As soon as possible! The transition to high school is often a good time to start thinking long term, as students are introduced to the new pathways of high school classes and activities that are available. Don’t wait until it’s time to start working on applications!
At Cardinal Education, “college counseling” refers to long-term, multi-year planning to set students on the track to succeeding in college admissions. “College applications” involve working on the actual materials to be submitted to colleges.
Yes, we offer many college counseling programs that include support on students’ college applications as well!
Students should begin preparing for the college admissions tests during the summer following sophomore year, and should plan on having their official scores no later than the summer following junior year. Athletes require scores earlier, so if your student is an athlete, contact us for more information!
Students should start working on their applications after the conclusion of their junior year. Any later will lead to stress during the fall of their senior year, but any earlier will likely miss the achievements and experiences students gain before the deadline.
Grades and test scores are the most important, qualifying elements of college admissions. Once students reach their desired GPA and testing thresholds, activities and essays play a key role in differentiating students from the bulk of their peers.
We would love to talk with your family about the specifics of your situation! Contact us for a consultation and more information!