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Common Application Nuts and Bolts


The Common Application has 488 participating colleges and is a great way to apply to multiple schools using one application.  Visit to see the list of member universities and read more about it. The application for next year’s seniors will be available August 1. In the meantime, get familiar with the site and look at this year’s application to get an idea of what you will be filling out. Be sure to check out the School Forms section and remember you will have to “invite” your teachers and counselors to complete their parts.  Next year’s essay (250-650 words) topics, of which you will choose one,  are already available and listed below: 

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.
  • How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you? 
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Let me know,, if you have any questions about using this great tool if it works for colleges on your list.




Visiting Colleges

It is a must to visit colleges you are interested in.   You can call and arrange a visit using the contact information below. As well as listening to the admissions chat and taking a tour, feel free to ask to meet with certain departments you are interested in, meet with Honors program delegates, are a great way to visit a college and see, hear & experience many things while on campus.

Auburn University: or800-AUBURN9

Auburn University Montgomery: or 800-227-2649

Birmingham Southern or 800-523-5793

Jacksonville State University : or 800-231-5291

Judson College: or 800-447-9472

Mississippi College: or 800-738-1236

Mississippi State Univeristy:

Mississippi University for Women :


Springhill College: or 800-742-6704

Stillman College:

Troy University:

Tuskegee University: or 800-622-6531

University of Alabama: or 800-933-BAMA or  205-934-9098.

UAHuntsville: or 800-UAH-CALL

University of Mobile:  or 251-675-5990

University of Montevallo: or  205-665-6030.

University of North Alabama:

University of South Alabama: or 800-USA-JAGS

University of West Alabama: or 800-621-8044

College Ahead at the University of Montevallo

The University of Montevallo’s College Ahead program is a way for high school juniors and seniors to take college courses on campus while they are still attending high school during the summer or during the school year. Summer Session I begins May 29th and Summer Session II begins July 2nd.  A student must have a 3.0 GPA to be eligible and may take any class that is available that doesn’t have a prerequisite. The cost per credit hour is currently $293 plus fees. Identified gifted students in our Shelby County schools receive a scholarship to take one class tuition-free.  If you are taking AP classes, it may be worth choosing other college classes because if you earn the appropriate scores on AP tests to receive college credit, you would get no additional credit for taking the same classes at UM. For more information and to get the application visit or click on the link under Blogrolls. Check with individual high school counselors for their deadline.


Senior Reminders

Hopefully, you have completed all your college applications or will in the very near future. Continue to pay attention to all deadlines for admissions, special programs, and scholarships. At any time during the process, I am still available to meet with students and/or parents to chat about any questions or concerns you may still have-just email me.  Remember I am happy to help you with your essays and interviews – you just need to email me to set up a time. Let me know if you ever have a question you cannot find the answer for and I will be glad to work on getting you the answer.

UM College Ahead Website

The University of Montevallo has launched their new College Ahead website – It is very user-friendly and walks students through the process of applying and selecting & scheduling UM classes. This is a program that allows high school juniors and seniors to take college classes at UM for college credit. Students on the gifted education rolls receive a scholarship to take one class. Let me know if you have any questions.


Visit this great free interactive college information website at . You can look up comprehensive college profiles with  information about admissions,  majors offered, tuition, financial aid, merit scholarship, and net prices. You can also view college videos and use many interactive worksheets to help determine what type of student you are and what sets you apart.

Free ACT Apps

ACT has created 3 free apps for I-phones and I-pads. ACT Photo will help the student easily take a photo and upload it their registration (photos are now required to register for the test). ACT Test Prep provides test preparation and ACT College provides an interactive college search tool.

Big Future

Collegeboard has introduced a new free, interactive program to help students grades 9-12 make a plan for college, search colleges, and build their college list. It’s never to early to get started in this important process. Visit

College Planning for Juniors

What an exciting adventure you juniors are beginning. It is time to seriously think about colleges that interest you, research those schools, and visit campuses. It can be a bit daunting, but there are many resources along the way to help you. I’m available to meet with you (with or without your parents) at your schools to discuss all your options. Just contact me so we can find a time that works. For a variety of information on college and financial aid and my tips on making your college short list, a college to-do list, and how to make the most of your college visit click here My other advice right now is to stay organized, plan your ACT and SAT testing, continue to make good grades, volunteer, stay involved in activities and/or a job, register for challenging senior classes, and talk to college reps that visit your schools. Your counselors will provide great assistance to you, too. Some good webistes to visit are,  Keep me posted on how I can help you at this exciting time!

College Visits Are A Must-Do

Colleges love to have prospective students visit, but you need to arrange your visit ahead of time, not just drop in! Students and parents can listen to an admissions representative, take a campus tour, visit with prospective major (Engineering, etc.) or special programs (Honors College, etc.), and meet with financial aid advisors. Students can even sit in on a class, but lose the parent – send them to buy a t-shirt for you at the bookstore! Students need to remember that a college visit is the most important, beneficial tool you have to help you figure out if a certain college is the right fit for you. There is contact and other information about visiting and preview days  in “College Preview Days” listed under Categories or you can go directly to a college’s website and click on Admissions or Prospective Students.