Class of 2018 Newsletter
February 2018

Seniors, if you've made any changes to your course schedule for the second semester, you need to notify your college counselor. If you've been admitted to a college or if you still have applications pending, most college admission offices require that they be informed regarding any change to your schedule. 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). Please see your college counselor with any questions regarding course changes.

Monthly Focus


Mid-Year Grades

The college counseling office has sent Mid-Year Reports to all colleges with pending applications. These are simply a semester grade report that is sent to every college where you are awaiting an admission decision. We generally send only Final-Grade Reports to schools where you've already been admitted. If, however, you receive notification that a college requires a Mid-Year Report including your semester grades (usually by email), please inform your college counselor.

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 to students who 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 if you are waitlisted.

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. 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 application at those schools 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 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.

For Your Consideration


The most popular course at Yale is Psyc 157: Psychology and the Good Life. The course professor, Dr. Santos, suspects that the class is so popular because "in high school, [students] had to deprioritize their happiness to gain admission to school." Now that you've submitted all of your applications, take time to reflect on what makes you happy, and read more about the power of "positive psychology" here: Yale's Most Popular Class Ever - Happiness.

Already thinking about graduate school? (First, take a breath and enjoy the remainder of your senior year.) Then, when you're ready, check out this list of undergraduate colleges represented in Harvard Law School's freshman class. Remember, it's not necessarily where you do your undergraduate work that counts as much as what you do while you're an undergraduate. 

Contact the CCO

Sarah Ross

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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