The Next Step - College Planning

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  • PSAT: big scholarships if you do wellTake SAT 2s after your corresponding class. (Ie. Chemistry after AP chem) Remember, AP classes are really important. JUNIOR year is really important Counselors write recommendations.
  • A lot of colleges have multiple essays (especially competitive ones)
  • The Next Step - College Planning

    1. 1. The Next Step<br />Applying and Choosing the Right School<br />
    2. 2. Who are we?<br />
    3. 3.
    4. 4. Part I: A “checklist” of things you should be doing / must eventually do<br />Part II: How to find the right school<br />Part III: What I should consider when choosing a school<br />Our presentation…<br />
    5. 5. Part I<br />A “checklist” of things you should be doing / must eventually do<br />
    6. 6. Get to know your counselor AND teachers!<br />For recommendation letters<br />Volunteer and/or Work<br />Leadership positions in extracurriculars<br />Think about college essays and resumes<br />Save in-class essays<br />Juniors<br />
    7. 7. In the summer:<br />Consider summer programs/ internships<br />Request college information<br />Websites, counselors, or college friends<br /> Seek out scholarships<br />Consider QuestBridge<br />Visit colleges<br />Juniors<br />Source: McConnell Foundation<br />
    8. 8. SAT<br />SAT IIs<br />2-3 required by most top-tier schools<br />ACT<br />AP Tests<br />College credit<br />Good for admissions process<br />Shows you challenged yourself in high school<br />TESTS!<br />
    9. 9. Letters of Recommendation<br />1 or 2 teachers from different backgrounds<br />Counselor’s Recommendation<br />Additional Recommendation Letter<br />Swim coach, eagle scouts leader, etc<br />Give recommender 2-4 weeks notice<br />Provide envelopes and stamps<br />Seniors<br />
    10. 10. Personal Essays<br />Allows the school to see another aspect of you besides grades, test scores, etc<br />VERY IMPORTANT<br />Why do you want to apply to this school?<br />Schools can tell when you know nothing about them <br />Financial Aid<br />Search for scholarships and apply<br />CSS Profile and FAFSA for FINANCIAL AID<br />Seniors<br />
    11. 11. If you are waitlisted, contact admissions to reiterate your interest<br />Request a final transcript to be sent to the college you will attend<br />Enjoy your last semester!<br />Have fun, but don’t forget about grades<br />Seniors<br />
    12. 12. Part II<br />How to find the right school<br />Source: Rice University<br />
    13. 13. List criteria<br />Research<br />List possible colleges<br />Seek advice<br />Narrow list<br />Visit<br />Apply<br />Finalize<br />The Process<br />
    14. 14. The Process<br />List criteria<br />Research<br />List possible colleges<br />Seek advice<br />Narrow list<br />Visit<br />Apply<br />Finalize<br /><ul><li>College Board
    15. 15. College fairs
    16. 16. Bookstores
    17. 17. University websites</li></li></ul><li>The Process<br />List criteria<br />Research<br />List possible colleges<br />Seek advice<br />Narrow list<br />Visit<br />Apply<br />Finalize<br />
    18. 18. The Process<br />List criteria<br />Research<br />List possible colleges<br />Seek advice<br />Narrow list<br />Visit<br />Apply<br />Finalize<br /><ul><li>Counselors
    19. 19. College info sessions
    20. 20. College students
    21. 21. Websites</li></li></ul><li>The Process<br />List criteria<br />Research<br />List possible colleges<br />Seek advice<br />Narrow list<br />Visit<br />Apply<br />Finalize<br /><ul><li>Evaluate with criteria
    22. 22. Reaches
    23. 23. Matches
    24. 24. Safeties</li></li></ul><li>The Process<br />List criteria<br />Research<br />List possible colleges<br />Seek advice<br />Narrow list<br />Visit<br />Apply<br />Finalize<br /><ul><li>College tours
    25. 25. Attend classes
    26. 26. Dine with students
    27. 27. Explore college town</li></li></ul><li>The Process<br />List criteria<br />Research<br />List possible colleges<br />Seek advice<br />Narrow list<br />Visit<br />Apply<br />Finalize<br /><ul><li>Supplements</li></li></ul><li>The Process<br />List criteria<br />Research<br />List possible colleges<br />Seek advice<br />Narrow list<br />Visit<br />Apply<br />Finalize<br /><ul><li>Best fit
    28. 28. Best financial package
    29. 29. Visit, stay overnight</li></li></ul><li>Part III<br />What I should consider when choosing a school<br />
    30. 30. Visit the campus<br />Rural vs. suburban vs. urban<br />Metropolitan life | Access to outdoors<br />Climate<br />Near vs. far<br />Location<br />Source: David Sun<br />
    31. 31. Large university of 30,000 students vs. Small university of 3,000 vs. liberal arts college<br />Amount of personal attention<br />Faculty-student ratio<br />Demographic of student body<br />Size<br />Source: UGA<br />
    32. 32. Academic programs<br />Reputation of academic departments<br />Institution that offers range of majors and programs<br />Research opportunities<br />Study abroad opportunities<br /><ul><li>Combined degree programs (e.g. BS/MD, Business/MBA)</li></li></ul><li>Community involvement<br />Diversity of student organizations<br />Ethnic/religious groups<br />Fraternities and sororities<br />Housing and dormitories <br />Extracurricular possibilities<br />Source: The Greek Store<br />
    33. 33. Costs between a private and public university<br />Financial aid and assistance<br />Merit-based scholarships<br />Obligation of continual loans and academic scholarships<br />Cost<br />
    34. 34. Name brand colleges will not guarantee success or happiness<br />Investigate beyond a narrow band of highly selective colleges for more options<br />Don’t need to pick a major to pick a college - likely to change<br />VISIT COLLEGES!!!<br />KEEP TRACK OF DEADLINES<br />Don’t turn in your online app on the last day<br />Got questions? Email us! thenextstepcollege@gmail.com<br />Remember…<br />

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