College Application Café Workshops — Café Participants Only (Full/Wait-Listing)

College Application Café Workshops are the first component of the College Application Café program for current juniors/rising seniors. The Café Workshop launches families in developing and honing appropriate college application strategies for their current junior.  Via student-centered discussions and activities, as well as parent-driven conversations, participation in the Workshops will position families to complete the college application process with peace of mind and a solid plan.  Workshops prepare students for participation in the College Application Café summer program.  Workshops are divided into two 1.5 hour sessions held the same day.

11th & 12th grade College Application Café Workshop:  

To enroll: Contact Emily Gallagher at (206) 364-1995 or by email at

College Application Café Workshop Content:

Session I (1.5 hours): Your College Search and List

In this hands-on workshop, students and families will learn targeted college search strategies, how to recruit colleges, and develop a tiered “first choice” college list.  We will discuss how to locate “best-fit” colleges, both financially and academically. Families will exit the session with an action plan for researching and refining their college list.


  •  The Application Process
  • How to locate best-fit schools academically and financially
  • What colleges are really looking for in their applicants
  •  How to create a standardized test plan (ACT/SAT/SAT II’s)
  •  How to “demonstrate interest” to colleges

 Session II (1-1.5 hours): Getting Ready to Apply

In this organizational workshop, students will learn how to manage the application process, from creating their activity sheet to obtaining great letters of recommendation.  Specifically, students will examine electronic copies of the Common Application and other on-line systems, such as “The Coalition,” and receive initial coaching on their next steps. Students will exit the Workshop with successful strategies and materials necessary to complete their application essays during their summer College Application Café session.


  • • Application Mechanisms: The Common Application, The Coalition Application, UW, UC’s & Independents
  • The Essay
  • • Vetting Your College List
  • • The Activity Sheet
  • • Letters of Recommendation
  • • Summer Plans
  • • Café Pre-Writing

2016-17 California Workshop Dates (Sequoia Church):

Workshop Session I Thursday, November 10 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Workshop Session II Friday, November 11 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Workshop Session III Friday, November 11 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Workshop Session IV Friday, November 11 6:00-9:00 p.m.

2016-17 Seattle College Application Café Workshop Dates (Lake Forest Park)

Workshop I: Sunday, November 20 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Workshop II: Sunday, November 20 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Workshop III: Sunday, December 11 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Workshop IV: Sunday, December 11 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Workshop V: Sunday, January 29 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Workshop VI: Sunday, February 12 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Workshop VII: Sunday, March (TBD)