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College Admissions Program for Juniors and Parents. November 11 th , 2014. Why Should You Go To College?. IT IS MORE IMPORTANT That You Go To College Than Where You Go.

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it is more important that you go to college than where you go
IT IS MORE IMPORTANT That You GoTo College Than WhereYou Go

Students who were accepted at an “elite” institution, but chose instead to attend a “moderately selective” school, had on average the same income 20 years later as graduates of the elite colleges (Krueger & Dale).

so let s take a minute
So, Let’s Take A Minute
  • Think of three colleges
  • Eliminate them if they are located in the following states:
    • New York
    • New Jersey
    • Pennsylvania
    • Massachusetts
    • Delaware
    • Virginia
    • Rhode Island
    • Vermont
    • Connecticut
    • Maryland

How many do you have left?

did you know
Did you know…?
  • In the states listed previously there are a total of 580 schools.
  • There are over 4000 colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Why Limit Your Options?

consider geographic diversity
Consider Geographic Diversity

As some states face a shrinking pool of high school graduates, their colleges will need to fill the seats they added in the 90’s. They will start recruiting much more heavily in states where the population is booming, such as…

finding the right fit
Finding the Right Fit

It is important to consider the following when researching colleges:

  • Academic reputation
  • Availability of financial aid
  • Cost
  • Job placement success
  • College size
  • Location
  • Instructor-student ratio
  • Support services offered
  • Social/extracurricular activities
  • Majors offered
  • Perceptions after visiting
colleges look at
Colleges Look At:
  • High school grades
  • Level of difficulty of courses taken
  • Standardized test scores
  • College application essays
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Leadership skills
  • Counselor recommendation
  • Teacher recommendations
  • Interview, if offered
demonstration of interest
Demonstration of Interest

A college is more likely to accept you if you demonstrate genuine interest in them.

You can do this by:

  • Interviewing
  • Visiting
  • Filling out questionnaires and comment cards
  • Meeting your admissions representative

Colleges Do Not Like Stealth Applicants!!


“Admission depends on what the college is looking for in any given year– and that changes…

and the strengths & differences of the applicant pool in any given year –and that changes, too”

Rafael Figuaroa, Chronicle of Higher Education

standardized testing
Standardized Testing



Test Optional – Approximately 1,000 colleges


Critical Reading

- Sentence Completions

- Passage-based Reading


- Standard Multiple Choice

- Student Produced Responses


- Improving Sentences & Paragraphs

- Identifying Sentence Errors

- Essay

sat scoring
SAT Scoring
  • All sections are converted to a score between 200 and 800.
  • Combine all three sections for a total score out of 2400.
  • English Section - 45 minutes
  • Math Section - 60 minutes
  • Reading Section - 40 minutes
  • Science Section - 35 minutes
  • Essay Section - 30 minutes

(There is a short break after the first two tests and a break before the Essay)

Most Colleges require the Plus Writing ACT!

act scoring
ACT Scoring
  • All sections (except the essay) are scored using a 1 to 36 point system.
  • Your Composite score is the addition of all section scores divide by 4. A perfect composite score is a 36.
  • The essay is scored holistically by two separate readers. The two scores are added together.
sat vs act
  • The SAT is a 3 part APTITUDE test – predicts success for first year in college
  • The ACT is a 5 part ACHIEVEMENT test – curriculum based
  • All colleges will accept either or both exams
  • The SAT penalizes you for wrong answers by deducting ¼ point for each wrong answer
  • The ACT does not penalize you for wrong answers
2014 sat act dates
2014 SAT & ACT Dates


Test Date Registration Deadline

December 13 late registration November 8-21

February 7th January 9th

*April 18th March 13th

*June 13th May 8th


Test Date Registration Deadline

*December 6th November 24th for late registration

March 8th February 7th

January 24th December 29th

March 14 February 13th

*May 2nd April 6th

June 6th May 8th

* Test is being offered at Westwood High School

types of admission
Types of Admission
  • Traditional
  • Rolling

Deadlines are usually between Nov 1 and Dec 15 for the following:

  • Early Decision I
  • Early Decision II
  • Early Action
12 tips for making the best of your senior year
12 tips for making the best of your senior year
  • Strength of Senior Schedule
  • Potential Future/Career Interests?
  • Examining your abilities, interests, grades, and test scores.
  • Use “The ABC’s of College Planning” Book
  • Application Calendar with necessary dates
  • Start your essays early.
  • Checklist of academic achievements/extracurricular involvements.
  • Keep your grades up.
  • Read the instructions on applications.
  • Get organized by creating a checklist for each school you’re applying to.
  • Enlist your family and friends as proofreaders. Your counselor can help too!
  • Keep copies of your applications, essays, and financial aid forms.
guidance goes green
Guidance Goes Green!!

Starting with the Class of 2016, all BRAG SHEETS will be accessed and completed via NAVIANCE.

  • Must be completed prior to the individual junior/parent conference.
  • Log in to Naviance and Survey will be under the “ABOUT ME” tab in the left hand column.
  • Parents can access the Parent Survey by using their own Log-In.
your counselor is responsible for
Your Counselor Is Responsible For:
  • Assisting students with Naviance (at Junior Conference)
  • Submitting your transcript upon student request
  • Writing your counselor recommendation
  • Submitting teacher recommendations
  • Submitting the school profile
student is responsible for
Student Is Responsible For:
  • Completing the Student Information Sheet, Parent Brag Sheet, the

“Authorization to Release Educational Records” forms

  • Sending official SAT and/or ACT scores directly to colleges
  • Completing college applications online
  • Registering for a Common Application account at
  • Completing privacy waiver on Naviance Family Connection
  • Completing all transcript requests on Naviance Family Connection
  • Requesting teacher letters of recommendation both in person and in Naviance
  • Completing a paper copy of the Transcript Request Form for EACHcollege (timeline)
ncaa eligibility requirements
NCAA Eligibility Requirements
  • Students interested in participating in any Division I or Division II intercollegiate athletics must visit the NCAA Eligibility website and create an account.
  • Transcripts will be sent to any college of interest at the end of your Junior year and again at the end of your Senior year.
  • Requirements for eligibility can be found at…

Now is the time to think about which colleges to apply to..

And not the time to focus on $$$$$

Private Colleges may be as affordable as Public Colleges

State colleges outside of NJ may be as affordable as NJ state colleges i.e. SUNY universities

Leave your options open!

important dates
Important Dates!
  • College Admissions Game with Peter Buskirk- November 18 at 7pm
  • College Program for Spanish Speaking Families – January 13, 2015
  • College Tour – April 2015
  • College Fairs –Spring 2015 & Fall 2015
  • College Essay Writing Program – Spring 2014
  • Senior College Program – Fall 2015
  • Financial Aid Workshop – December 2015
contact information
Contact Information

Supervisor of Guidance

Mrs. Joan Mei Ext 2068   

School Counselors

Ms. Ara Debrody Ext 2069   

Mrs. Jennifer Gadaleta Ext 2071 

Mrs. Margaret Montenare Ext 2076  

Mr. Vincent Aiello Ext 2063

Mrs. Brenda Lyons Ext 2055