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1 Senior Presentation September 2013 Medford High SchoolGuidance Department
2 Welcome!Our goal today is to make the stressful college search & application process easier by highlighting many of the key elements students & parents will need to knowWe understand that every student’s needs are different, and as a department we feel it is our job to help ALL STUDENTS develop a plan for life after high school
3 Student’s Responsibilities Involve parents in the conversation about post high school/ college/career plansResearch colleges using Collegeboard, Naviance, or any of the other web or printed resources availableRegister and take (or retake) any standardized tests required for admissionMake an appointment to speak with counselor about post high school plansVisit potential schools of interest to see if they might be a good fitKnow each school’s deadline and turn in all transcript request at least 2 weeks prior! (Brag sheets need to be submitted at least 1 month prior)Maintain a rigorous senior year schedule & put forth your best academic effort (all year long)
4 Student’s Responsibilities Use all the online resources available to you Collegeboard’s college comparison is a great tool!
5 Student’s Responsibilities Use all the online resources available to you Consider student-faculty ratio & freshman year retention rate
6 Student’s Responsibilities Know your DEADLINES and whether or not the colleges on your list accept the Common App.
7 Student’s Responsibilities Use Naviance to compare yourself to other Medford high students who have previously applied to a particular college!
8 Student’s Responsibilities Use key features under the college tab in Naviance “Colleges I’m Thinking About / Colleges I’m Applying To”
9 Student’s Responsibilities Use key features under the career tab in Naviance “Career interest profiler, Personality type, Cluster finder”
10 Student’s Responsibilities Visit the Medford high guidance website for news, tips & advice
11 Counselor’s Responsibilities What to expect from your counselor:An individual meeting with or without parents presentInterest, support and encouragementSuggestions for schools to look at (assistance fine-tuning your “list”)Ongoing FeedbackGuidance through the college application processSharing of knowledge and resources with youSuggestions for further independent college explorationWhat not to expect from your counselor:Ability to read your mind/Know your thoughtsKeep track of deadlines and appointments for youApply to schools or scholarships for youWrite recommendations without notice or your completed Senior Brag SheetFinancial aid consultation/advise (we ask that you seek outside experts or this)
12 Parent’s Responsibilities What parents can do to help:Foster an open and ongoing dialog with your child about what they envision for their futureBe honest and realistic with your child about any financial concerns that may affect their college search or application processAs much as possible, try to let your child take the leadPick a time and place to bring up the “college” topic, (maybe once per week over Starbucks, or at Sunday dinner, etc…)Realize that for many teens, every day may feel too often to be talking about college or their “future”What parents should not be doing:Applying to colleges ON BEHALF of your son or daughterWriting application essays FOR your childVisiting potential colleges solo, without your child presentCalling up admission offices to “explain” away a poor grade your child recently received
13 Class of 2014 Graduation Requirements 112 credits minimumRequired courses: 4 English, 3 Math,3 Social Studies, 3 Science, 4 Wellness, 1 Fine ArtMCAS (English, Math, and Science)60 Hours of Community Service (or 15 hours for each year enrolled at MHS)
14 4 Year College Requirements 4 years of English3-4 years of Math (through at least Algebra II)3-4 years of Social Studies3-4 years of Science (2 years of lab sciences)2-4 years of the same foreign languageMCAS (ELA, Math, & Science)As you can see the MHS graduation requirements are closely aligned with most 4 year college requirements.
15 Post High School Options 4 year colleges or universities2 year colleges2 + 2 collegesTechnical collegesMilitary AcademyMilitary Service (Post Grad YearGap or Service YearEmployment
16 Community College The price is right Students often take the same courses as they would at a 4 year collegeDo not require SAT/ACTDo not usually require letters of recommendationStudents are able to transfer to 4 year colleges after 1 or 2 yearsSome community colleges have agreements with the state colleges (MassTransfer Program)No housing on campus
17 Mass Transfer Program MassTransfer has two main purposes: Provide community college students who complete associate degrees (consisting of at least 60 college-level credits) and enroll in linked MassTransfer programs with the full transfer of credit, guaranteed admission, and a tuition discount (each based on final GPA)Provide any student in the Massachusetts public higher education system who completes the MassTransfer Block (consisting of 34 college-level credits) with the benefit of satisfying the general education/distribution/core requirements at any other public higher education institution (with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits or two courses).For more information please visit:
18 UMass System & MA State Colleges UMass AmherstUMass BostonUMass DartmouthUmass LowellBridgewater StateFitchburg StateFramingham StateSalem StateWestfield StateWorcester StateMass ArtMass College of Liberal Arts (MCLA)Mass Maritime Academy
19 Massachusetts State Schools Minimum Admission Standards/ Sliding Scale UMass SystemState CollegesGPA SAT / ACT/ 20/ 21/22/23/24/25GPA SAT / ACT/ 19/ 20/ 21/ 22/ 23/ 24This is simply the sliding scale. However, with college admissions getting more competitive every year, most of public 4 year school in the Massachusetts system are looking for around a 3.0 GPA and around a combined SAT (math & verbal). Umass Amherst rarely takes a student with a GPA below a 3.5 (regardless of SAT scores).
21 College Admissions Exams SAT: @ collegeboard.comDuration: 3 hrs. 35 mins.Cost: $51.00Three sections: Critical Reading, Math and Writing (total possible score-2400)Lose ¼ of a point for any incorrect answers (random guessing will likely lower your score!)SAT Subject Area Tests: @ collegeboard.comDuration: 1 hr.Cost: $24.50 (basic registration fee), $13.00 (per test fee), $24.00 (per language test w/ listening)Subjects include: English Lit., Bio., Chem., Math, History, Foreign Langs. (full list on website)actstudent.orgDuration: 3 hrs. 30 mins.Cost: $36.50 or $52.50 with writingFour sections: English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning (total possible score-36)No points deducted for incorrect answers (So go ahead and answer ALL questions!)TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign ets.org/toefl - $183 *Any student who has taken an ELL class in 9-12th grade, please see guidance counselor for TOEFL info packetScores MUST be sent to colleges directly from testing agency ( orSome schools no longer require admissions tests, see
22 Admission Factors Colleges Consider GPA and Class RankSAT/ACT scoresRigor of secondary school record (transcript)Senior year academic performanceExtracurricular activities/ Community ServiceCollege essayRecommendationsInterview (if applicable)“Demonstrated Interest”
23 Admission CategoriesREACH – The student’s GPA and SAT / ACT scores fall below the historical averages for the college and / or past MHS studentsMATCH– The student’s GPA and SAT / ACT scores fall within the historical averages for the college and / or past MHS studentsHIGHLY LIKELY – The student’s GPA and SAT / ACT scores fall above the historical averages for the college and / or past MHS students
24 Almost Everyone’s Reach Reach SchoolsEveryone’s ReachAlmost Everyone’s ReachBoston College, Williams, Middlebury,Brandeis, Colby, Hamilton, Tufts, Vassar,Connecticut College, Wesleyan, NYU, Northwestern, Rice, Vanderbilt, Colgate(not a complete list)The 8 IVY League schools: Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Columbia, UPenn, Cornell,+ MIT, Stanford, John Hopkins, Georgetown, Swarthmore, Duke, UC Berkeley, Olin, Amherst(not a complete list)There are many more qualified applicants than there are spaces. Being an average to above-average candidate is no guarantee!
25 Admissions OptionsRegular Decision: This is the most common admission option. It means that you turn in your application by the college’s deadline, and it lets you know by a specified date if you have been admitted or not.Early Action: With Early Action, you send in your application earlier, and the college sends you its decision earlier. Make sure you read the instructions from each college carefully because some colleges have additional restrictions on their early action programs. Academically strong students will often apply to one Early Action school.Early Decision: You can apply Early Decision to only one college. You are committing yourself to going to a particular school if you decide to apply Early Decision and are accepted (the bind can only be broken for proven financial hardship). You should only apply Early Decision if you have a clear idea of your first-choice college. If you are looking at several colleges and don't want to limit your choices yet, Early Decision is not for you.Rolling Admissions: There is no deadline for this option. Schools review and make decisions on applications as they receive them.
26 Application Deadlines Early Decision / Early Action -Usually Nov 1 or Nov 15Regular Admission -Often Jan 1st, but can be as early as Nov 30 or Dec 1stRolling Admission -Anytime - The earlier, the betterApplication materials must be received by guidance department 2 weeks prior to application deadline
27 Admissions officers look for students who… Think globally, and act locallyChallenged themselves academically during high schoolCan handle the academic workload of collegeWill contribute to college life (in a positive way)Demonstrate the qualities of a well-rounded studentThink clearly, logically, creatively, and/or abstractly
28 New guidelines for the common application essay Same as before: You must submit only one essayNew this year:Essay must be no more than 650 words. The word limit was just 500 words last year, but it wasn’t strictly enforced. This year if your essay is OVER 650 words, you will not be allowed to submit it.There is now a 250 word limit. The system won’t accept anything shorter than that.The writing prompts have changed, “topic of your choice” is no longer an option.
29 Essay Writing TipsAdmissions officers read 50 essays a day. Make yours stand out!!!Avoid clichésBe honestWatch your tone (tell your story, in your voice)Write about something familiar to you / something you are passionate aboutPersonalize your essayWrite AuthenticallyRead. Re-read. Ask an English teacher or your counselor to proofread and give constructive criticism.
30 Considerations for Special Education Students UMass/State Colleges permit submitting IEP/Testing in lieu of SAT/ACTSearch for colleges that provide a Learning/Support Center or Tutoring in addition to accommodationsCommunity Colleges have special programsMHS Guidance only submits IEP/Testing information when requested by the students due to confidentiality
32 Financial AidFinancial Aid Night – Wednesday, Nov. 7:00pm ~Presented by MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) Website:FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student AidAvailable JanuaryCSS Profile - College Scholarship Service Profile- Some private schools require thisFunding Your Education – See the list of websites in your packet
33 Scholarships Start at MHS Community scholarship applications are available starting in JanuaryAll scholarships will be posted in Naviance and updated frequentlyHard copies will also be available in the guidance officeLook Local- place of employment, community organization/affiliation, church, etc.Check with your collegesSee websites in your packet
34 John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. The scholarship covers tuition only; fees and room and board are not included.Students will receive this letter by mail in the fall of their senior year. This letter will need to be presented to college after you are accepted.In order to use the scholarship, a student must:be accepted at a Massachusetts public college or university;complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);send the Adams Scholarship award letter to the financial aid or bursars office at the college or university that he or she plans to attend; and enroll as a full-time student.To continue receiving the Adams Scholarship, a student mustcontinue to enroll full-time at a public higher education institution;maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on all college work; andannually complete the FAFSA.
35 Student Athletes – NCAA (Division I & II) Must complete NCAA Clearinghouse Eligibility FormMust send NCAA your SAT or ACT scores and a $20 feeMust add NCAA to your Transcript Request Form (to guarantee they receive an official transcript)Minimum 2.0 GPA requiredShould be in contact with coaches
37 1) Read Through Entire Packet Important to know MHS ProcessWe help you simplify applying to college!
38 2) Create Two Accounts! Common App Naviance Account for STUDENTS to send their college applicationsStudent completes on his/her ownNavianceAccount for MHS Staff to send the application materialsStudent adds schools, adds teachers, signs FERPA waiver, then MHS Staff completes
39 Naviance just created a great new video tutorial of this process! Link:
40 Create AccountRemember Your Username & Password! Write them down in your folder.Most colleges use the CommonApp, but if one doesn’t, make sure you apply on that college’s individual website
43 Add ALL your colleges to this list, even if they don’t accept the CommonApp. This is your way of informing us where you are applyingAdd your teachers writing your letters of recommendation
44 3) Request Supplemental Information Request Letters of RecommendationGive your brag sheet to teachers & counselorsPlease allow at least 4 WEEKSAsk teachers if they will do this electronically or if they need stamped envelopes & CommonApp formsRequest online that your SAT/ACT scores be sent directly to your colleges. Please note: This can take 6-8 weeks!
45 4) Meet With Your Counselor Make an appointment with your counselorSeptember/October appointments for Early Action/Early DecisionNovember/December for Regular DecisionPlan on bringing your parents if possibleCome Prepared- Bring a list of colleges, your college folder and all other materials you have
46 5) Turn in your Transcript Request Form Fill out your transcript request form completely with all your collegesHave your counselor sign the finished formTurn in the form to Ms. Sousa with your $15 feeForms must be turned in 2 weeks before deadline
47 6) Submit Your Application Through the CommonApp or the college’s website, submit your applicationsBe careful of deadlines!Review your application checklistDouble check that your schools have received all materialsCELEBRATE!!!
48 REVIEW Read the college packet Create both the CommonApp & Naviance Accounts, and complete needed steps (as explained in packet)Request letters of recommendation & SAT/ACT scores through CollegeboardMeet with your counselorTurn in your transcript request formSubmit your application
49 Thank you! Questions? Would you like more information? Review the step-by-step instructions in your packet! It’s fool proof Would you like more information?Come Tuesday, Sept. 17th to the Senior Parent College Presentation held in the Caron Theater at 7pmForms, presentations, announcements, college resources & links will be available atThis presentation will also soon be available online
50 Presented by The Medford High School Guidance Department. Counselors: Presented by The Medford High School Guidance Department Counselors: Barbara Davis Victoria Glasser Krista Grifoni Wendy Horne Director: Amelia Westmark Secretary: Judy Sousa