Catlin Gabel seniors are about to embark on an exciting new chapter in their lives. Five seniors speak here about their college choices, and how they found a good fit for them.
Thomas is going to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago!
Emmarose is going to the University of Southern California!
Chris is going to Princeton University!
Liban's going to Swarthmore College!
Sadie is going to Barnard College!
Here's where the class of 2014 is going to college!
The PFA parent community meeting on April 17 featured a panel of seniors talking about their Catlin Gabel experiences. Following their Q&A with parents, college counseling director Kate Grant talked briefly about the college counseling process and the state of college admission this year.
Kate showed three slides, which are posted below as a PDF and outlined here
- What parents can do to help their children early on
- College counseling calendar for 2013-14
- List of colleges that have accepted CG students this year. ( Note: Many students are undecided as of this date. Decisions are due May 1.)
Robin Mamlet, co-author of College Admission from Application to Acceptance and former dean of admission at Stanford University, Swarthmore College, and Sarah Lawrence College spoke with parents at an all-school college evening on Monday, September 7, 2013. Our second annual State of College Admission event covered many of the issues on the minds of students and families as they consider their plans beyond Catlin Gabel.
Our seniors are stoked to be going off to college! Several seniors discuss their college choices, and why they've found a good fit for them.
» Link to all colleges and universities accepting Catlin Gabel seniors this year.
» Link to Lark's "Headlines" article about the college counseling program.
» Link to video of senior panel speaking at April PFA Parent Community Meeting
Ben's going to Tulane!
Marina's going to Stanford!
Terrance is going to Brown!
Kanaiza's going to Wesleyan!
Hannah's going to Plan II at the University of Texas-Austin!
January 23 - Junior College Night for parents and students: College admission deans and college counselors discuss the process.
January 24 - Juniors and parents get full Naviance access; parent survey available in Naviance
February 5 - Junior College Counseling Workshop for students all day at University of Portland
Early February - PODS meetings begin; topics include college visits, activities resume, essays, research
February 6-April 15 - Individual meetings required of all juniors; counselors will follow up with list of recommended colleges. Begin creating a list of colleges and explore colleges of interest.
February-April - Family meetings with each junior and parents will follow the individual meetings. Recommended for all juniors and parents.
- Begin Common Application during summer (available online August 1)
- Work on essay questions (available in March)
Ongoing – Junior and Senior Years
- Meet with college counselors
- Visit colleges, take campus tours, interview where offered
- Take standardized tests (See Standardized College Testing handout)
- Attend college representative visits at Catlin Gabel and in Portland
First week of school for students - College Counseling Kickoff required of all seniorsSeptember 2013
Early September‐November 1 - Individual meetings required of all seniors
September-October - Create and prune college application list. Decide upon any early decision/early action applications. Keep Naviance lists up‐to‐date.
September-‐November - Visit with college representatives who visit Catlin Gabel School or hold informational meetings in Portland
September-November - Essay review with college counselors/selected faculty
Mid-September - Case Studies Program for students and parents
Mid-September - Ask two faculty to write recommendation letters; enter into Naviance
September-December - PODS meetings (topics include Naviance, Common Application process, decision‐making, interviews)
Mid-October - Catlin Gabel Mini College Fair
Late October-Mid-‐November - Catlin Gabel submits supporting documents (transcript, school report, teacher letters) to colleges for early application deadlines. Students submit applications, supplementary materials, and test scores to colleges for early application deadlines.
November 1 - First early application deadlines
Early November - All college lists reviewed by college counselors; feedback sent home
November - Financial Aid Meeting
November-December - Family meetings if desired to review lists
Early December - College application list finalized; changes after this deadline must be approved by counselors.
Early December - Senior Parent Potluck
Mid-December-February 1 - Catlin Gabel submits supporting documents (transcript, school report, teacher letters) to colleges for regular deadlines. Students submit applications, supplementary materials, and test scores to colleges for regular deadlines.
December 15‐20 - Colleges notify students of early decisions. Students enter decisions in Naviance.
January 1 - Most regular decision application deadlines
February 1 - FAFSA (Federal financial aid form) due at most colleges. CSS Profile and other institutional financial aid forms due at some colleges.
April 1 - Colleges notify students of admission decisions. Students share decisions with college counselor and enter in Naviance. Consider wait list offers and discuss what, if any, follow-‐up is needed.
April - Think about options, talk with college counselors, considering visiting, compare financial aid awards.
May 1 - Decide which college you will attend and make a deposit at one school
- Students notify all colleges of enrollment decisions
- If offered a spot on a waiting list, talk with college counselors and keep them up-to-date if status changes
- Students update Naviance with college decisions (admit, decline, waitlist, etc.)
- Thank faculty recommenders
How many exams should I take?
Aim for two SAT Reasoning Tests or two ACT Plus Writing examinations. You should test a third time only if necessary.
When should I take the SAT or ACT?
We recommend that you take at least one set of SATs or ACTs in the junior year, starting no earlier than January and completing one round no later than March/April. Students may take the exam again in the fall of the senior year; early fall dates will work for early application deadlines as well as regular deadlines. The SAT Subject tests should be taken in May or June of junior year. (Language subject test dates vary –see SAT website for details.)
What should I do with my scores? How do they get to the colleges?
You should talk with your college counselor about your test scores and read each of your college’s instructions for score reporting carefully. You are responsible for submitting your test scores to your colleges through the College Board/ACT websites. The school cannot submit official scores for you, and the self-reported scores on your application are not usually considered as
an official report.
How much do the tests cost? Are fee waivers available?
ACT and SAT tests cost between $50 - $75 per sitting, with additional fees for late registration, score reports to colleges, etc. Information about need-based fee waivers is available from the college counselors.
Catlin Gabel seniors are excited to be off to college! Several students talk a bit about where they're going, and why their college choice is a good one for them.
Eli's going to Harvard!
Megan's going to Columbia!
Ramtin's going to Dartmouth!
Logan's going to Oregon State University Honors College!
Grace is going to Whitman College!
From the Winter 2011-12 Caller
By Nancy Donehower
As you begin the college search process, it is important to investigate a variety of schools so you can see how you feel about some basic features such as size, location, and campus life. It in not necessary to visit every school you might want to apply to; colleges of similar types can serve as “templates” for others in different parts of the country. The University of Oregon, Portland State University, and the University of Washington can give you a good sense of what life is like at large public universities, so they are reasonable templates for, say, the University of Colorado, Michigan, or Massachusetts. Similarly, Reed, Lewis & Clark, and Linfield can be good templates for smaller liberal-arts colleges like Occidental, Denison, or Wesleyan. You can find out a lot about your preferences by making a few local visits first, then using the information you gather to fine-tune an itinerary in another part of the country.
Here are some suggestions for a range of West Coast schools you may want to visit. Mix things up a bit and keep an open mind as you plan an itinerary – you may surprise yourself and find a great match at a school you haven’t really considered before. Schools listed below are roughly divided by size; those labeled “special interest” have distinctive approaches to undergraduate education or specialize in particular academic areas. If you would like sample itineraries for other parts of the country, please e-mail the college counselors. We’ll be happy to offer suggestions.
Large: University of Washington
Special interest: California College of the Arts
For Alumni who would like to request a transcript, please complete and submit the form provided here:
Forms can also be printed and faxed to 503-203-5123. Questions? Contact the Registrar at 503-297-1894, ext. 316.
Seniors and their parents are invited to join admissions representatives from nine colleges around the country to review mock admissions files and discuss the college application process.
Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Meet in the Barn, and we’ll split into small groups after a short general meeting.
We anticipate that we’ll finish up by about 9:00 pm.
Prior to the event, please download and print the mock admissions files below!
From the Fall 2009 Caller
By Nancy Donehower
You can gain valuable information about colleges and universities in which you're interested through brochures, web sites, college guides, and recommendations. But how do you know if a college is a good fit for you? The best way to find out is to tour the campus, attend classes, and meet members of the campus community.
The key to a successful campus visit is planning ahead. Contact the admissions office to ask about special visit days, office hours, and available activities. Do not make nonrefundable travel arrangements until you confirm with the admissions office that the campus is open for visitors.
When you visit, be sure to attend information sessions and tours sponsored by the admissions office, but don't miss an opportunity to just hang out and soak up the atmosphere. Keep an open mind - a visit may confirm what you already know about a school, or it can open your eyes to new opportunities. Take notes and bring your camera. so you can remember all you see and hear.
If you have time, ask the admissions office to schedule a meeting with a professor in a subject area that interests you; most professors welcome visitors. Check out the surroundings. Visit the classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and studios. Find a spot to study or relax. Can you imagine yourself there?
Be sure to tour the residence halls. Find out what's available, including fitness centers. laundry facilities. study rooms, music practice rooms, and shops or stores. Have a meal on campus. Ask yourself if you would be comfortable living on this campus.
Go to the student activities office to see what clubs and organizations are active. Ask a current student what he or she does at night and on the weekends. Explore community service activities. If you're interested in sports, find out what varsity. intramural, and club sports the college offers. Schedule an appointment with a coach if you have questions about a particular sport.
If you're unable to make a campus visit, call the admissions office and ask if a university
representative will be visiting your high school, attending a college fair, or holding an informational meeting in your area. You may also wish to request a copy of the university's DVD.
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