The second semester College Counseling Seminar meets once each week to orient students to the college application process. Topics include: the college application calendar, resources to manage the process, GPAs, standardized testing, various types of applications, essay writing, college visits, interviewing, recommendations, and scholarships. All students have at least two individual meetings with the college counselor to discuss their own ideas, hopes, concerns, and questions about the college process. We encourage students to realistically consider not just which colleges they think they like, but also which might be affordable and are likely to offer admission. By the time they leave for summer break, they have a paper copy of the Common Application filled out, ideas for their essays, and an extensive list of colleges to research, from which they will choose approximately ten.