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  • NCAA make sure you have followed all the rules before talking with coaches and colleges about sports scholarships, etc Refer to hand out
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  • Mid-year report – do not spend $$$$ for Official Transcript Final Transcript – will be our gift to the graduate if their school requires one. Just notify us that one is needed.
  • College applications 101

    1. 2. <ul><li>Log on to MCIS – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.mncis.intocareers.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User ID: sibleyhs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Password: warriors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up your own account if your do not have one </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>User ID: first and last name all lower case no space </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Password: student ID # (if only 4 digits add 00) </li></ul></ul></ul>Resources
    2. 3. <ul><li>ACT or SAT (spring/summer junior year) </li></ul><ul><li>Understand why you are going to college </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to people in the field you are considering </li></ul><ul><li>Shadow someone </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a college for your major that matches your strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Placement statistics – who employs their graduates? </li></ul><ul><li>Options/Barriers – change of mind (2-3 times before graduation); program acceptance </li></ul>Next Step -
    3. 4. <ul><li>Distance from home </li></ul><ul><li>Environment and size </li></ul><ul><li>Admissions requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Programs – Majors </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Campus life </li></ul><ul><li>Private vs. Public </li></ul>Begin the search – selecting a college
    4. 5. <ul><li>2 yr. vs. 4 yr. </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of professors </li></ul><ul><li>NCAA </li></ul><ul><li>Types of admission: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rolling Admissions (~2 weeks) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Early Action (varies) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Decision (usually by early March/April ) </li></ul></ul></ul>Things to consider -
    5. 6. <ul><li>High school course rigor </li></ul><ul><li>College Entrance Exams – ACT/SAT/SAT II </li></ul><ul><li>Grades (GPA) </li></ul><ul><li>Resume’ or List of Activities & Accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Personal statement </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of recommendation </li></ul>What colleges want -
    6. 7. <ul><li>Minnesota Private College Week –06/25/2012 - 06/29/2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Do virtual tours/scour the web sites – know your potential school </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with college reps when they visit HSHS </li></ul><ul><li>Attend the National College Fair – </li></ul><ul><li>October 9 & 10, 2012 (Sibley Counselors will take buses on one day) </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the school or college you wish to attend </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about finances – it is a family affair </li></ul><ul><li>Make your list of colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Apply early (most colleges begin accepting applications in early September) </li></ul>What comes next?
    7. 8. <ul><li>The application </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Go to the college website </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Common Application (www.commonapp.org) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Official Transcript request: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Go to Henry Sibley home page and access Docufide by Parchment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Register and wait for the email with your account information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Send to Common Application OR if not a Common App school send direct </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Unofficial Transcript request: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Complete request with the Guidance secretary. Allow 24 hours to process </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>ACT/SAT scores – you can request 4 at time of taking the ACT test </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Additional scores can be requested from ACT/SAT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Letters of recommendation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Give teachers/counselors 2 weeks advance warning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Resume’ or List of Activities and Accomplishments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask teacher/counselor to give letter to the Guidance Office secretary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Letters are recorded and mailed from the Guidance office </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal statement </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be yourself, beat your drum, give examples, why are you special </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Proof-read! Proof-read! Proof-read! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Essay or short answer questions </li></ul><ul><li>Parents be supportive and involved – But, don’t do their work for them  </li></ul><ul><li>Students --- Just Do It  </li></ul>Completing the Application
    8. 9. <ul><li>Always use your legal name on all communications </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook - email names </li></ul><ul><li>Write Thank You notes </li></ul><ul><li>Be organized – keep a file for each college you have applied to with copies of your application and all correspondence. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t hesitate to be in communication with your admissions counselor and high school counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of deadlines and requests for mid-year reports, final transcripts, housing, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Continue with a rigorous senior schedule with a </li></ul><ul><li>full course load and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy your senior year. You have done everything you could to get to this point. Keep your goals in mind and stay focused. You only get to be a high school senior once  </li></ul>General Tips -
    9. 10. <ul><li>Decide which colleges to apply to </li></ul><ul><li>Complete your college applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Options: 1) Directly to the college via their web site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 2) By using Common Application </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get registered with Docufide for Official Transcripts </li></ul><ul><li>Common Application schools must have the transcript sent to Common Application and NOT directly to the college. One official transcript will cover all colleges who are part of Common Application. </li></ul><ul><li>Request letters of recommendation from teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Common Application will notify your counselor and teachers, so be prepared to give their contact information when you do your application. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: Mid-year report does not need to be official if you tell us, we will send them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final transcripts are sent as our gift to the graduate </li></ul></ul>The Steps – a review
    10. 11. <ul><li>Attend Financial Aid Workshop in January </li></ul><ul><li>Submit the FAFSA online – after January 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work Study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work with your college financial aid office </li></ul>Financial Aid…
    11. 12. QUESTIONS ? ? ?

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