Welcome Seniors!!! - Quincy Public Schools

Welcome Seniors!!!
Class of 2014 Fall Pre-test
 Logon to Naviance:
 Click on ABOUT ME tab
 Click on Class of 2014 Fall Pre-test
 Answer the questions
Planning for the Future
 Multiple options post-graduation:
Year College/University (Bachelor’s
 2 Year College (Associate’s Degree)
 Technical/Trade School
 Prep School/Post-Graduate Programs
 Military
 Workforce
What to do NOW
1. Meet with school counselor to discuss your
2. Research Your Options
Career & College Planning Guide
Naviance website
Links on Guidance page of NQHS website
American Student Access Center at the Boston
Public Library-Copley
Local Library, GOOGLE 
 Helpful tool for both college and career exploration
 Sign up to meet with college reps when they come to
NQHS or to go on college field trips
 Required to use for all college information
 Update your profile to include SAT/ACT scores
 Complete the career interest inventory and
personality survey
 Search for scholarships
 All seniors need one for employment opportunities,
scholarships and should be included in college
application submissions
 Need help building a résumé?
Worksheet included in binder
Résumé builder on Naviance website
Counselors have résumé templates
 Create appropriate email address to list on resume
 Remove questionable content from Facebook, Vines, Snapchat,
Twitter and other social networking sites.
Applying to
4-Year College…
Researching Schools…
 Attend QPS College Fair—Oct. 10th, 6-8PM at:
North Quincy High School
 On Naviance…
 Sign up for College Visits
 Sign up for meetings with visiting college representatives
 “Like” the NQHS Guidance Facebook page for regular updates
and coupon for 1 FREE transcript
 Follow us on Twitter: @nqguidance
 Take note of all application deadlines!!
Common Application
 In order to match your Naviance Family Connection and Common
App accounts, you need to do the following:
 Step 1 - Create a Common App account on Common App Online
 Step 2 - Sign the FERPA Waiver & Authorization on Common App
Once you match accounts, your FERPA status can no
longer be changed and you cannot unmatch your account.
Tips to successfully match accounts: Make sure you enter
the email address that you chose for your Common App account.
Make sure your last name matches on your Family Connection
profile and your Common App account.
Make sure your first name or date of birth matches on your
Family Connection profile and your Common App account.
How are college acceptances decided?
Typical 4-Year College Admission Criteria:
 Official transcript
 Class rank
 Standardized test results (SATs, ACTs, TOEFL, etc.)
 Counselor recommendation letter
 Teacher recommendation letter (2 only)
 Application questions & essays
 Extracurricular activities
 First generation applicants (parents did not attend
Applying Restrictive Early Action/Early Decision
 Restrictive Early Action
 Application usually due Nov. 1; decision by mid-December
 Non-binding
 “Restrictive”  only apply to one school early
 Early Decision
 Application usually due Nov. 1; decision by mid-December
 Binding  Agree to attend College if accepted
Applying to
2-Year College…
Applying to 2-Year Colleges
& Career/Trade Schools
 Similar application process to 4-Year Colleges
 Often have rolling admissions
 No application deadline
 Earlier application is submitted, earlier you are notified/more
likely to be accepted
 Require high school diploma or GED
 Most DO NOT require SATs
Benefits of 2-Year Colleges
 Less expensive than 4-Year colleges
 Offer shorter certificate programs
 Assist you in preparing for a career
 Assist you in preparing for you to transfer to a 4-Year
 Request transcripts through your counselor
 $3.00 fee for each college application transcript request
 First quarter transcripts available by early December
 Remember to check transcript for accuracy
Transcript requests must be made
AT LEAST 2 WEEKS PRIOR to admission deadline!
 Last day to request transcripts for Jan. 1st deadline is Dec.
Teacher Recommendations
 Only allowed to ask 2 teachers for recommendations
 Think carefully about who you will ask
 Must provide a resume or Senior Activity Sheet
(available in your binder) to teacher
 Give teacher at least 3-4 weeks to write letter
 Recommendations needed for jobs, scholarships and
college. Get it done even if you are not planning on
attending school
Financial Aid/Schoalrships
 College-bound students must file a FAFSA and may
need to file a CSS profile
 www.fafsa.ed.gov
 Financial Aid Night is in January at Quincy High
 Scholarships will be listed on Naviance in the
Colleges tab as they become available
More information to come!
Other Options After Graduation
 Which career is right for me?
Career/Personality Assessments on NAVIANCE
“Career Interest Profile”
 “Do What You Are Personality Inventory”
Other Options After Graduation
 Research various branches of military
 Visit with military recruiters
 Take ASVAB—a career/personality assessment specific to
military careers – see ROTC instructors for date
 AmeriCorps – City Year, etc.
 Peace Corps
 Local Service Agencies
 Chamber of Commerce
 Click on ABOUT ME tab
 Click on Class of 2014 Fall Post-test
 Add 5 colleges to your college list
 Complete your Career Interest Profiler, the Do What
You Are assessment, or add a favorite career in the
Career tab
AP Reminder!
 AP students required to take the AP exam
 Pre-registration ($20) due by 11/15.
 Full amount of registration fee due by end of term 2.
 AP students who do not register for the AP exam will
be moved to Honors level.
Now What?
 Do your research!
 Explore your options and discuss with family
 Use your Career and College Planning Binder
 Log on to Naviance
Schedule an appointment
with your school counselor!
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