College Admissions & Application Information
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Frequently asked questions:
“How do I apply to a two-year college in Washington state for free?”
Seniors interested in attending any public community or technical college in Washington are strongly encouraged to complete a free online application at Application to Washington state two-year colleges
Good news: community colleges do not require an SAT or ACT, personal statement or a Letter of Recommendation.
"I’m so disappointed! I was going to tour a college that has accepted me – and now spring previews are cancelled. How can I choose the right school if I can't visit the campus?”
You're right: this is rough. But there is good news: many schools are adding “virtual tours” to their websites. Just this week, Central Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University began promoting their online views of programs on their campus. Even without a spring break trip to these campuses, juniors can explore schools, too. Try this tips offered here, too: Virtual College Tours
"I've been accepted to the college/university I would like to attend. How do I arrange to get my final transcript?"
Stay tuned. Shorecrest College & Career Center will be sharing details about how to request your transcript via Naviance. These are sent electronically to one college of your choice. Please do not email your counselor, Ms. Hudson or Ms. Monson about sending it another way. Colleges and universities want you to wait until your final semester grades are complete, so typically this happens in late June or early July.
"I hear that May 1 is usually the deadline for committing to a college. Is that going to change?"
In many cases, this is going to vary from university to university. Two-year colleges do not require a May 1 commitment - but four-year schools need to know who is coming to their school in the fall. It's vital for you to check each of your college's websites to see which deadline you need to follow. College Deadlines during a Pandemic
"How do I know if the public or private four-year colleges I applied to in Washington state is making changes during COVID-19?" Here is helpful information for you: eighteen public and private four-year colleges and universities in the state have developed a resource page with a contact at each school who is in charge of answering COVID-19 change-related questions.
Fall 2020 Admissions COVID-19 Statement for Washington’s Baccalaureate Universities and College
March 30, 2020
Washington’s public and not-for-profit, private four-year colleges and universities understand the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19 and its impact on students and families. As Washington institutions, our rst priority is contributing to the e orts to bolster the health and safety of our communities. As we do that, we support Washington’s high school students as they maintain hope about their future, and continue to pursue their collegiate goals. Each campus is here to help students and their families navigate undergraduate admissions during these challenging times.
Our four-year institutions continue to collaborate across their sectors and in partnership with community and technical colleges and K-12 schools and districts. Our goal is to communicate the most recent policies and practices to ensure that students are successful in attaining their education and career goals.
We also recognize that the impact of COVID-19 on students, families and institutions is uid and changing. We are committed to communicating, collaborating and engaging students, families and partners now for the Class of 2020 and in the future as we identify impacts to the Classes of 2021 and 2022.
For fall 2020 admissions, together we are:
Moving all activities related to admitted student programs, transfer advising, prospective student events and campus visitations to a virtual experience/ platform, or we have made the decision to cancel events.
Integrating exibility into admissions processes to ease, to the extent possible, the disruption for fall 2020 applicants. Each university or college has institutional microsites dedicated to COVID-19 information, including details about fall 2020 admission decisions and deadlines.
Recognizing that while students must satisfy high school graduation requirements and meet minimum college admission requirements for freshman, our institutions will not disadvantage 2020 fall applicants due to the pandemic’s e ects on education delivery.
Identifying points of contact for each institution’s Admissions for further information.
Washington Four-Year College and University Point of Contact Fall Admissions 2020, COVID-19
Central Washington University
Eastern Washington University
Paci c Lutheran University
Saint Martin’s University
Seattle Paci c University
The Evergreen State College
University of Puget Sound
University of Washington Bothell
University of Washington Seattle
University of Washington Tacoma
Walla Walla University
Washington State University
Western Washington University
Look for more questions and answers at this page and in the weekly Shorecrest Broadcast.
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Get help with your Common App, U.W. Seattle Coalition App, arranging letters of recommendation, and requesting transcripts.
Questions? Email your counselor or Suzanne.Monson@shorelineschools.org.
This website is a great resource for getting started on your college applications.
Ms. Monson can help you do the following:
- Identify good-fit colleges
- Fill out college applications
- Write great admissions essays
- Understand Financial Aid and what colleges are a good financial choice for you
- Search for helpful scholarships
- How? By using Naviance: to request transcripts; arrange letters of recommendation from teachers; search for colleges, careers and majors; and keep an organized list of colleges you are applying to
Keep an organized list of colleges you're interested in and find out when their admissions representatives are coming to meet you in the Shorecrest College & Career Center.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I compare college costs?
The non-profit College Affordability Guide team has analyzed 10 million data points related to 5,000+ colleges and universities in the U.S., including graduation/transfer rates and loan default rates. The results appear at www.CollegeAffordabilityGuide.org. Rankings of affordable schools in Washington state can be found at http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/schools/washington/What is the Common Application?
- The Common Application (often referred to as "Common App") is an undergraduate college admission application system used by more than 2.5 million high school seniors use each year to apply to any of almost 900 member colleges and universities in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and internationally in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.
- In Washington state, Common App schools include: Gonzaga; Pacific Lutheran University; St. Martin's; Seattle Pacific University; Seattle University; University of Puget Sound; Whitman; and Whitworth.
- Important: the Common App is found at www.CommonApp.org - not .com.
- The Common App is online only. At Shorecrest, students use their personal Naviance account to have transcripts and teacher-written letters of recommendation sent to Common App schools.
- Also important: When you create an account, write down your username and password in not just one - but in TWO safe places. Losing or forgetting this information is painful and time-wasting!
- Students may start - and save - their progress on the Common App. It does not need to be completed in one sitting. For some students, this takes a few hours.
- To complete the Common App, students must upload their personal statement/college admissions essay. Prompts are provided.
- If using Shoreline-issued iPads to complete Common App registration, please use Firefox as the browser; it appears to be more successful than Safari.
- Do NOT list your recommenders in the Common App. Shorecrest is a Naviance school; your recommenders will be listed and their letters of recommendation will be submitted through Naviance. Listing recommenders in the Common App will FREEZE your application, and those of other Shorecrest students using that recommender.
What are the Common App essay prompt choices for prospective Fall 2021 freshmen?
- Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
- Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
- Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
- Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
- Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
- Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
- Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
- Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
- Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
- What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
- Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.
What are the University of Washington's essay prompts?
Applications to the U.W. Seattle and U.W. Bothell open Sept. 1, 2019. The only deadline for the Seattle campus is Nov. 15. UW Bothell has a Nov. 15 Early Action deadline and a Jan. 15, 2020 final deadline. Please use: http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/ For details, please see https://admit.washington.edu/Admission/Freshmen/WritingSection. Two personal statements and an activities/achievements list are required.
Did you know…?
…The University of Washington Seattle is on the Coalition Application – but does not follow Coalition prompts. You must upload your primary and secondary personal statements direct to UW Seattle application. UW Seattle requires these both:
- Tell us a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. (max 500 words) AND
- Discuss how your family experience or cultural history enriched you or presented you with opportunities or challenges in pursuing your education goals (max 300 words)
…The University of Washington Bothell is on the Coalition Application – but does not follow all Coalition prompts, either. You must upload a response to only one of these same choices directly to the UW Bothell application.
Keep in mind that the University of Washington strives to create a community of students richly diverse in cultural backgrounds, experiences, values, and viewpoints. You may define culture broadly. For example, it may include ethnicity, customs, values, and ideas, all of which contribute to experiences that students can share with others in college. As you reply to this question, reflect on what you have learned — about yourself and society — from an experience of cultural difference.
C. Additional Information About Yourself or Your Circumstances (Optional)
Maximum length: 200 words
You are not required to write anything in this section, but feel free to include additional information if something has particular significance to you. For example, you may use this space if:
- You are hoping to be placed in a specific major soon
- A personal or professional goal is particularly important to you
- You have experienced personal hardships in attaining your education
- Your activities have been limited because of work or family obligations
- You have experienced unusual limitations or opportunities unique to the schools you attended
D. Additional Space (Optional)
You may use this space if you need to further explain or clarify answers you have given elsewhere in this application, or if you wish to share information that may assist the Office of Admissions. If appropriate, include the application question number to which your comment(s) refer.
What are Washington State University's 2020-21personal statement questions?
A personal statement is longer required by WSU for general admission, but is used for Honors program applications. A statement may be requested by WSU if a student is one the "bubble" or for students applying for scholarships.
What are Western Washington University's personal statement prompts?
For details, visit https://admissions.wwu.edu/freshman/freshman-essay-activities-list-tips. Students are asked to respond to one of the prompts below as part of the application for admission. Most essay responses are about 500 words, but this is only a recommendation, not a firm limit. Feel free to take what space is necessary for you to tell your story.
Students are asked to respond to one of the prompts below as part of the application for admission. Most essay responses are about 500 words, but this is only a recommendation, not a firm limit. Feel free to take what space is necessary for you to tell your story.
Share a meaningful experience and how this has helped shape you in your preparation for college. This could be related to your passions, commitments, leadership experience, family or cultural background.
Describe any activities you have been involved in related to diversity or multiculturalism and explain how you will actively contribute to a diverse campus community at Western.
Admissions Essay – topic of your choice. If you have written another essay that captures what you want the Admissions Committee to know about you, feel free to share it with us.
What are the essay prompts for University of California (UC) schools?
Choose four of the eight questions, and limit your response for each to 350 words. All questions are equal.
Find the UC questions and directions here: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/personal-questions/
Universal Essay Tips
Spend time reflecting before you start your essay. Your college essay is your chance to "speak" to the Admissions Committee, so make yourself come alive! Our essay questions are listed above so you can start composing a well-written essay that reflects you and your potential before you apply. The best college essays are those that make the reader feel like they know you, so write with sincerity.
Demonstrate sustained involvement. Committing to—and staying in—a particular activity that you're passionate about or your experience in an academic course is more interesting than occasional or one-time participation. Tell us how those experiences affected you as a student or as a person.
Express your pride and appreciation for cultural diversity. Enthusiasm for and experience within culturally diverse environments will be key to your success here at Western and beyond.
Don't be shy. Applying to college is great practice for eventually applying for jobs in the "real world," where you are expected to "sell" yourself. Have you made a positive difference in the lives of others, whether in your family, community or school? Let your talent shine by telling us about your accomplishments in your activities list or by submitting additional information with your application. Letters of recommendation aren't required, but if a teacher or counselor has written one for you, feel free to submit it as well.
Proofread! The content of your essay is important, but so is the written quality. Ask a teacher, parent or friend to read through your essay; they can catch errors or help you strengthen your message.
What are Central Washington University's personal essay prompts?
This is not required at CWU.
What is University of Washington Bothell's ACADEMIC TRANSITION PROGRAM (ATP)
- The Academic Transition Program (ATP) is a year-long academic preparation program designed to provide assistance for historically disadvantaged, low-income, and first generation college students; though all students may be considered to participate. Successful ATP candidates may not have performed well by traditional measures of college preparedness such as standardized testing. They are selected for the program by showing great promise in overcoming adversity, and demonstrating particularly strong motivation to succeed in college. This program is a summer early start for first-year students that would not meet admissions criteria and usually have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to 2.9 with SAT scores (Reading and Math) of 750 to 900, but show potential to succeed. More information can be found here: http://www.bothell.washington.edu/premajor/atp.
Where can I find a timeline/checklist for the college applications process?
1) In the "documents library" on the right side of your Naviance "Welcome" page. Here is a helpful checklist, too:
Click here to visit Washington Student Achievment Council website!
Click here to visit Counselor Workshop Guide to Washington State Colleges
Click here to visit the Minimum College Admission Standards via Higher Education Coordinating BoardClick here to visit the Washington State Community & Technical Colleges website featuring Education & Training for the real world.# # # #