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Post-Graduation Planning for the Class of 2014. Presented by : Mrs. Van Buren (Letters A-G) Mrs. Hagaman (Letters H-O) Mrs. Gambill (Letters P-Z). Senior Night Parent Presentation. Thursday, October 10 th in the Media Center at SIHS Review of all important dates and senior information

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Post graduation planning for the class of 2014

Post-Graduation Planning for the Class of 2014

Presented by:

Mrs. Van Buren (Letters A-G)

Mrs. Hagaman (Letters H-O)

Mrs. Gambill (Letters P-Z)

Senior night parent presentation
Senior Night Parent Presentation

  • Thursday, October 10th in the Media Center at SIHS

  • Review of all important dates and senior information

  • Senior To-Do List: Applications, Tests, Resumes

  • All Seniors and their parents are welcome to attend!

Going to college in five easy steps
Going to College in Five Easy Steps

  • 1. Research colleges- check academic programs, tuition, admission requirements, etc.

  • 2. Select schools that “fit” your abilities and needs

  • 3. Complete your applications- SAT/ACT, Transcripts, Recommendations, Essays

  • 4. Apply for scholarships and financial aid

  • 5. Receive your offers of admission and make your final decision

Research colleges
Research Colleges








College fair 2013
College Fair 2013

  • September 25th—4th block

  • Juniors and Seniors will get a chance to meet college admissions representatives from regional universities, community colleges, and vocational schools

  • Bring questions for your schools of choice!

Find your fit college visits
Find your fit: College Visits

  • Seniors are allowed 3 excused college visit days.

    Process for College Visit Day Approval:

  • Arrange a visit through the college/ university you are interested in touring. Print a confirmation page that details the date/time of your scheduled visit and bring it to the Student Center.

  • Fill out a college visit approval form (located in the student center), which requires both counselor and teacher signatures prior to your visit.

  • Have a college official sign the form during your visit.

  • After your visit, return your signed paperwork to Ms. Bass in the G-Building lobby along with a typed, one page reflection detailing your experiences.

Minimum requirements for unc schools admission
Minimum Requirements for UNC Schools Admission

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

  • Minimum SAT score of 800 (verbal & math combined) and/or Minimum ACT score of 17

  • Each University has specific requirements that usually go above and beyond the minimum requirements listed above

Snapshot of several unc school profiles based on 2012 2013 incoming freshmen
Snapshot of Several UNC School Profiles (based on 2012-2013 incoming freshmen)

Private colleges universities
Private Colleges & Universities

  • Private colleges & universities have varying admission requirements. The best resource for understanding these schools’ minimum requirements is through exploring their websites or speaking directly with an admissions counselor

  • Examples of private colleges/universities include: Belmont Abbey, Gardner-Webb, Davidson, Lenoir-Rhyne, Catawba, etc.

Applying to college
Applying to College

  • Apply directly through college’s website

  • Apply through

    • Use this website to submit multiple applications to community colleges and various NC universities/colleges

    • Send transcripts for free through Transcript Manager (even if you don’t use CFNC to apply to college)—traditional students only

    • Thoroughly research your schools of interest using college/university websites

    • Research scholarship and grant opportunities

Applying to college1
Applying to College

  • Common Application—

    • Use this website to submit multiple applications to competitive colleges and universities

    • Wake Forest, UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State University, UNC Wilmington, UNC Asheville, Duke & Davidson

    • Only certain schools are consortium members so check the website

College application week
College Application Week

  • November 18th-22nd

  • Labs/times set aside in media center to work on completing college applications online through CFNC

  • Some private schools waive the application fee during this week only!

Sat act information
SAT/ACT Information

  • The SAT/ACT is required to attend a 4-year college/university

  • The SAT registration deadlines and test dates are posted online at

    • Next test date is October 5th(register by 9/20, late fees apply) or November 2nd(register by 10/3)

  • The ACT registration deadlines and test dates are posted online at

    • Next test date is September 21st(Standby only) or October 26th(register by 9/27)

Community colleges
Community Colleges

  • Do not require SAT/ACT scores, but may require you to take the ACCUPLACER test

  • If you have an unweighted GPA of 2.6 or higher and you completed AFM, Discrete Math, Pre-Cal or AP Stats as your 4th math, you will not have to take Math ACCUPLACER

  • This test is usually taken in the spring semester prior to fall enrollment and is arranged through the community college.

  • The ACCUPLACER test results help to determine whether you will be allowed to begin college level coursework or be required to take remedial coursework first

Transcripts recommendations
Transcripts & Recommendations

  • Request official high school transcripts through Student Center

    • First 3 transcripts are free, $3 each thereafter

    • Fill out Transcript Release form

  • Use CFNC to send free transcripts (traditional students only)

    • Review your transcript with your counselor if necessary

  • Ask teachers/counselors/coaches for letters of recommendation—give 2-3 weeks notice

Financial aid scholarships
Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Apply for merit-based scholarships through your college of choice

  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in January

  • Local scholarships begin in Jan/Feb through May (Rotary club, Credit Union, etc.)

  • Financial Aid Workshop will be announced later for parents to attend: We will walk you through the FAFSA process and answer college financial aid questions

Make tough decisions
Make Tough Decisions

  • Receive your offers of decision (differ based on application deadlines—early action results in December/January; regular decision results in March)

  • Compare scholarship/financial aid packages from each school

  • Consider your research and your college visits—where can you see yourself?

  • Trust your instincts and make your choice

  • Now, celebrate! You are on your way….

Words of advice
Words of Advice

  • Plan ahead and ask for help

  • Stay positive and don’t panic

  • Enjoy your senior year, but don’t slack off academically

  • Have fun, but be smart


We will be beginning one-on-one meetings next week.

If you have questions in the meantime, please stop by the student center or send your counselor an e-mail at:

Letters A-G:

Letters H-O:

Letters P-Z:

Congratulations Seniors!