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Title: College Information for Juniors


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  • College Information for Juniors

College and Career Resource Center (CCRC)
571-5922 ext 7533 Melinda Stephan
College Career Programming and Resources
Coordinator (mstephan_at_ccs.k12.in.us)
Ann Boldt College Advisor (aboldt_at_ccs.k12.in.us)
Harry Pettibone College Advisor
(hpettibo_at_ccs.k12.in.us)
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College and Career Resource Center (CCRC)
  • Melinda Stephan, College Career Programming and
    Resources Coordinator
  • Harry Pettibone and Ann Boldt, College Advisors
  • part-time (Gold T/Th, 8am3pm Gold M/W/F,
    8am1230pm)
  • Located within the Counseling Department
  • Available to assist students at all grade levels
    (9-12)

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CCRC What We Do!
  • Schedule Individual Appointments for Students
    and/or Parents
  • Conduct Workshops
  • Finding Your College Fit (Spring)
  • College Application Boot Camp (Summer)
  • Application Open Labs (fall)
  • FAFSA completion (winter)
  • Selective Schools Panel (spring)
  • Parent/Family Programming
  • College Information Night (Fall)
  • Financial Aid Night (Winter)
  • Build Relationships with College Representatives
  • Share Updated College Information/Resources with
    the Counselors
  • Maintain up-to-date College Files, Summer
    Opportunities, and Scholarship Information
  • Resources Acceptance Book, college guides,
    publications, and more!

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Upcoming Events!
  • Greater Indianapolis Northside College Fair
  • March 11th at the Ritz Charles from 630-800 pm
  • Over 100 colleges/universities will be there!
  • Finding Your College Fit Workshops
  • March 16th, March 30th, and April 27th during
    SRTpick one and sign up in Counseling!
  • Admission to Selective Schools Panel Discussion
  • April 15th during SRT in the Auditorium
  • Northeast College Tour
  • July 19-26 visit Harvard, Yale, NYU, Columbia,
    Brown U, Boston U, and more!
  • Spots still available!
  • College Application Boot Camp (registration
    coming soon!)
  • June 1st 2nd (morning or afternoon sessions)
  • August 3rd 4th (morning or afternoon sessions)

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Searching for Colleges
and Finding a Fit!
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Self Assessment Comes First!
  • You need to know what you are looking for BEFORE
    you can look for it!
  • What is most important to you in selecting a
    college/university? Take into account your
    interests, skills, goals, future plans.
  • This requires you to ask yourself some questions
    about your search criteria
  • Location of School?
  • Size of School? Public? Private?
  • Majors? Minors?
  • Extracurricular Opportunities?
  • School Culture?
  • Cost/Affordability?
  • Selectivity
  • Once you can answer these questions, then you can
    search for colleges that match your criteriaand
    find a good fit!

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Choosing a Major
  • Evaluate your interests, passions, and talents
  • Understand the current/projected job market
    (www.HoosierHot50.com)
  • How have your courses helped you in determining a
    field of study?
  • Career Assessments
  • www.indianacareerexplorer.org
  • CHS Counseling Department (Career Assessment
    Testing -50)
  • Private Testing (costs vary)
  • Hands on Experience
  • Internship or Co-op Courses at CHS
  • Job Shadowing
  • Summer Jobs or Summer Programs

8
Learning About Colleges on the Web
  • College/University Websites are your BEST
    resource!
  • College Board - www.collegeboard.org
  • ACT - www.act.org
  • Indiana Career Explorer www.indianacareerexplore
    r.org
  • Learn More Indiana www.learnmoreindiana.org
  • College Xpress www.collegexpress.com
  • Petersons www.petersons.com
  • MyPlan www.myplan.com
  • Cappex www.cappex.com
  • College Timelines/Articles - www.inlikeme.com
  • College Forums - www.collegeconfidential.com

9
Big Future - College Search Toolwww.bigfuture.co
llegeboard.org
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Explore College Options in Person
  • Meet with College Admission Representatives at
    CHS
  • Fall and Spring
  • Sign up in Counseling
  • Attend College Fairs
  • National College Fair
  • Usually held in Fall at Indiana Convention Center
  • Local College Fairs (many in the fall)
  • Greater Indianapolis Northside College Fair
  • Wednesday, March 11th at Ritz Charles from
    630-800 pm
  • Campus Visits
  • Experience the campus environment in person!

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Making Campus Visits Productive
  • Plan your visit and make an appointment with
    admissions office
  • Take an official campus tour
  • Meet with the admissions and/or financial aid
    office
  • Meet with major department of interest
  • Observe a classroom setting in your intended
    major
  • Bring an unofficial transcript and CHS Profile
  • Meet coaches if you are an athlete
  • Take advantage of open houses for Juniors
  • Sample the food, chat with current students, take
    pictures of campus
  • Schedule an overnight visit when possible
  • Must be called in as a prearranged absence and
    will count against the skip-a-final program

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Applying to Colleges
and Getting In!
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Where do CHS Students Go?
  • There are over 4,000 colleges/universities in the
    United Statesthere is a post-secondary option
    for everyone!
  • Approximately 70 of CHS graduates attend college
    in-state.
  • Many quality options in-state with 7 Public
    Universities, 5 IU regional campuses, 2 IUPU
    regional campuses, 2 Purdue regional campuses,
    and Ivy Tech Community College (23 campuses
    state-wide)
  • Indiana has 31 Independent Colleges/Universities
    (private)

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CHS Well-Represented Across the US
  • American University
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Case Western University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth
  • Duke
  • Emory
  • Georgetown
  • Harvard
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Kenyon College
  • Loyola-Chicago
  • MIT
  • Naval Academy
  • New York University (NYU)
  • Northwestern
  • Notre Dame
  • Princeton
  • Stanford
  • Tufts
  • UC Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt
  • Washington Univ. St. Louis
  • West Point
  • Yale

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What Colleges Consider
  • Grades
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Upward Trend
  • Importance of Junior Year Grades
  • Senior Grades Count
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Course Selection
  • Solid Core Subjects Solid preparation for
    college-level work
  • AP, IB, Honors, Dual Credit (Realistic Rigor)

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What Colleges Consider
  • College Essays/Personal Statements
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Length of Commitment
  • Leadership
  • Community Service/Volunteerism
  • Resume
  • Demonstrated Interest
  • Interviews

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Carmel High School Code 150445
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SAT/ACT
  • Take both to see which is a better test for you
  • Take at least twice
  • Winter and Spring Junior Year
  • Fall of Senior Year if necessary
  • Scores are sent to CHS and we add them to your
    transcript
  • Check with each school to see if they will accept
    scores on a transcript. MANY require students to
    send scores directly from the testing agencies
  • Most colleges Super Score
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • Register at www.collegeboard.org
  • Register at www.actstudent.org

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Test Prep Opportunities
  • Use the College Board and ACT test prep resources
    online!!
  • CHS SAT Prep Course (April 22nd or 23rd AND April
    29th or 30th)
  • Registration forms available in Counseling
    Department
  • Check out the test prep resources on the CHS
    Counseling Website
  • Professional Programs (i.e. Princeton Review)
  • Self-Study
  • Summer is a great time to prep if
  • you are hoping to improve scores!

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Application Options for Admission
  • Early Decision
  • Single Choice Early Action
  • Early Action/Notification
  • Regular Admissions
  • Rolling Admissions
  • National Reply Date - May 1
  • Be Mindful of Deadlines!

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Apply to a Range of Schools
  • Recommend applying to 3-6 Schools
  • Target Schools schools where your grades, test
    scores, and profile match the admission profile.
  • Reach Schools schools where your grades, test
    scores, and profile fall short of their admission
    profile OR very selective schools that are
    difficult to get into no matter who you are.
  • Safety Schools schools where your profile
    exceeds the admission requirements and profile.
    High confidence that you will get in.
  • Dont apply just to apply! Make sure the college
    has what you are looking for, i.e. is a good FIT!

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Extracurricular Resume
  • Create your extracurricular resume if you havent
    already done so. It will help you when you
    complete applications!
  • Include athletics, clubs/organizations, service,
    part-time and summer employment, honors/awards.
  • Creating your resume early and taking stock of
    your experiences will help you make connections
    between what you have done and what you want to
    doand it will likely assist you in identifying
    possible essay responses.
  • Indiana Career Explorer has a resume builder. You
    can also use templates in Microsoft Word to
    create your resume.

23
Essays
  • Be original, but be YOU!
  • Grab/hook the reader with a great opening
    sentence
  • Write something that only you could write but be
    sure to answer the prompt!
  • Your chance to show them who you are beyond
    grades and scores tell them something they
    couldnt find out from reading the rest of your
    application.
  • Use your resources to proof your essay carefully
    (i.e. have parents, teachers, counselors check
    for grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.)
  • Save a copy of each essay
  • Common Application (www.commonapp.org)
  • Common app essay prompts usually posted in late
    spring
  • Work on these over the summer!

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Letters of Recommendation
  • NEW! Complete Counselor Recommendation Packet and
    Teacher Recommendation Questionnaire by September
    14th, 2015. The earlier the better! (Available on
    Counseling Website)
  • At least one letter should be from a core
    academic teacher.
  • Ask for letters early to give recommenders plenty
    of time to write a great letter for you!
    Last-minute requests last minute letters.
  • Letters dont always have to come from classes
    where you got the highest grades. Get letters
    from teachers who can speak to your
    participation/contributions and your improvement,
    as well as your performance.

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Passion Factor/Demonstrated Interest
  • Show colleges that you are genuinely interested
    by
  • Attending Community Event hosted by College
  • Campus Visits!!
  • Make connections at College Fairs
  • Establish Email Communication
  • Interview and/or Network with Alumni
  • Meet with College Representatives at CHS, who
    often sit on the admission committees
  • Not all schools consider demonstrated interest in
    the admissions processbut it certainly cant
    hurt!

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Summer Activities to Strengthen Your College
Application
  • Use your summer to your advantage by exploring
    your interests and gaining experience!
  • Take courses at colleges OR attend university
    summer programs.
  • Conduct research, complete an internship, get a
    part-time job, or volunteer.
  • NOW is the time to identify your summer options.
  • See the Summer Program database on the Counseling
    Website, checkout programs on university
    websites, talk to your parents, neighbors,
    family, and friends to find opportunities.

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Paying for College
Financial Aid Scholarships
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Financial Aid Scholarships
  • Be sure to complete the Free Application for
    Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1st
    2016 to be fully considered for all available
    aidNEED and MERIT!
  • Be sure to visit the universitys financial aid
    and scholarship website to learn about possible
  • Automatic Merit-Based Scholarships
  • Additional Scholarships
  • Pay Attention to
  • Application deadlines!

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Money Savers
  • Combined Degrees (i.e. Bachelors Masters)
  • AP, Dual Credit /ACP and IB courses
  • Summer School at Community College
  • Community College (i.e. Ivy Tech)
  • ROTC or National Guard
  • Military Academies
  • West Point
  • Naval Academy
  • Air Force Academy
  • Coast Guard
  • Merchant Marine Academy

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Resources for Scholarship Searches
  • Counseling Office/Website
  • Scholarship Wall
  • Scholarship Database
  • Carmel Education Foundation (CEF)
    www1.ccs.k12.in.us/foundation/scholarships
  • Local Organizations your job, your parents job,
    church, etc.
  • Online Search Tools
  • Fastweb www.fastweb.com
  • College Board www.collegeboard.org
  • There are even some scholarships for current
    juniors!

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What Now?
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Things you should be doing this spring and
summer
  • Get organized! Create a folder or file for your
    college search and application information.
  • Continue to research and narrow down your college
    options, keeping in mind that you are looking for
    a good fit for YOU!
  • Take the SAT and/or ACT this spring.
  • Attend CHS spring and summer workshops.
  • Identify teachers or other adults from whom you
    wish get a letter of recommendation, and ask them
    early.
  • Complete your Counselor Recommendation Packet AND
    Teacher Recommendation Questionnaire.
  • Visit college campuses, attend college fairs,
    talk to admission reps.
  • Start drafting your essay responses and personal
    statements.

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Online and Social Media Resources
  • Carmel High
    School College Counseling

  • _at_CHSCollege411
  • Use the CHS Counseling Website!
  • Coming soonNaviance! You will use this program
    to send your transcripts next year. More
    information to come.

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Were Here to Help!
  • Use all of your resources counselor, parents,
    CCRC, teachers, workshops, services, etc.
  • Own this process! Do not have your parents do
    this for you, but definitely use them as a
    resource.
  • Do not assume that what everyone is saying is
    truego to a reputable source. Your stress levels
    will go up if you believe what everyone is
    saying.
  • Ask Questions!
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