision.
Attend Admitted Students Day to celebrate your achievements with your family and meet your future classmates.
Submit your $200 tuition deposit and $200 housing deposit before May 1.
Accept your financial aid award once you have made your college decision.
Complete and submit your health forms.
Sign up for placement exams.
Submit loan applications and any other financial aid documents.
Ask your high school to send your final transcripts (including your graduation date) to the Office of Admission.
Attend Orientation where you will learn more about your class schedule, residential life, meet your academic advisor and MORE!
Tips as You Begin High School:
As you begin high school, it can be easy to believe that the grades in your classes this year will not make a difference when applying for college; this is not true. The transition to high school can be one that takes some time getting comfortable with, but just like in previous years, strive to do your best in your classes through high school.
As you become familiar with your high school, feel free to ask questions and research the resources available to you to feel confident in your academics.
Ask your counselor or teachers about academic enrichment programs available to you (e.g. Upward Bound, AVID, MESA).
It will be most helpful to begin compiling a list of any awards, activities, clubs, volunteer work, and/or home responbilities that you may participate in or be involved with. Feel free to add to this list throughout your high school journey. Achievements and acknowledgements both in and outside of school are worth considering.
If there are colleges that you hear of or are curious about, it is never too early to begin your research. If you cannot attend an on-campus tour, many colleges have virtual tours available. If you are unable to schedule a virtual tour, you are always welcome to contact the school's admission office. We are happy to help!
Review your class schedule and high school graduation plan with your counselor to make sure you are on track to meet all admission requirements for college.
Maintain grades you are confident with in each of your courses.
Take the PSAT if offered to 10th graders at your school. While many colleges are now test optional, meaning SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission, the PSAT may be helpful if you are considering colleges that still require standardized tests. You can search online or email a college to learn about their admission test policy.
Make the most of your summer by having fun and also taking advantage of any opportunities that may become available to you. Developing talents and interests is an important part of high school.
Consider if you need to, or want to, take the SAT or ACT. Your high school counselor can help you with this decision. MSMU will not require test scores for students applying for Fall 2021. But again, do your research on the admission requirements for schools you are interested in so you don't limit your options.
If there are colleges you are already considering, feel free to identify the admission counselor for your area/high school and contact them by email or telephone with any questions. This information can typically be found on a college website's admission section.
Visit colleges and attend college fairs (even virtually) to become familiar with what various schools offer. Can you imagine yourself at that school? What opportunities do they offer? How can you grow academically and personally there? Self-reflection is an important part of the college search.
If you want to receive more information from the colleges you are considering, feel free to provide your best contact information to be on their mailing list.