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Fairfield College Preparatory School Junior College Planning Night January 9, 2014

Fairfield College Preparatory School Junior College Planning Night January 9, 2014

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Fairfield College Preparatory School Junior College Planning Night January 9, 2014

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  1. Fairfield College Preparatory SchoolJunior College Planning NightJanuary 9, 2014 RICK HUTCHINSON - COLLEGE ADVISOR (A-F) SUZANNE GORAB – COLLEGE ADVISOR (F-M) JOHN HANRAHAN - DEAN OF GUIDANCE & COLLEGE ADVISING (M-Z)

  2. One Exciting Year • Year of definition – personal and academic • Ultimate decisions – one after another • Defining challenges • Unique opportunities to represent self

  3. Guidance Groups and Individual Meetings Fall of Junior Year: • Overview of the Junior Year • Importance of Academic Record • Standardized Testing– overview and strategy • Identifying Appropriate Colleges • Naviance

  4. Guidance Groups and Individual Meetings Spring of Junior Year: • Junior Interview – schedule with advisor • Standardized Testing Review • Key Factors in College Admission • Activities Resume • Campus Visits • Senior Course Selection • Admission Glossary • Summer Strategies

  5. Guidance Groups and Individual Meetings Topics for Fall Senior Year: • Check in meeting with College Advisor • Finalize Application Strategy • Coordination of Application process: application forms, essay (s), recommendations, sending SAT/ACT scores to colleges • Continue to demonstrate interest – visiting colleges

  6. NAVIANCE Research and develop prospective college lists: https://connection.naviance.com/fairfieldprep Students: Username/email: students’ Prep email address Password: student created Parents: Accounts established for all parents

  7. Naviance – Document Library https://connection.naviance.com/fairfieldprep The “Document Library” link on the Main Page of Naviance Family Connection provides information on a variety of college planning topics: • Interviewing • Factors in College Admission • Glossary of College Admission terms • Resume models

  8. Evaluating Academic Records • Course of Study • 5 core subjects: English, Math, Science, Social Science, Foreign Language • Grade Point Average (GPA) • Grade Trends → An appropriately challenging course load that the student can manage successfully. → Limited # of “lighter” electives. → Junior year, 1st quarter senior year and 1st semester senior year

  9. Standardized Testing Students register themselves for all SAT/ACT exams SAT www.collegeboard.com • 1 to 2 tests taken in spring Junior Year (January 25, March 8, May 3, June 7) • At least once in fall of Senior Year (October 11, November 8, December 6) ACT www.act.org • Spring Junior year dates: February 8, April 12, June 14 • Fall Senior year dates: September 13, October 25, December 13 **Security procedures require photo upload for SAT and ACT.

  10. Standardized Testing • SAT Subject Tests Some colleges may require (see websites) • 1 Hour Long Multiple Choice Tests. • Take up to 3 on one test date. • Offered in Core Subject Areas • Literature, US History, Math I and/or Math II are taken most often by Prep Students • Can highlight an academic strength • “Super-Scoring”

  11. “Tip” Factors Teacher/Counselor Recommendations: Highlight individual academic strengths and personal qualities Essay(s): Reveals self – authenticity is essential “Show, Don’t Tell” Most Significant activity(ies): Will show depth and commitment to personal interests and growth.

  12. “Tip” Factors (Continued) • Early Decision (E.D.) • Demonstrated Interest • Athletic recruitment • Special talents or attributes • Interview (admission counselor, current student or alumni) • Supplemental letters (use sparingly)

  13. Application options and strategies Regular Decision Early Action (E.A.) Restricted Early Action Early Decision (E.D.) Early Decision II (E.D.II) Rolling Decision (w/ priority dates)

  14. Finding a College “Fit”

  15. Construct a Prospective College List • Size (# undergraduates) • Geographic Location • Campus setting (urban, suburban, rural) • Academic focus • Areas of study • Facilities: Library, Research Labs, etc. • Social Atmosphere • Campus Life, Sports, Arts • Religious affiliation • Support services • Cost • Financial Aid • Housing – 4 year guaranteed? • Diversity (Ethnic,Geographic) • Admission Criteria • Graduation + Retention Rates • Outcomes: employment and graduate schools • Greek system

  16. Prospective College List Consider many different types of institutions. Do not always go with the pack. Break new ground in the search process.

  17. Search List Up to 15 – 20 Research Place in 5 Categories (as designated in Naviance): Far Reach, Reach, Possible, Likely and Safety Use NavianceScattergrams as a guide – not as an absolute.

  18. Final Application List Up to 10 (+/-) Fairfield Prep Average Application: 8 Prioritize the list Only a “safety” school if you would attend. Contact (i.e. demonstrated interest) is more important with small/medium sized schools.

  19. The Campus Visit

  20. Campus Visit Options • Campus Tour • Information session • Open House/Special Event • Sit in on a class • Interview • Athletic visit • Overnight • Shadow student

  21. Why is the Campus Visit Important? • Demonstrates YOUR interest • Experiencing the campus to help decide if you want to apply. • Find the institutions that are the right “Fit”.

  22. Preparing for the Campus Visit • Visit website to explore visit options • Do your homework before the visit • Make reservations/appointments for campus tours, interviews, open houses and meetings with faculty or coaches. • Stick to the Office of Admission schedule • Avoid the Drive-Thru visit – if possible • Always sign in… smaller colleges tend to track this information. Campus Visit is a

  23. What to look for while on campus General University/College Information Campus Life • Residence halls, dining options, parking, student center, chapel Student Life/Athletics • Clubs & organizations, social life, recreation facilities, visual/performing arts, varsity athletics Academic Life • Classrooms, professors, course offerings, internships, research opportunities

  24. College Planning Checklists

  25. College Planning: Spring of Junior Year • Initial Student/Advisor College Planning Meeting • Research: Web -based resources are best • Contact institutions • Visit campuses • Attend spring open house programs • SAT/ACT/Subject Tests- first/second round • Attend local/regional college fairs • Consider teacher recommenders • Develop an Activities Resume – excellent document to present at interview. • Initial contact with athletic coaches etc.

  26. College Planning: Summer before Senior Year • Campus Visits • Refine list • Consider application options: Regular, EA, ED, Rolling • Establish Common Application account. • Determine what application and/or supplement forms each school requires. (i.e. common application) • Start filling out applications • Begin first draft of essay(s) • Continue to develop an activities resume.

  27. College Planning: Fall of Senior Year • Check in meeting with College Advisor • Meet admission representatives who visit Fairfield Prep • Ask teachers to write recommendations • Parent/Family Recommendation for counselor • Attend College Fairs and Information Night programs • Finalize essays and applications • Final campus visits (tours, interviews, overnights, class visits, open houses) • Standardized Testing – final round • Check merit scholarship requirements and deadlines. • Financial Aid Instruments - FAFSA/CSS Profile

  28. Trends in Admission • Early Decision (E.D.) • Increase in ACT “Super-Scoring” • Fast Track/Priority Applications • Interview (smaller colleges) re-emergence • “Authenticity” • Increase in writing requirements • Test Optional Colleges • Public School interest on the rise • Requests for financial aid rising

  29. Useful Web Sites • www.collegeboard.com • https://connection.naviance.com/fairfieldprep/ • www.commonapp.org • www.fafsa.ed.gov • www.act.org • www.ncaa.org

  30. Miscellaneous Thoughts… • Encourage student to stay in contact with the College Advising Office. Communication is essential. • Allow ample time for essay writing (2 months) • Discern all requirements of your list early(Standardized testing requirements, supplements, essays, deadlines, etc.). • rhutchinson@fairfieldprep.org 203-254-4200 ext. 2502 (A-F) • sgorab@fairfieldprep.org 203-254-4200 ext. 2133 (F-M) • jhanrahan@fairfieldprep.org 203-254-4200 ext 2238 (M-Z)