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1 College Selection Process How to navigate the often confusing world of college admissions

2 WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? You are looking for the right fit Where a student is happy socially and academically Where they feel they belong

3 COLLEGE ADMISSION TRENDS Competition is increasing 80% - 20% Rule Hot Schools More Early Decision/Early Action/Waitlist Greater use of technology Tuition increases Financial Aid packages at expensive schools are improving Percentage of financial need met varies from school to school Federally funded Financial Aid Programs are intact The SAT has changed More students are taking ACTs Colleges are looking for diversity and talent Increased enrollment at Community Colleges International students/global brands

4 Admission Requirements Strength of Transcript G.P.A. Class Rank Extra Curricular Activities SAT/ACT Scores

5 Academic Requirements for College 4 years of English Three to Four years of Social Studies Three years of Math Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Two years of a lab science Two years of a World Language 16 Carnegie Units SAT and/or ACT Test

6 Types of Admissions Rolling Admissions Early Admissions Early Action Early Decision Regular

7 Decisions/Decisions Major Geographic Location Setting Urban Suburban Rural Size Cost

8 Admission Policy Open Less Competitive Competitive Very Competitive Highly Competitive Most Competitive

9 Open Admissions CUNY Neumann College Shenandoah University West Virginia State College Wilmington College

10 Less Competitive Below C average, below 500 on the SAT s, top 65% of the class Cabrini College Chestnut Hill College Colby Sawyer College Davis & Elkins College Georgian Court University New Jersey City University St. Leo s University

11 Competitive B- or better, 500+ SAT Scores, top 50% of the Class Coastal Carolina University Hofstra University Kutztown University Monmouth University Quinnipiac University Roger Williams University

12 Very Competitive B average, top 35% to 50% of the class, 573 to 619 on the SAT s Bennington College Dickinson College Elon University Marist College Michigan State University Penn State St. Joseph s University University of Delaware

13 Highly Competitive B+ average, top 20% of the class, 620 to 625 on the SAT s Clemson University College of New Jersey Gettysburg College James Madison University Loyola College Muhlenburg College Providence College

14 Most Competitive Even superior students will find it difficult to gain admission to these colleges. Boston College College of William & Mary Johns Hopkins Ivy League Georgetown University Stanford University Washington & Lee Service Academies

15 New Jersey Colleges/Universities Bloomfield College Caldwell College Centenary College College of New Jersey College of St. Elizabeth Drew University Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Georgian Court Univ Kean Uiversity Monmouth University Montclair State Univ New Jersey City Univ NJ Inst. Of Tech Princeton University Ramapo College Richard Stockton Coll Rider University Rowan University Rutgers University St. Peters College Seton Hall Univ Stevens Inst of Tech William Paterson Univ

16 Class of 2014 The Application Process

17 Application Options Common Application Single, comprehensive application Used at over +350 schools Institutional Applications On-Line Applications Increasingly popular More efficient Traditional paper applications

18 Components of the Application for the student The Application Form 1. Biographical information 2. Extra curricular and personal activities 3. Honors and awards 4. Essay 5. Supplemental forms for the common application for specific schools 6. Standardized test scores sent officially from the College Board or ACT by the student 7. Payment

19 Additional Components of the Application 1. Teacher recommendations 2. The transcript request card/naviance 3. School report, mid-year school report 4. School profile 5. Final Transcript: requested by the student

20 Discover Your Resources Find Colleges that Match Complete Applications Communicate with your Counselor NAVIANCE SUCCEED

21 Family Connection by NAVIANCE SUCCEED What can students do using Family Connection? View Guidance News/ Bulletins Complete Learning Styles Inventory Complete Personality Assessment Complete a Career Search Complete a College Search Compare Colleges Develop a Prospective College List Develop a Resume Access College Search Engines (Local & National) Select Links to Third Party Sites (Collegeboard, NCAA, FAFSA) Complete Graduation Survey

22 Family Connection by NAVIANCE SUCCEED Completing the Application Process in Naviance 1. Sign onto the Common Application website and create an account 2. Complete FERPA on the Common Application 3. Add the colleges to which you are applying in Naviance (both Common App and Non-Common App colleges) 4. Request transcripts both in Naviance and in Guidance 5. Teacher Thank You 6. Monitor the status of the college applications

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27 College Testing Schedules SAT ACT

28 SAT TEST DATES October 5, 2013 November 2, 2013 December 7, 2013 January 25, 2014 March 8, 2014 May 3, 2014 June 7, 2014 Registration deadline September 6 October 3 November 8 December 27 February 7 April 4 May 9 REGISTER ONLINE NOW

29 ACT testing dates TEST DATES October 26, 2013 December 14, 2013 February 8, 2014 April 12, 2014 June 14, 2014 Registration deadline September 27 November 8 January 10 March 7 May 9 REGISTER ONLINE NOW

30 SCHOOLS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE TEST SCORES FOR ADMISSION CONSIDERATION

31 WHO WANTS FREE MONEY? APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!! Go to HIGH SCHOOL Go to STUDENT SERVICES-GUIDANCE Click on SCHOLARSHIPS OUTSIDE SITES FOR SCHOLARSHIPS (NATIONAL): NAVIANCE account

32 FINANCIAL AID NIGHT December 5, pm in the Auditorium

33 COLLEGE NIGHT Wednesday, October 9 th, :30pm 8:30pm MHS Gymnasium Over 100 Colleges and Universities Trade Schools Military/Service Academies

34 GOOD ADVICE Relax, don t panic, stay sane Avoid perfect college syndrome Look at overlaps, second tier schools Keep an open mind Be patient Take some chances Talk to kids on the campus Find out about social life Check housing, food Check if you can graduate in 4 years Watch deadlines!!! Go to a school you can afford Rely on your Guidance Counselor for help

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