Welcome to College Night! Agenda

Download 9.21 Kb.
Size9.21 Kb.

Welcome to College Night!


  • Words of Wisdom
  • Preparing for a College Search
  • College Testing
  • Scholarships
  • Parent Tips
  • Next Steps

Words of Wisdom

  • Align expectations
    • Student
    • Parent
    • College
  • Relax
    • 70% of colleges accept an average of 70% of their applicants.
  • You don’t have to go far
    • 88% of high school students go to college in their home state.

Preparing for a College Search

What makes you a STAR?

  • Values
  • Ambitions
  • Achievements
  • Academic Strengths
  • Interests
  • Your Standout Talents

Collecting College Information

  • Naviance Family Connection - College search made simple. Your first stop to kick-start your college and scholarship search
  • collegeboard.com - Information about the SAT
  • act.org - Information about the ACT test

Choosing Your College Priorities

  • What is important to you?
  • Location
  • Academics
  • Size
  • Campus Appeal
  • Social Life
  • Total Cost – Including aid

Types of Colleges

  • Type
  • Description
  • Tuition
  • Four year
  • Degrees offered:
  • Bachelors and beyond
  • Provides: A well-rounded college experience that includes an academic area of study.
  • State: Typically under $15,000/year
  • Private: Typically more than $20,000/year
  • SAT or ACT
  • GPA
  • Class rank
  • Essay
  • Extracurricular
  • activities
  • Letters of
  • recommendation
  • Transcripts

Types of Colleges

  • Type
  • Description
  • Tuition
  • Admission Requirements
  • Two year
  • Degrees offered: Associates
  • Provides: A way to ease into college / take general college classes for credit.
  • Typically have agreements with four year colleges to transfer credits.
  • Typically around $4,000/year
  • Open-door admission policy

College Application Information

  • Grades / Overall GPA
  • Strength of high school course selections
  • Essay
  • Teacher and counselor recommendations
  • Class rank
  • Student’s demonstrated interest
  • Personal accomplishments
  • Personality characteristics
  • Courses in progress Junior and Senior year

College Testing

College Admission Tests

  • ACT
    • Consists of four tests: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing (optional, but encouraged)
  • SAT
    • Consists of three tests: Language, Math (2 sections- with & without calculator), Writing (optional but encouraged)
  • Naviance has entrance scores for each college.

On Site Testing

  • PSAT- October 19, 2016
    • For Sophomore- $15
    • For Juniors- Free
    • Sign up with Mrs. Poage
  • Beginning October 1st, Kaplan will cover the most important PSAT content and tackle practice problems in 8 livestreaming, one- hour lessons.  In addition, students will have access to online study content and detailed explanations to the official PSAT practice test.
    • For more details and to register, please visit www.kaptest.com/psatpreplive
  • ACT Official Test
  • February 28th, 2017


Merit Scholarship Tips

  • Merit scholarships are where the money is.
  • There is more than $11 billion in merit scholarships available to students from colleges
  • Many awards emphasize leadership or school involvement
  • Nearly all colleges offer merit aid scholarships
  • The average merit scholarship is $5,000
  • Many awards can be renewed year after year

Scholarship Resources

  • Naviance- local scholarship list
  • Fastweb.com - Private scholarships
  • fafsa.ed.gov - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Studentaid.ed.gov - The federal government’s website about paying for college
  • MeritAid.com - $11 billion in merit scholarships
  • finaid.org - Free student resource for learning about all types of financial aid

Parent Tips

Tips for Parents

  • Help your student understand the college search process
  • Be realistic and non-judgmental
  • Be in the "back seat" (and not the driver) of the college search process
  • Be open to dialogue and responsive to questions
  • Be aware of deadlines and fees due

Tips for Parents

  • Know that things have changed since your college days
  • Don’t overemphasize your own alma maters
  • Don’t compare your student with others
  • Don’t dwell on disappointments, like a rejection letter
  • Celebrate successes!

Next Steps

Next Steps

  • In School
  • Stay focused on academics
  • Do not lighten your academic load for senior year
  • Meet with your school counselor
  • Stay involved in school activities
  • Standardized Testing
  • Prepare for and register for ACT / SAT tests
    • Take the PSAT in 10th & 11th grade
  • Register for AP tests as appropriate
  • College Exploration
  • Explore colleges on the Web
  • Visit colleges if you can
  • Meet with college representatives
  • Attend college fairs

Breakout Sessions

  • Financial Aid & FAFSA- SC
    • Lance Pickle, Texas Tech
  • Smaller University Benefits- A3
    • Kara Stephenson, LCU
  • Army College Benefits- A2
    • Terrence Jones SSG

Download 9.21 Kb.

Share with your friends:

The database is protected by copyright ©sckool.org 2022
send message

    Main page