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College Application 101 Tuesday, June 4, 2013. An introductory “course” to assist parents in navigating the latest in the college application process PLEASE SILENCE CELL PHONES. Session “Syllabus”. Parent Involvement Timeline The College Visit The College Application FAQ’s.

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college application 101 tuesday june 4 2013

College Application 101Tuesday, June 4, 2013

An introductory “course” to assist

parents in navigating the latest in the

college application process


session syllabus
Session “Syllabus”
  • Parent Involvement
  • Timeline
  • The College Visit
  • The College Application
  • FAQ’s
parent involvement in the application process
Parent Involvement in the Application Process
  • Support but don’t do application for them. Colleges can spot this!
  • Act as their advocate
  • Help to organize and set goals for deadlines
  • Payment!
timeline what to do in june
TIMELINEWhat to do in June?
  • Senior year schedule must be finalized no later than 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 13th
  • Finish junior year strong!
  • ACT June 8th. Register online for the ACT if appropriate. September 21st and October 26th.
  • Meaningful summer activity (work, volunteer, internships, camps, etc.)
  • Gather information
  • Schedule college visits
timeline what to do in july
TIMELINEWhat to do in July?
  • Utilize websites for gathering information
  • Begin to work on essay – set completion goal
  • College visits
college visits
College Visits!
  • Timing – summer is different on campus
  • Ask questions!
  • Analyze the individual fit
  • Rank priorities
  • “People watch”…check out the cafeteria and bookstore
  • Take pictures, and write down notes before you forget
  • Take a tour, and explore on your own
  • Attend a class
timeline what to do in august
TIMELINEWhat to do in August?
  • Finalize list of schools to apply to – have a good mix of “reach schools”, good fits and “slam dunks”.
  • Begin applications – please remember that teachers and counselors do not have summer hours.
  • Complete an activities summary/resume. Summer prior to high school until present
  • Determine need for letters of recommendation
  • Begin exploring scholarships
seniors take flight
Seniors….take FLIGHT!!!
  • FLIGHT is BRAND NEW for the Class of 2014
  • August 19th and 20th, 12:30 to 2:30
  • Get insider tips on senior year and the college admissions process:
    • Essay help
    • How to set up your Parchment account
    • Letters of Recommendation and the Senior Profile
    • Avoid “Senioritis”
    • How to really succeed in college, and not just “get in”
    • Guest speakers

Watch your mail/email for sign-up information!

application checklist
  • Application: online
  • Application Fee: credit card or online is sometimes free
  • Parchment $2.55 per transcript *
  • Transcript Release Form: (Only if paper copy is needed, available on school website or in the Counseling Office)
  • Senior Profile completed (available on the AHS website)
  • Letters of recommendation (if required): follow application directions
  • Essay/Personal Statement (if required)
  • Resume or Activities Summary (Optional)
  • ACT/SAT scores sent from the testing service

* Refer to detailed handout


faq 1 why didn t you send my transcript
FAQ#1 Why didn’t you send my transcript?
  • Parchment
  • Did you fill out a request/fee?
  • Allow enough time…AHS, mail, university sort, etc.
  • Call the university or check your account
  • Consider the volume at the college and mail/electronic application speed
  • Common Application
faq 2 do students need recommendation letters
FAQ#2 Do students need recommendation letters?
  • UW-Wisconsin schools do not require recommendations – except UW-Madison
  • Recommendations may be helpful for the student on the “bubble”
  • Letters of recommendations submitted directly to the university – may want to use DOB
  • Provide stamped envelope(s) to the writer
  • Recommendations are more commonly needed for scholarships
  • As a courtesy to the writer, allow at least two weeks and provide a Senior Profile
faq 3 how does my son daughter have their act sat scores sent
FAQ#3 How does my son/daughter have their ACT/SAT scores sent?
  • Official scores are sent from the testing agency
  • Free at time of registration
  • May request online or by phone(there is a cost for this service)
  • or (SAT and AP)
faq 4 what are important tips for the senior year
FAQ#4 What are important tips for the senior year?
  • September 15: College application “period” begins
  • Watch social media image (Facebook, etc.)
  • Set up a “professional” email for all college information, and check it 3-4 times per week
  • November: Goal to have all college applications completed – be sure to include a “Back-Up School”
  • READ ALL CORRESPONDENCE: Check for deposit information, housing forms, registration, May 1 = final decision date.
  • Visit schools a final time after admitted
  • Continue to work hard in senior year courses – “RESCIND”
  • Scholarships –Busy time is January – April
  • Scholarships sent by the student so plan ahead and organize!
  • Final transcript request – June with Parchment

North CampusCounseling Office369-3612 Mrs. Morrison Registrar/Secretary Ext. 4209Morrison@arrowheadschools.orgBrianne Mehlos Ext. 4212mehlos@arrowheadschools.orgKathie Mitich Ext. Angie Rodenkirch Ext, 4218rodenkircha@arrowheadschools.orgThank you for coming!