Chelsea Public Schools - Bridge to Success

Summer College Planning Guide

Though the summer months offer much needed respite from the rigors of academics, the guidance department would like to remind you that the post-secondary planning process doesn't actually end with the close of the school year. With that in mind, we strongly suggest you use this time to conduct some college research independently so you will be prepared to make informed choices when the new school year begins. We have prepared some tips to get you started with this process.

Things to do during the summer:

  • Explore career profiles and related majors - this can be done through "major central" at the college board website. Note what interests you.
  • Consider what is important to you--major, activities, interests, school size, proximity to home, overall environment - to help you begin to think about college "fit".
  • Learn about colleges by looking at their websites or via printed resources available at bookstores and libraries. Notice their freshman profiles with respect to GPA and test scores. How do you compare?
  • Make college visits. Admissions counselors are available for interviews and tours.
  • Create a resume - a record of accomplishments, activities, and volunteer/work experiences you've had since starting high school.
  • Request applications from schools you are interested in, either directly from the admissions office or download from the website. Note application deadlines and required admissions material/testing. It is your responsibility to be aware of this information!
  • Compile a list of colleges that include some dream school, probable schools, and safety schools. Be prepared to discuss this with your guidance counselor.

When school resumes, schedule an appointment with your guidance counselor early on in the year. It is your responsibility to make an appointment with your guidance counselor. Meetings with college advisors from outside agencies do not replace meetings with your guidance counselor. Please be aware that your counselor's role is to assist you with this process through discussion, dissemination of information, and by providing you with additional resources for exploration. We cannot do your research for you. Yu are expected to be an active participant in this process!

Helpful Websites: provides in-depth information about 2 and 4 year colleges, college matchmaker, and career and major profiles. If you have not already done so, you should create a user name and password now. offers step by step college planning sponsored by the Dept. of Ed. offers in-depth college planning services including technical schools, short-term training programs and assistance with financial aid. offers information on public/private colleges in Massachusetts. offers college admissions tips and insider secrets about planning for college, applying for college, financial aid, admissions essays, college interviews, and much more.

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