College Readiness and Questions
The college process is so confusing and can be frustrating, maddening and overwhelming. We hope the following will help with any questions you may have and if you have further questions, please contact your counselor!
|Mrs. Miller||A - Cfirstname.lastname@example.org||425.408.7420|
|Mrs. Lamb||D - Hemail@example.com||425.408.7421|
|Mr. Churchill||I - Mifirstname.lastname@example.org||425.408.7423|
|Mr. Hirsch||Mo - Shemail@example.com||425.408.7422|
|Mrs. Brenner||Si - Zfirstname.lastname@example.org||425.408.7506|
College, Career & Running Start
|Fall||Set your goals: Work on specific goals to help you stay motivated and forced for the upcoming year. Remember, "Your Junior Transcript gets you accepted into a college."|
|Fall||Scholarships: Continue to search for scholarships! Click here for more scholarship information!|
|Fall||College and Career Fair: We will host a "College and Career Fair" Tuesday - October 29th 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (tentative) school wide so "EVERY STUDENT" has an opportunity to connect with college representatives, apprenticeship programs, military branches and employers! Click here for a list of colleges and programs that will be attending!|
|Fall||College and Career Night: We will host a "College and Career Night" with 20 break-out sessions! Thursday - November 7th 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Click here for break-out topics!|
|Fall||College Supermatch: Go to your Naviance account to search for schools you're "Thinking of applying to" and click the "heart." When a college visits our school (and you've clicked the "heart") you will be notified.|
|Fall||PSAT/NMSQT: Take the PSAT test (Oct), which will help prepare you for the SAT and then review your results (Dec). Your CollegeBoard scores can be linked with a Khan Academy account to personalize a test prep program for the SAT.|
|Winter||Senior Classes: Think about what classes you will need for graduation, career pathways and college admissions requirements. Counselors will be meeting one-on-one with EVERY student!|
|Spring||College Visits: If you already haven't, visit a college during Mid-winter break or Spring Break. For questions to ask on a college visit , click here!|
|Fall||Set Goals: Work towards specific Goals that will help you stay motivated and focused throughout the year! Remember, Your Junior transcript gets you accepted into a college and your Senior Final Transcript allows you to attend a college Fall 2020!!|
|Nov||College and Career Night: We will host a "College and Career Night" with 20 break-out sessions! Thursday - November 7th 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Click here for break-out topics!|
|Sept||Re-take your SAT and/or ACT: You are smarter and more capable than last school year! Some schools Superscore, meaning they take the best scores from each test. If you take by August, scores Could be available for college application (check college admissions requirements for deadlines). If you think you may qualify for a fee waiver, see your counselor|
|Sept.||Letters of Recommendation (LOR): Find out if you need LOR for the schools you're applying. Typically, only private schools (Common Application) require LOR from Counselors. Ask your teacher or counselor (if needed) "Face-to-face" and then follow-up with an email. Turn around time is 2 weeks.|
|Sept.||Finish your college essay: Revise and edit, ask a teacher (face-to-face) if they are willing to review!|
Finalize College Lists: Get your list of 4-6 schools that you'd like to apply attend Fall 2020. Check colleges' website for admissions requirements and application process.
Check DEADLINES: You snooze you loose!
Naviance and Transcripts: You must add ALL colleges and request transcripts in Naviance. If you do not complete this process, your transcript will not be sent.
|ACT/SAT: You will need to request your scores through ACT through ACT.org and/or SAT through collegeboard.org.|
|NOW - AUG-2020||
Scholarships: Continue to research scholarships. Remember Institutional Scholarships have different deadlines than the College Application. So check the DEADLINES!! You don't want to "Snooze and Loose!"
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SCHOLARSHIPS, PLEASE CLICK HERE!
2-year Community and Technical Colleges
Over 1000 across the US
- Everyone can attend!
- Semesters (Fall/Spring)
- Quarters (Fall/Winter/Spring)
- No ACT or SAT required
- Typically Smaller class sizes
- Must take an assessment test
- Less tuition than 4-year college or universities
- Offers transfer degree programs
- Offers vocational certification programs
- Offers 4-year college degrees on campus.
Local Community Colleges
- Must be accepted
- Semesters or Quarters
- Must take ACT or SAT (for most)
- Class sizes can be upward to (400+)
- Tuition varies (public and private)
- Offers 4-year degree programs
Here are some questions you might want to ask when you visit a college.
—How much time do students typically spend on homework?
—How much writing and reading are expected?
—What is the average class size of introductory classes?
—How widely used are teaching assistants on your campus?
—What is the average class size of upper-division courses?
—What opportunities are there for undergraduate research?
—How many students participate in undergraduate research?
—Is there a culminating senior year experience?
—Do you have an honors college?
—Do you have a learning community or other freshman experience?
—What is your average financial aid package?
—What is the typical breakdown of loans versus grants?
—What percentage of financial need does the school typically meet?
—What is the average merit award?
—What percentage of students receive college grants?
—What is the average college debt that students leave with?
—What work-study opportunities are there?
Graduation Track Record
—What is your four-year graduation rate? For my major?
—What is your five-year graduation rate?
—What does it take to graduate in four years?
—What percentage of freshmen return for sophomore year?
—What type of tutoring program do you have?
—How do you provide academic advice to students?
—Do you have a writing center and how do I access it?
—What kind of learning disability resources do you have?
—How many students at the college get internships?
—What percentage of students study abroad?
—What type of career services do you have?
—What kind of dorm choices are there?
—What percentage of student live on campus?
—How long are dorm accommodations guaranteed?
—How many students live on campus?
—Do most students go home on the weekend?
—What percentage of the study body belongs to a sorority or fraternity?
—What activities are offered to students?
—What clubs do you have on campus?
Applying to a Community College or Technical College can be done by visiting the colleges website!
Applying to a 4-year in/out of state public/private colleges will differ. Please visit the colleges website for application process and notate Application DEADLINES!!
Types of Applications
SENIORS apply to FAFSA
Why apply to FAFSA?
- You could qualify for Pell Grants that you don't have to repay!
- You could qualify for other types of money!
- You won't qualify for any institutional scholarships unless you apply for FAFSA!
ALL Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen should be applying to scholarships NOW!
Naviance.com - Perform a Scholarship Search through Naviance and find money!
Fastweb - Create a profile
Scholarships - Create a profile and start looking!
The Big Futures - This site is through College Board or SAT site.
The Washboard - This is for all students who are from Washington State who would like to apply to in/out of state schools.