Annual College Fair

Timeline and Events

Do not get so wrapped up in the college process that you lose sight of what is important. Keep doing the things you love here at SG, because nothing makes you realize the end is near like knowing where you are going next.

Liam Ballou ‘19

At St. George’s, we have high standards for our students. College counselors expect each student to play an active role in his or her college admission process. It is up to students to solicit recommendations from teachers (counselors take care of the follow-up), sign up for standardized testing, brainstorm ideas for personal statements and essays, and when applicable, reach out to coaches or specialty program directors.

Students at St. George’s receive a brief introduction to the college process in the spring of their fourth-form year. They formally kick off the process in the fall of their fifth-form year with large group sessions on how to approach the college search and continue with a blend of group and individual meetings that happen in formal and informal settings with their counselors.

Timeline

Third-Form Year

  • Set academic and extra-curricular goals while becoming acclimated with St. George’s
  • Establish and refine your classroom skills
  • Get involved and develop your passions by joining a club, activity or group
  • Grades matter!  Each year, your grades will be calculated into your cumulative GPA
  • Begin conversations with your family about college expectations including personal finances and preferences
  • Utilize your summer free time to be productive - volunteer, take a course, complete an internship, find a job

Fourth-Form Year

  • Remain involved in school and/or community activities
  • Create a resume highlighting strengths and interests
  • Consider taking Subject Tests if you are in advanced-level courses
  • Research – Visit college websites, go on an admissions tour for fun, review guidebooks
  • Make the most of your summer and be intentional with your plans
  • If you are on a vacation or a family trip, visit one or two college campuses to get a feel for how different schools can be from each other

Fifth-Form Year

  • Enroll in a challenging, yet appropriate course schedule
  • Begin regular meetings with your college counselor
  • Attend all College Counseling Office Programming
  • Continue to gather and organize college information from a variety of schools
  • Create an initial college list in collaboration with your college counselor and family
  • If applying for financial aid, complete the Net Price Calculator on each college’s website to learn possible grant and loan opportunities
  • Research scholarships
  • Establish a testing plan with your college counselor
  • Take Subject Tests, if appropriate
  • Stay involved and update resume on a regular basis
  • Visit college campuses during long weekends, spring break, and summer
  • Contact one recommendation writer from a Fifth-Form core subject teacher
  • Begin the Common Application
  • Visual and performance artists should work on portfolios or prepare for auditions
  • Division I and Division II Athletes should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Remain intentional with your summer plans
  • Over the summer, draft your personal statement and supplemental essays and review them with your counselor

Sixth-Form Year

  • Attend all College Counseling programming
  • Meet with college representatives that visit St. George’s
  • Contact a second recommendation writer from a Fifth- or Sixth-Form core subject teacher
  • Interview with colleges, if required
  • Continue to visit colleges
  • Finalize college list
  • Take SAT, ACT or Subject Tests, if necessary (view testing flowchart)
  • Stay focused in the classroom
  • Attend regular meetings with your college counselor
  • Prepare college applications and manage deadlines
  • Craft supplemental essays
  • Submit CSS Profile, if required
  • Complete FAFSA form (as soon as possible after Oct. 1)
  • Evaluate schools and compare packages
  • Select one college and deposit by May 1
  • Graduate!

Special Events

Throughout the college process, the College Counseling Office is always available to help guide students and answer questions and also plans several events each year to give students multiple opportunities to interact with college admissions representatives.

Fifth-Form Parents Weekend

Parents of Fifth-Form students are invited to campus during the winter trimester for an in depth look at the college process. In group-sessions, parents have the opportunity to interact with college admission professionals, financial-aid representatives and sixth-form students who are experiencing the college-admission process themselves. In addition, they will take part in Mock Admissions. Fifth-Form Parents Weekend is also when parents from afar will have their first opportunity to meet one-on-one with their student’s college counselor.

St. George’s Annual College Fair

Each year, more than 125 representatives from colleges and universities come to the St. George’s College Fair in April. By this point, most of our fifth-form students have drafted a list of schools and we hope have toured at least three to five colleges. Fourth-form students are also required to attend this event to begin their college research.

Mock Admissions

The Fitch College Mock Admission Session provides an excellent platform to create meaningful discussion about the college process. The program requires participants to read five mock applications and take detailed notes on the individual reader sheets, assigning an academic and non-academic rating to each mock applicant. Then, participants pretend they are admission officers on staff at Fitch College evaluating applications for the early action/early decision pool. Admissions professionals from various colleges help lead breakout discussions where each group votes to accept two, defer one, and deny two of the five applicants who have applied. Fifth-form students take part in this exercise in April, and their parents take part in it during Fifth-Form Parents Weekend.