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College Readiness. Miami Southridge Senior High School Class of 2013. Graduation Requirements G.P.A. Information SAT/ACT Tests College Visitations and Applications Financial Aid Information and Scholarships. Itinerary. Graduation Requirements.

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college readiness

College Readiness

Miami Southridge Senior High School

Class of 2013


Graduation Requirements

  • G.P.A. Information
  • SAT/ACT Tests
  • College Visitations and Applications
  • Financial Aid Information and Scholarships
gpa information

Florida Bright Futures and Colleges calculate only...

Academic G.P.A

    • Academic G.P.A.’s are averaged only for the core courses:

4 years of English4 years of Math3 years of Science3 years of Social Science2 years of Foreign Language

GPA Information
act sat tests

SAT Test Dates:

◦ October 6

◦ November 3

◦ December 1

◦ January 26

◦ March 9

◦ May 4

◦ June 1

  • Register at:

  • ACT Test Dates:

◦ September 8

◦ October 27

◦ December 8

◦ February 9

◦ April 13

◦ June 8

  • Register at:



TESTCODE: 101087

act sat tests1

Important to put Miami Southridge’s School Code (164280), in order for us to receive your scores

  • Can choose up to 4 colleges where ACT/SAT scores can be sent for FREE
  • Must choose colleges before test is taken to be free of charge
  • Additional score reports will be charged a fee
  • Colleges require official score reports from the testing sites
what should i look for in a college


    • Choose the best fit for YOU!
    • Know if you match their qualification. What is your chance of getting into this school?
    • It’s NOT just tuition-even if you stay in Miami! Room & board, books, gas, activities, sporting events, spending money, etc. all need to be factored and budgeted.
    • Small colleges are often limiting in their major choices. Remember that 80% of college freshman do not have a major by the time they start college, and 50% change their mind- multiple times!
What Should I Look For In A College
what should i have already done

Finalized(ing) Your College List

  • Narrow your list to 3-6 schools




What Should I Have Already Done??
what should i have already done1

Visited Colleges (In Person, Virtual Tours, Websites)

  • Research Applications and Fees
  • Created a Professional Email
    • NO!
    •  YES!
  • Created a Resume
  • Sent and/or Registered for SAT/ACT
What Should I Have Already Done??

Name and Contact Information

  • College and Career Choices (optional)
  • Academic Record with info on Class Rank, GPA, SAT scores, AP classes, etc.
  • School Activities
  • Community Activities
  • Work Experiences
  • Honors and Awards
  • Other Items of Interest (such as personal interests that are not covered in the above categories or a short personal statement indicating obstacles you have overcome, like a learning disability, personal or family setback, or unexpected change in circumstances)
admissions criteria what do colleges look at

Application Information

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
    • Weighted vs. Unweighted
    • High School Transcript
  • Course Load and Strength of Subjects
  • ACT/SAT scores
    • Superscore
    • SAT Subject Tests
  • Class Rank or Percentile
  • Recommendation Letters*
  • Resume: Special Talents/Awards & Personal Qualities/Activities
  • Essays
  • Interviews
Admissions Criteria- What Do Colleges Look At?
how do i apply

There’s no crying in the college application process!!

    • If the deadline is November 1st, DO NOT wait until after you come back from the candy hotspots on Halloween night to start applying
    • Some colleges have ONLY 1 deadline, and if you miss it, you’ve missed the boat for that college
  • Most applications became available August 1st
  • APPLY ONLINE at the specific university’s website
  • Find out if your specific college requires paper application with a waiver
  • Apply early for consideration for university-specific scholarships
How Do I Apply?
florida college applicants

When applying to any Florida Public institution a Florida Resident Form must be completed

    • Must submit Proof of Residency
      • Copy of one parent’s Driver’s License, Voter’s Registration, or Vehicle Registration (2 out of 3)
  • Information for Residency Classification Form
Florida College Applicants
early decision vs early action
Early Decision

Early Action


Higher chance of acceptance

Multiple schools

Can give you more time to review financial aid packages in different schools

  • Binding
  • Higher chance of acceptance
  • Do this if you are POSITIVE of your choice
  • Only for one school
  • MUST withdraw all other applications if accepted
  • If you realize you don’t have any money after financial aid is complete, you’re in a sticky situation
Early Decision Vs. Early Action
florida bright futures scholarship

Florida Academic Scholars (FAS)

    • $100/credit @ 4-year institution
    • $61/credit @ 2-year institution


  • 3.5 GPA
  • 1280 SAT or 28 ACT
  • 100 Service Hours
  • Completed FAFSA
  • Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)
    • $75/credit @ 4-year institution
    • $47/credit @ 2-year institution


  • 3.0 GPA
  • 1020 SAT or 22 ACT
  • 75 Service Hours
  • Completed FAFSA
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
florida bright futures scholarship1

Student information, course load, and grades are entered into the Florida Bright Futures database by Counselors

  • The Florida Bright Futures (FBF) Office accesses test scores electronically from the State University System
  • When registering for the SAT/ACT, send scores to any Florida State School in order for scores to arrive at FBF Office
  • The FBF office automatically selects your best scores
  • In December 2012, students will set up their Florida Bright Future accounts during the school hours
  • Students may take SAT/ACT as often as they want to earn the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
free application for federal student aid fafsa

There are three main categories of federal student aid:

◦ Grants

◦ Work-study

◦ Loans

  • Forms become available to download online as of January 1st, 2013 at
  • Parents must file 2012 income tax before applying or they can estimate their taxes, but have to confirm after filing
  •  If you wish to apply for other scholarships, F.A.F.S.A. must be filled out
  • Net Price Calculator: Provides estimate amount of attendance at each college
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
financial aid

CSS Profile

    • Required by many private colleges/universities to determine eligibility for non-government financial aid, such as the institution's own grants, loans, and scholarships.
    • Begin applying early Fall
    • For more information and to apply, visit
  • Male students, who turn 18 years of age, must register with the selective services at
    • Required for scholarships or federal student aid
Financial Aid

“I don’t need or want any scholarships”- said no college-bound senior EVER