Class of 2017 Newsletter
February 2017

Second Semester Course Changes


Seniors should be mindful of course change implications in the senior year. Applications submitted have your current senior course schedule listed, and admission decisions take those courses into account. A change that is the equivalent in rigor will likely be fine (for example, dropping one English elective for another), but to decrease rigor is not advised (for example, dropping AP Government to take a non-AP level course). Most colleges will also expect you to notify them regarding changes to your schedule. Please consult your college counselor regarding any course change during the second semester.

Monthly Focus


Mid-Year Grades

The college counseling office has sent Mid-Year Reports to all colleges. These are simply a semester grade report that is sent to every college where there is an application pending. We will also send Mid-Year Reports to schools that have admitted you early.

Decision Notification

Please remember to keep your college counselor updated on your admission decisions; we only know this news if we hear it from you.

ED/EA Deferrals

In previous newsletters, we offered advice on ways to facilitate admission to your early school if you were deferred into the regular round. We continue to encourage seniors to meet with their college counselor in order to discuss steps to take if you were deferred.


Second Semester Grades

Although the third quarter ends at the time when colleges finish their decision making, the strength of the third quarter performance can become very important to those who are waitlisted and hoping to get off that waitlist. Discussing the waitlist may seem a little premature in February, but given the temptation to "ease off the gas‟ in the third quarter, we feel it is important to convey the role of third quarter performance in waitlist situations.


Withdrawing Applications

If you have been admitted Early Decision to a college, you need to withdraw your other applications immediately. This can be accomplished by sending a short email to the admission office with your name and birthdate, indicating that you'd like to cancel your application. This action is required on your part per the ED agreement that you, your parent, and your college counselor signed. Failure to follow through on this reflects poorly on both you and Gilman. Likewise, if you have been admitted through Early Action or Rolling Admission, you are not bound to attend the school. But, if you now know that you will attend that school over others on your list, it's good practice to withdraw your other applications in hopes of freeing up a space for someone else.

Making Your Final Decision


With the exception of Early Decision admission, the national response deadline for colleges is May 1. By this date, you will need to submit an enrollment deposit at one college to secure your spot in the first-year class. A school should not pressure you to make a deposit prior to this date -- if you encounter this, please let your college counselor know.

You should feel comfortable taking the time you need to make an informed decision about your plans for next year. If you applied for financial aid or scholarships, you should compare the packages offered by different colleges. Most schools offer visit programs for accepted students in the spring, and we encourage you to take advantage of those opportunities. The college counselors are also happy to offer guidance at this final stage of the process.


Mark Your Calendars


Enrollment Deposits Due 

MAY 22

Awards Day

MAY 23

Senior Encounter Begins


Founder's Day: Graduation

Contact the CCO

Iva Turner

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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