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Welcome to the 2012 College Admissions Evening. Planning for life after Mahar. Tonight’s Program. The Guidance Counselors Finding the Right College The College Admissions Process The Application NCAA. HOW DOES GUIDANCE HELP?. Counselors.

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Welcome to the 2012 college admissions evening

Welcome to the 2012 College Admissions Evening

Planning for life after Mahar


Tonight s program
Tonight’s Program

  • The Guidance Counselors

  • Finding the Right College

  • The College Admissions Process

  • The Application

  • NCAA

HOW DOES GUIDANCE HELP?


Counselors
Counselors

  • All of grade 7 and 9th grade L-Z: Paula Swenson

  • All of grade 8 and 9th grade A-K: Cherie Hoyle

  • All of grade 10 and 11th grade A-K: Sara Storm

  • All of grade 12 and 11th grade L-Z: Caitlin McKenna


Mahar website www rcmahar org
Mahar Websitewww.rcmahar.org

Select

  • Services

  • Student Services

  • College & Career

    To link to college and scholarship search engines, virtual college tours, financial aid information and more!


The high school guidance curriculum for 10 th 11 th and 12 th grade
The high school guidance curriculum for 10th, 11th and 12th grade

  • Grade 10, Career planning

  • PLAN

  • Interest Inventory (MA CIS)

  • Career Research


11 th grade curriculum
11th grade curriculum

  • Grade 11, post secondary school planning

  • PSAT (voluntary, sign up in spring of 10th grade

  • ASVAB

  • College Quickstart

  • College/post secondary school planning workshop

  • Individual meetings


12 th grade curriculum
12th grade curriculum

  • Fall workshop on post secondary planning

  • Fall college fair field trip to MWCC

  • Financial Aid evening for students and families

  • MWCC and GCC decision days

  • Individual meetings with students (as many as necessary!)



Self assessment
Self-Assessment

  • goals and values

  • academic interests, abilities, and learning style

  • activities and outside interests

  • your personality and relationships with others

  • career awareness and interests


The college search
The College Search

  • On-line search. Go to www.rcmahar.org for links (college board, college data, princeton review)

  • Virtual Tours www.campustours.com

  • College fairs (fall MWCC and NMH)

  • Open houses

  • Small group rep sessions at Mahar

  • College visits*


www.collegeboard.com

www.actstudent.org

www.toefl.org


The college visit
The College Visit

  • Visit as many colleges on your list as possible.

  • Know the facts about the college before you visit.

  • Arrange an interview, if possible.

  • Make a list of questions not answered by your research.

  • Make arrangements to sit in on a class.

  • Make an appointment to speak to a professor about curriculum or a coach about a particular sport that may interest you.

  • Ask the tour guide for his or her e-mail address.

  • Write down five impressions you received from the tour.

  • Send thank you notes.


Finding the right match factors to consider
Finding the Right Match: Factors to Consider

  • Location: MA, New England, East Coast

  • Size: number of students, student/teacher ratio

  • Setting: urban, rural

  • Majors or areas of interest

  • Type: liberal arts, business, public, private

  • Selectivity/academic intensity

  • Cost: percent of students receiving aid

  • Athletics: Division I, II

  • Student Activities: study abroad, groups

  • Internship programs, CO-OP, Job Opportunities

  • Safety and Security


Understanding the college admission process
Understanding the CollegeAdmission Process


Possible admission criteria
Possible Admission Criteria

  • courses taken and grades achieved

  • grade point average

  • admission tests

  • recommendations

  • application questions and essay

  • intended major

  • activities outside the classroom

  • special talents, skills and interests

  • ethnicity

  • alumni relationship

  • geographic location

  • personal interview


Mahar Requirements

State College Req.

  • 4 years of English

  • 4 years of English

  • 4 years of math

  • 3 years of math (Algebra II & Geometry)

  • 3 years of science

  • 2 years of social science

  • 3 yrs of science (2 lab)

  • 3 years of social science

  • 20 core elective credits

  • 5 arts credits

  • 2 years of the SAME foreign language

  • 10 phys. ed. credits

  • 2 years of college-prep level electives

  • 10 health credits

  • School-to-work requirement

MCAS: Proficiency in ELA and Math, Passing in Science


State school minimum requirements
State School Minimum Requirements

UMASS

GPA SAT (ACT)

3.0 N/A

2.51-2.99 950 (20)

2.41-2.5 990 (21)

2.31-2.4 1030 (22)

2.21-2.3 1070 (23)

2.11-2.2 1110 (24)

2.0-2.1 1150 (25)

(9/06)

State Colleges

GPA SAT (ACT)

3.0 N/A

2.51-2.99 920 (19)

2.41-2.5 960 (20)

2.31-2.4 1000 (21)

2.21-2.3 1040 (22)

2.11-2.2 1080 (23)

2.0-2.1 1120 (24)


Evaluating a match the freshman profile
Evaluating a Match: The Freshman Profile

  • Average SAT scores

  • Average GPA

  • Average class rank

  • Additional test scores

  • High school course requirements

  • Number of students receiving financial aid

  • Additional requirements for selected majors

  • Basis for selection- interviews, essays, recommendations


The college list
The College List

  • Level One: The Reach or Long Shot(1-2 schools)

    (less that 50% chance of acceptance)

  • Level Two: The Mid-Range (3-4 schools)

    (about 50% chance of acceptance)

  • Level Three: Safety (2-3 schools)

    (99% chance of acceptance)


EARLY ACTION

A plan that permits students to submit an application early and to receive decisions on their application well in advance of the normal response dates. If accepted, the candidate is not committed to enroll but must notify the college by May 1 of his or her decision.

EARLY DECISION

A plan that permits students to receive a decision on their

application for admission (and for financial aid if applicable)

significantly before the regular notification date. The plan requires students to commit to attending the institution.


The college list moving forward
The College List: Moving Forward

  • All students must make an appointment with their guidance counselor.

  • Gather applications and financial aid information.

  • Keep track of all deadlines (early action, early decision, regular, financial aid).

  • Fill out transcript request form and submit it with a $2.00 fee to your counselor at least fifteen school days before the deadline.

  • Consider college visits/interviews.


The application
The Application

COUNSELOR responsibilities

  • Mail official transcript

  • Counselor recommendation/school report (upon written request at least fifteen school days prior to deadline)

  • Mail teacher recommendations

  • Mail end of year transcript


The application1
The Application

STUDENT responsibilities

  • Submit transcript release form with $2.00 fee to counselor

  • Meet with counselor

  • Send completed application and fee directly to college

  • Common Application www.commonapp.org.

  • SAT/SAT II scores sent to schools from College Board

  • ACT scores sent to schools directly from ACT

  • Essay(s)

  • Supplementary materials (portfolio, tapes, etc)

  • KEEP TRACK OF ALL DEADLINES


“Applications that are done at the last minute look like applications that were put together at the last minute.”

Janet Lavin Rapelye,

Dean of Admission

Wellesley College


DON’T applications that were put together at the last minute.”

PANIC


College admissions tests
College Admissions Tests applications that were put together at the last minute.”

  • SAT and SAT subject tests. Register for next test dates of May 5th by April 6th and the June 2th test by May 8th at www.collegeboard.com$49.00 (free and reduced lunch waivers)

  • MWCC SAT Prep course ($125.00)

  • ACT with writing tests. Register for April 14th test by March 9th and for the June 9th test by May 4th at www.actstudent.org$49.50


Student athletes
Student Athletes applications that were put together at the last minute.”

For participation in Division I or II athletics,

students must register and be certified by

the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.

Registration materials are available by

going to website

http://www.ncaa.org

STUDENT HOTLINE

1-800-638-3731


And for the rest of us other levels of college athletics
And for the rest of us… other levels of college athletics applications that were put together at the last minute.”

  • Division III

  • Intramural

  • Club

    Fencing, rugby, bicycle road racing, soccer, basketball, flag football.


Look for the financial aid evening in the fall
Look for the Financial Aid Evening in the fall applications that were put together at the last minute.”

  • To learn about scholarships, grants, loans and work study

  • To learn more about how colleges determine financial aid packages

  • To learn about how to calculate the “total cost of attending” college or technical school


Counselor contact information
Counselor Contact Information applications that were put together at the last minute.”

Sara Storm: [email protected]

Caitlin McKenna: [email protected]

978-544-2542, ext. 4


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