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1 Presented by: BMHS Guidance Department http://portal.norwalkps.org/schools/bmhs Junior/Parent College Night Preparing you and your student for life after high school

2 4 credits of English 3 credits of Math 3 credits of Science including: one credit of lab Science 3 credits of Social Studies including: 1 credit of US History.5 credit Civics 1 credit of the Various Arts 1 credit of PE.5 credit of Health.5 credit of Computer Literacy 4 credits of Electives Graduation Requirements Minimum of 20 credits

3 The College Process: Naviance A comprehensive tool that can be used to help students and parents through college and career planning. Take surveys on learning style and career interests Conduct a college search Compare colleges Track deadlines Schedule visits with college reps at BMHS Request Transcripts Search for scholarships Communications from Guidance Department

4 The College Process: Naviance A comprehensive tool that can be used to help students and parents through college and career planning.

5 Attend The College Fair April 9 th at BMHS from 6:00pm-8:00pm Figure out who you are. Look for colleges that interest you The most selective college may not always be the best fit Include interest of school (high, medium, and low). Categorize into likely, target, and reach Know why you are applying to each school Be realistic about the academic requirements for admission Visit schools and attend open house meetings Attend college rep visits in the fall at BMHS Think about cost Consider Sports The College Process Making a list

6 Conduct college searches and research specific schools Create Colleges Im Thinking About list Take College Entrance Exams Begin your College Essay Familiarize yourself with the Common Application Check to see when supporting documents need to be sent Be sure you have envelopes and stamps on hand Ask 2 teachers to write formal recommendations View which college representatives are visiting BMHS Schedule Meetings with your School Counselor Arrange to have official test scores sent directly to schools KNOW YOUR DEADLINES! Sent by? Received by? The College Process The Students Role Take ownership of college process

7 The Common Application Online only-no more paper version available Accepted by more than 450 schools including UCONN. ESSAY Length remains the same: 250-500 words (WORD LIMIT ENFORCED) Text-entry only - no uploads of Microsoft Word documents New essay prompts announced every year in March (Topic of choice eliminated) Supplements will be streamlined so they are accessible online earlier Complete application will not be available until AUGUST 1, 2013. Do not register until the application is released www.commonapp.org The College Process Common App

8 Types of Applications: Early Decision Binding Early Action I Early Action II Regular Decision Rolling * Sent to colleges by student The College Process Required Information in Addition to the Application Transcript: Course selection, level of rigor and grades Three-year GPA/Rank First quarter senior grades Mid-Year senior grades (Often required and sent by student request) Counselor Recommendation (by request) Teacher Recommendations (by request) SAT/ACT scores* AP Scores/Subject Tests*

9 College Entrance Exams Scholastic Aptitude Test Measures : Critical Reading, Writing, and Math Scoring Out of 2400 Maximum 800 per section Minimum 200 per section American College Testing Measures: English, Science, Reading, Math and Writing (optional) Scoring Out of 36 Maximum and Minimum per section varies ACT SAT SAT II Scholastic Aptitude Test Subject Areas

10 College Entrance Exams: SAT www.sat.collegeboard.org

11 College Entrance Exams: ACT www.actstudent.org

12 FAFSA (WEB Based) Free Application for Federal Student Aid January 1 st – March 1 Parents and Students must apply for FAFSA pin Mrs. Blackwell Financial Aid/ Scholarships CSS Profile (WEB Based) Not necessary for all colleges/ universities Fee associated

13 Financial Aid/Scholarships Get Motivated. Research early. Check the Scholarship list and the BMHS Scholarship on NAVIANCE! Some web sites on the BMHS Guidance Page: Adventures In Education Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator www.AIE.org/Calculators/EFC/index.cfm - Adventures In Education Scholarship Search www.AIE.org/sbase - College Answer www.collegeanswer.com - College Board Scholarship Database apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_ss/welcome.jsp - College Goal Sunday www.collegegoalsundayusa.org - CollegeToolkit.com www.collegetoolkit.com - FAFSA Made Easy www.AIE.org/FAFSAMadeEasy - FAFSA on the Web www.fafsa.ed.gov - FastWeb Scholarship Search www.studentservices.com/fastweb - Federal Trade Commission Scholarship Scams www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt009.shtm - Financial Aid Information www.finaid.org - Hispanic Scholarship Fund www.hsf.net - …. ……………………………many more!

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