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College Information Night 2011-12

College Information
Where To Begin?
Take courses that prepare you for college.
Exceeding minimum graduation requirements (For. Lang.,
Math, Sci.)
 Honors courses & Advanced Placement Courses
 Dual Enrollment Courses & Post-Secondary Education
Option Programs
 Other opportunities as they arise…
Investigate careers and skills: Naviance, Ohio Means Jobs K-12
Research colleges and universities that offer degrees in the
career field(s) you are interested.
Take college entrance exam by end of junior year, seniors ASAP
 ACT or SAT - Schools will accept either
 Send your scores up to 4 colleges for free
 SAT II Subject Tests, if they are required
More Beginning Tips…
What kind of college will be a good fit for you?
 Size - Large, Medium, Small
 Location – Commutable, Short Drive, Long Drive, Flight
 Type - Public, Private, Technical
 Reputable in Chosen Major
 Cost
 Tutoring or Special Needs Assistance
 Campus Life – Organizations, Clubs, Athletics
 Enrichment – Study Abroad, Guest Lecturers,
 Career Assistance
College Visits
Take virtual tours of the
college websites.
Meet with the
representatives that visit
 Visit the colleges. Make
sure to schedule an
appointment with an
admissions counselor,
academic advisor, and a
financial aid counselor.
 For visits, complete the PreArranged Absence form.
Students with Special Needs
IEP or 504
Each college’s website will outline directions to get
registered with the office of disability services.
Different colleges may have different documentation they
require as proof of the disability.
Only the student can request services…parents are not
permitted to send documentation on behalf of their son or
daughter unless the student requests it.
Even Harvard has an office of disability services, but not all
colleges offer the same accommodations.
Attending a Technical School
Technical schools are schools that provide
mostly employment-preparation skills for
trained labor, such as welding, health tech,
culinary arts, or office management.
Technical school programs can last anywhere
from a few months to two years.
Some offer transfer credit to four-year, some do
Some of the popular Tech schools are MTC, The
Bradford School, Fortis College, and COTC.
Attending a Two-Year College
Two-year colleges provide programs that
lead to associates degrees and/or transfer
 They are typically less expensive than 4-year
colleges and universities. The average cost
is $5,000 per year.
 Most do not offer housing.
 Many students will transfer to a 4-year
university to seek their bachelors degree
after completing their coursework at the 2year college.
Transfer 101
Vertical Transfer (also referred to as traditional,
forward, upward, 2/4): Transfer from a two-year
institution to a four-year institution.
Lateral Transfer: Transfer from a four-year
institution to another four-year institution OR
from a two-year institution to another two-year
Reverse Transfer: Transfer from a four-year
institution to a two-year institution (may include
students who enroll temporarily, such as for a
summer term.)
Transfer 101
Check Articulation Agreements first!
 Will my credits transfer? What colleges will
accept my credits?
 *Moving from a branch to a main campus is
not a transfer; it is changing campuses.
 Request transcripts to from the college where
credit was earned to college you are
Attending a Four-Year College
Four-year colleges and universities award students
with bachelors degrees.
The average cost for a public college is $21,447 per
year. (Price includes tuition, room & board.)
Average Ohio Public institution is $16,908
Many Ohio Public schools have branch campuses
that are less expensive to attend. Ohio State
University at Marion now has housing with more
being built near campus!
The average cost for a private institution is $42,224
per year. (Price includes tuition, room & board.)
Average cost after financial aid is $26,700. Source:
Components of the Application
Profile, Activities, Leadership, Awards, etc.
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Test Scores
School Report
What are Colleges Looking for in a
College Application? (As reported by OSU)
Completion of the College Prep Curriculum
 4 English, 3+ Math, 3+ Science, 3+ Social Studies,
2+ Foreign Language, 1 Fine Art
Additional courses in math, natural science, and for.
 Research shows these are predictors of success in
Rigor of courses – did you take advantage of harder
 Honors and AP courses and CCP
Grades and grade trends (including class rank) – did
you improve?
Strength of senior schedule
ACT/SAT Scores
Other Areas of
Extracurricular Activities, Leadership, & Work Experience
This is not a laundry list of many clubs and activities. It should
show commitment and leadership.
Obstacles the student may have overcome
Diversity—Is the student a 1st generation college
student? Does the student racially, ethnically, or
economically diversify the campus?
Special talents
PSEO courses are preferred only when the high school
curriculum has been maxed out. AP or Honors courses
may be preferred for selective schools.
The Essay
An essay or two is often required by colleges in the
This is an opportunity for students to show a college who
they are and who they can become…it is sometimes
called a Personal Statement.
Readers seek evidence of authenticity, originality, selfknowledge and awareness of the world.
Common essay mistakes: Rewording the question as the
first sentence, grammar, focusing on unimportant
details, over generalizing, using clichés, five dollar words
scattered around, too perfect, wrong college
Letters of Recommendation
Choose a teacher or community leader that
knows you best or has direct personal experiences
and interactions with you.
Give that teacher two weeks to complete the
This gives the writer time to write a quality letter.
Enter their contact info in Naviance so that they
may directly upload the document.
6 times per year
starting in September.
Ranges in score from 1 – 36.
Includes Reading, Math,
English, Science, and
optional Writing.
Accepted at all schools.
 Offered 7 times per year starting in
 Ranges is score from 200 – 800 on
each test.
 Includes: Critical Reading, Math,
and Writing.
 Changing in March: Scoring
change and optional writing.
 Accepted at all colleges.
ACT questions tend to be more straightforward.
The SAT has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary.
The ACT has a Science section, the SAT does not.
The ACT tests more advanced math concepts.
The ACT Writing Test is optional on test day, but
required by many schools.
The SAT is broken up into more sections.
The ACT is more of a "big picture" exam.
The Application Process
Compare 3 to 5 colleges
Naviance is an AWESOME tool for searching
and is our transcript request and uploading
Deadlines vary but most priority deadlines are
in November, December or January. Some
are earlier!
Visit the schools before you apply.
Create a folder/binder to keep track of
application deadlines & materials.
Application Process
See your school college counselor, Mrs. Conant!
Access and explore Naviance.
Notify Mrs. Conant when you have completed the application
or need help.
Let Mrs. Conant know if there is a deadline for submission.
Be sure you bring any necessary forms that need to be
completed by Mrs. Conant.
Let Mrs. Conant know who you have asked for
Naviance will track all submissions and progress along the way
Pay for your application fee online or request a fee waiver.
Give Mrs. Conant a two-week window for all requests. I may
not be able to accommodate short notice requests!
Application Process
Mrs. Conant will:
 Complete
 Send
a transcript
 Include
 Mail
any necessary forms
any recommendations you have requested
all documents to the college if not an online
 Stamped
envelopes are not necessary
Next Steps
Check the status of your application
 This
can often be done online.
Wait for notification from the college
 The
time you have to wait will depend on if they
have rolling admissions or not.
Notification from college
 Need for additional information
Follow-up on request
 Application
is being processed – Be patient
 Acceptance or Denial
If Accepted…
Acceptance notification
 Review materials and note deadlines
Additional scholarship deadlines
FAFSA deadline – this can be as early at Feb. 1
Housing contract
 Once
accepted the college must hold a place
for you until May 1 with no other requirement,
payments, etc.
 Student and parent will follow directions by the
college to accept the offered spot…most
require a deposit.
Free Application for
Federal Student Aid
Complete a FAFSA
Seniors go to to request your FSA ID.
FAFSA must be completed every year after January 1 of the year
the student plans to attend college.
Tax returns need to be completed but not necessarily mailed,
or you must estimate and then update the FAFSA once taxes
are completed.
All students should complete a FAFSA even if you don’t feel you
will qualify. Many scholarships are based on the filing of the
Financial Aid meeting will be scheduled in December to help
families prepare for FAFSA completion.
Be sure to file your FAFSA with all colleges by their deadline to be
eligible for grants and scholarships.
After the FAFSA is
or April
 Notification
of Financial aid package
 Compare colleges & costs
 Contact the college financial aid office if
you have questions
 Decide what college to attend
 Send acceptance materials by May 1
 Let other colleges know that you do not
plan to attend
Stay in touch with Mrs. Conant through:
 Naviance
 Email:
 Phone: 833-1027
 Remind
 Twitter: @counselorconant
 Appointments: Make an appointment
in the counseling office or through the
school website
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