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Title: Think College Quiz (Using the clues below name the College or University)

Think College Quiz(Using the clues below name
the College or University)
  • Clues
  • Toilets Bunny Move Relatives
  • Busters color
  • Iowa crop Bell sound
  • 10 pins on a lawn
  • The Hunchbacks residence
  • Nobleman
  • Place of worship OR a part of your head
  • Toothpaste
  • A brand of Mens cologne
  • Opposite of sit American auto maker
  • A kings son 2,000 lbs.

Think College Quiz Answers(Using the clues below
name the College or University)
  • Clues
  • Toilets Bunny Move Relatives Johns Hopkins
  • Busters color Brown
  • Iowa crop Bell sound Cornell
  • 10 pins on a lawn Bowling Green
  • The Hunchbacks residence Notre Dame
  • Nobleman Duke
  • Place of worship OR a part of your head Temple
  • Toothpaste Colgate
  • A brand of Mens cologne Stetson
  • Opposite of sit American auto maker Stanford
  • A kings son 2,000 lbs. Princeton

College Advising 101
The College Scholarship Application Process
  • Presented by
  • Gaston County Schools Department of School
    CounselingShelley Collins, Ami Parker, and
    Grant Sparks
  • November 4, 2010

Todays Program
  • Creating a college-going culture
  • Getting Ready What students should be doing now!
  • Evaluating Their Options
  • Testing SAT, ACT, SAT II, AP
  • The Application Process
  • Choosing The Right College For Them
  • A Sample Process
  • Paying for College
  • Sports In College
  • Counselor Responsibilities

Creating a College-Going Culture
  • Creating this culture is important.
  • It creates expectation for success.
  • One of the reasons for this presentation is to
    help start the process of creating this culture.
    If your students and parents dont have this
    knowledge, they wont be as successful in the
    process. Many students are first generation
    college students and have no idea where to start.
  • The college process is so digital now that even
    parents with experience have lots to learn.
    (Stating this at a presentation for parents
    students helps put families whose parent did not
    attend college at ease.)

Getting Ready for the Process
  • Create an Activity Sheet or Résumé. Students
    should include everything they have been involved
    in from 9th - 12th grade.  Examples include -
    Community service, volunteer experience, work
    experience, honors and awards, clubs, sports,
    church involvement, boy/girl scouts, special
    programs attended, skills from pathway courses,
    software or equipment used in pathway courses,
    certifications, leadership positions, etc...
  • Make sure they give a copy to their counselor!

Getting Ready for the Process(continued)
  • Have students/parents complete the Parent Brag
    Sheet, Senior Activity Sheet, and Addition to
    Student Résumé when they ask for a
    recommendation from a teacher or counselor.
  • Gives the recommender more information to write a
    personal recommendation.

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Getting Ready for the Process(continued)
  • Students need to investigate colleges they are
    interested in.
  • The Internet is the most valuable tool! Every
    college has a website with most of the
    information they need - including online campus

Getting Ready for the Process(continued)
  • For colleges in NC be sure to have students use It is a fantastic resource. To
    learn about colleges, use the College Fair link
    on the site. Includes every college in NC!
  • The new counselor module of CFNC is a great tool.
    Counselors can now see where their students have
    applied to college! See https//procenter.cfnc.or

Getting Ready for the Process(continued)
  • The professional center gives access to work with
    individuals and groups of students, and it
    provides reports for site usage, assessment
    results, and planning outcomes. It provides
    lesson plans, and provides communication with
    your students and manage events that appear on
    their calendars.
  • For colleges outside of NC - use sites such as ,,, and others.

Evaluate Options
  • Colleges look at a number of things when making
    an admission decision. Difficulty of classes
    (Honors/AP), community service, work experience,
    extracurricular activities, diversity,
    leadership, class rank, GPA, test scores.
    Although all things are considered, colleges rely
    heavily on GPA and test scores.

Evaluate Options(continued)
  • Use school profiles to help determine students
    chances of being admitted. Many schools provide
    this on their website.
  • UNC Institutional Profiles available on the web
    and provides admission information for all 16
    public universities.
  • http//

Evaluate Options(continued)
University Average SAT (MCR) Average GPA
Appalachian State 1158 3.87
East Carolina 1046 3.45
North Carolina State 1184 4.13
UNC Asheville 1175 n/a
UNC Chapel Hill 1302 4.44
UNC Charlotte 1060 3.4 4.0
UNC Greensboro 1032 3.57
UNC Pembroke 926 3.08
UNC Wilmington 1166 3.75
Western Carolina 1034 3.3
Duke 1370 1560 4.3
Wake Forest 1280 1400 4.0
Evaluate Options(continued)
  • The Community College Option Not all students
    attend a four year college right after high
    school. Some students choose to attend a
    community college for one or two years and then
    transfer to a four year university. Financially,
    starting at a community college will save
    students thousands of dollars. Tuition and fees
    for one semester are less than 1000!
  • All of the UNC System Universities have an
    agreement with the NC Community College System to
    accept transfer credits without penalty. There
    are also many NC private colleges that have the
    same agreement. For all the details, visit

Testing / SAT ACT
  • Students have to take one or both of these tests
    for admission to a 4-year college.
  • They both have a writing section. Students have
    the option not to take the writing portion of the
    ACT, however most colleges require a writing
  • They are long! (745 am to 1230 1pm)
  • They cost a lot! (ACT 48), (SAT 47)
  • Visit for all the details
    about the ACT and to register online.
  • Visit for all the details
    about the SAT and to register online.
  • Reporting Scores be careful!

Testing / SAT ACT(continued)
  • Which one should you take?
  • Take a practice test to determine which one is
    right for you.
  • Whats the main difference?
  • The ACT has less math has science. All schools
    accept the ACT. It doesnt penalize you for
  • How many times should you take them?
  • 2 to 3 times is the average number of times most
    students take the SAT or ACT. All tests should
    be taken by November of Senior year!
  • Most colleges take the highest score from each
    section of all tests taken to form a students
    final score.

Test Critical Reading Math Writing Total (CR M)
SAT 1 400 450 500 1350 (850)
SAT 2 450 550 450 1450 (1000)
SAT 3 550 500 400 1450 (1050)

MY SAT 550 550 500 1600 (1100)
Testing / SAT IIs AP
  • Some colleges require students to take SAT II
    subject tests for admission and placement
    purposes. Check the college website to see if
    they are required. (ie. Duke) Go to to register.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) exams are the first two
    weeks in May. You must pay in the school
    counseling office. In Gaston County, a student
    who makes a score of 3 or higher gets their
    registration fee reimbursed.
  • To see what AP scores colleges accept visit each
    college website.

Applying to College
  • Students need to visit the website at each school
    they are interested in to find out about their
    application process, their scholarship process,
    and DEADLINES! (post-marked or received by?)
  • Should they apply online? YES! YES! YES! It is
    safe and preferred by colleges. For most NC
    schools they can apply using

Applying to College(continued)
  • How does applying online work? Simply visit the
    schools website or and create an
    account. Most will require students to have an
    email address. They can use their personal email
    address but must use email address from
    to be able to check their email at school.
  • After applying online they will have to send
    their transcript and application fee. (Pay
    online with Credit Card send electronic
    transcripts through

Applying to College(continued)
  • Most schools will still allow students to apply
    with a paper application (if they insist) not
  • Consider the drawbacks its hard to be neat,
    they cant use spell check, data must be entered
    at the college and may be less accurate, it takes
    longer to be received, and it could get lost in
    the mail.
  • Remind students to have a professionalemail
    address and to be careful of what they post on
    facebook and other sites. Colleges are checking!

Applying to College(continued)
  • Most students apply to 3 or 4 schools. They can
    apply to as many schools as they want just be
    aware that college applications fees can be
    expensive. Most application fees are around 40
    60 with some costing as much as 80.
  • When applying to colleges, make sure they have
    one college that they are sure they will be
    admitted to and one they can afford. (freshmen

Applying to College(continued)
  • Applications need to be completed early! Most
    schools have an early application deadline of
    November 1st! Some schools now have October
    deadlines. Do not wait till the last minute!
  • Students should be able to get help from you if
    needed. Some applications require the counselor
    to complete a form. If so, ask students to turn
    it into you at least a week in advance of when
    they need it (anything less may result in a RUSH
  • Some colleges require essays. Students may want
    to include a personal essay even if not required.
    Make sure someone reads over their essay!

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Choosing the Right College
  • Students should compare colleges by visiting in
    person and by their websites.
  • Look for things that are most important to them.
  • The best time to visit a college is when the
    student body is there. They should take an
    official tour and then take their own tour. Visit
    dorms to see what the rooms are like, and eat in
    the cafeteria. Many schools have VIP/Open House
    days. Teacher workdays and during breaks are
    great times to visit. Above all, encourage them
    to VISIT!

Paying for College
  • There are three ways to pay for college
  • Scholarships
  • Financial Aid
  • Savings

Paying For College / Scholarships
  • Gaston County s Class of 2010 received over 34
    million dollars in scholarship money!
  • Counselors should create and print a copy of a
    Scholarship Newsletter for every Senior and also
    put it on the schools website.
  • The Scholarship Newsletter contains every
    scholarship that counselors are aware of.
    Updates are announced at school and online.

Paying For College / Scholarships (continued)
  • Gaston County has a scholarship website. This is
    where most of our scholarship information comes
    from. You can search by school, by deadline, and
    by subject. Visit
  • Students should also use online scholarship
    searches. They can create a profile and do a
    search just for them! is one of
    the best!

Paying For College / Scholarships (continued)
  • Students need to Apply, Apply, Apply! The
    biggest mistake is not applying!
  • They need to visit the scholarship and financial
    aid pages at each college to know about separate
    applications and deadlines. (e.g. ASU)
  • They need to write great application essays.
  • Help with mock interviews before the real thing.
  • Common mistakes include not applying for
    scholarships youre eligible for, waiting too
    late to do a good job missing deadlines.

Paying For College / Scholarships (continued)
  • Tell students to be aware of scholarship scams.
  • They should never pay for scholarship
  • They should also beware of FREE seminars that
    offer scholarship and financial aid information.
  • They should never give your bank account number
    or credit card number to verify, qualify, etc.
    for a scholarship.

Paying For College / Financial Aid
  • All students planning on going to college should
    complete the Free Application for Federal Student
    Aid (FAFSA).
  • This is how they qualify for grants, loans,
    need based scholarships from colleges.
  • It cant be completed until January 1st each
  • They can apply for a pin before Jan. 1st .
    Both student and one parent must have a pin to
    complete the form online.
  • It is best to complete it online. Its Faster!

Paying For College / Financial Aid(continued)
  • Some schools require students to complete the
  • Schools requiring CSS/PROFILE Duke, Davidson,
    Elon, NC AT, UNC Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest.
  • Complete the CSS/PROFILE online at
  • Cost A 25.00 fee 16.00 for each additional

Paying For College / Savings
  • If students have to pay for everything
    themselves, their options are savings, loans from
    federal government, alternative loans, attending
    community college with transfer to 4 year,
    military, and winning the lottery!
  • Loans are okay. Some are better than others with
    interest starting after college low rates,
    while others start the interest immediately.
  • Attending community college and transferring
    after 2 years is a less expensive way to get
    their degree.
  • The Military and ROTC offer scholarships and
    money to those who join.

Sports in College
  • If students are planning on playing sports in
    college they must complete the NCAA Clearinghouse
  • This determines if they are eligible to play in
    college. Based on their core (academic) GPA and
    SAT/ACT scores.
  • They can apply online at
  • Cost 65.00

Sports in College(continued)
  • They should not wait for schools to recruit them.
  • Students can send a cover letter and a Sports
    Activity Sheet/Resume to any college coach they
    would like to play for. Some schools have
    Recruitment forms online.
  • Make sure they have realistic goals. They should
    talk to their coach to determine their level of

Preparing Students for College
  • Preparation for college starts in the ninth
    grade, so it is important to have contact with
    your students before they begin their senior
  • Classroom Guidance (ex.)
  • 9th grade CFNC Accounts
  • 10th grade Career Advising
  • 11th grade College Board Accounts

Preparing Students for College(continued)
  • Parent/Student Communication
  • Email groups per grade level
  • Email info on volunteer opportunities, academic
    pointers, special programming
  • Parent Meetings
  • Cover importance of course selection, grades,
    resume, extra-curricular activities, summer
    programs, testing (PSAT, SAT, etc)

Preparing Students for College(continued)
  • Meet with seniors as a group
  • Meet with seniors individually
  • Give all seniors a copy of their transcript
  • Assist with organization deadlines, College
    Planning Box
  • Host Applying to College parent night in early
    fall and Financial Aid Parent Night in January.
    The spring is a good time to host a How to Win
    Scholarships parent night.

Course Selection
  • Colleges expect students to take the most
    challenging courses they can handle
  • On-line course options NCVPS, Learn and Earn
  • Community College Courses Dual enrollment,
  • AP Courses

Letters of Recommendation
  • Needed for most colleges and scholarships from
    both a teacher and a counselor
  • Easier to write if a student gives you a copy of
    their parent brag sheet and resume
  • Instruct students to give two weeks notice and to
    use request form
  • How to Write Letters of recommendation

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Working With College Board
  • Fee Waivers
  • for SAT (2)and College Applications (4) for
    students with free/reduced lunch
  • Students with Disabilities
  • On-line application for accommodations
  • Stop-the clock, extended time, extra breaks
  • Phone number for counselor use only
  • 1-888-SAT-HELP (728-4357)

School Profile
  • Every high school needs a school profile to
    accompany transcripts and post on your school
    website so that colleges have a better idea of
    how your school is unique
  • Includes demographics, course offerings, average
    SAT/ACT scores, college acceptances, and contact
  • College Board has an easy template to use at
  • http//

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  • is the BEST
    place to direct students when looking for
  • Ask students to inform you when they earn
    scholarshipsmake copies of their scholarship
    award letters and keep them in a folder
  • Be sure to inform your principal, central office,
    and School Board of the scholarships earned by
    your students. This great PR for your students,
    school, and your program.

Scholarship Committee
  • Purpose is to select school nominees for
    particular scholarships (e.g Morehead, Park)
  • Composed of faculty members from different
    departments (e.g. English, Math)
  • Confidentiality is extremely important
  • Selection process involves looking at test
    scores, resumes, grades, etc to select the
    student that best characterizes what the
    scholarship is looking for.
  • Selection philosophies Share the Wealth - some
    committees choose not to select the same students
    for every scholarship.