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Senior Year… What you need to know. Getting ready for the next step. Options after High School. 4 Year College/University 13 – 4 year UW System Schools UW Superior is the smallest campus with 350 incoming freshmen and 2,700 total students UW Madison is the largest campus with 42,800 students

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Senior Year…What you need to know

Getting ready for the next step

Options after High School

  • 4 Year College/University

    • 13 – 4 year UW System Schools

    • UW Superior is the smallest campus with 350 incoming freshmen and 2,700 total students

    • UW Madison is the largest campus with 42,800 students

    • Best disability services available at UW Oshkosh, US Stevens Point, and UW Whitewater

    • Tuition ranges from UW Oshkosh at $7,350 to UW Madison at $10,384

  • Technical College

  • Community College – Accessible and Affordable!

    • UW Colleges have 13 campuses have the lowest tuition in the UW System ($4750/year)

  • Military

  • Apprenticeship

  • Workforce

College Visits and Fairs

  • Visit the campus

    • Do an official tour of the colleges, check out the campus

    • Meet with an admissions counselor

    • Observe a class

    • Call in advance to schedule a visit or schedule online

    • Excused from OHS with note from parent/guardian

College Visits and Fairs

  • Colleges/Military visit OHS

    • Listen to the announcements and/or look at white board in the guidance office

      • Minnesota School of Cosmetology 9/18 10:45 am Guidance

      • Ripon College 9/1810 am Guidance

      • Hamline University9/268:15 am Guidance

      • WITC9/26Lunch A & BCafeteria

  • College Fairs

    • WI Education Fair – 100 post secondary institutions will be in attendance

    • for additional information, schedule, and participants

      • Monday, Oct. 79:00-11:00Rice Lake/UW Barron County

      • Tuesday, Oct. 86:30-8:30UW–Eau Claire

      • Wednesday, Oct. 99:00-11:00 UW-Eau Claire

    • Minnesota National College Fair


      • Tuesday, Sept. 249:00 – 12:00 & 4:30-8:00 Minneapolis Convention Center

      • Wednesday, Sept. 25 9:00 – 12:00Minneapolis Convention Center

How to apply to a 4 Year College/University

  • Apply early (Earliest priority deadline is December 1st in the UW System)

    • UW System Colleges began reviewing applications on September 16th

  • Complete and submit online application

    • UW Schools -

    • Go to college websites to find online applications

    • Applications are not complete unless all materials are received by the university. Applications will be reviewed once all your materials arrive.

    • Pay the application fee

      • UW System application fee per school ~ $44.00

      • Pay online with credit card

      • Fee waivers available, see counselor

    • Request Transcripts Electronically through Parchment


      • Pay online with credit card ($2.55-$5.00 per transcript)

      • Fee waivers available, see counselor

  • ACT Scores must be sent to the college/university

    • Unofficial ACT Scores are on your high school transcript

    • Official ACT/SAT scores must be sent directly to the university from the testing company (UW Green Bay, UW La Crosse, UW Madison and UW Platteville)

Letters of Recommendation

  • Only send letters of recommendation if:

    • They are required for the application

    • If you are on the bubble (not meeting admission requirements, but close)

    • If you are on a postponed list at a college

  • Send letters from:

    • Core academic/college prep teachers (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language)

    • Have teachers explain how you are academically different from others and what your chances are of being successful in college

    • Ask teachers in subjects that you struggle in and have the teacher explain how you overcame your obstacles in the subject area

    • Do not use coaches, principals, counselors, or employers as colleges want to hear about your academic abilities from your teachers

    • Forms available on the guidance website

  • Give teachers 2 weeks notice to complete your letter of recommendation

  • Write a thank you note to the letter writer

Applicant Statements – What should you say?

  • Required – Make sure you answer ALL the questions for each university

    • Tell what they do not know about you from your application

    • Explain low grades on transcripts and/or special circumstances

    • Disclose a disability

    • Explain why you took certain classes instead of academic cores

  • How long should it be?

    • As long as you need it to be

  • Revise your statement

  • No spelling or grammatical errors

  • Don’t use the name of a wrong university in statement

  • English teachers are a great resource

Information about applying

  • Senior grades DO COUNT! Finish strong.

  • Senior schedule changes

    • Take care of 2nd semester schedule changes now as you will have to report your senior schedule on college applications.

    • Once you apply, all schedule changes must be approved from the university. UW Madison will not approve any senior schedule changes.

  • Fee Waivers

    • See your counselor. All UW campuses accept fee waivers.

  • Students with disabilities

    • Students may choose to disclose their disability to the colleges where they are applying, OHS can not do this for the student.

  • Final Transcripts

    • Will be sent to your college in June. If you fail a required course your senior year, notify the college right away.

Admission to college can be reversed

  • Admission to a 4 year college/university is conditional.

    • If you fail a required course – admission can be rescinded

    • If your grades drop – admission can be rescinded

    • If you change your senior schedule – admission can be rescinded


  • Division I and II athletics

  • Must apply to NCAA Clearinghouse for eligibility

  • Apply online at:

  • Send official ACT Score to NCAA Clearinghouse

  • For more information, go to

Technical and Community College Applications

  • Apply early

    • Submit application and payment to college

      • WI Tech Colleges $30.00 per application

    • Request transcripts electronically through Parchment


      • Pay online with credit card ($2.55-$5.00 per transcript)

    • No letters of recommendation or applicant statement needed

  • Technical Colleges fill on a first come, first serve basis

    • Oct. 1st – WITC begins accepting applications

  • Wisconsin Two-Year Colleges


  • Minnesota Two-Year Colleges



  • ACT or SAT is required by all 4 year colleges/universities for admission

  • Some technical and community colleges may require ACT or it can be used instead of their entrance exam

  • October 26th, 2013 at OHS

    • Registration deadline Friday, September 27st

  • Fee Waivers are available from counselors

  • Testing accommodations are available for students with disabilities, see counselor

  • Test Prep

    • Practice test books in the guidance office

    • WisCareers - 3 full length practice tests



If you plan to enlist in a branch of the military, you will need to take the ASVAB exam if you have not

already done so. ASVAB is Thursday, November 7th at OHS.

  • United States Department of Defense


  • Armed Forces Careers


  • Air Force


  • Army


  • Marine Corps


  • Navy


  • Coast Guard


Paying for College


How am I going to pay for college?

  • Do not let the cost of college keep you from attending

  • Financial Aid

    • Grants (Free money, do not have to pay it back!)

    • Loans (Borrow, pay back is required.)

      • Stafford Loan (Students)

        • Subsidized

        • Unsubsidized

      • PLUS Loans (Parents)

    • Work Study

    • Scholarships

Financial Aid


    • Application available January 1st

    • Apply in January/February

  • Financial Aid Night at OHS ~ Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium

  • College Goal Wisconsin in February

    • Help with filing FAFSA ~ all students and families welcome

    • Scholarships awarded


      • CVTC in Eau Claire Sunday, February 23rd

      • UW Barron County Rice Lake Wednesday, February 26

Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Grant

  • Covenant students will be awarded $250.00-$2500.00 per year for four years at a Wisconsin College

  • Students signed the pledge back in 8th or 9th grade

  • Must complete 30 hours of community service

  • Maintain “B” average

  • Apply to a Wisconsin College

  • Complete the FAFSA

  • Complete the seniors confirmation paperwork by April 1st, 2014. Forms will be mailed to students in December or forms can be downloaded at


  • Check with the colleges where you are applying for a list of freshmen scholarships

  • National and State scholarships are very competitive

  • See guidance window or website

  • Local scholarships available in February or March





  • Available in April


OHS School Counseling Website

  • Transcript Request

  • Scholarship Information

  • Test Information




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