COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE Jill Okey Assistant Director Ohio University
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
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)
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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