SENIORS - Class of 2020
Resources, Ideas, and Opportunities to Assist You in Your College Application Process!
Download your 2019-20 SM Counseling Events Flyer here
Need Help or Advice with Your College Essay?
Two opportunities to assist seniors with their college essay writing:
August 26, 3:00-5:00pm: College Essay Workshop and Review
- Option #1 - If you have a draft of your college essay or supplemental essays, (even just an outline or a few paragraphs), sign up for a 1:1 appointment with a college admissions officer. They will spend time reviewing your work and giving you advice on how to construct the final product. Appointments are offered every 15 minutes from 3:00pm-5:00pm at SMCHS.
- Option #2 - If you need advice on selecting a topic or getting started, please attend a brief presentation in the SLH from 3:00-3:45pm from the SMU Director of Admissions. There will be a few college admissions officers available to work with you after the workshop concludes.
Online Courses with the College Essay Guy
Taped Version and Resources are Available if you missed the live workshop
How to Write the Personal Statement
How to Write the College Application & Supplemental Essays
SMCHS students receive a discounted price of $75 per course. Use the code "SMCHS" when registering to activate this promotion!
If you have purchased two workshops, all additional online workshops are free! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Ethan offers free content, webinars, and lengthy advice on his website. Register here to receive all updates via email.
If you have any questions, please contact your SM counselor!
New! Essay Resource - PROMPT.COM - SM STUDENT DISCOUNT (33% Off!)
Prompt.com is a free tool that helps you:
- Organize all the required writing requirements paired with your individual college list.
- Provides tools to help you create a strong activities list and resume
- Assists in the brainstorming process by suggesting topics based on your resume and assessment results.
Prompt.com also provides low cost online essay reviews, edits, and coaching!
Go to www.prompt.com/santa-margarita/ for this discounted price
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)
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 for the second consecutive year. 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 2019-20
- If admitted to Michigan State University, the total cost of attendance for SM students (including room and board/fees) will be approximately $35,500 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.
"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!
College Planning And College Decision Worksheet.
Use this one of these resources 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!
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!