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College planning

  1. 1. College Planning for Seniors
  2. 2. Visit with College Representatives <ul><li>who visit our high school. Make up a file on each college you are strongly considering. It would also be wise to make a chart that includes: application deadlines, financial aid deadlines, notification dates, tests required, costs, numbers and type of recommendations required, interview deadlines and locations. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Don’t Overlook the World Wide Web <ul><li>There are numerous cites that will help you as you investigate college choices. One is the website maintained by the college board. My two personal favorite websites are and . Each of these cites allows you to do a search for the college that is right for you and then you can complete a side by side comparison of colleges and universities. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Use a calendar <ul><li>or your agenda book to record upcoming deadlines. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Recommendations <ul><li>Ask for recommendations from teachers and other adults who know you well. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for a recommendations from a teacher in the field in which you may wish to major. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to ask for recommendations well in advance of the deadline. </li></ul><ul><li>As a courtesy, ask each teacher to write no more than three recommendations for you. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Provide stamped envelopes that are pre- addressed. </li></ul><ul><li>Always remember to thank the teacher for going that extra mile for you. Don’t forget to go back and inform him or her of the college’s decision. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Follow up! <ul><li>It is your responsibility to make sure that letters of recommendation arrive before the colleges’ deadlines. </li></ul>
  8. 8. ACT TEST <ul><li>If you have NOT taken the ACT test yet, sign up for the October test! </li></ul><ul><li>A Student Site for ACT Test Takers </li></ul>
  9. 9. There’s still time… <ul><li>to improve your academic standing (grades). Most colleges look unfavorably upon applicant whose grades are falling. But on the other hand, if your grades have shown improvement throughout high school, they look favorably on you as they see you have matured. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Keep track <ul><li>of the applications you have submitted. Make extra copies of each application form if you did not submit them online. </li></ul><ul><li>Use copies of the form for practice before filing out the originals—most require you to type or write in BLUE or BLACK ink. We all know how unforgiving ink can be. Correction fluid gives your application a “painted look” that you should try desperately to avoid. </li></ul>
  11. 11. TYPE, TYPE, TYPE <ul><li>Unless directions say otherwise, type everything! Have someone proofread every word on your application forms. Correct all errors. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Writing Counts <ul><li>Keep in mind that colleges look for evidence of some of the following traits in your essay responses: writing ability, intellectual curiosity, initiative and motivation, creativity, self-discipline, character, and leadership potential. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help <ul><li>Ask your teacher or counselor to review your essays. Generally I am much harder on you when I am looking at one of these essays than I am on an assignment for English. I am not picking on you…but desperately wanting you to get that for which you are applying. Spelling and grammar must be perfect and neatness is a must on these applications! </li></ul><ul><li>Keep copies of everything you write. </li></ul>