Resources for Rising Seniors

A Resource Page for Rising Seniors

General reminders: When filling out the Common Application, you should only be working on the information in the “my common app” tab. You should not be filling out FERPA waivers, trying to add teachers/counselors (you CANNOT do this, we use Naviance. We will add teachers to your Naviance accounts in the fall). You can and should begin your college essays but please write the essays/personal statement in word or google drive until the fall.

A Collection of Videos 

Naviance 101

Junior Checklist

Summer Checklist

Common Application video

Brag Sheet video 


The College Essay Presentation: (coming soon)

Should you write about COVID-19? The College Essay Guy helps

To Do Items:

  1. Brainstorm a few topics you might use for your college essay:
    1. Need inspiration? Check out this website
  2. Look at the Common App and Coalition essay prompts, think about what you might want to answer:
  3. Before summer is over, you should have a very solid (almost finished) draft

How to select a college? What to look for in a college?

  1. What are your “important factors?”
    1. Need help:
  2. Sit down with your parents (or whoever is contributing to college monetarily) and have a very honest conversation about cost
  3. Use Naviance to search for colleges. Add colleges you might apply too to the Colleges I’m Thinking About section

Applying to college with the Common Application & Coalition

Common Application

Main website:

Common App Ready: Tips & best practices in filling out the CA

Common App You Tube Channel: videos on all things CA


Main Website:

My Coalition Counselor: Resources to understand the college process & tips for using the Coalition App.

Students can and should create accounts now. There are over 800 colleges on the Common Application and       about 150 on the Coalition. Students only use one platform to apply to college even it is available on both. It is possible a student could only apply with the Common App., only the Coalition, or a combination of both.

Are you Common App Ready? Webinar Recording

Are you Common App Ready? Webinar slides

To Do Items:   

  1. Create your CA account now:
  2. Begin to fill out each section in the My Common App tab EXCEPT Writing
  3. Do NOT use the essay fields at this time. Information will delete in August with the platform rollover.

*Please do not start the college essay in these applications. They will delete when a grade rollover happens in late summer.


*Arlington Public Schools does not sponsor, endorse, recommend or screen the individuals or companies whose offers are posted here. Families and students are reminded that they need to complete their own research on these individuals or companies to determine if they wish to engage in any of their opportunities or services.