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1 Important information packet for seniors. Rocky Mount High School website: Scholarship List: Click on Student Services Click on Scholarship Info Click on Scholarships & Opportunities (Available in September) There will be an ongoing list, and you can go to last year s archived list to find additional resources. Always follow-up with linking to the websites for this year s information, and make sure you get to the current scholarship applications. Investigate and apply for college at You can apply to ANY college in North Carolina through Go to the site and click on Apply for College If you have never set up a account, set one up! If you cannot get into your account for some reason, your Counselor or College Advisor can help. Please do not set up multiple cfnc accounts, as this becomes confusing to the system! When you complete a College Application, please remember click to SEND YOUR TRANSCRIPT ELECTRONICALLY! More detailed information about applying and sending transcripts follows on the next couple pages of this packet. Send Electronic High School Transcripts! This works for all North Carolina Colleges. What happens immediately.and at the end of the school year? Sending high school transcripts electronically via has quickly become the norm for North Carolina students. A record number of transcripts have been requested via what does this mean? The CFNC Electronic Transcript system is designed to automatically send a request for the current AND final high school transcript when a student initiates the request within CFNC.org. Current transcripts are processed immediately, and final transcripts (for currently enrolled students) are held in a queue until the end of the academic school year. Final transcripts are released AUTOMATICALLY based on the students diploma issue date. A Note about the Common Application for Admission Some Seniors who are applying to colleges OUTSIDE of North Carolina may want to use the CommomApp. To apply, go to This application is much more involved than the cfnc applications and now a few NC schools want the Common App. If you go to cfnc and click to begin an application for your college choice, cfnc will automatically re-route you to the Common App if it is required for that school. Generally, the Common App is recommended just for those out of state schools that participate. About 400 Colleges around the country participate in allowing applicants to use this electronic application. Go to the Common App website for complete details. If you choose the CommonApp system, it is critical that you check with your Counselor and your recommenders to be sure they receive the s and codes to complete their sections of the application!!

2 MINIMUM COURSE REQUIREMENTS For UNC System Campuses In addition to the requirement that students should hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors has, since 1988, established minimum course requirements for undergraduate admission. Basically, students who are taking the regular Future Ready Core Curriculum and adding the two levels of Foreign Language are taking the right courses for consideration. The main confusion usually is in the area of Math, and the requirements are to take math through the Advanced Functions or Pre-Calculus level. Taking the courses does not guarantee admission, and some campuses are much harder to be accepted into than others. NC A&T State UNC Pembroke UNC Greensboro UNC Chapel Hill NC State UNC Asheville Western Carolina UNC Wilmington NC Central UNC Charlotte Appalachian State Winston-Salem State East Carolina Fayetteville State Elizabeth City State NC School of the Arts UNC Campuses Minimum Admissions Requirements Regarding High School GPA and SAT or ACT scores: All applicants for first-time admission as freshmen must meet minimum GPA, and SAT or ACT scores. The minimum combined SAT Score when you add ONLY the Reading and Math is 800 (or ACT Composite 17). The minimum high school GPA requirement is now 2.5 for the UNC System schools. Many details for the schools are on and for complete details on the UNC System Campuses, go to North Carolina s Independent Colleges and Universities Requirements for North Carolina s Independent Colleges and Universities vary. If the UNC System requirements or programs do not fit for you, there are many private institutions that would consider you for admission. There are 36 different Independent colleges in NC. Check them out on or go to for complete details and connections to these colleges. You can apply for any of these through North Carolina s Community Colleges The mission of the North Carolina Community College System is to open the door to high-quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to post-secondary education, maximize student success, develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce, and improve the lives and well being of N.C. citizens. For many programs the requirement for consideration is earning a High School Diploma. Community colleges in North Carolina are within a 30-minute drive of its citizens. Close to 850,000 students, or 1 in 8 N.C. citizens 18 and up, enrolled in classes at one of the 58 community colleges during The N.C. Community College System is the third largest in the nation based on number of colleges. Historically, N.C. has had the lowest tuition in the Southeast Region one of the lowest in the nation. 90 percent of associate degree recipients from the system have a grade-point average of 2.0 or better at University of North Carolina system institutions or private colleges after two semesters. Go to and for complete details!

3 Test Dates The SAT and ACT tests have fees, except for the 11 th grade School-wide ACT test in the spring of the Junior year. Students who qualify for FREE or REDUCED price lunch can get up to two fee waivers for each test. (2-ACT, 2-SAT, 2-SAT Subject tests). Waivers are available in the Student Services office. Registration is required if you wish to take a test and registration is online. Community Colleges DO NOT require the SAT or ACT, and will provide an opportunity for students to take a free placement test. SAT RMHS SCHOOL CODE = Our SAT test center code is Test Dates Registration Deadline (late registration deadlines are published on the SAT website but have extra fees!) *Oct. 11, 2014 Sept. 12, 2014 Nov. 8, 2014 Oct. 9, 2014 Dec. 06, 2014 Nov. 6, 2014 January 24, 2015 Dec. 29, 2014 March 14, 2015 Feb. 13, 2015 May 2, 2015 April 6, 2015 June 6, 2015 May 8, 2015 *Using a waiver, Free/reduced lunch students, ETS & UB students are eligible to do late registration for the Oct. test date only. Regular Registration deadline all other dates. 4-year college bound Seniors are advised to take fall tests if possible, as it takes about a month for colleges to receive scores, and many campuses will fill up quickly. The cfnc.org website has a chart with all of the college application deadlines. Keep in mind that it takes some time for the scores to be available. The SAT is administered on our campus most dates. The most Selective Colleges and Universities often also require some of the SAT Subject Tests (Duke, UNC-CH, NC State ). Go to the College s website in the Admissions section to see if these are required. ACT Students are advised to list ACT PLUS WRITING when registering Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required) September 13, 2014 August 8, 2014 August 9 22, 2014 October 25, 2014 September 19, 2014 September 20 October 3, 2014 December 13, 2014 November 7, 2014 November 8 21, 2014 February 7, 2015* January 9, 2015 January 10 16, 2015 April 18, 2015 March 13, 2015 March 14 27, 2015 June 13, 2015 May 8, 2015 May 9 22, 2015 The ACT is administered ONLY for our Juniors on our campus each spring in the state-wide testing program. The dates above are the national test dates, and are administered at locations across the country. NC Wesleyan College is the closest test center for the ACT. If you use an ACT score for college admission, keep in mind that all of the UNC System Universities and many private colleges would want the version of the test that includes WRITING. When registering for either test, be sure to list the colleges to which you are applying to RECEIVE your scores! If you wait to send the scores after the test, there is a fee you will have to pay!

4 Scholarship Information linked on the School Website! Scholarship Info Many free scholarship search websites have emerged (like ) that can really help you connect to scholarship opportunities. You can also use search engines like or to help you search. As a rule, NEVER pay for scholarship search assistance. Virtually all state, regional, and national scholarship programs can be found with just a little effort surfing the web or linking through the websites below. Many local opportunities will be advertised in the daily bulletin, or sent to you through your Counselor's group of student s. With all opportunities, pay close attention to eligibility requirements, procedures, and deadlines! Good luck! For the Gryphon Scholarship List, go to the Rocky Mount High School website: Click on Student Services Click on Scholarship Info Click on Scholarships & Opportunities North Carolina Statewide Scholarship Programs (at National Scholarship Searches & Quick Links Fastweb scholarships.com scholarship providers weekly scholarship alert NextSTEP Magazine Financial Aid Financial aid is where most people really get the money that they need for college! This is usually a combination of grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships. You start the process by completing the FAFSA. FAFSA stands for FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, so there is no need to pay to have a FAFSA completed! You cannot complete the FAFSA until after January 1st in the middle of your SENIOR Year! Complete Federal Financial Aid Information is at : You will need to complete a FAFSA after January 1st of your Senior Year...but you can go ahead and plan and get questions answered through the website above. A few Colleges want the CSS/Profile completed for financial aid and scholarships also. Information on this will be normally linked from the college site if they use it or additional information is at

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