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2 The College Application Process What you need to know……

3 A – ContMs. Molly Jang Conway - FlintMs. Denine Gudnitz Flores - KhanMs. Ruth Ragsdale Kho – NolMrs. Katie Spicer Now - Scott Ms. Tara Vaglica Seal - ZMr. Ravon Austin Mrs. Donte Gassaway-Fields – Registrar Mrs. Heidi Garland – College/Career Infor. Coordinator Mrs. Roxanne Plumber – Administrative Assistant Counseling Department

4 College Application Process… Application Application fee Essay(s) (If required by the college) Transcripts Recommendation Letters (From academic teachers and counselor) Test Scores (SAT or ACT) Secondary School Report (Form submitted by counselor) Adhere to deadlines! Components of the four year college application packet

5 Student Responsibilities  Complete and submit the application, essay, and application fee directly to the college through Family Connection.  Request recommendation letters from your teachers.  Request official transcript, school profile, secondary school report and counselor recommendation from Mrs. Gassaway-Fields. She will send all documents to the college.  Request SAT/ACT scores be sent to colleges by directly contacting the testing organization on-line.

6 Before Requesting Transcripts 1. Log into your Common App account. If you do not have an account, you'll need to create one. 2. Under the "Common App" tab, complete the entire “Education" section so that it has a green checkmark (This is necessary since the Common App must know the high school you attend). 3. Go to “My Colleges.” If no colleges are listed, go to "College Search" and add at least one college to which you'll be applying. 4. Click one of the colleges and then “Assign Recommenders." 5. Click the FERPA Release Authorization, giving Magruder permission to send your transcript. Follow the instructions and click these items: I authorize every school that I have attended to release all requested records… I waive my right to review all recommendations and supporting documents… I understand that my waiver or no waiver selection above pertains to all colleges….

7 How to Request Transcripts Fill out the paper Transcript Request form and return it to Mrs. Gassaway-Fields if your are submitting transcripts and recommendations by mail or online. Pay your transcript fee to Mrs. Gassaway-Fields. The first 3 transcripts are free; additional transcripts are $3 each. NOTE: You must determine how each one of your colleges accepts documents that need to be submitted. You can find this information by looking at your Family Connection/Naviance account under the “Colleges I am applying to” tab.

8 How to Request Transcripts If by mail: Provide a 9X12 envelope; addressed to the college admissions office or scholarship program, with simply your name in the return address space, along with 3- first class stamps (or equivalent postage = $1.32) affixed to the envelope. Do not put your own return address on the envelope. If by eDoc or Common Application: Submit the completed Transcript Request form to Mrs. Gassaway-Fields.

9 How to Request Counselor Recommendation Complete “Senior Thinking About Yourself” form (found under the “About Me” tab on the left side of the screen).

10 How to Request Teacher Recommendations Speak to your teacher to confirm that they are willing to write your recommendation letter. In Family Connection/Naviance, add your teacher to the Teacher Recommendation list under the “Colleges I am Applying to” tab. For teachers not submitting recommendations electronically, provide college-addressed business size envelope with appropriate postage. Write your name only in the upper left corner and the college deadline in the lower left corner. Send your teacher(s) and counselor(s) a THANK YOU note or email!


12 COL. ZADOK MAGRUDER HIGH SCHOOL Donte Gassaway-Fields - Registrar Registrar office hours Monday - Friday (Before school, lunch & after school) 2015-2016 TIMELINE FOR REQUESTING TRANSCRIPTS College DeadlineMagruder Deadline November 1, 2015October 5, 2015 November 15, 2015October 19, 2015 December 1, 2015November 3, 2015 December 15, 2015November 17, 2015 January 1, 2016November 24, 2015 January 15, 2016December 10, 2015 February 1, 2016January 4, 2016 Transcript fee (cash or checks made payable to Magruder H.S.) First 3 transcripts are free; each additional transcript request is $3 each.

13 Upcoming SAT and ACT tests SATACT October 3October 24 November 7December 12 December 5 How To Register: Go to to register for the SAT. The SAT test costs $54.50 Go to to register for the ACT. Make sure you sign up for the test WITH WRITING. The total cost for the ACT is $54.50.

14 Accuplacer Test (For all two year community college bound students) The purpose of the Accuplacer is to determine placement in Math and English in college. The Accuplacer is knowledge based and untimed. See Mrs. Garland in the College & Career Center for more information.

15 The College and Career Center A great resource for: Researching majors and colleges Career exploration Standardized Test Options College Process Scholarships Financial Aid/FAFSA

16 College Visits Over 75 Colleges and Universities nationwide send Admissions Representatives to MHS annually Visits are scheduled September-November, 2015 The College visit schedule is on the Career Center Website under Family Connection All students are sent weekly visit updates through their Family Connection email account Visits take place in the Career Center

17 Upcoming MHS Financial Aid & Scholarship Programs Financial Aid & Scholarship Lunch Seminars: November 20, December 4, January 8 @ 11:15 am - 12:00 in the MHS Career Center Financial Aid Opportunities at Montgomery College: November 6 @ 11:00-11:40 am in the MHS Career Center

18 FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) All students applying for Financial Aid MUST Complete FAFSA at FAFSA is NEED Based Only Filing Dates: January 1 - March 1, 2016 Use 2014 Income Tax Returns Tax information can be updated after filing your taxes UMCP Priority deadline for filing FAFSA is February 15, 2016

19 Scholarships Make sure to apply for all available scholarships offered directly through the colleges Apply for FAFSA beginning January 1, 2016 through March 1, 2016 (MD State Deadline). Visit the College & Career Center Website and Visit the Career Center for additional Merit/Need Based Scholarships Negotiation for the best financial packages is Recommended and Encouraged after acceptance

20 Thank you for coming! Questions?

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