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Navigating the College Search   & Application Process        Ms. Jessica Austin        Ms. Karen Esempio         Ms. Sara ...
Welcome Juniors and FamiliesOutline    College Search    Application Process    Recommendations    College Essay    C...
What are colleges looking for?   Minimum College Requirements       4 units of English       4 units of Math          ...
Investigating Schools   Online Research       collegeboard.com       college web sites   College Literature   Visit C...
What to Consider   Compatibility with Admissions Requirements   Programs & Majors   Student/Teacher Ratios   Cost of A...
Refining your College List   Average of 6-8 schools      Reach (Long shot)      Realistic       (Even chance)      Saf...
The College Application
Types of Applications Most Schools Prefer Online Applications Common Application     Accepted by 456 schools (2.5 Milli...
Early ApplicationsEarly Decision                  Early Action     Binding                        Not binding     Canno...
Letters of Recommendation   Ask early       End of this school year   Ask teachers who you know well    (Junior Year) ...
College Essay                   Colleges see you as                    individual                   Research essay      ...
Interviews   Not all schools require    interviews   Show school who you    are   Explain inconsistencies    in transcr...
Standardized Testing   Most Four Year Schools Require   Used for:       Admissions            Evens the “Playing Field...
SAT vs. ACTSAT Registration                      ACT Registration  www.collegeboard.com            www.actstudent.org    ...
More to know… Testing   You may need to take SAT Subject Tests     Selective colleges may require subject tests     You...
Score Reporting   At Time of Test Administration     Four Free Reports     Must know where you want to send them     Y...
SAT & SAT Dates & DeadlinesTest Date   Test            Regular Registration                            DeadlineMay 5      ...
Test Prep   START STUDYING NOW!   Read a lot and take challenging classes   Collegeboard.com question of day or ACT.org...
Other Testing                   AP Exams                       Opportunity to get                        college credit ...
Financial Aid   Merit Aid vs. Need    Based Aid   Forms:       FAFSA       CSS Profile       School Specific        F...
Scholarship Information  Mr. Ciciretti is SHHS Scholarship Chair  Local scholarships posted in January of   Sr. Year  S...
Additional Information   Financial Aid Night    November/December   Help from Community    Partners (MEFA,    Valley Opp...
Parent Support Make an appointment to meet with your  student’s guidance counselor Accompany your student on campus visi...
Parent Support Create a master calendar for visits, tours,  fairs, deadlines, and financial aid Have a weekly meeting wi...
Thank you!   Sara Vatore                                   South Hadley       Last names A – G       svatore@shschools....
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  1. 1. Navigating the College Search & Application Process Ms. Jessica Austin Ms. Karen Esempio Ms. Sara Vatore
  2. 2. Welcome Juniors and FamiliesOutline College Search Application Process Recommendations College Essay College Admissions Testing Additional Information
  3. 3. What are colleges looking for? Minimum College Requirements  4 units of English  4 units of Math  Alg I & II, Geometry  3 units of Science (2 lab sciences)  2 units of Social Science  2 units of Foreign Language  2 college preparatory electives State colleges - 3.0 GPA or sliding scale for SAT
  4. 4. Investigating Schools Online Research  collegeboard.com  college web sites College Literature Visit Campus Attend College Fairs College Rep Visits at SHHS Ask Questions  Alumni, Friends & Family, Guidance and College Admissions Offices
  5. 5. What to Consider Compatibility with Admissions Requirements Programs & Majors Student/Teacher Ratios Cost of Attendance Location Campus Culture Placement After Graduation
  6. 6. Refining your College List Average of 6-8 schools  Reach (Long shot)  Realistic (Even chance)  Safety (Highly Likely) Include at least one financial safety school (state schools)
  7. 7. The College Application
  8. 8. Types of Applications Most Schools Prefer Online Applications Common Application  Accepted by 456 schools (2.5 Million Submitted)  www.commonapp.org Institution Specific Application  Unique to that school Community College Applications  can be downloaded from the college web site
  9. 9. Early ApplicationsEarly Decision Early Action  Binding  Not binding  Cannot apply early to  Can apply early to other other colleges colleges  Can apply to other  Can apply to other colleges under regular colleges under regular admissions admissions  Make appointment with  Make appointment with counselor in September! counselor in September!
  10. 10. Letters of Recommendation Ask early  End of this school year Ask teachers who you know well (Junior Year) Two Teacher Recommendations  1 English/Social Studies  1 Math/Science One Guidance recommendation Waiving right to see letters Send thank you notes! (Please!!!)
  11. 11. College Essay  Colleges see you as individual  Research essay questions over summer  Early decision or early action applicants start writing this summer!  Revise essay with Writing Center, teachers, guidance counselors, etc.
  12. 12. Interviews Not all schools require interviews Show school who you are Explain inconsistencies in transcript Prepare before going to interview Ask questions Is school good fit for you?
  13. 13. Standardized Testing Most Four Year Schools Require Used for:  Admissions  Evens the “Playing Field”  Merit Scholarships  Placement Test (Math Especially) Test Optional Schools www.fairtest.org  May need to submit for special majors or if you do not meet minimum admissions requirements
  14. 14. SAT vs. ACTSAT Registration ACT Registration www.collegeboard.com www.actstudent.org  Online registration  Online registration  Fee waivers for qualified  Fee waivers for qualified students students  Focuses on critical  More content driven than thinking skills analytical/critical thinking  Penalized for wrong  Science section answers  Register for Writing portion
  15. 15. More to know… Testing You may need to take SAT Subject Tests  Selective colleges may require subject tests  You must check the college admissions office web sites to know! ACT  Some colleges will accept the ACT in lieu of subject tests  Must take ACT writing portion! From http://www.collegeboard.com
  16. 16. Score Reporting At Time of Test Administration  Four Free Reports  Must know where you want to send them  You do not get to review first Later from Test Company Web Site  College board (SAT) or ACT  Can select specific test date  Pay for all reports  Must allow several weeks for delivery From http://www.collegeboard.com
  17. 17. SAT & SAT Dates & DeadlinesTest Date Test Regular Registration DeadlineMay 5 SAT & Subject April 6June 2 SAT & Subject May 8June 9* ACT & Writing May 4*SHHS From http://www.collegeboard.com
  18. 18. Test Prep START STUDYING NOW! Read a lot and take challenging classes Collegeboard.com question of day or ACT.org practice section Practice problems Prep Courses Study guides (at local bookstores or in guidance office) PSAT My College Quickstart  Individualized Study Plan  Full Practice Tests
  19. 19. Other Testing  AP Exams  Opportunity to get college credit  MCAS  John and Abigail Adams Scholarship  Koplik Scholarship
  20. 20. Financial Aid Merit Aid vs. Need Based Aid Forms:  FAFSA  CSS Profile  School Specific Financial Aid Form Net Price Calculator
  21. 21. Scholarship Information  Mr. Ciciretti is SHHS Scholarship Chair  Local scholarships posted in January of Sr. Year  Scholarships posted on Tiger Times  www.fastweb.com scholarship database
  22. 22. Additional Information Financial Aid Night November/December Help from Community Partners (MEFA, Valley Opportunity Council) Student athletes (NCAA.org) Special Education
  23. 23. Parent Support Make an appointment to meet with your student’s guidance counselor Accompany your student on campus visits Help refine college list (realistic) Be ready to do your taxes early next year Be honest about what you can or are willing to contribute financially
  24. 24. Parent Support Create a master calendar for visits, tours, fairs, deadlines, and financial aid Have a weekly meeting with your student to check in about progress/status Be engaged in the process and emotionally supportive
  25. 25. Thank you! Sara Vatore South Hadley  Last names A – G  svatore@shschools.com School Counselors  (413) 538-5063 ext. 1107 Jessica Austin Last names H – M  Working for all students!  jaustin@shschools.com  (413) 538-5063 ext. 1108 Karen Esempio  Last names N – Z  kesempio@shschools.com  (413) 538-5063 ext. 1103
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