As a college preparatory school, it is our aim to have 100% of our students accepted to one or more colleges/universities as part of their post-secondary plans. Assistance in navigating this process can be difficult for parents and students. The Director of College Placement is available to all students and families throughout their tenure at CMCP. Services include:
- Networking with college admissions representatives
- Assistance with college applications and scholarship applications
- College Application Workshop in the fall for Seniors
- Senior Student & Family College Planning Evening in the fall semester
- Hosting an annual College Fair for students in grades 9, 10, 11, 12
- College Information Evenings for all grade levels and families.
- Florida Bright Futures guidance
College Application Process:
Helpful College Books:
- Colleges That Change Lives, by Lauren Pope
- The Essential College Admissions Handbook: Your Stree-Free Path to College Acceptances, by Shari Kramer
- College Essay Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay, by Ethan Sawyer
The November 1 deadline will generally cover all deadlines, set students up for priority-admission, and give them the highest scholarship consideration.
Below, College Placement will outline and explain the various admissions deadlines and point out why November 1 is a helpful deadline to follow.
Early Action (EA) is an admissions deadline that will give students the opportunity to hear an admissions decision ahead of the regular decision candidate pool. Some universities may put a restriction on how many schools a student can apply to under Early Action, also known as Restrictive EA. However, applying EA is a non-binding route to apply early and find out the admissions decision sooner than the regular decision pool.
Early Decision (ED) is a bigger commitment than EA. Early Decision is not offered at every university. Generally, this is a practice offered at top-tier, highly-selective universities. A student who decides to apply ED to a university makes the commitment to attend the university if admitted. Students, guardians, and the counselor need to sign an Early Decision agreement prior to submitting their application, as this ensures they are aware of the commitment they are making. It is very important to be aware that the commitment you are making when applying ED is a commitment despite financial constraints and awards. If the school does not offer an ideal financial award package, you might be in for a long legal battle to get out of the commitment. The decision to apply ED should only be made after long and thoughtful consideration.
Rolling Admissions indicates that an application will be reviewed and decisions are made as applications are received instead of an admissions department reviewing all applications after one specific deadline. While rolling admissions can seem more relaxed because of a lack of a hard deadline, it’s often more beneficial to apply early before the bulk of applications start rolling in. Think of rolling admissions like this:
You are emailed that there are donuts in the cafeteria. Yes! Donuts! You hope your favorite strawberry frosted with sprinkles is there. You have a better chance of getting the donut you want if you head to the cafeteria right away. If you wait a few hours, only the boring non-frosted, no-sprinkle donuts will remain. Better to get your applications in early when faced with a rolling admissions deadline.
Take the University of Miami as an example. UM is a great place to start with this application deadline, and they have many admissions options. CMCP students would elect to apply Early Action (EA) for the November 1 deadline. While students can still apply in January, it’s very important to note that these applications will not be considered for Premier Scholarships. All of the scholarship deadlines are November 1.
Also, don’t forget that our school office is closed on January 1 and documents will not be sent from the CMCP College Placement Office during the winter break.