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Hopkins High School Senior Planning Night. September 2012. Topics for Tonight. Family Connection Post-Secondary Options Your College Criteria College Admissions Criteria Timelines Q & A with your Counselor. HHS Counselors. Jean Davidson (A-Ch) Jan Jodock (Ci-G) Xeev Xwm Vang (H-K)

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    1. Hopkins High SchoolSenior Planning Night September 2012 College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    2. Topics for Tonight • Family Connection • Post-Secondary Options • Your College Criteria • College Admissions Criteria • Timelines • Q & A with your Counselor College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    3. HHS Counselors • Jean Davidson (A-Ch) • Jan Jodock (Ci-G) • Xeev Xwm Vang (H-K) • Nate Schoch (L-N) • Lara Runck (O-Sh) • Nick Abel (Si-Z) College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    4. Family Connection • Family Connection helps with all aspects of the process http://connection.naviance.com/hopkinshs • The College Search • Scattergrams • Transcripts College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    5. Signing Up for Family Connection • Students log-in with Moodle/Student Server Info • Parents can Call or Email Counselor for Registration Code • Sign-Up: http://connection.naviance.com/hopkinshs • Explore, Explore, Explore! College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    6. Two Steps to Order Transcript: 1. Enter request in Naviance College tab (top of page) Click on Transcript (left on page) Request transcript for… Enter colleges 2. Transcript Request Form to Guidance College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    7. College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    8. Common Application • Register at https://www.commonapp.org • Do privacy agreement on Naviance College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    9. College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    10. College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    11. Applying to College • Complete application online or via paper/pencil. • Pay application fee. • Send ACT/SAT scores directly to college through testing website. • Request HHS transcripts through Family Connection. Come to guidance office to pay ($3/transcript) & sign green form. • Bring in “counselor forms” or requests for counselor recommendations (if Common App, be sure to complete FERPA waiver on Family Connection, under “My Colleges” section). • Request teacher recommendations, if necessary. College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    12. Selecting & Applying to Colleges/Universities College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    13. Criteria For Selecting Colleges • Academic Environment • Social Environment • Admissions Criteria • Costs Click the Mortar Boards for More Info on Each Factor College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    14. Timelines for Senior Year • Fall • Meet with your counselor EARLY • National College Fair (Oct 9 & 10) • Keep track of deadlines • Letters of recommendation may take two weeks to process (ask early) • Shoot for applications completed by December 1 • Begin scholarship search College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    15. Timelines for Senior Year • Winter/Spring • FAFSA after January 1 • Continue scholarship search • Final college visits • Compare financial aid packages • Make the FINAL DECISION • GRADUATE!! College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    16. Facebook Hopkins High School Guidance Page College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    17. You Are Invited to Financial Aid WorkshopJanuary 157 pmLittle Theaterlearn how to do the FAFSA College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    18. Counselor Q & A • Jean Davidson (A-Ch) • Jan Jodock (Ci-G) • Cafeteria • XeevXwmVang (H-K) • Nate Schoch (L-N) • Fireside Room • Lara Runck (O-Sh) • Nick Abel (Si-Z) • Commons College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    19. THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING! College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    20. Criteria For Selecting Colleges • Academic Environment • Social Environment • Admissions Criteria • Costs • Curriculum • Majors • Challenge/Competition • Resources for Learning Click the Mortar Boards for More Info on Each Factor X College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    21. Criteria For Selecting Colleges • Academic Environment • Social Environment • Admissions Criteria • Costs • Location • Size • Composition of Student Body • Living Arrangements • Organizations/Activities • “Personality” of the school Click the Mortar Boards for More Info on Each Factor X College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    22. Admissions Criteria • Grades / GPA • Course Selection • Test scores • Extra-curricular • Recommendations • Writing Sample/Essay • Interviews • NO MORE CLASS RANK (click here for more info) Click Here for More Info on Admissions Criteria: “What’s Most Important?” College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    23. PRIMARY (Weighted Heavily) SECONDARY (Less Weight Given) ADMISSIONS FACTORS College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    24. PRIMARY FACTORSMost important things admissions committees look at: • GPA/Class Rank • Standardized Test Scores (ACT/SAT) • Rigor of High School Curriculum (AP/Advanced/Honors) College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    25. SECONDARY FACTORSGenerally considered less important than primary factors: • Extracurricular Activities (Sports/Clubs/Work) • Letters of Recommendation • Admissions Essays • Legacy (Family Connection to School) College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    26. Costs • Private / Public • In State / Out of State • Financial Aid Opportunities • Scholarships from Outside Agencies • Government Aid/Loans • Grants & Scholarships from College College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us

    27. Costs • Net Price Calculator • https://npc.collegeboard.org/student/app/tcumn (University of MN-Twin Cities) • The net price calculator can help give you a sense of the need-based financial aid that may be available to you and also estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. • http://www.getreadyforcollege.org/Estimator/firstQuestions.cfm • Financial Aid estimator • http://www.getreadyforcollege.org/sPagesGR/TuitionChart.cfm?State=MN&pageID=101&1534-D83A_1933715A=c0700edac513e475b0878184e92e734ef962ae20 • List of MN Tuition and Fees College Planning Night http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us