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Post-Graduation Planning for the Class of 2014. Presented by : Mrs. Van Buren (Letters A-G) Mrs. Hagaman (Letters H-O) Mrs. Gambill (Letters P-Z). Senior Night Parent Presentation. Thursday, October 10 th in the Media Center at SIHS Review of all important dates and senior information

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Post-Graduation Planning for the Class of 2014

Presented by:

Mrs. Van Buren (Letters A-G)

Mrs. Hagaman (Letters H-O)

Mrs. Gambill (Letters P-Z)

Senior Night Parent Presentation

  • Thursday, October 10th in the Media Center at SIHS

  • Review of all important dates and senior information

  • Senior To-Do List: Applications, Tests, Resumes

  • All Seniors and their parents are welcome to attend!

Your Requirements to Graduate

Going to College in Five Easy Steps

  • 1. Research colleges- check academic programs, tuition, admission requirements, etc.

  • 2. Select schools that “fit” your abilities and needs

  • 3. Complete your applications- SAT/ACT, Transcripts, Recommendations, Essays

  • 4. Apply for scholarships and financial aid

  • 5. Receive your offers of admission and make your final decision

Research Colleges








College Fair 2013

  • September 25th—4th block

  • Juniors and Seniors will get a chance to meet college admissions representatives from regional universities, community colleges, and vocational schools

  • Bring questions for your schools of choice!

Find your fit: College Visits

  • Seniors are allowed 3 excused college visit days.

    Process for College Visit Day Approval:

  • Arrange a visit through the college/ university you are interested in touring. Print a confirmation page that details the date/time of your scheduled visit and bring it to the Student Center.

  • Fill out a college visit approval form (located in the student center), which requires both counselor and teacher signatures prior to your visit.

  • Have a college official sign the form during your visit.

  • After your visit, return your signed paperwork to Ms. Bass in the G-Building lobby along with a typed, one page reflection detailing your experiences.

Minimum Requirements for UNC Schools Admission

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

  • Minimum SAT score of 800 (verbal & math combined) and/or Minimum ACT score of 17

  • Each University has specific requirements that usually go above and beyond the minimum requirements listed above

Snapshot of Several UNC School Profiles (based on 2012-2013 incoming freshmen)

Private Colleges & Universities

  • Private colleges & universities have varying admission requirements. The best resource for understanding these schools’ minimum requirements is through exploring their websites or speaking directly with an admissions counselor

  • Examples of private colleges/universities include: Belmont Abbey, Gardner-Webb, Davidson, Lenoir-Rhyne, Catawba, etc.

Applying to College

  • Apply directly through college’s website

  • Apply through

    • Use this website to submit multiple applications to community colleges and various NC universities/colleges

    • Send transcripts for free through Transcript Manager (even if you don’t use CFNC to apply to college)—traditional students only

    • Thoroughly research your schools of interest using college/university websites

    • Research scholarship and grant opportunities

Applying to College

  • Common Application—

    • Use this website to submit multiple applications to competitive colleges and universities

    • Wake Forest, UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State University, UNC Wilmington, UNC Asheville, Duke & Davidson

    • Only certain schools are consortium members so check the website

College Application Week

  • November 18th-22nd

  • Labs/times set aside in media center to work on completing college applications online through CFNC

  • Some private schools waive the application fee during this week only!

SAT/ACT Information

  • The SAT/ACT is required to attend a 4-year college/university

  • The SAT registration deadlines and test dates are posted online at

    • Next test date is October 5th(register by 9/20, late fees apply) or November 2nd(register by 10/3)

  • The ACT registration deadlines and test dates are posted online at

    • Next test date is September 21st(Standby only) or October 26th(register by 9/27)

Community Colleges

  • Do not require SAT/ACT scores, but may require you to take the ACCUPLACER test

  • If you have an unweighted GPA of 2.6 or higher and you completed AFM, Discrete Math, Pre-Cal or AP Stats as your 4th math, you will not have to take Math ACCUPLACER

  • This test is usually taken in the spring semester prior to fall enrollment and is arranged through the community college.

  • The ACCUPLACER test results help to determine whether you will be allowed to begin college level coursework or be required to take remedial coursework first

Transcripts & Recommendations

  • Request official high school transcripts through Student Center

    • First 3 transcripts are free, $3 each thereafter

    • Fill out Transcript Release form

  • Use CFNC to send free transcripts (traditional students only)

    • Review your transcript with your counselor if necessary

  • Ask teachers/counselors/coaches for letters of recommendation—give 2-3 weeks notice

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Apply for merit-based scholarships through your college of choice

  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in January

  • Local scholarships begin in Jan/Feb through May (Rotary club, Credit Union, etc.)

  • Financial Aid Workshop will be announced later for parents to attend: We will walk you through the FAFSA process and answer college financial aid questions

Make Tough Decisions

  • Receive your offers of decision (differ based on application deadlines—early action results in December/January; regular decision results in March)

  • Compare scholarship/financial aid packages from each school

  • Consider your research and your college visits—where can you see yourself?

  • Trust your instincts and make your choice

  • Now, celebrate! You are on your way….

Words of Advice

  • Plan ahead and ask for help

  • Stay positive and don’t panic

  • Enjoy your senior year, but don’t slack off academically

  • Have fun, but be smart


We will be beginning one-on-one meetings next week.

If you have questions in the meantime, please stop by the student center or send your counselor an e-mail at:

Letters A-G:

[email protected]

Letters H-O:

[email protected]

Letters P-Z:

[email protected]

Congratulations Seniors!

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