POST HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING

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1. POST HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING

7. Where can I find college information?

8. SENIORS - DID YOU KNOW THAT…

9. Interested in becoming an N.C.A.A. COLLEGE ATHLETE?

11. Student’s Responsibilities in the Application Process Deciding on your final list of colleges – usually 3-5 schools. Discuss your plans with your parents and counselor! Getting the application materials or applying online. Procuring other pertinent information, such as recommendations, if required. Completing the applications/writing essays if necessary/ having everything in well before the deadlines!

12. Parents and Counselors Responsibilities in the College Application Process Provide support Provide guidance Provide assistance YOUR POST HIGH SCHOOL PLANS ARE A FAMILY DECISION!

13. Deciding Where to Apply Final list must include a combination of: “Reach” schools – dream schools where admission is “iffy” or have admit rates between 7-20% “Possible” schools – you closely meet the expectations in the schools profile, but competition for spaces can still be tight “Probably/likely admit” – Chances for admissions are very strong “Financial safety” – a place that parents can afford if your financial aid package is not strong at other schools, or if your financial situation changes at home due to the economy, unemployment, etc.

14. Top 6 Factors in Selective College Admissions Student transcript – your GPA, grades, strength of schedule, class rank Test scores – ACT or SAT Student Essay or Personal Statement Recommendation letters Extracurricular activities and community service Demonstrated interest in the school – including campus visits, emails to admissions office, phone calls, etc. They document all communications in your file!

15. Top Factors in State Universities Admissions Student transcript – GPA, grades, strength of schedule, class rank Test Scores – ACT or SAT Personal Statement (if required) RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ONLY NEEDED FOR STUDENTS WHO DO NOT MEET REGULAR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS, YET DEMONSTRATE STRONG MOTIVATION AND POTENTIAL FOR SUCCESS. SEE YOUR COUNSELOR FOR MORE INFORMATION.

16. Admissions Options Regular decision - Submit an application by a specified date and receive a decision in a clearly stated period of time. Non-binding Rolling Admission – Institutions review applications as they are submitted and render decisions throughout the admissions cycle – Non-binding Early Action – students apply early and receive a decision well in advance of the institution’s regular response date – Non-binding Early Decision – Students make a commitment to a first-choice institution where if admitted, they definitely will enroll. The application deadline and decision deadline occur early. Binding! Restrictive Early Action – Students apply to an institution of preference and receive a decision early. They may be restricted from applying Ed or EA or REA to other institutions. If offered enrollment, they have until May 1 to confirm. Non-binding!

20. Teacher Recommendations Use the college form if a teacher recommendation is required – give form to teacher so they can attach their letter and send it to the college directly. Fill out the top part of the form and waive your right to access the letter. If applying via the Common Application, give the teacher a copy of the recommendation form, a list of the schools (with deadlines) and an envelope addressed to each school. Student should call the school to confirm the letter was received. For Counselor recommendations, see your counselor at least two weeks ahead of time. You need a personal meeting!

23. Fee Waivers Families for whom the application fees are a hardship may be eligible for a fee waiver Forms are available from your counselor. You must meet with your counselor to obtain these forms.

24. DISTRICT 211 COLLEGE NIGHT

25. Spanish-Speaking College Fair Illinois Colleges and Universities will be represented Wednesday October 28, 2009 Palatine High School **Meet and talk to the college representatives **Seminar presentation on preparing for college and applying for financial aid 7:00-9:00 p.m.

27. SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

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