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  1. WELCOME For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…Jeremiah 29:11

  2. Agenda • Graduation Requirements • Course Selection • Grade Point Average (GPA) • College Entrance Test • College Selection • Financial Aid/Scholarships • Resources

  3. Step I High school courses Earn credits Grades

  4. Graduation RequirementsCollege Prep Diploma 4 credits Bible 4 credits English 4 credits Math- Algebra I and above 4 credits Science- Biology, Chemistry, Intro. to Physics or Physics 4 credits History-World, US History, Political Science/Economics 2 credits Foreign Language- Two years of same language ½ credit PE ½ credit Health 1 credit Fine Art 2 credits Additional classes *26 credits total

  5. Graduation RequirementsGeneral Diploma 4 credits Bible 4 credits English 4 credits Math- Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one additional 4 credits Science- Biology, Chemistry, Intro Physics or Physical Science 4 credits History-World, US History, Political Science/Economics ½ credit PE ½ credit Health 1 credit Fine Art 2 credits Additional classes *24 credits total

  6. How GPA is Calculated Grading Scale

  7. STUDENT NAME Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy Address: xxxxxxxxxxx2400 Hwy. 42 North Phone: xxxxxxxxxxxMcDonough, GA 30253 Birth Date: xxxxxxxxCEEB# : 112-046 Graduation Date:xxxxxxxxx

  8. Step 2TESTING

  9. College Admission Tests • SAT I Reasoning Test - Consists of three tests: Verbal, Math, Writing - Each test is scored on a scale of 200-800 • SAT Subject Test - Used mostly as placement tests

  10. College Admission Tests • ACT - Consists of four tests: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing • Writing component is optional • Top composite score is 36

  11. Recommended Testing Schedule 9th grade Fall- PSAT/Plan 10th grade Fall – PSAT/Plan 11th grade Fall – PSAT/Plan Spring – SAT and ACT 12th grade Fall – SAT and/or ACT

  12. Step 3COLLEGE SELECTION

  13. How Competitive Is It?Applied Admitted • Brown 18,316 2,531 • Columbia 29,279 1,873 • Georgetown 19,222 3,479 • Princeton 27,189 2,300 • UNC Chapel Hill 23,753 4,026 • Univ. of Penn. 31,663 2,409 • Yale 27,283 1,351

  14. How Competitive Is It? Applied Accepted Admitted • Georgia State 12,656 6,559 2,928 • Georgia Southern 11,032 5,456 3,543 • Kennesaw State 9,054 5,837 2,650 • Mercer University 6,826 3,034 616 • Georgia Tech 14,236 5,837 2,650 • UGA 17,989 11,174 5,500

  15. Admission Requirements Avg. GPA Avg. SAT Avg. ACT Berry College 3.64 1100 23 GA Southern 3.20 1010 21 GA State 3.30 1030 21 GA College 3.30 1150 GA Tech. UPDATED 2012 3.93 1425/2105 31 Kennesaw 3.21 1070 22 Mercer 3.62 1170 26 Univ. GA 3.82 1254 28

  16. COLLEGE ADMISSION SELECTION PROCESS Three Basic Admission Models • Open Admission • Formula Admission • Highly Selective Admission

  17. OPENADMISSION • Complete Application • High School Graduation • Minimum or no academic requirements (Technical or Junior Colleges – Gordon College, Georgia Perimeter)

  18. FORMULA ADMISSION • SAT/ACT scores • GPA ranges • Specified curriculum • (Examples: Freshman Index Formula = (500xHSGPA) + SAT V + SAT M) • ( Kennesaw State University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State)

  19. HIGHLY SELECTIVE PRACTICES • Read application by committee • Interviews • Written Recommendations • Essays • Activities • Honors, Awards, Leadership (Harvard, Duke, Agnes Scott, Georgia Tech, UGA)

  20. Primary Factors Quality/Rigor of Academic Courses Academic Performance/Grades Test Scores (SAT,ACT) Additional Factors Extracurricular Activities Essay(s) Letters of Recommendation Demonstrated Interest WHAT COLLEGES CONSIDER

  21. STEP 4SCHOLARSHIPSFINANCIAL AID

  22. WHAT IT COST Georgia Institute of Technology State University of West Georgia State Emory University Private Mercer University Private Berry College Private Georgia Southern University State Valdosta State University State ResidentNon-resident $ 7,282 $25,492 $ 4,596 $16,572 $38,600 $38.600 $28,900 $28,900 $24,420 $24,420 $ 4,734 $16,710 $ 3,696 $13,272

  23. Scholarships • Scholarships are based on merit • Apply early • The college will be the PRIMARY source • Private companies and foundations will be the SECONDARY source

  24. Georgia’s HOPE Program 1. Hope Scholarship Eligibility 3.0 GPA college preparatory curriculum Award Amounts Public university- pays a percentage of tuition (90% this past year). Private university- $3,600 plus Tuition Equalization Grant- $700 = $4,300

  25. 2. Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility 3.70 GPA college preparatory curriculum 1200 SAT (cr/m) or 26 ACT Award Amounts Public University- Full tuition Private University– pays $4,000 per year plus the Tuition Equalization Grant - $700 =$4,700

  26. 3. HOPE Grant Eligibility No GPA requirement For students seeking a technical certificate or diploma Award Amount Covers a percentage of the tuition up to 63 credits

  27. Merit Scholarship Tips* • There is more than $11 billion in merit scholarships available to students from colleges • Not just for “A” students • Many awards emphasize leadership or school involvement • Nearly all colleges offer merit aid scholarships • The average merit scholarship is $5,000 • Many awards can be renewed year after year *Cappex.com

  28. Financial Aid • Financial aid is based on need • Must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) • After January 1 of the senior year • File Early • Have tax return ready to go • Colleges typically develop individual aid packages around the first of April

  29. Financial Aid comes in several forms: • Federal Pell Grant • Federal Supplemental Grant • Federal Work-Study • Federal Perkins Loan • Federal Stafford Loan • Federal Plus Loans for Parents

  30. Resources • www.elcaonline.org • www.gacollege411.org • Collegeboard.org • ACTstudent.org

  31. 10 Tips for Parents • Help your student understand the college search process • Be realistic and non-judgmental • Be in the "back seat" - and not the driver - of the college search process • Be open to dialogue and responsive to questions • Be aware of deadlines and fees due • Know that things have changed since your college days • Don’t overemphasize your own alma maters • Don’t compare your student with others • Don’t dwell on disappointments, like a rejection letter • Celebrate successes!