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College Planning An Overview. Presented by GVHS Counselors: Mr. Chip Harvey Ms. Anna Impriano. Junior Meeting. WHO? student, parent(s), school counselor WHEN?

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college planning an overview

College Planning An Overview

Presented by GVHS Counselors:

Mr. Chip Harvey

Ms. Anna Impriano

junior meeting
  • WHO?
    • student, parent(s), school counselor
  • WHEN?
    • Parents are invited to call and schedule these meetings following junior night. It is recommended to schedule the meeting in November, December or January
  • WHY?
    • This meeting will allow for individualized college planning
    • Review of general admission requirements, student transcript, college testing, college factors, building a college list, Navianceand a time to get questions answered
important factors in admission decision
Important Factors in Admission Decision
    • Grades and Rigor are the most important factors
    • Senior year courses should reflect ability and interests
    • Review requirements on Naviance or on school’s webpage
    • Essay(s), Interviews (if required/recommended), Letters of Rec, Resume
    • Completed and submitted online
11 th grade milestones
11th Grade Milestones
  • Fall/Spring
    • Register Online for Entrance Exams (SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests)
    • Familiarize Yourself with Naviance and College Websites
    • Search for Colleges & Research GOOD FIT Schools
    • Develop Preliminary List of Schools
    • Build Your Resume
    • Visit Colleges (Great time- Spring Break!)
    • Course Selection (strategically select senior courses)
    • Request Letters of Recommendation from Teachers (spring)
    • DI/DII Potential Athletes- Register with NCAA Clearinghouse
  • Spring/Summer
    • Finalize List of Schools (6-10)
    • Work on College Essays and Begin completing Applications
    • Investigate/Enroll in Summer Programs
taking entrance exams sat act sat subject tests
Taking Entrance Exams (SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests)
  • When?
    • First exam sometime between January-March
    • Refer to Naviance for the test dates and locations
  • Register for these Exams Online
    • SAT & Subject Test Registration:
    • ACT Registration:
  • Does my school require Subject Tests?
    • View link to determine the answer:
  • Some Schools do NOT require test scores
    • Test optional schools:
the college search
The College Search
  • Goal – Develop Preliminary List of Schools This Year
  • Identify Good Fit Characteristics
    • size, location, major, activities, strength of program, learning env., etc.
  • Use College Search Sites to Narrow List
  • VISIT Colleges (small, big, city, rural)
  • Selection Process (foundational, target, reach)
  • Narrow List! (subjective and objective research)
visit colleges
  • Great time to visit- SPRING BREAK!
    • See school when students are on campus- ask questions~
  • Sign up for a tour with the admissions office by calling the school in advance. Some schools offer online registration.
  • Bring a Notebook!
    • Jot down your likes and dislikes as SOON as you leave campus
    • Your impressions of a school are important and will help you to determine good fit and factors of importance
build your resume
Build Your Resume
  • Include activities, jobs and volunteer hours that you have been involved with since the beginning of 9th grade
  • Use appropriate grammar (you are not texting!!!)
  • Take on leadership roles and stay involved
  • Consider a summer program that is related to your career goals or that is on a college campus of interest
letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation
  • Ask 2 Teachers to write you a letter
  • When to ask!? When you return from Spring Break !
  • Ask Major Subject Teachers
    • Math, English, Science, Social Studies
    • Consider the major you might pursue in college
  • Follow up by providing a teacher request form!
    • Available in the counseling office this spring
    • Forms also may be printed from Naviance (in the document library)


potential di dii athletes
Potential DI/DII Athletes
  • REGISTER with the NCAA at: Center
  • Send transcript to NCAA after junior year & after graduation
  • Review NCAA core-course requirements
  • Send your test scores (SAT &/or ACT) to the NCAA
    • Enter the code 9999 when you register to take the exam
  • Familiarize yourself with College Athletic Sites:
    • National Junior College Athletic Association
    • - The NAIA is another collegiate athletic association
application process
Application Process
  • ED/EA/Rolling
    • ED- binding, EA- nonbinding, Rolling- no deadline
  • Common Application(review)
  • Send SAT/ACT Scores Online
  • School Packet
    • Supporting documents sent from your Guidance Office
    • Includes Transcript, Secondary School Report (data sheet), Counselor Letter of Rec, School Profile, Teacher(s) Letters’ of Rec
    • Must be requested 15 days before materials need to be at college
acceptances and decisions
Acceptances and Decisions
  • When!?
    • Rolling Schools- response within 2-3 weeks
    • Early Action/Early Decision- response before winter break
    • Regular Decision- response before April 1st
  • How
    • Most Schools post application decisions online
    • Many Schools mail a decision in the mail
  • National Decision Day!
    • Students must commit to a school by May 1st, anytime before
    • Some colleges do not guarantee housing if you wait until 5/1
    • Consider your financial aid package with decisions (next slide)
financial aid
Financial Aid
    • Free Application for federal student Aid
    • Apply for a pin and then complete application soon after Jan. 1st (12th)
    • Complete online:
  • CSS Profile
    • Required by many private colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for non-government financial aid, such as the institution's own grants, loans and scholarships
    • Can be completed in the fall (12th)
    • Completed online:
  • Local Scholarships
  • Fastweb