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Title: CONVERSATIONS WITH COUNSELORS: THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS FOR FIRST TIMERS


1
CONVERSATIONS WITH COUNSELORS THE COLLEGE
ADMISSIONS PROCESS FOR FIRST TIMERS
  • Sarah Mazak, Guidance Counselor
  • May 8, 2013

2
Objectives
  • Understanding the time-line associated with the
    college admissions process
  • How to find a good-fit college
  • Understanding the college application
  • Understanding admissions terminology

3
Objectives Continued
  • Understanding standardized testing
  • Understanding financial aid
  • How admissions decisions are made
  • Expectations (of us and you)
  • Open discussion

4
Opening Thought
  • The college admissions process is different for
    every student and at every college.

5
Time line 9th 10TH grade
  • Challenging courses
  • Good grades
  • PSAT, Subject tests
  • Soft conversations about college, invited to
    attend College Rep sessions, college visits

6
Time line 11th and 12th grade
  • 11th grade fall/winter PSAT, strong grades,
    challenging courses, SAT/ACT Prep class, SAT
    registration, college fair, start researching
    colleges
  • 11th Grade Spring maintain strong grades,
    start compiling a list, junior conference,
    college visits, take SAT/ACT
  • Summer between 11th 12th grade further SAT
    study (if needed), fine tune college list

7
Time line 12th grade
  • 12th Grade fall maintain strong grades,
    senior conference, additional SAT/ACT (if
    needed), college visits, apply
  • 12th Grade winter FAFSA, college responses
  • 12th Grade spring DECIDE and DEPOSIT (May 1),
    inform other colleges, make decisions about
    waitlist

8
How to find/research colleges
  • What are the important factors (price, size,
    location, academic programs, culture of the
    school, other factors athletics)
  • Discussed at Jr. Conference
  • College database search on Family Connections.
  • College representatives visit MHS
  • College fairs (CCM, NACAC -employee only-Edison
    in spring)
  • College regional receptions

9
Resources for the College Process
  • Family Connections
  • Books Complete section at Barnes and Noble -
    Princeton Review, etc.
  • Catalogues - Left by college reps
  • Bulletin Board outside of the Guidance Office for
    College Rep. Visits
  • Internet Comprehensive college websites
  • Constant email reminders from Mr. Levine

10
Campus Visits
  • Sign up online
  • Open houses one stop shopping
  • Making the most of college visits (tour guide,
    visit cafeteria, go off track)
  • Combine schools by region

11
Understanding the college application (components)
  • On-line (paper is not recommended)
  • Common application, universal application, own
    application
  • Application fee
  • Teacher recommendation(s) (done via Family
    Connections)
  • Counselor recommendation
  • College essay
  • Supplemental information (portfolio, supplement,
    etc.)

12
Admissions Terminology
  • Early decision (I and II)
  • Early action
  • Priority
  • Rolling decision
  • Regular decision
  • Accept, decline, defer, waitlist

13
Admissions Testing
  • SAT
  • SAT subject exams
  • ACT
  • APs
  • SAT optional schools (hundreds of 4-year schools-
    www.fairtest.org
  • Test Prep classes

14
Financial Aid
  • FAFSA v. CSS Profile
  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Scholarships (merit, athletic, etc)
  • Local national scholarship list on
  • FC

15
Factors in Admissions Decisions
  • High School grades and strength of curriculum,
    test scores
  • Recommendation(s), essay, extracurricular
    activities
  • What does this person bring to the community?
  • Interview
  • Demonstrated interest (ED)

16
What Should Your Expectations be of Us?
  • An individual Junior Conference meeting
  • An open invitation for your child to stop by with
    questions/concerns
  • Open Communication we will usually call/email
    back within 24 hours
  • Assistance throughout the process
  • Various Programming

17
What are our Expectations of You?
  • That you will have ongoing dialogue with your
    child about college.
  • Junior Parent Brag Sheet
  • That you will assist your child throughout the
    process (Keep em on track)
  • That you will be in contact with us about issues
    of concern for your family.

18
Open Discussion
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