COUNSELORS & STAFF
ADVANCED PLACEMENT / HONORS
NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR
Sunday, April 6, 2014
1:00 - 4:00pm
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Saturday, April 5
1:00 - 4:00pm
For lists of schools attending each fair go to:
Free SAT/ACT Prep Classes
9 am - 1 pm
West Side Community House's Sisterhood will be holding free SAT/ACT Prep Days.
Sessions will be four hours long and will consist of
practice test questions, test-taking strategies and group tutoring in
Science, Math and English/Reading Comprehension. For more info and how to register, click here.
College Now Greater Cleveland!!!
FREE College, Career, and Financial Aid
Planning for High School Seniors and Parents
or call 216-529-4710 for more information
Mrs. Sandoval will be in the office Tues/Wed/Thur to meet with students. Stop in to see her in Room A208 during the school day 8:00am-3pm.
The College Board Presents: BigFuture Website
This is a new free resource through the College Board Website to help students make better decisions in their college planning. The site asks students six questions about their preferences for college type, location, campus setting, cost, majors, and learning environment. A list of institutions is then aggregated, and can be filtered even further based on institutional characteristics. Students can make lists where they can cross compare colleges of their choice. They can learn about the various application and financial aid deadlines for each college and much more.
Log onto the www.collegeboard.org website to view this free resource.
Check out our new Links category:
FAFSA Resource Center” on their website that provides information on frequently asked questions pertaining to the FAFSA. As you know, the FAFSA process can be confusing, so the “FAFSA Resource Center” provides pertinent information in a way that is easy for students and parents to understand. Please consider visiting this site and using it as a tool.
Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest
Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here:
Christian Connector provides a free Christian College information service
. This web resource allows students to search for the different types of Chrisitan Colleges and scholarships that are of interest.www.ChristianConnector.com
College Realty Check.com This website is designed to help users find out how individual colleges measure up on net price, graduation rate, debt and default rates and graduate earnings. Users can complare up to 5 colleges at a time. www.collegerealitycheck.com
College Resource Information Website
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Plan Your College Trips Online
Free website to:
Plan Visits and tour activities at thousand of campuses.
Search for colleges by location, majors and more.
Find campus maps, directions and calendars.
Get the college advice you need.
Explore it all at:goseecampus.com
Ohio College Access Portal
Open to view website:www.ohiocap.org
Your source for free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
Open to view website: studentaid.ed.gov
Ohio's Private Colleges and Universities
Contains visit days, profiles, admissions, Financial Aid
Ohio's Public Universities www.opuac.org
Ohio Community Colleges www.ohiocommunitycolleges.org
Goal to College
New web sites that help keep you on track of your goal to attend the college of your choices or to apply for scholarships:
The below link is from Scholarships.com
ScholarshipExperts.com: A free scholarship matching service with a database of over 2.4 million scholarships
College Statistics can be found at:
Steps to Applying to College
1. Many colleges prefer that you apply online. A paper application can be downloaded from the college's website. Some schools accept the Common Application.
2. Follow application directions carefully. Complete only the student part of the application. Print neatly in ink or type.
3. Request an official transcript from the Guidance Secretary by completing the Transcript/Recommendation Request form for each college. The Transcript Request form now has the parent signature included and needs their signature so we can release your transcript when requested.
If you are over 18, you may sign your own form.
a. Attach the application (if not applying online) and the transcript fee.
There is a $4.00 transcript fee per application.
No fee for Scholarship transcripts.
b. Give these to the Guidance Secretary.
c. Allow 10-14 school days for the transcript to be sent to the college.
Letters of Recommendation
Students are to ask their teacher to write a recommendation if the college requires a recommendation using school letterhead. (Some schools may require more than 1 Teacher Recommendation).
Student should check the college's admissions checklist.
Some college applications require individual teachers to submit a letter of recommendation using their specific forms. Students are responsible for submitting the form to the teacher and are responsible for making these arrangements with the teacher.
Students need to notify the Guidance office if the Teacher:
1) will be submitting the recommendation to the Guidance Dept. to be sent with the transcript or
2)) will be submitting themselves.
A copy of the recommendation letter should be kept in the student's file in the Guidance office.
Some schools require an essay to accompany the application. This gives the admission committee a sense of the applicant's writing ability and provides insight into the student. The essay should address the topic clearly and honestly. Also ask a teacher or parent to proof your essay.
Letter of Recommendation/Worksheet for Counselor
Complete and return to guidance A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION WORKSHEET. Your counselor will use the information about you as they write a letter of recommendation to be sent with the college application.
- Colleges do not accept late applications.
- Sign your application.
- Follow all instructions carefully. Each college has its own set of instructions and requirements.
Please allow the Guidance Dept. 2 weeks to process your applications.
Common Application :
If the college you are applying to requires the Common Application the following instructions are to be used for the application process:
- Student applies online
- Invite teachers and counselor
- Counselors have to go into the website and "Opt Out" of completing the "School Report" online.
- The student will need to download the School Report Form, complete his or her portion of the form and turn it in with the Transcript Request form to Mrs. Diamond in the Guidance Office.