This One’s for the Family Members!

Hello, family members! Are you ready for a busy application season of reminding your child about application deadlines, driving him or her to campus visits, and editing essays?! Have no fear! I will give you all the information you need so you can support your child though this crazy time.

Now, most high schoolers aren’t as organized as we would like them to be, so it’s important that you are. I always encourage family members to keep their own calendar up to date with application deadlines, visits to campuses, and financial aid deadlines. That way, you can give your child friendly reminders to submit his or her applications (and not wait until the last day). Also make sure your child doesn’t succumb to application fever, where they feel compelled to apply to 20 different schools. Five to ten schools is enough, and they should be narrowing down their college search as time goes on.

Your child might get stuck on a certain application or essay prompt. That’s where you come in with your years of life experience to guide them through the process! Please, though, do not do their work for them. Support them and their abilities as they complete parts of the application. You can help by proofreading their essays, making sure they’ve sent all of the necessary requirements, and assisting with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

In addition, make sure you know the resources at the school. Pay attention during all the college visits and informational sessions, because your student might not be able to remember everyone later on. It’s important to know what the school offers, including both academics and resources. Think about it this way: When your child starts to struggle in his or her first college class, who is he or she going to turn to for help? It’s not the admissions office; it’s you. So if you get that phone call from your child, you want to know where he or she should go and how to help.

I understand that finding the answers to your questions may be difficult at times, so to make your search for answers easier, here are all the important Illinois links for you to know:

Admissions Deadlines
Admissions Requirements
Admitted Student Profile
Application Essay
Campus Safety
Campus Stats
Campus Transportation
Campus Visits
Honors Programs
Parent Organizations
Student Organizations

OK family members, I think you’re as ready to start application season as your student is. Please let me know if you have any questions by commenting below, and feel free to use our contact information I linked above!


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August 30, 2017, 2:16 pm

If our daughter has a good GPA, right now in the range of 3.7 to 3.8 but she bombed her ACT is there any reason to apply? We realize the some schools give nearly equal weight to the test scores, so our daughter doesn’t want to waste her time or your by applying if the test scores will be given equal weight.

Thanks for your answer.




August 30, 2017, 4:05 pm

Hello Larry! We use a holistic review process when evaluating applications, meaning we take into account high school performance, extracurricular activities, standardized test scores, as well as extenuating circumstances to provide context. There aren’t any minimum scores needed in order to be admitted; it really depends on the major your daughter is interested in applying to. Be sure to look at how we review on our website for more information!



November 3, 2017, 2:00 pm

If ACT and SAT scores submitted, do you consider both or just the higher SAT or ACT percentile?



November 6, 2017, 10:54 am

Jon, we look at how you did on each score in relation to the total as well as what percentile you fall into for each score. For more information on this, look at how we review on our website!



November 6, 2017, 2:35 pm

My question is if the SAT composite is higher percentile then ACT composite score, do you just count the SAT as best score and ignore the ACT?



November 10, 2017, 8:54 am

Hey Jon, as I previously mentioned, in that situation we would look at how you did on each score in relation to the total as well as what percentile you fall into for both scores. If you have more questions, always feel free to contact our office!