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Naviance Student Handbook

  1. 1. Are you ready for college ? A Guide to College planning forSOUTHERN CALIFORNIA High school students
  2. 2. University of New Haven EXPERIENcE L.I.F.E.THROUGH HANDS-ON LEARNING! check out our visit opportunities at L.I.F.E. QuIck FActS Learning • Athletics: NcAA Division II through Faculty Mentored Research • Enrollment: 4,300 full-time Immersion undergraduate students through Work-Integrated Learning • Location: West Haven, ct Fulfillment • Majors and Programs: Over 100 through Academic-Service Learning • Student to Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1 Experience the world through study abroad College of College of Business Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Tagliatela CollegeArts & Sciences Justice & Forensic Sciences of Engineering University of New Haven, Office of Undergraduate Admissions ® 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven, CT 06516 | 1-800-342-5864 ext. 7319
  3. 3. University of New Haven SEVEN Super Ways to Use this Guide 1. Get hip to the suite of Family Connection tools through the Student Perspective stories­—your ticket to an easy, breezy college search process. 2. Ease your financial burden by expanding your financial aid know-how. 3. Show your college entrance exams who’s boss. 4. Use our handy-dandy timeline to check off milestones on the path to college. 5. Weigh the pros and cons of in-state versus out-of-state schools. 6. Find out what your college major really says about the future. 7. Fan yourself on those last warm days of high school—really, who couldn’t use a fan? tell me more…Students: Whether you’re new to Family Connection or you’ve been using it fora while, this guidebook is full of practical tips you can apply right way. This book isorganized to look like Family Connection, so you’ll find it easy to move straight tothe online portal. If you need more guidance, see your counselors—they’re the experts!Counselors: Looking for more Family Connection training for you or your students? To registerfor a public course, visit or callCounselors: Looking for more Family Connection training for you or your students? To register for a public(703) 859-7300, option 1 for Sales to purchase Professional Development.course,visit: or call 703-859-7300, option 1 for SalesColleges: Want to reach high school students by advertising in this guide? Call Chris Zahumenskyto purchase Professional Development.(800) 927-8439 ext. 6055 or e-mail Want to reach high school students by advertising in this guide? Want to reach high school studentsby advertising in this guide? Call Chris Zahumensky (800) 927-8439 ext. 6055 or e-mail© Copyright 2012 Hobsons. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED WORLDWIDE. Hobsons®, theHobsons logo™, Naviance®, KeyFacts®, CollegeView®, and SuperMatch® are trademarks ofHobsons. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.
  4. 4. SmoothSailing: homeStreamline Your College Search with Family ConnectionFamily Connection is an online tool, custom-designed for your high school,that you, your family members, and your school counselor can use together todetermine your best path to college and ultimately a career. This guide willshow you how to maximize your course, college, and career planning usingthe resources available through Family Connection. Your school may also useFamily Connection to share information about upcoming meetings and events,local scholarships, clubs, and other college and career opportunities.Navigating your Family Connection is easy! It is divided into five main tabs:Courses, Colleges, Careers, About Me, and My Planner. On the next page youwill find a quick glimpse of the tools found within each tab. Refer to the StudentPerspective boxes found throughout this guide to see many of these FamilyConnection tools in action! Your school may not use all the features mentioned,so talk to your counselor about the options available and how to get started. Manage your school work and the college planning process on the go with Naviance Student! Download this easy- to-use, free iPhone app to access upcoming and overdue tasks within Family Connection, update your status, and communicate with counselors directly from your mobile device. Know what materials each school requires for a complete application and what deadlines arein place for admission and scholarships. Organization is key as you’ll want to give yourself everyopportunity by meeting deadlines.” —Mary Ellen Anderson, director of admissions at Indiana University
  5. 5. courses colleges careers about me my plannerCOURSES > View your current classes as well as those you’d like totake in the future.> view my course records > interesting courses > thoughts about my course plan> manage my course plan > view my current multi-year planCOLLEGES > Here are all the tools for getting into cool schools.> colleges I’m thinking about > colleges I’m applying to > upcoming college visits> SuperMatch® college search > college match > college compare> college lookup > college search > college resources > college maps> scattergrams > acceptance history > enrichment programs > scholarship match> scholarship list > scholarship applications CAREERS > Learn more about the careers that fit your interests.> favorite careers & clusters > explore careers & clusters > personality type> cluster finder > career interest profilerABOUT ME > Your personal info, test scores, surveys, and favoritecolleges and careers—it’s all here!> goals > tasks > favorite colleges > favorite careers & clusters > personality type> résumé > game plan > documents > journal > completed surveys > profile> test scores > account infoMY PLANNER > Keep track of your schedules, calendars, andimportant tasks using the planner tools.> to-do items > tasks > goals www. school’s Don’t forget your Welcome to Family Connection URL. Nice to see you again! Please log in. Family Connection Write it down! e-mail password your While you’re at it, d too! remember me e-mail and passwor
  6. 6. courses colleges careers about me my plannerRealTalk:Maximizing the Student-Counselor RelationshipCounselors possess a wealth of unbiased knowledge, and they canact as coaches, mentors, and liaisons to the college realm. Get themost out of meetings with your counselor by:• Being honest. Talk openly about your college worries—test scores, funding, moving away from home. Counselors aren’t mind readers, but they sure can be lifesavers when they have all the facts.• Asking for (the right) help. Establish early what your counselor’s specific role in your college quest will be, and revisit your goals and milestones regularly.• Getting down to business. Be sure that you’re dedicating time to your most pressing college-bound questions, especially as graduation nears.• Sticking to a schedule. The college admissions process is rife with important dates and deadlines. Your counselor can help you to get organized, but you must be committed to completing each task in a thorough and timely manner. Student Perspective Kyle Kyle is excited about college, but he’s a little confused about what courses to take and what his major will be. With his counselor’s help, he can › View My Course Records, start exploring › Interesting Courses, and keep notes as he navigates the planning process using › Thoughts About My Courses.
  7. 7. HelpfulHints:Where to Turn for Valuable College Tools and AdviceAs discussed, your high school counselor’s office is a great place to gofor guidance, but that certainly isn’t the only tool at your disposal. Hereare some overlooked resources that can prove immensely valuable:Insider info. Guess what? Your teachers T echnology tools. Family Connectionand faculty members have been to college! is your best and most customizedGranted, their experience will be somewhat resource for accessing everything youdifferent than yours, but things like need for the college search and applicationscheduling classes, adjusting to dorm life, process, as well as for staying on trackand working on campus don’t change now! Be sure to also take advantage of themuch over the years. Hit up the college College Confidential/CollegeView mobilegrads you know for firsthand knowledge. app, which puts expert college advice at your fingertips, and check out must-havePeer perspectives. Friends and family student apps like Chegg (for textbookare great for their honest advice… especially rental), Evernote (for note taking), andthe unsolicited kind, right? But even the PocketMoney (for tracking finances). Youopinions you didn’t ask for can help when can also use Google tools like Calendarit’s time to make those big decisions for and Reader to stay on top of importantthe next two to four years of your life. admissions dates and collect news andAnd remember: If the people closest to blogs for your short list of aren’t talking college, find folks whoare and jump right into the conversation. Student Perspective EmilySocial slant. Time to put sites like Emily is using the › Manage My CourseFacebook, Twitter, and College Confidential Plan and › View My Current Multi-Yearto work for more than scouring juicy Plan tools to take the guesswork out ofgossip. Once you’ve got a list of prospective course planning and stay on the right pathschools, begin to search and subscribe toward her dream of one day working asto newsfeeds as necessary to learn what a child psychologist.other students are saying. Your friends and family are there to help make recommendations, but so are college guide booksand websites like CollegeWeekLive. Guidance counselors are great for double checking your essay(“there” or “their”?). All these people join together to be your college resource network—use them!” —Zack Rosen, assistant director of admissions at the University of New Haven
  8. 8. courses colleges careers about me my planner CheckIt: Timeline for College-Bound StudentsSOPHOMORE YEAR WinterFall Gear up for springtime exams using online test prep tools, such as PrepMe, Talk with your family members and other a test preparation solution integrated adults about their careers to get ideas with Family Connection! about fields you might want to pursue.Spring Spring Tour campuses and talk with college Check in with your counselor to make reps, professors, and other students. sure you are taking the right classes to meet college entrance requirements. Take SAT/ACT pre-tests. Think about summer jobs or volunteer Plan a schedule for senior year with opportunities that could help you your counselor. explore career options. Update your list of potential schools. Explore AP exam prep and other sourcesJUNIOR YEAR of early college credit and funding.Fall Exchange advice and information with other students at Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. Establish personal interests and college Look for summer jobs and internships. “must-haves.” Research programs and career services Summer at prospective schools. Continue to visit potential schools and Gather info about college costs and get ready for senior year. student aid. Student Perspective Jerome To stay organized through the admissions process, Jerome uses › My Planner to create › To-Do Lists and complete › Tasks assigned to him by his counselor. Many universities, including ours, offer first-year programs to help students fit in quickly andprepare for the academic challenges ahead. At The University of Tampa, a 15:1 student-faculty ratioand an average class size of 21 mean close faculty contact with individual attention.” —Edesa Scarborough, director of first year experience at The University of Tampa
  9. 9. SENIOR YEAR Save copies of your applications for yourself before sending.Fall Register for necessary entrance exams. Winter Submit completed applications between Secure letters of recommendation. Jan. 1 and Feb. 15. Narrow down your list of colleges to Schedule any necessary admissions five–ten schools. interviews. Organize application materials, noting admission and financial aid deadlines. File the FAFSA ( soon after Jan. 1—then watch your mailbox Use resources at your high school to for a Student Aid Report (SAR). continue researching local and national financial aid. Explore funding with online tools like and Get a head start on the FAFSA by completing the FAFSA on the Web Check that each school has received worksheet at your application materials. If you have already chosen a school, Update/correct the SAR as needed. begin the process of early application. (Some require applications by Nov. 1.) Complete and submit any remaining scholarship applications. Have test scores sent to the colleges on your short list. Spring Begin drafting application essays. Compare acceptance/financial aid packages (they’ll arrive by mid-April). If you’re torn between a few schools, visit each campus before deciding where to go. Choose a school by May 1. Summer Have your high school send final transcripts to your college of choice. Get ready—an exciting college experience awaits you! Include challenging courses in your schedule such as honors or AP courses that will prepare youfor your college courses. But, make sure you create an appropriate balance and plan a schedule thatis a good match for your abilities.” —Mary Ellen Anderson, director of admissions at Indiana University
  10. 10. courses colleges careers about me my plannerTestQuest:To SAT or ACT, That Is the QuestionUnsure whether to take the SAT or ACT? If your school hasn’t specified onetest over the other, then the choice is yours. Here are some things to consider.The ACT may be best if: You may choose to take the SAT if:• You did well on the PLAN. This ACT • You did well on the PSAT, the SAT practice test covers much of the practice test. same material as the ACT. • You have a large vocabulary and excellent• You’re “book smart,” and/or you don’t grammar. Both skills are highly useful feel your SAT score reflects your academic in acing the essay and writing sections. ability. The ACT is thought to be more • Reasoning is your strong suit. Its official straightforward and curriculum-focused name is the SAT Reasoning Test, so than the SAT, so it can better reflect past success is based more on quick thinking academic performance. than memorization of facts or formulas.• You’re worried about schools seeing • You prefer tests that are fast-paced. Even disappointing scores. The ACT includes though the SAT is actually 20 minutes a “score choice” feature that lets longer than the ACT, it is broken up in students take the test several times a way that makes the pace feel faster. before choosing which score to send.• You have great verbal and reading • You’re better at writing essays that call comprehension skills. If you are a quick, for recollection of specific facts and figures. thorough reader, the ACT might appeal • You prefer to study/test with a group. to you since three of its sections involve The SAT is still the most commonly reading comprehension. required, so there might be more people• You’re better at “common sense” English to study and compare scores with. than formal grammar. Student Perspective Christina Christina always struggles in the testing environment, so to maximize her chances for success, she sets realistic score › Goals for herself, uses › Test Scores to analyze her scores, and keeps track of her top schools’ requirements with › Favorite Colleges. Standardized tests are an important part of the application process and it is essential youprepare for them. Many schools superscore (take your highest section scores from multiple testdates), so it’s a good idea to take the tests more than once.” —Valerie French, assistant director of admissions at The University of Tampa
  11. 11. BestFootForward: Six Rules for Contacting Colleges Interacting with colleges takes a bit of finesse. When, for example, should you contact the bursar versus the registrar? Is phone or e-mail preferred? What questions should you ask when you do reach someone? Reach for this quick list when it’s time to reach out.1. Make contact in person. Bottom line: Schools want to hear from you—not your parents. Let others speak for you in letters of recommendation and the like, but not during routine correspondence or appointments.2. et the right department. G Don’t waste time calling the bursar’s office with a scheduling question. Double-check that you’ve got the right information—like phone numbers, e-mail addressees, and office hours—before contacting a particular office.3. ress/behave for the occasion. D Treat all face-to-face interviews like they matter by showing up on time, wearing appropriate attire, and being polite and respectful to everyone you meet.4. anage your online persona (in advance!). In many cases, admissions reps look M at more than just the application. Make sure your online presence is one you wouldn’t mind an administrator seeing.5. Bring notes. Come prepared to in-person or over-the-phone interviews with a list of top questions. Being direct and specific will save time for both you and your interviewer.6. Proofread, proofread, proofread. Writing a standard cover letter or personal essay is totally acceptable, but failing to change the details to match a specific school is not. Don’t insult an admissions rep (and potentially hurt your chances) by accidentally referencing another school—or worse, including a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes. Student Perspective Maria While gathering application materials for the schools on her short list, Maria’s › Game Plan lets her explore options for postsecondary pathways while the › Journal tool lets her jot down personal essay notes and life experiences. She’s starting to explore best-match careers by completing the › Do What You Are personality assessment.
  12. 12. courses colleges careers about me my plannerHereorThere:Choosing between In-State and Out-of-State SchoolsShould you stay close to home for your college career, or ventureacross the country? Here are some pros and cons for each option.A Few Good Reasons to Venture Student Perspective NguyenIn general, students who attend schoolin another state: Nguyen is just beginning to form his• Enjoy heightened independence, being list of prospective schools, so for now out on their own the › Colleges I’m Thinking About and › College Compare tools will help• Benefit from proximity to career him narrow down his choices. He can opportunities they might not get at home indicate what he’s looking for in a college• Meet new people and experience new by using › SuperMatch, which will cultures through student housing identify which colleges meet his criteria.• Tend to be very involved on campus and in academic/professional groups Later in the process, Nguyen will plan to attend › Upcoming College Visits at hisThe Perks of Staying Put high school and narrow down his final choices with › Colleges I’m Applying To.On the flip-side, students who choosea school in their home states:• Avoid the difficult transition and homesickness that can accompany a big move• Share their residence status with the majority of the student body• Benefit from the often markedly lower cost of in-state tuition• Stay in close, personal contact with family, friends, and career networks TOP 3 COLLEGE VISIT MISTAKES 3. Choosing the wrong time to visit (like, during summer vacation when the campus is empty). 2. Tuning out during the tour. Don’t just take in the scenery—engage the tour guide with questions about academics, dorm life, and student activities. 1. Not visiting at all. You may love the photos in the viewbook and the videos online, but nothing replaces the in-person visit.
  13. 13. CollegeCash: What You Need to KnowWant to get a great education while minimizing your financial burden?Welcome to the club! Here are three things you need to know to keepyour college budget in check.Know the deadlines. No matter how stupendous your grades, test scores, or athleticachievements may be, you won’t win scholarships if your applications are late. Whenapplying to a college, check to see if there is a separate scholarship application and whatthe deadline is—then put a reminder in your calendar so you don’t miss it. Hint: FamilyConnection’s scholarship search allows you to sort by deadline, so you can see whichapps you need to finish first.Know the real cost of college. Look for the Net Price Calculator (NPC) on schools’websites (colleges that participate in federal financial aid programs are required to havean NPC). Answer a few financial questions, and the NPC will give you these key numbers:• A median expected family contribution (EFC).• The average grant and scholarship aid the school awards to students like you.• The school’s “net price”—the difference between the total cost of attendance and the average aid award. This is the amount you will have to come up with for your freshman year; you can do this through a combination of cash, loans, and scholarships/grants.Know when it’s too good to be true. If a scholarship offer promises you moneyfor little or no work or asks you to pay a fee to receive an award, just walk away. Focusyour hunt on scholarships from colleges and reputable charities/companies. Student Perspective Dave & Kim SuperMatch allows Dave to customize his college search using criteria like cost and availability of financial aid. Its “smart matching” technology shows both perfect matches and schools that come close. Kim uses › Scholarship List, › Scholarship Match, and › Scholarship Application to sort and identify award opportunities while staying on top of important dates and deadlines. With leading academic programs, wide-ranging opportunities for student involvement, and acommitment to providing an affordable education, it’s no wonder IU was named a best value amongpublic colleges according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.” —Mary Ellen Anderson, director of admissions at Indiana University
  14. 14. courses colleges careers about me my plannerMajorMisconceptions:What’s the Connection between Degree & Career?Choosing a major is important, but it’s not a be-all and end-all careerdeterminant. Let’s dispel some “major” myths.Major Myth 1: A liberal arts degree “dream degree” doesn’t appear right away.doesn’t give you viable career options. Be open-minded and you’ll find your way.The intellectual skills you develop while Major Myth 4: Unless you took undergradstudying the liberal arts apply to a wide courses in medicine, law, engineering, orrange of jobs, so you’ll have many options business, those fields are out of reach.for a long and varied career. Just ask Actually, an increasing number of graduatedomestic diva and entrepreneur Martha programs don’t have pre-reqs. Grad schoolsStewart, who studied history, or best-selling look more for skill in broad academic areasauthor J.K. Rowling, who majored in French. such as writing, research, and critical thinking.Major Myth 2: When picking a major, Major Myth 5: A bachelor’s degree isstudents should base their choice on money. your best bet for success. Many in-demandHappy still trumps wealthy on the scale jobs—such as nurses, engineering technicians,of human goals. Base your choice on and paralegals—require an associatesomething more than “hot” market trends degree, which you can get in half the timeand rumors of big dollars—the economy of a bachelor’s degree. Focus first on whatis anything but predictable. you want to do, then find out what level ofMajor Myth 3: There is a perfect field education you need to land your dream job.for everyone. The priorities of a collegefreshman can differ drastically from those Student Perspective Aishaof a college grad, so don’t worry if your Using the › Explore Careers tool, Aisha can peruse job descriptions, skills required, and wages for the career paths she’s considering. She can also learn which careers are a good fit with › Career Cluster Finder, and use › Favorite Careers to share her choices with her counselor and family members. UNH prepares its students for a career after college. This shines through our motto of ‘ExperientialEducation.’ Our graduates are ready to enter the work field, especially in our music, forensic science,marine biology, and criminal justice programs.” — ­ Monique Bolt, admission counselor at the University of New Haven
  16. 16. College should be like this Your place for discovery Go on an intellectual adventure as vast as your imagination. A great university creates an environment that nurtures new ideas, unique talents, and burning curiosities. This is Indiana University in a nutshell. IU awards big scholarship dollars every year to hard-working, bright students from California. With more than 150 majors to mix and match, you’ll challenge the boundaries of your abilities, get an exceptional education, and be ready for whatever is next. 20107/12