Junior Parent Night 2012 - Town of Hull


Junior Parent Night 2012 - Town of Hull

Class of 2013 The College Application Process Hull High School March 8, 2012

Class of 2013 Guidance Counselors Jamie Vaughan Students: A O Days: M F Maureen Kelliher Students: P Z Days: M, W, Th Phone: 925-3000 ext. 1122 Email: jvaughan@town.hull.ma.us Phone: 925-3000 ext. 1121 Email: mkelliher@town.hull.ma.us

College Planning Night • Standardized Tests • Timeline of Application Process • Application Deadlines • Family Connection • Counselors Role • Guest Speaker: Kelly Montrym, Boston College Agenda

Standardized Tests

Standardized Tests ACT vs. SAT • ACT • Achievement Test • 5 Sections English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing (optional) • 3 hours and 25 minutes (with optional writing) • SAT Reasoning Test • Aptitude Test • 10 Sections 3 Critical Reading, 3 Math, 3 Writing, 1 Variable (not scored) • 3 hours and 45 minutes

Standardized Tests SAT Subject Tests • Students take the SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects. • 5 general areas: English, History, Math, Science, and Languages • Specific test descriptions can be found on www.collegeboard.com • Take a Language exam after at least two years of study • Not all colleges require the Subject Tests but an increasing number of schools are beginning to • Local examples: Boston College and Boston University require 2 subject tests each • Check the admissions requirements at any school you may be interested in

Standardized Tests Dates & Registration • SAT • May 5, 2012 • Reg. Deadline: April 6 th • June 2, 2012 • Reg. Deadline: May 4 th Register online at: www.collegeboard.com • ACT • April 14, 2012 • Late Reg. Deadline: March 9 th • June 9, 2012 • Reg. Deadline: May 4 th Register online at: www.actstudent.org

Standardized Tests Sample Testing Schedule • Junior Year April/June: ACT (if student wishes to) • Junior Year May: SAT Reasoning • Junior Year June: SAT Subject Tests • Senior Year Fall: Re-take SAT Reasoning, Subject Tests, and/or ACT • We will inform students of dates and registration deadlines as they become available

Timeline of the Application Process

Timeline Spring Junior Year • Begin/Continue the discussion at home: • Finances • Geography • Idealistic vs. Realistic • Visit Schools • Public and Private • Small and Large • In-State and Out-of-State

Timeline Spring Junior Year • Come up with a tentative list of Schools • Research application requirements • See next slide for specifics • Take the SAT Reasoning Test, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests

Requirements to Research Application Type Application Requirements Letters of Rec. Essay Fee Program specific (most likely for art, music, theatre majors) Standardized Testing Required/Recommended high school course work What do I need to register for senior year?

Timeline Summer 2012 • Continue to visit colleges • Begin to narrow your list • If you are planning to play a sport in college register with the NCAA Clearinghouse (www.eligibilitycenter.org) • Let your counselor know when youve registered • Study for the fall SAT and/or ACT • Consider a job/internship related to major/career interests

Timeline Senior Year Sept./Oct. • Narrow and finalize your list • Ask 2 teachers to write you a letter of recommendation • Provide each teacher with an addressed and stamped envelope for each colleges admissions office • Meet with your counselor • Fill out applications and write college essays • Re-take the SAT and/or ACT send scores electronically to each school • Attend Senior Parent Evening at HHS

Timeline Senior Year Nov./Dec. • Finish and send applications • Counselor sends transcript and other school materials • Student sends test scores electronically • Attend HHS Financial Aid Evening • Do well in school colleges will see your first and second term report cards (grades, comments, and attendance)

Timeline Senior Year Jan./Feb. • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) • Send to each school you applied to • Wait for acceptance letters and financial aid packages • Check with the colleges to make sure all materials were received • No senioritis colleges will see all of your grades! • Apply for scholarships

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines • Rolling Deadline • Colleges will accept and review application materials at any time in the fall and winter • The sooner the better! • Regular Deadline • Most schools have a January 1 st or January 15 th deadline • All student materials must be submitted by this date ***Check with individual schools for official deadlines

Application Deadlines • Early Action • Typically around November 1 st or 15 th • Non-binding early deadline • Students will know if they have been accepted in Dec/Jan • Early Decision • Typically around November 1 st or 15 th • Binding contract • Students will know if they have been accepted in Dec/Jan ***Check with individual schools for official deadlines

Family Connection http://connection.naviance.com/hull •College searches •Graphs •Update application status

Who Does What???

Counselors Role • Offer guidance on college choices to both students and parents • Advise students on the application process • Write your Counselor Recommendation • Send in official school documents (transcript, school form, school profile, senior report cards, etc.)

Students Role •Request Recommendations •Complete applications •Send SAT/ACT scores •Interview •See counselor •Submit applications •Submit financial aid forms •Notify counselor of admissions decisions

Parents Role •Try to keep communicating •Provide support and encouragement •Fill out Financial Aid forms •Financial Support

Useful Websites • www.mefacounselor.org Massachusetts residents best resource for financial aid information • www.collegeboard.com SAT registration, SAT prep, college search engine • www.actstudent.org ACT registration • www.unigo.com Student written reviews, pictures, and videos of hundreds of colleges • http://connection.naviance.com/hull - Family Connection homepage

Local Test Prep Programs • Princeton Review • www.princetonreview.com • Kaplan • www.kaplan.com • Revolution Prep • www.revolutionprep.com

Helpful Tips • Create a family email address specifically for college applications • Check financial aid deadlines as well as application deadlines • Check the HHS Blog - especially on Tuesdays! • www.hullhighschool.blogspot.com

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