College Acceptance Criteria

You will become a college student by working diligently in high school through completion of the most rigorous course of study of which you are capable. Beyond one’s grade point average, class rank and standardized test scores, colleges and universities value a student’s effort at Advanced Placement/Honor/Dual Enrollment classes, extracurricular involvement, and community volunteer service history.

  • Obtain your best SAT and/or ACT score by early fall of your senior year. Test initially the winter/spring of junior year and re-take to earn the baseline scores necessary for admission of the college/university of your choice.
  • Reference your career indicator interest areas and compare thoroughly to academic programs offered from the colleges and universities you are exploring.
  • Reference your priority of campus life/religious opportunities and compare thoroughly to what is offered from the colleges and universities you are exploring.
  • Make sure you have visited the schools of your choice and interacted fully with faculty, administration and students in areas of your interest.
  • Contact your schools of interest and confirm any early decision or early action dates, if applicable. What due dates are important to keep track of from each institution?
  • Follow SCS’s guidelines of gathering teacher/guidance recommendations and transcripts to be included in applications.
  • Apply early fall to multiple colleges in your senior year paying extreme attention to submitting all fees, and paperwork necessary at the same time.
  • Keep the SCS Guidance office informed of all college/university acceptance letters.
Once accepted, follow the financial aid directions of applying for Bright Future scholarship monies early December (SCS will do this with seniors in Capstone.) completing the FAFSA in early Januanry (parent responsibility).  After that point, the individual schools will compete for you offering varying financial aid packages from which you can determine your decision.