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  • Senior

    Post-Secondary

    planning Wakefield High School

    Counseling Department

  • Before We Begin.......

  • I AM

    Enough

    I get

    better

    every single day

    I'm

    choosing to

    have an

    Amazing day!

    I choose

    my own

    attitude

    My

    challenges

    help me

    grow

    I forgive

    myself for

    my

    mistakes

    Today I

    Am A

    Leader

    All of my

    problems

    have

    solutions

    I Am An

    Amazing

    Person

    There is no

    one better

    to be than

    myself

    Positive Affirmations

  • Sources of Strength

    https://sourcesofstrength.org/ IG: @sourcesof strength

    IG: @wake_strength

    https://sourcesofstrength.org/

  • What are my options after graduation?

     2-year college

     4-year College

     Military

     Technical School

     Work

     Gap Year

    0

    10

    20

    30

    40

    50

    60

    70

    2-Year College

    4-Year College

    Military Technical School

    Work

    Class of 2018 Seniors

  • Choosing Your

    College Priorities

    What is important to you?

     Location

     Academics

     Size

     Campus Appeal

     Social Life

     Total Cost – Including aid

  • 2-YEAR College

  • All students interested in attending NOVA are encouraged to apply through

    the Pathway Program.

    • Open to all seniors

    • There is no minimum GPA, but “strong consideration”

    given to:

    • 2-year program at NOVA that helps you with your

    transition to college and guaranteed admissions process

    to a 4-year school

    Online Applications will be available in September and

    due the first week of November

    Barriers to college access Recent grades

    Attendance Future goals

  • What’s in it for you?

     While in high school:

     While at NOVA:

     After NOVA:

    ✓ Meetings with Pathways Counselor ✓ Early testing

    ✓ Helpful workshops ✓ Priority registration/scheduling

    ✓ Help with applying for financial aid ✓ Summer orientation

    ✓ Counseling and support ✓ Special programming

    ✓ Leadership development ✓ Grants and scholarship funding

    ✓ Remediation programs ✓ Early access to GMU events

    ✓ Assistance with transfer process ✓ Admission to GMU (2.85 GPA)

    ✓ Support with university application ✓ Continued support after NOVA

    ✓ Co-enrollment with NOVA/GMU

  •  2-year public junior college in Petersburg, VA

     1,500 students

     On-campus apartment-style housing (must keep a 2.5 GPA)

     Students have the option to transfer to William & Mary or any other 4-year college in Virginia

     Rolling admissions

     Average GPA: 2.5

     Approximately $8,700/year

     www.rbc.edu

    Application Requirements:

    • Application (online)

    • $35-$50 application fee

    • Official high school transcript

    • Essay

    Optional:

    • Official SAT or ACT scores

    • Letter of Recommendation

    http://www.rbc.edu/

  • Four-year college/

    university

  • Class of 2019 Average GPA’s for Admitted Students

    3.7 GPA 4.0 GPA 3.5 GPA

    3.2 GPA 4.0 GPA 3.1 GPA

    3.25 GPA

    2.6 GPA

  • Quick Pointers

    • 4-Year or 2-year school? Both are options----which is right for me?

    • Do your research!

    • Admission requirements

    • Majors, programs, internships

    • Cost

    • Be realistic!

    • Safety school

    • Match school

    • Reach school

    • Most students apply to 5-8 colleges – No more than 10 schools!

    • Consider visiting/taking a college virtual tour for all schools you will apply to.

  • Admissions Deadlines

    Early

    Decision

    • Shows strong interest and is BINDING

    • You can only apply to ONE Early Decision school

    • Only apply Early Decision if you are 100% sure about the

    school • Admission is granted usually by December 1st

    Early

    Action

    • Non-binding

    • You can apply to multiple schools

    • Some schools split this deadline into “Early Action I” and

    “Early Action II”

    Regular

    Decision

    • Non-binding and most common

    • Typically in January/February

    • Admission is granted usually by April 1st

    Rolling • You can apply whenever you want

    • Admission is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis until

    capacity/need is met

    Note: Regardless of admissions option, students should pay close attention

    to deadlines for scholarship consideration (merit and need based)!

  • Important Factors that College

    Admissions Officers Look For

    ❑ Transcripts (Grades/overall GPA)

    ❑ Strength of high school courses

    ❑ *Admissions test scores (ACT/SAT)

    ❑ **Essay – Will be a big part of your

    application if no testing is

    submitted

    ❑ Student’s demonstrated interest

    ❑ Personal accomplishments

    • Resume (extracurricular

    activities, club/sports, jobs)

    • Leadership

    • Letters of recommendations

    ❑ Courses in progress senior year

  • Components of Your Application

    Component

    Who Is

    Responsible

    for Sending?

    How?

    College

    Application

    (Essay, resume,

    etc.)

    Student • Online through admissions websites,

    Common App., or Coalition App.

    *SAT/ACT

    Test Scores Student

    • Student submits request through College

    Board or ACT

    Teacher

    Letter of Rec. Teacher

    • Ask via e-mail

    • Submit official request in Naviance

    (Plan 3 weeks in advance)

    Official

    Transcript Counselor

    • Transcript Request Details to be updated

    in the Fall. Counselor will submit the

    following through Naviance:

    ❑ Official Transcript ❑ School Profile/Secondary Report

    ❑ Counselor Letter of Rec. (if

    requested)

    ❑ Teacher Letter of Rec. (if requested)

  • *About College Admission Tests

    ACT Consists of four tests: English,

    Math, Reading, Science

    Writing component is optional

    Top composite score is 36

    SAT Consists of two tests: Verbal &

    Math

    Writing component is optional

    Each test is scored on a scale of 200-800 (1600)

    TOEFL • Test for non-native English speakers

    • Talk to your counselor if you think you need to

    take this exam

  • SAT/ACT Information(subject

    to change)

    SAT www.collegeboard.org or for ACT: www.actstudent.org

    Test Next Test Date Registration

    Deadline

    SAT August 29, September

    26, October 3,

    November 7, December

    5

    Check Website

    for Deadlines

    and Cancellations

    ACT September 12, 13 & 19

    October 10,17, 24, 25

    Check Website for

    Deadlines

    and Cancellations

    http://www.collegeboard.org/ http://www.actstudent.org/

  • What should I be doing now?

    ❑ Update your email in Naviance- use the same e-mail address for college applications, The Common App, scholarship applications, etc. You will need to check your email regularly!

    ❑ Create/update a resume in Naviance- found under the “About Me” → “My Stuff” tab.

    ❑ Complete The Student Brag Sheet in Naviance- this is used by your counselors when writing your letter of recommendation. Go to:

    “About Me” Tab → My Stuff →My Surveys (Complete Brag Sheet: Counselor Recommendation Survey)

    ***The more details you write, the stronger your counselor’s letter is***

    August

    ❑ Request 1-2 letters of recommendations from teachers- after speaking to them, submit your official request in Naviance:

    ❑ "Colleges” Tab →”Apply to College” Tab & then “Letters of Recommendation”

  • NAVIANCE HOME PAGE SIGN IN USING

    MYACCESS.APSVA.US

  • HOW TO REQUEST A

    TEACHER

    RECOMMENDATIONS ON

    NAVIANCE

  • CREATE YOUR COMMON APP ACCOUNT @ WWW.COMMONAPP.ORG

  • YOU ARE A FIRST YEAR

    STUDENT

  •  Begin working on your college applications via:

     Individual college websites

     Common App

     Coalition App

     Complete the FERPA Waiver in your Common App- this can be done once you

    add your first school.

  • Once you’ve done the FERPA Waiver on Common App:

    Complete the Common Application Match in Naviance

     Turn in Transcript Request Forms 3 weeks before your college deadline- The Transcript Request Process will be determined at the

    beginning of the school year.

    Once a Transcript Requ