College Counseling

College Application Process

Choosing a college can be the first major decision that you will make. Like all major adult decisions, much research, thought, and discussion should take place as the decision is being made. MA's faculty and administration stand ready to help guide you through the process of decision making and to help you learn and grow. But the choices, the decision, and the responsibilities are ultimately yours and your family's.

In alignment with Marin Academy’s broader educational philosophy, the college counseling office strives to cultivate trust with students. We define success here based on your self-awareness. This self-awareness is a product of your maturation over an extended period of time only achieved by you. Like all MA endeavors, we pose questions and help you reflect, but you ultimately provide the answers.

Each of you will vary a bit in the timetable you follow. This process--and it is a process--changes for every student. As a result, our office provides individual attention and support from identifying your interests, helping to begin a broad college search given these interests, narrowing down the college list, using self-discovery to guide you through the application process, and ultimately answering your questions to feel confident about your final postsecondary choice. The more communication we have, the easier the process will be. Please do not ever hesitate to stop by our office to ask a question.

We are very much looking forward to working with you.
Aaron Fulk
Director of College Counseling

Jaime Meline
Associate Director of College Couseling

College Application Process

List of 14 items.

  • College Process Roadmap

  • Timeline for Senior Year

    College Counseling Timeline for Seniors
    Marin Academy Class of 2019
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  • Timeline for Junior Year

    Junior College Counseling Timeline
    Marin Academy Class of 2020
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  • Self-Reflection

    The first step of this process should be to do some self-reflection. To find a college match, you need to know a lot about who you are. You are a unique individual with your own needs, goals, values, talents, and interests. Spend some time thinking about yourself and writing about how you see yourself and who you are. The following are just a few questions designed to help you with some of your self-reflection
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  • Criteria to Consider When Thinking About Colleges

    There are several factors involved when choosing colleges to which to apply. It is best to make a priority list of the factors you want a college to have. With more than 3,000 schools to choose from, there will be several colleges that match your criteria. In the beginning of your search, be specific about what you want but also open to the possibilities. Challenge yourself to learn about colleges you may never have heard of before.
    Go through the following characteristics and think about those factors that are important to you. Then use those factors to judge a college's desirability.
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  • Researching Colleges

    Researching colleges and discovering what they have to offer is a vital part of this process. It is up to you to do the early work to find colleges that match your needs. It takes time but is worth it in the long run. Make the search personal and make it count for you, not your friends or parents. The first place to begin discovering your options is the College Counseling Office, where many of the following resources can be found.
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  • Visiting Colleges

    This is probably the best way to get a "feeling" for the college and to confirm your initial impressions. The more colleges you visit, the more general and specific knowledge you will have about your likes and dislikes. Download sample college trip information.
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  • Public Universities

    Information about the University of California system, the California State system, and out-of-state public universities
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  • Application Forms

    The application process is a joint effort between you, Marin Academy, and the college to which you choose to apply. It requires good communication between all. It is vital that you follow the guidelines set forth by MA’s college counseling office and the colleges. We will go over this information at College Night for Seniors and in our individual meetings. The college counseling office is responsible for submitting your high school transcript as well as a school recommendation form and letter.
  • The Essay

    The essay is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the admissions committee. It is the only opportunity you will have, other than an interview, to share your thoughts, ideas, experiences, and goals with the committee. Think of it as your opportunity to tell your story.
  • Recommendation Forms

    Most colleges and universities will want to see recommendations by teachers and your college counselor. Please look at each school’s requirements early in the process to make sure you are obtaining the right variety of recommendations.
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  • Interviews

    Some colleges require an interview as part of the admissions process. This interview might be with an admissions professional or a designated alumnus. Other colleges encourage prospective students to arrange an on-campus interview. At some colleges, interviews are optional and have little influence in the admissions process. In any case, an applicant always wants the interview to be a good experience and a positive aspect of the admissions profile.
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  • Types of Admissions Programs

    There are three types of admissions programs: rolling, regular, and early.
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  • Testing

    Information about the PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, and AP exams. The Marin Academy school code is 053212. Please also review the College Testing Requirements guide.
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