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You want to go to college, but…. Take a breath…  Preparation  Options  Planning  Application Process  You are not alone!

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1 You want to go to college, but…

2 Take a breath…  Preparation  Options  Planning  Application Process  You are not alone!

3 So Where Do We Start?  Rigorous Courses  Grades / GPA  Requirements  Activities  Career Exploration  Naviance

4 Rigorous Courses Grades Understanding GPA Requirements/Option II PSAT Career Exploration What Should Sophomores Do to Prepare?

5 Juniors  Rigorous Courses  PSAT  SAT and/or ACT  SAT Prep  College Research / Visits  Extracurricular activities Leadership positions

6 The Home Stretch  SAT / ACT  Visit colleges  Apply  Financial aid  Courses / Grades

7 ACT vs. SAT  ACT English Math Science Reading Science Optional writing test  Curriculum based What are YOUR strengths?  SAT  Math  Critical reading  Writing  Subject Tests  Thinking/problem solving skills

8  Take a rigorous schedule  Take extra math, science, and English  Read, read, read  Online practice tests and information  Free Full Length SAT: November 22nd  Free Combo SAT/ACT: March/April Nervous about taking SAT/ACT ?

9  NEW: in Spring of 2016  PSAT will change first Fall of 2015  No wrong answer penalty (1/4 pt.)  Optional Essay, separate score  Scoring: 1600 (800 Math/800 Reading)  Fewer questions, in-depth analysis of content, focus on “real-world” problems and passages Changes to SAT current sophomores & beyond

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11 Researching Colleges  Consider what you want in a college: Size Public or private Location Majors Student life

12 Larger Schools vs. Smaller Schools  Relationships with professors  Student body  Opportunities  Academics  Athletics  Social Life

13 Public vs. Private Universities  Cost  Affiliations

14 Location  In state or out of state  Commuting distance  Driving distance  Flying distance

15 Military Service  Military academies Start Early!  ROTC programs  Tuition assistance U.S. Military Academy U.S. Naval Academy U.S. Air Force Academy U.S. Coast Guard Academy U.S. Merchant Marines

16 How Can I Learn About Different Colleges?  College  Internet Research  People  Campus visits

17 Campus Visit  Colleges love to have high school students visit  It just takes a phone call to set one up!  Demonstrated Interest

18 Athletics - NCAA  Division I, II, III  NCAA Clearinghouse  Core Courses**  SAT Scores  Core GPA**  Notify your counselor early!

19 NCAA DI – Changes for current juniors  16 Core Courses: 10 prior to senior year  Grades earned prior to senior year are “locked in”  Minimum GPA now 2.3 (not 2.0)  Every grade/semester counts!

20 Community Colleges  Community colleges offer a great start  STARS  Dual Credit ACCC & Stockton

21 ACCC Jump Start  Jump Start Overview Orientation Placement Test Course Selection

22 Narrow It Down  Two “safe” schools  Two “good” fits  Two “reach” schools

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24 When Should I Apply?  Early Decision (ED)  Early Action  Regular Decision  Rolling Admission

25 How Do I Apply?  Application forms / Common App  Naviance  Letter of recommendation  Secondary School Report  Essay  Transcripts  Test scores  Interview

26 Letter of Recommendation  2 weeks notice  Careful consideration  Accomplishments  Thank you note

27 Personal Essay  Answer the question  Engaging  Obstacle  Proofread

28 Transcripts & Scores  High school  SAT or ACT  AP

29 Interviews  Alumni interviews (optional)  Relax and be yourself  Ask your own questions about the school

30 Top Ten College Application Mistakes 10. Missing deadlines 9. Missing application materials 8. Weak essay 7. Grammatical errors 6. Waiting until the last minute

31 Top Ten College Application Mistakes 5. Extracurricular “laundry list” 4. Inappropriate address 3. Social media postings 2. Not telling your counselor 1. Mom/Dad applying

32 Free Application for Federal Student Aid

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34 Financial Aid Night  Financial Aid Info  Sponsored by HESAA (Higher Education Student Assistance Authority)  December 4, 6:00 pm Tentative Date

35  Local, Regional, National  Scholarship Searches  College Specific  Community Based  Employer Based  H.S. Guidance Website

36 Academic Scholarships  College-specific  Grades  Test scores  Service/community involvement  Extracurricular involvement  Special talents/interests  Athletic Scholarships

37 Don’t Be Afraid to Go to College!  Counselors  Teachers  Internet  Guides


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