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									    Junior / Senior
College Planning Night
      GCHS Guidance Department
         September 24, 2007
                       Agenda
   Counselor Introductions
   GCH Guidance Web Site
   www.FACTS.org (academic evaluations & more)
   Graduation Requirements
   Bright Futures Scholarships
   SAT / ACT
   Calculating Grade Point Averages
   Community Service
   College Application Process
   State University Admissions
   Community College Admissions
   Bright Futures Scholarships
   Financial Aid Process
   Local and State/National Scholarships
GCHS Counselors
   Cindy Giles : A – E
   Kim Walsh: F-H; ESOL
   Heather Minsker: I – N, ACE
   Pam Berryman: O-Q & Gifted
   Kim Beyer: R – Z
   Connie Perrin: ESE
   Linda Sharp: Director
     Graduation Requirements
      Classes of 2008 & 2009
   Reguired Credits:                 24
     English                         4.0
     Math                            3.0
     Science                         3.0
     Social Science                  3.0
     Practical/Performing Art        1.0
     Health                          .5
     Personal Fitness                .5
         Pass the 10th Grade FCAT
         Earn a 2.0 unweighted GPA
           Bright Futures
           Scholarships
 Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (75%
  tuition and fees)
 Florida Medallion Scholars (100% tuition

  and fees at community colleges and 75%
  at 4 year state colleges)
 Academic Scholars (100% Tuition and

  fees and $300.00 per semester for
  expenses)
 Each scholarship has specific GPA and
             ACT/SAT guidelines
        Registration for Bright
               Futures
   The application/registration process begins
    December 1st of the senior year
   Counselors will call seniors to a computer
    lab for Bright Futures Registration
    beginning in January
   Registration Instructions are also available
    on the Guidance Website under
    Scholarships/Bright Futures Registration
    Instructions
   The application must be completed in order
    to be eligible for Bright Futures
    Scholarships
            Differences Between ACT
                    and SAT
   SAT focuses on college success
    skills: writing, critical reading, and
    mathematics
   Time: 3 hours and 45 minutes

 ACT is curriculum based in the areas
  of English, mathematics, reading and
  science (must take writing)
 Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Students should take one or both in
  the spring of their junior year
Test Date      Test
                     SAT  Deadline   Late Fee
Oct. 06, 2007  SAT I/II   9/10/07    09/14/07
Nov. 3, 2007   SAT I/II   10/02/07   10/11/07
Dec. 1, 2007   SAT I/II   10/30/07   11/08/07
Jan. 26, 2008  SAT I/II   12/26/07   01/04/08
Mar. 1, 2008   SAT I      01/29/08   02/07/08
May 3, 2008    SAT I/II   04/01/08   04/10/08
June 7, 2008   SAT I/II   05/06/08   05/15/08
www.collegeboard.com
                         ACT
Test Date              Test            Deadline Late
  Fee
Sept. 15, 2007         ACT             08/10/07       08/11/07
Oct. 27, 2007          ACT             09/21/07       09/22/07
Dec. 08, 2007          ACT             11/02/07       11/03/07
Feb. 09, 2008          ACT             01/04/08       01/05/08
Apr. 12, 2008          ACT             03/07/08       03/08/08
Jun. 14, 2008          ACT             05/09/08       05/10/08
www.act.org
Please send scores to colleges when you register or when you take
   the tests
SAT /ACT Prep Resources
  (It is recommended that all students take a prep
      course or independent study work)
     CAMP SAT
     Educational Pursuits
     Florida Gulf Coast University
     Huntington Learning Center
   MathWorks

     Sylvan Learning Center
     Private Tutors
     Collier County Adult Education (Spring)
ACT/SAT RESOURCES
   Princeton Review Books
   The College Board Real SAT’s
   Barron’s SAT Prep
   Up Your Score-the Underground
    Guide to the SAT
   testGear for SAT
   www.number2.com
   www.testu.com
   www.ACT.ORG
   www.COLLEGEBOARD.com
               Grades
   Calculation
   State unweighted for graduation
   County weighted for class ranking
   Recalculated “academic core”
    for universities and Bright Futures
    Weighted Calculations
   Honors/Dual Enrollment
    add .02 points to each semester with grade
    of “C” or better
         Ex. English 1 Hon. A= 4.04

   Advanced Placement
    add .04 points to each semester with grade
    of “C” or better
         Ex. Biology Honors (AP) with AP
         Biology
         Grade “A” 4.16
Community Service
   Not required for graduation
   Most scholarships & many college
    applications will ask for or require it
   Cannot be affiliated with religious
    or political organizations
   Must obtain prior approval from
    your guidance counselor
   Forms available in guidance
Selecting a College
   Cost-what are my cost limitations?
   Size-Large, medium or small
   Faculty/Student Ratio
   Rural or Urban-city scene or
    suburban?
   Location-out of state, close to home
   Campus-campus life, dorms, food,
    activities, athletics, Greek life
   Majors
    Selecting A College
   Do Your Research
     Visit the Colleges-Attend Open Houses
     Meet With College Recruiters at GCHS
     Attend College Fairs
     View College Websites
     Read Fiske Guide, US News and World
      Report, Ruggs etc.
     Read Student and Local Newspapers
     Determine if you fit the admissions
      profile
What Colleges are Looking
           For
 The   strength of your high school academic
  program (including the senior year)
 Recalculated Core GPA
 Difficulty of classes
 Highest Level of classes (honors, AP)
 Improvement
 Consistency
Strong Performance in a Challenging
  Curriculum
What Colleges Are Looking For
         Standardized Tests
         Extracurricular Activities
           Special  Talents/Interests
           Athletics
           Community Service (not a laundry
            list-depth& breadth)
           Leadership
           Employment
                Getting Started
   Terminology
     Regular Admission
     Early Admission(full time dual enrollment)
     Early Application
        Early Action (Non Binding) UM
        Early Decision (Binding)
          • Flagler (80% of freshman class from ED)
     Rolling    Admissions- Colleges accept
      applications & make decisions continuously
SUS Admissions Deadlines
     FSU has 3 admissions deadlines:
          10/10/07, 01/02/2008, 02/13/08
     UF has an admissions deadline of November 1 (all other
      applications are on a space available basis)
     FIU has a deadline of Dec. 1 (all other applications are
      on a space available basis)
     UNF has 3 admission deadlines:
        11/01/07, 02/01/08, 04/01/08
     New College has 4 admissions dates
     FAU, FGCU have rolling admissions with a priority
      deadline of February 15.
     The other 4 year state universities are on a rolling
      admissions schedule.
     Please note that generally to be considered for
      scholarships, students must apply at the first deadline
Four Year State Universities
   Minimum Admission Requirements
     GraduationFrom an Accredited High School
     18 Core Academic Credits
     SAT or ACT Scores


   Specific Requirements (GPA, Test Scores &
    Essays) vary From College to College
     Where to Find State College
            Information
   Florida A & M University(FAMU) Tallahassee
    www.famu.edu
   Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Boca Raton
    www.fau.edu
   Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Fort Myers
    www.fgcu.edu
   Florida International University (FIU) Miami
    www.fiu.edu
   Florida State University (FSU) Tallahassee
    www.fsu.edu
                   State Colleges
   New College of Florida (NCF) Sarasota
    www.ncf.edu
   University of Central Florida (UCF) Orlando
    www.ucf.edu
   University of Florida (UF) Gainesville
    www.ufl.edu
   University of North Florida (UNF) Jacksonville
    www.unf.edu
   University of South Florida (USF) Tampa
    www.usf.edu
   University of West Florida (UWF) Pensacola
    www.uwf.edu
    State University System Matrix
   College MR GPA MR SAT             MR ACT

   FGCU   3.0-3.7      960-1110      20-24
   FSU    F 3.4-4.1    F-1140-1280   F-25-28
           S 3.3- 3.9   S-1040-1180   S- 22-25
   UF     3.9-4.3      1220-1390     25-31
   USF    3.30-3.97    1060-1220     22-27
           –
College Application Process
   Select up to 5 colleges and visit their websites to
    obtain their application procedures-most colleges
    require/prefer online applications
   Get Started Now if you are a senior
   Update your resume. Teachers and counselors
    require a resume in order to write a letter of
    recommendation
   Complete a “pink slip” in guidance to request an
    official transcript for each college application
   Once an official transcript has been sent to a
    college, NO SCHEDULES WILL BE CHANGED
          Community Colleges
   28 community Colleges in Florida
    52 Campuses
    Serve over 900,000 students
    67% enrolled in AA transfer Program
    33% enrolled in AS & certificate
     program
Community Colleges
   Why Attend A Community College
     Open access/close to home
     Quality Instruction at low cost
     Low student/instructor ratios
     Small Classes
     Instructors with primary Focus on
      Teaching
     Flexibility in Scheduling
     Bright Futures Medallion pays 100%
Community Colleges Admissions
    Standard High School Diploma
    GED
    ACT/SAT or College Placement Test
    Special Diploma students may earn non-
     college credit career and technical certificate
     programs
    Once an AA degree is earned, student may
     transfer to a 4 year college with a minimum of
     a 2.0 GPA
Scholarships
   Florida Office of Student Financial
    Assistance
     www.floridafinancialaid.org
     Florida Financial Aid Applications
     Florida Bright Futures Scholarships
     Talented 20 Program
     State Grant and Scholarship
      Programs
    Scholarships at GCHS
            2007
   Bright Futures Scholarships
        Total: $2,204,000

   Community Scholarships
      Total: $359,951

   College/University Scholarships
       Total: 1,795,138
       Grand Total: $4,359,089
Gulf Coast High School
Scholarship List
   www.gulfcoastsharks.com
   Hard Copies in Guidance
   State/National List is now
    available and has weekly updates
   Local Scholarship List will be
    available in February of 2008
     Assembly   on 2/11/08 at 9:00 AM
   Financial Aid Night 01/28/08 at
    7:00PM
Scholarship National
Search Sites
 www.scholarships.com
 www.fastweb.com

 www.collegenet.com

 www.collegeanswer.com

 www.fastaid.com

 www.schoolsoup.com

See GCHS Web Site for additional
  search engines and information.
College Recruiters at
Gulf Coast High School
   Students sign up in Guidance
   List of recruiters visiting posted in
    Guidance Office, announcements
    and on-line at
     www.gulfcoastsharks.com

   Upcoming visits include: UCF,
    FSU, Stetson University, & more!
                     NCAA
   In order to play college sports, students
    must register with NCAA
   www.ncaa.org (online registration) the
    fee is $50.00
   Athletes must be certified by the NCAA
    Clearinghouse and meet academic and
    athletic requirements
   A copy of the NCAA release must be
    given to Mrs. Sharp in order for
    transcripts to be released to colleges
    and coaches
Did you know….….

   Check your student’s grades on-line:
     www.gradebook.collier.k12.fl.us
     Username: 6 digit student number
     Password: Birth Month and Day
           • June 7, (0607)
Contact Teachers:
 www.gulfcoastsharks.com
  Click ‘Faculty’ for email addresses

								
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