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1 COLLEGE PLANNING AN OVERVIEW Presented by GVHS Counselors: Mr. Chip Harvey Ms. Anna Saracino

2 11 th Grade Milestones Fall/Spring Register Online for Entrance Exams (SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests) Familiarize Yourself with Naviance and College Websites Search for Colleges & Research GOOD FIT Schools Develop Preliminary List of Schools Build Your Resume Visit Colleges (Great time- Spring Break!) Carefully Select Senior Year Courses Request Letters of Recommendation from Teachers (spring) DI/DII Potential Athletes- Register with NCAA Clearinghouse

3 Summer Between Junior & Senior Year Spring/Summer Finalize List of Schools (6-10) Investigate/Enroll in Summer Programs Review list of programs in Naviance under “colleges tab” Summer/Fall Locate applications online at the college website or the Common Application ( Look at essay topic requirements and work on essays Begin working on school-specific applications (after July 1) Common Application available August 1 Prepare for any additional standardized tests and sign up online

4 12 th Grade Milestones Fall Attend Senior Student & Parent Night (early September) Meet with your Counselor for senior meeting Scheduled by the counseling office 2 nd week of September thru mid-October Request that school transcript and packet be sent to each college where you will apply using GVHS application submission form School Packet includes Transcript, Secondary School Report (data sheet), Counselor Letter of Rec, School Profile, Teacher(s) Letters’ of Rec Must be requested 15 school days before materials need to be at college

5 12 th Grade Milestones Continued Fall Follow up with teachers writing on your behalf by using the teacher letter of recommendation follow up form (in counseling and on Naviance) Take any additional SAT/ACT/SAT Subject tests (by October) Send test scores to each college where you will apply, Submit applications well before deadline date (by end of November for Rolling Admission deadlines) Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision, Rolling

6 Important Factors in Admission Decision High School Transcript (Academic Record)!!! Grades and Rigor are the most important factors Senior year courses should reflect ability and interests Standardized Test Scores (SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests) Review requirements on Naviance or on school’s webpage YOU- Who Are You As a Person!? Essay(s), Interviews (if required/recommended), Letters of Rec, Resume Application Completed and submitted online

7 Taking Entrance Exams (SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests) When? First exam sometime between January-March Refer to Naviance for the test dates and locations Register for these Exams Online SAT & Subject Test Registration: ACT Registration: Does my school require Subject Tests? View link to determine the answer: Some Schools do NOT require test scores Test optional schools:

8 The College Search Goal – Develop Preliminary List of Schools This Year Identify Good Fit Characteristics size, location, major, activities, strength of program, learning env., etc. Use College Search Sites to Narrow List CollegeBoard, Naviance, Petersons, Cappex, Princeton Review, etc. VISIT Colleges (small, big, city, rural, etc.) Selection Process (foundational, target, reach) Narrow List! (subjective and objective research)

9 VISIT COLLEGES Great time to visit- SPRING BREAK! See school when students are on campus- ask questions~ Sign up for a tour with the admissions office by calling the school in advance. Some schools offer online registration. Bring a Notebook! Jot down your likes and dislikes as SOON as you leave campus Your impressions of a school are important and will help you to determine good fit and factors of importance

10 Build Your Resume Include activities, jobs and volunteer hours that you have been involved with since the beginning of 9th grade Use appropriate grammar (you are not texting!!!) Take on leadership roles and stay involved Consider a summer program that is related to your career goals or that is on a college campus of interest Example resumes available in Naviance Resume tab available to document experiences in Naviance

11 Letters of Recommendation Ask 2 Teachers to write you a letter When to ask!? Right after Spring Break ! Ask Major Subject Teachers Math, English, Science, Social Studies Consider the major you might pursue in college Follow up by providing a teacher request form! Available in the counseling office this spring Forms also may be printed from Naviance (in the document library) Say THANK YOU!

12 Potential DI/DII Athletes REGISTER with NCAA at: Center Request that your transcript be sent to NCAA after junior year & after graduation using the GVHS transcript request form Review NCAA core-course requirements to ensure you are on track Send your test scores (SAT &/or ACT) to the NCAA Enter the code 9999 each time you register to take the exam Familiarize yourself with College Athletic Sites: National Junior College Athletic Association - The NAIA is another collegiate athletic association

13 Acceptances and Decisions When!? Rolling Schools- response within 2-3 weeks Early Action/Early Decision- response before winter break Regular Decision- response before April 1 st How Most Schools post application decisions online Many Schools mail a decision in the mail National Decision Day! Students must commit to a school by May 1 st, anytime before Some colleges do not guarantee housing if you wait until 5/1 Consider your financial aid package with decisions (next slide)

14 Financial Aid FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid Apply for a pin and complete application soon after Jan. 1 st (12 th grade) Complete online: CSS Profile Required by many private colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for non-government financial aid, such as the institution's own grants, loans and scholarships Can be completed in the fall of 12 th grade Completed online: Local Scholarships Fastweb Database

15 Questions & Handouts (online)

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