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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

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
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!
going to college in five easy steps
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
Research Colleges
college fair 2013
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
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 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
private colleges universities
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
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 college1
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!