November is a big month for college-bound high school seniors. As college applications open up and some deadlines near, students who need help will find a smorgasbord of options.
College application completion events: These provide one-on-one support for high school seniors filling out college applications, with much of the help coming from college counselors.
Students will get help researching colleges, filling out applications and drafting personal statements. This program travels from high school to high school throughout the month and into December; for example, there’s an event at Seattle’s Cleveland High this Wednesday and one at Roosevelt High on Thursday.
Go to the Road Map to College website for more details and to check the schedule.
Admissions Workshop Weekend at the UW: This two-day college admissions workshop for high school seniors Nov. 16 and 17 is hosted by the UW’s Dream Project.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a 9:30 a.m. check-in at Kane Hall. High school students will work with UW students, writing tutors and others to get the help they need on their applications. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided, and many high schools will be busing students to the event for free. Sign up here.
Kaplan Test Prep’s first annual national practice day: Kaplan is one of the big names in SAT and ACT test prep, and so has a vested interest in steering you to its test-prep classes.
But this Nov. 16 event does give you a chance to try both the SAT and ACT test in one free testing event, and receive detailed score feedback to help you decide if one test is better than the other. Most college-bound seniors have already taken their standardized tests, so this event is probably best suited for students in their junior year or earlier. Sign up here.