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Junior College Information Night. Class of 2015 January 21 nd , 2014. Introductions. Robin Lary Senior Placement Counselor [email protected] 730-5031. Susan Leighton Placement Office Assistant [email protected] 730-5030. Goals for the Evening. Trends/Concerns

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junior college information night

Junior College Information Night

Class of 2015

January 21nd, 2014


Robin Lary

Senior Placement Counselor

[email protected]


Susan Leighton

Placement Office Assistant

[email protected]


goals for the evening

Goals for the Evening


The College Process & Our Philosophy


What’s Next

Roles & Responsibilities

Questions & Answers



CommonApplication 4

Mobility amongst applicants

Increased EA/ED selectivity

Numbers of Applications

Standardized testing

Demonstrated Interest


parent concerns
Parent Concerns

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

student concerns
Student Concerns

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?

team approach
Team Approach



Placement Office


key components of process
Key Components of Process

Research Options (college, military academies, PG, GAP, etc.)




remember this a process at times it may feel more like a strange dance or a roller coaster ride
Remember this a process. At times it may feel more like a strange dance or a roller coaster ride.

Be encouraging and supportive, keep an open mind, ask for help, and remember it’s the student who is going to college.

student research
Student Research

Online & Printed: Naviance, CollegeBoard, college websites, admissions blogs (narrative versus newsletter¹, printed resources, and many more

Campus Visits

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

how can we help you research
How can we help you research?

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

what to look for in my research
What to look for in my research?

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

School culture

Internship/CoOp Opportunities

Research opporunities

Graduation rates

the campus visit
The Campus Visit

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.

applying to college
Applying to College

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)

How many?

Where do I apply? (a balanced list)

the application
The Application

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?

paying for college
Paying for College

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


decision time
Decision Time


Deferred – What does that mean?


Waitlisted – Now what? Deposit elsewhere/still pursue.

Compare financial packages

May 1


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.