College Counseling

The College Process Podcast

Westminster Overview

In this episode, Fifth Form student Miguel de la Fe sits down with Greg Williams, Director of College Counseling, to answer Miguel’s questions about the college process at Westminster School.

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  • When does the college counseling process start at Westminster? (00:52)
  • Do students pick their college counselors, or are they assigned? (06:08)
  • How many times per year do students meet with their college counselor? (07:43)
  • What is the common application and when should students fill that out? (10:03)
  • Is the college counseling process tailored to U.S. schools or can students apply abroad? (12:41)
  • With many schools going test optional, should students continue to take standardized testing? (15:17)
  • Is there a difference between the ACT and the SAT? (19:03)
  • Should we put our test scores into the application even if the school is test optional? (20:52)
  • Is the timeline or process different for student-athletes? (22:06)
  • How early and how often do college coaches reach out to student-athletes? (24:31)
  • Is there a way for families to apply for financial assistance? (26:06)
  • What is the difference between need-based and need-blind? (29:54)
  • Is there a difference in the amount of aid between state and private colleges? (32:30)
  • Do universities rely more on GPA or the essay and application? (34:57)

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