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  1. JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING What you need to know about college preparation

  2. The Name of the Game is…

  3. What should you be doing your junior year? • Talk to people about college: • Parents • Counselors • Aunts/Uncles • Older Siblings The main idea is to figure out your wants and needs are from a college and the best way to do this is to listen to other’s experiences

  4. If you are undecided on what you would like to go to college for or where you would like to go...Check out this website: OCIS: • If you want to find quick information on colleges…go to this website:

  5. Things to consider when looking into colleges: • Majors • Cost of tuition • Student population size • Distance from home • Private/Public • Sports/extracurricular activities • Study abroad program • Honors programs

  6. While you are looking into what you want from a college, you also need to work on things they want from you: Standardized Tests: ACT and SAT

  7. ACT • • Score Range: 1 to 36 • No penalty for guessing • Subtests: • English 75 Questions • Math 60 Questions • Reading 40 Questions • Science 40 Questions

  8. SAT • • Score Range: 400-1600 • Sections: Critical Reading and Math • Including Writing Score Range 600-2400 • Do get points deducted for wrong answers • Do not get points taken off for omitted questions

  9. When should you take the 1st ACT and SAT? Spring of your Junior year

  10. How often? • You will want to take each test at least twice Why take it more than once? • The first time students are nervous and do not know what to expect. Second time students are more relaxed and prepared. • Second time scores usually increase How much do they cost? • Around $45

  11. Registration for ACT and SAT • On-line or Paper Form • See guidance counselor for paper form and study materials • Resource Room has study materials

  12. PrepHQ • What should you be doing on PrepHQ your Junior year? • Updating your resume • Sports • Work Experiences • Volunteer Efforts • Honors/Awards

  13. PrepHQ • Important Information Listed: • Summer Programs • Scholarships • College Information • College Admission Reps Visit • Transcript Request

  14. College Visits • Never too early to visit colleges • Go on days Elder is off • November 30th • December 1st • April 1st, 2nd, 5th • Summer Vacation • If you do go during a day Elder is in session then it will be counted as an unexcused absent

  15. Things you learn on a college visit: • Class room sizes • Size of a dorm room • Get to ask personal questions • See athletic fields • Meet professors • See the buildings (library, student center, cafeteria, sit in on a class)

  16. What to do on your summer vacation before your senior year:

  17. What you should know when you walk into Elder your senior year: • Top 5 college picks • College deadlines • Eligible Scholarships • Who you would like to ask to do letter of recommendation for you • Have PrepHQ updated (Resume, Profile)

  18. What to Expect your senior year: • Lots of DEADLINES! • There is no reason to panic, if you are prepared

  19. If you have done everything we told you then college applications should be a cinch. • If not then you might panic about deadlines, filling out applications, letters of recommendations, and essays.

  20. The Main Idea: • Be Prepared • Research, Research, Research

  21. The College Application 1. Application • Grade Point Average • Class Ranking • High School Code 360-990 • ACT and SAT Scores • Previous and Current Courses • Sports/Clubs/Organization Involvement • Volunteer Hours • Leadership Roles • Essays and/or Personal Statement

  22. Essays and Personal Statements: • An average length is 250 to 500 words Your essay needs to be informative and compact • Take time to think about what you want to say and how you want to be portrayed • This essay is a reflection of who you are

  23. Hints for Essays: • Reveal Yourself: Make sure the reader has a sense of who you are • Avoid Obvious Content (Don’t write what you think other’s will discuss) • Make your essay stand out: what makes you different from the other 7,000 applicants • Limit yourself to one strong point and everything should be clear and detailed examples • Be direct and to the point

  24. Hints continued: • Use colorful words • Ask someone to review your essay: Take time to talk it over with them. Don’t drop it off and leave • Have a clear beginning, middle, and end

  25. The College Application: Cont. 2. Transcript -Previous and Current Classes -Grade Point Averages (9th -11th) -Class Ranking (9th-11th) -Send ACT and SAT scores (Some schools want scores sent from testing centers) -OGT Scores • Must request transcript on PrepHQ

  26. 3. Letter of Recommendations: -Who to ask? Teachers you did well in his/her class A coach Counselor Principal -When to ask? Early your senior year (Don’t procrastinate) -How much time to give them? At least 3 weeks -Why do you need one? Different perspective of who you are as a person

  27. Counselor Form - Can be found at each individual college website or some are located in the guidance resource room -Must be filled out and given to your counselor -Sent with transcript -Most colleges have a form, but some do not

  28. NCAA If you are going to play a sport in a Division I or Division II school you MUSTregister with the NCAA Clearinghouse! • What is the Clearinghouse? • Complete the Registration Process • Complete the “Amateur Status” Form • What are the requirements for the Clearinghouse? • Sliding GPA/Test Score Scale