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1 Information for Seniors and Their Parents SENIOR A DVISEMENT

2 Topics for Discussion - Counselors - College Application Process - Transcript Request Procedure - Letters of Recommendations - Credits and Honor Points - Numeric Average GPA vs NGA - College Admission Standards - GPA - Researching colleges - Honor Code - SAT/ACT - Scholarships/Financial Aid - HOPE Changes - NCAA

3 College Application Process Parent’s Role Guiding and supporting your student through the college process Discuss college finances with your student Reminding your student to stay focused and aware of deadlines set by high school and college.

4 Northview High School – Counselors Students are assigned to counselors according to their last name: Counselor Student Caseload Samiah Garcia (A – De) Jamie D. Brown (Dh – Ka) Renee Ferrerio, Dept Chair (Ke – Mc) Allison Leja (Me- Sc) Steve Creel (Se – Z)

5 College Application Process Student’s Role Coordinate between high school requirements and college requirements Complete college research & college application Understand that there are high school deadlines and college deadlines for admissions, scholarships, NCAA, HOPE, FAFSA Submit all requests for transcripts, evaluations and letters by the high school deadline

6 College Application Process High School Deadlines There will be a strict minimum three week (or 15 business day) high school deadline prior to the college deadline for students submitting any requests for Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, or HS Counselor Section evaluations for a college application or for a scholarship to the Counseling Office. This deadline excludes holidays and only includes working business days.

7 College Application Process Due to the number of seniors… students who fail to turn in their applications prior to the three week deadline will NOT receive a letter of recommendation from their counselor. In order to ensure a letter of recommendation, completed forms, and on time delivery, ALL STUDENTS must meet their deadlines. This excludes holidays and breaks.

8 College Application Process In order to have an honest, fair, and complete evaluation of the application between high school and college…the student MUST waive their rights to view the application when and if colleges ask. Failure to waive rights will result in minimal academic information being reported. All Senior Students need to give their Counselor a SENIOR INFO SHEET on Sept. 7 th. Parent Response Form is optional. Available electronically or on paper.

9 Transcript Request Four types of transcript requests: Paper Transcript Request (green) Electronic Transcript Request (blue) Common App Transcript Request (gold) UGA Transcript Request (red) The college will be specific as to how they want the transcript sent. Follow the specific college’s instructions. All Transcript requests require a $5.00 processing fee and will be accepted by Ms. Boatwright in the counseling office.

10 Common Applications must be submitted before a counselor can fill out information. A correct address must be entered for your counselor in order for it to reach their account. A list of all colleges that utilize common application should be listed on their website at We will only charge ONE $5.00 fee per student, regardless of the number of colleges on Common Application. No envelopes are needed for Common App. Everything is electronically uploaded.

11 Common Application submission date: ________________________ List the schools that you are applying to through the Common Application: _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ Please complete the following before submitting this request: 1. Submit ONE copy of the Senior Information Sheet to your counselor. Mandatory 2. Have you submitted your counselor’s name and address on the Yes or No Common Application? Use the following addresses for your counselor: Mr. Brown Mr. Creel Ms. Ferrerio Ms. Garcia Ms. Leja

12 UGA Transcript request require their own form as there is a lot of information required. Early Action applicants must complete Part 1 only and turn in the transcript request form by September 26, 2011 to meet the October 15 th deadline Regular Decision applicants must complete Part 1 and 2 and must turn in the transcript request form by December 16 th. Early Action applicants will be notified by December 15 th. UGA applications must be submitted online prior to transcript requests being turned in. Failure to submit a Senior Information Sheet prior to submitting a transcript request will result in academic information being reported only. Please indicate if you plan to apply for a scholarship and be mindful of the SAT/ACT and GPA requirements. Students who miss their deadlines will not receive a letter of recommendation and may not receive an evaluation if time does not permit. No envelopes are required for UGA applications. Everything will be uploaded electronically.

13 DO NOT TURN IN THIS FORM UNTIL YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR UGA APPLICATION ONLINE!!! UGA application submission date: ________________________ Please complete the following before submitting this request: 1. Submit ONE copy of the Senior Information Sheet to your counselor. Mandatory 2. Circle one option Early Action Regular Decision 3. For Early Action, you must complete Part I of the application by October 15 th. This form is due to the counseling office by September 26, 2011 for Early Action applicants. 4. Please indicate if you are applying for the following programs: Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship Yes No (Minimum Academic GPA 3.75 unweighted, 1400 SAT CR & Math, 31 ACT)( Middle 50% GPA for Honors Students , Middle 50% SAT for Honors Students , Middle 50% ACT for Honors Students ) Foundation Fellowship ScholarshipYes No (Minimum Academic GPA 3.75 unweighted, 1400 SAT CR & Math, 31 ACT) 5. Please indicate your highest scores: SAT CR _______ SAT Math ________ SAT Writing ________ ACT Composite _______ 6. For Regular Decision, you must ask a teacher to submit a teacher evaluation and you must complete Parts I and II by January 15th. Do not forget to ask your teacher to submit for UGA deferrals from Early Action. The deadline to turn in this form for Regular Decision applicants is December 16, 2011.

14 Paper Transcript requests are used for all colleges OUTSIDE of Georgia that are not on the Common Application and cannot receive electronic transcripts A 9x12 self adhesive envelope made out to the college admissions office must accompany your transcript request. Proper postage must also be attached. Return address labels are available. Pre stamped envelopes are available for sale in The Agora for $3.00

15 _______________________ ____Name of College/University/Scholarship etc. ___________________________ Admissions Deadline Date ______________________________________________________________________________________ Admissions Address of College/University/Scholarship Etc. City State Zip Code Please complete the following before submitting this request: 1. Submit ONE copy of the Senior Information Sheet to your counselor. Mandatory 2. Does the application include a REQUIRED “Counselor Section”? YES or NO If so, attach the form or online access information to this request. 3. Is a “Counselor Letter of Recommendation” REQUIRED for the application? YES orNO 4. Is a “Teacher Letter of Recommendation” REQUIRED for the application? YES or NO If yes, provide the teacher with the following at least THREE weeks prior to the application deadline: Legal Envelope with Admissions Address and Postage, Recommendation Form, Legal Name and DOB. 5. Submit your SAT/ACT scores to the college? or

16 Electronic Transcript requests are used for Georgia colleges that are not on the Common Application and for NCAA transcript requests. All transcripts will be uploaded through This form should not be used for UGA. If a letter of recommendation is “required” please submit a legal size envelope with proper address and postage with transcript request form.

17 ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT REQUEST GEORGIA SCHOOLS THAT DO NOT ACCEPT THE COMMON APP. NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER DO NOT USE FOR UGA __________________________________________________________ ___________________________ Name of College, University, or NCAA Eligibility Center Admissions Deadline Date Please complete the following before submitting this request: 1. Submit ONE copy of the Senior Information Sheet to your counselor. Mandatory 2. Are you requesting a Letter of Recommendation from your counselor? YES or NO If yes, include a legal sized envelope with a stamp and college admissions address. 3. Submit your SAT/ACT scores to the college? or

18 Letters of Recommendation-Teacher Could be Paper or Electronic Requires a Senior Info Sheet filled out & Self Addressed Stamped Envelope given to the teacher Teacher will mail if paper or send electronically (Student will communicate the deadline) Please give your teachers at least a three week lead time to write you a letter

19 Letters of Recommendation-Counselor Some schools want Letters of Recommendation and some do not. Check the application if required. Do not assume every college needs or even wants a Letter of Recommendation. Be considerate and mindful of your recommender when requesting a Letter of Recommendation. Three week notice required excluding holidays and breaks.

20 College Admission Standards GPA – Typically average in academic core on a 4.0 scale (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Language) Course Selection (rigor; difficulty level) – Selective colleges are looking at the strength or rigor of your courses throughout high school, including your senior year. We highly recommend seniors take a minimum of 4 academics each semester. (For highly selective colleges, a minimum of 5 each semester) Test Scores (SAT and/or ACT) Class Rank – Based on overall numeric weighted average Extracurricular Activities – Leadership and participation in clubs, service and sports can be particularly important to competitive colleges

21 College Admission Standards College Application Essays – Required essays on the college application are important because they demonstrate your writing ability and give the college more information about you. Please seek advice when writing an essay and make sure to proofread for errors Letters of Recommendation – Request teacher recommendation two weeks before needed and counselor recommendation at least two weeks prior to the college’s deadline Resume – Contains academic info., honors & awards, extracurricular activities, work/volunteer experience, etc. Interviews

22 GPA Student should contact college to find how they calculate GPA Most colleges use this scale: A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0, F = 0.0 Most colleges only consider academic courses (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language) Some colleges may give additional points for Honors, AP, and College courses Some colleges may take off the additional 7 points added for Honors, AP and college courses High School GPA is calculated by the postsecondary institution not the high school (Fulton County does not calculate) College GPA is different than the Fulton County Numeric Average

23 Research Colleges Use the Internet - GAcollege Georgia Career Information Service (GCIS) -User ID: nviewhs Password: gcis1890 -www.collegeboard.com - Visit college websites and note deadlines

24 Research College Visit with College Representatives at Northview High School Pre-register in the Counseling Office by signing a list and receiving a permission slip Visit College Campuses Request up to 6 days of pre approved absences each year to visit colleges Start visits junior year and complete them by early fall of your senior year Meet with representatives from admissions, financial aid and from your area of interest and ask questions during your visit.

25 Research Colleges Use the College Career Room to research colleges and scholarships Trained parent volunteers provide assistance to students and parents during lunch Attend College Fairs PROBE College Fair Tuesday, September 13, pm (North Point Mall) Wednesday, September 21, pm (Gwinnett Civic Center) For a complete PROBE tour schedule, please visit

26 Narrow your list to somewhere around 4-8 colleges – List should be balanced View the school profiles, and compare the admissions data to your own academic record and test scores. - Dream/Reach school (less than 30% chance of admission) - Your Academic Record/Test scores are at or below average - For highly selective schools, your scores should meet or be above average - Good Fit/Target school (30%-60% chance of admission) - Your Academic Record/Test Scores are in line with average - Safety school (greater than 60% chance of admission) - Your Academic Record/Test Scores are above average - You need one at least one safety school - Highly selective school should never be considered safety - Close to home (more affordable) - Consider location and the cost of traveling home Apply to schools that are a good match for your personality, interests, and career goals Research Colleges

27 Research College Types of Admissions Decisions Regular Decision Early Action - Invite early applications; Receives notice of admission. If accepted, student is not obligated to attend. Early Decision - Receives notice of admission early; If accepted, student is obligated to attend; If accepted, student must withdraw all other applications. If accepted, student is obligated to attend.

28 Research College Visit the college or college’s website Make sure you find out and meet minimum high school courses for admissions, particularly if OUT-OF- STATE. Check GPA, SAT/ACT, etc and anything else that is required for admissions.

29 If a college or scholarship program inquires about honor code violations or discipline, we are obligated to report this information. Also, inquiries on a student's integrity may also be affected if the student has a documented out of school suspension or honor code violation. Acceptance to college is provisional and the colleges hold all of the rights. Colleges reserve the right to rescind admission or put you on immediate probation. Honor Code/Discipline

30 SAT I Scores College admission test that measures students’ mathematical ability, critical reading knowledge, and writing skill. SAT Subject Tests Scores One-hour tests offered in subjects such as English, foreign language, science, history, and mathematics. Some colleges require the SAT II test(s) & students should check with each college to determine whether it is necessary to take the SAT II(s). SAT vs ACT College Entrance Exams

31 American College Testing Program (ACT) Scores 0-36 College admission test which measures aptitude and skill in English, math, reading, natural sciences, and writing. Test Registration SATwww.collegeboard.comwww.collegeboard.com ACTwww.act.orgwww.act.org High School Code

32 SAT vs ACT Type of Test SAT Test of critical thinking and problem solving ACT Content-based test Test DatesOctober 1 November 5 December 3 January 28 September 10 October 22 December 10 Score 600 to to 36 Penalty for wrong answers YesNo Structure Critical Reading Math (through Algebra 2) Writing English Math (through trigonometry) Reading Science Reasoning Writing (Optional)

33 Scholarships/Financial Aid - Scholarships will be posted at on a regular basis alerting seniors to scholarship opportunities that are available. Click on Staff-Click on Counseling-Click on Scholarships, Special Programs, and College Fairs to view opportunities.www.northviewhigh.com - Research scholarships on the internet Contact colleges directly about financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Colleges award many renewable scholarships. Ask about criteria, procedures and deadlines - Financial Aid Night at Northview High hosted by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. A representative will be at Northview on January 12, 2012 at 7:00pm in the NHS Auditorium to outline the FAFSA form and review HOPE scholarship information

34 HOPE GPA A 3.0 GPA is required by averaging core coursework, including failing grades, on a 4.0 scale Core CoursesConversion English Math Science Social Science World Language Honors points are removed and a 0.50 weighting is added back in for AP courses only, not to exceed 4.0 Middle school credit is not calculated in the HOPE GPA All calculations are done by the Georgia Student Finance Commission Counselors are not responsible for calculating the HOPE GPA A 2.99 GPA does NOT qualify you for HOPE A90 to Points B80 to Points C70 to Points F0 to 690 Points

35 HOPE Scholarship Basic eligibility requirements: Students graduating under the single diploma type must have a 3.0 GPA as calculated by GSFC. The GPA calculation is the same calculation that was mandated in the HOPE changes in Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in college to maintain the HOPE Scholarship. If a student falls below a 3.0 GPA in college, they may only regain the HOPE Scholarship one time. A student that does not graduate from high school as a HOPE Scholar, can earn a 3.0 GPA in college and enter the HOPE Scholarship program at the 30, 60 or 90 semester hour check point or equivalent quarter hour check point. The HOPE Scholarship will not pay for remedial or developmental courses.

36 HOPE Scholarship The HOPE Scholarship will pay: At an eligible postsecondary institution, a percentage amount of the standard tuition charges from the previous year. At an eligible private postsecondary institution, a percentage amount of the HOPE award for private colleges. Award Amounts: Payment amount for private colleges is $3,600 Payment amount for public colleges and universities can be located on GAcollege411.org on the HOPE Program Changes page

37 Zell Miller Scholarship Major premise of the program is that a student must meet all the requirements to be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, plus: Graduate from an eligible high school with a grade point average of at least a 3.7 as calculated by GSFC and having received a score of at least 1,200 combined critical reading score and math score on a single administration of the SAT or an ACT score of at least 26; or Graduated from an eligible high school as the valedictorian or salutatorian

38 Zell Miller Scholar Program A student must maintain a 3.3 grade point average in college to maintain the Zell Miller Scholar program. If a student loses eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholar program for any reason, they may regain that eligibility one time. They remain eligible for the HOPE Scholarship provided the student’s GPA is still a 3.0 or above.

39 HOPE Apply for the HOPE Apply for the HOPE - Complete starting January, 2012 senior year: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - or Georgia Student Financial Aid Application System (GSFAPPS) - View your HOPE average Go to and create an account.www.gacollege411.org For Additional Information on HOPE Contact Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) or

40 Program changes are available on the websitewww.gacollege411.org

41 NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse If you are planning on participating in intercollegiate athletics at an NCAA Division I or II institution you must register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse Access the registration materials by visiting the NCAA website When taking the SAT/ACT, enter 9999 for scores to be sent to NCAA Students and parents are responsible for determining NCAA eligibility to Division I and Division II schools Counselor’s are neither responsible nor allowed to determine eligibility

42 COMMUNICATION You should have received alerts for this meeting. If you did not receive any communication, make certain we have your updated address. You may send your updated to

43 NHS Counselor Mission Statement The Northview Counseling Department works with all stakeholders to help students to become productive members of society who accept responsibility for their actions. In this we strive to create a safe, personalized, and supportive environment that fosters tolerance and respect.

44 Q&A It is the policy of the Fulton County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability in any employment practice, educational program, or any other program, activity or service.


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