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NAVIGATING SENIOR YEAR, COLLEGE APPLICATIONS, & LIFE AFTER NORTHWEST. Agenda. Graduation Requirements Where should I apply? College Application Procedures Family Connection Questions. Graduation requirements. Earn 22 Credits. Pass 3 HSA Tests. Earn 75 SSL hours. 4 English 4 Math
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Where should I apply?
College Application Procedures
Earn 22 Credits
Pass 3 HSA Tests
Earn 75 SSL hours
3 Social Studies
1 Fine Art
Students must earn hours from an approved site.
Visit mcpsssl.org or montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteer for a listing of approved sites.
SSL forms can be downloaded from mcpsssl.org
University of Maryland receives over 26,000 applications for a class of 4,000.
NWHS students who were accepted in 2013 had an average GPA of 3.6 and SAT of 1890.
Towson University receives over 17,000 applications for a class of 3,000.
NWHS students who were accepted in 2013 had an average GPA of 3.38 and SAT of 1694.
Mount St. Mary’s University receives over 4,900 applications for a class of 430.
NWHS students who were accepted in 2013 had an average GPA of 3.35 and SAT of 1650.
When considering a student for admission, colleges will evaluate:
Go to the college website. Does the college have its own application or is it part of the Common Application?
You will complete each application and hit send by the deadline. You will not be able to start applications until August 1st at the earliest.
This is where you will write your short answer and essay prompts. Be thorough and make yourself “human” to the admissions officer.
It’s a good idea to keep a folder for each college. Write your username and password on the inside flap of the folder. Keep hardcopies of any correspondence.
The Common Application
Over 500 colleges and universities are part of the Common App. The general application is the same for all schools, but each school will have its own supplements.
All information will be submitted electronically. (Example: UMBC)
Any college or university that is not part of the Common App, but allows for their
information to be sent electronically, is part of the Edocs system. All information will be submitted electronically. (Example: University of Maryland)
Some colleges still require that you send a hard copy of the application and all
supporting documents through the mail. (Example: Penn State)
When applying through Common App or Edocs, you will have to link your accounts to Family Connection.
The process for linking your accounts will be finalized in July or August. We will be meeting with all seniors during the first few weeks of school to explain the process and answer any questions.
FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of a student’s education records.
In regards to college, a parent must authorize the school to send a student’s transcript as this is part of a student’s confidential record.
Print your signature and/or electronically sign the privacy notice waving your right to see your recommendations. It is HIGHLY recommended that you check “yes” and waive your right to see/access recommendations.
Return the completed Transcript Request Form along with fees to the Registrar’s Office before school, during lunch or after school.
If applying by US Mail, submit a 9 x 12 envelope addressed to the college and with 3 stamps in the upper right hand corner.
You will send this directly from College Board or ACT to each college.
NWHS does not send official scores.
Update the self evaluation form. This is your brag sheet. Include all information that will help us “make you real” to the college admissions officer reading your application.
Each college determines the number of recommendations needed so check the college website carefully.
Personally speak to teachers that you would like to write a letter on your behalf. Follow up with an email request through Family Connection.
Allow teachers and your counselor at least 3 weeks to complete the recommendation letter.
Transcript (school info)
Letters of Recommendation
Click on college search
Through Family Connection, you can conduct and save many advanced college searches. Note that there are many categories of criteria: type, location, students, etc.
Click on Scattergram to see if your GPA & SAT scores would be a good match for a particular college.