Sign up for SAT/ACT tests – discuss differences
Narrow down choices to 4-6 schools
Complete 4-year plan in Family Connection
Be “on the ball” with Early Decision schools
Work on applications
College Fair Oct. 20th @ Fair Oaks Mall
College Night Oct. 21st @ Hayfield Secondary School
Be aware of your application & transcript DEADLINES
KEEP YOUR GRADES UP!
Monitor your application & transcript DEADLINES
Identify your reach schools, safety schools, &
Distance from home?
Attend College Fair and/or CollegeNight
Narrow choices down → pick your top
Regina Sanders, Pathway Counselor,
What are the benefits of attending NOVA?
•Living at home
•Earn transfer credits
•Guaranteed admission to state univ.
Today, under the guidance of Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr., NOVA
offers more than 160 associate degree and certificate programs
to more than 75,000 students from 150 countries.
NOVA is home to students who come to us from many backgrounds.
Our international student population (20%) represents more than
180 different countries. We serve, first-time, returning, and transfer
students. Our students are full-time and part-time.
Nearly 900 full-time faculty and administrators and 900 staff
members serve our students. In addition, approximately 2,000 part-
time faculty strengthen our ability to provide more courses and
We have six campuses (Alexandria, Annandale, Woodbridge,
Manassas, Loudon, Medical) and four centers (Arlington,
Reston, Innovation Park, and Extended Learning Institute)
Guaranteed Admission Agreement
Benefits in High School Benefits at NOVA
Individual meetings about
college transition, NOVA
application process, and
placement test prep
Continued academic and career
Assistance with Financial Aid
Guaranteed Admission to George
Early Placement Testing Pathway Section of SDV100
Priority Registration Opportunities at GMU: classes,
social and athletic events
Who should apply?
Seniors who will
graduate by August
and who want to
earn a Bachelor’s
For more information contact your:
• Pathway Counselor –Regina
Sanders, firstname.lastname@example.org. You
can come by the Career Center on
• School Counselor
Advice from the Experts
Take Advanced Level Courses
Practice Study Skills
Get on Campus
Be Yourself in the Application Process
College Application Process
Develop and research a list of colleges that
might be good matches for you.
Study hard and keep up grades.
Take SAT or ACT in spring of junior year
and fall of senior year.
Work on activity sheet or résumé.
Complete transcript request form several
weeks before the deadline of the
The courses you’ve taken –
Did you challenge yourself? AP, DE and honors
Did you stay on topic?
VA Tech and JMU- 1 letter
Visits to campus/phone calls –
They may remember if you show interest!!
Different kinds of
(Binding) = 1 school
YOU must have your
official SAT/ACT scores
sent to the colleges from
the testing service
Have a copy of your
SAT/ACT scores sent to
West Potomac – CEEB
Transcript Release Form MUST be signed by your parent AND
completely filled out → Attach form called “Secondary School
Report” (usually part of the application) → Give it to your counselor
Transcript Release Form can be found in the document library on Family
Connection and on the WPHS website under Student Services
Indicate the APPLICATION DEADLINE
on the transcript release form –
DO NOT PUT ASAP!!
First 3 transcripts FREE –
afterwards $5 each
Transcript Request Deadlines
College Application Deadline WP Deadline
November 1 DUE October 11th
November 15 DUE October 25th
December 1 DUE November 8th
December 15 DUE November 22nd
January 1 DUE November 22nd
January 15 DUE December 11th
ANY FEBRUARY DUE January 10th
ANY MARCH DUE February 8th
Mr. Dale Schmidt, Financial Aid
Available during lunches in the
College and Career Center –
Monday through Thursday
beginning in December
Cannot be postmarked before January 1
Based on your 2013 tax return
Must be completed every year
Financial Aid workshop (winter)
TAG Grants (Virginia Private Colleges)
CSS Profile (by College Board)
Start planning now
Talk about cost of the schools your student is
interested in – include a range of costs on the
Net price calculator
Don’t be afraid of very selective (expensive)
schools – they have a lot of aid
Think about your family’s resources
www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov – how much aid
might we be eligible for?
Search for scholarships:
Files in College and Career Center
Watch deadlines – they are firm
Athletic scholarships, independent children
They are all reach schools, academically and
Great range of financial resources
Financial packages will not include (as many)
If you want a Counselor Letter of
You MUST turn in your Student, Parent & Teacher
Input forms and the activity record
If you want a Teacher Letter of Recommendation,
you must ask a teacher with at least one month’s
notice. Supply them with an addressed envelope
and stamp to each college or ask them to give the
letter to your counselor to put in the packet from
West Potomac. Be sure to write them a thank you!
• College information
•Check out videos and books on
colleges and careers
•Testing information and study
•Scholarship and Financial Aid
•Computers available for
•Access Family Connection for
Sign up for college
reps’ visits to WPHS
data on college
•ASVAB test – October 7 at 7:30 AM,
sign up in advance in CCC
•Recruiters in cafeteria during
Want to play Division I or Division II sports in college?
Get all necessary forms from NCAA website:
Give forms to your counselor
Thank you for attending!!!
There are many pathways to college.
We are here to help.
You don’t have to know what you want to do with
your life right now.
Advocate for yourself and ask for help.
Check for information in the CCC –
Blackboard/Family Connection, bulletin boards,
morning news, TV screens, and stop by CCC!
YOU CAN DO THIS!
**PLEASE FILL OUT THE EVALUATION**