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College Search Pres 09

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  • 1. Beginning the College Search Ms. Alamilla and Ms. Voss, College Counselors Judge Memorial CHS
  • 2. What to do today
    • Why we’re here
    • Our goal: start you thinking about post-HS plans
    • Testing schedule
    • Site/search activity
      • EXPAND what know
      • NARROW search
    • Reflect on yourself
      • What kind of student have you been?
      • What do you want out of college? Out of life?
      • What to focus on in resume? (most important pursuits)
  • 3. Identifying what you want/need
    • Reflecting on yourself
      • What have you liked or disliked about Judge?
      • What kind of people/community do you see yourself fitting in with?
      • What do you expect from the college experience?
    • Researching/informing yourself
      • What types of colleges are out there?
      • What curriculum/community would meet your needs?
    • Resources: Where do you look?
  • 4. Evaluating Needs and Goals
    • Learning Style
    • Personality Type
    • Aptitudes, Strengths, Areas to improve
    • College Experience Expectations (goals)
    • Personal commitment (other responsibilities)
  • 5. Finding out about yourself
    • Self-assessment questions
      • Answer a question now (notebook)
    • Temperament/Personality
      • Artisans, Guardians, Rationals, Idealists
      • www. keirsey .com
    • Holland Codes (PLAN)
      • Social, Enterprising, Investigative, Conventional, Realistic, Artistic
      • www. careerkey . org/english
  • 6. Determining your Profile
    • Academic:
      • GPA?
      • Test scores?
      • How much do you like school?
      • How competitive are you?
      • Reaches/possibles/ foundations
    • Extracurricular
      • Standout areas? (sports, leadership, talent in the arts, comm. service)
      • Work?
      • Hobbies/interests
      • Will you play sports? Audition? Need portfolio?
  • 7. Figuring out Timeline Based on Goals/Profile
    • In-state
    • Deadlines
    • ACT only (no writing) in S OR F
    • Focus on AI (U of U, USU), or reqs (Westminster)
    • Research the familiar!
    • Out-of-state
    • EA/ED/REA/RD?
    • SAT and ACT (with writing) + subject tests?
    • Create initial list
    • Narrow down list
    • Chart reqs
  • 8. Determining Testing Schedule
    • Which test(s) and when to take them?
    • Depends on whether:
      • Applying in-state or out-of-state
      • Applying for early deadlines
    • See registration dates at www.judgememorial.com/academics/college
    • Register online at www.collegeboard.com and/or www.act.org School code = 450375
    • Reporting scores (ScoreChoice)
  • 9. Types of Schools: Distinguishing Characteristics
    • Location/how far from home
    • Urban/Sub v. rural
    • Large v. small
    • Regional v. diverse
    • Programs of study
    • Public v. private, pre-professional v. liberal arts
    • Cost
  • 10. Research: Preliminary list
    • Search engines (handout):
      • www. collegeboard .com , www.review.com
    • Judge College Counseling website (Family Connection + other links)
    • Recommended:
      • www.zinch.com
      • www.ctcl.org (Colleges that Change Lives)
    • College websites (google)
      • What to look for: virtual tour, academics, “about us”
  • 11. Narrowing Search: Questions to Consider
    • Faculty/student interaction?
    • Level of academic challenge? Strength of major?
    • Study abroad programs?
    • What level of sports do you want available (to play or to attend games)?
    • What kinds of research opportunities are there for undergrads?
    • % of grads going on to professional schools (PT, law, med school)?
    • Campus culture (issues students care about, traditions, mainstream or left/right)?
  • 12. Research: Narrowing the Search
    • Compare/contrast colleges with these websites:
      • www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator
      • www.unigo.com
      • www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/eduhome.htm
      • NSSE: www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-11-04-nsse-how-to_N.htm
      • Other websites on back of “Beginning the Search” handout
  • 13. Break/Activity
    • Get laptop (sign in with “student” and “bulldog” as password)
    • Get set up on Family Connection (create new password)
    • If have no schools in mind, start with “Beginning an Online College Search”
    • If already have schools in mind, start with “College Comparison Activity”
    • SIGN UP FOR APPOINTMENT (on free or elective)!
  • 14. Checklist for Junior year
    • Preliminary list: research w/ Mrs. Price
    • Register for tests (requirements)
    • Meet with Ms. A or Ms. V (SIGN UP! In-state v. out of state)
      • Review transcript
      • Review strengths
      • Develop list with a RANGE of schools
    • Plan college visits (spring break/summer)
    • Challenge yourself senior year
    • Write resume
    • Summer activities?
    • For more on overview and developing timeline, come to pres tonight