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Title: Fall College Information Night for Seniors and Parents


1
Fall College Information Night for Seniors and
Parents
  • Briar Woods High School Counseling Department

2
Agenda
  • The college application folder and Briar Woods
    High School application procedures
  • Finding/selecting colleges to apply to is NOT on
    this agenda that was covered at last years
    Junior night and will be again on October 1, 2014

3
College Information Night
  • This presentation is online
  • BWHS Counseling gtgtgt Presentations
  • Counselors will review material with seniors next
    week and follow with Senior Interviews
  • E-Index
  • NACAC Guide
  • Transcript Release Form
  • Senior Information Packet
  • Additional forms resources

4
The Application Folder The Seven
Essentials
  1. Application
  2. Essay
  3. Student Resume
  4. Secondary School Report
  5. Test Scores
  6. Transcript
  7. Letter/s of Recommendation

5
The Application
  • Applications are submitted online
  • Print and review before submitting it!
  • Seniors are responsible for completing and
    submitting their own applications (not mom
    dad!)
  • Seniors should make copies of all applications
    they submit
  • Many colleges use the Common Application

6
The Application
  • Seniors are responsible for being aware of
    application deadlines (see NACAC Guide)
  • Regular Admission traditional deadline
  • Early Decision binding
  • Early Action non-binding
  • Rolling Admission applications accepted based
    on space availability until the institution is
    full

7
The Application
  • Early Decision Early Action
  • Is it binding?
  • Dates?
  • Can I get out of it?
  • Is the competition tougher or easier?
  • If I am not accepted, will I be considered for
    regular admissions?
  • Can I afford it without financial aid?

8
The Application Folder
  1. Application
  2. Essay
  3. Student Resume
  4. Secondary School Report
  5. Test Scores
  6. Transcript
  7. Letter/s of Recommendation

9
The Essay
  • Not all colleges require an essay
  • Essays are submitted online along with the
    application
  • Seniors should make sure they are understand the
    essay topic
  • Seniors are advised to print out and review (with
    help!) their essays before sending them

10
The Essay
  • English teachers are more than happy to help
    students with essays teachers incorporate this
    into their curriculum
  • Seniors should save all essays because they may
    be modified and reused but be careful!
  • Essay resources BWHS library, BWHS Career
    Center, public library, book store, internet
    resources

11
The Application Folder
  1. Application
  2. Essay
  3. Student Resume
  4. Secondary School Report
  5. Test Scores
  6. Transcript
  7. Letter/s of Recommendation

12
Student Resume
  • Many colleges accept student resumes
  • Resumes can highlight your accomplishment both in
    and outside of school
  • Resumes can be submitted online along with the
    application and essay
  • An effective resume is EASY TO READ!

13
Student Resume
  • Use resume templates and samples to format your
    own
  • Information on resumes must be 100 accurate
  • Use email and social media appropriately (if you
    wouldnt put it on a resume)

14
The Application Folder
  1. Application
  2. Essay
  3. Student Resume
  4. Secondary School Report
  5. Test Scores
  6. Transcript
  7. Letter/s of Recommendation

15
Secondary School Report (SSR)
  • Some colleges provide the student with a
    Secondary School Report form for the counselor to
    complete and send in
  • We will automatically send a comprehensive
    universal Secondary School Report for all
    seniors with their transcripts. This is now
    common practice

16
The Application Folder
  1. Application
  2. Essay
  3. Student Resume
  4. Secondary School Report
  5. Test Scores
  6. Transcript
  7. Letter/s of Recommendation

17
Test Scores
  • Seniors are responsible for having their test
    scores sent to the colleges they are applying to.
    LCPS does not send scores!
  • Seniors can request that their scores be sent
    when they take the tests or they can have their
    scores sent after the test date by contacting the
    CollegeBoard ( for SAT) or ACT

18
The Application Folder
  1. Application
  2. Essay
  3. Student Resume
  4. Secondary School Report
  5. Test Scores
  6. Transcript
  7. Letter/s of Recommendation

19
The Transcript
  • Seniors must submit a Transcript Release Form
    signed by a parent. Forms can be obtained in
    guidance and are online
  • Seniors must submit the form in person to the
    counselor, every time they apply to a college

20
The Transcript
  • We ask that seniors submit transcript requests a
    minimum of two weeks before the college
    application deadline (last year we sent over 9000
    transcripts!)
  • LCPS plans to use the Parchment transcript
    exchange service to send transcripts (VADOE
    sponsored)
  • We track the process date and send date posted
    on Family Connection

21
The Transcript
  • We include a school profile with transcript
  • We send the SSR with each transcript
  • We send the counselor letter of recommendation
    with each transcript, if needed more on this in
    a moment

22
The Transcript
  • Transcript requests must be made before December
    5th in order to be sent before winter break
  • All LCPS students are charged 3.00 per transcript

23
The Transcript
  • Please only request transcripts to be sent to
    colleges you are actually applying to
  • Mid-year and end-of-year transcripts are sent
    automatically at no cost

24
The Application Folder
  1. Application
  2. Essay
  3. Student Resume
  4. Secondary School Report
  5. Test Scores
  6. Transcript
  7. Letter/s of Recommendation

25
Letters of Recommendation
  • Counselor Letter
  • If a senior needs a letter of recommendation from
    the counselor, he/she can request it when he/she
    requests the transcript
  • Every senior will be provided with a Senior
    Information Packet to be turned into the
    counselor
  • The Senior Information Packet is posted online
    and contains a parent brag section
  • The counselor will send the letter with the
    transcript

26
Letters of Recommendation
  • Teacher Letter
  • If a letter of recommendation is requested from a
    teacher, the senior should make the request
    directly to the teacher and provide the teacher
    with an envelope addressed to the college
  • Notable exceptions JMU and UVA the counselor
    will collect these from the teacher

27
Letters of Recommendation
  • Seniors should allow counselors and teachers a
    minimum of two weeks to write a letter
  • Please only request letters to be sent to schools
    you are actually applying to
  • If you send more letters than the college
    requests, you cant control which ones they
    choose to read

28
The Application Folder - Summary
  1. Senior submits application online to the college
  2. Senior submits the essay online to the college
    (if there is one)
  3. Senior may submit a resume online to the college
  4. Senior has test scores sent directly to the
    college by the CollegeBoard (for SAT) or the ACT
  5. Senior meets with counselor directly to request a
    transcript by submitting a Transcript Release
    Form
  6. BWHS will automatically send a universal
    Secondary School Report to the college with the
    transcript
  7. Senior may request letter of recommendation (if
    needed) from their counselor and/or teachers

29
Keeping Sane!!!
  • Complete one college application folder at a
    time
  • Trying to work on several applications at once
    confusion for all!
  • Use a checklist for each application

30
Keeping Sane!!!
  • Complete applications one at a time
  • One by Halloween
  • One by Thanksgiving
  • The rest by Winter Break
  • Pay attention to deadlines!

31
Interviews
  • Some colleges interview applicants
  • Process, procedures, and guidelines vary
  • Resources can be found on the E-Index

32
Communication/Follow-Up
  • Your senior will hear everything we talked about
    tonight through classroom presentations
  • Every senior will meet with his/her counselor
    individually throughout the process
  • Please review the NACAC Guide includes rights
    and responsibilities in the college admissions
    process. This is a fantastic source of
    information!

33
Communication/Follow-Up
  • Every senior will receive an e-index
  • Planning calendar
  • Student information packet
  • Sample resumes
  • Transcript release form
  • College visit worksheet
  • College application checklist
  • and more

34
Communication/Follow-Up
  • Students and parents can log onto Family
    Connection to view transcript send dates
  • We automatically send mid-year transcripts to the
    colleges our students apply to (no cost)
  • Final transcripts are sent to the colleges our
    students plan to attend (no cost)

35
Some Advice
  • HAVE FUN!

36
Upcoming Dates
  • Senior presentations Next week
  • Senior Interviews Late September
  • LCPS College Fair September 28 at 400pm-530pm
    630pm-800pm, RRHS
  • Junior College Information Night October 1 at
    700pm
  • Financial Aid Night November 19 at 700pm

37
Have a great Senior year!!
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