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Juniors and Parents Night II. Mike Squarcia Director of Guidance Voorhees High School. This presentation is posted on the VHS guidance webpage: http://www.nhvweb.net/VHS/Guidance/. Preview: Application Process. Fall Junior Year Start developing college list Take PSAT

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juniors and parents night ii

Juniors and Parents Night II

Mike Squarcia

Director of Guidance

Voorhees High School

preview application process
Preview: Application Process
  • Fall Junior Year
    • Start developing college list
    • Take PSAT
    • Attend College Fairs
    • Check college requirements
    • Develop a testing plan: SAT or ACT
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Preview: Application Process
  • Spring Junior Year
    • Spring Break College Visits
    • Plan and Complete the Junior Packet
      • Strong Junior Packet = Strong Recommendation
    • SAT or ACT tests
    • Continue researching colleges and plan summer activities
      • Summer College Open House
      • Summer Enrichment Programs
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Preview: Application Process
  • Change to Naviance Electronic Documents
    • Request Teacher Recommendations
      • 1st request in person (before the end of this year)
      • 2nd request with Naviance (fall)
    • Transcript Requests
    • Documents will be sent electronically
      • Transcripts
      • Recommendation Letters
      • Confirmation
students take charge
Students Take Charge

It is essential that the student take charge of the college process

Parents should offer support but not do it for the student

Colleges want to hear from the student

Students should spend some time on the junior questionnaire

Parents should complete the Brag Sheet

searching for college

Searching for College

Mike Squarcia

Director of Guidance

Voorhees High School

  • https://succeed.naviance.com/signin.php
  • What is Naviance?
    • A powerful interactive link between home and school, opening avenues of communication
    • An individualized, customized and secure website that supports academic planning for Voorhees and beyond
    • A resource that helps students and parents make better decisions about college opportunities and careers
  • What can you do on Naviance?
    • Build a resume, complete on-line surveys, and manage deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
    • Research colleges
      • Compare GPA and standardized test scores to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied in the past
    • Senior Survey
      • Must complete this before graduation!
      • Check off where you have been accepted/denied and your final choice for attendance.


Student’s Homelogic Username and Password

getting the most out of your college visits

Getting the Most Out of Your College Visits

Mike Squarcia

Director of Guidance

Voorhees High School

before planning a visit
Before Planning a Visit
  • Assess Yourself
    • Academic Areas of Interest
      • (Possible Majors)
    • PSAT
    • Interest Inventories
    • Talent and Skills Assessments
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Before Planning a Visit
  • Develop a Profile of YOUR College
    • Large or Small
    • Urban, Suburban or Rural
    • What part of the country?
    • Price Range
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Before Planning a Visit
  • Gather Information
    • Talk to your family and friends
    • College Web Search
    • Request Viewbooks and Materials from colleges of interest
    • Register for SAT or ACT
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Before Planning a Visit
  • Get Organized!
    • Put together a college resume
    • Get transcripts together
    • Develop a college portfolio or chart (checklist)
    • Look at possible interview questions
start planning
Start Planning
  • What schools should I visit?
    • Schools that offer your major of interest
    • Schools that fit your profile
    • Schools where you can be
        • Successful Academically
        • Stimulated Intellectually
        • Happy Socially
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Start Planning
  • When should I visit?
    • Best when classes are in session
    • Spring Recess: April 18-22
    • Late Summer if classes start early
    • Summer Orientations
start planning2
Start Planning
  • Typical scheduled visits last 2 to 3 hours
  • Try not to do more than 2 per day
  • Overnight visits can give you a much better perspective
before the visit
Before the Visit
  • Call to schedule a visit at least 2 weeks ahead of time
  • Make sure you get clear directions so you get there on time (first impression)
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Before the Visit

Hand in the COLLEGE VISITATION FORM 3 day before your visit.

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Before the Visit
  • Make arrangements to see specific people or areas you want to see
  • Ask about Open House
  • If you need to cancel, call ASAP
during your visit
During Your Visit
  • Be a Good Detective
    • Ask people questions
    • Listen in on conversations
    • Take notes
    • Visit your area of interest
      • Labs, classrooms, facilities
during your visit1
During Your Visit
  • Sit in on a class
  • Look at the housing
  • Look at bulletin board postings
  • Read the school newspaper
  • Look at the athletic facilities
during your visit2
During Your Visit
  • Show you are INVESTED
    • Arrange for an interview
    • Plan a second visit (possibly overnight)
    • Ask specific questions
    • Tell them what you like about the school
be ready if you have an interview
Be Ready If You Have an Interview
  • Purpose:
    • To gather information about you
    • To evaluate how you and the school match up
    • To recruit you by showing off the school
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Be Ready If You Have an Interview
  • Prepare some possible answers to questions
  • Don’t be afraid to show your weakness, it makes you more interesting and believable
  • Show how you will be good for the institution
before you leave
Before You Leave
  • Say Thank You
  • Drive or walk around the entire campus
    • Beyond the tour route
  • Check out the surrounding town/ city
    • Social Life
    • Safety
after your visit
After Your Visit
  • Write a note of appreciation to admissions staff
  • Make sure you have contact information
  • Stay in contact with the school
  • Share your visit with your teachers and counselor
open house what to expect
Open House: What to Expect
  • Large Group meeting with all prospective students
  • Small group guided tours highlighting specific features
  • Return to the large group for follow up information
  • Take time to fill out the forms or cards
good luck school shopping
Good Luck School Shopping!
  • If you can’t get there in person, take a virtual tour