SENIORS - Class of 2020

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

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Online Courses with the College Essay Guy - Part 1: How to Write the Personal Statement

Taped Version and Resources are Available!

SMCHS students receive a discounted price of $75 per course. Use the code "SMCHS" when registering to activate this promotion!

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Online Courses with the College Essay Guy - Part 2: How to Write the College Application & Supplemental Essays

June 27 – July 30, 2019

  • Thursday, June 27th, 4-6pm PST (7-9pm EST) Brainstorming & The Big Picture
  • Saturday, June 29th, 4-6pm PST (7-9pm EST) Activities List, Additional Info & ‘Why Us’
  • Monday, July 1st, 4-6pm PST (7-9pm EST) Extracurricular + Supplemental Essays
  • Wednesday, July 3rd, 4-6pm PST (7-9pm EST) Reviewing the Whole Application

SMCHS students receive a discounted price of $75 per course. Use the code "SMCHS" when registering to activate this promotion!

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Ethan will offer additional online workshops in the fall, if SM students have purchased the June workshops, all additional online workshops are free! Email help@collegeessayguy.com 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!

FREE SM Boot Camp #2

Wednesday, July 17
9am-12pm, SLH

Please only register for one bootcamp.

Topics Include:
  • Starting Your Common Application
  • Navigating Naviance
  • Letters of Recommendation, Transcripts, and Deadlines
  • Communication with College Admissions Officers
  • College Visits and the College Fair
  • Essays, Additional Information, Activities List, and Supplemental Essays


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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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!

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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!

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College Application Planner

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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