The Class of 2014Looks Beyond Barrington College Counselors: Elizabeth Hannon and Kate Moody Counselors: Jill Argall, Monica Barreiro, Joan Bell, Marla Engleman, Michelle Fitzgerald, Tim Martin, Ray Piagentini, Bryan Tucker Director: Jill Fearday
2013-2014Barrington High SchoolCollege and Career Planning Guide # Students Per State 2008-2012 1 – 9 10 – 20 21 – 50 51 – 100 101 – 501 501 – 1000 1001+ None BHS Celebrates Diversity of College Destinations
“MAP” Book • Almost any fundamental question is covered in this College & Career Planning Guide • You might even want to note the following pages: Timeline p. 2, Application Procedures p. 15, Websites pp.16 & 17, FAQ’s p. 26, Visit Questions p. 13, Resume p. 27, Parent Letter p. 28, Transcript Request p. 37
TWO PORTIONS TO OUR PRESENTATION • The first part: HOW YOU CHOOSE A COLLEGE • The second part: HOW A COLLEGE CHOOSES YOU
FUNDAMENTAL BELIEFS • There is a college for everyone. • This is a process. • It is all about finding the fit. • With that in mind, this will be part practical and part philosophical!
NAVIGATING THE PROCESS • Communicate as a family. • Do your homework. • Visit. • Be realistic. • Find the fit. • Fit is about finding the right school not simply about finding the best school.
MAKE THIS A RESEARCH PROJECT WHICH INVOLVES: • Clear goals • Deadlines • Lots of note-taking • Use the 5 P’s—Person, Place, People, Price, Program • And please remember--this isn’t brain surgery. It is entirely reversible.
A bit of advice from some BHS alums: • “Be proactive. The right college won’t find you.” • “Don’t waste time. Jump right into it. • “Manage time well.”
The Five “P’s” • Person • Place • People • Price • Program
PERSON • The person is YOU. • Why do I want to go to college? • How do I learn? • Do I have special talents? • Do I have special needs? • FIND YOUR PASSION!
Perhaps consider a “Gap Year” • A gap year is a year for students to explore other interests between high school and college. • “Time Out or Burn Out for the Next Generation” – a very informative article • Gap Year Fair – New Trier, Saturday, Jan 26, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
PLACE • Distance • High school [40 hrs/wk] vs College [15 hrs/wk] • Size: Small [1200-2500] vs Large [15,000+] • Types of schools: Music, Technical, HBCU’s, Religious, Single Gender • YOU MUST VISIT—TOGETHER. • Prestige
PEOPLE • Liberal? • Conservative? • Another area of the country? • Faith based? • One thing is certain—it won’t be like high school!
PRICE • Have the talk about cost. • Don’t get confused by sticker shock. Go thru the financial aid process. • IWU Admission Dean, “Let me show you that you can afford our school.” • “Scholar”- ships
PROGRAM • You usually don’t have to choose your major until the end of sophomore year of college! • If you don’t know what you want to do, know what you don’t want to do. • Utilize your BHS resources: Career Cruising, Career Treks, Naviance “Do What you Are”, Community Service
SEARCH AND SELECTION TIMELINE • Nov – Jan Meet with your counselor in groups. Do your research. Schedule a college counseling appt. • Feb – June Complete a college counseling appt [Feb 1 – end of school]. Create your list [5 – 8 schools tops]. Visit. • Summer Finish Resume, Brainstorm Essays. • Aug- Return to school ready to apply.
HOW TO DO YOUR RESEARCH • Create a list of schools [using a search engine like Naviance- “It’s a great website and it gives you a realistic perspective on college admissions”]. • Use the GRC and the individual college websites. • Attend all of our programs next semester (Financial Aid Night, Ask the Experts, College Night). • Make the most of College Night. • READ the “Map Book”
HOW WE CAN HELP • Counselors – know your students, know academic advisement, can answer questions about college, write letters of recommendation, and process applications • College Counselors – can help refine your list of schools, can answer questions about specific colleges and their particular admission processes
If I could do one thing over, I would… • “Look more openly at places and at a broad range of schools.” • “Talk to my college counselor earlier. I had no idea how helpful, encouraging and comforting they really are.” • “Worry less.” • “Meet with college counselors! They know what they are doing and can guide you to schools that will likely fit your personality and needs.”
FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT HOW TO CHOOSE A COLLEGE • Parents – Your child will remember how you supported him or her. • Students – Realize that this is emotionally difficult for your parents. • Both – Remember that it isn’t the college but the student that has the magic!
What Does the Admission Committee Review? • High School Transcript • ACT/SAT Scores • Essays/Writing Samples • Counselor and/or Teacher Recommendations • Demonstrated Interest • Extra-curriculars/Work • Race, Legacy, State or County of Residence
High School Transcript • Most colleges admit on 6 semesters • GPA • Has student taken a college prep curriculum? 4 Eng, 3-4 math,3 sci,3 ss, 2 wl and/or fine and applied arts, + electives • Grades in college prep classes most important • Grade trends • Senior classes
A Tale of Two Transcripts Student A Student B E,m,sci,ss,wl,pe +el E,m,sci,ss,wl,pe +el 3.400 wtd (f) 4.000 wtd (f) 3.654 wtd (s) 3.885 wtd (s) 3.909 wtd (j) 3.417 wtd (j) Cumulative GPA 3.662 wtd 3.770 wtd
A Word About Senioritis YIKES!!!!!
ACT/SAT Scores (Map Book pages 18-20) • Colleges will accept ACTs or SATs • If multiple test scores are given, colleges will look at the best score(s). • SAT subject tests req/rec by highly selective colleges (www.compassprep.com) • PSAE ACT may be used for college admission and NCAA
Essays and/or Writing Samples(Map Book page 35) • Submit student’s own work • Answer the question!!! • Correctly identify the college in the body of work • Additional personal statement can always be included • Save a graded paper- sometimes a college will ask for one
Teacher Recommendations(Map Book pages 29-30) • Ask teachers for a letter of rec only if required by college. • Complete the “College Recommendation Questionnaire” • Allow 3 weeks for completion • Can send one letter of rec to multiple schools
Counselor Recommendations • Get to know your counselor • Many applications have a counselor form that must be completed • Speak to your counselor about what additional information they may need • Ask counselor for a letter of rec only if required by college. Allow 3 weeks for completion • Can send one letter of rec to multiple school
Demonstrated Interest(Map Book pages 4, 13) • Schedule a formal campus visit through the college admissions office • Thank you note or email is important • Visit college reps in GRC • Visit reps when they are in Chicagoland
Interviews (Map Book page 36) • Some schools require an interview • Interviews can take place on or off campus • Can be done by alumni • Dress appropriately • Send thank you note/email
Extra-curriculars/Work (Map Book page 27) • Colleges want involved students • Choose quality over quantity • Submit a resume with every application • Resume should include activities from Grades 9 – 12 only
Factors You Cannot Control • Race • Legacy • State or County of Residence
Upcoming Programs • Focus on Financial Aid – 1/24/13 • Ask the Experts – 3/14/13 • BHS ICE College Night – 4/8/13 • PSAE Exam – 4/23/13 + 4/24/13
Your To Do List • It’s all “mapped out” for you on pages 2 – 5 in the Map Book!