The College Application Process

The College of William & Mary once called the Common Application "the most humane invention of the last quarter century." But that doesn't mean that applying to college is easy. It's a process.

At Gilman, the formal college admissions process begins in January of the junior year, with the Junior Class College Night and the assignment of the college counselor. In reality, the process begins the moment a student steps foot on campus, as the Gilman experience is an all-encompassing one, preparing each student to become a life-long learner. Though the boys are a few years away from submitting that first application, they are given early advice on how to best prepare for college and the college application process.

Juniors are assigned to their college counselor in the winter of their junior year and begin meeting regularly to build their college lists and prepare for the application process. Juniors are also enrolled in a College Seminar where they will learn about all aspects of the college process, from researching colleges, interview expectations, financial aid, and writing the college essay.

The senior year begins with a program featuring a keynote address from a college admissions professional, giving attendees perspective on the singular year ahead.

Most importantly, our excellent college counselors provide support every step of the way.