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1 Warwick Valley College Kickoff A Parent s Playbook

2 Tonight s Focus Understanding the student/family and counselor roles in the college application process Using Naviance / Family Connection in the college application process https://connection.naviance.com/warwick

3 College Applications» College applications are available online at individual school websites. Each school will have information regarding their application requirements.» SUNY application for all four and two year SUNY schools and some SUNY community colleges» Common Application Over 400 schools accept this application.» Universal College Application over 40 schools accept this application» Students need to be aware that there may be supplemental forms, essays, or specific documents requested to be sent with the application.» SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR)» College applications are the responsibility of the student. Parents may want to proofread applications, but the student should be the one completing the application.» A copy of the completed application, essays, or other documentation should be made prior to submitting/mailing the application to the school.

4 What Will the Counselor Send? Deadlines- Two weeks in advance of college application deadlines. Transcript: Transcript Request Form- available on guidance website and in guidance office - Requires parent signature School Profile Secondary School Report Form (if required) Counselor Recommendation (if required/requested) Teacher Recommendations (if required/requested) Teacher Evaluation Forms (if required) Student Resume (if provided)

5 Transcript Request Form Students must fill out one form per school that they apply to. They should hand the form in TWO WEEKS before their application deadline The form must have a parent signature The form is available in the guidance office or on the school website under form- High School Transcript Request

6 Official High School Transcript» Sent to colleges directly from guidance office along with school profile.» It is a record of all of the courses that have been taken during high school, including failed courses and summer school courses.» Students three-year class rank and three-year g.p.a. is listed.» Students Regents scores and final exam grades are included.» Shows senior year courses in progress.» Shows absences and tardiness.» Standardized test scores ARE NOT included.

7 Teacher and Counselor Recommendations» Your student should choose teachers with whom they have developed a positive relationship and whom they have shown a strong work ethic.» Requests for letters should come from students in person, not by telephone or .» Students should provide counselors and teachers with a resume or activity list; this provides a larger picture for the writer to work with. Activities are not limited to school based clubs, community service, church involvement, boy/girl scouts and work should all be included.» Students should give teachers a month or greater to complete letters.

8 Standardized test scores Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency SAT and AP scores from College Board ACT scores from ACT

9 Essays» Students should author their own essays, parents are welcome to proofread (if your student desires), but the final product should be the students.» Encourage your student to start early and to follow the directions, topic choices and deadlines.» If your student does not seek your opinion, encourage them to seek the opinion of someone they respect for feedback.» Students should focus on being genuine in their essay» Some essays require that part A and part B be completed, help your student check the packet before the final documents are submitted.

10 Admission Interviews» Not all schools require interviews, but one can be requested if your student has weaknesses or inconsistencies to address. Your student should call the school to inquire about and arrange for an interview if one is desired, but not a normal part of the application process.» The more your student knows about a college, the better questions they will be able to ask their interviewer, showing interest and awareness.» If you are driving your student to an interview, make sure you plan plenty of time to arrive promptly. If your student is driving, help them with directions and getting out the door on time» Help make sure your student has appropriate clothing to wear to an interview.

11 Naviance Warwick uses Naviance to manage the College Application Process. Students are expected to: Update Prospective & Active Applications Complete Surveys Request Letters of Recommendation Students - Check daily and respond. Is your address appropriate?

12 Warwick s Naviance / Family Connection Welcome to Family Connection Nice to see you again! Please log in. Password remember me forgot your password? need additional help? Warwick Valley High School P.O. Box 595 Warwick NY p: (845)

13 Naviance Family Connection Homepage

14 About Me Student Surveys Keep track of extracurricular activities, honors, awards, community service and work experiences. Update personal and account information Counselor notes, documents pertaining to student saved in Journal. All student test scores conveniently located here.

15 Before You Ask For A Recommendation... Complete Teacher and Counselor Surveys Complete: Preapplication packet for seniors Parent should complete: Pre-application packet for parents of seniors

16 Resume Create or Update Resume

17 Colleges 0 V~ Studtnt Summa!)' x 0 Colltgi!S https://connection.naviance.corn/family-<onne<tion/colleges/ -" e ~~ Google ~ [& Most Vi~tod D G<tting Started Latest Headlini!S 0 Naviance Succeed I'J Bookmarl<s colleges search for colleges: Go ~SEARCH CPT10NS» >colleges I'm thin kino about colleges I'm applying to Upcomtng college VISits t.1aris1 details University of Hartf01d details St Joseph's University details view all upcomina coneae visrts > SuoerMatch Til college search ) college resources > college match ) college maps > college compare ) scattergrams > college lookup > acceptance historv > college search ) enrichment oroorams > scholarship match ) scholarship aooltcatoos > scholarship list > national scholarship search

18 College Planning Tools Click here to add the names of any colleges that you are already considering. In the fall I will post the date and time of college rep visits to Warwick. Many Ways to Research Colleges: College Match College Lookup College Search Scattergrams Acceptance History Search for summer and enrichment programs SallieMae National Scholarship Search

19 College Search Search by Type, Location, Students, Admission Standards, Athletics, Majors, Cost, Special Programs

20 Search Results Search Criteria: NC & SC Enrollment 2-5K Major: Economics Compare based on drop down options

21 Search Individual Colleges Lists others schools where students applying to this school also applied. Cost and Aid Admission Requirements

22 Scattergram Select Weighted GPA J. Sekelsky GPA SAT on 1600 scale

23 Compare Me

24 Colleges I Am Thinking About Compare my scores and GPA to other students in my high school accepted at these colleges. Record your interest in the school Scattergram

25 Prospective & Active College List Add Colleges to Prospective List

26 Request Teacher Recommendation in Naviance Request Teacher Recs

27 FERPA Waiver Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act In order for your counselor to send your school documents electronically, this form must be completed. Create a Common Application account After adding a college in My Colleges in the Common App, click on Recommenders and FERPA and complete the FERPA release authorization.

28 Common App college search

29 Search result

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32 Release Authorization Instructions 8 Form ~ I authorize every school that I have attended to release all requested records and recommendations to colleges to which I am applying for admission. I also authorize employees at these colleges to confidentially contact my current and former schools should they have questions about the information submitted on my behalf Please select one: I waive my right to review all recommendations and supporting documents submitted by me or on my behalf. I DO NOT waive my right to review all recommendations and supporting documents su bmitted by me or on my behalf. 0 1understand that my waiver or no waiver selection above pertains to all colleges to which 1 apply and that my selections on this page cannot be changed once I sign and click Save below. Signat ure Date lo9/05f20 14 ~ ~ ~

33 Completed Application Application submitted online by student SAT or ACT scores requested, by student, to be sent from testing agency School package sent from College Guidance Office which includes: Teacher recommendation letter(s) Teacher recommendation form(s) Counselor Recommendation School Report Form Transcript School Profile

34 NCAA Eligibility» In order to play sports at a Division I or Division II schools, there are grade, curriculum and SAT/ACT criteria that a student must meet to qualify to play.» Students register with the NCAA and request that a transcript be sent to the NCAA Clearing house. Registration can be completed online https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/» Final clearance does not take place until after graduation.» More information is available at the above website, including a list of NCAA approved core courses offered at WVHS (Use CEEB code to look up)

35 Internet Resources testing and college information testing and college search college information and search Higher Education Services Commission, NY specific, financial aid information NCAA Eligibility criteria - scholarships (colleges that change lives) Information on college majors Federal financial aid SUNY website Common application website

36 Resources Books- some suggestions College Match- Antonoff and Friedemann The College Board College Handbook The Fiske Guide to Colleges The Insider s Guide to Colleges Barron s Profiles of American Colleges Colleges with Programs for students with Learning Disabilities or ADD- Mangrum and Strichart The College Board Index of Majors Rugg s Recommendations on Colleges- Ruggs The College Application Essay- McGinty Campus Visits and College Interviews- Dincin Letting Go: A Parent s Guide to Understanding the College Years- Coburn and Treeger College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy- Thacker

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