College Admission Info:
If you are not already, get yourself organized. Applying to college requires attention to detail, important deadlines, applying for financial aid, well-written personal essays, and letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors who know you well.
There are many college planning calendars available online, but here are a couple to get you started:
#1 ACT and SAT college entrance tests-
If you have not signed up to take one of these tests, and plan to apply to a 4 year college, sign up immediately. Fee waivers for these tests are available (from your counselor) for students who have free or reduced lunch.
Please keep in mind that your test scores can take 20 plus days to be sent to your colleges of choice, so make sure you take your test early enough so that your scores can be sent before your application deadlines.
For SAT Score Reporting dates click on this link- http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/scores/dates
For ACT Score Reporting information click on this link- http://www.actstudent.org/scores/index.html
To sign up for the ACT, click on the following link-http://www.actstudent.org/index.html
To sign up for the SAT, click on the following link- http://sat.collegeboard.com/register
#2 College research
Many campuses will visit Franklin personally throughout the year. Even if you do not know anything about that school or don’t think you are interested in it, spend some time meeting the admission counselor and ask them questions about their school. You are also welcome to ask them general questions about college. You may learn a lot and may even consider applying to their school! All of these visits will be offered during 2nd lunch right outside the Commons.
#3 Filling out your College Applications
We would encourage you to apply to several colleges in which you are interested. It is usually best to apply to a variety of colleges which include safety schools (of which you are almost certain you would be admitted to because your GPA/test scores/class rank are well above average on their school profile), match schools (where you would fall within their middle range on their school profile) and reach schools (where you would fall below their middle range on their school profile).
To find a college’s profile, visit their website or go to http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/index.jsp where you can use the “College QuickFinder” and view college school profiles which will include average student GPAs and SAT scores of admitted students.
Note: Most applications have a required fee. Fee waivers are available through your counselor if you have free or reduced lunch.
To Apply: Check the college’s Admission’s website for their online or paper applications. Many colleges and universities use the Common Application as well. Check to see if the colleges you are applying to use this application. You can find out more about the Common Application at www.commonapp.org .
Be Aware of Deadlines: Create a calendar with the application deadlines of the colleges in which you are interested. Be aware that there are Early Admission, Early Decision, Priority, Honors’ Program, Scholarship, and Regular Admission deadlines. Know which ones apply to you and be sure to submit your complete application(s) on time!
Letters of Recommendation: Many, but not all, colleges require students to include a letter(s) of recommendation with your application. Most often they are required to be written by a teacher or counselor. It is a great idea to think about who knows you well and would be willing to write a positive and well-written letter of recommedation for you. Ask them as soon as possible if they would be willing to write one for you, and make sure that you give them several weeks to complete and send your letter in by the required college deadline. It is not wise to ask for last minute letters as it takes quite a bit of time to write a quality letter of recommendation.
If you would like a “Request a Letter of Recommendation” packet to help you think through what you would like to share with the person who is writing your letter of recommendation (giving them information about your activities, leadership roles, volunteer work, aspirations, classes, etc. helps them to write an informed and personalized letter for you), you can pick a packet up at the Counseling Office.
#4 Financial Aid
The Scholarship Bulletin is now posted on the Scholarships tab of this website, so begin applying for scholarships now. Also check out the scholarship links on the right column on this page. There are many scholarships out there, so make time to research and make sure that you are only applying for legitimate scholarships (you should not be paying money or fees to apply for a scholarship!).
In December we will have Franklin’s Financial Aid Night. FHS staff and College Access Now will be there to help answer questions about funding your college education, what documents you will need gather to fill out the FAFSA form after January 1, 2013, and much more.
On Campus Resources
College Access Now (CAN) at Franklin!
You CAN go to college! Join the CAN family and receive help navigating through the crazy college application process
College Access Now students: will be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college in the US, qualify for free or reduced school lunch, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0
CAN provides support and offer services in: advising such as application and essay-writing support and FAFSA and scholarship application assistance, campus visits, ACT test registration and preparation, college persistence.
University of Washington Upward Bound
The UB six week summer academy (June 24th – August 1st ) offers multiple college prep courses taught by UW professors and staff at the University of Washington. Throughout the regular school year the UW Upward Bound Program also provides Saturday Academy classes. UB provides SAT and ACT test preparation, intensive math and English instruction, career workshops, college tours, financial aid and scholarship assistance, academic and personal counseling, and much more.
Pick up an application in the Counseling Office, or email Fina Marino, UW-Upward Bound Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Math Science Upward Bound
First, do research to find out whether this is a good fit for you
Take Compass Test, which is a college placement in math and English at any community College:
At Seattle Central Community College, the COMPASS test is walk-in. Testing hours are Mondays: 8am-7:30pm, Tuesdays: 1pm-7:30pm, Wednesdays-Fridays: 8am-4:30pm (arrive 45 minutes before end time)
Bring Student ID and $18. (If qualified for free/reduced lunch, see your Counselor for fee waiver)
Free Compass Test Prep Workshop at Seattle Central: Call the Running Start Office to confirm workshop time.
After you receive test scores, go to the community college’s Running Start Office and get Enrollment forms
Meet with your FHS Counselor to complete high school counselor portion
Turn in Enrollment Forms to Running Start Office at the community college & Register for classes
You Can Apply for Scholarships for College Now!
www.Franklinquakers.org/blog/counseling, look for Scholarships on the “Scholarships” tab.
Attending College Fairs
You do not have to travel long distances to see hundreds of colleges in one day. College fairs are great vehicles to enhance your college search without getting on an airplane. Every year there are college fairs held in locations all over the United States. Standing behind each table is a representative from a college who wants to answer your questions. This is a great chance to get answers to specific questions about potential colleges, learn about new schools and get a sense for what might fit you.
Things to do before the fair:
- Make an appointment with your counselor or college counselor to discuss your college plans.
- Use resource materials in your guidance office or library to learn more about colleges.
- Find out which colleges will be at the fair. Make a priority list of schools you want to investigate. Which colleges are a “must see”?
- Discuss your plans for college with your parents, teachers and friends.
- Use the internet to search the websites of the colleges and make a list of questions to ask.
- Invite your parents to attend with you; they need to learn, too.
What to bring to a college fair:
- Small bag to hold college information
- Notepad and pen/pencil to take notes
- Specific questions for specific colleges
- Open mind to learning about new colleges
What not to bring to a college fair:
- Your application
- Letters of recommendation
- Gifts for the college reps
Things to do at the fair:
- When you enter the fair pick up a directory listing all the colleges and the locations of their booths. Identify the schools you want to learn about, seek them out.
- Take brochures from colleges you’re not familiar with. Don’t just spend time with the colleges you know.
- Plan to attend one or more information session.
- Make notes about the colleges you speak with and get a business card from the representative.
- Take your time. Don’t feel you have to speak with every college. Don’t leave a college booth until you have all of your questions answered.
- Stay focused on college. Lots of your friends may also be attending, so beware of turning this into a hang-out. Make plans to spend time with them afterwards. Make your time at the college fair count.
Questions you may want to ask:
- How can I arrange a campus visit?
- Are there any special visiting days coming up on campus?
- How do you assign faculty advisers to students?
- What types of internships or co-op programs are available?
- How many of last year’s freshmen returned for their sophomore year?
- What percentage of a typical freshman class will graduate from your college?
- What is the average high school grade point average of the entering freshman class?
- When must I declare a major?
- What is the average student GPA after freshman year?
- What sort of guidance do you offer students who are undecided on a major?
- How does your college place students in classes?
- What are the application deadlines for admission and financial aid?
- What kinds of extracurricular activities are there on campus?
Consumer Reports has produced a free guide to help prospective college students navigate the steps in college research and selection. Find the Best Colleges for You: Focus on the information that matters distills what can be a confusing and complicated process into actionable, research-based advice and includes two worksheets designed to simplify and support the research and evaluation process. By focusing on how to personalize this process to the needs of the individual, the guide serves a diversity of prospective college students.
Check out Cappex.com for college timelines, for “What Sets You Apart”, scholarships, and more
NELA College Readiness Online Events
You can sign up for free online college readiness events at NELA through the link above. Events include topics like Preparing for College: High School and College Success Strategies; Choosing A College: Finding the Right College Fit; Paying for College: Winning Scholarship Strategies; and more! Sign up online now.