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  • 1. Class of 2014 Senior Meeting You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the one who'll decide where to go. ~Dr. Seuss
  • 2. Getting Started/Plan Ahead  Appointment with Counselor  Credit Check  Transcript Release Form  College Visits  College Fair  Military/Apprentice Inquiries  ACT Test/Re-test  Meet all deadlines!
  • 3. HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS U.W. SYSTEM COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS High School Courses Credits 4.00 credits - English Language Arts English (See Counselor for specific courses) 4 2.00 credits - Mathematics Mathematics 3 Algebra 1 2.00 credits - Science Geometry 1 3rd Year Math 1 3.00 credits - Social Studies Natural Science 3 1.50 credits - Physical Education History/Social Studies 3 .50 credits - Health Other Academics 2 _________________________________________ (above areas or foreign languages) * 13.00 - Required course credits Additional Units of Fine Arts, Communications, Computer Science, Statistics, and/or any of the 10.50 - Elective course credits above areas 2 _________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ 23.50 Total Credits Required Total Credits Required 17 *UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison require 2 credits of a single foreign language ** The UW campuses prefer a rigorous high school academic program all 4 years.
  • 4. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF RECORDS STUDENT NAME _______________________________________________ BIRTHDATE _____________________ 1. Please send a copy of my transcript, including grades, attendance, and class rank, to the following: College/University or Organization Date(s) Mailed (For SSS Office Use Only) ______________________________________________________ ______________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________ 2. Please include a copy of the following test scores on my transcript: (Please note: test scores do not need to be included if you requested that they be sent to the college/university when you registered for the test. We will not include your test scores unless you request us to add them.) ACT _____ Test date(s) _________ SAT _____ Test date(s) _________ PSAT _____ 3. If you have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), would you like that to be noted on your application? Yes __ No __ Please deliver the following items to the Student Support Services office to process your college/scholarship application(s). 1. This release form, signed by you and a parent, if you are under 18. 2. The completed application (or the counselor section of the online application), signed by you and a parent, if you are under 18. 3. A check or money order payable to the college or university for the application fee if not paid online. 4. If recommendation letters are required we recommend that you read, “Tips for receiving quality letters of recommendation” located in the Student Support Services office. a. Use the “Recommendation Request Form” and ask at least 2-3 weeks before needed. b. Ask the teacher to return the recommendation to the Student Support Services secretary. 5. Inform the Student Support Services secretary if a recommendation letter or any other information needs to be attached to the application. ONCE YOU HAVE DECIDED WHICH SCHOOL YOU PLAN TO ATTEND IT IS MANDATORY THAT YOU NOTIFY THE STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES SECRETARY REGARDING WHERE TO SEND YOUR FINAL TRANSCRIPT. THIS IS A REQUIREMENT FOR ALL POST-SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. I have read and understand the “Request for Release of Records” form. Student Signature ___________________________________________ Date _________________ Parent Signature ____________________________________________ Date _________________ (Required for students under 18 years of age)
  • 5. College Visits  University of Wisconsin (UW) System  Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU)  Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)  College representative visits (Check in College & Career Center, Rm. 233)  Bulletin board outside Room 235  Homeroom announcements  Campus visits are HIGHLY recommended
  • 6. College and Career Center Room 233  Information regarding all colleges, universities, and schools, apprenticeships, scholarships, and ACT/SAT  ACT practice tests  College catalogs  Two computers for student use:  Register for ACT/SAT  Complete college applications  Learn more about colleges and careers
  • 7. College Fairs  Milwaukee National College Fair (NACAC)  Wisconsin Center: 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. Sunday, September 29th , 2013, 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM Register at www.gotomyncf.com  National Hispanic College Fair  Pulaski High School: 2500 W. Oklahoma Ave. Monday, October 30th , 2013, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • 8. College Fairs  Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF) www.wefs.org  New Berlin West High School: 18695 W. Cleveland Monday, September 30th , 2013, 6:30 – 8:30 PM  Mount Mary College: 2900 N. Menomonee River Pky Wednesday, October 2nd , 2013, 9 – 11 AM  Franklin High School: 8222 S. 51st Street @ Drexel Tuesday, October 1st , 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • 9. Armed Services  Many Options  Army  Navy  Air Force  Marines  Coast Guard  National Guard  Reserves  Representatives available during lunch hours  Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)  Available at participating 4- year colleges  Scholarships available in exchange for military service after graduation  Deadline: January 10, 2014  Service academies  Military Academy (Army)  Air Force Academy  Naval Academy  Coast Guard Academy  Merchant Marine Academy  DEADLINE:  Vice President Joe Biden  January 31, 2014  Senator Baldwin  October 1, 2013  Senator Ron Johnson  October 18, 2013  Congresswoman Gwen Moore  October 18, 2013  Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner  Oct. 15, 2013
  • 10. Apprenticeships  Earn while you learn  2 to 5 year training program  Testing requirements
  • 11. College Admission Testing  ACT/SAT test dates  Registration online (or paper)  ACT Plus Writing  Required by UW-Madison  Importance of test preparation  Repeat testing: 57% increase score!  ACT/SAT fee waivers available, if qualify  Official score reports sent DIRECTLY from testing agency:  UW-Green Bay  UW-La Crosse  UW-Madison  UW-Platteville
  • 12. Application Process  Apply early  Deadlines  Application deadline  Online vs. paper  Use appropriate e-mail address
  • 13. Personal Statement  Characteristics of a good essay  Grammar and spelling vital  Help them get to know you in a personal way.  Provide information not already found in application.  Application is 2-D. Make yourself 3-D!  Double and triple check
  • 14. Recommendation Letters  Are they necessary?  Recommendation Request Form  Hard Copy: College & Career Center  Electronic copy: Student Support Services webpage  Timeline  Entire package  THANK YOU
  • 15. Housing  Sooner the better  Deposits  Some campuses have limited student housing, so apply early
  • 16. Common College Questions  How do I apply for scholarships at the my college?  What should I expect if I’m asked to participate in a scholarship contest on campus?  What if I have disability or IEP?  What happens when I’m placed on a wait list?  What happens when I’m not accepted to a particular major? What are my options?
  • 17. Scholarships and Financial Aid  Scholarship Bulletin: Student Services Webpage  Scholarship Meeting: Monday, October 7 Homeroom, Auditorium  Scholarship Applications:  Student Share Drive M:  Click on “NHL”  Student Support Services folder  Financial Aid Night: Tuesday, November 12, 6:00 PM, Auditorium  Recommendation Request Form  Deadlines  Thank you cards and letters  Scholarship websites:  Free scholarship searches  www.fastweb.com  Beware of SCAMS!
  • 18. Scholarship Bulletin  Frequent updates on Nathan Hale webpage  Local, state, and national organization scholarships  College and university scholarships  Review with a parent  Opportunities for ALL students  Scholarship files—Room 233
  • 19. Special Opportunities  College Programs  Career Exploration Opportunities  Scholarships (9-12)  Summer Camps and Programs
  • 20. Financial Aid Night  November 12, 6:00 PM, Auditorium Ms. Judy Becker, Financial aid expert  Parents and students encouraged to attend.  Learn about the different types of financial aid and loans  Information about how to complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  College Goal Wisconsin: Score Big $$$ Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 22rd & 23rd Free! Students fill out financial aid application at the event with assistance from experts. Drawing for scholarships
  • 21. Career Planning  Career Major Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 26, HAT  Career Assemblies: Monthly (Oct.-May)  Job Shadow: Monthly JS Workshops  Employability Skills and Portfolio Wkshp: February  Mock Interview Day: Friday, March 21  Career Portfolio: Due after Spring Break
  • 22. It’s All In The Details  Class changes: Notify schools  HS fee payment: Start now!  Save essays, college, and scholarship applications on computer or drive.  Final transcripts  Finish strong!  Placement testing  UW System (Math, English, For. Lang.)  MATC (Accuplacer)  WCTC (Compass)
  • 23. Finish! 23.5