College Admission 101
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College Admission 101

Planning for High School success and college application submissions.
5.0 (2 ratings)
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Created by Joan Thomas
Last updated 5/2015
Price: $50
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand how colleges evaluate applicants
  • Step 1 Prepare for College Application Success
  • Step 2 Determine Your FIT, what are the right colleges on your list?
  • Step 3 Research, where to search, what to look for and how to evaluate data.
  • Step 4 Building your college application list
  • Step 5 Application Plans, details and submissions!
  • Develop a custom 4 year course plan for High School
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  • Research your high school course offerings
  • You will need access to a printer to use the forms provided in the course

This course is a guide with customizable worksheets for high school students and parents in planning for high school success. College applications, while completed in the fall of the Senior year, have many components and students need to understand their FIT, how to conduct research, how to build a college list, and how to plan and execute college applications.

I have set up this video series in the format of:

1. Understanding what colleges evaluate.

2. 4 year course planning 9th-12th grade

3. 5 Steps to College Application Success.

(1) Prepare

(2) Determine your FIT

(3) Researching Colleges

(4) Building your college list

(5) Application Plans

Let me share my experience, my knowledge and the tips I have gained in over 15 years working with students and college admission.

Who is the target audience?
  • High School Students and Parents of High School Students
  • Middle School Student planning ahead for High School success
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Curriculum For This Course
College Admissions 101
1 Lecture 03:28

Welcome to College Admission 101.

As an Independent College Counselor, I have worked with 1000's of students in building 4 years course plans, developing resumes to show talents and planning for college applications and admission success. I want to share with you my experience, tips and lessons learned while working with students over the past 15 years.

There are steps in the college application process that can be done each year in high school, to increase your readiness and awareness of the variety of options. Senior year is just around the corner, lets get started on your 4 year curriculum plan.

Preview 03:28
What do Colleges evaluate when they are reviewing applications?
1 Lecture 01:02

Time to get started. With my clients, we begin with understanding the high school options and develop a four year course plan to follow. We also want to understand the college application process so we can build in resume activity and course rigor through our high school years.

Preview 01:02
4 Year Course Planning
1 Lecture 05:04

As you begin High School, it is important to understand how admission officers at Colleges will evaluate your applications and transcripts!

Preview 05:04

What two items do College Admissions look for in your transcript?
1 question

How many years of English should a student plan in High School?
1 question
9th Grade Action Plan
1 Lecture 01:19

Freshman year, it is important perform your best in your classes, search for opportunities to get involved on your High School campus and begin your academic success to college applications senior year. Lets identify the key steps to being successful your Freshman year.

9th Grade High School Planning
10th Grade Action Plan
1 Lecture 02:33

As each year of High School continues, it is critical to consider your course selection and the academic success you are having with these classes. Are you challenging yourself? Have you considered Honors, AP or IB curriculum that your High School may offer? Consider also taking a Practice SAT (PSAT) in the fall of 10th grade. This will help you later when determining your SAT and/or ACT schedule for Junior year.

10th Grade High School Planning

Should a Sophomore Student take the Practice SAT (PSAT)?
1 question
11th Grade Action Plan
1 Lecture 07:25

Junior Year can often be considered the most difficult. You should be taking challenging courses, also be scheduling and completing your SAT or ACT exams. It is also important that you spend time doing research and building your college list. Plan out this busy and challenging academic year to ensure your success.

11th Grade High School Planning

Students have many options to take an SAT or ACT exam. Colleges will accept either score. When should a student take the exams?

When is the right time for the SAT or ACT exams?
1 question
12th Grade Action Plan
1 Lecture 03:40

Senior Year! Congratulations on being successful with your academics and building a resume to share in college applications. Colleges are interested in seeing Senior's continue to challenge themselves, and have strong results. After applications, it is time to evaluate your options, select your college and celebrate graduation.

12th Grade High School Planning

Senior's will often think they can relax and take a lighter load of courses Senior year.

Do Senior's have to continue to take challenging courses?
1 question
Step 1: Prepare
1 Lecture 01:15

You have already planned your High School curriculum, now it is time to start planning for college applications.

Step 1: Preparing for College Applications
Step 2: Define Your FIT
1 Lecture 02:31

Students must check with their high school to confirm the rules around repeating subjects. Most High Schools will allow a student to repeat & replace a D or F in a course.

Should a student repeat courses to improve the GPA for applications?
1 question

Colleges come in a wide variety of options. Size, Location, Learning Style, Greek life or Athletics, and College Major are all options to consider. Start by assessing your interest list, then understand your college profile and last compare to the data all colleges provide about their most recent admission decisions.

Step 2: Determining Your FIT
Step 3: Research
1 Lecture 08:35

With so many wonderful college options in the USA, students need to take the time to research what colleges meet their needs. Attend college fairs, meet with admission representatives, get online to the college site and explore! As you add a college to your application list, know why it meets your interest. Build a data sheet to include admission data including average GPA's, test scores, admit rates, and costs.

Step 3: Research Phase of College Applications
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About the Instructor
Joan Thomas
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College Mapping Counselor

Highly passionate, creative and progressive college & career specialist. Recognized leader with over 30 years of marketing, sales, consulting and teaching experience with a talent for assisting clients in building confidence, achieving the highest goals and showcasing their talents.


College Mapping Founder: 2000 - present

Led clients through college application selection, process and acceptance.

Coached college graduates through interviewing, resume writing and job search.

Coached early-career clients through resume updates, job opportunities and career planning.

Tri Valley Regional Occupation Program Instructor & Advisor 2003- 2009

Award winning Instructor in Marketing & Economics of Business Ownership.

Developed world class winning DECA program, An Association of Marketing Students, to compete regionally, state and worldwide in business planning, market research, and business role playing.

Hewlett-Packard 1984-2000

Career spanning 17 years, including Consulting Manager, E-Commerce Business Manager, Recruiting and Development Manager, Senior Business Developer, Technical Consultant and Product Manager.

Educational Background:

UC Berkeley College Admission and Career Planning Certificate

San Jose State Designated Subject Credential

MBA Marketing, Golden Gate University

Bachelor of Science: Business Administration with Computer Science, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


HECA - Higher Education Consultants of America

WACAC - Western Association for College Admission Counselors

NACAC - National Association for College Admission Counselors