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JUNIOR PARENT BREAKFAST
Transcript of JUNIOR PARENT BREAKFAST
JUNIOR PARENT BREAKFAST
VISITING A COLLEGE CAMPUS
FOR THE COLLEGE PROCESS
COLLEGE SEARCH AND COUNSELOR COLLEGE RECOMMENDATION
VIRTUAL CAMPUS TOURS
CONTACT ADMISSIONS OFFICES TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR A TOUR AND INFORMATION SESSION
CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE FOR OPEN HOUSE DATES
ATTEND A CLASS AND TALK TO PROFESSORS
MEET AN ADMISSIONS OFFICER
EAT IN THE DINING HALL
SEE A DORM AND SPEND THE NIGHT IF POSSIBLE
ATTEND A CLUB MEETING OR SPORTING EVENT
THE COMMON APPLICATION
CHECK TO MAKE SURE THE COLLEGES OF INTEREST ACCEPT THE COMMON APPLICATION
An essay provides an admission representation of something grades and test scores cannot: insight into a student's personality
The Common App Essay
Typically one essay can be used for all colleges
Essay topics are available now (see handout)
Students can begin brainstorming now
Be creative and unique
Ask teachers for assistance with writing style, grammar and content
Ask your counselors for guidance on how to write a successful essay
Students should choose two teachers to ask for a letter of recommendation towards the end of their junior year
Teachers should be from two different subjects and if possible, focus on the major the student wishes to pursue.
Process for Teacher Recommendations
Ask in person (no emails)
Complete Student Brag Sheet and Parent Brag Sheet
Give both sheets to teachers and guidance counselor
Students can begin researching scholarships online during their junior year. During their senior year, local scholarships will become available in February.
The Common Application is completed online at www.commonapp.org
One application can be used to apply to over 700 colleges
When can I begin to fill it out?
Juniors can start now!
If your child is an athlete and is considering playing a division 1 or 2 sport in college, they must be cleared through the NCAA Clearinghouse and meet the minimum standards required
Visit www.eligibilitycenter.org to register and get more information
Admission Standards for the Massachusetts State University and University of Massachusetts
Freshman applications should meet the following admission standards:
17 required academic courses
A minimum required G.P.A earned in college preparatory courses completed at the time of application
Log on to Naviance and review these requirements under "My Planner" and "Tasks Assigned to Me"
SAT and ACT
The SAT was redesigned as of March 2016.
- Register for the SAT test at www.collegeboard.org
Hanover is not a test site for the SAT. When registering, students sign up for a test location in the local area.
ACT: Is accepted at all colleges and can be sent with, or in lieu of SAT scores.
Register online at www.act.org
SAT or ACT? Do you know which test is right for you?
Colleges accept both tests equally, so the choice is up to you! The ACT and SAT generally test the same type of content.
The biggest differences are that the ACT has a Science section and the SAT has one Math section for which you cannot use a calculator.
Many colleges have made standardized testing optional for students
- To see where, go to the college website to view undergraduate admissions requirements
- Go to www.fairtest.org to view colleges with optional standardarized testing requirements by state
Scores were available online December 12th in the students' College Board account
In some cases, an access code is needed to obtain scores. If this is the case, contact your child's guidance counselor.
How do I read the PSAT scores?
The Benchmarks: These are the scores that represent college readiness. In other words, if a student scores at or above the benchmark, they are on track to be ready for college when they graduate high school
What is the average score?
- It is important to look at the percentiles
- 50% is average
College Board and
Students can link their PSAT scores to Khan Academy through their College Board Account
Khan Academy will send students a personalized review based on what it is they need to work on
Financial Aid Forms: THE FAFSA
The FAFSA is available beginning October 1, 2018 for seniors
The guidance department hosts a financial aid night in September
More information to come in the fall
CAREER ORGANIZERS AND RESEARCH
After High School Options
1. Study Abroad/Travel
- Study in a different country (i.e.United Mint College)
2. Community Service
- Benjamin Franklin Institute
- New England Institute of Technology
- Universal Technical Institute
- Tony and Guy Cosmetology
- All branches
Career/World of Work
Career and Personality Assessments
College Admissions Panel
- Associate to Bachelors Degree
- Complete an approved program at one of the Commonwealth's 15 community colleges and transfer to a state university or University of Massachusetts campus.
NEBHE's Tuition Break program, the New England Regional Student Program (RSP), enables thousands of New England residents to enroll at out-of-state New England public colleges and universities at a discount.
Students are eligible for the RSP Tuition Break when they enroll in an approved major that is not offered by the public colleges and universities in their home-state.
New England includes the following six states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Scholly (download app)
SAT Subject Tests
SAT Subject Tests are college admission exams on specific subjects.
Not required by all colleges
Career Inventory and Career Research
College Search and Research
Counselor College Recommendations