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1 College Night

2 Counselors Andrea McKinney (A-M) Ext. 208 Heidi Bennett (M-Z) Ext. 207

3 Exploring Colleges 4861 to choose from Most important decision 70% return for sophomore year

4 Exploring Colleges Getting organized Use folders, real and virtual Manage lists **Spring Break and summer vacation are great opportunities to visit schools!

5 Exploring Colleges The visit Think like a consumer Make it official Checklist of things to do Write Thank You College Open House list can be found on the website

6 Exploring Colleges What if you can t visit? Website College rep. visits schedule posted on website Call an alumnus College fairs

7 On-Line Preferred Options Applying To College 1. Early decision Binding 2. Early Action 3. Regular Admission 4. Rolling Admission 5. Deadline Decision May 1.

8 Transcripts Memorial now uses Parchment Log in to to register Send transcripts to any college, NCAA, Common App

9 Common App Saves students time by filling out 1 application and sending to any member school 456 member schools New essay prompts will change for next year but the application content will not Students and parents are encouraged to watch the tutorial.

10 There are no guarantees Art vs. Science Getting In

11 Course Selection Rank Interests Tests Essays Recommendations Interviews Academic Performance Eight Factors

12 Course Selection Challenge yourself AP and Honors Check college website for course requirements Core 40 minimum standard for Indiana schools

13 Rank How you compare to your classmates

14 Interests What you do outside the classroom Make an impact Quality vs. Quantity

15 SAT Tests Start early-winter or spring of junior year May or June Fall of senior year if necessary 3 Parts: Critical Reading, Math, Writing 800 max score per section Subject tests required by some schools Send scores to Memorial (150980), NCAA (9999) Register:

16 ACT Tests Composite Score 36 is perfect score Accepted by most schools Should take writing portion Register:

17 Test Prep Cost vs. Benefit Tests Princeton Review Joel Claycomb USI SAT s My College QuickStart

18 Essay Don t use fancy words Be real Spellcheck and Proofread!

19 Recommendations Tell who you are and what you are good at Give plenty of notice Doesn t have to be the teacher who gave you an A

20 Interviews Highly interested Highly selective Facebook

21 Academic Performance Most important factor Upward Trend Junior year very important Senior year grades do matter

22 How Do You Know??? Read the information! Talk to your counselor Call admissions office and ask

23 Factors Considered Indiana University SAT and ACT Average GPA of admitted students 3.69 Average SAT of admitted students 1201 Indiana Admitted Students: Average GPA 3.73 Average SAT % in top 25% of class, 40.7% in top 10% of class 86.7% with Academic Honors Diploma **November 1 deadline for automatic scholarship consideration

24 Purdue University Mid 50% GPA and SAT and ACT GPA SAT (3 Sections) ACT 23-29

25 Apply to one college Purdue University Admit Deny Waitlist Holding for new info. Early Dec.- Initial Release of Decisions Nov. 15 th Deadline for Consideration for Purdue Scholarships

26 UE and USI Heather and Mark will explain

27 Paying for College Average Cost: 2 year public school - $7,000 (living at home) 4 year public school (in-state)- $19,000 4 year public school (out-of-state) - $30,000 4 year private school - $39,000 College Cost Estimator requirement for all colleges to have on their website

28 Financial Aid Paying for College Worksheets available in counseling office Available January 1 Due March 10 Must be done every year Receive fin. aid packages around April 1 Estimated Family Contribution **Apply even if you don t think you re eligible

29 Financial Aid Paying for College Types of need based aid: Grants Loans Work Study

30 Scholarships Grades Athletics Interests Intended Major Paying for College

31 Paying for College Where to Find Scholarships MHS website Parent employer College Websites College Goal Sunday: **Never pay for a scholarship search!!

32 Class of 2012 Profile 186 graduating seniors Attending 37 colleges/universities 14 states $11 mil in scholarships offered Top 5 University of Southern Indiana 41 Indiana University 32 Purdue University 12 Western Kentucky University - 10 University of Evansville - 8

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