Resources to Assist You in the College Selection and Application Process
Your best resources as you begin the college selection and application process are the Brophy counselors, the Brophy website (make sure to visit the Applying to College and College Testing webpages), and the counseling department news that is included in the twice-monthly eNews — Brophy's online newsletter. Parents, please mark your calendar for events such as Parents' Night, Coffee Chats and the annual Brophy/Xavier College Fair (events will be on the Brophy calendar and announced in the eNews). Contact your son's counselor if you have any questions.
Students and parents can also find secondary resources online or by visiting your local bookstore — there is no shortage of websites, articles and books that offer guidance and opinions on college choice and the application process.
Information sessions tend to run about an hour in length, as do the student-led campus tours. Walk-ins can often be accommodated if it is not a busy day, but it is a good idea to reserve your place ahead of time.
In addition to asking questions of the admissions representatives and tour guides, look for opportunities to question random students on campus who will not be trained to give standard "admissions" answers.
Some questions to consider asking...
What do students do on the weekend?
How often do they engage with faculty outside of class?
Is it easy to schedule classes?
What is life like in the dormitories?
What is a favorite campus tradition?
Why did they choose to enroll there and what other schools did they consider?
If you know that paying for college is going to be a big part of your decision on where to enroll, stop by the Financial Aid Office to learn more about specific policies and how they try to meet demonstrated need.
The Common Application is what the majority of private universities use as their application. On the application website, you can view the member schools and find out more about a school's application requirements. This includes deadlines, application fees, how many teacher evaluations are required, minimum test requirements and if the application includes a writing supplement (most do).