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Copy of Planning for College

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Dean Altstaetter

on 21 April 2015

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Transcript of Copy of Planning for College

Step 1: Know your reasons for going to college
Recognize your strengths & weaknesses
Analyze your interests & values
Achieve a personal goal
Increase your earning power
Prepare for a career & expand learning
Participate in extracurricular activities & social life
Consider the influence of family and friends

Step 2: Consider College Characteristics
Majors & educational programs
Type of school & degrees offered
Admission policy
Location & size
Costs & financial aid
College affiliation & accreditation
Campus activities
Support services

Step 3: Compare and Visit Colleges
Compile information from several resources:
College catalogs, viewbooks, videos, and computer-based services (DISCOVER®)
College representatives and college fairs
Counselors and teachers
Parents, students, and alumni

Step 4: Apply for admission - Observe Deadlines
Narrow your choices
Review admission & scholarship requirements
Know application fees & deadlines
Submit application materials (paper/electronic)
Application for admission
High school transcript
Admission test results

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Remember, decision making is a PROCESS, not an event.
Get Set for College
You can organize the college planning process in 6 simple steps
Checklist for a college visit
Meet with an admission counselor
Verify admission requirements
Determine actual college costs
Ask about financial aid opportunities
Take a campus tour
Investigate your academic program(s)
Attend a class
Talk with students and faculty
Step 5: Develop a plan to pay for your Education
Determine college costs
Investigate ALL possible resources
Summer earnings
Financial aid: Other sources
Secure necessary forms and note deadlines
Apply for Financial Aid Early
Submit FAFSA in JANUARY (before February 1)

Check with colleges for accurate costs
Don’t eliminate any college because of costs before receiving financial assistance information
Strengths / Weaknesses
What are your best subjects in school?
Role models - who do you admire?
MAJOR - a student's concentration of course content in a field of study
Minor - a student's declared secondary field of study or specialization
Interests and Values
What brings you enjoyment?
What is important to you?
Personal Goals
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Think of the person or position that you admire - what degree do they have?
Earning Power
How much income would you like to make?
Placement Rate - the percentage of students employed in a particular major/professional field and/or acceptance into a graduate program.
Plan for a career..
Expand your learning
Bachelors degree - a four-year degree from a college, university or professional school. BA, BS, BSBM, BFA ...
Associates Degree - a two-year degree from a community or junior college. AA, AS
Extracurricular / Social
Continue what you already do in high school or try something new
Extracurricular Activities - getting involved at your high school or university through academic and social clubs, theatre, church groups, youth groups, sports or volunteer work.
Educational Programs
Typically organized by department or college within a University
Type of school
Degrees offered
Public University - a state-assisted college or university
Private University - a non-state assisted college or university that relies on private funding, tuition and fees
Admission Policy
Parts of an admission file
Deadlines - app, interviews, auditions
September - recommended month to submit all application materials for your respective colleges
Admissions deadline - VERY IMPORTANT
must have all materials (documents) in by this time
Location and Size
Feel of campus
Good Fit
Student to Faculty Ratio
Cost and Financial Aid
Tuition, Fees, Room, Board, ?
Scholarships - financial assistance based on merit; does not require repayment
Grants - financial assistance that does not require repayment; AKA FREE MONEY
Loans - financial assistance that must be repaid
FAFSA - FREE Application for Federal Student Aid - a form that can be filled out annually by current and anticipating college students (both undergraduate and graduate) in the U.S to determine their eligibility for federal student financial aid
independent review of educational programs
education is of uniform and sound quality
ensures that an institution has been evaluated and that it met set standards of quality
an educational institution that operates independently, but also has a formal collaborative agreement with another, usually larger institution that may have some level of control or influence over its academic policies, standards or programs.
Support Services
Health Center
Career Services
Counseling Center
Writing Center
Academic Advising
Study Abroad Office
Tech Support
Related to Major
Community Service
Greek Life
Religious Life
Latino Student Union
World Student Union
LSU - promotes the identity and unity of Latino students through intellectual, cultural, and social growth.
Varies by individual appointment, group days, or open houses
accepted at most colleges or universities but not all; an efficient way to apply if you are seeking admission to 5 or more schools.
ACT - American College Testing

SAT Reasoning Test - (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test)
a national college admissions examination; commonly referred to as the achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school
a standardized test for college admissions; commonly referred to as the scholastic aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities
Reading, Math, English, Science (writing)
Composite / Super-score
Cumulative GPA (the average grade point average) is calculated for all high school level courses based on the number of credits received.
4.0. (unweighted) and 5.0 (weighted) scale.
a federal financial aid program that allows students to work on campus
Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a college-based program for training commissioned officers of the United States armed forces.
Transfer Students
Transfer credit or credit transfer are the terms used by colleges and universities for the procedure of granting credit to a student for educational experiences or courses undertaken at another institution.
Step 6: Review and Finalize Your Plans
Show initiative and be assertive
Talk with your parents and counselor
Select a college that meets your needs and preferences
Follow up with college to which you have applied. (Your decision)
College Success Factors
Test scores and high school grade ARE important. However, they measure ONLY PART of your POTENTIAL.
PSAT, SAT, ACT test scores
High school grades GPA
Additional College Success Factors
Study Habits
Course Selection
¡ Si se Puede !
Liberal Arts Education - A particular instructional type — often small, often residential — that facilitates close interaction between faculty and students, while grounding its curriculum in the liberal arts disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
Vocational/Professional college education - prepares you to do a specific job. They tend to not require as many general education courses.
FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Educators and Comunity Helping Hispanics Onward
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