College Admission 101

Planning for High School success and college application submissions.
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Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • Research your high school course offerings
  • You will need access to a printer to use the forms provided in the course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • High School Students and Parents of High School Students
  • Middle School Student planning ahead for High School success

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: College Admissions 101

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.

Section 2: What do Colleges evaluate when they are reviewing applications?

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.

Section 3: 4 Year Course Planning

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

What two items do College Admissions look for in your transcript?
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How many years of English should a student plan in High School?
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Section 4: 9th Grade Action Plan

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.

Section 5: 10th Grade Action Plan

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.

Should a Sophomore Student take the Practice SAT (PSAT)?
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Section 6: 11th Grade Action Plan

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.

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

Section 7: 12th Grade Action Plan

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.

1 question

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

Section 8: Step 1: Prepare

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

Section 9: Step 2: Define Your FIT
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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.


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.

Section 10: Step 3: Research

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.

Section 11: Step 4: Create Your College List

This unit will show you how to research the college and then create your own customized college list in order or Difficult (colleges that accept less than 20-25%), Possible (colleges that accept 25-65% of applicants) and Likely (colleges that accept 65% of the applicants).

1 question

The research phase is very important as students build a college list. There are great resources to help understand what a college may offer, the graduation rate, the cost and the opportunity.

Section 12: Step 5: Application Time!

Application season will begin in early summer and continue until January of your Senior year. Time to put all the pieces together: Applications, Essays, Letters of Recommendations, Transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, Portfolio's.

Section 13: Applications are in! Next steps in the process.

Once applications have been submitted, time to move on to managing the information from colleges. Colleges will ask you to create portals or accounts on the college web sites. These portals will deliver timely news about your admission. May 1st is the deadline to accept your college decision.

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Students must understand the requirements of an application in advance. Many colleges will require a letter of recommendation from a teacher and counselor. To meet the deadlines, students must work with the teacher and counselor to confirm they will submit their letters of recommendation on time.

Section 14: Conclusion - College Admission 101
1 question

Once applications have been submitted, students must follow the list of required documents to confirm they have been received by the college.

May college acceptance day!
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Section 15: Promo Video

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Instructor Biography

Joan Thomas, 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

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