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1 Seniors Parents, Welcome to the Post High School Planning Seminar

2 Educational options include: Four Year Colleges and Universities Community Colleges Specialty Schools Technical Colleges

3 How do students choose a school? Make a list of college characteristics desired. Prioritize these in order of importance. Visit the MHS College and Career Center Research options via the internet and the MHS College and Career Center. Visit colleges. Talk with parents, teachers, college admissions personnel, and other interested individuals. See your MHS counselor.

4 College Characteristics to Consider: Majors and educational programs Size Location Admission Policy Cost and Financial Aid Campus Activities Support Services

5 Some college search sites are:

6 At each college internet site: Get information about college characteristics. Look for profile of accepted students. Read through the information for prospective students. Learn about student organizations, college majors, housing options. Take a 'virtual tour.’ Read a campus newspaper.

7 Information about options can be found: On the internet In the College and Career Center In catalogues, mailings, etc. From college representatives Through college visits

8 What resources are available to students in the MHS College and Career Center? College Catalogs and Viewbooks College Handbooks Videos/DVDs Computer Programs Representatives from colleges and universities MHS College Counselor

9 Seeking Admission to College We encourage students to follow this rule: “You apply for admission to a college because you want to go there.”

10 Admission Criteria Include: Preparation requirements Class rank GPA Test scores Other (recommendations, essay, activities, etc.) Remember, admission criteria can vary from college to college!

11 Admission Tests: ACT ACT Test DatesRegistration Deadline October 27, 2007September 21, 2007 December 8, 2007November 2, 2007 February 9, 2008January 4, 2008 April 12, 2008March 7, 200 June 14, 2008May 9, 2008

12 Admission Tests: SAT & Subject Tests Test Date Registration Deadline October 6, 2007September 10, 2007 November 3, 2007October 2, 2007 December 1, 2007October 30, 2007 January 26, 2008December 26, 2007 March 1, 2008(SAT Only) January 29, 2008 May 3, 2009April 1, 2008 June 7, 2008May 6, 2008

13 Application Process A step-by-step consideration of the admissions process:

14 1. Obtain an application form by asking the college to send one or by finding one on the website of the specific college – or by turning to 2. Complete your part of the application, including the essay, if one is required.

15 3. Get a transcript release form from the guidance secretary, Sharri Hokanson, or find one on Family Connection.

16 4. At the same time that you begin work on your part of the application, distribute recommendation forms to teachers and counselors, if recommendation are needed. Give them at least three weeks “lead time” if at all possible.

17 5. If you need a counselor recommendation, complete the long transcript release form(white) and the Senior Questionnaire on Family Connection. If you don’t need a counselor recommendation, the short transcript release form (pink) can be used.

18 6. Contact ACT or College Board (SAT) to send an official score report to the colleges. ACT Scores: SAT Scores:

19 7. Bring the completed transcript release form to Sharri Hokanson in the guidance office. Attach any counselor forms or secondary school report forms to the appropriate transcript release form. (If requesting a counselor recommendation, you should make an appointment with your counselor at the time the long release form is submitted.)

20 8. The guidance office will mail the transcript and any counselor forms, secondary school report forms, and requested counselor recommendations.

21 9. The student will submit the application online or will mail the paper application (unless the paper application has a section for the counselor to complete that is not separate from the application – for example, the counselor signature page on the U of Minnesota application).

22 10. The teacher(s) will mail the teacher recommendation directly to the college.

23 Typical Timeline Many colleges have deadlines that occur in the first semester of the senior year, so plan accordingly. Remember that if an essay and/or recommendation is required, more “lead time” is needed – at least 3 weeks! If the student has not yet taken the ACT or SAT, address that issue immediately! Typically, many MHS seniors have submitted their applications by the beginning of November.

24 Application Deadlines Check with the individual college regarding the application deadline. Be sure to meet the application deadline set by the individual college. Be sure all paperwork, test scores, and transcripts are received by the college by the application deadline.

25 Discussion Items Recommendation Forms Senior Questionnaire on Family Connection The Essay Deadlines Early Decision/Early Action Financial Aid Issues Reciprocity

26 Final Steps  Double check to be sure the application and scores will meet the deadline set by the college.  Thank the staff members who have written recommendations.  Wait for responses from the colleges!

27 Financial Aid and Scholarships Throughout the senior year, explore all financial aid and scholarship possibilities, and fill out a FAFSA if interested in financial aid. Financial aid and reciprocity information is in the MHS Post High School Planning Booklet. A Financial Aid Night is planned for November 27 th.

28 Make an individual appointment with your counselor to discuss your plans! Your First Stop for Smooth Sailing at MHS!

29 MHS Counselors Sonia WarmuthA-Bu Dan MarekBv-Er Theresa ExenbergerEs-Her Jill WalkerHes-K Mary Beth WiigL-Mol Farrah JenningsMom-Re Keri MillerRf-Str Kathy ZenkSts-Z

30 Special Programs Planned by the MHS College Counselor October 27:00 p.m.Life in the Big Ten: Admission to a State University October 47:00 p.m.Recruiting the Student Athlete Oct. 157:00 p.m.The College Search for Performing Arts Students

31 Additional programs November 277:00 p.m.Financial Aid Night

32 And Mark Your Calendars!!! No School for Seniors on Wednesday – Friday, October 17-19. It’s the perfect time for college visits!! Or, completing your work on college applications!

33 A few closing words : Our priority in the college counseling program at Minnetonka High School – helping the student to find the right fit! College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won! Every student is encouraged to follow this rule: “You apply for admission to a college because you want to go there!” Phil Trout 09-21-07

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