College Planning Central bucks high school south Class of 2014 Tom Hill (A-L) Michele McGroggan (M-Z) 2.12.13 Part Two
OVERVIEW • Program Planning Process • Junior & Senior Year Timelines • Standardized Testing • Finding the “best fit”
Program Planning Timeline Currently Counselors meeting with juniors: *reviewing course selections *checking credits *answering questions March 13th Verification report on Portal March 20thDeadline for all changes. August Schedules posted Student Portal
Standardized Tests SATSpring of Junior Year Fall of senior year ACTSpring of Junior Year Fall of Senior Year APFirst 2 weeks of May; same year as AP course Not typically used for admission purposes SAT Subject TestsImmediately following related coursework
When is South a testing site? ACT’s April 13, 2013 Spring Junior Year October 26, 2013 Fall Senior Year SAT’s March 9, 2013 Spring Junior Year May 4, 2013 Spring Junior Year June 1, 2013 Spring Junior Year October & November 2013 / Fall Senior Year South CEEB code is 394992 Other High Schools/districts may host SAT/ACT on additional test dates
Top Factors in College Admission From the College’s Perspective, in rank order: Grades/GPA Rigor of transcript Standardized test scores Demonstrated interest in attending Application essay Teacher Recommendations Counselor Recommendations
Resources: the College Search Internet, Naviance, PASSHE, CollegeBoard… College websites College brochures and view books • Meet with College representatives • College Fairs
Types of Post-Secondary Schools 4 year colleges & universities -public & private 2 year colleges -Specialized Institutions: art, music, culinary arts, technical &trade, etc. -Community Colleges Military Academies
CB South Class of 2012 Profile Survey results of 603 students 90.3% Further Education 69.2% 4 year college 21.1% Attending 2 year/community college/technical 3% Permanent Employment 1% Military Service 5.7% Other
Top 10 Schools Attended by Class of 2012 Bucks County Community College PSU; University Park Temple West Chester University University of Pittsburgh Kutztown University Drexel PSU; Abington Saint Joe’s University PSU; Altoona
Decision Factors & Determining “best fit” Entrance Requirements Selectivity Public vs. Private Majors/ Specialized programs Distance from home Diversity Cost Size of school/classes Geographic location Type of campus Surrounding community Campus personality Facilities and housing Athletics/Extracurriculars
Campus VisitsIt’s really all about FIT… Campus Tour Open Houses Overnight stay Visit classes Interview “Chat” with current students Visit before applying and after acceptance
Terminology you will hear on tour… Types of Applications The Common Application www.commonapp.org PA State System of Higher Education www.passhe.edu School Specific Application Application Deadlines Regular Decision Rolling Admissions Early Action Early Decision
CB South Website Guidance Homepage Class of 2014 Guidance Updates We will post PowerPoint presentations & updates Links to Naviance, Portal, E-Prep, Resources and Counselor contact information.
Please join us again… MAY 30, 2013 summer activities introduction to transcript process looking ahead to senior year SEPTEMBER 2013 senior timeline transcript request process teacher/counselor recommendations financial aid & scholarships final decisions "College admission is a match to be made, not a prize to be won."