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Senior Year & Beyond 2013-2014. High School Counselors. Crisis Counseling Group Counseling Career Counseling Academic Counseling Individual Counseling Planning your Future. Agenda. Where do I start? How do I decide what to do after high school? How do I decide on a college?

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High school counselors
High School Counselors

  • Crisis Counseling

  • Group Counseling

  • Career Counseling

  • Academic Counseling

  • Individual Counseling

  • Planning your Future


  • Where do I start?

  • How do I decide what to do after high school?

  • How do I decide on a college?

  • What should I be doing now?

  • When and how do I apply to college?

  • How do I get into college?

  • How do I pay for college?

Recommended college prep courses
Recommended College Prep Courses

  • English Four years of English

  • Mathematics Four years of mathematics, including rigorous courses in AlgebraI, Geometry, and AlgebraII

  • Natural Sciences Three years of science, including rigorous courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

  • Social Studies Three years of social studies

  • Additional Courses Some colleges and universities require other classes as prerequisites for admission, such as two or more years of the same foreign language or courses in the visual arts, music, theater, drama, dance, computer science, etc.*Specific high school course requirements vary from institution to institution. Be sure to check with the schools you're interested in to see what they recommend or require.

Dual enrollment
Dual Enrollment

MCC, U of M Flint, Kettering, & Baker

Meet with high school counselor

Apply to the college as a dual enrolled student

Turn in Dual Enrollment form to counselor

Take (returned form) to college

Register for class at the college

Act retake
ACT Retake

  • You can take the ACT no more than 12 times total Many students take the test twice, once as a junior and again as a senior.

  • How will I do on a retest?

  • Of the students who took the ACT more than once:

    • 57% increased their Composite score

    • 21% had no change in their Composite score

    • 22% decreased their Composite score

Act test dates 2013 2014

Test DateRegistration Deadline

June 8, 2013 (SCHS) May 3, 2013

September 21, 2013 August 23, 2013

October 26, 2013 (SCHS) September 27, 2013

December 14, 2013 (SCHS) November 8, 2013

February 8, 2014 January 10, 2014

April 12, 2014 March 7, 2014

June 14, 2014 (SCHS) May 9, 2014

ACT Test Dates 2013-2014

Act registration
Act Registration

Student must register online

Student creates account

Student registers for selected test date and submits payment

Student must upload a picture and print admission ticket

Senior year
Senior Year

  • Get organized – start a folder save EVERYTHING

  • College Visits

  • Counselor meeting

  • Letters of Recommendation

  • College Applications

  • Scholarships

  • Financial Aid

  • Utilize Career Cruising

Campus visitation procedure
Campus Visitation Procedure

  • Obtain College Visitation Form from the Guidance Office

  • Parent calls in EXP absence

  • Student obtains signature at college visit

  • Attendance office receives form and changes EXP absence to SR

Campus visits 101
Campus Visits 101

  • Schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor and/or financial aid administrator at college you are considering

  • Take a campus tour

  • Research the college before you go, so you know the questions to ask

Campus visits 101 continued
Campus Visits 101 continued

  • Attend a class and eat in the dining hall

  • Check out the range of services and facilities in the bookstore and student center

  • Ask students what they like about campus and what they don’t like.

  • Check out whatever is important to you: athletic facilities, fine arts facilities, career counseling office, student newspaper office, etc.

College visits
College Visits

ITT Tech Adrian

MSU AiAdvantage

Grand Valley State University Albion College

Kettering University Alma College

U of D Mercy Aquinas College

Baker College Cornerstone

Northern Michigan University Eastern Michigan University

Ferris State University Hope College

Central Michigan University Indiana Tech

Western Michigan University Lake Superior State University

Spring Arbor University Mott Community College

Wayne State University Northwood University

Hope College Oakland University

Saginaw Valley State University University of Michigan Flint

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

College admission criteria
College Admission Criteria

  • Academic Performance (Cumulative/Core)

  • Class Rank

  • Strength of Curriculum

  • Recent trends in academic performance

  • ACT Score

  • Recommendations

  • Leadership, talents, conduct, and diversity of experience

  • Personal Essays

  • Interviews

Averages for admission university gpa act
Averages for AdmissionUNIVERSITY GPA ACT

Application process


Complete application

Attach check/money order, letters of recommendation, essay, etc.

Turn in to high school counselor

Counselor completes his/her portion, attaches transcript and mails to college/university


Complete application via website (credit card)

Print counselor page and hand in to high school guidance counselor

Counselor completes his/her portion, attaches transcript and mails to college/university

Request a transcript (

Application Process

Request a transcript www parchment com
Request a

Financial aid


Free Application for Federal Student Aidonline access

Financial Aid Night – January 2014

Financial aid free application for federal student aid fafsa
Financial AidFree Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA)

  • Need-based money provided for post-secondary education

  • Grants (do not have to repay)

  • Student Loans (must repay)

    • (MUST fill out the FAFSA to qualify for low interest student loans)

  • Reapply every year

Filling out the fafsa
Filling out the FAFSA

Online Application

  • Parents and student apply for pin number – electronic signature (website -


  • Complete online application between January 1st– March 30th

State of michigan scholarships and grants
State of Michigan Scholarships and Grants

  • Children of Veterans Tuition Grant

  • GEAR UP Michigan Scholarship

  • Michigan Competitive Scholarship

  • Michigan Merit Award

  • Michigan Tuition Grant

  • Tuition Incentive Program

  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship


  • Apply early!

  • See high school website (

  • Local (Guidance Office)

  • Academic (high GPA and ACT)

  • Athletic

  • Private, Groups, Organizations

Scholarship website searches
Scholarship Website Searches








Swartz creek high school guidance counselors
Swartz Creek High SchoolGuidance Counselors

Cheryl Reger A-G (810) 591-1870

Daniel Nolen H-N (810) 591-1869

Michelle Horning O-Z (810) 591-1868