Presentation on theme: "What you need to know about the college admissions process"— Presentation transcript:
1 What you need to know about the college admissions process Planning for CollegeWhat you need to know about the college admissions process
2 Simplify the College Planning Process College opportunities exist for everyone. These five steps can help simplify the planning process:1. Understand your situation2.Understand admissions factors3.Learn about College AdmissionTesting4.Explore college options5.Develop a financial plan
3 What Do I Need To Know About Myself? G.P.A.SAT/ACT ScoresCourse BackgroundExtra-curricular activities to support major interestChances of acceptance if I meet general criteriaFinancial ResourcesAthletic or special talentImportant school qualitiesLearning Style
4 Factors colleges consider when looking at a student profile. Primary Factors-Quality/Rigor of Academic Courses-AcademicPerformance/ GradesGrade Point Average-Test Scores (ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Test, AP, etc.)Additional Factors-Extracurricular Activities-Essays-Letters of Recommendation-Demonstrated Interest
5 Explore College Options Now that you know what colleges are looking for, it’s time to put them to the test.Which collegesare right for you?
6 What to Consider Size and diversity of student body Location Academic programsCampus life –athletics, activities, housingGraduation and retention ratesFinancial aid and scholarship opportunities. Above all, think about where you will be the most happy and successful in your college life.
7 Visit Campuses Get to know a school from the inside: Take a campus tour.Speak with an admissions counselor.Ask about financial aid opportunities.Sit in on a class of interest.Read the student newspaper.Talk to students and faculty. Get to know a school from the inside.Explore College Options.
8 Get Organized and Apply Narrow and categorize your choices:-“Safety” schools (1 or 2)-“On Target” schools (3 to 4)-“Reach” schools (1 or 2)
9 Get Organized and Apply Know the deadlines for applications and application requirements.Review scholarship and financial aid requirements.Revise application essays and share drafts with a trusted teacher, advisor or family member.Ask for recommendations and set firm dates for their completion.Request transcripts and schedule interviews, if needed.
10 Community College 18% of SBHS students attend Community Junior Colleges Reasons why Community College is a good fit for some students:CostGradesReadiness for CollegeUncertain Study Path
11 Educational Funding Consultants Association FINANCIAL AID NIGHTDECEMBER 2, 2009Presented by:Educational Funding Consultants Association7:00 PMHIGH SCHOOLAUDITORIUM
12 TESTING INFORMATION NIGHT JANUARY 20, 2010PRESENTED BYREVOLUTION PREP7:00 PM – 9:00 PMHIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUMUnderstanding the PSATSAT vs. ACT
13 Profile of SBHS Students Accepted Most Selective Very Selective Rutgers NJ State Schools(Ivy League) (EX: Duke, Tufts, Wellesley, TCNJ) (Main Campuses) (EX:Rowan, Ramapo, Montclair, Kean)Based on a sample of SBHS students who have been accepted to the above groups of colleges, here are the average statistics they presented -GPA# ACAD.UNITS# AP’s# HON’sSAT- V (CR)SAT- M
14 Research and Resources NavianceTest Prep ProgramsCollege Visits / Recruiting
15 Powerful Web service for parents and students. NAVIANCEPowerful Web service for parents and students.College and career planning activitiesDynamic college search and comparison toolsMultimedia college profiles, with your school’s dataScattergrams of past applications from your schoolScheduled visits by college representativesScholarships and aid opportunitiesNews updates from your office or the school
16 NAVIANCE Students can: Monitor college transcript requests Create resumes of their accomplishmentsCommunicate with their counselorConduct custom online surveys including personality profiles and career interests
17 College Representatives and College Visits Students should meet with reps of prospective colleges here or at fairsRemember – every contact counts!Visit the Colleges you are interested in -First-hand experiences: significantly helpful in decision-making
18 Try to visit colleges where you’ve been accepted. Making a DecisionTry to visit colleges where you’ve been accepted.Compare financial aid packages.Reply ON TIME and send your deposit.Get ready to graduate!
19 College Planning Recap Remember: College opportunities exist for everyone!•Simplify the planning process:-Understand admissions factors.-Learn about College Admissions Testing.-Explore college options.-Develop a financial plan.
20 NOW WHAT? Your next steps should be to Register for SAT or ACT and plan to take 2 tests before the end of this year. Plan for SAT II- Subj. Area Tests if needed.Review your current grades and adjust your work level if needed.Assess your academic record prior to making course selections for senior year.Identify what about you makes you special (the “hook”).
21 Your next steps should be …… Clarify what you are looking for in a college and discuss criteria and parameters at home.Visit, visit, visit!Decide which teachers to ask for recommendations and do this before the end of junior year.Begin to develop resume of activities / honors – school and community.Oh, yeah …. Did we mention VISIT, VISIT, VISIT ?
22 Look for good matches and go with the best fit GOOD LUCKRemember – there is no perfect school, nor is there just one “right” school for a student.Look for good matches and go with the best fit