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1 East View Junior Registration Preparing to transition from High School to College and/or Career

2 CounselorAssignmentPhone (512) Heckroth, MicheleA-GExt. Matta, CathyH-PExt. Rodriguez, PaulaQ-ZExt. Lehmann, SheilaAll 504Ext. Lewis, SonjaDepartment Assistant Ext.

3 Graduation Plans for Classes of 2015, 2016 and 2017 Recommended Plan English4 credits Math4 credits Science4 credits Social Studies4 credits World Languages2 credits PE1 credit Prof. Comm. (Speech).5 credit Health.5 credit Fine Art1 credit Electives7 credits Distinguished Plan English4 credits Math4 credits Science4 credits Social Studies4 credits World Languages3 credits PE1 credit Prof. Comm. (Speech).5 credit Health.5 credit Fine Art1 credit Electives6 credits Advanced MeasuresFOUR Each Box = 1 credit 9 th 10 th 11 th 12th 1English IEnglish IIEnglish IIIEnglish IV 2Alg. I or GeometryMath 3BiologyScience 4World Geog.World Hist.US HistoryGovt./Economics

4 Examples of Post-Secondary Education Certificate/License programs Apprenticeship/ OJT Military Technical/Trade Schools 2 year college 4 year college or University

5 Why pursue post-secondary education

6 Paths for earning College Credit while in High School ACC Early College Start Advanced Placement Articulated/Tech Prep Courses See course catalog online at:

7 Preparing for a College Search

8 10 Tips for Parents 1.Help your student understand the college search process 2.Be realistic and non-judgmental 3.Be in the "back seat" - and not the driver - of the college search process 4.Be open to dialogue and responsive to questions 5.Be aware of deadlines and fees due 6.Know that things have changed since your college days 7.Don’t overemphasize your own alma maters 8.Don’t compare your student with others 9.Don’t dwell on disappointments, like a rejection letter 10.Celebrate successes!

9 Students: Know Yourself Values Ambitions Achievements Academic Strengths Interests Your Standout Talents

10 A Few Good Reasons to Venture:  Heightened independence  Career opportunities they might not get at home.  Meet new people and experience new cultures through student housing.  Very involved on campus and in academic/professional groups. The Perks of Staying Put:  Avoid the difficult transition and homesickness that can accompany a big move.  Most of student body from home state.  Lower cost of in-state tuition.  Stay in close, personal contact with family, friends, and career networks. Here or There? Choosing between In-State and Out-of-State Schools

11 Hopefully, you will visit every college in your fit application pool. Every university has special “open house” events in the fall (UT – Longhorn Saturdays, SMU – Mustang Mondays, etc.) Visiting then makes information gathering easier. Visit College Campuses

12 Picking a college is like picking a second family - a home for the next 4 years! What’s right for one senior may not be right for another. It’s about “FIT”. Does the environment feel like a place where your child will be happy and grow? Prioritize what factors are most important to you: good dept. in your majorbig vs. littleurban vs. rural religiouslocation/ distance prestigious public vs. privateGreek life athletics school spiritclass size special programs costin-state vs. out-of- state diversitymale/female ratio liberal vs. conservativeclubs & organizations Which Colleges are Right for You?

13 Spring Opportunities Tuesday, April 7 th, 2015 In the Evening at the Austin Convention Center 5:30pm-8:00pm Go to and click on College Fairswww.nacacnet.org Register at:

14 Regular Decision – apply by the regular deadline; non- binding; Rolling Admission – applications reviewed and a decision is rendered as soon as possible after the application is submitted; non-binding; Early Action – apply early and receive a decision early, dates depend on college you have applied to… Early Decision – apply early to one first-choice college and receive a decision early; if accepted, the CONTRACT IS BINDING and all other applications must be rescinded. Consider Types of Admission Decisions

15 You must give your counselor at least 3 weeks notice for a letter of recommendation! Each counselor receives requests during the fall semester. A teacher recommendation should also be requested 3 weeks in advance. The types of transcripts requested by a college vary. The registrars need adequate time to process each request. Consider Our Deadlines

16 If the college sees that a schedule has “lightened” a senior load, this could affect your admittance to the college Ask permission if you unsure whether or not the college will care if a course is dropped. What is a Senior Schedule?

17 1.Transcript 2.Senior Schedule 3.SSR (Secondary School Report; if necessary) 4.EVHS School Profile 5.(OPTIONAL) A Letter of Recommendation from the Counselor IF REQUESTED AND NECESSARY 6.Note….ACT/SAT scores are NOT sent Consider What a College Receives from EVHS

18 Deadlines are NON-NEGOTIABLE for admissions, scholarships or financial aid Consider College Deadlines – Know When You Need to Choose a Fit College - Scholarship deadlines can be different from application deadlines; - Is the deadline POST MARKED BY or RECEIVED BY ?

19 Ideally, apply to 3-8 colleges, a full range of schools; all must be acceptable to you as your child’s fit future home: – 1-2 “stretch”/”dream” schools – mostly “good matches” in terms of rank/test scores – at least 1 “safety”/ “sure shot” school where you absolutely know you will be accepted. Don’t waste time, money & effort applying to schools you know you’ll decline. Making it Fit

20 Every Junior has 2 college visitation days to use before May 1 st. Pick up the “College Visit Form” in the attendance office. Bring the completed “College Visit Form” back to the attendance office. You must provide proof of your visit to the campus within 48 hours of your return to EVHS. Failure to provide proof may result in loss of exemption. College visitation days do not count against exemptions for finals if you have followed these procedures. Absences for College Campus Visits

21 Crucial Tip! Write a thank you note. It may be noted in the review process.

22 3. Choosing the wrong time to visit. (i.e., during summer vacation, when the campus is empty). 2. Tuning out during the tour. Don’t just take in the scenery-engage the tour guide with questions about academics, dorm life, and student activities 1.Not visiting at all. You may love the photos in the view book and the videos online, but nothing replaces the in-person visit! Top 3 College Visit Mistakes

23 Only highly selective or private colleges regularly conduct interviews. Public universities do not. If an interview is possible, it is beneficial. Interviewing During Your College Campus Visit

24 Make an appointment online or call the admissions office for an appointment two weeks beforehand. 6 Ways to Get the Most from a Campus Visit: 1. Put the U in University. Rank your criteria for the perfect school, factoring in things like labs, dorms, and off-campus fun. 2. Pull an All-Nighter. Considering on-campus housing? Ask the admissions staff if your student can spend a night in the dorms to get a feel for the after-hours vibe. 3. Stage a Sit-In. Auditing classes will give you a chance to hear lectures, observe interaction between student and teachers, and gauge the overall classroom environment. 4. Go Off Campus. Explore the shops, restaurants, and other spots surrounding campus. 5. Be Safe, Not Sorry. Be prepared in the unlikely event of an emergency by taking time to locate the campus security office as well as call boxes and other security features. 6. Time Travel. Keep an eye on your post-graduation future by researching graduate employment rates and career services for each prospective school. Tips for College Campus Visits

25 Hopefully, you will visit every college in your fit application pool. Every university has special “open house” events in the fall (UT – Longhorn Saturdays, SMU – Mustang Mondays, etc.) Visiting then makes information gathering easier. Visit College Campuses

26 Go to the EVHS website Click on the Career Cruising link under Quick Links Students use their student log in to gain access AreaUse Career MatchmakerAssist students with determining careers that match their interests Learning Styles InventoryHelps students understand how they learn best My SkillsHelps students identify their skill levels CareersAllows students to explore careers of interest EducationHelps students identify schools that match well Financial AidFind scholarships EmploymentFind jobs/internships

27 Entrance Exams SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (SAT I) – Widely used by the more selective schools. – Divided into VERBAL and MATH parts. – Approximately 4 hours. – Annual test dates will normally occur on Saturdays in October, November, December, January, April, May and June. – Register at AMERICAN COLLEGE TESTING PROGRAM (ACT) – Widely used by junior colleges as well as universities. – Divided into English, math, natural sciences, and reading. – Approximately 4 hours. – Annual test dates will normally occur on Saturdays in October, December, February, March and June. – Note: Test dates do not conflict with SAT. – Register at

28 Testing Requirements Criteria for exempting College Readiness Exams (Asset, Compass, THEA) - PSAT CR – 50 Math – 50 Combine – 107+ – ACT Composite score of 23 with at least a 19 on English and Math – SAT Critical Reading and Math Combined score of 1070 with a 500 on each section

29 Other Possible Testing SAT II ACHIEVEMENT TESTS – College Board – Same test dates as SAT – Used for course placement or credit APTITUDE TESTS – Used for assessment of vocational or trade/technical skills

30 APPLY ONLINE Texas public and selected private four year and two year schools: Private colleges and universities: Go online or visit your school counselor to find out about the requirements for Technical and Trade schools

31 PARTS OF THE APPLICATION: Personal Information Directory information What you have studied and are currently studying in high school Resume Extracurricular Service Work Essay

32 COLLEGES USE TWO SCORES TO DETERMINE ADMISSION Academic score: Rank GPA Quality of preparation Test Scores Personal Score Resume Essay Letters of recommendation

33 THE RESUME  Many college use the resume as 60%-70% of a student’s personal score  This includes such things as being responsible for younger siblings or an older relative, trips in the summer with your family, tutoring, babysitting, extra-curricular activities and clubs or anything else that is productive, educational, and contributes to who you are and your determination.  Especially include activities that further your goals and build leadership and character.

34 THE ESSAY The essay becomes the most important part of the application, especially when it is being read by the person determining college admissions, admission to a particular program, deciding scholarship recipients, or hiring for school jobs. It should be:  100% technically correct  Interesting  Giving information not somewhere else on your application  Not another list of activities

35 What information do college admission officers review? ​ Factor ​ Considerable importance ​ Moderate Importance ​Limited Importance ​No importance Grades in college prep courses​​84.3%​11.9%​2.3%​1.5% Strength of curriculum​​67.7​20.4​5.8​6.2 ​Admission test scores (SAT, ACT).​59.2​29.6​6.9​4.2 ​Grades in all courses​ ​1.9 ​Essay or writing sample​24.9​37.5​17.2​20.3 ​Student's demonstrated interest​ ​24.7​25.1 ​Counselor recommendation​ ​27.2​13.8 ​Class Rank​18.8​31.0​31.4​18.8 ​Teacher recommendation​16.5​ ​15.0 Percentage of colleges attributing different levels of importance to factors in the admission decision: 2011 Source:

36 HOUSING Advance Application for housing is not the same as application for admission. File a housing application. File the required deposit. Be aware of refund policies. Understand whether or not on-campus housing is required of freshmen. Where can I find this stuff:

37 PAYING! COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE KINDS OF FINANCIAL AID: Scholarships Grants Loans Work Study

38 Scholarships

39 FINDING SCHOLARSHIPS #1 SOURCE OF SCHOLARSHIP MONEY IS THE SCHOOL YOU ARE ATTENDING:  Fill out all scholarship supplements on applications for admission  Go to the college of choice and department websites to check for others. #2 check the counselor page on EVHS website for numerous tips and search engines! #3 check local scholarship opportunities in the local paper, organizations and school web-site, to name a few. #4 National Scholarship searches (Fastweb, Zinch, Career Cruising, Scholarships.com)

40 Scholarship Resources Fastweb.com - Private scholarships fafsa.ed.gov - Free Application for Federal Student Aid Studentaid.ed.gov - The federal government’s website about paying for college MeritAid.com - $11 billion in merit scholarships Cappex.com - Scholarship matching finaid.org - Free student resource for learning about all types of financial aid

41 Merit Scholarship Tips Merit scholarships are where the money is. There is more than $11 billion in merit scholarships available to students from colleges Not just for “A” students Many awards emphasize leadership or school involvement Nearly all colleges offer merit aid scholarships The average merit scholarship is $5,000 Many awards can be renewed year after year

42 Next Steps for Juniors In School Stay focused on academics Do not lighten your academic load for senior year Meet with your school counselor Stay involved in school activities Standardized Testing Prepare for and register for ACT / SAT tests Register for AP tests as appropriate College Exploration Explore colleges on the Web Visit colleges if you can Meet with college representatives Attend college fairs

43 We know it seems overwhelming. Don’t get stressed! Take everything ONE step at a time….

44 Online Resources Georgetown ISD Course Guide Counselor Page on EVHS Website College Visit Opportunities Community Service Opportunities Summer Internship Opportunities Scholarships Planning timelines


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