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Presented by: UF HSF Scholar Chapter
The Journey to College
What is college?
Actually applying...
Do well in class

Challenge yourself
AP, Dual Enrollment, IB

Join lots of clubs!
Take a leadership position


Community Service
How do I get in?
Florida Academic Scholars

3.5 weighted GPA
100 community service hours
SAT score: 1290
ACT score: 29
Bright Futures
What is it?
Standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT...

Have you taken it? (raise your hand!)

PSAT measures:
Critical reading skills
Math problem-solving skills
Writing skills

Very similar format, can even get a scholarship!
Florida Medallion Scholars

3.0 weighted GPA
75 hours of community service
SAT score: 1170
ACT score: 26
Critical Reading, Writing, Math sections
Writing section is required

Stronger emphasis on vocabulary
TIP: Buy actual books that have SAT vocab.

Broken into 10 sections, with the required essay at the beginning

Highest score possible: 2400
Usually taken during junior and senior year
I need money!
Athletic Scholarships
Going to community college first?
Perks of going to
community college for your AA (first 2 years):
Process of Applying
Allows you to apply to various colleges
Where do I get more information?
Go to your counselor


English, Math, Reading, Science
Optional Writing (some schools require)
Highest score possible: 36

ACT questions tend to be more straightforward

SAT: What is your view of the claim that something unsuccessful can still have some value?
ACT: In your view, should high schools become more tolerant of cheating?
It will pay off
Many Reasons More
The best choice
you will ever make
In addition to the Common Application, you may have to submit a supplemental application through the actual school's website
How do I study?
On your own
Professional Help
Purchase SAT and ACT prep books
Collegeboard SAT question of the day
Khan Academy
For 1st edition of "Collegeboard Official SAT guide"
Library usually has some copies
Sylvan Learning Center
Princeton Review
This code gets you 15% discount if you purchase an SAT prep course
An athletic scholarship has the potential to cover
every expense the athlete might have. Housing, tuition, books and much more is covered in scholarships
However, if you DO NOT keep up with school work, you may be suspended from your sport and lose ALL of your scholarship
Are renewed each year at
coach's discretion
Scholarships and FAFSA
Where to look up scholarships?
Remember every school offers scholarships, look for scholarships offered by the university and the college you will enter
CSS Profile:
Created by college board, AKA the people that torture us with SAT and ACT
More in depth than FAFSA
Most universities don't accept CSS
Most schools that accept it are private elite
Very tricky, make sure to involve your parents when filling out this form
Saves money
Its easier to get into a four year college as a transfer student
Easier transition into college
More attention in classes
When you get your Bachelors (which is what really matters) it will say the name of the university
FAFSA and scholarships are still available
You can live at home
For more info on financial aid, scholarships, loans, etc. you can visit UF's website answering general questions:
Some Scholarships
Gates Millennium Scholars (deadline: around Jan. 16)

-Be a graduating high school senior
-Be enrolling for the first time at a college or university as a FULL-TIME degree-seeking freshman in the fall.
-Be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, eligible non-citizen or Foreign National
-Have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
-Demonstrate leadership skills, and significant financial need (Pell Grant eligible)
-African American, American Indian-Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American

go to -> http://www.gmsp.org/
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (varies; applications open Sep. 1st)

-Be a graduating high school senior
-Be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or an eligible non-citizen
-Have plans to enroll FULL-TIME at a two or four year U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam in the upcoming academic year
-Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
-Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

go to -> http://www.hsf.net
SAT Subject Tests
SAT subject tests are typically required at the Ivy League colleges in the US

2 or more SAT subject tests

Be sure to check the admissions criteria for your school of choice.
Many subjects are available:
Check it out here: http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-subject-test-preparation

SAT CollegeBoard website offers many practice questions for all subject tests.

Even if it is not required, it WILL strengthen your application!
1) Be sure to select all colleges of choice when registering for the SAT or ACT because it will cost $$ later when you want to send the score report again.
2) Make use of all the FREE practice exams available on collegeboard.org
Is college for everyone
No, and we understand that.
But, here are some things you need to be realistic about:
About 34% of Americans 18 and older have AT LEAST an AA. Everyone is going to college now.
You get paid more with higher education training:
High school drop outs: $18,734
High school graduates: $27,915
College grads (with a bachelor’s degree): $51,206
Advanced degree holders: $74,602
*United States Census Bureau report of 2007.
(Something cool: More women than men hold college degrees of all types combined. About 33.8% of American men have a college degree, as compared to about 34.8% of American women.)
You don't have to go to a 4 year university. There are a lot of options:
Vocational schools
Institutes of technology
Institutes of medicine
Specialized institutes (computing, culinary, art, mechanical...etc.)
Community colleges
Getting ANY kind of higher education allows you to
1. Figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life
2. Take a break before you have to go out into the world and get a full time job (long term)
You might say that you'll do it later, but life gets in the way.
(Free way to see what
the SAT will be like.)
If you have free, or reduced lunch, you can get 2 SAT/ACT waivers
(If unsure whether eligible, check with your counselor)
4 additional score reports FREE
(REMEMBER: to always write colleges on SAT, ACT, & AP exams, so they can send it free)
Also, get up to 4 waivers for college application fees

YES, it costs money to apply to college. Usually $25-$35, but can be up to $100 depending on the school
Scholarships (1st generation, minority, etc)
Grants (Don't need to pay back)
FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov)
Loans (Will need to pay back)
Unsubsidized vs. Subsidized
How to Keep Bright Futures

Keep a minimum of 2.75 GPA

If you fail to keep a 2.75 GPA during the FIRST year of funding, you're allowed a

If you fail to keep a 2.75 GPA anytime after the first year, it is gone forever!!
Some things to understand:

Early Action vs. Early Decision

Will I have enough money to go to this school?

Private vs. Public

Application Protocol

The Application Easy How To TIPS
Let's Talk about you!
Questions, Comments?
Some Examples & TIPS:
Early Action
Early Decision
Will I have enough money to go to this school?
Private vs. Public
Application Protocol:
Early Action is when you apply early to a school and if you are accepted you are not obligated to matriculate there.

Early Decision is when you apply early to one school you REALLY want to go to. If you are accepted you MUST go there.
If you are letting this question decide whether or not to apply to a private school, or to a school out of state, DON'T!
If you do not have enough money, you will be more likely to get different types of aid. Example, UM costs about $35,000 a year, but students almost always get some kind of scholarship. Apply, and work it out later, if you decide you want to go there.
If you are accepted, you will receive a cost of attendance document, and it will explain how much aid you are expected to receive.
A private university is owned by a private group.
Some scholarships cannot be used for private institutions, but in addition, private institutions offer their own scholarships most of the time.
Being "private" does not mean it is better, nor that it is harder or easier to get in.
Can offer less majors, but more specific majors/tracks
Some have less students/smaller classes
Owned/operated by the state and or county
Easier to deal with government given aid, because the schools are funded through the government
Offer more majors, but bigger ones have less specific majors
Usually have large classes, but more opportunities --ex. research, internships through university, shadowing programs
1. Decide what schools to apply to
2. Fill out Common App, and any addition application materials
3. Submit rec. letters
4. Submit transcript
5. Submit SAT/ACT scores
6. Essays, have 2 people proof read
7. Application fee
8. Submit application
9. Fill out FAFSA, as well as college aid forms
10. Receive award letter/aid letter
11. Accept/reject colleges
12. Start looking for scholarships
Awesome checklist you can print out:
I really recommend it, I used it
Keep parents involved
Fill out FAFSA early!
Find out if you are first generation/minority student, to get more scholarships/aid
Join as many clubs as possible, do as much volunteering as possible.
Start researching what your interests are, because certain schools have programs that are better. Ex. UF has a great journalism track, but Emery College in Boston has a great English track
BRAG, about anything, and everything.
Apply to at least 3 schools: "Reach, Reality, and Safety Zone" schools.
Take looking up scholarships seriously. There are scholarships for any talent you may have. Devote an entire weekend to look for scholarships with friends
Have 2 people read essays (the big ones), have a teacher if possible.
If you had a job in high school, brag about it, and explain what you've learned and how you will apply it, in description. You can make anything look good.
Start your own projects! Silver Knights volunteering, research project, book, etc.
Try for an internship/summer program in high school.
Write things in essays that make you memorable. Ex. start an essay with a narrative about an event in your life.
If you get into summer/spring, you can request to get into fall instead, and you are likely to go for the fall if you want.
Great place to find out more about UF:
Don't go here just because you live here. Find out if they have the programs you are interested in.
$30 to apply
Asks for application besides common app
Freshman applications will be available online in August. The preferred application period is August 1 through November 1.
"The essays are important. Each applicant's essays are read by two people. These scores carry significant weight in our application review."
Looking for well rounded students
Looking for students that have done dual enrollment
Best programs include: Journalism (sports especially), creative writing, children's literature engineering, pharmacy, medicine, agriculture, behavior analysis.
Have a hospital, which is good for shadowing
Work with an elementary school, good for education
Have a veterinary hospital
Great option if you want to go to UF, but don't have the grades right away
Free to apply
Ask for application other than Common App
Usually let you know if you got in, right online after you apply
Offer really interesting classes, that students in university can't always take. Ex. Art, music, culinary
Look for 2.5 GPA or higher
Degree-seeking students need a standard high school diploma or SAT/ACT/CPT
Really great for veterinary program/animal training, because they have a ZOO, which UF asks to use.
Only school in nation besides Moorpark in Cali, which has an animal training program
Dual enrollment available!
Dual enrollment available!
Free & reduced lunch also means Dual Enrollment books paid for
Buy a scholarship book, for the easiest way to look for scholarships.
They are divided into categories, so its easy to find scholarships accessible to you.
Must think about medical issues and possible injuries that decrease effectiveness in sport
YOU GOT IN! Now what?
Housing Options
Off Campus
Going away from home?
* Very easy to make friends
* Dorm sponsored social activities
* Residence Assistants are "built-in" support systems
* On campus, don't need a car
* Privacy is very hard to come by
* Shared bathrooms
* Very small space
* Noise restrictions
* Generally more expensive
* Get your own room, privacy
* Living room
* Washing machines, dryers in unit (most of the time)
* Pets are allowed
* Not subject to room inspections
* Generally, less expensive
* Utility payments, overages
* Lease agreements
* Commute
* Roommate problems might not be resolved
Individual Lease
Everyone signs their own lease

You are not responsible for your roommates rent or damages

However, empty bedrooms can be rented out to anyone
Standard Lease
All the occupants sign ONE lease

You can control who moves into an empty bedroom

If someone backs out, you must make up the difference in cost
Roommate 1 pays: $424
Roommate 2 pays: $429
Total rent is $900
Roommate 1 pays: $450
Roommate 2 pays: $450
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