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College Preparatory Senior Orientation. Presenter Mr. Samoyedny. Congratulations, Class of 2014 !!. You’ve made it! This is your last year of high school! Enjoy yourself and make good decisions! Don’t limit yourself!. What you should have been doing so far….

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congratulations class of 2014
Congratulations, Class of 2014 !!
  • You’ve made it! This is your last year of high school!
  • Enjoy yourself and make good decisions!
  • Don’t limit yourself!
what you should have been doing so far
What you should have been doing so far…
  • Researching and visiting schools
  • Considering distance, location, size, cost, programs, reputation, selectivity, etc.
  • Discussing your plans with your parents, teachers, and counselor
  • Visiting schools
  • Taking or arranging necessary admissions tests (SATs, Subject Tests, ACTs)
  • Double-checking graduation credits.
how do i select a college
How do I select a college?
  • Location (distance, community type)
  • Major (Do they have what you are planning to study?)
  • Cost – schools range from $2,500 to $55,000 per year
  • Academic criteria (Do you qualify?)
  • Campus Life – Size, extracurricular activities, religious affiliation, etc.
  • How far away from home do I want to be?
  • How far away do my parents want me to be?
  • Pennsylvania has many great colleges.
  • Out of state tuition is usually doubled.
  • Laundry?
  • Meals?
  • Finances?
  • Most popular major = UNDECIDED
  • Keep your options open.
  • Think of past experiences.
  • Where do I want to live in the future?
  • How many years of school ?
  • What am I good at, AND what subject do I like?
  • How many hours per day do I want to work?
  • What kind of salary do I want to make?
academic criteria
Academic Criteria
  • Grades
  • Class Rank
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Accomplishments
how many
How many?
  • It is a very good idea to apply to at least a few schools.
  • Keep all of your options open.
  • Applying does not mean attending!
  • Situations can change from September to June
  • Applying to only one school is rarely a good option.
  • Most counselors will place schools into three categories…
Reach School

A school you’ve dreamed of attending, even if it is selective , too expensive, or you might not meet all the requirements for admission. With a little luck – who knows? The only risk is the cost of an application fee and a possible rejection.

Target School

Review several schools

whose admission

requirements seem to

match well with your qualifications.

You stand a good

chance of being accepted,

although it might not be a

“sure thing.”

Safety School

Have at least one school on your list that you know will accept you in case your other choices don’t work out. This is a school you would still be happy to attend.

don t focus too much on the numbers
Don’t focus too much on the numbers!
  • What is it that you really want to study?
  • What do you want to do in terms of a long-term career?
  • Study something you really like to learn about!
  • Uncertainty is normal – DON’T PANIC!!!
college visits
College Visits
  • Open Houses are happening NOW!
  • Architectural/Group Tours are GOOD.
  • Private Tours are BETTER.
  • Sleepovers are the BEST.
  • Sit in on a class – eat in the cafeteria.
  • Talk to a professor and students.
  • Request an interview.
  • Ask questions and take notes.
how to get applications
How to get applications:
  • HAHS Guidance Office
  • College Visits @ HAHS – These are happening NOW!
  • College Night @ HAHS – October 24, 2013
  • Online request
  • Phone request
  • Written request
  • Online application
  • College Open House –These are happening NOW!
is online better
Is ONLINE better???
  • At this point in history, YES.
  • You MIGHT get a faster response.
  • You MIGHT get the application fee waived.
  • It MIGHT really be encouraged (as in the case of Penn State).
  • Fill out the application accurately and completely.
  • Include supplementary materials (essays, personal statements, recommendation letters, etc.)
  • Include any fees.
  • When complete, bring in all materials needed including two stamps inside an envelope.
applying cont d
Applying, cont’d…
  • Complete any essay questions.
  • Give yourself enough time.
  • If applying to PSU an online application is recommended.
  • Optional Essay – might mean “required.”
  • Give evaluators ample time to complete recommendations.
some sat and act notes
Some SAT and ACT Notes
  • Register online at
  • CEEB code for HAHS = 391718
  • Applicants to PSU MUST send SAT/ACT scores electronically from The College Board.
  • PSU Recipient Code = 2660
  • Most other schools will view your scores from your high school transcript.
  • Some preparation opportunities still exist…
a word about sat and act exams
A Word About SAT and ACT Exams
  • Hopefully, you have taken these entrance tests
  • SAT - October 5, 2013
  • SAT - November 2, 2013
  • SAT - December 7, 2013 – TOO LATE???
  • DO NOT WAIT to apply if you have not taken the exams!
  • DO NOT WAIT to apply if you did not get the score you want!
heed deadlines
Heed deadlines!
  • Read application instructions carefully!
  • Different admission plans have different deadlines (early decision, early action, regular decision, rolling admission, open admission, etc.).
  • Many schools have regular application deadlines of January 1, 2014.
  • Penn State’s preferred deadline is November 30, 2013.
  • The national reply date is May 1, 2014.
  • Listen for announcements!
  • Internet =,

  • Guidance office
  • Standard Speaker
  • HAHS website
financial aid
Financial Aid
  • Listen for announcements
  • Financial Aid night at HAHS – December 17, 2013
  • FAFSA Completion Night – January 28, 2014
  • Standard-Speaker
  • Guidance website – PIN Cafe
  • Channel 99
state and federal aid
State and Federal Aid
  • You can apply for PHEAA (State) and Pell (US Govt.) grants on or after January 1, 2014.
  • Acquire an application online
  • Acquire a paper application late December online or in the Guidance office (discouraged).
unsure what to do after high school
Unsure what to do after high school?

Career Development Resource

  • Includes an interest survey.
  • Hundreds of careers.
  • Hundreds of colleges, universities, trade schools, and technical schools.

Here’s to a great senior year and an even better future !