Class of 2017

Class I Newsletter #22

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • You received an email with a questionnaire about your college admission results. (FinalCollege Questionnaire.) We need a completed questionnaire from everyone.  Please complete it as soon as possible.  (If you are still deciding where you’ll matriculate, please make a note of this on the form.)  The information you submit on the questionnaire is not for publication, only for College Office information (where to send you final school report, etc.).  Completed questionnaires from all seniors need to be returned to us by April 28.
  • Final grades will be sent in June after commencement; that is the only mailing planned for the spring. For wait list students, colleges may ask for spring grades.  If so, we will provide them, but there will not be a comprehensive mailing to wait list colleges.
  • Milton will host the BISCCA College Fair on Sunday, April 23 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm. Along with colleges, there will be a number of gap year programs attending.  You can find the list of colleges as well as gap year programs attached.  If one of your wait list schools will be attending, be sure to stop by early to speak with the rep. 

 

REMINDERS

  • The deadline for responding to colleges is May 1st. If the college requires you to submit your response via “snail-mail,” be sure to check whether it is a received-by or postmark deadline and time the mailing of your response accordingly.
  • You may only deposit at one school. Depositing at more than one school is a violation of policy which can lead to acceptances being withdrawn.  Do not even think about depositing at more than one school! 
  • Make sure to inform the teachers who wrote your recommendations of your college news. Thank them for all their help in your process.  Also, be sure to inform your advisor, who will be eager to hear your news.

 

WAIT LIST Information

This has proven to be a typical year in that there are many wait list decisions.  If you are wait listed, read carefully and follow the instructions below:

  1. What does a wait list mean? The wait list means that a college did not have room to accept all of the students it wanted.  Colleges usually do not rank the wait list.  If a college goes to its wait list, the Admission Office will go back and re-read the files and then make decisions.  Your level of interest and year-end grades may be major factors in wait list decisions.  Most wait list activity will not happen until after May 1st.
  1. As soon as possible send back the card (or respond online if so directed by the college) indicating your desire to remain on the wait list (if interested). Colleges will be looking for indications of interest, and a speedy reply is one of the best ways to demonstrate interest.
  1. Write a letter to the college(s), by the third week of April, reaffirming your interest in attending and sharing any updates since you submitted your applications.
  1. Let us know of your level of interest in any school at which you are wait listed.
  1. You may stay on as many wait lists as you wish. If you choose not to stay on a wait list, let the college(s) know immediately.

 

RETURN VISIT INFORMATION

You are permitted to miss up to two days this spring to visit any colleges to which you were accepted.  If you want to visit a college, read carefully and follow the instructions below:

  1. Talk to one of the college counselors to get approval of your intended revisit plan. (We keep track of this information.)
  1. Pick up a Special Absence Form from Mrs. Dunnington in the College Office.
  1. Get necessary signatures on the form and return it to the Dean’s Office as soon as possible.
  1. If you think you need more than two revisit days, you will need to get permission from one of the college counselors and Ms. Bonenfant.

Have fun on your revisits!  Let us know how they went and where you plan to matriculate.

 

GAP YEAR INFORMATION

  • Milton will host the BISCCA College Fair on Sunday, April 23 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm. Along with colleges, there will be a number of gap year programs attending.  You can find the list of colleges as well as gap year programs attached.
  • Thinking Beyond Borders will host a meet-and-greet event on Tuesday, April 25 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in Newton and Thursday, May 4 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in Acton. For more information and to register contact Robin Pendoley at robin@thinkingbeyondborders.org.

 

Gap Year Information from the College Handbook:

More and more high school seniors are considering the option of a gap year before they attend college.  They have gone through the college process, gained acceptance, and then requested a year of deferral from that college.  Colleges are often quite amenable to requests of deferral, assuming a student demonstrates that he/she has an organized plan in place for the gap year.

The gap year has gained greater acceptance among students, their families, and colleges.  Why?  A year off from academic demands between high school and college gives students the chance to a) re-energize after an intense academic high school experience; b) experiment with a taste of independence, making the transition to college easier; and/or c) make some money to put towards quickly rising college tuitions.

Colleges grant gap years with the expectation that students will honor their commitment to matriculate at the college after the gap year.  We expect the same; it is a matter of behaving ethically.  There will be some instances where a gap year proves so transformative that the college from which the student deferred no longer seems like a good fit and, as a result, the student chooses to apply to other colleges.  As a rule, colleges are understanding about these natural, unforeseen awakenings.  The student will need to have that conversation with the college from which he/she deferred.  However, a student should not go into a gap year with the intention of applying to other colleges.  That sort of strategic thinking violates the spirit of the gap year agreement.

There are thousands of gap year opportunities.  Language immersion programs, volunteer work, apprenticeships and internships, and experiential learning are just some of the limitless possibilities.  (The American Gap Year Association [AGA] has a very comprehensive, helpful website.)  Some students will work for the first half of the year and then put the money they have earned towards travel or a program of their choosing.

We know that some parents are skeptical about their child taking a year off, but, in our experience, the time can be incredibly worthwhile if a good plan is developed.  And for those parents who worry that their son or daughter may never go back to school after a year off, we can assure you that 100% of Milton students return to college.  (Several colleges – most notably Harvard and Princeton – have written strong and helpful letters about the value of the gap year.)