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  1. Junior / Senior College Planning Night GCHS Guidance Department September 24, 2007

  2. Agenda • Counselor Introductions • GCH Guidance Web Site • www.FACTS.org (academic evaluations & more) • Graduation Requirements • Bright Futures Scholarships • SAT / ACT • Calculating Grade Point Averages • Community Service • College Application Process • State University Admissions • Community College Admissions • Bright Futures Scholarships • Financial Aid Process • Local and State/National Scholarships

  3. GCHS Counselors • Cindy Giles : A – E • Kim Walsh: F-H; ESOL • Heather Minsker: I – N, ACE • Pam Berryman: O-Q & Gifted • Kim Beyer: R – Z • Connie Perrin: ESE • Linda Sharp: Director

  4. Graduation RequirementsClasses of 2008 & 2009 • Reguired Credits: 24 • English 4.0 • Math 3.0 • Science 3.0 • Social Science 3.0 • Practical/Performing Art 1.0 • Health .5 • Personal Fitness .5 • Pass the 10th Grade FCAT • Earn a 2.0 unweighted GPA

  5. Bright Futures Scholarships • Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (75% tuition and fees) • Florida Medallion Scholars (100% tuition and fees at community colleges and 75% at 4 year state colleges) • Academic Scholars (100% Tuition and fees and $300.00 per semester for expenses) Each scholarship has specific GPA and ACT/SAT guidelines

  6. Registration for Bright Futures • The application/registration process begins December 1st of the senior year • Counselors will call seniors to a computer lab for Bright Futures Registration beginning in January • Registration Instructions are also available on the Guidance Website under Scholarships/Bright Futures Registration Instructions • The application must be completed in order to be eligible for Bright Futures Scholarships

  7. Differences Between ACT and SAT • SAT focuses on college success skills: writing, critical reading, and mathematics • Time: 3 hours and 45 minutes • ACT is curriculum based in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science (must take writing) • Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes Students should take one or both in the spring of their junior year

  8. SAT Test Date Test Deadline Late Fee Oct. 06, 2007 SAT I/II 9/10/07 09/14/07 Nov. 3, 2007 SAT I/II 10/02/07 10/11/07 Dec. 1, 2007 SAT I/II 10/30/07 11/08/07 Jan. 26, 2008 SAT I/II 12/26/07 01/04/08 Mar. 1, 2008 SAT I 01/29/08 02/07/08 May 3, 2008 SAT I/II 04/01/08 04/10/08 June 7, 2008 SAT I/II 05/06/08 05/15/08 www.collegeboard.com

  9. ACT Test Date Test Deadline Late Fee Sept. 15, 2007 ACT 08/10/07 08/11/07 Oct. 27, 2007 ACT 09/21/07 09/22/07 Dec. 08, 2007 ACT 11/02/07 11/03/07 Feb. 09, 2008 ACT 01/04/08 01/05/08 Apr. 12, 2008 ACT 03/07/08 03/08/08 Jun. 14, 2008 ACT 05/09/08 05/10/08 www.act.org Please send scores to colleges when you register or when you take the tests

  10. SAT /ACT Prep Resources (It is recommended that all students take a prep course or independent study work) • CAMP SAT • Educational Pursuits • Florida Gulf Coast University • Huntington Learning Center • MathWorks • Sylvan Learning Center • Private Tutors • Collier County Adult Education (Spring)

  11. ACT/SAT RESOURCES • Princeton Review Books • The College Board Real SAT’s • Barron’s SAT Prep • Up Your Score-the Underground Guide to the SAT • testGear for SAT • www.number2.com • www.testu.com • www.ACT.ORG • www.COLLEGEBOARD.com

  12. Grades • Calculation • State unweighted for graduation • County weighted for class ranking • Recalculated “academic core” for universities and Bright Futures

  13. Weighted Calculations • Honors/Dual Enrollment add .02 points to each semester with grade of “C” or better Ex. English 1 Hon. A= 4.04 • Advanced Placement add .04 points to each semester with grade of “C” or better Ex. Biology Honors (AP) with AP Biology Grade “A” 4.16

  14. Community Service • Not required for graduation • Most scholarships & many college applications will ask for or require it • Cannot be affiliated with religious or political organizations • Must obtain prior approval from your guidance counselor • Forms available in guidance

  15. Selecting a College • Cost-what are my cost limitations? • Size-Large, medium or small • Faculty/Student Ratio • Rural or Urban-city scene or suburban? • Location-out of state, close to home • Campus-campus life, dorms, food, activities, athletics, Greek life • Majors

  16. Selecting A College • Do Your Research • Visit the Colleges-Attend Open Houses • Meet With College Recruiters at GCHS • Attend College Fairs • View College Websites • Read Fiske Guide, US News and World Report, Ruggs etc. • Read Student and Local Newspapers • Determine if you fit the admissions profile

  17. What Colleges are Looking For • The strength of your high school academic program (including the senior year) • Recalculated Core GPA • Difficulty of classes • Highest Level of classes (honors, AP) • Improvement • Consistency Strong Performance in a Challenging Curriculum

  18. What Colleges Are Looking For • Standardized Tests • Extracurricular Activities • Special Talents/Interests • Athletics • Community Service (not a laundry list-depth& breadth) • Leadership • Employment

  19. Getting Started • Terminology • Regular Admission • Early Admission(full time dual enrollment) • Early Application • Early Action (Non Binding) UM • Early Decision (Binding) • Flagler (80% of freshman class from ED) • Rolling Admissions- Colleges accept applications & make decisions continuously

  20. SUS Admissions Deadlines • FSU has 3 admissions deadlines: 10/10/07, 01/02/2008, 02/13/08 • UF has an admissions deadline of November 1 (all other applications are on a space available basis) • FIU has a deadline of Dec. 1 (all other applications are on a space available basis) • UNF has 3 admission deadlines: 11/01/07, 02/01/08, 04/01/08 • New College has 4 admissions dates • FAU, FGCU have rolling admissions with a priority deadline of February 15. • The other 4 year state universities are on a rolling admissions schedule. • Please note that generally to be considered for scholarships, students must apply at the first deadline

  21. Four Year State Universities • Minimum Admission Requirements • Graduation From an Accredited High School • 18 Core Academic Credits • SAT or ACT Scores • Specific Requirements (GPA, Test Scores & Essays) vary From College to College

  22. Where to Find State College Information • Florida A & M University(FAMU) Tallahassee www.famu.edu • Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Boca Raton www.fau.edu • Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Fort Myers www.fgcu.edu • Florida International University (FIU) Miami www.fiu.edu • Florida State University (FSU) Tallahassee www.fsu.edu

  23. State Colleges • New College of Florida (NCF) Sarasota www.ncf.edu • University of Central Florida (UCF) Orlando www.ucf.edu • University of Florida (UF) Gainesville www.ufl.edu • University of North Florida(UNF) Jacksonville www.unf.edu • University of South Florida (USF) Tampa www.usf.edu • University of West Florida (UWF) Pensacola www.uwf.edu

  24. State University System Matrix • College MR GPA MR SAT MR ACT • FGCU 3.0-3.7 960-1110 20-24 • FSU F 3.4-4.1 F-1140-1280 F-25-28 S 3.3- 3.9 S-1040-1180 S- 22-25 • UF 3.9-4.3 1220-1390 25-31 • USF 3.30-3.97 1060-1220 22-27

  25. College Application Process • Select up to 5 colleges and visit their websites to obtain their application procedures-most colleges require/prefer online applications • Get Started Now if you are a senior • Update your resume. Teachers and counselors require a resume in order to write a letter of recommendation • Complete a “pink slip” in guidance to request an official transcript for each college application • Once an official transcript has been sent to a college, NO SCHEDULES WILL BE CHANGED

  26. Community Colleges • 28 community Colleges in Florida • 52 Campuses • Serve over 900,000 students • 67% enrolled in AA transfer Program • 33% enrolled in AS & certificate program

  27. Community Colleges • Why Attend A Community College • Open access/close to home • Quality Instruction at low cost • Low student/instructor ratios • Small Classes • Instructors with primary Focus on Teaching • Flexibility in Scheduling • Bright Futures Medallion pays 100%

  28. Community Colleges Admissions • Standard High School Diploma • GED • ACT/SAT or College Placement Test • Special Diploma students may earn non-college credit career and technical certificate programs • Once an AA degree is earned, student may transfer to a 4 year college with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA

  29. Scholarships • Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance • www.floridafinancialaid.org • Florida Financial Aid Applications • Florida Bright Futures Scholarships • Talented 20 Program • State Grant and Scholarship Programs

  30. Scholarships at GCHS 2007 • Bright Futures Scholarships Total: $2,204,000 • Community Scholarships Total: $359,951 • College/University Scholarships Total: 1,795,138 Grand Total: $4,359,089

  31. Gulf Coast High School Scholarship List • www.gulfcoastsharks.com • Hard Copies in Guidance • State/National List is now available and has weekly updates • Local Scholarship List will be available in February of 2008 • Assembly on 2/11/08 at 9:00 AM • Financial Aid Night 01/28/08 at 7:00PM

  32. Scholarship National Search Sites • www.scholarships.com • www.fastweb.com • www.collegenet.com • www.collegeanswer.com • www.fastaid.com • www.schoolsoup.com See GCHS Web Site for additional search engines and information.

  33. College Recruiters at Gulf Coast High School • Students sign up in Guidance • List of recruiters visiting posted in Guidance Office, announcements and on-line at • www.gulfcoastsharks.com • Upcoming visits include: UCF, FSU, Stetson University, & more!

  34. NCAA • In order to play college sports, students must register with NCAA • www.ncaa.org (online registration) the fee is $50.00 • Athletes must be certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse and meet academic and athletic requirements • A copy of the NCAA release must be given to Mrs. Sharp in order for transcripts to be released to colleges and coaches

  35. Did you know….…. • Check your student’s grades on-line: • www.gradebook.collier.k12.fl.us • Username: 6 digit student number • Password: Birth Month and Day • June 7, (0607) Contact Teachers: • www.gulfcoastsharks.com Click ‘Faculty’ for email addresses