Presentation on theme: "Grade 11 University/College Planning Night"— Presentation transcript:
1 Grade 11 University/College Planning Night Simeon Career AcademyCounseling OfficeCounselor SwapDecember 8, 2011Dr. Deborah Beasley, NMCProfessional School Counselor
2 Overview Meet with your counselor Review responsibilities Chooseyourfuture.orgThe career/university searchThe university listFinancial Aid/ScholarshipsCollege proceduresWhat to do now?
3 ***************************** Meet your Counselors************************************************************Ms. Menyette BakerDr. Deborah BeasleyMrs. Norma LevinSimeon Career Academy simeonca.orgCedric MuhammadMs. Constance PaprockiMrs. Sharon RawlsPost Secondary CoachRobertWilliams
4 Responsibilities – Student Begin the process of selection EARLYGather and organize information on application requirementsSchedule individual meetings with your counselorAsk teachers for letters of recommendationRegister for all required testingWatch deadlinesAttend College FairsStay in touch!
5 Responsibilities – Family Assist students in gathering informationDiscuss financial restrictions and prepare necessary financial documentationAssist students in managing deadlinesGet students to College FairsProofread essaysKeep an open mind
6 Responsibilities – Counselor /PSC Provide guidance and support through the selection and application processComplete required counselor referencesSend all school documentation on behalf of the student to universitiesInvite universities to Simeon and provide students with upcoming information on university related events
7 What to Expect From Your Counselor “Information on College Fairs”“College Countdown”University visits & the event bulletin boardCollege VisitsIndividual meeting with parents/students in the spring (make an appointment)Individual meeting with parents/students in the fall (make an appointment)Regular s – keep an eye out!School library, College Lab
8 CHOOSEYOURFUTURE.ORG Web-based university search and application tool Studentscholarships.orgTutorial for all Grade 11 studentsWhat are the features of Choose your Future?SCHOLARSHIPSPersonality/Career InventoriesUniversity searchesUniversity info*Resume helpUniversity visitsFinancial Aid Info
9 WHAT’S NEXT ILLINOIS.ORG SCHOLARSHIPSPersonality/Career InventoriesUniversity searchesUniversity lists*Resume helpUniversity visitsTranscript Requests* Financial Info
10 Career ResearchIt is important to learn as much about and as many careers as possible over the next yearCareer DayMy College Options SurveyWHAT’S NEXT ILLINOISPersonality/Career SurveysDo not be afraid if you still haven’t identified the “perfect job” for you! (Keep searching)
11 TerminologyDifferent parts of the world have different philosophies and terminology when it comes to selecting your academic pathINSTATE SCHOOLS“College” vs. “University”“Major” and “Minor”OUT OF STATE SCHOOLS“College” vs. University”“Faculty”“Course”
12 Bachelor of Science vs. Bachelor of Arts What is the difference between a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts?Equally strong programsBS:Usually involves more technical fields (sciences, architecture, engineering, etc.)Usually, more “specific” coursework is requiredBA:Normally includes languages, literature, humanities and historyMore “electives” are usually allotted
13 The University Search My College Options WHAT’S NEXT ILLINOIS Resources listed in “Explore Careers”My College OptionsUniversity websites – Admissions OfficeUS: The College BoardCHOOSE YOUR FUTUREyourfuture.orgUniversities and Colleges Admissions ServicesNAME OF UNIVERSITYUniversity websites
14 What’s Next Illinois What's Next Illinois What’s Next Illinois continued:College advice, college admission applications, pay for college, financial aid, scholarships, apply online for admission, online applications….Career PlanningCollege advice, college admission applications, pay ...Scholarships/Financial Aid PlanningExplore CareersCollege advice, college admission applications, pay ...What's Next Illinois - Test PrepCollege Planning
15 What to Look for in a University A good match for YOULOCATIONEducational PhilosophyCostSizeAcademic OfferingsSocial AtmosphereSelectivityCan you see yourself there?
16 The Final University List Balance, Balance, Balance!“Reach”“Target”“Safe”Timeline
17 What is a University Looking For? A strong transcript is the most important piece of the applicationStandardized testing (SAT/ACT/TOEFL)Extracurricular accomplishmentsLetters of RecommendationEssaysFIT
18 Parts of the Application – Transcript What does a transcript include?How does a university evaluate a transcript?What classes should I be taking in Grade 12?
19 Standardized Testing ACT - Reading, Math, English, Science, Writing All Grade 11/Junior students should take the ACT in April –SAT I – March 31st is the registration deadline. Register atSAT II - Subject TestsOther dates –June , 2012October 9, 2012November 6, 2012December 4, 2012TOEFL –Who should take which tests?
20 Extracurricular Involvement Does it matter?How to present extracurricular involvement?Is it too late to get involved?
21 Letters of Recommendation How many letters of recommendation do I need?Which teachers should I ask?What makes a good letter of recommendation?
22 The Essay/Personal Statement START EARLY!Generate ideas using known essay prompts –“Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken and its impact on you.”“Discuss an issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.”ADVICE: Write a draft this summer and be prepared to show your parent, teacher/ counselor when you return to school in the fall.Attend an essay writing workshop in this year
23 OUT OF STATE SPECIFIC INFORMATION… Check with the University or College
24 SIMEON CAREER ACADEMY What is a foundation year? Apply online for up to 5 COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITIESEarly Decision November 15th and December 15thDeadline is October 15th for programs in NursingDeadline is January 15th for all other programsSIMEON will attach required school information to your online application ON REQUEST (Common App)POST SECONDARY COACH will send your application directly to the universities of your choice
25 United States Watch the deadlines VERY carefully Early programs vs. regular programsCalifornia other states deadlines – November 30thThe Common ApplicationWhat is the most important part of the application?Remember, the Universities are focused on FLEXIBILITY
26 Early Decisions Most schools have rolling admissions All students applying to Post Secondary schools should take the ACT April, 2012What is the most important part of the application?Apply directly to that university or college – deadlines can vary
27 City Colleges Deadlines for city colleges: Open enrollment Harold WashingtonOlive HarveyKennedy KingDaleyWrightMalcolm XTrumanOther local colleges
28 United States Out of State In State Universities Local Universities Most deadlines will range from Feb onwardsLocal UniversitiesMost will expect applications in June after graduation. Check to see if national testing is requiredIn StateSemesters begin in either Feb/March or July/AugustHave all application materials gathered before you graduate
29 Submitting Your Application The student portion of an application is better submitted onlineYou will need to submit standardized testing through ACT or request from counselor or Post Secondary CoachHow to request your transcripts and letters of recommendation be mailed?
30 Scholarships and Financial Aid USIn state vs. out of state tuition for US citizensFinancial aid for U.S. citizensFAFSA (June 30th of that year (deadline)Financial aid for international studentsScholarshipsCanadaCost for Canadian citizens vs. international studentsScholarships for international studentsMiddle EastScholarship Coordination OfficeMinistry of Presidential Affairs Scholarship
31 What to do now? Register for the STUDY CLASS FOR THE ACT Think about your plans for the summerSign-up for upcoming university visitsCareer Day and US College FairBegin using What’s next IllinoisSign-up for an individual appointment with your counselor in the spring. Do your Choose your Future homework first!Begin to gather information on universitiesWork to your full academic potential for the remainder of the year. Every grade counts!
32 Q & AThank you for your time and attention! Please continue to contact us and refer to your counselor for additional information.