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1 College Planning Handbook for Juniors Lebanon High School Counseling Department

2 TO DO: Fall Semester Register for the February 9, 2008 ACT at or pick up an ACT packet from the Counselor's Office. Contact OTC if you would like additional help with the ACT. ( or ) Begin your College Search on Meet with college admissions representatives visiting LHS to learn more about colleges of interest. Attend College & Career Night at LHS in September. Have an honest & frank discussion with your parents (or student) about financing your college education. Determine if receiving a College Prep Certificate is a goal you would like to achieve.

3 TO DO: Spring Semester Register for the April 12, 2008 ACT test (deadline is March 7, 2008) at or pick up a packet from the Counselor s Office. Contact OTC if you would like additional help with the ACT. ( or ) Ensure that you are enrolled in appropriate and rigorous college prep courses your senior year. Students interested in Division I or II sports in college should visit the NCAA Clearinghouse website (www.ncaaclearinghouse.net) for eligibility standards. You should register with the Clearinghouse at the end of your junior. Make sure you are scheduled for the correct number of core courses to be eligible to participate in Division I or II sports. Ensure you are enrolled in tutoring to complete requirements for the A+ Program.

4 TO DO: Spring Semester, Continued Register with ConnectEdu at and Fast Web at ConnectEdu and Fast Web (along with other websites) provide FREE information on scholarships and college searches. Arrange to complete volunteer or community service, obtain an interesting job or job shadow in a profession of interest to you. Develop and maintain a list of 5-10 colleges that interest you using a college search website. Plan summer college visits. Visit the LHS Counselor s Office and check out the numerous college resources.

5 TO DO: Summer Visit colleges and universities of interest. Take along a College Comparison Worksheet. Schedule interviews with admissions counselors. Request applications and financial aid information from these colleges. Check important dates. Some universities have early deadlines. Begin developing a Senior resume. Check out helpful websites.

6 Frequently Asked Questions

7 I got a letter from a college. Does that mean I can get in? Colleges purchase thousands of names & addresses of students with test scores within a certain range and send one communication to everyone. These letters (and s are meat to capture a students attention and encourage students to learn more about a college. They are NOT offers of admission.

8 I can do all of my research on the Internet. Why do I need to go to the college fair or speak with an Admissions Officer? Colleges want to ensure that they offer admission to students who are likely to accept an offer. One of the ways colleges attempt to determine the likelihood a student will accept an admissions offer is by tracking students who have visited the campus or met with admissions officers of a college/university without actually visiting the campus. It is also impossible to get a realistic perception of a college/university without actually visiting the campus.

9 Do I really need to take hard classes my senior year? Yes! Students need to continue with a college prep schedule their senior year for a variety of reasons. Colleges will ask for a transcript after your 7 th semester (1 st semester of your senior year) and your acceptance into a college is dependent on your final transcript grades and course loads. Plus, taking a college prep schedule your senior year better prepares you for college courses, the college workload, and time management.

10 Why is my ACT/SAT score so important? ACT/SAT scores are important because many scholarships and college acceptances are directly based upon your ACT/SAT score. The higher your score, the better your chances of getting into the college you want to attend and the higher your chances are of receiving scholarship money.

11 Helpful Websites Financial Aid (The Fianacial Aid Information Page) (Missouri MO$T Program) (Hope Scholarship & Lifetime Learning Tax Credits) (New ways to save for college) (FAFSA on the Web) (get your PINs for the web-fafsa)

12 Helpful Websites Scholarships (Scholarship search) (Scholarship search) (Scholarship search) (Scholarship search) (Scholarship search) (Sports scholarships & internships)

13 Helpful Websites College & Career Information (Online college search and planning) (Online registration for ACT) (College Board) (NCAA Clearinghouse) (Missouri Department of Higher Ed) (US Department of Education) (Free publications to download) (Peterson s Education & Career Info) (Career & College information) (College Search) (Career Info Occupational Outlook Handbook)

14 Helpful Websites College & Career Information, Continued (Career Planning) (Common Application online) (NAACP) (Multi-cultural students) (Students with Learning Disabilities)

15 Helpful Websites Military Careers (Selective Service) (Military Career Guide Online)

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