Presentation on theme: "Dartmouth High School COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT CLASS OF 2012"— Presentation transcript:
1 Dartmouth High School COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT CLASS OF 2012 Welcome/Thank YouPres. meant to supplement info that students will be getting in the next few weeksGoal is to provide parents/students with info that will help them begin and manage the timeline. Info about the application process will be presented next fall.September 27, 2011
2 “Procrastination makes easy things hard, and hard things harder.” -Mason CooleyProfessor of EnglishColumbia University
3 College Planning Night Review of Junior Parent NightSenior Year ChecklistElements of College ApplicationsMaking a Final DecisionFinancial Aid Basics
4 Review of Junior Parent Night Standardized TestsSAT Reasoning TestSAT Subject TestsACTAdvanced Placement (AP) Exams
5 Review of Junior Parent Night College Search ProcessAcademic Program/MajorLocationSizeEnvironmentCost/Financial AidAthletics/Extracurricular ActivitiesInternships/Job Placement
6 Review of Junior Parent Night Developing Your College ListReachRealisticSafety (Academic and Financial)
7 Review of Junior Parent Night Researching CollegesInternet searchesTalk with friends, family and teachersCollege representative visits to DHSSeptember 28th, October 5th and 12th- Campus tours
9 So…Now What???What should seniors be focusing on now?
10 **Registration Deadline for the November 5th Senior Year ChecklistCollege Planning NightRegister and prepare for standardized testsComplete college search processNarrow down list of potential schoolsDevelop activities list/resume**Registration Deadline for the November 5thSAT is October 7thOne of the items seniors should add to the top of their checklists is registering for the SAT college entrance exam online (website address above). The cost of registration is $49 and students may add up to 4 colleges as score recipients at no additional charge, as long as they add the schools between now and 9 days after the exam. After that time, still possible to send scores but the cost is $9 per school. Students must request that their scores be sent directly from the collegeboard to their recipient colleges. Students may also opt to take the ACT college entrance exam. Some colleges accept either exam score and students may find out if this is an option for their colleges by visiting the admissions page on the colleges’ sites.In guidance we have many resources to help students narrow down their list of choices. We have resources in print format and online. Refer to college matchmaker where students can search for colleges based on location, size, majors offered, student services and activities, housing, cost and financial aid.College representatives visiting tomorrow, Oct 5th and Oct 12th. May meet with up to 4 colleges during school hours.Develop activities list and resume for ….. Rec letters and have by your side while filling out college apps
11 **Registration Deadline for the December 3rd Senior Year ChecklistTake tours of colleges that are on your listContinue preparing for standardized testsProofread/finish personal statement**Registration Deadline for the December 3rdSAT is November 8thOne great avenue to find a well-fitting college is to take a tour and see it in person. Here you may ask countless questions to admissions’ representatives, see the campus classrooms, dorms and common areas, sit in on a class if allowed and get an overall feel for what life on campus is like.Seniors are allowed (3) excused absences for college visits this fall: must obtain permission prior to event and after the event, bring proof of attendance which they may obtain at admissions’ office.If you are unable to visit a faraway college, research if they will be holding workshops nearby. For example, Syracuse University hosts an annual admissions session at a hotel in Boston. Check the colleges’ websites to find out about nearby upcoming events.Preparing for tests: actstudent.org; collegeboard.org/tests … free online full length practice test that can be completed all at once or in small increments. Answers can be saved and revisited later in student’s account; item by item feedback provided at its completion so that students know where they should focus their studies. Additionally the site also provides test taking tips and strategies. For those who took PSAT’s, enter code on score report and collegeboard will create an individualized study plan based on PSAT results.Personal statements: teachers, guidance counselors, college students and family members may provide constructive criticism and editing advice prior to final drafts.
12 Senior Year ChecklistFinalize list of schools (Reach/Realistic/Safety)Finalize activities listConfirm letters of recommendationDevelop chart with deadlines andrequirementsCollegeboard.org’s admissions statistics for every college in addition to the individual colleges’ admissions pages. (Admissions’ standards above, inline with, and below your achievements, respectively)Activities list, again for reference when filling out college applications and applying for scholarshipsConfirm with the teachers you asked for rec letters that they are indeed working on them, and give them at least two weeks notice prior to any deadlines.Chart with deadlines and requirements to ensure you are on track to apply on time and that you have completed all preadmission requirements and included all pieces of the application itself, including personal statement, letters of rec, etc. All requirements are cited on colleges’ admissions page. We will review specific pieces of the application in detail in just a few slides.
13 Senior Year Checklist Write final version of personal statement Complete applications/supplementsRequest transcripts and counselor recommendations ten days beforeapplication deadlineSubmit applicationsAll requests for transcripts and counselor recommendations are due 10 days prior to any deadline!Transcript request: in guidanceCommon app guidance counselor request: online 10 days prior to deadline$4 flat fee for us to mail transcripts
14 What Are the Pieces to the Application Puzzle??
15 Required Elements of College Applications Application formsCommon ApplicationInstitutional applicationsTranscript and high school profileStandardized test scoresAdd score recipients onlineApplication fee or fee waiverFee range = $10-$40 for community colleges and up to $90.00 for private schools.
16 Supplemental Elements of College Applications Personal statementLetters of recommendationSupplementsSupporting documentsMid Year ReportSecondary School FormPortfolios/Auditions
17 A Fieldtrip to the Common Application… The Common Application for Undergraduate Admission
19 Decision Making Framework Follow-up visit to look at finer pointsResearch your department/professorsCheck availability of special programsFind out availability of dorm optionsAccepted student eventsSpend the nightFinancial aid comparisonMay 1 is National Candidates’ Reply DateFulltime faculty: adjunct faculty ratio.Are there specialized programs you require or are interested in? Study abroad, enrichment programs. Anything you really want…sports, extracurriculars, etc. All can be found at school’s site, in person on a visit, under ‘academics’ and ‘student life’ or programs pages.Research specific major programs under “academics” “programs” or “majors” pages on sites.Seniors may also have 3 excused absences for accepted student events in the spring semester to help them make the decision. Visit the college before you decide!!!Financial aid awards may also determine where you will be attending. College A may offer you loans only, College B may offer you a merit scholarship, etc. More about this on financial aid night.
21 Financial Aid FREE Scholarship Search Engines FAFSA CSS Profile --FAFSACSS Profile-DHS Scholarship BulletinFAFSA4Caster-DHS Awards Night
22 Financial Aid Night Thursday, December 1, 2011 6:30 PM Dartmouth High School AuditoriumGuest Presenter:Stephanie WellsMassachusetts EducationalFinancing Authority
23 DHS Guidance Phone: (508) 961-2730 Mr DHS Guidance Phone: (508) Mr. Christopher Boyle, Dean of StudentsMr. Eric Silva, Ext. 436Last Names A – DMr. David White, Ext. 433Last Names M – PMs. Nicole Heath, Ext. 432Ms. Leanne Squeglia, Ext. 435Last Names E – LMs. Jodi Newbury, Ext. 434Last Names R – SMr. William Ventura, Ext Last Names T – Z