Application Prep

Applying to college can be overwhelming, and maybe a bit confusing. Our programming gives high school seniors a little extra help in navigating the college admissions process.  

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What Were They Thinking?

The application process can be a fraught and complicated process — what with all the details, deadlines and decisions. How many schools should you apply to? How do you choose between Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision? This two-part miniseries, featuring current Holy Cross students and Admission staff, will reveal what our students were thinking when they applied, and what we were thinking when we admitted them.

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The Student Story

What were our students thinking when they applied to Holy Cross? What were they thinking when they decided to enroll? Current students and Admission staff will shed light on decision-making in the application process. Airs Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. ET.

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The Admission Story

What were we thinking when we chose to admit these students? What are we thinking as we prepare to admit the next class of Crusaders? Current students and Admission staff will shed light on decision-making in the application process. Airs Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. ET.

Financial Aid Webinar Series

Do you have questions about how to apply for financial aid? We want to help. Watch our archived webinars, where Admission and Financial Aid staff outline application requirements, provide quick tips on where to start, and discuss your options for financing.

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Figuring Out the FAFSA: Quick Tips

Not sure where to begin in filling out the FAFSA? Let us provide some quick tips and suggestions to help you get started. 

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The CSS Profile Decoded

What is the CSS Profile? Why do only some schools require it? Join us as we break down why the CSS Profile is so important and what you need to know when filling it out. 

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Paying for College: Explore Your Opportunities

Scholarships, loans, work-study, oh my! Financing your education is more doable than you think — we'll show you how. 

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Financial Aid Fast Facts

Still feeling overwhelmed by applying for aid? Join us as Financial Aid experts offer some final fast facts for applying. 

Make Your Application Stand Out 

As you navigate the college application process, we want to address some common questions, myths, and uncertainties in admissions. Watch our archived miniseries which breaks down the different components of your college application.

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Episode 1: "The Right Essay Topic For You"

Are you overwhelmed by the personal essay? Facing writer's block and can't find the right topic? Tune in as admission staff break down the personal essay and walk you through choosing an effective topic. 

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Episode 2: "Showcase Your Resume and Experiences"

What's in a resume? Clubs, sports, family responsibilities, part-time jobs, volunteering — all of the above and more! Tune in for a conversation between admission staff and current students as they reveal how best to leverage your time spent outside the classroom. 

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Episode 3: "How Will the Admission Office Know My High School?"

High schools are like snowflakes — each one has different courses, grading scales, and teaching philosophies. So how will we know what your high school is like when we read your transcript? Tune in for a deep dive by admission staff about differentiating high schools during application review. 

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Episode 4: "Demonstrated Interest: Why It Matters and What It Can Do for You"

What is demonstrated interest? Why do some schools track it? Tune in as admission staff reveal why demonstrated interest is important and current students reflect on how it helped them in their college search. 

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Episode 5: "Live Application Review with Commentary"

You submit your application, and then what? Admission staff will reveal the evaluation process with a behind-the-scenes look at how we read applications. Tune in to see an application reviewed live. 

Junior Advisory Seminars - April 2021 Archive

In April, admission counselors and current students led seminars covering various topics that will help juniors prepare for the college search. Access the archives below. Closed captioning is available. 

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    5 Things I Wish I Focused on During My Senior Year in High School
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    First Things First: 4 Tips for First-Generation College Goers
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    3 Tips to Nail Your Admission Interview
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    The 4 Keys to Writing an Impactful College Essay
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    The Inside Scoop: How Applications Are Read and Admission Decisions Are Made

    Junior Advisory Seminars - February 2021 Archive

    In February, admission counselors and current students led seminars about beginning the college search process. Access the archives below. Closed captioning is available.

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    Monday: Tips and Tricks for the College Search Process
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    Tuesday: Six Ways to Get the Most Out of In-Person and Virtual Visits
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    Wednesday: Four Myths About Standardized Testing
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    Thursday: Role for Parents and Guardians in the College Search Process
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    Friday: Five Ways High School Juniors Can Strengthen Their Application