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Juniors: Planning for Life After High School. Presented by the Briar Woods High School Guidance Department, Fall 2009. Juniors: Planning for Life After High School. Why plan? What are colleges looking for? How do I find the best college for me? What should I be doing right now?.

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Juniors planning for life after high school

Juniors:Planning for LifeAfter High School

Presented by the

Briar Woods High School

Guidance Department,

Fall 2009


Juniors planning for life after high school1
Juniors:Planning for Life After High School

  • Why plan?

  • What are colleges looking for?

  • How do I find the best college for me?

  • What should I be doing right now?



Life after high school why plan
Life After High School: Why Plan?

  • Post-secondary education opens doors

  • Post-secondary education gives you options

  • Post-secondary education can help you make a difference

  • Post-secondary education creates earning power


Life after high school why plan1
Life After High School: Why Plan?

  • Median Earnings by Level of Education (2006):

    • High School Diploma: $31,885/year

    • Associate Degree (2-years): $41,115/year

    • Bachelor’s Degree (4-Year): $53,160/year

    • Master’s Degree: $63,935/year

    • Doctoral Degree: $85,260/year

    • Professional Degree: $88,120/year


Options for life after high school
Options for Life After High School

  • College

    • Associates Degree: 2-year degree (typically earned at a community college or a junior college)

    • Bachelor’s Degree: 4-year degree

    • Master’s Degree: Typically 2 additional years after earning a bachelors

    • Doctoral Degrees & Professional Degrees: PHD, JD, MD, DC


Options for life after high school1
Options for Life After High School

  • Community College

    • Students can earn an Associates Degree, or students can complete the first year or two of a Bachelors Degree

    • NOVA has guaranteed admissions agreements with 31 four-year colleges and universities


Options for life after high school2
Options for Life After High School

  • Benefits of community college

    • NOVA is one of the best community colleges in the country

    • Relatively inexpensive

    • Close to home

    • A “small step” into higher education

    • Usually “open” admissions


Options for life after high school3
Options for Life After High School

  • Trade-schools/Apprenticeships

    • Many “trades” have more earning potential than careers that require a 4-year degree

  • Military

    • Enlisting in the military and earning a college degree are not mutually exclusive

    • Enlisting in the military can help pay for college

    • Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is available at many colleges

    • Military Schools and Academies

    • Recruiters can provide more information


What are colleges looking for

What are CollegesLooking For?


The college admissions funnel
“The College Admissions Funnel”

Inquiry Pool (PSAT, Search pieces, campus visit, college fairs, HS visits)

31,000+

Thousands of applications

2,800+

Accepted students

1,800+

Students who pay a deposit

1,000+

Students that enroll (700)


National association of college admission counseling survey 2008

Percent of all colleges rating specific factors in the college admissions decision as being of “considerable importance”

National Association of College Admission Counseling, Survey 2008


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National Association of College Admission Counseling, Survey 2008

The Top Four:

  • Grades in College Prep Courses, 79.9%

  • Strength of Curriculum, 63.8%

  • Standardized Admissions Tests, 58.5%

  • Grades in All Courses, 51.6%


National association of college admission counseling survey 20082
National Association of College Admission Counseling, Survey 2008

  • Essay or writing sample, 25.8%

  • Class Rank, 23.4%

  • Student’s Demonstrated Interest, 22.0%

  • Counselor Recommendation, 21.1%

  • Teacher Recommendation, 20.8%

  • Extracurricular Activities, 6.5%


Most of the factors are products of academic effort
Most of the factors are products of ACADEMIC EFFORT 2008

  • Grades in College Prep Courses, 79.9%

  • Strength of Curriculum, 63.8%

  • Standardized Admissions Tests, 58.5%

  • Grades in All Courses, 51.6%

  • Essay or writing sample, 25.8%

  • Class Rank, 23.4%

  • Student’s Demonstrated Interest, 22.0%

  • Counselor Recommendation, 21.1%

  • Teacher Recommendation, 20.8%

  • Extracurricular Activities, 6.5%


What are colleges looking for1
What are colleges looking for? 2008

“There is no secret to getting in...

Stop looking for a gimmick.

Tune out the hype.

Study hard.

Take the toughest curriculum that you can.

The heart of the application is

– and has always been –

One’s academic preparation.”

-- UVA Magazine


Standardized testing
Standardized Testing 2008

  • SAT Reasoning Test (aptitude)

    • Critical Reading

    • Math

    • Writing

  • ACT (achievement)

    • English

    • Math

    • Science

    • History

    • Optional writing section


Standardized testing1
Standardized Testing 2008

SAT Subject Tests

  • Usually used for placement

  • Not used for admissions

  • Subject test requirements vary among colleges



“The Student Admissions Funnel” 2008

Inquiry pool (public, private, size, cost, majors, religious affiliation, athletics)

4,000+

After research, narrowing the field is key!

8-10-15 schools?

Applying to college

4-6 schools?

Narrowing your final decision

1-3 schools

The best college for you!


Research colleges narrow y our list
Research Colleges & Narrow Y 2008our List

  • College search engines

    • CollegeBoard

    • Family Connection


Family connection
Family Connection 2008

  • Every student will be provided with an individual account

  • Conduct college searches

  • Compare colleges

  • Students can build a resume

  • Interact with the guidance department

  • Receive email notices & reminders


Research colleges narrow your list
Research Colleges & Narrow Your List 2008

  • Mail from colleges

  • Books/magazines

  • Internet resources, college websites

  • Family, friends, teachers, counselors


Research colleges narrow y our list1
Research Colleges & Narrow Y 2008our List

  • College visits to BWHS

  • The BWHS Career Center

  • College Fairs

    • LCPS College Fair, every September

    • Diversity In Education College Fair, March 24


Campus visits
Campus Visits 2008

  • Take notes!!!

  • Classes

  • Students

  • Campus

  • Dorms

  • Dining Halls

  • Surrounding Neighborhoods

  • Extracurricular Activities



Fall college information night for juniors
Fall College Information Night 2008for Juniors

A great college planning goal

for juniors:

Begin your senior year knowing where you want to apply to college!


What should i be doing now1
What Should I be Doing Now? 2008

  • Stay on track using checklists & calendars

  • Concentrate on your academics

  • Plan & prepare for the admissions tests

  • Take the admissions tests in the Spring

  • Participate in extracurricular activities

  • Research colleges & narrow your list

  • Visit colleges

  • Behave appropriately online


Stay on track using checklists calendars
Stay on Track Using 2008Checklists & Calendars

  • Use the a monthly checklist

  • Sign-up for the CollegeBoard electronic monthly newsletter


Concentrate on your academics
Concentrate on Your Academics 2008

  • Take the most challenging classes you can reasonably handle.

  • Work Hard!

  • You can’t “make up for” poor academics


Plan prepare for the admissions tests take the admissions tests in the spring
Plan & Prepare for the Admissions Tests/Take the Admissions 2008Tests in the Spring

  • College testing

    • SAT Reasoning Test

    • ACT

  • Register now!!! The Loudoun test sites fill up quickly


2009 2010 sat dates
2009-2010 SAT Dates 2008

  • October 10

  • November 7

  • December 5

  • January 23

  • March 13 - BWHS

  • May 1

  • June 5


2009 2010 act dates
2009-2010 ACT Dates 2008

  • September 12

  • October 24

  • December 12 - BWHS

  • February 6

  • April 10

  • June 12


Preparing for the tests
Preparing for the Tests 2008

  • Long-term v. Short-term preparation

  • Free practice tests for the SAT & ACT

  • PSAT – My CollegeQuickstart

  • Free online CollegeBoard SAT course

  • BWHS SAT course

  • Books – look for materials created by the testing companies themselves

  • Private courses (PTSO)


Participate in extracurricular activities
Participate in Extracurricular Activities 2008

  • Participate in the extracurricular activities that are meaningful to you – not what you think others want to see.

  • Extracurriculars include activities inside and outside of school! Community activities are important too!

  • Don’t be tempted to spread yourself too thin.

  • Be a leader!


Research colleges narrow your list visit colleges
Research Colleges & 2008Narrow Your List/Visit Colleges

  • Research colleges

  • Visit colleges

  • Take notes!


Behave appropriately online
Behave Appropriately Online 2008

  • Appropriate email address

  • MySpace, Facebook, Youtube, forums, etc.

  • If you wouldn’t put it on a resume, job application, or college application – don’t post it online!


What should i be doing now2
What Should I be Doing Now? 2008

  • Stay on track using checklists & calendars

  • Concentrate on your academics

  • Plan & prepare for the admissions tests

  • Take the admissions tests in the Spring

  • Participate in extracurricular activities

  • Research colleges & narrow your list

  • Visit colleges

  • Behave appropriately online


What s next this year
What’s Next? 2008This Year

  • “Life After High School” classroom presentations

  • Every junior will receive a planning folder

  • Scheduling & post-secondary student/counselor conferences in the Spring

  • “Making the College Search Count” assembly in the Spring

  • Diversity in Education College Fair, March 24

  • Spring College Information Night for Juniors


What s next senior year
What’s Next? 2008Senior Year

  • Fall College Information Night for Seniors

  • Classroom presentations in early Fall

  • Individual student/counselor conferences in the Fall

  • Financial Aid Night in December


Fall college information night for juniors1
Fall College Information Night 2008for Juniors

A great college planning goal

for juniors:

Begin your senior year knowing where you want to apply to college!


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