Class of 2017 Newsletter
August 2016

With only a week left before the first day of school, we hope everyone is excited and ready for senior year. We also hope each senior will use the remaining days of summer to create a Common Application account and to continue drafting and revising essays. Remember, the more you do now, the less you will have to do when the school year begins in full. We look forward to seeing you soon at the Senior-Parent Breakfast on Tuesday, August 30.  

August Checklist

Seniors should already have completed the following:

  • Placed colleges that you are considering in the area designated "Colleges I am Thinking About" on Naviance
  • Confirmed with two teachers that they will write recommendations for you
  • Aspiring DI and DII NCAA student-athletes should have already started their initial eligibility at the NCAA Eligibility Center

If you haven't already, please:

Before September 1, please attend to the following:

  • Complete all campus visits and interviews (if applicable) at colleges that will receive an application
  • Seniors: Create a Common App account and/or Coalition App account
  • Seniors: Complete neatly and submit the September Application Survey; hard copies will be distributed at Senior-Parent Breakfast
  • Seniors: Set a September appointment with your college counselor; you can book that meeting in the "Contact the CCO" section below
  • Parents: Set a September appointment with your son's college counselor; likewise, you can book that meeting in the "Contact the CCO" section below
  • Families seeking/relying on college financial aid should be making use of each college's Net Price Calculator in order to determine the approximate amount of financial support these colleges can offer

Monthly Focus


Senior-Parent Breakfast

The Class of 2017 will begin the new school year with breakfast on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, from 8:00 to 10:00 am in the Dining Room of the Lumen Center. Student attendance is required; parent attendance is encouraged. This comprehensive program will address the senior year and the college application process. The centerpiece of the program will be our college admission presentation featuring Sally Richmond, Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid at Washington and Lee University. In order to prepare for breakfast, we ask that you RSVP to Ms. Sawyer at


AIMS Financial Aid Night

Please mark your calendars, this year's Financial Aid Night will be held on Thursday, September 29, at 7:00 pm at Maryvale Preparatory School located in Lutherville at 11300 Falls Road. This comprehensive financial aid program is recommended for those planning on applying for college financial aid.


Applications and Application Essays

The CCO strongly encourages seniors to start and submit a draft of their Common App essay to their college counselor before September 1.  We are looking forward to reviewing essays and providing feedback.


The Common Application

By September 1, every student should have created a Common App account. There is no need to begin filling out sections of the Common App this early. Essay drafts are far more important at this point. In the Google Drive Gilman CCO Folder, you will find many helpful resources, including a document we have created called the Gilman Common App User Guide. Please use it as you complete the Common App. It will answer a great many questions that will invariably arise.


Teacher Recommendations

Back in the spring every member of the class should have approached two teachers and secured their agreement to write a letter of recommendation. During Form Meetings in September, we will explain to the seniors how they will help the teacher upload the recommendation into the Naviance system. Once that is done, teacher recs will automatically be sent to the colleges. The CCO will also provide a "School/Counselor Recommendation." Please do not arrange to have additional recommendations sent without consulting with your son's counselor. In a great many cases, not following the college's application instructions by sending unsolicited materials is unwelcome. Given that over 95% of every Gilman senior class applies to at least one school by November 1, we will ask teachers to have their recs loaded into the system by October 26.


College Admission Rep Visits to Gilman
Throughout the fall, Gilman will host over 100 college admission representatives who come to campus to meet with interested students. These visits take place at 11:30am and 2:30pm daily, and a schedule is available on Naviance, in the CCO, on the CCO website, and on the US bulletin board. These meetings are a great way for you to gather more information, ask questions, and (usually) meet the admission representative for our region, who will likely be responsible for reading your application.


Reminders Sent to Your Phone

The CCO has established an account with REMIND. If you would like occasional application and admission reminders sent directly as a text to your phone, whether senior or parent. To register, access this link

Standardized Testing Dates




OCT 22



For Your Consideration


Here are some excellent and timely words of wisdom from college admission deans and college counselors: "Don't trust your friends' advice on getting into college - and other tips from admission experts"

Reflecting on college admission and this summer's olympic games, Rick Clark, Director of Admission at Georgia Tech, offers these thoughtful and humorous musings: "Olympic gymnastics and college admissions - not fair!!!"

Contact the CCO

Carl Ahlgren

410-323-3800 ext. 226

Matt Herman

410-323-3800 ext. 748

Anna Follensbee

410-323-3800 ext. 307

Justin Baker

410-323-3800 ext. 741

5407 Roland Avenue / Baltimore, Maryland 21210 / 410.323.3800

College Counseling Website

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