- Make certain you are enrolled in courses meeting Westmont's entry requirements:
English 4 years Science 3 years (two years of laboratory science) Mathematics 3 years (including at least Algebra II)
*Algebra I taken in the 8th grade is acceptable
Foreign Language 2 years of the same language (3 years recommended) Social Science 2 years (history, government, sociology, political science, economics, psychology, civilization, geography)
- If you have not taken the SAT/ACT or SAT II (if recommended) or, if you desire to retake them, register immediately for the fall examinations. See your counselor for materials or visit the College Board website at www.collegeboard.org and the ACT website at www.act.org
- Be organized! Narrow your list of college choices to between 3-6.
- If you do not have videos, viewbooks, catalogs, applications, and financial aid/scholarship information from your top college choices, request these materials online immediately.
- Review application requirements and note all due dates for submitting materials. If you need to, request an application fee waiver before sending in your college applications. See your counselor.
- Attend Christian College Fairs. More information is available at www.naccap.org.
- Register online for Westmont Preview Days, October 11 or 18, 2013. Register on-line!
- Write practice essays.
- If you are planning on applying for Early Action to Westmont, your application is due by November 1. Check with other colleges for their deadlines. Give your teachers or counselor sufficient time to complete any letters of recommendation (two weeks minimum).
- Westmont Preview Days, October 11 or 18, 2013.
- Register online for Westmont Preview Days, November 1 or 15, 2013.
- November 1 Early Action (non-binding) deadline at Westmont. (Required for consideration for the Monroe Full-Tuition Scholarship).
- Westmont Preview Days, November 1 or 15, 2013.
- If applying for need-based aid, review the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov (note: you cannot submit until after January 1). Have parents begin collecting tax return information for the FAFSA.
- Continue to visit colleges.
- SATs & ACTs administered.
- Finish your applications in time for the holiday break. Enjoy a well-deserved rest.
- Merry Christmas!
- January 1 Submit the FAFSA on, or as soon as possible after this date. Some states have special tuition assistance plans with varying deadlines. Inquire from state education agencies. Make certain your forms are in by the stated deadlines of the colleges. Cal Grant Deadlines are March 2nd. Your high school counselor needs to verify, so give them plenty of time to do so!
- January 3 Westmont Early Action decision notifications are mailed.
- Westmont's Monroe Scholars Competition candidates invited.
- Men who are 18 years old must register with Selective Service in order to receive Federal Financial Aid. Inquire online: www.sss.gov.
- Before you decide your final college choice, spend a night in the dorm and attend classes for a day. This is absolutely critical!
- February 15 Priority application deadline for Westmont Regular Decision.
- March 2 Deadline for Cal Grant for California residents! Absolutely no exceptions. Remember GPA Verification!
- March 15 Westmont Regular Decision notifications are mailed. Notifications are mailed on a rolling basis after this date.
- Application process should be completed. Make sure you keep copies of everything.
- Westmont Admitted Student's Days: April 6-7, 2014! Admitted students will receive an invitation to register in their admission packet.
- If a college has requested a non-refundable deposit before you have heard from other colleges, ask your counselor for advice.
- Write a polite note declining admission to colleges where you have been accepted but will not be attending. Colleges appreciate this.
- If you have been wait-listed or denied by your first-choice college, consult your counselor to see if there is anything he/she may be able to do for you.
- May 1 Candidates National Reply Date. Your non-refundable $500 confirmation deposit to hold your space at Westmont due, postmarked by May 1.
- Graduation! Attend and enjoy all your graduation activities. This should be a wonderful, well-deserved rite of passage.
- Senioritis is an understandable component of the last days of high school. Seniors who compensate by taking steps to maintain their productivity will be well served. The end of your senior year is an important time from the standpoint of your academic preparation for college.
- If there is a significant slump in your academic performance, or if you drop a number of challenging courses, colleges you've applied to may ask you to explain.
- Find ways to make your studies more interesting, such as forming study groups, working on an independent study project or doing research off-campus. Practice time-management skills. You will appreciate this in college!
How do you go about selecting the right college? Here are some questions that may help with this important decision.