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College planning an overview

College Planning An Overview

Presented by GVHS Counselors:

Mr. Chip Harvey

Ms. Anna Impriano

Junior meeting

  • WHO?

    • student, parent(s), school counselor

  • WHEN?

    • Parents are invited to call and schedule these meetings following junior night. It is recommended to schedule the meeting in November, December or January

  • WHY?

    • This meeting will allow for individualized college planning

    • Review of general admission requirements, student transcript, college testing, college factors, building a college list, Navianceand a time to get questions answered

Important factors in admission decision
Important Factors in Admission Decision


    • Grades and Rigor are the most important factors

    • Senior year courses should reflect ability and interests


    • Review requirements on Naviance or on school’s webpage


    • Essay(s), Interviews (if required/recommended), Letters of Rec, Resume


    • Completed and submitted online

11 th grade milestones
11th Grade Milestones

  • Fall/Spring

    • Register Online for Entrance Exams (SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests)

    • Familiarize Yourself with Naviance and College Websites

    • Search for Colleges & Research GOOD FIT Schools

    • Develop Preliminary List of Schools

    • Build Your Resume

    • Visit Colleges (Great time- Spring Break!)

    • Course Selection (strategically select senior courses)

    • Request Letters of Recommendation from Teachers (spring)

    • DI/DII Potential Athletes- Register with NCAA Clearinghouse

  • Spring/Summer

    • Finalize List of Schools (6-10)

    • Work on College Essays and Begin completing Applications

    • Investigate/Enroll in Summer Programs

Taking entrance exams sat act sat subject tests
Taking Entrance Exams (SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests)

  • When?

    • First exam sometime between January-March

    • Refer to Naviance for the test dates and locations

  • Register for these Exams Online

    • SAT & Subject Test Registration:

    • ACT Registration:

  • Does my school require Subject Tests?

    • View link to determine the answer:

  • Some Schools do NOT require test scores

    • Test optional schools:

The college search
The College Search

  • Goal – Develop Preliminary List of Schools This Year

  • Identify Good Fit Characteristics

    • size, location, major, activities, strength of program, learning env., etc.

  • Use College Search Sites to Narrow List

  • VISIT Colleges (small, big, city, rural)

  • Selection Process (foundational, target, reach)

  • Narrow List! (subjective and objective research)

Visit colleges

  • Great time to visit- SPRING BREAK!

    • See school when students are on campus- ask questions~

  • Sign up for a tour with the admissions office by calling the school in advance. Some schools offer online registration.

  • Bring a Notebook!

    • Jot down your likes and dislikes as SOON as you leave campus

    • Your impressions of a school are important and will help you to determine good fit and factors of importance

Build your resume
Build Your Resume

  • Include activities, jobs and volunteer hours that you have been involved with since the beginning of 9th grade

  • Use appropriate grammar (you are not texting!!!)

  • Take on leadership roles and stay involved

  • Consider a summer program that is related to your career goals or that is on a college campus of interest

Letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation

  • Ask 2 Teachers to write you a letter

  • When to ask!? When you return from Spring Break !

  • Ask Major Subject Teachers

    • Math, English, Science, Social Studies

    • Consider the major you might pursue in college

  • Follow up by providing a teacher request form!

    • Available in the counseling office this spring

    • Forms also may be printed from Naviance (in the document library)

      Say THANK YOU!

Potential di dii athletes
Potential DI/DII Athletes

  • REGISTER with the NCAA at: Center

  • Send transcript to NCAA after junior year & after graduation

  • Review NCAA core-course requirements

  • Send your test scores (SAT &/or ACT) to the NCAA

    • Enter the code 9999 when you register to take the exam

  • Familiarize yourself with College Athletic Sites:

    • National Junior College Athletic Association

    • - The NAIA is another collegiate athletic association

Application process
Application Process

  • ED/EA/Rolling

    • ED- binding, EA- nonbinding, Rolling- no deadline

  • Common Application(review)

  • Send SAT/ACT Scores Online

  • School Packet

    • Supporting documents sent from your Guidance Office

    • Includes Transcript, Secondary School Report (data sheet), Counselor Letter of Rec, School Profile, Teacher(s) Letters’ of Rec

    • Must be requested 15 days before materials need to be at college

Acceptances and decisions
Acceptances and Decisions

  • When!?

    • Rolling Schools- response within 2-3 weeks

    • Early Action/Early Decision- response before winter break

    • Regular Decision- response before April 1st

  • How

    • Most Schools post application decisions online

    • Many Schools mail a decision in the mail

  • National Decision Day!

    • Students must commit to a school by May 1st, anytime before

    • Some colleges do not guarantee housing if you wait until 5/1

    • Consider your financial aid package with decisions (next slide)

Financial aid
Financial Aid


    • Free Application for federal student Aid

    • Apply for a pin and then complete application soon after Jan. 1st (12th)

    • Complete online:

  • CSS Profile

    • Required by many private colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for non-government financial aid, such as the institution's own grants, loans and scholarships

    • Can be completed in the fall (12th)

    • Completed online:

  • Local Scholarships

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