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SENIOR PARENT BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT SPHS GUIDANCE. Four year colleges Community College Vocational & Technical Schools. OPTIONS. Gathering Information Schedule a Meeting with Counselor

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Four year colleges

  • Community College
  • Vocational & Technical Schools
the process

Gathering Information

  • Schedule a Meeting with Counselor
    • Counselor can provide Senior with unofficial transcript for reference, including Seniors cumulative GPA & Class Rank
    • Review SAT & ACTs scores
  • Use Resources
      • Career Cruising
      • PLENTY of texts in Guidance and Info Center
  • College and Career Fairs
      • MCC College Fair: Tues. Oct 7th6 to 8pm
      • Woodbridge High School College Fair: Weds, Oct 22nd9:30 am to 12:30 pm Students only sign-up in Guidance
      • SPHS Spring College Fair: Date Pending
  • College Admission Rep Visits
    • Students can sign up in Guidance
  • Attend Open House
The Process
the process1

Generate a list of colleges and universities

  • Important to consider
    • Majors
    • Acceptance Rates & Admissions Requirements
    • Tuition & Costs
    • Campus activities and sports
    • Location
  • Investigate the schools
    • Attend Campus Tours, Visits and Open Houses
    • Schools Website and Virtual Tours
    • Reach out to Admissions Reps
    • Compose a list of questions for Admissions
The Process

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines

    • Early Action vs. Early Decision
    • Regular Decision
    • Rolling Admissions
  • Completing the application
    • Online via the individual college/university websites
      • Check if your collegeaccepts the Common Application
  • Requesting Letters of Recommendation
  • College Application Essays
  • Transcript Release Forms
    • Student and Parents Signature Required
  • Contacting Collegeboard and/or ACT to send testing scores
  • Additional Supplemental Items
    • Student Resume
    • SAT Subject Tests
    • Honors Programs Applications
    • Additional Essays
the common app

Approximately 500 colleges accept the Common App

  • Check each colleges individual application requirements
    • Some Colleges may have additional individualized supplements
  • SPHS CEEB CODE: 311400
  • Seniors will need the teachers and counselor email address for recommendations
    • Email addresses available @
  • Each school will have their own individual application fee
  • Save, Save, Save
  • Any questions, send your Seniors to Guidance
The Common App


Most colleges and universities require two to three letters of recommendation

    • Two letters from academic teachers, preferably from upperclassmen courses
      • Seniors are asked to provide a resume to each recommender
    • Additional letters of recommendation may come from coaches, advisors, community members, etc.
    • Provide teacher with stamped addressed envelopes for each college that requires letters to be mailed
    • Please remind your Seniors to thank the teachers for their time
transcript release

Seniors are required to submit a SPHS Guidance Transcript Release form for each college they apply to

    • ONE RELEASE for all colleges/universities accepting the Common App
  • Transcript Release forms are due 15 days prior to deadline
  • Seniors must complete the entire form including:
    • Name
    • Address
    • School Name & Address
Transcript Release
sat act testing

SAT Testing:

ACT Testing:

Use the above websites to register you Senior for upcoming administration of the test, use practice tests, and send scores to colleges

Things to know:

  • SP CEEB Code: 311400
  • College Codes will also be needed when registering to send scores.
  • Fee waivers are available for both SAT & ACT for Seniors eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch Programs
  • Note: Free to Send Prior to Testing Date
SAT & ACT Testing


Next Test Dates Register Deadline

ACT 12.13.1411.07.14



Starting in mid-October, Seniors can find local South Plainfield Scholarships

    • under SPHS Guidance Scholarships
    • The “Scholarship Bin” located in the SPHS Guidance Office
  • The “Local” Scholarship Packet for multiple community organizations ran by SP Educational Foundation usually available Mid-March
  • Senior Scholarship Award Night is invite only and usually end of May
  • Students may find additional scholarships using websites such as:

SCAM ALERT: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is…caution your Seniors from providing too much personal and financial information to ANY scholarship application prior to review

financial aid

Financial Aid applications are completed by Seniors and Parents by using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    • To be completed online on after receiving 2014 tax information after January 1st, 2015 for September 2015 enrollment
    • Information Session will be held for Seniors and Parents at SPHS in December
  • Educational Opportunity Fund
    • “…provides financial assistance and support services (e.g. counseling, tutoring, developmental course work) to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who attend institutions of higher education in the State of New Jersey. Undergraduate grants range from $200 annually to $2,500 annually depending on the type of institution and financial need. These grants are renewable based upon continued eligibility.”
    • NJ STARS is a scholarship program exclusively for New Jersey residents that covers the cost of tuition at New Jersey's 19 community colleges.
    • Students who graduate in the top 15 percent of their high school class may be eligible.

ncaa athletes

Register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association @

    • Credit Card needed
    • Additional SPHS Guidance Transcript Release form required
  • Seniors and parents should speak with their Coach and Counselor about schools, scholarship opportunities and selection process
  • For more information on selection criteria
NCAA Athletes
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Application Process

    • Submit MCC application using the colleges website
    • Pay online application fee or mail in
    • SPHS On-site Admission will be scheduled
    • Submit Transcript Release form to Guidance
    • SAT & ACT not required for admissions but score will determine need for placement testing
    • No recommendation letters or college essay required
    • Rolling Admissions
  • Other Community Colleges in State offer some alternative programs
Middlesex County
vocational schools

DeVry University

  • Lincoln Technical School
  • Middlesex County Vocational Schools
  • Union County Vocational Schools
  • StenotechCareer Institute
  • AIMS Education
  • Cosmetology Programs
  • Sanford Brown
  • ITT Technical Schools
  • Connecticut School of Broadcasting
Vocational Schools