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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   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)  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  May need to submit for special majors or if you do not meet minimum admissions requirements
  14. 14. SAT vs. ACTSAT Registration ACT Registration  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
  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
  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
  18. 18. Test Prep START STUDYING NOW! Read a lot and take challenging classes question of day or 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  scholarship database
  22. 22. Additional Information Financial Aid Night November/December Help from Community Partners (MEFA, Valley Opportunity Council) Student athletes ( 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  School Counselors  (413) 538-5063 ext. 1107 Jessica Austin Last names H – M  Working for all students!   (413) 538-5063 ext. 1108 Karen Esempio  Last names N – Z   (413) 538-5063 ext. 1103
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