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Senior College Information Night

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Senior College Information Night

  1. 1. WELCOME TO SENIOR INFORMATION NIGHT CLASS OF 2012 PLYMOUTH NORTH HIGH SCHOOL & PLYMOUTH SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL 10/05/11
  2. 2. Graduation Requirements <ul><li>Each Student Must Earn 110 Credits </li></ul><ul><li>20 Credits in English (4 years) </li></ul><ul><li>15 Credits in Social Studies, including U.S. History I & II (3 years) </li></ul><ul><li>15 Credits in Mathematics (3 years) *EPP </li></ul><ul><li>15 Credits in Science (3 years) </li></ul><ul><li>10 Credits in Physical Education (4 yrs) </li></ul><ul><li>Tech Studies Adjustments for Science and PE </li></ul><ul><li>Must Earn a Minimum of 27.5 Credits Senior Year </li></ul><ul><li>Must Pass MCAS in ELA, Math and Science </li></ul>10/05/11
  3. 3. Additional Requirements for Four Year Colleges <ul><li>Math – Completion of Algebra II (minimum) </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Language – 2 Year Minimum, 3 Years Recommended </li></ul><ul><li>Specific College and/or Major Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>SAT’s </li></ul><ul><li>a. SAT I (Reasoning Test) vs. SAT II (Subject Tests) </li></ul><ul><li>b. Students must send all scores to colleges through collegeboard.com </li></ul><ul><li>c. ACT’s </li></ul><ul><li>MA state universities 3.0 GPA / sliding scale SATs </li></ul>10/05/11
  4. 4. 2011-2012 Dates <ul><li>SAT’s Test Date Reg. Deadline </li></ul><ul><li>10/01/11 walk-in/late fee </li></ul><ul><li>11/05/11 10/07/11 </li></ul><ul><li>12/03/11 11/08/11 </li></ul><ul><li>01/28/12 12/30/11 </li></ul><ul><li>Plymouth H.S. College Fair at PSHS </li></ul><ul><li>Oct. 18, 2011 (6:00-8:00 pm) </li></ul><ul><li>All Cape College Day at Barnstable H.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Oct. 19, 2011 (3:30-5:30 pm) </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid Night at PNHS </li></ul><ul><li>Nov. 16, 2011 (7:00-9:00 pm) </li></ul><ul><li>Local Scholarship Evening TBD - PNHS </li></ul>10/05/11
  5. 5. THE COLLEGE PROCESS <ul><li>School Counselors provide information and assistance through: </li></ul><ul><li>Junior College Planning Workshops and Individual Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Junior Resume Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Senior College Planning Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Senior College Planning Meetings with follow-up Parent Information Letter </li></ul><ul><li>On-going support for students and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Please visit www.plymouth.k12.ma.us regularly </li></ul>10/05/11
  6. 6. How to Apply to College <ul><li>Go to the college website </li></ul><ul><li>Complete on-line application OR </li></ul><ul><li>Download paper application, save a copy, and send it </li></ul><ul><li>The COMMON APPLICATION </li></ul><ul><li>Access the application through either the college website or www.commonapp.org </li></ul><ul><li>Download the paper version or complete the online version </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to complete all parts of the process which include the application, essay and any supplements </li></ul>10/05/11
  7. 7. College Application Deadlines <ul><li>Regular Decision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>application deadlines – generally Jan.1, Jan. 15 or Feb. 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>admissions decision in April </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Early Action </li></ul><ul><ul><li>application deadlines – generally Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Dec 1, Dec. 15 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>non-binding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>early admission notification with later student response date </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rolling Admissions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>early application: colleges continue acceptance until class size is full </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>admissions decision is typically 4-6 weeks after receipt of application </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Early Decision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>binding agreement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>must withdraw all other applications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Candidate reply date is May 1 except for Early Decision </li></ul>10/05/11
  8. 8. The Application Process <ul><li>Responsibilities of the Student: </li></ul><ul><li>Know and meet application deadlines! </li></ul><ul><li>Send applications to colleges with appropriate fees and essays. </li></ul><ul><li>Send SAT scores to colleges through the College Board. Be sure to include CEEB code (PNHS 221785, PSHS 221784) when registering. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Guidance with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Updated Resume from Career Cruising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transcript Request Card & Records Release Form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guidance Fee ($2.00 per college) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher Recommendations </li></ul></ul>10/05/11
  9. 9. Financial Aid Process <ul><li>FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) ww.fafsa.ed.gov </li></ul><ul><li>a. Required by all colleges for federal and state aid, as well as certain merit scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>b. FREE </li></ul><ul><li>c. Must be completed each year </li></ul><ul><li>d. File on-line after January 1 st </li></ul><ul><li>e. Sign up immediately for student and parent PIN! </li></ul><ul><li>CSS/Financial Aid Profile </li></ul><ul><li>a. Required by some colleges for institutional money </li></ul><ul><li>b. Fee-based form through collegeboard.com </li></ul><ul><li>c. Online application required </li></ul><ul><li>d. Can be filed as early as November and usually required for Early Decision candidates </li></ul><ul><li>File tax returns early </li></ul>10/05/11
  10. 10. 10/05/11                                  www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov                                                                                      <ul><li>Calculator </li></ul><ul><li>Estimator                                                                                                        </li></ul>
  11. 11. OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION NCAA Clearinghouse Division I and II Athletes www.eligibilitycenter.org $65 Fee 10/05/11
  12. 12. John & Abigail Adams Scholarship <ul><li>Based on MCAS scores – notification (letter from Governor) in November of senior year </li></ul><ul><li>Apply to Massachusetts public community college or university by deadline </li></ul><ul><li>Complete FAFSA </li></ul><ul><li>After acceptance, send (and save!!) a copy of the letter from the Governor to the financial aid office of the college </li></ul><ul><li>Conditions: </li></ul><ul><li>a. Tuition only </li></ul><ul><li>b. Student must enroll full time in a MA state college or university </li></ul><ul><li>c. Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA </li></ul><ul><li>d. The scholarship is good for eight semesters and must be used within six years of a student's high school graduation </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/adams.html </li></ul>10/05/11
  13. 13. Other Scholarship Opportunities <ul><li>Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority ( www.mefa.org ) </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS) </li></ul><ul><li>FASTWEB ( www.fastweb.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance website ( www.plymouth.k12.ma.us ) </li></ul><ul><li>Career Cruising ( www.careercruising.com ) </li></ul>10/05/11
  14. 14. The Competitive College Admissions Perspective <ul><li>Eleanor Brennan Hall, Associate Director of Admission, Brown University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Important criteria in evaluating student applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are colleges looking for? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do students stand out? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Essay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Questions & Answers </li></ul>10/05/11
  15. 15. 10/05/11 THANK YOU

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