Orientación Universitaria

Responsibilities of Student, Parent and College Counselor

The Student:

In order to ensure a productive and successful college search and college application process, it is important for you to familiarize yourself with the following expectations of the College Counseling Office:


    a. Treat the college search and application process like an academic class. While there is no grade, college admission decisions will depend on your continued engagement.

    b. Treat everyone with respect, including college visitors, the College Counselor, your parents, and also your peers.


    a. Be proactive in the college search process. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to schedule meetings with your College Counselor, to conduct extensive research on each of your colleges and universities, to complete all required forms, and to meet all deadlines.


    a. Take full ownership of the college search and application process.

    b. Become your strongest selfadvocate. Keep in mind that the very purpose of each application is to provide you an opportunity to present your best self to the colleges. There is a direct correlation between the amount of effort you put into this process and the strength of your candidacy.

    c. Use the resources available to you, including the college counseling center and the College Counselor.

    d. Invest the necessary time and energy into this process. During the first semester of your senior year, this will require what we call a shift of priorities—meaning you will devote approximately half an hour every night to working on your college applications.

You will meet the above expectations by agreeing to the following:

    1). Take full ownership of the college search and application process.

    2). Check your email on a daily basis and promptly respond to any communications from your college counselor within 24 hours.

    3). Schedule appointments to meet with your College Counselor so that she can get to know you in order to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf and to advise you in the college search process, and to answer any questions you may have about the college search process.

    4). Make decisions for yourself. Keep in mind that this is your college search, your college application process, and ultimately your future. In January of your junior year, you will sign an agreement to take responsibility for the entirety of your college process.

As a Junior and Senior, your responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

1) Take on the responsibility of leadership in the school by setting a clear and mature tone in every endeavor you undertake.

    a. Respect your teachers and bring your very best effort to the intellectual life of Asia Pacific International School.

    b. Participate fully in the whole life of the school, in your own individual way. If you are devoted to service, then sustain that commitment with purposeful zest; if you are a thespian or musician, make each rehearsal as engaging an experience as you can; if you are an athlete, bring to each practice the focus and determination that you might carry into the most significant ASD game of the season. Set a tone that younger students can admire.

    c. Abide scrupulously by the rules of Asia Pacific International School and live by the values of ASD.

2) Research, try to visit, and greet college and university visitors to our campus whose institutions interest you. When conducting your research, make sure you meet all admission requirements before applying to the school.

3) When you construct your Final College List, make certain that you would be pleased to attend every college on that list!

4) Meet all deadlines for applications, testing registration, sending test scores, financial aid and scholarships. Additionally, meet all APIS College Counseling Office deadlines for submitting application materials.

5) Read and understand this handbook, especially the Policies section

6) Communicate honestly and often with both your college counselor and your parents.

7) Adhere to all college and university admission policies including, but not limited to the following: early decision agreements, withdrawing applications if required, committing to only one college at the national reply date of May 1 (if going to the US), and paying a deposit to reserve a space at ONE school only.

The Parent

1) Provide unconditional support for your child. Remind him/her of strengths and talents, independent of any college admission decision, grades or standardized testing scores.

2) Help your student understand as many colleges as possible, whether through actual or virtual visits, internet research and/or through meeting with visiting college representatives. Hardest of all, try to hold your own opinions to yourself, unless they are solicited. Listen carefully to the impressions your child has gathered and help him/her to take appropriate notes and gather information.

3) Take the opportunity to return the parent questionnaire forms to us (will be emailed to you midSpring of your student’s Junior year). It helps your college counselor to bring your voice, thoughts and wishes into the process.

4) Read and understand the information and policies outlined in this handbook.

5) Communicate openly and honestly with the College Counseling Office.

6) If applicable, fill out all necessary financial aid forms, according to the financial aid office websites of each college. If your child is a nonUS citizen applying to US colleges and universities, gather financial documents from your bank and have notarized any documents as required by each school.

The College Counselor

1) To get to know you as a person; to come to understand and appreciate your enthusiasm, dreams, talents, and concerns.

2) To help you develop an intelligent, balanced, and appropriate list of colleges. There will be many more campuses to learn about than campuses to which you will actually apply. The goal is to construct a list that is broad, deep and realistic. We use the terms reach, target, and likely to rate the difficulty of admission based on historical results for students with academic credentials similar to yours.

    Reach schools are those to which fewer students with a similar profile have been admitted than have not, or a school that is so competitive (lower than 30% admit rate, for example) that it is a reach for any student.

    Target refers to a college, still highly competitive, where many applicants have similar academic credential similar to yours; some are admitted and some are not.

    Likely is a college in whose general application pool you should be a strong candidate.

is a college in whose general application pool you should be a strong candidate.

3) To advocate on your behalf by presenting your transcript and official recommendations to the colleges so that you have the strongest chance of being given favorable consideration by the colleges.

4) To listen to, learn from, and communicate with your parents.

5) To enable you to make good decisions throughout the college application process by providing you with timely, uptodate and accurate information.

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