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Junior College Planning Night. RHS Guidance Department. Alphabet Breakdown. Class of 2015 Mrs . Rotondo: A – Cl Mr. Saleem: Co - Ke Ms. Richard: Kh - M Mr. Green: N – Z. Agenda. Guidance News College Selection Factors - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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RHS Guidance Office

RHS Guidance DepartmentJunior College Planning Night

Alphabet BreakdownClass of 2015 Mrs. Rotondo: A Cl Mr. Saleem: Co-Ke Ms. Richard: Kh - M Mr. Green: N Z AgendaGuidance NewsCollege Selection FactorsFamily ConnectionAdmission FactorsAdmission ProcessAthleticsRemindersQuestions?Guidance NewsTo date, the Guidance Department processed 1460 applications to 253 different colleges

The class of 2013 graduates can be found on 87 different campuses this year:80% attend a 4-year institution 17% attend a 2-year institution

Top 10 Schools the Class of 2013 Attend

Drexel UniversityMonmouth UniversityMontclair UniversityPenn State UniversityRutgers University

Saint Josephs UniversityThe College of NJUniversity of DelawareUniversity of MarylandUniversity of Tampa

Most Popular Schools to apply to for the Class of 2014Drexel UniversityJames Madison UniversityPenn State UniversityRowan UniversityRutgers UniversityThe College of NJTowson UniversityUniversity of DelawareWest Chester University

College Search ProcessWhere do we begin?Communication: What is the student looking for? What are the parent expectations? Impt. Topics: Location, Cost, CommutingInitial Research: Websites and View books-College Board & Family ConnectionTest Drive: Visitations fall, spring, and summer open house, tours and sit in on a class (Schedule)7College Selection FactorsSize of Campus:Large, Medium, or SmallPublic or Private InstitutionLocation:Distance from HomeUrban, Suburban, or RuralQuality & Selection of ProgramsQuality of FacultyResident or CommuterDiversity of Student Body

College Selection FactorsAthletics: Div. I, II, III Club or IntramuralCost:Tuition: In-State vs. Out of StateFinancial AidSupport Services: Career Services, Tutoring, Counseling, etc.Special Programs: Study Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Graduate Programs, etc.

Family ConnectionCollege Search Database specified to RHSEach Junior received a password.Forgotten Passwords: See your counselors Link to Family Connection can be found on the RHS WebsiteParents and Students receive e-mails via Family Connection

Impt. Factors for the Admission CommitteeWhat are colleges looking for? Types of Courses/Load Senior Year: 4 Academic Courses minimumGrade Point Average (computed at the end of each year)Standardized Tests: (SAT/ACT; SATII)EssayInterviews (not all require)Sample Questions on Guidance WebsiteInterest LevelExtracurricular/Work ExperiencesSample Activities Resume on Guidance Website & in Counselor Recommendation Packet Honors/AwardsLetters of Recommendation

17Testing InformationJuniors take the ACT, SAT I, and SAT II during the spring time.

Students tend to take either the ACT, SAT I, or combination of three times (spring time junior year/fall senior year).

SAT/ACT: Institutions will only accept them directly from the college board and/or ACT. Reporting: Score Choice for both.

SAT II: Highly selective schools tend to require SAT II or Subject Tests. Juniors taking an AP course are recommended to take the Subject Test in May of their junior year.

AP Exams: Students can choose to send or not to send in their official score report only to the institution they are attending.

Test Optional Schools: www.fairtest.org

Test Prep: Kaplan, Princeton Review, Huntington, Private Tutors

Differences Between the ACT and SAT SAT- Has 3 Components: Critical Reading, Math, & Writing- Aptitude TestHighest Maximum Score: 2400 (each section 800)Penalty for wrong answers

ACT- Has 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, & Writing (optional)- Achievement TestHighest Maximum Score: Composite of a 36No Penalty for wrong answersThe Essay Your VoiceMost difficult part of the application for most studentsAnswer the questionBrainstorm FirstOne third about the situation and two thirds about youUse your own voice in the process- Dont write to impress the admission committee

Letters of RecommendationCounselor Recommendation Packet:- Parent Brag Sheet, Student Brag Sheet, & Student Resume- Have completed forms into your counselor by June 3rd. Students must first ask the teacher to write the letter of recommendation. If they say yes, then the student must complete the Teacher Recommendation Packet:- Part I: Student Questionnaire due by June 3rd to each teacher- Part II: Students will be given instructions at Sr. College Planning Night in September 2013Recommendation Packets can be accessed online via the Guidance Website. Click College Planning then click Forms.ActivitiesCreate an Activities Resume

Focus on one or two activities

Show how you have developed as a leader

Quality vs. QuantityCollege Application Process Do not wait, apply early in senior yr!Application DeadlinesEarly Action, Early Decision, Restrictive Early Action, Regular Deadline, & Rolling AdmissionTypes of Applications:Paper, on-line, Common Application (if a school accepts Common App. student should use this application), Universal College ApplicationLetters of RecommendationHand in your brag sheets to Mrs. Quick by June 3, 2013.

23AthletesNCAA Eligibility Center: https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/Can be submitted at the beginning of Junior Year Send SAT or ACT to NCAA Eligibility Center directlySend Official Transcript to NCAA Eligibility Center

Athletic Scholarships: Div. I or Div. II only

Student Athletes Ask Yourself: If I can not compete, would this still be the right school for me?Helpful RemindersChange your email addresses to a family account

Facebook Accounts: College Admission Offices do look at your accounts

Best Fit not Best School: Finding the best fit requires visiting and researching

How many?: 2 reach, 3-4 target, 2-3 probable On average 8 totalIf student applies to highly selective schools, 12 totalJunior and Senior Grades Matter

Register for SAT and ACT in Spring of Jr. Year/Fall Sr. YearSAT: January, March, May or JuneACT: February, April or June

Last Minute ThoughtsRemember, the college application process is unlike anything you or your sons/daughters have experienced

The stress level for applying to colleges is high

Tips for ParentsReassure your son or daughter that you will be proud, regardless of the outcome

Dont believe everything you hear get an objective third party opinion

Remember, there is a school out there for everyone Upcoming DatesStarting January 13th: Individual Student Meetings with Counselor for Course Selection and Future Planning

February 22nd: Free Practice Test SAT & ACT (Pre-register through Kaplan by February 18th)

March 7th: College Admission Panel at RHS at 7pm Panel of Experts From: Mercer County Community College, Rider University, Rutgers University, University of Delaware

April 6th : NYC National College Fair at Jacob Javits Center from 11am 4pm

April 22nd: Mercer County Community College sponsored college fair from 6pm 8:30pm

April 23rd & 24th : NJ National College Fair at Meadowlands Expo CenterApril 23rd: 9am 12:00pm & 6:00pm 9:00pmApril 24th: 9am 12noon

Late August: Attend Mrs. Rotondos College Workshop at RHS

June 3rd: Letter of Recommendation Packets Due

September 2014: Senior College Planning Night Questions?