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Charting The

Course to College

College Planning Workshop

July 15, 2011

warning signs for parents resource www fiskeguide com
Warning Signs for Parents…(resource:
  • Put the high school college counselor’s home number on speed dial.
  • House-hunt in North Dakota to enhance child’s “geo” appeal
  • Change license plate to read “650CR/610M” on family car
warning signs for students resource www fiskeguide com
Warning Signs for Students…(resource:
  • Message on cell phone notes you are on the honor roll and a member of the National Honor Society
  • Demand that your family only communicates with you using SAT vocabulary words
  • You memorize the Tier I and Tier II institutions of the U.S. News national rankings
values for the voyage
Values for the Voyage
  • Why do I want to go to college?
  • What excites me most about college? What scares me?
  • What are my strengths? Weaknesses?
  • What type of student am I?
  • How do I prefer to learn – in small group discussions or larger class lectures?
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Values for the Voyage
  • What are my educational and career goals? Academic interests?
  • What activities mean the most to me?
  • What excites me most about college? What scares me?
  • What makes me special? What talents or insights can I contribute to a campus community?
  • What experiences help to make me a bit uncommon?
back to the basics
Back to the Basics
  • Academic Plan: Challenge yourself (you may surprise yourself)
  • Pursue your passions – it’s about quality, not quantity
  • Ask people you know & respect for referrals
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Back to the Basics
  • Start with a map!
  • Check out the web resources

Individual college websites

  • Make the time – 1 hour each week
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Back to the Basics
  • Get organized!

-Read, assess, file & recycle

-Not interested? Let the college know

-Interested? Respond to requests

-Create a timeline of important dates

- Application deadlines (6-8 schools)

-Financial aid & scholarship deadlines

-Test dates

-Open house or HS visit opportunities

-Start a journal or pro/con list for each college choice (continually assess/refine your college list)

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Back to the Basics
  • Avoid being a “stealth applicant”

-Initiate contact

-Respond to paper/online requests

-Connect at your high school or local fair

-Alumni interviews

-Campus Visits

demonstrate interest
Demonstrate Interest
  • Make reference to distinctive characteristics of the college and how those qualities fit your abilities, personality and style particularly well.
  • Pay attention to the entire application – College Application Supplements (
  • Keep note of admission decision notification dates. If the dates have passed (or close to the date), contact the office to inquire about your file’s status with the admission committee.
  • If wait listed at your top choice, be sure the admissions office is aware of your interest. Send a letter of interest to the director. If capable, visit to speak with a counselor.
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Back to the Basics
  • Clear, thoughtful and accurate communication is key

-Create a connection (counselors, teachers, college professionals…and your parents!)

- Read the instructions

- Do it yourself


Charting the

Course to College

College Planning Workshop

July 15, 2011

Final Thoughts…for Parents
  • Recognize that gaining admission to college is merely one step in a process of education.
  • Resist doing for your students what they are capable of doing themselves.
  • Resist relying on rankings and college selectivity alone.
  • Realize that researching, selecting and applying to colleges does not have to be an expensive process.
  • Keep this process in perspective.
Final Thoughts…for Students
  • Be confident! Take responsibility.
  • Be deliberate!
  • Be realistic and trust your instincts!
  • Be open-minded!
  • Use a variety of resources for gathering info.
  • Be honest; be yourself!
  • Limit applications to a well-researched number
  • Know that what you do in college is a better predictor of future success than where you go.
“It is your future and no one else should prepackage your approach to the process.”

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