Waive your rights- In order to provide the most authentic and valuable letter of recommendation to admissions offices the NHS counselors ask that students waive their right to see letters of recommendation from counselors and teachers.
Counselor Questionnaire In order to write an engaging and honest letter, please answer all questions as completely as you can. Include details, examples, and descriptions as much as possible. Please submit your answers to your counselor only, not teachers. Do not give your teachers the same info, or you will have similar letters from everyone.
Teacher Feedback Form Please select 5 teachers who know you well who can provide useful information to your counselor. Make 5 copies of the form and ask your teachers to complete them in 5-7 days. The teachers will complete and return the form directly to your counselor. This information will allow your counselor to write a comprehensive letter of recommendation.
Family Brag Sheet(OPTIONAL)
Letter of Rec Packet
(on Counseling website)
Teacher Letters of Recommendation only required for private schools….
Check with teachers soon!
Each teacher has a different process
Invite teachers through Naviance.
Do NOT invite teachers via Common App
Be sure to thank the teacher for writing a letter for you!
Difficult to compare financial aid packages and scholarships.
Increases chances of admission for strong students and legacy students.
Can apply to more than one school.
Acceptance is non-binding.
Easier to compare different financial aid and scholarship packages.
May increase chances & admission decisions are made earlier.
Sending ACT/SAT scores
All four year colleges require that students send ACT/SAT scores directly from the testing agencies.
Order official score reports on the ACT and SAT websites. There is a cost to send scores.
4 sent for FREE if you sign up at the test. If you qualify for F/R lunch- you may qualify for free testing, but not free score reports.
You can choose which scores to send for both ACT and SAT. Some colleges do not participate in score choice.
Remember it takes 3-4 weeks so don’t delay.
UW Seattle Reminders
Online application will be available October 1st, 2015. Click link in Naviance.
No transcripts or letters of recommendation (exceptions: recruited athlete, Honors program, international student or Running Start).
Applying in October will NOT give you an advantage. Don’t rush your application- remember to do your best! Focus on essays, activities
Deadline is Dec 1, 2015- Test scores in by Dec 31st. The University of Washington requests that students submit scores from all SAT exams. In the freshman review, additional scores can only benefit the applicant.
Admission Decisions between March 15-31st.
A few key dates coming up
Week of Sept. 21st – Oct 2nd : Senior Blitz!
Tuesday, Sept 29th: Performing and Visual Arts Fair (www.nacacnet.org)
Tuesday, Oct 6th : College Corp application help begins! Tues & Thurs 2:30 – 3:15 in the Library
Wednesday, Oct. 14th: Admission essay and application help in the morning in the Library
Friday, Oct 16th and Saturday, Oct 17th: National College Fair at Seattle Convention Center (www.nacacnet.org)
Monday, Dec. 7th : FAFSA Night
Using Naviance for College Applications
Naviance is used for college research and applications.
All seniors created accounts in Naviance in October 2013. If you are new or did not create an account, your counselor will help you do this during your Senior Blitz appointment.
Using Naviance for College Applications
A Naviance Review…
Your Login is your Email Address
*If you don’t have an account, your counselor will get you one during Senior Blitz
Required College Application Steps in Naviance Step 1
Go to Naviance site: http://connection.naviance.com/Newport
Resources on home page: tasks, links and document library
Colleges I’m thinking about Step 2
To begin your list of potential colleges:
Go to College Tab, Click on “Colleges I’m Thinking About”
Search for colleges (use “more search options” to conduct an advanced search, based on your preferred criteria)
Add potential colleges to your list by clicking on “add to list”
Colleges I’m Applying To: Step 3
Once you have decided to submit an application for a particular college, move that college to the “colleges I’m applying to” list by clicking on “Move to Application List”.
For all public and private colleges, request official transcripts by clicking on “request transcripts” above your college list. Follow the links to request a transcript for each college. Allow three weeks to process.
For all private colleges, request teacher recommendations by selecting from drop down box. Allow six weeks to process.
For most public colleges (and colleges that don’t participate in Common App or SENDedu), go to the college website, click undergrad admissions, review application requirements and apply online.
Colleges I’m applying to: Step 3 (continued)
If you are applying via Common App:
Watch the link “matching capp.nav” on your Naviance homepage to learn how to sync your Common App and Naviance accounts.
Go to Commonapp.org and set up your account and complete through the “Education” section
Write down your common app username and password
Return to Naviance and sign the Common App Waiver & FERPA form and enter your Common App username and password
Go back to Common App and apply online to your colleges
After you have submitted your college applications Step 4
In the “My app” column of the “Colleges I’m applying to” screen, update the status of your application.
Once colleges send you their decisions, click the pencil under “Results” to update your status
Requesting Official Transcripts
Request an Official Transcript in Naviance (“Colleges I’m Applying To”)
Students must pick up and mail non-Naviance transcripts we do not mail.
UW and UC schools do not require transcripts when applying! Transcripts will be sent after admission and/or in July.
If you are F/R lunch student- see your counselor for Fee Waivers for applications.
If you need your Class rank & Class size- see the counseling secretary in early October.
Make sure your email address is appropriate and professional. Have an email just for college admissions.
Be aware that your Facebook, Twitter or other social networking page may be accessed by college admissions counselors and potential employers.
Make sure your applications are complete and keep copies of everything.
Questions? Come see your counselor during tutorial 2:30-3:00 in counseling center during the month of October.
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This PowerPoint is available in Naviance and on the Newport High School Website.
There are an additional 15 slides of more detailed information and links for you and your parents.
Scholarships & Financial Aid information are posted in Naviance
Counselor Contact info:
Laura Klein, A-De Heather Erickson, Di-I
Diane Lindsay, J-Lo Truong Nguyen, Lu-Ni
Karen Schulz, No-St John VanderMolen, Su-Z
Check Naviance regularly.
Listen to Newport announcements.
Check Newport Counseling website for updates.
Register at www.thewashboard.org for local scholarships
REMEMBER: You should never have to pay for scholarship info. Be aware of scams!
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Remember to turn in your FAFSA after January 1st, 2016 http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
CSS Profile (College Board)
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) http://wue.wiche.edu/
Research different types of aid available at http://studentaid.ed.gov- understand the differences between loans, grants, work-study etc.