Pleasant View’s rigorous curriculum and many extracurricular opportunities support and promote the “education of the mind, soul and spirit” of each individual student and prepare them to continue their academic growth at the college level.
Faculty and advisors work closely with each student to guide them through the college search and application process. We want students to:
- Understand their interests
- Be empowered to make confident and constructive decisions about their academic and personal goals
- Present themselves honestly and confidently to college admissions offices
Although our ultimate objective is to help students achieve admission to institutions of higher education, self-development and self-awareness are also important outcomes of the process.
College Admission Options
Types of Application Options Offered by U.S. Colleges and Universities.
These colleges have a firm application deadline and notify the applicant of her admissions decision in late March/early April. Admissions decisions fall into three responses: admit, deny, or wait list. This acceptance decision is NON-binding – the student may choose whether or not to attend. Admitted applicants have until May 1st to decide whether they will submit an enrollment deposit.
These colleges accept and reject applicants until their freshman classes are full. They usually publish a final deadline by which all applications are due, or they may have a priority deadline for scholarship consideration. It is best to apply to universities with rolling decision fairly early, as they may deny competitive applicants who apply late in the admissions cycle. Admitted applicants have until May 1st to decide whether they will enroll. This acceptance decision is NON-binding.
Many state universities have established a priority deadline in October or November, and students whose applications are received by that date are considered for admission as a group. Decisions of admit, deny or defer and usually released in December or January. Students applying after the priority deadline may have diminished chances of admission if many spaces in the freshman class have already been filled.
These colleges typically require application by early November to mid-December with an admit, deny, or defer response by late December, January or February. Admitted applicants have until May 1st to decide on enrollment. This acceptance decision is NON-binding.
Early Action Single Choice:
A few colleges have chosen to restrict their early action applicants from concurrently applying to any other college’s early action or early decision program. This program is NON-binding. Students admitted under Single Choice Early could still apply under the Regular Decision plan to other colleges.
Early Decision I:
These colleges typically require application in early November, with notification of the admissions decision by the end of December. The decision may be to admit, defer, or deny. In exchange for being considered early, the student agrees to withdraw all other college applications and commit to attend that college if admitted at early decision. This decision is BINDING*.
Early Decision II:
A relatively new option, these college typically require application in December or January and notify students of their decision in February or March. At this point, the student is usually admitted or denied. Upon acceptance, a student needs to withdraw all other college applications as this decision is BINDING*.
*BINDING means a student makes a commitment to go to the college if they accept her. Applications to all other colleges MUST be withdrawn.
The enrollment deposit deadline of May 1 is shared by U.S. colleges and universities. Students may only deposit at one institution, and violation of this policy can result in both institutions withdrawing their offers of admission. “Double-depositing” is also a violation of the Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of College Counseling and therefore can not be supported by the school.
Paying for College
No matter what your financial resources, do not allow the cost of a college education to cut short your student’s educational plans. Financial aid to attend college is available from a variety of sources – grant aid (institutional and/or outside scholarships) and self-help (loans and work-study funds). Once you submit information about your family’s financial status, college and university financial aid administrators will take many factors into consideration to prepare a financial aid package for your child.
Although some of the college price tags can be quite daunting — many colleges are more affordable than one might think. Recent information sent by various institutions indicates that even families with substantial incomes may qualify. After financial aid or merit scholarships are taken into consideration, the net price the average undergraduate pays for a college education is significantly lower than the published tuition and fees.
Talk with your college counselor about information sources in the College Resource Room or public library. Many websites will assist you in locating relevant information about the different types of financial aid, including state and private sources, and what colleges may offer. We hope this information will be helpful as you begin your college search. For more information, contact the web site of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).
Library College Resources
- Guidebooks on both need-based and merit-based scholarship materials offered by colleges or other private and public sponsors
Financial Aid Workshop for Senior Parents
- Held in January to assist with the completion of the FAFSA application- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is available online after January 1 of senior year and is required for ALL need-based aid.
CSS (College Scholarship Service) PROFILE
- This financial aid form is available online beginning October 1 of senior year and is required in addition to the FAFSA at many private colleges and by some scholarship organizations.
- Funding Your Education
- Scholarship/Financial Aid Search
- Scholarship Search/College Search
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- World’s largest scholarship database, School Soup
- College Board
- Sallie Mae
- College View
Frequently Requested Telephone Numbers
- General information about the Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs, assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): 1.800.433.3243
- To check on the processing of your FAFSA or request a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR): 1.319.337.5665
- TDD number for hearing-impaired individuals to call with any federal student aid questions: 1.800.730.8913
- To order FAFSA Express on diskette: 1.800.801.0576
- To report fraud, waste, or abuse involving federal student aid funds: 1.800.647.8733
- FAFSA on the Web (general information and technical assistance): 1.800.801.0576
Ten Strategies for Parents
Help Your Child Find a Good College Match
1. Emphasize inherent value of college education versus prestige value of particular colleges.
2. Be open from the start regarding your expectations, biases, and geographic or financial restrictions.
3. Seek balance between under-involvement and over-involvement as parent. Your role is supportive; child’s role is central.
4. Assist your child with a preliminary investigation of colleges and admissions requirements; they will focus attention during spring of junior year and narrow a list of colleges during the summer of eleventh grade and fall of twelfth grade.
5. Provide a role model of open-mindedness, curiosity and discovery throughout the college search process. (Thoughtful questions vs. quick answers and assumptions).
6. Encourage your child’s self-appraisal (interests, abilities, social needs, values) as the key to finding a good fit. (Larger school or smaller; more urban or more rural; spirited or quieter; more intellectual or social; more liberal or conservative; etc.).7. Discuss your child’s course selection, standardized test results, and initial college interests with her college counselor. Then encourage your daughter to work closely with the college counselor throughout the process, informing her of any changing needs or concerns.
8. Be sure your child visits campuses – if possible while colleges are in session and before applying. Spring vacation of junior year is a great time. Summer visits can be good for interviews.
9. Try to reduce pressure about college admission rather than add to it. Do not make college choice the daily dinner topic.10. Remember that highly selective colleges look for:
- Rigorous curriculum in secondary school
- Strong motivation and performance (grades, class standing, teacher recommendations)
- Test scores “in range” of their enrolled students
- Special talents, service to others, personal qualities, potential for growth.
Candidates will be compared within the applicant pool and the number admitted will depend on the ratio of applicants to spaces in the freshman class, even if most candidates are “qualified.”