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The following planner is designed as a guide to the whole process. While this planner is applicable to many institutions, it is influenced by the admission and financial aid processes at Capital University.
While selecting fall courses, review with your guidance counselor the minimum requirements for university admission and adjust your schedule if necessary. It is important to make sure that the courses follow the high school’s college preparatory curriculum. (This review should be repeated each time you select courses.)Capital recommends the following years of each subject area:
Prepare a personal inventory by writing answers to the following:
Explore careers by shadowing someone in a field that is of interest to you.
Review college sites and any computer programs that may be available in your high school guidance department.
Take the Preliminary ACT (PLAN) as preparation for the ACT.
Attend college fairs; meet with university representatives visiting your school. Consider all universities that match your personal inventory regardless of cost.
Identify university characteristics important to you:
Talk with your guidance counselor regarding your academic interests.
Register to take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) as preparation for the SAT I
Develop a list of institutions that possess characteristics you identified as important. Sources of information include: college catalogs, viewbooks, videos, college representatives, current students, guidance counselors, teachers, handbooks, computerized information systems, Web sites and open houses.
Campus visits: Schedule your visit at least two weeks in advance and specify things you would like to do:
You should allow at least three hours for each visit and try to schedule a meal in the student dining area. Be sure to be on time, dress neatly and arrive with specific questions (refer to important characteristics you developed earlier). Family vacations are an excellent time for initial visits to university campuses.
Attend spring open houses.
Register and take the ACT or SAT I. Results should be received within a month.
Complete all admission applications, review for accuracy and mail promptly. Your guidance counselor may wish to send your application and transcript together.
Institutions should acknowledge receipt within two weeks. Once your admission file is complete, some institutions (such as Capital) will notify you quickly while others will notify all applicants at one time (late March to early April).
Some schools also may require a supplemental form in addition to the FAFSA, so it is important to get all of the necessary forms. You should notify each university of your plans to accept or deny the package as soon as possible.
Once your FAFSA has been processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Verify the information. If you need to make changes or you want the FAFSA sent to additional schools, make changes on the SAR and return the form to the processing company.
Pursue admission and financial aid decisions with universities to which you applied.
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