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  1. 1. Pikesville High School
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  3. 3.  Make a four-year plan of classes that interest and challenge you, so that you have a worthwhile high school experience. Get involved with extracurricular activities in which you have a genuine interest and are able to make the necessary time commitment Look into different volunteer opportunities and choose to participate in the ones that interest you.
  4. 4.  Seek to balance academic rigor with the value of strong grades in grade 10 Consider SAT Subject test in Biology and - if proficient - Hebrew Finish service learning requirement Continue service projects and establish autonomy and independence in your service, thinking ahead to scholarship applications
  5. 5.  Honors vs. GT vs. AP Depth and breadth Analysis and Application Quality Points and class rank Think about the time commitment Seek BALANCE in your life School may be the most important thing, but it is not the ONLY thing. It is not natural to make decisions in high school that theoretically lead you to a goal. Do your best in high school in order to have choices.
  6. 6.  Ifyou haven’t already, start looking at different colleges online and in other resources. Use Twitter to follow colleges, advisors, and hashtags Attend a college fair Re-evaluate your high school course selection to make sure it meets college requirements Take the PSAT in October
  7. 7.  Measures critical thinking skills Critical Reading, Math, Writing Skills 20-80 National Merit in 11th grade AP Potential PSAT Extra / My College Quickstart
  8. 8.  Seriously consider the balance of rigor and academic success for junior year AP is good. ALL AP is not necessarily all good. Attend college fairs Consider SAT Subject tests in World History, Chemistry, and – if applicable – Spanish Seek leadership positions in student organizations – or create your own!
  9. 9. U of Baltimore URBAN Temple U Johns Hopkins Howard U MEDIUM Goucher U of Maryland Notre Dame of MD UMBC U of Delaware SMALL Morgan State LARGE SUBURBAN Frostburg StateHood College Salisbury U Penn StateMcDaniel College RURALUMES
  10. 10.  Take the PSAT in October Visit College fairs Take SAT Listening subject test in November Start preparing for the SAT and ACT Develop a list of colleges and begin researching
  11. 11.  Register for and take the SAT and ACT when you are ready. Begin narrowing your college list and start visiting campuses If you plan on playing Division I or II sports, register @ Make an appointment with your School Counselor to discuss your college search Ask 2-3 teachers for letters of recommendation Take SAT Subject Tests in May or June
  12. 12.  Both the SAT and the ACT accept fee waivers for eligible students. See your school counselor individually for details. Both the SAT and ACT are accepted by colleges across the USA. Your test score is not as significant as your GPA and level of academic rigor. Both provide accommodations for students with disabilities, but have different processes for approval. TOEFL
  13. 13.  10 sections  4 sections Critical Reading, Math,  English, Math, Science, Re Writing Skills ading, and optional Writing 7:45-12:30  7:45-12:00, or 7:45-12:45 7 dates each year  6 dates each year Math includes algebra 2  Math includes 4 and geometry trigonometry questions The SAT The ACT
  14. 14.  Lose points for  It is safe to incorrect answers – guess, because you don’t guess don’t lose points. Reasoning and  Directly related to Problem-solving curriculum Norm-referenced scoring  Criterion-referenced scoring  0-36 on each test 200-800 on each test 500 is average  21 is average The SAT The ACT
  15. 15.  Tutors Tutoring companies Test prep books Software Apps QOTD emails and tweets READ nonfiction
  16. 16.  Four scores for free at registration Approx $10 per recipient after the test Score Choice Super-scoring ACT vs. SAT
  17. 17.  Location  Distance from home & surrounding community Size: of campus, student body, and community Competitiveness (Average grades & SATs) Extra-curricular opportunities Racial/Ethnic/Religious composition Athletics Cost – “net price calculator”
  18. 18.  Teaching-oriented  Research-oriented Smaller classes  Larger classes Privately funded  More likely public Scholarships depend  Less generous with on merit and need scholarship
  19. 19.  4.0 36 2400 Valedictorian State champion in _____ Musical virtuoso Son of a senator Hollywood starlet 9% of those students are admitted
  20. 20.  Register in advance on their websites Go on tours “Demonstrated interest” Eat in the dorms Ask to sit in on classes
  21. 21.  Transportation:  Is there a college bus service?  Can students have cars on campus? Employment:  Are there many jobs for students on campus?  What kind of jobs are available locally for students?  Does the college help students find paid internships or externships? Majors:  Industry accreditation  Academic common market
  22. 22.  Safety:  How safe is the campus? Where can I find crime statistics for the campus and area?  Are the residence halls locked? Who has access to them? Social Life:  What clubs, volunteer groups, and other extracurricular activities are available?  What are weekends like on campus?  Where do students socialize on campus? Off campus?
  23. 23.  Housing:  Are students guaranteed housing on campus the first year? Is housing also guaranteed after the first year?  What percentage of undergraduate students live off campus?  Is there a service that helps commuters find housing?  Do student rooms have wi fi access? Telephones?
  24. 24.  Internet     College websites Books College Fairs College Visits Representative Visits (Senior Year)
  25. 25.  October 28 – JCC College Fair October 29 and 30  Baltimore Convention Center February 7, 2013  Pikesville High School, 5pm-6:30pm  College Admissions Workshop starts at 6:30.  More than 50 colleges are invited March, 2013  CCBC Catonsville, 6pm-8pm  Over 100 colleges will be represented Bring labels with your contact information!
  26. 26.  Arrange a time on the school’s website or by calling admissions Try to visit when classes are in session Students are allowed 2 college visit days junior year, and 3 college visit days senior year
  27. 27.  What are the most popular majors? What percentage of first-year students return to this college for their second year of college? What is the graduation rate? What is the average amount of time it takes to graduate? What is the average size of a general education course?
  28. 28.  Be aware of your admissions options Accentuate your strengths Be aware of your limitations Grades & coursework come FIRST Test scores usually come SECOND Essays are read Recommendations count, though not as much as grades Extra-curricular activities – colleges are building a well-rounded class, not necessarily looking for well-rounded applicants Marginal applicants need every possible edge
  29. 29.  Rolling Admission- A decision is made on your application almost immediately. You will learn of the decision typically 4-6 weeks after your application is complete. Many colleges will have a set deadline date and then in the spring set a notification date, where they will notify all candidates of their decision.
  30. 30.  Early Decision- A plan in which students apply in November or December and learn of the admission decision in December or January. This is often binding and other applications are required to be withdrawn. Early Action- Differs from early decision in that students are not required to accept admission or withdraw other applications if accepted.
  31. 31.  Early Admission- A program in which a college allows high school students to enroll before they graduate from high school as a full-time student. Concurrent Enrollment- Some colleges will allow currently enrolled high school students to take a course or courses at the college (part-time). Open Admissions- A policy which allows almost all applicants to be accepted.
  32. 32.  Midyear Admissions- An option some colleges offer, allowing students to start classes in the second semester, rather than in the fall. Summer Admissions- A program that the college recommends where the student would begin course work in the summer rather than in the fall. Transfer Admissions- After accumulating a set number of credits, colleges evaluate your application based on your GPA in those courses
  33. 33.  Identify your 6-12 colleges:  Reach schools  Comfort schools  Safe schools Apply on-line or on paper Ask teachers and other adults for recommendations early Wait until orientation at the beginning of next year before you submit anything If there is any chance you’re applying to a 4-year college, you should have taken either the SAT or ACT no later than October of your senior year. Keep a system to manage ALL of your information during this process.
  34. 34.  Visitany remaining colleges that you are interested in Research scholarship opportunities Begin writing essays Narrow (or grow) your list to about 10 schools If you registered with the NCAA, send your transcripts
  35. 35.  Retake the ACT/SAT, if necessary Continue to take a full course load of college-prep courses Decide on your final list of colleges and apply Write thank you notes to those who wrote letters for you Arrange for admissions interviews, if necessary Compile financial data for the FAFSA
  36. 36.  Fillout the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), not prior to January 1 Follow up with colleges to make sure they have received all application forms, transcripts and letters of recommendation Financial Aid Information Night  December 6
  37. 37.  Twitter: #campuschat #collegecash Pinterest: Livebinders: rms=scholarship&search%5Btype%5D=0&com mit=Search
  38. 38.  The College Solution by Lynn O’Shaughnessy College Admissions for the 21st Century by Robert Sternberg Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope College Bound and Gagged by Nancy Berk