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NAVIGATING the COLLEGE PROCESS. Junior Planning Night February 26, 2013 7 – 9 pm SHS Auditorium. TONIGHT’S AGENDA : Southington High School Guidance. Power Point Presentation Guests Speakers: Donna DeCarlo- Central Connecticut State University

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junior planning night february 26 2013 7 9 pm shs auditorium

NAVIGATING the COLLEGE PROCESS

Junior Planning Night

February 26, 2013

7 – 9 pm

SHS Auditorium

tonight s agenda southington high school guidance
TONIGHT’S AGENDA :Southington High School Guidance
  • Power Point Presentation
  • Guests Speakers:

Donna DeCarlo- Central Connecticut State University

Elizabeth Ludovico – Quinnipiac University

Questions & Answers

making post high school decisions is a process
Making Post High School Decisions is a PROCESS
  • Keep your child’s information PRIVATE
  • Every Student and Family will be in a different place at a different time
  • DO NOT get caught up in the frenzy of what others are saying and doing
  • TRUST that it will all work out
what are colleges looking for
What are COLLEGES Looking for?
  • Grades in academic classes all 4 years
  • Strength of curriculum
  • Standardized test scores
  • Essay or writing sample
  • Work/Extracurricular activities
  • Counselor recommendation
  • Teacher recommendations
  • Student’s demonstrated interest
  • Interview ( if required)
  • Diversity (geographic/ethnic)
  • Legacy
  • Special talent ( art/music/athletics)
importance of a strong senior year schedule
IMPORTANCE of a STRONG Senior Year SCHEDULE
  • Course selection in January and February
  • Important to choose appropriately challenging courses
  • Colleges examine grades closely through the end of senior year
  • No matter what your child’s post high school plans, the High School transcript will be viewed.
college entrance exams
College Entrance Exams

SAT Reasoning Test – designed to access skills and application of knowledge

www.collegeboard.com

SAT IIs – one hour content based tests

www. collegeboard.com

ACT – curriculum based test with optional writing section

www.actstudent.org

the college visit
The College Visit
  • If possible, visit the colleges your child is considering
  • Call ahead or check college website to make an appointment for a campus tour/information session
  • February, April and Summer vacations are a good time to visit
types of admission
Types of Admission
  • Rolling Admission – no specific deadline. It is BEST to SUBMIT in the FALL
  • Regular Decision - notified in the spring
  • Early Action – non-binding. Can apply to more than one school. Most applications are due in November.
  • Restrictive Early Action – non-binding contract to one school only
  • Early Decision- binding contract and commitment to one school. Most applications due in November; decision rendered in December
what should students do now
WHAT should Students do Now?
  • Work hard in school
  • Use Naviance to generate initial list of colleges
  • Create an ACT/SAT timeline
  • Think about one or two teachers to write recommendations
  • Set up meeting with school counselor
parent dos
Parent Dos
  • Support your child by diminishing stress
  • Keep test scores and GPAs private
  • Utilize Naviance
  • Meet with your child’s counselor between March 1st and the end of junior year
  • Visit colleges with your child
  • Help register for SAT/ACT
  • Help your child stay organize
  • Check out FAFSA4caster for initial financial aid information

www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov/

parent don ts
Parent Don’ts
  • Do not let the college process overtake your life.
  • Do not discuss college issues everyday.
  • Do not believe everything you hear from others regarding college admission.
  • Do not forget that your child is just a teenager
fun facts about colleges across the nation
Fun Facts about Colleges Across the Nation
  • Gatorade was invented at the University of Florida.
  • Both the first and the last person to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan, are alumni from the University of Purdue.
  • 54% of full-time students at two and four year colleges last year were female
  • Harvard University has graduated a total of 8 presidents, more than any other university
  • Famous college dropouts include Reggie Jackson, Steve Jobs, Ben Afleck, Woody Allen, Mark Zuckerburg, and Hans Christian Anderson
fun facts
Fun facts……
  • Majors with the best pay include Engineering, Economics, and Physics
  • Worst paying majors are Social Work, Theology, Elementary Education, Music, Fine Arts, Hospitality/Tourism, and Drama
  • Approximately 80% of college students change their major at least once during their college career
  • The SAT was administered for the first time in 1926
  • Approximately 2.94 million U.S. students graduate from more than 27,000 high schools each year, meaning each college applicant is competing against 27,000 valedictorians, 27,000 salutatorians, 27,000 student government presidents and 27,000 editors-in-chiefs
guests speakers
GUESTS SPEAKERS
  • Liz Ludovico – Quinnipiac University
  • Donna DeCarlo – Central Connecticut State

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