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College planning timeline

  1. 1. COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE Jill Okey Assistant Director Ohio University
  2. 2. Terminology to Know Public: Institutions that are predominately funded by public means through the government, not typically religiously affiliated, levels of selectivity vary Private: Not operated by governments, although may receive public subsidies, especially in the form of tax breaks and public student loans and grants Selective Admission: Universities that have guidelines students must meet for admission Open Enrollment: These institutions do not have minimum academic standards for general admission to the college Rolling Admissions: Applications are reviewed and decisions rendered as they are submitted Early Decision: Decisions are binding, if admitted, a student must withdraw all other applications Early Action: Similar to ED but decisions are NOT binding
  3. 3. Terminology to Know: Continued Application Fee: This is the payment required at the time of application Enrollment Deposit: Typically confirms your intent to enroll at a school FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid Grant: Monies that do NOT require repayment, typically need-based Loan: Monies that requires re-payment (Subsidized vs. Unsubsidized) Scholarship: Merit-based, Need-Based, Athletic, Talent- do NOT require repayment Work-Study: This a form of financial aid where students work on campus for a paycheck. Students can opt out if they are not interested in work Common Application: One application that can be submitted to multiple institutions- many will require a college-specific supplement NCAA Eligibility Center: All students interested in Division I or II sports must pass through the Clearinghouse (*NAIA)
  4. 4. Set the Expectation: Programming Junior/Senior Planning Workshops  Early Spring for Juniors, Early Fall for Seniors  Post presentation online for parents to view NCAA Eligibility Center Information Night  Early Fall  Include Athletic Director, Coaches and NCAA Compliance Official from local college/university Financial Aid Information Night  Mid-January  Involved Local College/University Financial Aid Office Website with resources, timelines, check lists
  5. 5. Set the Expectation: College Visits Create a “college must-haves” list prior to your visits Schedule all visits at least two weeks in advance Meet with your academic area of interest Athlete? Set up a meeting with the coach Eat in a Dining Hall Check out the bulletin boards/ campus newspaper See if there is an event taking place on campus, join in!
  6. 6. Set the Expectation: College Fairs Create a “college must-haves” list prior to the fair Do you know what colleges are attending? Plot your route Plan your questions ahead of time Bring along address labels: saves time for conversation Students should ask the questions, not parents Take notes!
  7. 7. Set the Expectation: College Entrance Exams Register for the exam by the due date Provide photo when registering for exam. Need accommodations? Take action early. Register for “Question of the Day” e-mail/text service Study: guides, prep-courses, past curriculum Get a good night’s sleep, wake up early, eat breakfast Remind students to manage their time, to read each question thoroughly and to bring photo ID to exam.
  8. 8. Freshman Year Fall- Winter  Build a strong foundation of classes, get the basics out of the way  Get involved in extra/co-curricular activities  Athlete? Be sure to learn the NCAA requirements Winter-Spring  Keep your grades up  Set sights on leadership roles  Consider possible career fields Summer  Get a part-time, summer job  Keep reading to increase your vocabulary
  9. 9. Sophomore Year Fall-Winter  Register and begin studying for the PSAT and PLAN tests (September)  Take the PSAT/PLAN Tests (October)  Review the results with your parents & school counselor (December) Winter-Spring  Keep your grades up!  Explore careers by completing a job shadowing experience  Register (April) and take (June) SAT Subject Tests Summer  Research colleges online
  10. 10. Junior Year Fall  Register, Take and Review PSAT Test  (Scores could qualify you for a National Merit Award)  Meet with your school counselors to discuss your plans  Register for the ACT and SAT  Review NCAA Eligibility Center requirements to ensure compliance  Examine skills, interests & abilities to narrow down academic plan Winter  Create a list of colleges & make plans for Spring/Summer visits  Keep your grades up, Junior year GPA is what colleges first see  Challenge yourself with your senior year curriculum
  11. 11. Junior Year: Continued Spring  Take college entrance exams (SAT/ACT)  Line up teachers, counselor & others to write letters of recommendation  Attend college fairs in the local area  Do research on majors that interest you Summer  College Visits!  Narrow list of colleges to those at which you plan to apply  Understand their application process, Know their deadlines  Prepare your personal statement & resume to send with applications  Complete the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center form
  12. 12. Senior Year Fall  Register for the fall ACT and SAT exams  Meet with your school counselors to discuss your plans  Submit applications to the colleges you have selected  Request that your official transcripts be sent  Apply for a FAFSA Pin Number  Determine if your schools require the CSS Profile  Apply for scholarships Winter  Complete the FAFSA between January 1st and mid-February  Take a second look at the schools to which you’ve been admitted  Begin the enrollment process by submitting the housing deposit at your top pick
  13. 13. Senior Year: Continued Spring  Complete the financial aid process by accepting your award package  May 1st is the National College Reply Date  Confirm your intent to enroll (housing deposit submission) by this date  Let all colleges/universities know what your plans are for fall  Attend admitted student programming both on & off campus  Register for new student orientation  Complete final stages of NCAA Eligibility Center Summer  Get a job to help fund your college experience  Attend orientation  Connect with your roommate
  14. 14. Tips for Success:College Deadline vs. Counselor Deadline  Letter of Recommendation Timeline  Due December 1st vs. Request by November 1st  Transcript Request Timeline  Due December 1st vs. Request by November 15th  Application Submission Timeline  Early Decision, Early Action, Restrictive Early Action  November 1st vs. October 15th  December 1st vs. November 15th  Rolling Admission  February 1st vs. January 15th
  15. 15. Tips for Success: Personal Statements Follow prompt and guidelines (if given) A good essay is a good STORY. Show a snapshot of yourself. Write in your own voice!! Be genuine, don’t try to impress the reader. SHOW don’t tell. Uniqueness and creativity are valued. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!
  16. 16. Tips for Success: The Admissions Review Course Selection vs. Course Offerings Course Selection/Grades vs. Intended Major Grade Trend!! Standardized Test Performance Personal Statement Passionate Extracurricular Involvement There is NO magic formula!
  17. 17. Tips for Success: Thriving in Your First Year Get Involved: Clubs, Organizations, Intramurals, Academics, Residence Hall Expand your horizons… meet new people Ask for help before you need it Learn about Resources: Library, Tutoring, Academic Advisor, Office Hours Work Hard & Manage your time well Find balance between work and play Make healthy choices: eat well, work out, relax
  18. 18. QUESTIONS?!
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