SENIORS - Class of 2019

Resources, Ideas, and Opportunities to Assist You in Your College Application Process!

Michigan State University Admissions

“Based on the outstanding academic preparation received by students at Santa Margarita Catholic High School and their resulting history of success at Michigan State University, we are pleased to announce that SMCHS has been named as an MSU Spartan Select California High School. As one of only three schools in CA to be given this designation, all SMCHS students admitted to Michigan State this year will receive a grant of $15,000, renewable for 4 years, as well as a one-time study abroad award of $3,000 to $5,000. If eligible, students can also receive additional legacy and honors college merit awards. Congratulations to the students, staff, and families of SMCHS.”

SM/MSU Spartan Select Partnership 2018-19

  • If admitted to Michigan State University, the total cost of attendance for SM students (including room and board/fees) will be $35,200 each year.
  • Each admitted SM student will receive a one-time study abroad grant in the amount of $3,000-$5,000.
  • SM students can stack other scholarships received (legacy and/or honors college) to further reduce the total cost of attendance.

Seniors - Apply to Michigan State by November 1 (Early Action) or February 1 (Regular Decision) to access this SM partnership scholarship.

Ethan Sawyer Webinar

Ethan walks you through 5 great ways to complete your college application with ease, purpose, and joy.

How to Create An Amazing College Application

VERY Comprehensive List of Resources to Use to Create A Great College List!

Compiled by Ethan Sawyer, Steven Antonoff
(Author of College Match and College Finder), and
Ted Fiske (Author of the Fiske Guide)

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Essay Resource

Emory University shares advice on writing the personal statement on their blog.

CLICK HERE to read great examples and get their insight on the writing process.

Johns Hopkins posts examples of great college essays they have received with comments and notes from the admissions team. Hopefully this will give you some ideas when you are writing your essays!


"How to Apply to College"

4 Week Online Course offered by the University of Pennsylvania

This course walks you through the process of applying to college and is taught by experts in the field. There is coursework, videos, and the ability to ask questions. The course is offered every 4 weeks. There is no charge to enroll!

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College Planning And College Decision Worksheet.

Use this resource to track deadlines, college information, scholarships, costs and then also to compare acceptances and financial offerings when you are selecting your final choice in the spring!

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College Cost Estimator

As your college offers arrive, use this tool to track your financial aid packages, merit scholarships and total costs to make a great financial decision prior to May 1st!

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