Applying to college can be a daunting prospect. Resources abound, but without some structure and support it’s easy to get overwhelmed and off-track. Oak Meadow’s series of college counseling webinars is designed to break down the process into manageable pieces. We offer a basic college counseling session multiple times, with plenty of time for directed questions. A series of specific webinars for seniors (but others can attend) are scheduled to match seniors’ college application timelines. See webinar descriptions below.
Open to all students and families. Sign up today! We’re here to help.
- When: See dates and times below.
- Cost: FREE
- How to sign up: Fill out this form and choose the seminar(s) you’d like to attend from the menu below. Close to the seminar date you will receive an email with information on how to attend the seminar.
College Counseling 101: After a brief overview of the college search/application process (for families and students of any age, Oak Meadow-enrolled or homeschooled), there will be time for specific questions or areas of interest. More specific information, directed to students in the process, is provided in the topical webinars.
Making Your Choice: Decisions on admission and financial aid are in: How do I decide what’s best? Tips for understanding financial aid awards, wrinkles in admission (e.g., I got accepted, but not to the major I wanted), waitlists, deferrals, and more.
The List: How do I find the college that is the right fit for me? What resources are available and useful? What questions should I be addressing right from the start?
Visiting Schools and the Interview: What preparation is essential as I get ready to visit schools? How can I present myself? If I’m offered an interview (on-campus, or a local alumni interview), what can I expect?
The Application: Overview of the basic information sought in an application, and how it is reviewed (Common App, supplements, recommendations, and more).
The Essay: What are they looking for? How do I start? Essential tips for writing a vibrant and authentic college essay.
Paying for College: How does financial aid work? How do I approach the FAFSA and other supplemental information that is requested of us?
The Gap Year: I’m unsure of my plans and thinking about taking a break from school. What are my options? Gap years are becoming more popular in the U.S., and even encouraged by some colleges. Learn how you can explore your interests, learn a trade, travel, and more, while also gaining more independence and better preparation for college.