College Counseling

Director of College Counseling: Sophia Meas, smeas@commschool.org

Commonwealth students and their families receive unusually close and individual guidance through the often-stressful college search. With the help of their faculty advisor as well as the School's college counselor, students consider what sort of college or university will suit them best. College essays evolve through multiple versions. This procedure enables each student to clarify perceptions and experiences and express them in his or her unique voice.

The College Calendar includes important college dates for juniors and seniors.

Useful Links

Researching Colleges

Colleges that Change Lives
This site introduces you to a number of schools that you might not have thought about, but should.

Peterson's College Planner
Surveys, articles, and tips to help you through the application process. Of course, there's also ample opportunity to buy Peterson's products, but you don't need to buy anything to use this site.

College Source
One of the Boston Public Library's electronic databases (so you will need your BPL card to log in from home), it offers the full text of college catalogs from 21,529 colleges.

Sloan Cornerstone Center
If you are considering a career in science, look at this site. There is a section on Universities and Pre-College Ideas.

SATs & APs

College Board
In addition to gathering information, you need to sign up for the SATs (dates, applications, fee information). This site offers a college search engine as well as tips for the college application process.

ACT
Information about the ACT, an alternative to the SAT.

LearnATest
Scroll down through the education databases from the BPL to find LearnATest, which will give you test prep materials and interactive practice exams for the SAT.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

FAFSA on the Web
Online application for and information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Broke Scholar
Princeton Review's scholarship search, which gives as well information on filing for financial aid.

FinAid
A guide to finding various types of aid.

Applying to College

Common App to download the Common Application.