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College Process Overview. College Planning Night October 9, 2013 Lincoln High School. Main Topics. YOU…the starting point Academics Activities Testing College Research College List Applying Well Family and Closing Comments. You …the Starting Point. Interests?

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College process overview
College Process Overview

  • College Planning Night

  • October 9, 2013

  • Lincoln High School


Main topics
Main Topics

  • YOU…the starting point

  • Academics

  • Activities

  • Testing

  • College Research

  • College List

  • Applying Well

  • Family and Closing Comments


You the starting point
You…the Starting Point

  • Interests?

  • What do you like about high school?

  • Learning Style?

  • Budget?

  • 4 year? 2 year? Arts? Engineering?…??


Your academics
Your Academics

  • Do your best

  • Get help early

  • Six Semesters…

  • Upward trend helpful

  • Recover Ds as needed

  • Gpa and Context—rigor


Academics matter
Academics Matter

Percent of Colleges Attributing Considerable Importance


Your activities
Your Activities


Your activities1
Your Activities

  • Quality of Activities > Quantity

  • Sustained Involvement

  • Do what you like

  • Service + Leadership

  • Use your summers

  • Be engaged, be intentional


Your testing plan
Your Testing Plan

  • ACT, SAT or both

  • Preparation is key—plan NOW

  • Scores play into scholarship $$

  • Calendar

  • Execute


Next research schools
Next, Research Schools

  • What fits You?



Research on line
Research On Line

  • College Board

  • College Data

  • College Navigator

  • Naviance

  • Oregon CIS



Know your numbers
Know Your Numbers

  • In context of the world

  • In context of your high school (Naviance)

  • In context of Financial Fit (EFC)


Know your numbers1
Know Your Numbers


Know your numbers2
Know Your Numbers


Love your list
Love Your List

  • 2-8 ideal

  • Balanced list

  • Best? Or Best for you?

  • Goal: Create options


Get ready to apply well
Get Ready to Apply Well


Organize for the search
Organize for the Search

  • Spiral notebook?

  • File box?

  • College wall?

  • Spreadsheet?

  • New email address?

  • What works for you?


Plan your process
Plan Your Process

  • Junior Year

Junior Summer

  • Create Calendar

  • Create activities list

  • Draft personal essay

  • Stay active

  • Research scholarships

  • Work on short answer essays

  • Complete Common App if using

  • Work Hard in School

  • Execute Testing

  • Evaluate Self

  • Research Schools

  • Visit Schools

  • Build List

  • Think about Essay

  • Contact schools of interest



Use your resources
Use Your Resources

Lincoln High School

College Handbook


Family harmony
Family Harmony

  • College Chat — weekly only

  • Student driven process

  • Who is going to college?

  • Parent job ideas

  • Parents — cheer your kids on

  • Kids — be nice to your parents


Last words
Last Words

  • “If you don’t have time to do it well, when will you have time to do it over?”John Wooden

  • “College is not a Prize to be Won, but a Match to be Made”Steve Antonoff


Thank you enjoy the process
Thank youEnjoy the Process

Marie Morris & Lisa Wendland


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