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1 With a Little Help from Student Services, Naviance Family Connection & the World of Social Media Surviving the College Application Process

2 School Counselors Mrs. Caren Hoffman A – Da Mrs. Mindy Hirsch De – H Mr. Rodney Williams I – Mi Ms. LaTia Douglas Mo – Sh Mrs. Moira Baylog Si – Z

3 Senior Conferences Schedule with counselor Parents invited Don’t delay

4 Technology’s Impact on College Admissions

5 Student Services Website

6 Naviance Family Connection

7 Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals and success. What is Naviance

8 Naviance includes a college search using over 20 criteria

9 Students are able to save colleges they are interested in to their personal accounts…

10 Tracking of application information is also available.

11 How many schools should a student apply to? Choose 6 – 8 schools that “fit” Think about: Does the school have my academic major? Can my family afford the tuition? How far will I be from home? Will I enjoy the campus setting and layout? Does the school have the extracurricular activities I want? Still not sure??? Talk to the school counselor

12 HCC Programs to Consider Freshman Focus Silas Craft Rouse Scholars Visit for deadlines &

13 Dates & Deadlines University of MD College Park November 1 st – Priority Consideration Deadline Howard Community College Freshman Focus – March 2014 Rouse and STEM Scholars – January 2014 Silas Craft – April 2014 December 1 st – priority scholarship deadline at MANY universities

14 Where to find a college application Common Application College Website Paper versions rarely used Start now – create username and password

15 Factors in the admissions process Grades/GPA Curriculum Recommendations Class Rank SAT & ACT Scores Essay/Personal Statement Extracurricular Interviews (if applicable) Portfolio

16 Application Requirements Demographic & Extracurricular info submitted online by student Transcript – sent US Mail or electronically by Student Services Letters of Recommendation Counselor & Teacher Sent by US Mail or electronically Teacher Letters sent by teacher Essay Interview (optional for some colleges) SAT & ACT Scores MUST be sent electronically by student

17 High School Transcript Rank available October 1 st GPA Worksheets distributed to students Check for accuracy Weighted & Unweighted GPA Final grades from all courses 9 – 11 Senior year schedule 1 st Quarter Report card if available

18 Transcript Request Form Submit Mrs. Thorne in Student Services Include… $4 cash or check made out to GHS 2 Stamps per transcript – NO ENVELOPES (only necessary for non-commonapp) Allow 20 school days for requests

19 Transcript Request Form Complete BOTH SIDES OF FORM Parent Signature Required Waive right to access letters of recommendation (student and parent signature req’d)

20 Electronic Transcripts HCPSS approved to send electronically to: Common App Counselor/Teacher will receive an email request when student enters counselor/teacher email address on application Colleges DO NOT prefer one method over another

21 CommonApp Invite Official

22 Teacher Recommendations Sent separately from transcript Provide teacher with List of schools and deadlines Stamped/Addressed Envelopes to send to each school OR correct email address Answers to the following: oWhy do you feel this teacher can write a meaningful recommendation? oWhat was your best experience in that teacher’s class?

23 CommonApp Teacher Recommendation

24 Sending SAT & ACT Scores Must be sent electronically from HCPSS does not send test scores

25 Last Minute Admissions Testing ACT October 26 December 14 February 8 SAT October 5 November 2 December 7

26 The College Essay Voice Most (but not all) Schools will require After school College Essay Workshop Media Center Wednesday, October 9 Wednesday, October 23 2:20-3:00pm Sign up on Naviance Family Connection

27 Scholarships Merit scholarships awarded with initial application Scholarship Bulletin in Student Services Check Naviance Family Connection Other sites to check: Parent employer Google special talents or interests and “scholarships”

28 Financial Aid FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Available January 1, 2014 Log on today to get your pin # Maryland Higher Education Commission

29 Financial Aid & Scholarship Workshops 30-minute workshop sessions Parent teacher conferences in November Media Center Computer labs Sign up during Parent Teacher Conferences

30 Regional HCPSS Financial Info Nights Oct 8 - Marriotts Ridge Oct 10 - River Hill October 22 Long Reach December 4 – Hammond Check HCPSS news for more information

31 College Visits to Glenelg Check Schedule of Representatives to visit GHS Sign up on Naviance Family Connection or with Mrs. Miles in Student Services Don’t miss out Awesome chance to display interest in schools

32 Howard County College Fair Sunday, October 21 1 – 3pm Howard Community College

33 Baltimore National College Fair November 12 & 13 Baltimore Convention Cente r

34 Fine Arts College Night Monday, October 14, 2013 Howard High School 7-9 P.M. 6:30 Registration

35 BSAP Parent College Night Monday, October 21 6 – 9pm Hammond HS

36 Hispanic Parent College Night November 29 7pm Wilde Lake HS

37 Countywide Military Info Night March 13 6-9pm River Hill HS Media Center

38 Questions???

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