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1 Private College Applications September 5, 2012

2 Regular Decision Timetable Application in Fall Scholarship due date = application deadline Financial Aid Forms in January Offers made only to those accepted to the college Scholarships in Spring May 1 = Decision Day Notify colleges you will not attend

3 Applying to College APPLICATION TRANSCRIPT SAT/ACT

4 Private College Applications 1. Student Forms to complete www. commonapp. org or college own application Essays, resume Scholarship Application

5 Applications May Include 2. School Recommendation Secondary School/Counselor Report 3. Teacher Recommendations 4. Midyear Report Sent by the Advisor with fall grades

6 Naviance Order all transcripts online Links with your completed application on commonapp.org and sends your recommendations and transcripts

7 Naviance Account Log into Family Connection: First time registration: Get your personal code from the College Corner Parents have access to student accounts with personal code from the College Corner and in the subject line: Need parent Naviance Code. Include student name and grade Registered students who forgot their code need a reset from the College Corner

8 Avoid Naviance Problems Finish your application on commonapp.org before advisors and teachers complete their recommendations

9 Avoid Naviance Problems Include your correct Common App code number in Naviance to allow the match with your school documents This is different from the Apply Texas code

10 Avoid Naviance Problems Add all colleges in Naviance under Colleges I m Applying To Check off your FERPA preference: waive or not waive your right to review recommendations

11 Recommendations / Advisor Go to Naviance or the Lamar Website (Academics > College Corner) Letters of Recommendation Applying to a Private College Applying to out of state public colleges Applying to Texas state colleges

12 Advisor Recommendations FOR COMMON APPLICATION SCHOOLS: 1. Complete on Naviance: Schools I m Applying To 2. Recommendation Letter Request Survey 3. Survey to your advisor 4. If you get no reply, make an appointment with your advisor

13 PRIVATE COLLEGES NOT WITH THE COMMON APPLICATION 1. On Naviance: Schools I m Applying To 2. Recommendation Letter Request Survey 3. Survey to your advisor 4. Prepare stamped, addressed envelopes and forms (School Report, Midyear Report as needed) 5. Meet with your advisor

14 For Any Recommendations ALWAYS ask for the recommendation from your teachers NEVER leave forms with a secretary or on the teacher s desk ALWAYS include everything requested to be sure your letter is written

15 Recommendations / Teachers Who has a story to tell about you? Don t give your resume or the Recommendation Survey for your advisor to your teacher Ask your teachers and complete info they might request

16 Recommendations / Teachers Follow college guidelines Teachers from 11 th or 12 th grade preferred Ask early each may have own guidelines NEVER leave papers on their desk

17 Teacher Recommendations for Common App Schools 1. Ask the teacher to do a rec for you. Give them at least 2 weeks notice but earlier is better 2. Select the teacher(s) from a drop down menu on Naviance 3. Click on Status to track when it is submitted

18 Teacher Recommendations for schools NOT with the Common App 1. Ask the teacher to do a rec for you. Give them at least 2 weeks notice but earlier is better 2. Gather required forms, due dates, and include stamped, addressed envelope(s) for the teacher.

19 Application Essays Your best opportunity to make paper become a person Be a storyteller They have your resume already Use your experiences to show how they influenced your outlook

20 Requesting Transcripts Order on Naviance None by walk-in, phone or fax FREE Electronic submission Paper: 5 free; $2 each after 5

21 Transcripts for Common App Colleges 1. Complete your Common Application, match code, FERPA preference 2. On Naviance, add all colleges on Colleges I m Applying To 3. Request transcript on Naviance 4. If there is an orange stamp by the college, check if it is a Common App school (CA schools have a computer)

22 Transcripts for private colleges NOT with the Common App 1. Complete on Naviance Colleges I m Applying To 2. Request transcript on Naviance

23 Transcripts for private colleges NOT with the Common App 3. Look for the orange stamp your sign that YOU must mail the transcript 4. Pick up paper copy of transcript at registrar s office and mail it to the college

24 Exceptions Transcripts can only be sent electronically through Naviance if you have completed the Common Application. If they are a Common App school but you completed some other application (Apply Texas, etc) then the transcript must be mailed.

25 Requesting Transcripts October rank includes summer school grades. Drops no-shows and adds new seniors. When the new rank comes out again in October, transcripts will no longer be available with the July rank.

26 Admissions Testing 3 things can improve your scores* Time in the subject matter Familiarity with the test The practice effect * The College Board

27 SAT or ACT? Both accepted equally Math counts more on SAT SAT includes Statistics; ACT includes trigonometry ACT adds a science section SAT/Reasoning; ACT/Learned info

28 SAT or ACT? Wrong Answers: SAT deducts ¼ point for each ACT deducts no points SAT: Most colleges consider only Critical Reading and Math ACT: Colleges usually use Composite

29 SAT Subject Tests Take only if required; take more than minimum if you can do well May take up to 3 at one administration Not all tests are available on each date ACT with writing may substitute

30 SAT Subject Tests Math has 2 options: See www. collegeboard. com for samples and review materials Your college may choose for you depending on the major

31 Colleges Visit Lamar Almost 200 colleges visit Lamar students each year Schedule on hallway TV monitors & Naviance Show interest in them by completing contact cards

32 College Visits Must be approved in advance of the visit Send an to 2 approved visit days count as extracurricular No more than 5 extracurricular each semester More than 2 visit days could be excused absences with proper documentation

33 Early Decision vs. Early Action Application deadlines are earlier for both usually October or November Only one application may be sent for Early Decision Early Decision is a binding agreement. Once accepted, you are expected to attend.

34 Early Decision vs. Early Action Early Action is NOT binding. You are free to apply to other schools and compare offers. Acceptance of an Early Action offer has a later deadline than Early Decision. Single Choice Early Action allows you to apply to one school as an EA candidate, but you may apply to as many Plan B schools as you wish.

35 The Down Side of Early Decision o Binding Decision o No option to change your mind o No comparison shopping $$$ o Decisions made early in the year Don t miss deadlines for Plan B schools

36 $$$$$ Over 90% of the money given to students to go to school comes from the college they attend If your rank and SAT/ACT is higher than the average admitted student, your chances of getting $ increases

37 Financial Aid PROFILE or FAFSA? FAFSA forms available in January File online for best results FAFSA forecaster at: www. fafsa4caster. ed.gov /

38 Scholarships Some schools have a separate site and applications for scholarships Watch Naviance for scholarships Consider local scholarships for a smaller pool of applicants. Look seriously beginning in January

39 Upcoming Events September 12 PTO Senior Meeting 6:00 p.m. Public College Application Information 6:30 September 19 Open House at Lamar October 9 College Night

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