Letter to Juniors

Juniors (New and Returning)

Start researching colleges: make a list of the things that are important to you. For example; do you want to go to a large public school or a small private university? What do you want to study? What kinds of activities do you want to get involved in? Here are some web sites, which have college search tools:

Make a list of 5-10 colleges you are interested in attending.
Register for the SAT or ACT and the TOEFL or IELTS. Next year ALL seniors will need to send the score from one of these tests to SPP by February 1 Take the September or October ACT/SAT, TOEFL or IELTS tests. SPP is a SAT test site! Registration is done on each web site. Sign up early! This will give you time to take it again if needed.

Free Test Preparation web sites:

Take the September or October ACT/SAT, TOEFL or IELTS tests. SPP is a SAT test site! Sign up early! This will give you time to take it again if needed.

Volunteer: You will need to complete seven hours of community service during your senior year as a graduation requirement.

Start thinking about your college essays:
This should be about something in your life that is very important to you. Use detail. It should be written in such a way so that the person who reads it thinks “I would like this person for my friend”. We will discuss this in college prep next fall. Do lots of writing in English over the summer and if you can take an English writing course, do this.

All seniors, both international and U.S., will need several copies (10-15) of your official transcripts from your home country high school or prior U.S. high schools covering all credits earned outside St Paul Preparatory School. For the class of 2016 this means transcripts where the first year you will need is 2012-2013. International students will need these transcripts in your native language and translated to English. These need to be translated into English by a certified translator.

International Students: let your parents know that most universities require a letter from their bank showing that you have at least one year’s tuition, room and board, and other fees available. The letter must be in English with the money stated in U.S. dollar amounts, and signed by a bank official. You can check the web page of the colleges you are interested in for the total cost of one school year. This letter needs to be current, (within 2-3 months of college deadline) so have your parents get several copies just before you leave for the U.S., and they should be ready to mail more copies as needed. These must be original letters not scanned or emailed.

U.S. Students: fill out the PADS (FAFSA) before the deadline next spring (2016). You will need your parents’ tax information for the current year.

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