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1 Souhegan High School College Presentation For Junior Students and Parents

2 Outline For Evening Presentation  Junior Time Line  The College Search  Admission Requirements  SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT  Application Process  Financial Aid and Scholarship Info  Naviance  Course Selection  Questions ( and hopefully answers)

3 Junior Time Line  GET ORGANIZED!!  Perfect time to begin this process  Continue Post-Secondary Plan in Advisory  Review PSAT results  Meet with your counselor  Review senior year course selection  On-line searches  Register for SAT/ACT  Research colleges  Visit college campuses  Consider summer opportunities

4 Junior Time Line  Complete interest and career inventories  Attend open houses and college fairs  Review Common-Application  Begin to develop resume  Begin to develop ideas for college essay

5 College Searches Consider and Prioritize: LocationSize Majors/Academic Programs Clubs/Sports/ActivitiesCost Admission Requirements Room and Board Options Part-time/Full-time 2 Year/4 Year

6 Where To Start  Meet with your counselor  Gather information - Internet web-sites - Internet web-sites - Naviance - Naviance specific college web-sites and catalogs - specific college web-sites and catalogs Visit Colleges - Scheduled information sessions and tours - Scheduled information sessions and tours Meet with college reps - talk with college students

7 Developing a College List  Explore list of schools of varied level of competitiveness.  Research 2 or more probable schools including a financial safety.  Research 2 OR MORE target schools.  Research 2 or more reach schools.  Know your schools! Use GPA ranges and SAT scores to help determine acceptance probabilities.  Financial Safety Schools

8 Admission Factors  Courses taken – Rigor!  Grades received and GPA  Standardized test scores  Personal statements and essays  Recommendations  Extracurricular activities  Extended Learning Opportunities  Interviews (if required)  Additional factors

9 College Requirements for Admission  High School Grad Requirements vs. College Admission Requirements  Minimum requirements  Specific requirements for certain majors ex: Nursing - chemistry required ex: Nursing - chemistry required Engineering - math/science Engineering - math/science Art - Portfolio submission Art - Portfolio submission Specific requirements for individual colleges Specific requirements for individual colleges ex: California University system - 1 full art credit ex: California University system - 1 full art credit Bentley College - Pre-Calc. required Bentley College - Pre-Calc. required

10 Example College Requirements  University of New Hampshire  English – 4 years  Mathematics – 3 years 95% of enrolling students have 4 yrs. 95% of enrolling students have 4 yrs.  Social Sciences – 3 years 75% have 4 yrs. 75% have 4 yrs.  Science – 3 years 87% have 4 yrs. 87% have 4 yrs.  Foreign Language – 2 years (3 yrs. preferred) 62% have 4 yrs. 62% have 4 yrs.

11 College Statistics Harvard  35,023 applicants  6% admitted  Mid SAT CR  Math  WR  GPA range –  Cost $65,150  Most Selective UNH  17,234 applicants  78% admitted  Mid SAT CR 540  Math 560  WR 540  GPA range –  Cost $26,552  Selective  Some majors more selective

12 Application Deadlines  Early Decision – binding agreement Can only apply to one college early decision. Can only apply to one college early decision.  Early Action – non binding agreement No limits on number of colleges. No limits on number of colleges.  Restrictive Early Action – non binding agreement Can only apply to one college early action. Can only apply to one college early action.  Priority Applications, VIP, or other name - Early deadlines with specific application to that Early deadlines with specific application to that college, usually shorter in length. college, usually shorter in length.

13 Application Deadlines  Regular Admissions – Specific deadline date for all applications. All applications are evaluated after this date.  Rolling Admissions – Applications are reviewed as they receive them and decisions are made.

14 Standardized Testing  Colleges may require standardized testing: SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or ACT  The value of scores vary from college to college.  Some colleges are test optional  Colleges require official score reports sent directly from testing organizations. Souhegan does not send official scores.  Students are encouraged to take exams at least twice.  Fee waivers are available for those who qualify.

15 SAT Tests  SAT Test Mathematics Mathematics Critical Reading Critical Reading Writing Writing  SAT Subject Tests Recommended or Required by Some Colleges Recommended or Required by Some Colleges Scores will range from 200 – 800 on each section - Score Choice Option Students can choose the SAT scores by test date. Students can choose the SAT scores by test date. Colleges still continue to set their own practices. Colleges still continue to set their own practices.

16 ACT Standardized Tests  Four sections (plus writing): English – 45 minutes English – 45 minutes Mathematics – 60 minutes Mathematics – 60 minutes Reading – 35 minutes Reading – 35 minutes Science – 35 minutes Science – 35 minutes Recommended Writing Test – 30 minutes Recommended Writing Test – 30 minutes Scores 1-36 Scores 1-36 ACT can often be taken in place of SAT subject tests. ACT can often be taken in place of SAT subject tests.

17 Registering for SAT/ACT Spring Exam Dates Registration Deadline SAT - May 3 April 4 June 7 (Souhegan) May 9 June 7 (Souhegan) May 9 ACT – April 12 March 7 June 14 May 9 June 14 May Exam dates and deadlines on web-sites To register - SAT ACT - Plan out test dates to accommodate admission requirements Photo upload required for registration Students may choose to participate in test prep prior Souhegan CEEB code

18 College Essay  Download applications and review college essay topics.  Download Common Application and review college essay choices.  Colleges may have access to SAT/ACT essay.  Resources - Jeanne Sturgis, Writing Center

19 Common Application   One application utilized by hundreds of colleges  List of colleges found on website  Important to familiarize yourself with the website – forms, etc. Cannot begin account until late summer.  Be mindful that almost every school has a supplement to the common application that has specific questions for their school and must be submitted with the common application.  Common App. workshops in fall

20 Financial Aid and Scholarship Information  Need-based Aid vs. Merit-based Aid  GPA and SAT/ACT scores often basis for scholarships  FAFSA – required by all - No fee required  CSS Profile – required by some - fee required  DEADLINES, DEADLINES, DEADLINES!!!  Scholarship Searches  Financial Aid Night – December 2014 Date TBD  Familiarize yourselves with college costs and financial aid procedures  Utilize NHHEAF 

21 Teacher Recommendations  Generally two teacher recommendations and counselor recommendation are required.  Junior or senior teachers preferred.  Students must submit teacher recommendation request form and supporting documents to teachers.  Follow procedure and please be respectful of timelines. Recommend at least 1 month lead time. lead time.

22 Souhegan Application Procedure   Attend Senior College Information Night in September - Important   Procedures will be outlined at Information Night   Meet with your counselor

23 Naviance Family Connection   Career/college web-based program.   Juniors have worked with Naviance in 10 th grade and again in junior advisories.   Students have individual accounts.   Parents have individual accounts.   Parent workshops - Spring   Naviance will be utilized during college application process. Transcripts and recommendations are forwarded electronically to colleges (if appropriate).

24 Helpful Hints…   Stay Organized   Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines   Use a chart to help organize   Know the college requirements-do your homework!   Read instructions   Communicate with your counselor   Communicate with college reps   Visit college campuses   Take advantage of college rep visits to Souhegan in Fall.

25 Course Selection  Students will receive materials in Feb.  Stress the importance of rigor  Important to consider post-secondary plans and requirements  8 periods  Additional period allows for – course options, ELOs, free period course options, ELOs, free period

26 Student Services  The Student Service Department is available for questions and to assist you during the post-secondary planning process.  Please feel free to call or your guidance counselor directly.  Visit the Souhegan web-site for updated information.

27 Student Services  Anne Burke  Karen Chininis  Tim Cotreau  Brian Irwin  Dina Karlon  Maren Petropulos, Registrar  Sue Nichols, Secretary – 5308  Follow us on Twitter!! SHS

28 Questions????????????


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