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Title: CVHS 11TH GRADE COLLEGE PREPARATION MEETING


1
CVHS 11TH GRADE COLLEGE PREPARATION MEETING
2
SAT vs. ACT
  • Math counts 50 goes up to Alg. 2
  • ¼ point penalty for wrong answers
  • 3 Main Sections (Critical Reading, Math
    Writing)
  • Score 200-800 per sect. Added for score
    600-2400 212 for the essay
  • Costs 41.50
  • Math counts 25 goes up to Trig.
  • No penalty for wrong answers
  • 4 Main Sections (Eng., Math, Reading, Sci.)
    Writing optional
  • Score 1-36 each subtest then avg. for composite
    212 for Writing test
  • Costs 29.00

3
SAT and ACT
  • Register online
  • Include school code of 443541
  • Results placed on the back of your transcript.
  • Some schools require scores be sent directly from
    the testing agency.
  • Waivers available for students on free or reduced
    lunch.
  • www.collegeboard.com
  • www.act.org

4
Grade Point Average
  • CVHS reports GPA on a 4.0 weighted scale.
  • This means all PAP, AP, and Honors courses from
    MS and HS get a bonus point.
  • If you must report an unweighted GPA, then all
    courses are assigned the following A4, B3,
    C2, D1. Add courses and divide.
  • GPAs are available on PrepHq for 11th 12th
    only

5
College Choices
  • Do your research (college web sites, PrepHq,
    www.collegeprowler.com, www.collegeconfidential.co
    m, www.collegeboard.com, etc.)
  • Go to College Fairs, College Nights, or Visit
    with Representatives that come to CVHS
  • Schedule a Campus Visit
  • Look at each schools acceptance rates, costs,
    academic and social programs, etc.

6
College vs. University
  • Usually smaller in size
  • Smaller class sizes
  • A professors primary responsibility is teaching
  • Usually very large in size
  • There are colleges located within the university
  • Professors involved in research TAs may teach
    some classes

7
Early Decision
  • Apply early (by the end of Oct. get an early
    admissions decision
  • You can only apply ED to ONE school.
  • If accepted, commit early, sign agreement, send
    deposit and withdraw apps to other schools.
  • If accepted, you may decline their ED offer, but
    will also forfeit any regular decision
    acceptance.
  • This is a Binding Agreement
  • When applying ED, be working on other college
    apps in case your ED school declines to offer
    admission.
  • ED is great if you know without a shred of doubt
    that a particular school is the one you must
    attend.
  • PITFALLYou will never know what other schools
    would have offered you and wont be able to
    compare financial aid packages.

8
Early Action
  • Apply early
  • Get early admissions decision
  • Non Binding
  • Single Choice EA means EA to only 1 school and no
    ED
  • Multi Choice EA means EA to as many schools as
    you choose.

9
www.applytexas.org
  • Apply Texas application for all public Texas
    colleges and universities.
  • APPLY ONLINE and once you totally complete 1
    application and submit it to a school, you can
    then copy many parts of the application to the
    rest. Not every part of the application will be
    submitted to all schools. These schools do not
    have an official EA, but you may still submit
    your application earlier than the deadline.
  • Check for separate scholarship applications that
    will have an earlier deadline than admissions.
    ADHERE TO DEADLINES
  • Stay organized and write down your IDs for each
    school. Use PrepHq
  • NO Letters of Recommendation or School Reports
    are required.
  • Once you apply, complete a Request for Transcript
    form and the transcript and school profile will
    be sent.

10
www.commonapp.org
  • The Common Application used for about 320 private
    colleges and universities across the country.
  • APPLY ONLINE and once you totally complete 1
    application and submit it to a school, you can
    then copy many parts of the application to the
    rest.
  • Check for separate scholar applications that will
    have an earlier deadline than admissions. ADHERE
    TO DEADLINES
  • Stay organized and write down your IDs for each
    school
  • Letters of Recommendation, School Reports, and
    Essays will be required for all schools.
  • This application is much more labor intensive and
    requires organization and follow up.

11
www.commonapp.org
  • Once you apply, complete a Request for Transcript
    form. Submit the form to Mrs. Chapman along
    with
  • School Report (submit only one report)
  • Senior Data Form
  • Envelopes
  • Once approved, give Request for Transcript form
    and payment to registrar
  • Mrs. Chapman will send within 2 weeks
  • Common App School Report
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Current Schedule
  • Transcript
  • School Profile
  • Teacher Recommendations sent separately, by
    teacher

12
Other School Applications
  • Other schools such as HBU, Univ. of St. Thomas,
    UCLA, USC, Univ. of (MI, WI, OK), Ohio St., Cal
    St., etc.
  • Most schools will require some sort of counselor
    report, but others may not.
  • Do your research and proceed with Transcript
    requests the same as you would with an ApplyTexas
    or Common App school.
  • If you apply to several types of schools (TX,
    Common, Other) then please make sure you specify
    in writing which school gets which report or sit
    down w/ Mrs. Chapman to clarify what you want.

13
Mid Year Reports
  • Submit Mid Year Reports with envelopes to Mrs.
    Chapman after the winter break.
  • A MY Report, unofficial transcript and current
    schedule will be sent.
  • MY Report is not a requirement of Apply Texas
    Schools.
  • If you have been accepted, you may not have to
    send a MY Report. Communicate with the schools
    and their representatives.

14
Request for Transcript
  • Transcripts cost 1.00 (first 2 are free)
  • Complete form for all transcripts needed
  • Please give us TWO WEEKS to process (a
    transcript alone typically will take only a few
    days, but may take two weeks when also requesting
    an initial letter of recommendation) (take
    holidays into account)
  • Give form to Mrs. Chapman for approval
  • Once approved, give form and payment to
    registrar.
  • No transcript for college will be approved or
    processed without the proper documents attached.
  • Transcripts for scholarships, personal use, etc.
    can be obtained without approval.

15
Letters of Recommendation
  • Please give us (counselor, teacher, etc.) at
    least TWO WEEKS to write your letter. (please
    take holidays into account)
  • When requesting, give the recommender, stamped
    addressed envelopes for each letter you request.
    (Correct Postage)
  • You may want to give a teacher a copy of your
    senior data form.
  • REMEMBER, letters of recommendation are a
    courtesy.

16
ENVELOPES
  • Addressed to college
  • Do not put CVHS or Home address on upper left
    corner
  • Make sure you have correct postage
  • Must be presented with Request for Transcript and
    Request for Letters of Recommendation
  • No envelope required for personal transcripts.

17
Admit, Deny, Withdraw, Waitlisted
  • If admitted or waitlisted, please provide a copy
    of acceptance letter and any verification of
    scholarship awards to Mrs. Chapman.
  • If you are denied admission or decide to withdraw
    your application, please inform Mrs. Chapman.
  • Each transcript sent, must be tracked.

18
Denial Admission Review
  • For some Texas colleges and universities, a
    denial is only good until that student provides
    new information such as
  • Increased SAT or ACT scores (many Texas public
    schools use a matrix retake test for a better
    score is best option)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Essays
  • Interviews
  • Corrected information
  • If you are denied admission to U of H, Texas
    State, North Texas, Texas Tech, etc., please see
    Mrs. Chapman for assistance. One way to possibly
    avoid this situation is to apply early before the
    bulk of applications get to the schools and show
    that youre not slacking in Senior year.

19
Essay Questions
  • Evaluate a significant experience, achievement,
    risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have
    faced and its impact on you.
  • Discuss some issue of personal, local, national,
    or international concern and its importance to
    you.
  • Indicate a person who has had a significant
    influence on you, and describe that influence.
  • Describe a character in fiction, a historical
    figure, or a creative work (as in art, music,
    science, etc.) that has had an influence on you,
    and explain that influence.
  • A range of academic interests, personal
    perspectives, and life experiences adds much to
    the educational mix. Given your personal
    background, describe an experience that
    illustrates what you would bring to the diversity
    in a college community, or an encounter that
    demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
  • Many students expand their view of the world
    during their time in college. Such growth often
    results from encounters between students who have
    lived different cultural, economic, or academic
    experiences. With your future growth in mind,
    describe a potential classmate that you believe
    you could learn from either within or outside a
    formal classroom environment.

20
Colleges Accepting Students from the Class of
07Allegheny College, American University,
Antioch College, Austin College, Bates College,
Baylor University, Beloit College, Bennington
College, Bowdoin College, Carleton College,
Centenary College of Louisiana, Chapman
University, Clark University, Coe College,
Colorado School of Mines, Connecticut College,
Cornell University, Dillard University, Drake
University, Drexel University, Earlham College,
Eckerd College, Emerson College, Emory
University, Florida Southern College, Grinnell
College, Guilford College, Hampden-Sydney
College, Hampshire College, Haverford College,
Hendrix College, Hollins University, Houston
Baptist University, Illinois Institute of
Technology, Jacksonville University, Juniata
College, Kalamazoo College, Knox College, Lamar
University, Lawrence University, Lewis and Clark
College, Loyola University New Orleans,
Macalester College, Mary Baldwin College,
Millsaps College, Morehouse College, Occidental
College, Oglethorpe University, Otterbein
College, Pepperdine University, Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, Rhodes College, Roanoke
College, Rollins College, Saint Edward's
University, Saint Joseph's University, Saint
Mary's University of San Antonio, Sam Houston
State University, Santa Clara University, Sarah
Lawrence College, Seattle University, Skidmore
College, Smith College, Southern Methodist
University, Southern University and AM College,
Southwestern University, Stephen F. Austin State
University, Texas AM University, Texas AM
University at Galveston, Texas Christian
University, Texas State University-San Marcos,
Texas Tech University, The College of Wooster,
The Pennsylvania State University--University
Park Campus, The University of Scranton, The
University of Texas at Austin, The University of
Texas at San Antonio, Trinity University, Tulane
University, University of Dallas, University of
Evansville, University of Houston, University of
Miami, University of MissouriRolla, University
of Northern Colorado, University of Saint Thomas,
University of Southern California, University of
WisconsinMadison, University of the Pacific,
University of the South, Ursinus College, Vassar
College, Wells College, Wesleyan University,
Wheaton College, Willamette University, Xavier
University of Louisiana
21
Upcoming College Events
  • Duke, Georgetown Harvard, Penn, Stanford
  • May 9th 730PM The Westin
    Galleria 5060 West Alabama
    713-960-8100
  • May 10th 730PM Marriott Houston N. _at_
    Greenspoint 255 N. Sam
    Houston Pkwy E. 281-875-4000

22
Upcoming College Events
  • COLLEGES THAT CHANGE LIVES
  • Saturday, August 25th from 1000---1230 _at_
    Omni Houston at
    Westside
    13210 Katy Frwy
    281-558-8338
  • Agnes Scott College, Allegheny College, Antioch
    College, Austin College, Beloit College,
    Birminham-Southern College, Centre College, Clark
    University, College of Wooster, Cornell College,
    Denison University, Earlham College, Eckerd
    College, Emory Henry College, The Evergreen
    State College, Goucher College, Guilford College,
    Hampshire College, Hendrix College, Hiram
    College, Hope College, Juniata College, Kalamazoo
    College, Knox College, Lawrence University,
    Lynchburg College, Marlboro College, McDaniel
    College, Millsaps College, New College of
    Florida, Ohio Wesleyan University, Reed College,
    Rhodes College, Southwestern University, St.
    Johns College, St. Olaf College, Ursinus
    College, Wabash College, Wheaton College, Whitman
    College

23
Upcoming College Events
  • CVHS Annual College Fair
  • Co-Hosted by Challenge Early College HS
  • Wednesday, October 24th, 2007 79PM 5601
    West Loop South

24
Scholarships Summer Programs
  • Please go to PrepHq for a listing of many
    scholarships and summer programs.
  • Other Sites www.fastweb.com , www.aie.org ,
    www.collegeguidanceconsultants.com ( user
    houston password scholar07 (for 06/07 only)
  • Students must adhere to the deadlines and note if
    the deadline states Postmarked or Received by.
  • Many university scholarship apps are due BEFORE
    the admission application. PLAN AHEAD and STAY
    ORGANIZED!!!

25
General Information
  • Organization is Key Use PrepHq
  • Adhere to deadlines (Ideally, you should be
    finished w/ college apps by Thanksgiving and no
    later than BEFORE Winter Break) (The Spring
    semester should focus on scholarships)
  • Pay attention to scholarship deadlines that are
    BEFORE application deadlines
  • Dont Slack on your Senior Schedule!!!!!
  • Follow Up w/ counselor, teachers, and colleges
    (check your status often)
  • Start your Essays this summer
  • Use PrepHq to keep notes, plans, online IDs
  • Ask for assistance

26
Contact Information
  • Mrs. Chapman
    College Guidance Counselor vchapman_at_houstonisd.o
    rg
  • Mrs. Maxey
    Registrar Counselor emaxey_at_houstonisd.org
  • Mrs. Robinson
    Administrative Assistant lrobins1_at_houstonisd.org
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