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Junior meeting inside the admission office

Junior Meeting “Inside the Admission Office”

North Central High School

March 19, 2014

Susie Bremen

Coordinator for College Counseling

Tonight s agenda
Tonight’s Agenda

  • The College Handbook

  • NC 2013 College Admission Profile

  • College Search Process

  • Resources for NC Students

  • Application Process

  • Panel of Admission Experts:

    • Krista Timney, Indiana University

    • Tara Evans, Purdue University

    • Karen Schrum, The University of Chicago

    • Will Gunn, Washington University in St. Louis

Tonight s agenda1
Tonight’s Agenda

  • Break-Out Sessions:

    • Indiana UniversityAND Purdue University


    • The University of Chicago


    • Washington University in St. Louis

      L Hall

      (PowerPoint will be available on NC website:

      For Families / Guidance Department / Past Events)

The college handbook
The College Handbook

  • Admission Statistics –

    • Class of 2013

  • Beginning Your Search

  • The North Central Process

  • Required North Central Forms

The college handbook1
The College Handbook

  • Resources

  • Testing

  • The College Visit

  • Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Glossary of College Terms

Focus on these issues now
Focus on These Issues Now

  • Plan a senior schedule that reveals that you are working at your potential – RIGOR is key

  • Make a list of most important criteria (p. 33)

  • Not knowing your major or career is OK

  • Have the money talk now – Are there limits?

  • Coming to a college decision involves both heart & mind – learn the facts about colleges and get a true sense of the atmosphere

To do list for april june
TO DO LIST for April - June:


    • Obtain a planner for college search – mark potential dates for visiting, prepping for tests, taking tests, & deadlines for applications and scholarships

    • Three boxes (yes, no & maybe)

  • Take both ACT & SATby the end of junior year & repeat senior year

  • Career & interest resourceshelp target potential majors:

    • www.learnmoreindiana.edu

    • www.collegeboard.org

    • www.mappingyourfuture.org

To do list for april june1
TO DO LIST for April - June:

  • Explore college websites, sign-up for mailing lists & take virtual campus tours

  • VISIT CAMPUSES (p. 42-45)

  • During & after campus visits, record your impressions – Can you see yourself there?

  • Re-evaluate the criteria for your match after you have visited campuses. Are you asking the right questions?

Things to do this summer
Things To Do This Summer

  • Build a resume for college applications – review sample resume (p. 34)

  • Do something to discover more about yourself or your interest in a potential career (p. 30)

  • Use the web & campus visits to narrow your college list to 5-10 choices by the beginning of senior year

  • Familiarize yourself with application, scholarship, & financial aid application deadlines

  • Test Prep, Test Prep, Test Prep- prior to retaking tests 1stsemester of senior year (p. 37-40)

Your counselor the guidance office
Your Counselor & the Guidance Office

  • Involve your counselors!

    • Help you target your college choices no matter what your GPA

    • Help you assess your “odds” of getting in & offers strategies

    • Remind you of the steps to follow

    • Help students with special talents, such as artists, musicians & athletes

    • Help for First-Gen, 21st Century Scholars, students from low income backgrounds, etc.

Your counselor the guidance office1
Your Counselor & the Guidance Office

  • Application forms and transcript requests accepted: August 22

  • College applications & forms must be competed and received by DECEMBER 1for processing prior to winter break. (p. 19)

  • All processing forms are located on the wall inside the guidance lobby near the student center entrance (p. 22-29)

  • Two weeks (10 school days) to turn around requests for processing

  • College Resource Room – 7am to 4 pm

Your Counselor & the Guidance Office


additional time is required by the guidance department to ensure the successful submission of college credentials.

Plan accordingly to meet target dates.

Re introducing

NAVIANCE Family Connection

Re introducing naviance family connection http connection naviance com northcentral
(Re) Introducing:NAVIANCE - Family Connectionhttp://connection.naviance.com/northcentral

Premiere Web-based

College Planning System


  • Research Colleges

  • Sign-up to meet with visiting college reps

  • Get college updates from Guidance

Re introducing naviance family connection http connection naviance com northcentral1
(Re) Introducing:NAVIANCE -Family Connectionhttp://connection.naviance.com/northcentral

  • Track the entire college search process

  • Search scholarship database

  • Log-in instructions and registration codes are on the back of yourCollege Handbook – if you’ve not registered yet

Naviance college applications
NAVIANCE: College Applications

Electronic transcripts parchment by docufide www parchment com join
Electronic TranscriptsPARCHMENT by Docufide www.parchment.com/join

  • Register now!

  • Return to the site to add colleges

  • Request electronic transcripts for the schools to which you apply

Class of 2013 applicant data

Class of 2013 Applicant Data

North Central High School

2013 applications to popular in state public schools
2013 Applications to Popular In-State Public Schools


  • Indiana University 295 237

  • Ball State University190 150

  • IUPUI 142 162

  • Purdue University 114 93

  • Indiana State University 103 114

  • Ivy Tech Community College 70 76

  • University of Southern Indiana 42 25

  • Vincennes University 40 35

Admitted students average profile 2013
Admitted Students’ AVERAGE Profile – 2013

College application issues
College Application Issues

  • Rankings can be used in initial stage of compiling a list of colleges, but don’t over rely on them

  • Apply to one affordable college within one hour of home as a “safety” measure

  • Early HS graduation is NOT recommended

College application issues1
College Application Issues

  • AP test scores are not a required element of the application – submit scores if you rocked AP tests; credit is awarded when you get to campus

  • Athletes – work with your coach for tips about your process (p. 36)

  • Visual & Performing Artists: portfolios & auditions are key to your process

Hit some bumps in the road
Hit Some Bumps in the Road?

  • If you have struggled & your transcript reflects it (depression, death of a loved one, learning disability, etc.) – address it in a statement to the admission committee

  • Your guidance counselor may add supportive comments to help

  • Transfer options available through Ivy Tech Community College system

For college
$$$ for College

  • Apply for financial aid in the middle of your senior year

    • # in household, age of parents, # in college, income = EFC

  • Admission applications often serve as initial scholarship screening

  • Need-based & merit scholarships: www.cappex.com



For college1
$$$ for College

  • Outside “Scholarship Season” begins in December

    • Use online scholarship search tools

    • Be willing to write essays

    • Demonstrated leadership

    • Service to others

    • Many awards focus on demonstrated financial need and first-generation college students

For college2
$$$ for College

  • Hands-on help with filing the FAFSA in February:

    • College Goal Sunday and FAFSA Fridays

  • FAFSA online: www.fafsa.ed.gov (NOT ‘.com’)

  • MARCH 10th is the deadline for Indiana colleges; date varies for out-of-state colleges

  • 21st Century Scholars MUST apply to receive aid

  • CSS Profile

  • National Center for College Costs

    • FREECollege Cost Estimator(p. 52)

Suggestions for parents
Suggestions for Parents

  • Be encouraging & supportive

  • Schedule a specific time each week to discuss the process with your student - beginning now

  • Discuss the financial and geographic parameters with your student.

  • Complete EFC calculator: www.collegecosts.com

  • Visit campuses with your student

  • Allow your student to grow to independence

    • This is the first adult decision most students will make

Key programs
Key Programs

Princeton Review Practice SAT

  • Saturday, APRIL 19, 9 am – 1 pm

  • Register at www/review.com

  • Scores Back/ Strategy Program after Spring Break – Sunday, MAY 4, 1-3 pm

Key programs1
Key Programs

Princeton Review Practice ACT

  • Sunday, APRIL 27, 1-5 pm

  • Register at www.review.com

  • Scores Back/ Strategy Program after Spring Break – Sunday, MAY, 1-3 pm

Key programs2
Key Programs

ZAPS Learning Company SAT Seminar

  • Saturday, APRIL 26, 9 am – 3 pm,

  • Cost $79.00

    • Includes Study Guide & Training Workbooks

  • Register online:

    • www.zaps.com or 1-877-927-8378

Key programs3
Key Programs

  • Summer Programs

    • Brochures in Guidance

    • Check NAVIANCE “Enrichment Programs”

  • National College Fair

    • Tuesday, September 19

    • 9 am-noon & 6-8 pm

    • Indianapolis Convention Center

  • Help from college coordinator
    Help from College Coordinator

    • Meet with seniors all year

    • Meet with juniors second semester

    • Appointments scheduled after the

      My College Searchform is returned

      • Parents welcome!

    College admission boot camp june 4 6 1 30 5 30 pm
    College Admission “Boot Camp”JUNE 4 – 6 *1:30 – 5:30 pm*


    • $100.00 registration fee

    • College & Scholarship research, application essay writing, Naviance & Parchment training

    • Scholarships available to students who receive free/reduced lunch or textbook assistance

    • Application forms available in Guidance Office beginning Friday, APRIL 11

    Princeton Review SAT Course

    “And the Winner Is…”

    Talk to the Colleges

    Break out sessions
    Break-Out Sessions

    • University of Chicago (L249)

    • Washington University in St. Louis

    • Indiana University & Purdue University


      • Changes in admission standards

      • New programs & developments

      • Tips for applicants

      • Merit scholarships

      • Campus Visits

    Don’t rush off!


    Stick around for a great discussion