Class of 2015
January 21nd, 2014
The College Process & Our Philosophy
Roles & Responsibilities
Questions & Answers
Mobility amongst applicants
Increased EA/ED selectivity
Numbers of Applications
How, when & where to start the process
Parents want the best for their child
Concern that their child can’t get into the college of his/her choice
Financial assistance is needed but unfamiliar with process
Can I really go to college?
Where can I get in?
Can I get into a “good” school, one my friends will recognize?
I have no idea what I want to do or study
I want to be totally on my own…I think?
I want to go far away from home…or do I?
If I can get into college can I make it?
Research Options (college, military academies, PG, GAP, etc.)
Be encouraging and supportive, keep an open mind, ask for help, and remember it’s the student who is going to college.
Online & Printed: Naviance, CollegeBoard, college websites, admissions blogs (narrative versus newsletter¹, printed resources, and many more
Meet with admissions reps @ SHS
Special events (small groups of admission reps)
College fairs (USM spring & fall, Boston, art-related, private colleges, CTCL)
Generate questions for Mrs. Lary
¹ Jeannine Lalonde – University of Virginia
Small groups in classes & computer labs (spring/fall)
Individual meetings with Mrs. Lary after completing Junior Questionnaire
College Admissions Panel @ SHS – March 12th
“Case Studies” event in April
Athletics in Admissions night in late spring
Admissions for students with special learning needs
Research the college profile (what are my credentials?)
Preferred high school courses, i.e. how many years of foreign language, lab sciences
GPA & rank of accepted students, if available
Standardized tests – are they required, what ranges?
Size, location, specialties
How does this get arranged?
What should be expected?
What is the student role? Parents?
The student tour guide…
Takes pictures/keep a log or journal.
When do I apply?
How do I apply? (online, Common App, Naviance…)
Application Options (ED I & II, EA, REA, Reg, Priority, Rolling, VIP etc.)
What does it cost? ($$$, free, waivers)
Where do I apply? (a balanced list)
Online (almost exclusively) www.commonapp.org available after August 1 – we will walk students through this.
How do they review a transcript?
Do they look at course level, grades, etc.?
What if I didn’t do well in a class or a semester?
Are grades or test scores more important?
What about senior year?
How do I request a transcript? – Naviance.
Students will work on essays this spring in collaboration with their English classes.
Admissions reps from colleges will meet with students to address essay-writing.
Number of essays required will vary amongst colleges. (supplemental essays)
Student voice / information not shared elsewhere in application / ordinary “events” make best topics.
Colleges are seeking a diverse student community.
Include clubs, activities, sports, volunteer work, paid employment, church involvement, etc.
Highlight any leadership responsibilities
Make Mrs. Lary aware of circumstances impacting your ability to participate.
Depth versus breadth
Who arranges this?
What if it’s “recommended?”
On-campus or off-campus?
What is an alumni interview? How is it valued?
How do I prepare?
How many recommendations are required?
Who should write them?
Can I see them?
How do I request them?
How do we know what this will cost? (website, Net Price Calculator, Estimated Family Contribution)
How can we possibly afford college?
Financial Aid (you must apply to be considered: CSS Profile, FAFSA)
Financial Aid Night in October of senior year
Merit-based & other scholarships
Local scholarship program organized by Sue Leighton
Deferred – What does that mean?
Waitlisted – Now what? Deposit elsewhere/still pursue.
Compare financial packages
SHS now uses the Naviance program to coordinate all of our college and scholarship documents, application materials, notifications and more. Students and parents will receive information through and access Naviance regularly throughout the junior and senior years.
Students will be assigned a username & password to access their accounts. Parents will also receive these to review their student’s progress.