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  1. Senior Seminars Life After High School

  2. Options • Work • Military • Occupational • Transfer • 4 Year College

  3. Keep Exploring Options • Colleges Visiting South • Websites • http://south.hinsdale86.org/guidance • Visiting Campuses

  4. Application Phase • Between now and Thanksgiving • Apply online • See counselor to obtain transcript request form

  5. Sending Transcripts • Fill out transcript request form (found in Guidance Office) and give to your counselor. Your application is not complete without it!! • Self-Reported Transcripts: Some schools, such as The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, The University of Iowa, and the University of California system have students “self-report” their classes and grades. A transcript request form should still be given to your Guidance counselor.

  6. Recommendation Letters • When yes • When no • Resumes/ Senior fact sheets

  7. Essays and Personal Statements • Be aware if requested • Understand its importance

  8. Date Targets • Early Decision vs. Early Action/Priority Date • U of I, ISU – October 31 • Most Colleges – Thanksgiving • Application Mania – Oct 18 • You are responsible for meeting deadlines!!

  9. Common Application • Check list of schools (some have their own applications-we prefer these) • Plan in advance (letters, supplementary materials, etc.) • Teachers give paper recommendations to counselor—we do NOT send these electronically • YOU are responsible for knowing what each school requires • www.commonapp.org

  10. Scholarships and Financial Aid • www.collegecountdown.com • Scholarship checklist • Scholarship List  guidance website • College Costs Workshop: September 15th • Financial Aid Night: October 18th

  11. Forms • Profile (after October 1) • FAFSA (after Jan 1)

  12. Athletes • NCAA Eligibility Center-Register: www.eligibilitycenter.com • Send ACT Scores via www.actstudent.org ACT code=9999 • Send Transcript to NCAA through Guidance • See Mr. Dickerson if interested in NAIA Athletics or with NCAA questions

  13. Typical Timeline • Searching for Right Fit • Apply (now until Thanksgiving) • Acceptance letters (Jan – March) • Award Letters (March – April) • Decision (May 1)

  14. Finding Right Fit/ Guidance Website • Family Connection – Major, Career, and Academic Fit • www.collegecountdown.com • COD Website – Occupational/transfer options http://home.cod.edu/academics/programsDegrees