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Senior Year… What you need to know. Getting ready for the next step. Options after High School. 4 Year College/University 13 – 4 year UW System Schools UW Superior is the smallest campus with 350 incoming freshmen and 2,700 total students UW Madison is the largest campus with 42,800 students

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senior year what you need to know

Senior Year…What you need to know

Getting ready for the next step

options after high school
Options after High School
  • 4 Year College/University
    • 13 – 4 year UW System Schools
    • UW Superior is the smallest campus with 350 incoming freshmen and 2,700 total students
    • UW Madison is the largest campus with 42,800 students
    • Best disability services available at UW Oshkosh, US Stevens Point, and UW Whitewater
    • Tuition ranges from UW Oshkosh at $7,350 to UW Madison at $10,384
  • Technical College
  • Community College – Accessible and Affordable!
    • UW Colleges have 13 campuses have the lowest tuition in the UW System ($4750/year)
  • Military
  • Apprenticeship
  • Workforce
college visits and fairs
College Visits and Fairs
  • Visit the campus
    • Do an official tour of the colleges, check out the campus
    • Meet with an admissions counselor
    • Observe a class
    • Call in advance to schedule a visit or schedule online
    • Excused from OHS with note from parent/guardian
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College Visits and Fairs
  • Colleges/Military visit OHS
    • Listen to the announcements and/or look at white board in the guidance office
      • Minnesota School of Cosmetology 9/18 10:45 am Guidance
      • Ripon College 9/18 10 am Guidance
      • Hamline University 9/26 8:15 am Guidance
      • WITC 9/26 Lunch A & B Cafeteria
  • College Fairs
    • WI Education Fair – 100 post secondary institutions will be in attendance
    • for additional information, schedule, and participants
      • Monday, Oct. 7 9:00-11:00 Rice Lake/UW Barron County
      • Tuesday, Oct. 86:30-8:30 UW–Eau Claire
      • Wednesday, Oct. 9 9:00-11:00 UW-Eau Claire
    • Minnesota National College Fair
      • Tuesday, Sept. 24 9:00 – 12:00 & 4:30-8:00 Minneapolis Convention Center
      • Wednesday, Sept. 25 9:00 – 12:00 Minneapolis Convention Center
how to apply to a 4 year college university
How to apply to a 4 Year College/University
  • Apply early (Earliest priority deadline is December 1st in the UW System)
    • UW System Colleges began reviewing applications on September 16th
  • Complete and submit online application
    • UW Schools -
    • Go to college websites to find online applications
    • Applications are not complete unless all materials are received by the university. Applications will be reviewed once all your materials arrive.
    • Pay the application fee
      • UW System application fee per school ~ $44.00
      • Pay online with credit card
      • Fee waivers available, see counselor
    • Request Transcripts Electronically through Parchment
      • Pay online with credit card ($2.55-$5.00 per transcript)
      • Fee waivers available, see counselor
  • ACT Scores must be sent to the college/university
    • Unofficial ACT Scores are on your high school transcript
    • Official ACT/SAT scores must be sent directly to the university from the testing company (UW Green Bay, UW La Crosse, UW Madison and UW Platteville)
letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation
  • Only send letters of recommendation if:
    • They are required for the application
    • If you are on the bubble (not meeting admission requirements, but close)
    • If you are on a postponed list at a college
  • Send letters from:
    • Core academic/college prep teachers (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language)
    • Have teachers explain how you are academically different from others and what your chances are of being successful in college
    • Ask teachers in subjects that you struggle in and have the teacher explain how you overcame your obstacles in the subject area
    • Do not use coaches, principals, counselors, or employers as colleges want to hear about your academic abilities from your teachers
    • Forms available on the guidance website
  • Give teachers 2 weeks notice to complete your letter of recommendation
  • Write a thank you note to the letter writer
applicant statements what should you say
Applicant Statements – What should you say?
  • Required – Make sure you answer ALL the questions for each university
    • Tell what they do not know about you from your application
    • Explain low grades on transcripts and/or special circumstances
    • Disclose a disability
    • Explain why you took certain classes instead of academic cores
  • How long should it be?
    • As long as you need it to be
  • Revise your statement
  • No spelling or grammatical errors
  • Don’t use the name of a wrong university in statement
  • English teachers are a great resource
information about applying
Information about applying
  • Senior grades DO COUNT! Finish strong.
  • Senior schedule changes
    • Take care of 2nd semester schedule changes now as you will have to report your senior schedule on college applications.
    • Once you apply, all schedule changes must be approved from the university. UW Madison will not approve any senior schedule changes.
  • Fee Waivers
    • See your counselor. All UW campuses accept fee waivers.
  • Students with disabilities
    • Students may choose to disclose their disability to the colleges where they are applying, OHS can not do this for the student.
  • Final Transcripts
    • Will be sent to your college in June. If you fail a required course your senior year, notify the college right away.
admission to college can be reversed
Admission to college can be reversed
  • Admission to a 4 year college/university is conditional.
    • If you fail a required course – admission can be rescinded
    • If your grades drop – admission can be rescinded
    • If you change your senior schedule – admission can be rescinded
  • Division I and II athletics
  • Must apply to NCAA Clearinghouse for eligibility
  • Apply online at:
  • Send official ACT Score to NCAA Clearinghouse
  • For more information, go to
technical and community college applications
Technical and Community College Applications
  • Apply early
    • Submit application and payment to college
      • WI Tech Colleges $30.00 per application
    • Request transcripts electronically through Parchment
      • Pay online with credit card ($2.55-$5.00 per transcript)
    • No letters of recommendation or applicant statement needed
  • Technical Colleges fill on a first come, first serve basis
    • Oct. 1st – WITC begins accepting applications
  • Wisconsin Two-Year Colleges
  • Minnesota Two-Year Colleges
  • ACT or SAT is required by all 4 year colleges/universities for admission
  • Some technical and community colleges may require ACT or it can be used instead of their entrance exam
  • October 26th, 2013 at OHS
    • Registration deadline Friday, September 27st
  • Fee Waivers are available from counselors
  • Testing accommodations are available for students with disabilities, see counselor
  • Test Prep
    • Practice test books in the guidance office
    • WisCareers - 3 full length practice tests

If you plan to enlist in a branch of the military, you will need to take the ASVAB exam if you have not

already done so. ASVAB is Thursday, November 7th at OHS.

  • United States Department of Defense
  • Armed Forces Careers
  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Coast Guard
paying for college
Paying for College
how am i going to pay for college
How am I going to pay for college?
  • Do not let the cost of college keep you from attending
  • Financial Aid
    • Grants (Free money, do not have to pay it back!)
    • Loans (Borrow, pay back is required.)
      • Stafford Loan (Students)
        • Subsidized
        • Unsubsidized
      • PLUS Loans (Parents)
    • Work Study
    • Scholarships
financial aid
Financial Aid
    • Application available January 1st
    • Apply in January/February
  • Financial Aid Night at OHS ~ Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium
  • College Goal Wisconsin in February
    • Help with filing FAFSA ~ all students and families welcome
    • Scholarships awarded
      • CVTC in Eau Claire Sunday, February 23rd
      • UW Barron County Rice Lake Wednesday, February 26
wisconsin covenant scholars grant
Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Grant
  • Covenant students will be awarded $250.00-$2500.00 per year for four years at a Wisconsin College
  • Students signed the pledge back in 8th or 9th grade
  • Must complete 30 hours of community service
  • Maintain “B” average
  • Apply to a Wisconsin College
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Complete the seniors confirmation paperwork by April 1st, 2014. Forms will be mailed to students in December or forms can be downloaded at
  • Check with the colleges where you are applying for a list of freshmen scholarships
  • National and State scholarships are very competitive
  • See guidance window or website
  • Local scholarships available in February or March
  • Available in April
ohs school counseling website
OHS School Counseling Website
  • Transcript Request
  • Scholarship Information
  • Test Information

  • KnowHow2GoWisconsin
  • UW Help
  • Apply Online for UW
  • Wisconsin Technical Colleges
  • Wisconsin Private Colleges
  • Minnesota 2 and 4 Year Colleges
  • University of Minnesota System
  • College Week Live