It is expected that Suffield’s students will begin the process of decision-making early. Make sure you make an appointment with your college counselor in the winter of your junior year. You will be required to complete an interview questionnaire before the meeting. Attend all group and individual meetings (please be on time).
» Communicate your wishes and desires honestly with your parents and college counselor. Be actively engaged in the college admission process.
» Be prepared for standardized testing (SAT and/or ACT). Complete a testing plan with your college counselor, register for tests on time, and participate in the test preparation best suited for you (e.g. tutoring, self-paced lessons, classroom instruction). Send official score reports as required from the testing agencies to the colleges where you file applications.
» Attend the HAISSCCA College Fair (Hartford Area Independent Secondary School College Counselors Association) held each April. Suffield expects all juniors to attend the fair with their college counselors. This fair is an excellent opportunity for juniors to collect information from over 100 colleges and meet with college representatives. Research the basic admission criteria at the colleges you are considering. Make sure that you understand the standardized test requirements, interviewing procedures (if any), financial aid and scholarship process, as well as any special application requirements (graded papers, portfolio for art majors, auditions for music or theater majors, etc.).
» Learn Naviance—our college counseling software. It is a tremendous resource of information and makes managing the college process much easier.
» Plan to visit colleges during spring break, summer vacation, and other school vacation days.
» Meet with college representatives visiting Suffield in the fall of your senior year. Obtain the applications, or research application requirements online, by the early fall of your senior year.
» Request letters of recommendation from teachers at the end of your junior year. Complete the Teacher Recommendation Request Form and return it to the college counseling office before spring exams.
» Complete applications honestly and accurately. Meet deadlines by submitting your applications early. Keep copies of any applications you submit—occasionally materials are lost in the mail/cyberspace or misfiled in college admission offices.
» Write two essays during the summer before your senior year (directions will be distributed by the college counseling office during a spring workshop). Bring these essays with you when you return for Senior Day in September, which includes time set aside to help you with edits and feedback.
» Request your school records (transcript and recommendations) by submitting a Transcript Request Form (orange sheet) to your college counselor at least two weeks before the application deadline.
» Keep your college counselor up to date on all of your plans, progress, and results. Communicate regularly with your counselor.
» Monitor and respond to communications from colleges whether it be email, phone calls, online portals or regular mail.
» Ask for help! Your college counselor is happy to review applications and essays before you submit them and offer suggestions and edits. It is important to plan ahead and ask for help well before the deadline.
Submit enrollment deposit fee at final choice college by May 1st.