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1 Kick-off to College Planning 1 October 27, 2015 Highland Park High School Counseling Department

2 2 "While we all hope our children will do well in school, we hope with even greater fervor that they will do well in life. Our job is to help them to know and appreciate themselves deeply; to approach the world with zest; to find work that is exciting and satisfying, friends and spouses who are loving and loyal; and to hold a deep belief that they have something meaningful to contribute to society. That is what it means to teach our children well. -Madeline Levine

3 3 Process begins with student self-assessment Goals and values High school program & performance Activities and interests Personality and relationships

4 4 Developing college criteria Academic Atmosphere Academic Programs & Majors Calendar System Cost Environment and Geographic Location Religious Orientation Reputation Size Social Atmosphere Sports & Extra-curricular Activities Student Body

5 5 Utilizing the Internet to build a college list Naviance Big Future (collegeboard.org)

6 6 Terms for prediction REACH Dream schools where admission chances are either iffy or perhaps may be unattainable Toss up schools that are a reach for anyone (usually have admit rates below 20%) POSSIBLE Closely meet the expectations in the schools profile, but competition for spaces can still be tight

7 7 Terms for prediction PROBABLE/LIKELY Chances for admissions are very strong A safety is so much harder to call today! FINANCIAL FIT A place that parents can afford (consider cost, merit scholarships, financial aid)

8 8 Deciding: Where to apply An on-going sorting and selecting process The best Final List must include combination of: reach school possible schools probable/likely admits financial fit ALL OF WHICH YOU WILL BE HAPPY TO ATTEND!

9 9 Deciding: How many applications? It depends! Typically 5-9 If you are happy with the schools where you stand the strongest chances of admission, then the final list can be a lower number

10 10 Gap year Helps students recharge, gain focus and perhaps boost a resume Goal is personal growth, not just time off Complete application process, select a college, deposit and request a deferral Most colleges (even highly selective) support students taking a gap year; some very small and select programs may not grant a deferral Not all Gap programs will break the bank Want to learn more? Gap Year Fair January 30, :00-3:30 p.m., Cafeteria at New Trier High School

11 11 Senior year course registration Junior class registration meeting with counselors on Monday February 8, rd period Individual appointments during lunch periods Monday, February 8 THROUGH Friday, February 12

12 course pattern 4 yrs English 3 yrs Math (4 yrs through trigonometry is recommended and required by many universities) 3 yrs Science 3 yrs Social Science 2-3 yrs of SAME World Language (4 yrs may fulfill a language graduation requirement for some universities) Some universities also require 1 yr of a visual or performing art For many colleges these are minimums

13 13 Favorite question asked by juniors! Is it better to take a course that challenges me and receive a B or C or is it better to take an easier course and receive an A? Success in classes is just as important as the class itself. Balance is crucial!

14 12 Factors in College Admissions

15 15 College fairs Can usually obtain a list of schools ahead of time Gives students and colleges a chance to connect Gather a lot information about a variety of schools Opportunity to ask questions of admission representatives Discover new schools to explore Opportunity to get on college mailing lists List of spring fairs is included in handout

16 16 Counselor recommendation Recommendations are not required by all colleges Completion of Student and Parent Questionnaires are the first step in the process Access online forms through Naviance under About Me Access paper versions on College Counseling website or the CRC

17 17 Counselor recommendation It is the student s responsibility to inform the counselor of things he/she would like highlighted in the recommendation Student must meet with counselor to discuss content before recommendation will be written Schedule appointment with your counselor in the spring of junior year or fall of senior year Remember to update counselor with any new information 10/22/2015

18 18 Teacher recommendations Not required by all colleges At most, students will need 1 or 2 recommendations Typically required from teachers of academic classes Preferably from junior year Teachers who know you as a learner Talk with teachers in the late spring about recommendations Save and document your work Most teachers have a process, know it!

19 19 District 113 Waiver of Access All seniors must complete 1 form (just 1) before any recommendations from a District 113 employee will be sent. Form must be signed by student and parents/guardians Last page of your handout Sign it tonight and leave it with me Copy of the form is also in the College Planning Handbook under Recommendations Forms not completed tonight should be returned to Mr. Becker in Counseling (A221)

20 20 College Planning Calendar Winter/Spring Create a new account just for the college process Take ACT/SAT Determine criteria Meet with College Counselor (second semester) Develop a list of colleges to research (10-15) Research and request information Meet with counselor about recommendation Attend college fairs and area college programs Visit Talk with teachers about recommendations (May/June)

21 21 College Planning Calendar Summer Determine final list of colleges (5-9) Begin developing essay/personal statement (look at the college websites to determine essay needs) If finished testing, submit ACT scores to colleges Visit Colleges expect you to do something productive with your summer. Options include: summer programs, work, summer school, volunteer, internships, travel

22 22 College Planning Calendar Fall Retake ACT/SAT/Subject Tests Write essay/personal statement Complete applications (5-9) Send transcript and ACT scores Confirm teacher recommendations Meet with counselor regarding recommendation, if have not yet done so; contact with updates Visit Meet with college representatives who visit HPHS KEEP GRADES STRONG

23 2 3 Resources CRC Open daily 7:30-3:04 pm College Guide Books Mr. Becker CRC Coordinator Career Information 10/22/2015

24 2 4 10/22/2015

25 25 Utilizing outside resources HPHS offers a myriad of services: Assistance with developing college list and assessing chances for admission Application and essay support Mock interviews Financial aid and scholarship information Know the background of the individual in regard to training and experience in college counseling Think about student/family needs versus services provided Outside parties cannot communicate with colleges due to federal privacy laws Understand that outside individuals are not versed in the HP curriculum No one can get a student into college except the student him/herself We encourage collaboration and communication

26 26 Social Media Use appropriate addresses Check your digital trail and keep it clean Restrict who can search for you and contact you on Facebook Keep your profile photo appropriate Remove past posts Control tagging Filter your Friends network Protect your Tweets or change your Twitter name Think before you post Adapted from Kaplan Test Prep

27 27 Avoid External Influences Media Friends Neighbors Relatives To thine own self be true - Polonius

28 28 Q & A 10/22/20 15

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