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  1. WELCOME THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS Cranston High School West Guidance Department

  2. Reminders • Application Process • Common Application • Other types of applications • NCAA Eligibility • Financial Aid/Scholarship Resources • General School Information Necessary for Completing Applications Our Agenda

  3. Research in order to plan ahead • Know when or if you should take SAT/ACT • Know if SAT Subject Tests are required by admissions • Scores must be sent to the colleges directly from CollegeBoard/ACT • Scores do not appear on CHSW official transcript • For detailed information, please reference the Junior Power Point Presentation available on the CHSW website or in the pages tab on Aspen Reminders

  4. College Application Plans

  5. Common Application • Online Application • Paper Application Application Forms

  6. Efficient method of applying to multiple schools • Easily manage your applications • Most Rhode Island 4-year, not-for-profit colleges currently use the Common Application (Johnson & Wales is the exception; use their own online/paper application) • You can “like” CommonApp on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to receive important updates and information • https://www.commonapp.org/Login Common Application

  7. For detailed information on managing and completing your Common Application, reference the following tutorials: • Managing your Common Application • Submitting your Common Application Navigating the Common Application Source: www.commonapp.org

  8. Common App Frequently Asked Questions • Why can’t I assign a recommender? Why aren’t my recommenders receiving invites? • Should I self-report standardized test scores? • International students: why do I have to answer this question? • Why can’t I add more than 10 activities? • Why don’t I see supplements on the Common App? • I’m taking an EE course this year, do I report it under the college courses section? • The education portion of the Common App must be complete; you must assign a recommender for each school • We recommend that you do not self-report; however, the choice is yours • Strangely, you need to respond to this question. Answer is “no.” • Only allowed 10; pick the 10 most relevant/significant activities; combine activities, if appropriate • Supplement (s), if required, are housed under each school in My Colleges • No, you do not report current EE course(s); you do report any taken during your junior year, if you received credit

  9. Start by visiting the school’s website. Applications can usually be found on the admissions web page • Example: JWU Online Application • Complete your actual application including essay (if essay is required) and/or supplements • Save or print a copy of the application to be submitted • Mail or submit electronically the application by the deadline Completing Other Types of Applications

  10. The following materials should be sent to the college: • Completed & reviewed application • Personal essay • Activity sheet • Teacher recommendations • Application fee • Any other materials required by admissions Application Materials

  11. The following materials should be returned to your Guidance Counselor: • CHSW Release Form (part of Diploma Form) • Student Questionnaire • Activity Sheet or Resume • Copy of college essay(s): optional but highly recommended • CHSW Senior Official Transcript Request Form • Stamped envelope addressed to the college (if necessary) • Hold mid-year reports until first semester is completed (if necessary) Guidance Materials

  12. The Guidance Department will mail an official transcript, school profile, and the required/requested recommendations to the college. Please note: • The Cranston West Guidance Department requires 15 school days to process a completed application (e.g. for Nov 1 deadline materials need to be submitted by Oct 11) • Applications are triaged according to the application deadlines and then by the date received in guidance Cranston West College Application Timeline

  13. Some colleges may require or recommend: • That you participate in an admissions interview • That you submit video tape, audition, portfolio (typically Art, Theatre, Music program candidates) • That applicants for some competitive majors (e.g. engineering, pharmacy, nursing) apply by the Early Action deadline • That students apply by an earlier deadline to be considered for school and/or merit scholarships, despite a later application deadline NB: It is the student’s responsibility to research their school’s individual requirements/recommendations Schedule a time to see the college: • Visit campus • Attend a tour Be Aware…

  14. Admissions Decisions • Provisional Admission • Acceptance • Deferral • Wait List • Denial

  15. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) • Provides a central location for certification of academic eligibility for participation in intercollegiate sports • Students must register through the Eligibility Center their junior year in high school if considering a Division I or II School. Student Athletes

  16. Cranston High School West Class of 2013 Post-Secondary Destinations Abilene Christian University HarttSchool Salem State University American International College High Point University Simmons College Anna Maria College Hofstra University Southern Connecticut State University Assumption College Johnson & Wales University StonehillCollege Aveda Institute LasellCollege Syracuse University Barry University Lincoln Culinary Institute Thomas College BerkleeCollege of Music Lincoln Technology Institute United States Air Force Boston College Maine College of Art United States Air Force Academy Brandeis University Make-up Designory United States Air National Guard Bridgewater State University Marist College United States Army Bridgeton Academy MotoRingTechnical Training Institute United States Marines Brown University Mount Saint Mary College United States Navy Bryant University New England College University of Connecticut Catholic University of America New England Conservatory of Music University of Hartford Coastal Carolina University New England Institute of Art University of Massachusetts Amherst Community College of Rhode Island New England Institute of Technology University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Connecticut College Nichols College University of New Hampshire Culinary Institute of America Northeastern University University of New Haven Curry College Paul Mitchell: The School University of Rhode Island Dean College Pennsylvania State University University of Tampa Elms College Plymouth State University Villanova University Empire Beauty School Providence College Wellesley College Fashion Institute of Technology Quinnipiac University West Virginia Wesleyan College Festival Ballet Providence Regis College Western Connecticut State College Florida Gulf Coast University Rhode Island College Western Michigan University Franklin Pierce University Rhode Island School of Design Western New England University Full Sail University Rochester Institute of Technology Worcester Polytechnic Institute George Washington University Sacred Heart University Worcester State University There is a light at the end of the tunnel… … hard work pays off

  17. FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid • Get your PIN# ASAP at www.fafsa.ed.gov • Can complete the FAFSA after January 1st • CSS Profile – Service from CollegeBoard • Required by some private schools to determine eligibility for private, school scholarships • Deadline in early December (check w/school) • Additional College Forms – please check with the college’s Office of Financial Aid for more information Financial Aid Forms

  18. Financial Aid Resources • College Planning Center of Rhode Island • College Planning Center of RI website • (401) 736-3170 • College Financial Aid Office • Community Financial Aid Workshops

  19. Mrs. Picozzi • Room: E-3 • Email: apicozzi@cpsed.net • Scholarship information is also posted on the following websites: • Scholarships 360 • CHSW Student Center webpage • RI Scholarships, College Planning Center of RI • Fastweb.com Private Scholarship Information

  20. CollegeBoard: www.collegeboard.org • Common Application: www.commonapp.org • FAFSA: www.fafsa.ed.gov • Do not use www.fafsa.com ! • Financial Aid Information: www.finaid.org Helpful Websites

  21. Staying Focused Colleges base final decisions on mid-year and final grades Colleges Request: • Schedule of classes/first quarter grades • Mid-year grades • Final transcript Remember: Acceptance is contingent on final grades!

  22. Senior Year Guidance Counselors • Deana Golini dgolini@cpsed.net • Richard Willette rwillette@cpsed.net • Daniela Ciccone, CACTC dciccone@cpsed.net • Vicki Clark, CACTC vclark@cpsed.net • Robin D’Almeida, CACTC rdalmeida@cpsed.net • Lori Velino, CACTC lvelino@cpsed.net • School Address: 80 Metropolitan Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920 • School Code: 400036 • Phone Number: (401)270-8063 • Fax Number: (401)270-8522 • Website: www.cpsed.net/chsw/index.htm • CHSW uses a weighted GPA on a 4.0 scale and a weighted rank • Entry Date: 08/2010; Graduation date: 06/14/2014 General School Information