Spring of Junior Year - Fairfield College Preparatory School

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Fairfield College Preparatory School
Junior College Planning Night
January 12, 2012
J O H N H A N R A H A N - D E A N O F G U I DA N C E &
C O L L E G E A DV I S I N G ( L - Z )
R I C K H U TC H I N S O N - C O L L E G E A DV I S O R ( A - K )
K I M B E R N I E R – G U I DA N C E A S S I S TA N T
Guidance Groups and Individual Meetings
Fall of Junior Year:
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Overview of the Junior Year
Standardized Testing– overview and strategy
Identifying Appropriate Colleges
Naviance
 Identifying
Colleges
 My Game Plan
 My resume
Guidance Groups and Individual Meetings
Spring of Junior Year:
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Standardized Testing
Key Factors in Admission
Resume
Campus Visits /Fairfield Regional
College Fair, Date/Location: TBD
**Junior Interview – with advisor**
Senior Course Selection
Summer Strategies
Admission Glossary
Guidance Groups and Individual Meetings
Topics for Fall Senior Year:
• Check-In Meeting with College Advisor
• Finalizing Application Strategy
• Coordination of Application process:
application forms, essay (s),
recommendations, sending testing to
colleges
NAVIANCE
Research and develop prospective college lists:
https://connection.naviance.com/fairfieldprep
Students:
• Username/email : students’ Prep email address
• Password: student created
Parents:
• Accounts established for all parents
College Planning Resources
www.fairfieldprep.org
Naviance and the College Advising Page in
the Guidance Section on the Prep website
provides information on:
 Interviewing
 Factors in College Admission
 Glossary of College Admission Terms
 Resume models
 SAT/ACT testing dates & deadlines
Evaluating a Transcript
 Course of Study
→ Most challenging
course load that the
student can manage.
 5 core subjects: English,
→ Limited # of “lighter”
electives.
Math, Science, Social
Science, Foreign
Language
 Grade Trends
→ Junior year, 1st
quarter senior year
and 1st semester senior
year are key.
Standardized Testing
*Students register themselves for all SAT and/or ACT exams.*
SAT (SAT I) www.collegeboard.com
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At least once in spring Junior Year (Jan., March, May, June)
At least once in fall Senior Year (Oct., Nov., Dec.)
SAT Subject Tests (SAT II)
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Some colleges may require (see websites)
Can highlight an academic strength
ACT
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www.act.org
Spring Junior year dates: Feb., April, June
Fall Senior year dates: Sept., Oct., Dec.
“Tip” Factors
 Teacher/Counselor Recommendations: Highlight
individual academic strengths and personal qualities
 Essay(s):
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Reveals self
“Show, Don’t Tell”
 Significant activity(ies):
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Will show depth and commitment to personal
interests and growth.
“Tip” Factors (Continued)
 Athletic recruitment
 Special talents or attributes – how to
highlight?
 Interview (admission counselor, current
student or alumni)
 Supplemental letters (use sparingly)
 Demonstrated Interest
 Essays (From Common App. Supplements)
Application options and strategies
 Regular Decision
 Early Action
 Early Decision
 Rolling Decision
(w/ priority dates)
Finding a College “Fit”
Prospective College List: Personal Preferences
 Size (# undergraduates)
 Geographic Location
 Campus setting (urban,
 Cost
 Financial Aid
 Housing – 4 year
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suburban, rural)
Academic focus
Areas of study
Facilities: Library, Research
Labs, etc.
Social Atmosphere
Campus Life, Sports, Arts
Religious affiliation
Support services
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guaranteed?
Diversity
(Ethnic,Geographic)
Admission Criteria
Graduation +Retention
Rates
Outcomes: employment
and graduate schools
Greek system
Prospective College List: Other Resources
 Friends and Relatives
 Guide books
 Rankings
 College Advisor
 Alumni
 Honors and
accreditations
 Name Prestige
**Consider many
different types of
institutions. Do
not always go
with the pack.
Break new
ground in the
search process. **
Search List
 Up to 15-20
 Research (beware increasing selectivity)
 Place in 5 Categories (as designated in
Naviance): Far Reach, Reach, Possible, Likely
and Safety
 Use Naviance Scattergrams as a guide, but not
as an absolute.
Final Application List
 Up to 10
(+/-)
 Fairfield Prep Average: 8
 Prioritize the list
 Only a “safety” school if you would attend.
 Contact (i.e. demonstrated interest) is more
important with small/medium schools.
The Campus Visit
Campus Visit Options
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Campus Tour
Information session
Open House/Special Event
Sit in on a class
Interview
Athletic visit
Overnight
Shadow student
Why is the Campus Visit Important?
 Demonstrates YOUR interest
 Experiencing the campus to help decide if you want
to apply.
 Find the institutions that are the right “Fit”.
Preparing for the Campus Visit
• Visit college website to explore visit options.
• Do your homework before the visit
• Make reservations/appointments for campus
tours, interviews, open houses and meetings
with faculty or coaches.
• Stick to the Office of Admission schedule
• Avoid the Drive-Thru visit, if possible
• Always sign in…Smaller colleges tend to track
this information (i.e. Demonstrated Interest)
What to look for while on campus
General University/College Information
*Read a Campus Newspaper*
Campus Life
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Residence halls, cafeteria, parking, student center,
chapel
Student Life/Athletics
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Clubs & organizations, social life, recreation facilities,
visual/performing arts, varsity athletics
Academic Life
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Classrooms, professors, course offerings, internships,
research opportunities
College Planning Checklists
College Planning: Spring of Junior Year
Initial Student/Advisor College Planning Meeting
Research: Web -based resources are best
Contact institutions
Visit Campuses
Attend spring open house programs
Standardized Testing - first/second round
Attend local/regional college fairs
Consider teacher recommenders
Develop an Activities Resume (excellent document to
present at an interview)
 Initial contact with athletic coaches etc.
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College Planning: Summer before Senior Year
 Campus Visits
 Refine list
 Consider application options: Regular, EA, ED, Rolling
 Establish Common Application Account after August 1st.
 Determine what application and/or supplement forms each
school requires. (i.e. common application)
 Start filling out applications
 Begin first draft of essay(s).
 Continue to develop an activities resume.
College Planning: Fall of Senior Year
 Check-In Meeting with College Advisor
 Meet admission representatives who visit Fairfield Prep
 Ask teachers to write recommendations.
 Parent/Family Recommendation to Counselor
 Attend College Fairs and Information Night programs
 Finalize essays and applications
 Final campus visits (tours, interviews, overnights, class
visits, open houses)
 Standardized Testing – final round
 Check merit scholarship requirements and deadlines.
 FAFSA/CSS Profile – Financial Aid instruments
Trends in Admission
 Test Optional Colleges
 Fast Track/Priority Applications
 Demonstrated Interest – particularly in schools
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deemed “safeties”
Interview (smaller colleges) re-emergence
“Authenticity”
More Writing on Common Application Supplements
Public School interest on the rise
Requests for Financial Aid rising
Useful Web Sites
 www.collegeboard.com
 https://connection.naviance.com/fairfieldprep/
 www.commonapp.org
 www.fafsa.ed.gov
 www.act.org
 www.ncaa.org
Miscellaneous Thoughts…
 Encourage student to stay in contact with the College Advising
Office. Communication is essential.
 Allow ample time (2 + months) for essay writing.
 Discern all requirements of your list early (Standardized testing
requirements, supplements, essays, deadlines, etc.).
 [email protected] 203-254-4200 ext 2238 (L-Z)
 [email protected] ext. 2502 (A-K)
 [email protected] ext. 2437
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