The Montgomery High School Guidance Department presents January 26, 2011
MHS Guidance DepartmentMs. DeBow ext [email protected] Glock ext [email protected] Hamptonext [email protected] Musial ext 6166 [email protected] Pino ext [email protected] Ritson ext [email protected] Watson ext [email protected]
Make an appointment through email, an appointment card, or speaking with a secretary.
BEGINNING THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS
The Goal:Find thecolleges that are the right fits for you!
DECISION FACTORSSizeLocationCampus personalityEntrance RequirementsMajors availableThe schools commitment to a particular majorDiversityAthletics/ActivitiesReputation Cost
CONSIDERING THE COST OF COLLEGEHow much can your family afford? (including tuition, books, travel, spending money, etc)Compare lower tuition at a public school with the possibility that a private school may have more financial resources and be able to offer more aidConsider applying for scholarships: www.fastweb.com is a great place to start
Going to college should NEVER break the piggybank!
TYPES OF COLLEGES4-Year Colleges and UniversitiesLiberal Arts SchoolsIvy League SchoolsPrivate CollegesPublic CollegesTechnical Universities
Specialized InstitutionsMusic conservatoriesArt schoolsCulinary schoolsHealth sciences
Two -Year CollegesTwo-year private schoolsCommunity collegesGuaranteed transfer programs
Begin in winter of your Junior yearTalk to older friends/family about their experiencesIdentify possibilitiesKnow your resourcesResearch and visit
YOUR COLLEGE SEARCH SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE:College visits!Best to go when school is in sessionTake a campus tourAttend an open houseOvernight stays with a sibling or friendVisit actual classes while in session Interview?
JUNIOR PLANNING MEETINGSCounselors present to Juniors in small groupsCounselors meet with each student individuallyCounselors will meet with students and parents upon requestParents and students can use Naviance at home
What are colleges looking for?Grades in core academic classes strength of program SAT/ACT testsOverall GPAEssay or writing sampleTeacher/Counselor recommendationsInterview/VisitsActivities/Special talents
GIVING THE GIFT OF OWNERSHIPThe college admissions process calls for trust and a new kind of teamwork directing needs to give way to guiding
Getting to college, despite your childs inexperience and busy schedule, is something she must do for herself
College admissions officers are eager tohear about the student from the student
You have done your jobin that you have brought your child to the point where he can begin speaking for himself - Now its his turn
Trends in 2010 to ConsiderRutgers University policy of self-reporting gradesAdmission policies like Restricted Early ActionElectronic submission of documents via NavianceTest optional schoolswww.fairtest.comACT much more popular
Standardized Testing Know what the colleges on your list are looking for
SAT ?SAT II?ACT?
REGISTER FOR THE TEST
Register online - www.collegeboard.com for the SAT and www.act.org for the ACTWebsites also have useful resources such as practice tests, questions of the day, study and test-taking tips, college searches, etcTake advantage of them
SAT & ACTSAT
Scholastic Aptitude TestAptitude oriented3 3/4 hours in lengthScore Range 200 800 (2400 total)Critical Reading, Math, WritingEssay (scored out of 12) You choose which scores will be sent to colleges. ACT
American College TestAchievement oriented3 1/2 hours in length Score Range 1-36English, Math, Reading & Scientific ReasoningEssay optionalYou choose which scores will be sent to collegesWhich test is right for you?
SAT II Subject TestsSelective Colleges require Subject Tests for admission1 hour in length (take up to three tests on one test date)Score Range 200 800 All tests are not offered on all dates be sure to plan ahead
SAT TESTING Dates to RememberDATETEST/S REGISTER BY
March 12, 2011SATFebruary 11(February 24 Late)
May 7, 2011SAT/Subject testsApril 8
June 4, 2011 SAT/Subject tests May 6
ACT TESTING Dates to RememberFebruary 12, 2011January 7
April 9, 2011March 4
June 11, 2011May 6
Test Prep/Coaching ProgramsPSAT Score Report Plus and test booklet were recently returned and are agreat way to identify specific strengths and areas of needCollegeBoard and ACT offer free test preparation on their websites. Students can familiarize themselveswith the tests and the directions for different sectionsMany different individual, small and large classes, handbooks and computer programs on the marketEffectiveness of books and classes is a hotly debated topicCan be costly and time-consumingResults varyPrinceton Review and Revolution Prep programs offered at MHS
TESTING Helpful HintsBecome familiar with the testKnow how you learn best and invest time into that strategyTake timed practice testsPeople who read well score wellREAD, READ, READ!
YOUR COLLEGE SEARCH STARTS WITH:Registering and logging in to
What is it?
Web-basedSupports high school career and college planningSpecific to MHSAvailable only to registered users(student and parent, and counselors)Easy registration, easy to use
How does it help?
Shared resource linking home to school
Organized and efficient container to compile a students data, experiences, documents, etc., relevant to college admission with consideration for student information confidentiality
Greater opportunity for parent participation in high school college planning
Accurate, complete records about student outcomes and admission decisions from our school
Realistic assessments of your chances of admission to colleges where prior graduates have applied
Family Connection Login Page
Montgomery High School 1016 Route 601 Skillman NJ 08558 p: (609) 466-7600
Do a College Search
See When College Reps are Visiting MHSRegistered users sign up to attend meetings onlineMeeting reminders e-mailed a day before college visit
FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE COLLEGE SEARCHFrom all of your research, make a list of ten to twelve schoolsthat are potential fitsDo more extensive research on those schoolsTrim that list to eight to ten by September of your senior year and begin applying
This is an exciting time! Remember to have fun visiting campuses and learning about what makes each one unique Remember that there is more than one college out there for youTry to minimize stress by keeping all lines of communication open and seeing your counselor often
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