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1 College Night Presentation for Juniors and their Parents

2 Agenda Words of Wisdom Preparing for a College Search Scholarships Parent Tips Next Steps for Juniors

3 Words of Wisdom Relax You will get in. 70% of colleges accept an average of 70% of their applicants.

4 Words of Wisdom You don t need to go far away. 88% of high school students go to college in their home state.

5 Words of Wisdom If you don t have a major, it s OK. More than half of new college students say a very important reason for going to college is to find my purpose in life.

6 Preparing for a College Search

7 Know Yourself Values Ambitions Achievements Academic Strengths Interests Your Standout Talents

8 Types of Colleges Type Description Tuition Admission Requirements Four year Degrees offered: Bachelors and beyond Provides:A well-rounded college experience that includes an academic area of study. State:Typically under $15,000/year Private: Typically more than $20,000/year SAT or ACT GPA Class rank Essay Extracurricular activities Letters of recommendation Transcripts

9 Types of Colleges Type Description Tuition Admission Requirements Two year Degrees offered: Associates Provides:A way to ease into college / take general college classes for credit. Typically have agreements with four year colleges to transfer credits. Typically around $4,000/year Open-door admission policy

10 Choosing Your College Priorities What is important to you? Location Academics Size Campus Appeal Social Life Total Cost Including aid

11 About College Admission Tests ACT (American College Test) Predominantly used by schools in middle-u.s. states Consists of four tests: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing Writing component is optional Top composite score is 36 SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) Predominantly used by east and west coast schools Consists of three tests: Verbal, Math, Writing Each test is scored on a scale of

12 What information do college admission officers review? Grades / Overall GPA Strength of high school course selections Admission Test Score Essay Teacher and counselor recommendations Class rank Student s demonstrated interest Personal accomplishments Personality characteristics Courses in progress Junior and Senior year

13 Collecting College Information Where to go nacacnet.org-national Association for College Admission Counseling. Offers national college fair information and articles about the college process collegeboard.com- Information about the SAT act.org- Information about the ACT test

14 Scholarships

15 Merit Scholarship Tips Merit scholarships are where the money is. There is more than $11 billion in merit scholarships available to students from colleges Not just for A students Many awards emphasize leadership or school involvement Nearly all colleges offer merit aid scholarships The average merit scholarship is $5,000 Many awards can be renewed year after year

16 Scholarship Resources Fastweb.com- Private scholarships fafsa.ed.gov - Free Application for Federal Student Aid Studentaid.ed.gov-The federal government s website about paying for college finaid.org -Free student resource for learning about all types of financial aid

17 Are You a Helicopter Parent?

18 10 Tips for would-be Helicopter Parents 1. Help your student understand the college search process 2. Be realistic and non-judgmental 3. Be in the "back seat" -and not the driver -of the college search process 4. Be open to dialogue and responsive to questions 5. Be aware of deadlines and fees due 6. Know that things have changed since your college days 7. Don t overemphasize your own alma maters 8. Don t compare your student with others 9. Don t dwell on disappointments, like a rejection letter 10. Celebrate successes!

19 Next Steps

20 Next Steps for Juniors In School Stay focused on academics Do not lighten your academic load for senior year Meet with your school counselor Stay involved in school activities Standardized Testing Prepare for and register for ACT / SAT tests Register for AP tests as appropriate College Exploration Explore colleges on the Web Visit colleges if you can Meet with college representatives Attend college fairs

21 Montclair High School s Timeline Junior Year. Register for the SAT. Take the PSAT in October. Gather game tapes. (Winter/Spring athletes) Schedule spring college planning meeting with your school counselor. Create a folder to hold all of your college planning materials. Talk with your parent(s) about your thoughts and plans for college. Develop a personal inventory for your college search. Register and prepare for the May and/or June SAT I/SAT II exams. Meet with college admission officers who visit your school. Take the SAT in May and/or June.

22 Junior Year Time Line Cont. Attend the New York City or NJ National College Fair. Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. (Athletes only) Consider enrollment in a summer program for high school students. Request admissions materials from any colleges you re considering. Read through accumulated college admissions literature. Talk to students in your area who attend colleges you are considering. Start college visits. Work on shortening your list of colleges to between 6 and 15. Start SAT test prep for the senior-year October SAT

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