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Career Assessment tools • Career Center • Career Cruising • Currently offers: • Career Assessment • Career Specific Information • College Search • Budgeting • ACT/SAT on-line review • Resume Building
Choices after Graduation Work Military Post Secondary Education
Work • Career Shadowing • Interview • Resume • Job Center – www.jobcenterofwisconsin.com
Military • Army • Navy • Marines • Reserves • Air Force • Coast Guard
Post Secondary Education • Wisconsin Technical College System • Wisconsin Private Colleges and Universities • University of Wisconsin System • Two year colleges • Four year universities • Get to know college options at college fairs The complete 2011 fair schedule is available at www.wefs.org/locations
Four questions regarding college • How far away from home do you want to be? • Does the college have the program of study for you? • What is the size of the school or average classroom size? • What is the out-of-pocket cost?
College Entrance Exams • Accuplacer • Test for placement at the technical school. • Determines correct placement in their classes • Assessment can be taken at BHS in the fall • ACT • Berlin’s Average 2011 ACT= 22.1 • Wisconsin’s Average 2011 ACT = 22.2 • SAT • Used by schools on east and west coast and highly selective colleges
ACT Test Dates www.actstudent.org December 10, 2011 February 11, 2012 April 14, 2012-At BHS Deadline Date – March 9
Wisconsin Technical College System • Technical College • Universal admission • Waiting lists for some programs • Around $4,500 tuition • Associate Degree • Certificate Programs • Technical Diploma • Apprenticeships • http://www.fvtc.edu/ • http://www.morainepark.edu/
Wisconsin Technical College System • In 2010, eight out of every 10 jobs required additional education or training beyond high school but less than a bachelor degree. • 91% of Tech college graduates receive jobs within six months of graduation. • The technical schools have many articulation agreements with colleges throughout the state, which enable a student’s entire associate degree to transfer.
Two Year Colleges • University of Wisconsin Two Year Colleges • Associate Degree • 2.0-2.3 GPA • $4,532 tuition • Guaranteed Transfer • http://www.uwc.edu/admissions
Admission GuidelinesFor Entering Freshmen Fall 2012Disclaimer***These are simply Guidelines*** • UW Colleges 2.3-2.0 GPA • UW Eau Claire 3.25 GPA with ACT 22 • UW Green Bay 3.1 GPA with ACT 20-24 • UW La Crosse 3.6 GPA with ACT 23-27 • UW Madison 3.6 GPA with ACT 26 • UW Milwaukee 2.8 GPA with ACT 21 • UW Oshkosh 3.0 GPA and ACT 21-24 • UW Parkside 2.8 GPA OR ACT 20 • UW Platteville 2.8 GPA or ACT 22 • UW River Falls 3.1 GPA OR ACT 22 • UW Stevens Point 3.2 GPA and ACT 21 • UW Stout 2.8 GPA OR ACT 22 • UW Superior 2.8 GPA OR ACT 21 • UW Whitewater 2.8 GPA and rigor and ACT
Private Colleges and Universities • Wisconsin’s • Alverno • Beloit • Cardinal Stritch • Carrroll • Carthage • Concordia • Edgewood • Lakeland • Lawrence • Marian • Marquette • Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design • Milwaukee School of Engineering • Mount Mary • Northland • Ripon • Silver Lake • St. Norbert • Viterbo • Wisconsin Lutheran • Net Tuition • Average Tuition $24,273- average financial aid $19,660 =$4,613 average out-of-pocket • 94% students receive financial aid • Personalized education • Higher 4 year graduation rates • Elite Schools such as: Harvard, Brown, Stanford • Very Competitive • Additional Testing • Cost
COLLEGE COSTS AT A GLANCE Total Per Year for 2010-2011 • Lawrence University $46,371 • Marquette University $41,770 • St. Norbert College $35,392 • U.W. Eau Claire $14,000 • U.W. La Crosse $14,000 • U.W. Madison $21,617 • U.W. Colleges $9,000 • Costs include, tuition, room/board, fees (student activities, parking, organizations, and health services). • Does not factor in financial aid
POSSIBLE APPLICATION MATERIALS • Application • Transcripts • Test Scores • Essay • Activity List/Resume • Letters of Recommendation • Application Fee
Four Year Application Process • Typically Comprehensive Review • Everything you send will be read • Emphasis on level of rigor • good grades • advanced classes • challenging coursework during senior year • Final Transcripts – June/July 2012
ADMISSION REVIEW FORMATS • Rolling Admission – applications are accepted and reviewed and a first-come basis. Students usually hear back on admission decisions within a month. Though there are no deadlines, once their class is full admission will be closed • Regular Decision – Students apply by a deadline and all applicants are reviewed before a decisions are made. • Early Action – Apply prior to regular admission deadline to a top choice college and hear back earlier than regular decision. Can only apply early action to one college.
Job, Scholarship, and Admission Application Tips • Complete on-time • Follow directions • Keep a copy of materials mailed • Essay - be authentic, share your experiences • Proofread essay by teacher – 10-14 days notice
DO’S & DON’TS • Don’t let your parent fill out the college application. • Do take the responsibility to learn about the entire process (i.e. college search/visits, talks about finances, etc.). • Don’t be intimidated by the process.
Scholarships & Financial Aid http://www.knowhow2gowisconsin.org/videoContest.php
Financial Aid • Apply in January 2012 • Use the FAFSA form www.fafsa.gov • Complete taxes early if possible • Get free help! • College Goal Wisconsin – February 18-19, 2012 (Appleton and Oshkosh) www.wicollegegoalsunday.org • Consult with the college’s financial aid office if you have questions
Different types of Aid • SCHOLARSHIPS – Does not have to be repaid, given to you based on academics or other merit • GRANTS – Does not have to be repaid, given to you based on your financial need for a given college • WORK-STUDY – Allows you to earn while in school • LOANS - Must be repaid – Stafford, Perkins and Plus Federal Student Loans
Scholarship Opportunities • Student Services Display Area • Church Affiliation. • Professional Organizations (Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, 4-H, Hunting Clubs, etc.) • Places of Employment (Parents/Guardians don’t forget to ask your employers about possible scholarship opportunities.) • Internet Source – www.fastweb.com • Berlin Local Scholarship – applications can be located in Student Services or on the BHS website – Available in March
Docufide Electronic Transcript System
Docufide • Opportunity for students to access the system any time of day. • Allows us to have more consistent knowledge of when transcripts are sent, and downloaded by colleges. • Allows student and counselor to do everything online. • Financial piece: paperless in our office. • Small fee: $2.55 per transcript.
Questions regarding Docufide • What if I want to download my own transcript? • You are still able to download transcripts on parent portal, however, they will be unofficial. Official transcripts will need to come from Docufide. • Secondary School reports for some private and elite colleges will also be located in Docufide. Students will request them automatically when they request a transcript to their college. • Customer service representatives are available from Docufide to answer any technical questions.
SITES YOU CAN VISIT AFTER DOCUFIDE • Job Center • www.jobcenterofwisconsin.com • Technical College • www.witechcolleges.org/apply • UW System Online Application • www.apply.wisconsin.edu • Wisconsin’s Private Colleges and Universities • www.privatecollegezone.com