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Informational Night

For Parents Of

College Bound

Juniors and Sophomores

Karen M. Kenny


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1. Strength of Transcript

2. Grade Point Average (GPA)

3. Class Rank

4. SAT and/or ACT Scores

5. Extracurricular Activities

6. Awards

7. Recommendation Letters

8. Personal Essays

9. Personal Interviews

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Student Transcript

It is a copy of a student’s high school cumulative record.

It is a legal document, and a release form from the Student Services office must be signed by parents or 18 year old students before that information is released.

A PRHS transcript includes a student’s courses taken, grades, credits, cumulative GPA, class rank, and standardized test scores.

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Student Transcript

All colleges and most scholarship applications will request one.

*Official Transcript- includes a signature and an official school stamp or seal, verifying authenticity

Unofficial Transcript- no official seal or signature

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College Recommended Courses

• 4 Years of English

• 3 Years of Math (Algebra I & II & Geometry)

• 3 Years of Science (at least 2 lab sciences)

• 3 Years of Social Studies

• 2-3 Years of the same Foreign Language

• 2 Years of Fine, Practical, Visual, or Performing Arts

*Generally, college bound students should take as much college preparatory math, science, English, foreign language, and social studies as they can handle academically. A minimum of 16 college preparatory classes is recommended.

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Grade Point Avg(GPA)

GPA is the average of a student’s semester or end of year grades, starting with the freshman year.

Most high schools use a 4.0 scale where A=4, B=3, C=2, and D=1.

We have “weighted grades” for honors and advanced placement courses, in which the index is 1.2.

Higher grades=Higher GPA

*End of the junior year GPA is very important!

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Class Rank

Class rank is a way to determine where a student stands academically in his/her graduating class, based on GPA.

Many scholarship applications stipulate that a student must be in the top 10%, 20%, etc. of his/her class.

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How do I find the right school?

  • Four year or two year

  • Public or private school

  • Size- less than 2,000, 2,000-15,000, or bigger

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  • Setting-urban, suburban, rural

  • Distance from home

  • College majors

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  • Cost & financial aid

    • Monmouth University - $24,000 tuition

    • TCNJ- $12,308

  • Admission criteria

  • Housing options-

    • Are you able to bring your car?

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College Fairs, visits, and meeting the reps

  • National College Fair: April 29 & 30, 2009 New Jersey Convention and Exposition CenterEdison, NJ

  • Fair Hours:Wednesday, April 29, 20099:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.Thursday, April 30, 20099:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

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College Fairs and meeting the reps

October, 2009

Ritacco Center, Toms River, NJ   

Thursday, November 12, 2009

  • Atlantic City Convention CenterAtlantic City, NJ 

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  • The following colleges/universities come to Pinelands in the fall:

    Farleigh Dickinson, Salisbury, Kings College, St. Elizabeth, Washington College, Kent State University, Delaware Valley, Georgian Court, Montclair State, Rowan, Stockton, Monmouth, Rider, Wilkes, William Patterson, Temple West Chester, Drew, Marywood, Kean, NJIT, OCC, Lock Haven, Georgian Court

Meeting the Reps

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Meeting the reps fall:

  • The colleges/universities’ visits are advertised on the school’s website, in Guidance and on the announcements.

  • Students sign up in Guidance.

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PSAT’S - October fall:

Prepare for the SAT Reasoning Test™: the test uses similar questions and the same directions.

Qualify for scholarships (if your student is in eleventh grade).

Compare scores with other college-bound students around the country.

Forecast SAT scores.

Get personalized feedback on skill strengths and weaknesses.

Get free information from colleges and scholarship programs through the Student Search Service®.

Use My College QuickStart™ to plan ahead for college and a career.

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College Admissions Testing fall:

SAT I: *Reasoning test which consists of 3 sections: Math, Critical Reading, and Writing, with scores ranging from 200 to 800 for each ($45)

*Highest score=2400 *Estimated Time: 3 hrs 35 min

*Calculators may be used on the math section

SAT II: *1 hour subject tests that are required for some colleges or freshman placement (begins at $29)

SAT test dates are in Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Mar, May, & June.

ACT: *college entrance exam taken during junior or senior year, preferred by colleges in the mid and southwest US ($31)

*Students receive composite scores and scores in English, Reading, Math, and Science Reasoning

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What Can You Do To Help fall:

Your College Bound Junior?

  • •Continue to monitor academic progress.

  • •Update student’s list of activities and awards.

  • •Make sure your student takes the SAT I, SAT II, or ACT for the 1st time or for their 2nd attempt.

  • Students are recommended to take the SAT’s once in the Spring of their Junior year, and once in October/November of their senior year. March 14th and June 6th are the SAT dates for Pinelands.

  • •Students need to register for the SATs online ($45). Students can send four “free” score sends during registration ($10 for additional).

  • Score Choice-you can select scores by test date to send to a college.

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What can you do to help your college bound junior? fall:

  • Visit colleges. (Spring & summer of junior year) Every student has four days of college visitation (per year)with pre-approval from guidance counselor and proper documentation upon return to school.

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What Can You Do To Help fall:

Your College Bound Junior?

•Obtain college and scholarship applications as soon as they become available.

•Remind your child to touch base with teachers and counselors about recommendation letters.

•Make sure student portions of applications are filled out neatly and completely before they are given to Student Services at least 2 or 3 weeks before deadlines.

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Eligibility Requirements fall:

For NJ Stars

Must graduate in top 15% of high school class

Matriculated and enrolled full-time (12 or more non-remedial/non developmental credits)

Up to 15 credits/semester paid for

State Residency for minimum of 12 months


Must attend Ocean County College or Burlington County College depending on county of residence.

Up to five semesters are paid for. Two year window of eligibility after high school, provided no other college attended

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Satisfactory Academic fall:

Progress While in STARS

  • Once in the NJ STARS program:

    • Student must maintain full-time status

    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in their 1st semester and a cumulative 3.0 GPA thereafter.

    • Students below the required GPA after their 1st semester will be referred for remediation.

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NJ STARS II.. fall:

Expanding to 4-Year Public Colleges

and Universities

  • Have to have been part of NJ STARS to be eligible for NJ STARS II

  • Must have graduated from county college with a cumulative GPA of 3.0

  • Student must start enrollment at 4 year institution no later than the following academic year (Fall or Spring semester)

  • Institutions receive up to $2,000/semester for each student.

  • Combination of STARS II funding, institutional waiver/grants, state/federal grants and scholarships will cover up to 18 credits/semester for four consecutive semesters. (all tuition and approved fees)

  • VERY IMPORTANT! Must continue to file FAFSA every year!

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NCAA Information fall:

•The Clearinghouse determines athletic eligibility, academic preparation and performance of student-athletes, and related issues.

•If your child is interested in participating in Division I or II sports, he/she needs to register with the NCAA Initial -Eligibility Clearinghouse. ($60)

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NCAA Information fall:

16 Core Courses (

•4 years of English

•3 years of math (Algebra I or higher)

•2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school)

•1 year of additional English,math, or natural/physical science

•2 years of social science

•4 years of additional courses (from any area above or foreign language, nondoctrinal religion/philosophy, computer science*) *Computer science will no longer meet core course requirements on or after 8/1/05

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College Application Deadlines fall:

  • Rutgers- December 1, 2009-$60.00

  • The College of New Jersey-February 15, 2010-$60.00

  • Lehigh –January 1, 2010-$65.00

  • West Chester – December 1, 2009-$35.00

  • Rider – March 15, 2010-$50.00

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Financial Aid & Scholarships fall:

4 basic categories of financial aid

1) Grants-money given to students

2) Loans-money that must be paid back with interest

3) Work Study-money a student earns through a campus job

4) Scholarships-money awarded because the student is outstanding in some area

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Obtaining Financial Aid fall:

1) After January 1, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is a federal form which asks for information on income and assets.

2) 1-3 weeks after submitting the FAFSA, you will receive or view online an SAR (Student Aid report) which will inform you of your EFC (Estimated Family Contribution).

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Obtaining Financial Aid fall:

3) Some colleges and scholarship programs also require submission of the CSS/Financial Aid Profile, which is a need analysis. (There is a processing fee for it.) These can usually be done in October and November. Princeton, Bucknell, Cornell

4) Everyone needs to fill out the FAFSA-even NJ STARS.

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Applying for Scholarships fall:

Helpful for academic scholarships :

•outstanding GPA

•High test scores

•Excellent recommendations

•Involvement in school and/or community activities

*A student must be genuinely outstanding to receive athletic or talent scholarships.

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Applying for Scholarships fall:

  • A list of scholarship opportunities is located on the bulletin board outside of the Student Services office and on the school’s website.

  • Be sure to check parent employers for organization/union or military veterans scholarships.

  • Apply for any specific college scholarships that the student’s qualifications match.

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Applying for Scholarships fall:

  • Apply for local scholarships. This information will be available in the spring in the student services office. Students must apply to be considered.

  • Be aware of deadlines!

  • Look for books and web sites with scholarship information. ( )

  • Be organized, and make copies of everything!

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Resources fall: