College Search FAQ
Where should I begin the search?
Begin with self-assessment. Dream a little, consider the possibilities and keep your options open. Keep in mind such factors as school size, location, proximity to home, private vs. public, Christian vs. secular, history, culture, and coed vs. single-sex. As you weigh these factors, compile a list.
When should I begin?
It’s never too early to begin. At any age, as you travel, take time to visit college campuses in the vicinity. The more on-campus time you spend, the easier it will be to assess your preferences. If you haven’t started already, begin in September of your junior year. This will allow you and your parents enough time to research colleges and schedule campus visits. Plan to attend meetings with college representatives that visit Westminster.
Do I need to decide on my major before I apply?
No, many students apply as undecided. If you have a special area of interest or expertise, (i.e., engineering, computer science, fine arts, music, architecture, etc.), you will want to consider schools that offer these courses of study.
How many schools should I choose for my list?
There is no magic number. Six is plenty. The most important factor is to develop a list that reflects your interests, your credentials, and your dreams.
Generally, a well-constructed college list includes schools from the following three categories: “stretch” schools (based on your GPA, test scores, and overall record), “target” schools (a school where you are a typical candidate where most, but not all, are admitted), and “safety” schools (where you are virtually assured admission).
When should I begin completing the applications?
Many colleges have their online applications ready in August. It is a good idea to read through the application, paying particular attention to the essay questions and begin working on your essays. Thoughtful essays take time. Be sure you make note of all application deadlines. Early action and early decision transcript and school report requests are due to the college counseling office by October 1. Regular decision transcript and school report requests are due by December 1
Which admission plan should I choose?
Standard or Regular Admission
Regular decision means that applications and supporting documents must be submitted by a date set by the individual school. These dates vary from November 30 through March 15. Notification of admission is in the spring of the senior year, usually around April 1.
Early Decision (ED)
This program was designed for students with a definite first choice. As an early decision applicant, you are signing a binding agreement stating that if you are accepted, you will withdraw the remainder of your applications and attend that particular school. You may only apply to one school under the early decision plan, although you may simultaneously apply to other institutions under alternate admission plans (i.e., regular, early action, rolling admission). Notification letters are mailed in December-January.
Early Action (EA)
This program is similar to early decision; however, you are not required to attend if accepted and may continue to apply to other schools at the same time. Under this plan, a candidate may be accepted, denied, or deferred to the regular admission pool. Notification letters are mailed in December-January.
Schools that use rolling admission act on an application as soon as it is complete. The student will be notified of a decision within weeks upon receipt of all information. These institutions will continue to accept students until they reach their enrollment capacity. For this reason, it is best to apply as early as possible during your senior year.
Who is the college counselor?
Alex McCallie is the Director of College Counseling. He has been at Westminster for nearly 20 years serving as a teacher, coach, development director, admissions director and college counselor for the past eight years. After graduating from Davidson College, Mr. McCallie served two years as an admissions counselor at his alma mater. Mr. McCallie is also the parent of two Westminster graduates and one current Upper School student.
How do I contact Mr. McCallie?
College Counseling Office
Westminster Schools of Augusta
3067 Wheeler Rd
Augusta, GA 30909
707-731-5260, ext. 2309