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What are colleges looking for
What are Colleges looking for?

  • GPA

  • Transcript

  • SAT, SAT Subject tests, ACT

  • Activities Record

  • College Essay

  • Interview

  • Recommendations

Gpa transcript
GPA &Transcript

Your transcript has been sent home.

Please review it for accuracy and return it to the Guidance office by 9/29.

  • Academic growth, strength of program, grades

    -Senior course selection

    - Mid-year Grades, 1st and 3rd marking periods

  • GPA is computed for all high school courses through the Junior year

  • LVHS does not rank

Sat sat subject tests act
SAT, SAT Subject Tests, & ACT

  • College entrance exams

  • Required by most Colleges

SAT Subject Tests*

- Check with individual Colleges for testing requirements

*Check with Colleges if they will take the ACT in lieu of SAT subject tests

Sat dates
SAT dates

Test Date: Registration Deadline:

October 14, 2006 September 20, 2006* (late reg.)

November 4, 2006 September 29, 2006

December 2, 2006 November 7, 2006

January 27, 2007 December 26, 2006

Check SAT Schedule to verify SAT Subject test dates

LVHS is a testing site for all SAT dates

Act dates
ACT dates

Test Date: Registration Deadline:

October 28, 2006* September 22, 2006

December 9, 2006 November 3, 2006

*test offered at LVHS

Sat score delivery dates
SAT Score Delivery Dates

  • Contact Colleges to find out when scores need to be received by and what is the last test date that will be accepted.

    SAT Date Student Score Student Score

    by Web by Paper

    October 11-2-06 11-15-06

    November 11-28-06 12-8-06

    December 12-21-06 1-10-07

    January 2-15-07 3-1-07

School codes
School Codes

  • High School CEEB Code: 332 882

    Test Center Codes:

  • SAT Code: 33-562

  • ACT Code: 20006

Testing for students with accommodations
Testing for Students with Accommodations

Please contact the Individual Needs Department with any questions regarding special testing accommodations for SAT and ACT tests

  • Please be aware that there are separate forms for the SAT’s and ACT’s to be filled out for accommodations.

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Letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation

  • Two letters

  • Make sure you follow up with any teachers you asked last year

  • Teachers who know you well (preferably Junior teachers)

  • Supplementary letters

    (ie. Athletics, Art, Music)

  • Counselor Recommendation

  • Thank you note

College essay
College Essay

  • Represents student

  • Answer question

  • Engaging

  • Presentation counts

  • Be original

  • Be yourself

  • Revise and proofread

  • Seek feedback


  • May be required

  • Alumni interviews

  • Informational

  • Relax and be yourself

  • Be prepared

    - Ask questions

    - Bring Activity Record

    - Dress appropriately

    - Arrive on time

    *Be aware of deadlines

    for interview sign-up.

Activity record
Activity Record

  • Accomplishments

  • Honors and Awards

  • Extracurricular activities

    • Clubs, Sports

  • Community Service

  • Out of school activities

  • Summer programs & Internships

  • Work experience

College visits
College Visits

  • When visiting a college, consider what you are looking for:

    • Size

    • Location

    • Urban, Suburban, Rural

    • Public or private

    • Major, special programs

    • Athletics

    • Environment

    • Student life

    • Single Sex or Co-ed

    • Religious orientation

    • Military Academy

      Call Admissions to set up an

      appointment for a tour and info session!

Narrow it down
Narrow It Down

  • “target” schools

  • “reach” schools

  • “safe” schools

Your goal is to find a good match for you!

Internet sites for college information

  • Offers a wide range of college admissions information & services in the areas of college search, assessment, admission, placement, financial aid, curriculum, and research. 

  • Search for colleges by name, location, enrollment, tuition, major, affiliation and sports. Also includes a scholarship search, financial aid information and other college resources.

  • Online source for virtual college tours, interactive maps, college webcams, QuickTime VR tours, campus movies and pictures

  • Many others also available

Attend college fairs

Speak with college representatives

Find out and gather information on schools

Other services may include:

Valuable seminars

Informational resources

Counselors to help with the college search process

Attend College Fairs!

Fall college fairs

  • NACAC- National College Fair

    -October 1, 2006 Time: 11-4pm

    Nassau Coliseum

    Locust Valley High School also hosts mini-college fairs right in front of the Guidance Office!

    Dates: Every Monday at 1:00pm

    from 9-18-06 until 10-30-06

Lvhs guidance website
LVHS Guidance Website!

Over the next few weeks LVHS will be developing the Guidance Website.

Check it often for a list of visiting Colleges, forms you may need, and useful tips!

To get there go to: > schools > high school > departments > guidance

When should i apply
When Should I Apply?

  • First quarter of senior year

  • Early Decision/ Early Action

  • Regular Admission

  • Rolling Admission

  • Priority Applications

Deadline dates
Deadline Dates

  • All applications are due, complete, to the Guidance Office 2 weeks prior to their deadline

  • Be aware of due dates for portfolios/auditions

  • Application deadlines are the same for online or paper

    All applications that need to be mailed out prior to the December vacation need to be handed in by December 8th!

Application process
Application Process

  • You are responsible for obtaining applications online or from each college

  • Common, SUNY, CUNY, Individual

  • Apply online or by mail through the Guidance Department

  • NCAA Clearinghouse

  • Financial aid

Be aware of deadlines!!



    -School Report

    -Teacher Evaluation

    -Midyear Report


    -Supplemental (note: only some schools/programs require a supplemental. Check school’s website to find out if they require one.)

    (* Applicants to the CUNY Honors College and Teacher Academy need to

    apply online)


    -Print out receipt of submission and give to the Guidance office so that we can send your supporting documentation to the college.

For all applications, you must fill out an Application Processing Form, with a parent signature, available in the Guidance Office.

National collegiate athletic association
National Collegiate Athletic Association

  • Division I & II college-bound athletes should register in the fall with NCAA

  • Submit forms online, and give receipt to Guidance Office

  • Be in touch with HS coaches

  • Attend NCAA College Eligibility for Student Athletes session on September 27th at 7pm, Locust Valley HS Auditorium.

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New York State Higher Education Services Corporationwww.HESC.comFinancial Aid Workshop on December 5, 2006CSS Profile: Some colleges requireFAFSA: File after January 1st of Senior year

Financing your education



Academic departmental private
Academic Departmental Private


Scholarship websites
Scholarship Websites





    (go to Schools > HS > Depts. > Guidance > Scholarship info)

Make the most of this journey
Make the most of this journey!

  • Let your child take ownership of this exciting process

  • We are here to help you

    You are about to embark on another milestone of your life!


Student responsibilities
Student Responsibilities

  • Obtaining & Completing applications

  • Submitting applications to the Guidance Office 2 weeks prior to their deadline

  • Know applications due dates!

  • Testing requirements

  • Contacting schools about interviews

  • Essay, Activity Record*, Letters of Recommendation, Autobiography*

  • Scholarship search

*Activity Record & Autobiography is due to the Guidance Office by Friday, October 13, 2006!

Parent responsibilities
Parent Responsibilities

  • Let your child make calls to colleges

  • Filling out FAFSA forms

  • Helping with scholarship search

  • Parent “Brag Sheets” for Guidance*

  • Supporting your child in this process!

*Parent “Brag Sheet” is due to the Guidance Office by Friday, October 13, 2006!