Class of 2019: Next Steps

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • When do I have to decide which college I will attend?

    The National Candidate's Reply Date is May 1, just over four weeks from today! Most colleges require students to submit a deposit by midnight on that date. While many schools allow students to complete the Intent to Enroll form and pay the deposit online, a few require students to mail the form and the deposit, in which case May 1 is the postmark date. As always, we would encourage you to not wait until the very last minute.
  • Do I have to let schools know that I will not be attending?

    You are not obligated to do so, but we encourage students to let schools know that they do not plan to enroll. Most schools want to know what school you plan to attend. Colleges like to have this information for institutional research purposes.
  • How many schools should I visit?

    Students should visit as many schools as they can before making a final decision. Don't assume that your "first choice" school from the fall will be your "first choice" school now.  Things change, so keep an open mind! Some students attend visit days for admitted students, while others prefer to visit on quieter days when fewer guests are on campus. Just make sure you have completed a Planned College Absence Form for each trip you plan to take.
  • Can I deposit at more than one school?

    No. You may only deposit at one school by May 1. In fact, some schools will rescind admission to students who have placed deposits at two schools since they can only enroll in one. The only exception to this policy is for students who place a deposit at one school by May 1 and then are admitted from the waitlist at another school after May 1. Students in that case should withdraw their "intent to enroll" from the first school as soon as they know their second school has acknowledged receipt of the deposit. So they might have two deposits in at two different schools for a short period of time. Enrollment deposits are usually non refundable.
  • What about the wait list?

    A student's first priority must be where he or she is going to place a deposit for the May 1deadline. Once that is done, students should think seriously about their desire to attend a school that has offered them a place on the waitlist. Remember that in order to be accepted from the waitlist, students must let the college know that they want to be placed on the waitlist. Students should only place their names on the waitlist at the colleges they would want to attend. Students should not remain on a waitlist just to see if they can be admitted.
  • When will I find out if a school is going to its wait list?

    Few schools make any decisions before May 1, and most will wait at least a week after the Candidate's Reply Date to see if they need to go to their waitlists. Right now it is way too early for a school to know if it will be going to its waitlist but many schools under admit during regular decision so they will have room to take students from the waitlist.
  • Are waitlists ranked?

    No. If a school determines that it needs to go to the wait list, the first priority will be to fulfill whatever institutional goals it has established. For example, some schools might want more geographic diversity, while others might want more students who plan to major in a particular discipline. After they determine their institutional needs, schools look to admit those students who fit the criteria they are looking for. Schools might give students only 48 hours to determine whether or not they will accept a place in the class. That is why it is a good idea to do serious research on the schools that place you on the waitlist. Students should check in with the College Counseling Office to discuss their waitlist options.
  • How can I increase my chances of being accepted from the waitlist?

    Many schools use level of interest as a factor in determining which students they will take off the waitlist, if indeed they go to the waitlist. So if you know that you would attend a given school if accepted off the waitlist, email the regional admissions representative and let him or her know that if admitted, you would enroll. But you have to mean it!
  • Will you send snapshot grades to the colleges where I am on the waitlist?

    We do not send snapshot grades to colleges, but students can send those updated grades to the colleges if they feel the grades add new information and if the colleges solicit additional information.
  • Can I appeal my decision if I have been denied admission?

    Only a few schools will give students the option to appeal their admission decision and that information would be on the school’s website. Here, for example, is from the University of Wisconsin:

    Every application denied has already been through an extensive review. For an appeal to have merit, it must bring to light new compelling academic and/or personal information, as well as details pertaining to extenuating circumstances that were not addressed in the initial application. Essentially, the appeal must present information that clearly shows the student to be stronger than had been earlier evidenced.

    Appeal letters must be written and submitted by the applicant within 30 days of the deny decision to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Email is an acceptable format for submission. Be sure to clearly outline the reasons for appealing and present new and compelling information. Do not simply repeat information that was presented at the time of application. At the time of appealing, the letter should accompany any other appropriate documentation as needed.
  • Can I defer my admission to the following year?

    Many schools allow for deferrals but not all do. If you cannot find that information on the school’s website, just contact the admission office at that school.
  • Was this year a particularly difficult year for college admission?

    Yes. As schools begin to post their application numbers and acceptance rates, we are seeing record numbers of applications and record low acceptance rates. Students who probably would have been admitted last year are finding themselves waitlisted or denied admission this year. Everyone is feeling the pinch.  

List of 4 events.

  • Dec
    1

    SAT/SAT Subject Tests

    Please visit College Board website at collegeboard.org for test site locations and to register for the test. St. Luke's School is not a test site for this test administration.
  • Dec
    4

    PSAT9

    The registration for the test has been taken care of by the school. All students should report to the Athletic Center Gym promptly at 9:00am. Students should bring at least two #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils). For the Mathematics tests, students should bring a graphing or scientific calculator, same as they use in their math classes, and make sure that it has new batteries. They may also bring a book to read in case they finish a test early, a sweater in case the AC Gym is cold and a snack for during the break. No cell phones permitted during testing. This is not a dress down day. Extended time students will report to the ESS Office by 8:00am. See separate APR from Ms.Teittenen-Schreck regarding testing details. Students will be dismissed at approximately 12:00pm and will return to regular class schedule.
    Classrooms - AC - AC
  • Dec
    8

    ACT

    Please visit ACT website for test site locations at www.actstudent.org

    St. Luke's School is not a test site for this test administration.
  • Jan
    5

    11th Grade College Workshop #2 (parents & students)

    Continental breakfast will be available at 8:30am.  The workshop will begin at 9:00am sharp with break-out sessions to follow.  Wrap-up and group discussion to conclude approximately 12:00pm.
    Classrooms - Fireplace Commons - Fireplace

Testing Info



Important Information

  • St. Luke's CEEB Code: 070 460 (this code number is necessary for SAT and ACT registration)
  • Registration: Online at collegeboard.org or actstudent.org
  • Proper identification is required on day of test (driver's license, current passport, or official school identification form)
  • The SAT is offered in January, March, May, June, October, November and December
  • The ACT is offered in February, April, June, September, October and December
  • St. Luke's is a test site for the PSAT (October), PLAN (November), SAT (June), ACT (September and April) and AP (May)

Acronyms

PSAT = Preliminary SAT (SAT warm-up; not sent to colleges)

NMSQT
= National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (junior year PSAT)

SAT = Tests critical reading, mathematics and writing

Subject Tests = Subject specific tests in math, English, science, foreign language, and history/social studies

PLAN = Preliminary ACT (ACT warm-up, not sent to colleges)

ACT
= Tests reading, usage/grammar, science reasoning, mathematics with an optional essay

AP = Advanced Placement test (subject specific test administered in May at end of AP course)

Normal Testing Sequence

9th Grade: Subject Tests in Spring for some students (students should speak with their teachers)

10th Gra