Senior/Junior Parent Night
September 15, 2011
What can Naviance Do?
• College Search
• Request/Track College Transcripts
• Create Resume
• Complete Interest/Career Inventories
• Research Careers
• Find schedule of College Rep Visits
• Search Scholarships/Enrichment Programs
• Receive Communications from Counseling Office
How is Naviance Accessed?
SAT METHODTEST PREP
College Folder Tab
How Competitive is College
Total Annual College Applications: 10 Million+
# of Applications: 29,532
# Admitted: 17,448
Average SAT’s: 575CR 615MA
University of Delaware
# of Applications: 26,548
# Admitted: 13,425
Average SAT’s: 585CR 600MA
Deciding Where to Apply
Generating a List of Colleges Using Naviance:
Use the College Search
Questions to Answer
1. School Type: 2-yr/4-yr? Public/Private?
Urban/Rural? Coed? Religious?
2. Location: Miles from home? Geographic area?
3. Student Body: 2,000, 5000 , or 11,000 students?
Diversity? Commuter/Resident? Male/Female
4. Admission: What % accepted?
5. Athletics: NCAA? What Division?
6. Majors: explore options
7. Cost: Tuition rate ~ in-state/out-of-state
8. Special Programs: ROTC, clubs, organizations
How to Narrow Down the List
• Visit, Visit
• Explore the colleges websites
• Attend College Visits Open Houses & College
• Use Resources in College & Career Center &
• Talk to Family & Friends (perspective)
• Evaluate the Curriculum Offered - catalog
• Several Interests? Consider a University
Narrowing the focus:
What else should be considered?
• How do your SAT/GPA compare to the students at that
• What % of students graduate in four years? and what % of
freshman return for their sophomore year?
• Student/professor ratio?
• Is housing guaranteed?
• What % of graduates are placed in jobs related to major?
• Opportunities for employment, study abroad, internships?
• Opportunities for study at other schools? Consortium?
• Athletics, activities, clubs
What you need to know
Early Decision, Early Action &
• Students apply to a college first semester senior
year. Deadlines: Nov. 1, Nov. 15 or Dec. 1.
• Students notified in about a month if they were
Admitted, Denied or Deferred for Regular
• Some schools are offering an ED II with
applications due in January.
Early Decision: Pros/Cons
• Sometimes students have a better chance of
• Students know where they are going by end of
• Students must enroll at that college if accepted.
• No true negotiation power for financial aid.
Restricted Early Action
• EA: Students may apply to certain colleges in first
semester, but the decision is Not Binding.
• REA: Students may ONLY apply to one REA, but
decision is not binding
• Pros: If admitted, students have a “place to go”
• Cons: Student must make Nov./Dec. application
• Open or Rolling Admission: Students apply
to colleges between Nov. 1 and regular
deadline and colleges respond in 2 – 4
weeks. Regular admission: Students apply
• Students notified in March-April
• Students make their decision by May 1.
• Suggestion: All students apply by early
How Many Colleges?
• Two or Three “Reaches”
Just meet the SAT & GPA Ranges
• Two or Three “Targets”
Right in the Middle or Better
• Two or Three “Likelies”
At the Far End or Beyond
*Only apply to colleges that you WILL attend!
Electronic vs. Hardcopy vs. Common App.
• Colleges prefer electronic submission of application.
• Over 400 colleges accept the Common Application –
be sure to check for supplements – many only use
the Common App. (www.commonapp.org)
• All pieces of application are submitted
electronically, essay, resume, etc.
• Payment is made electronically or by check via mail.
• Colleges not using the Common App. will have
application on their own websites- electronic or
paper print outs.
Tips for Completing the
• First, Read the Directions
• Obtain Appropriate Personal E-mail Address
• Be Consistent: Names (no nicknames), Facts
• Be Precise: Addresses, School Code: 310110
GPA, Rank in Class, Social Security #
• Be sure to keep a copy of everything you send and
save your e-mail correspondence
Other Hints for the Application
• Provide only what is asked
• Extracurriculars: Use your resume as a
• Highlight Leadership Roles, Volunteerism,
• List only HS activities – nothing before
Hints for the Essay
• Make “Optional” Mandatory
• Pick topic
• Talk with an adult (English teacher, parent, counselor)
• Answer the Question
• Be Honest
• Be Creative
• Write about more than just the facts
• Watch Your Language
• Proofread, Spell Check, Proofread
Extra steps: Show Your Interest
• Visit Web Site and Register/sign-in
• Campus Visit/Tour
• Interview: Why do you want to attend this college?
• Check-out the Residence Halls
• Try the Food
• Talk to Students
• Sit-in on a Class and/or Do an Overnight
• Can’t Visit? Talk with a Student or Professor
• Give Attention to Every College on your List
The NWR College Application Process
• Complete the senior questionnaire and FERPA waiver on
Naviance and meet with College and Career Counselor
• Request recommendations from teachers in person.
• Complete the application and send electronically.
• Be sure test scores were sent directly from College
Board or ACT.
• Request transcript on Naviance AFTER you send your
application to your schools
• Provide College & Career Center with transcript
checklist and signed Release of Records ~ Hand deliver
The NWR College Application Process
• Your School Counselor will write Letter of Recommendation if
you request them to do so in person.
• Your School Counselor will Review & Complete necessary
Secondary School/Counselor Reports electronically. If school is
NOT a Common App school, let your counselor know if there
are additional forms.
• The College and Career Center will electronically send/Mail-out
Official Transcript, Counselor’s Letter, Secondary School
Report, Teacher Recs & School Profile.
• The First Quarter, Mid-Term Grades will automatically be
mailed to every school students apply too. Final grades sent to
only enrolled school.
How to Request Teacher
• Choose two teachers who know you well.
• Ask them, in person, to write a letter.
• Ask what they need to write your letter - usually, form
from college, copy of resume & unofficial Transcript.
• Provide teacher with application due dates.
• Teachers will upload recommendations to Naviance so
they can be sent electronically by College and Career
• Allow 4-6 weeks.
• Always write a thank you note.
What Should Seniors be Doing
• Meet with Ms. Quinn.
• Create a List of Colleges to which you are applying
• Complete Senior Questionnaire and create resume on
• Request Recommendations from teachers/counselor.
• Take/send SATs and/or ACTs.
• Complete Applications.
• Complete Essay.
• Visit, Visit, Visit!!!
What Can Parents Do to Help?
• Help create timeline.
• “So, How Can I Help?”
• Don’t Match the College to the Child,
Match the Child to the College.
• Discuss Strengths, Needs, Wants, etc.
• Be Frank about Money.
• Hands-Off the Application.
• Be the Voice of Reason.
• Should I deposit to a school?
• CSS/Profile: Financial Aid Form Required by
Some Private Colleges.
• Financial Aid Night: September 22.
• Scholarship Search: Web Sites, Naviance.
• Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FASFA) January 1-30, 2012.
• Some Colleges Require Their Own Form, too.
Wednesday, September 14: Mini-College Fair during school hours
110 colleges/universities/trade schools
Sunday, September 18: County College of Morris College Fair 12–3 PM
over 200 colleges/universities, trade schools
Wednesday, September 28: Mini-College Fair during school hours
approx 100 colleges/universities/trade schools
Thursday, November 3: NJ National College Fair, Atlantic City Convention
Center 9am-12pm & 6pm-8:30pm
•LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS (assemble in spring)
•COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER—ROOM 34
If you are interested in participating in college
athletics, you must register with the NCAA
Clearinghouse Eligibility Center
(www.ncaaclearinghouse.net) and speak with
your school counselor.
Athletes will not be able to participate in
College Division I or II programs without
NCAA Clearinghouse approval, even if you
have been accepted at the school.
• At the end of junior year, you must request that a transcript
be sent to the Eligibility Center from the school counseling
• Additionally, you should have SAT and/or ACT scores
forwarded directly to the Eligibility Center (by using Code
9999) whenever you take the SAT or ACT exam. For
more information, please visit www.ncaaclearinghouse.net
• You must request to have your final grades sent to the
NCAA after graduation.
• Division I Schools (Some examples)
– Rutgers University
– Princeton University
– Monmouth University
– Penn State University
• NCAA Division II Schools (Some
– East Stroudsburg University
– Bloomsburg University
– Caldwell College
• Division III Schools (Some Examples)
– Centenary College
– Ramapo College
– The College of New Jersey
– Moravian College
– Muhlenberg College
You do not need to apply for the Clearinghouse to play at
a Division III school.
• You must complete 16 Core Courses for Division I or 14 Core
Courses for Division II. Core courses are in the following
areas. Courses are marked on the course selection sheets.
You may view more specific information at the Clearinghouse
web site www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
Please see your counselor with any questions.
HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY
Students must meet the following NJSIAA criteria:
•For fall and winter sports in grades 10-12, a student must have
earned at least 27.5 credits. (Beginning with the class of 2014, a
student must earn at least 30 credits.)
•For spring sports in grades 10-12, a student must earn at least
13.75 credits during the preceding first and second marking
periods. (Beginning with the class of 2014, a student must earn at
least 15 credits.)
• What is it?
• When is it administered?
• HSPA incentive.
Measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities as they relate to
success in college and is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
*Students who take the PSAT generally perform better on the SAT.
*Students in the class of 2010 who took the PSAT before taking the SAT had a
higher combined score of 146 points on average than students who did not
take the PSAT.
*Take the PSAT in October of your sophomore year as practice for the SAT.
*In October of your junior year, take the PSAT to be eligible for scholarships
from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
*On average, the scholarships are worth $2,500 and are considered to be an
important and prestigious award.
What to do with your PSAT scores
*Your scores give insight into potential SAT scores and provide a
roadmap of where you need to go as you look toward the SAT’s.
*Scores fall within the range of 20 to 80 for each section, with 20
being the lowest possible score and 80 being the highest.
*A score of 49 in any of the subject areas is about average.
*Add a zero to the end of each of your scores to get an estimate of
how your scores would convert into SAT scores. For example, a
score of 61 in Critical Reading would translate to a SAT score of
What is the SAT I Test
Measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities as they relate
to success in college.
*See handout for test dates and registration deadlines.
*Score Range: 200-800 Reading/Math/Writing
*The 2011 Average Scores (1,647,123 students tested)
*Average scores only get consideration at community colleges and average
schools. Take the SAT several times.
The higher the score, the better!!!
Practice, Practice, Practice
Students must register at www.collegeboard.com
*Score Choice is available to all students when registering via the web.
*Scores from an entire SAT test (reading, math, and writing sections) can
be sent; individual sections from different sittings cannot be sent independently.
NO ADDITIONAL COST
*Students can send any or all scores to a college on a single report—it
does not cost more to send one, multiple, or all test scores
*Students receive four free score reports with their test registration fee that
need to be sent within nine days of your test date.
*All scores will continue to be sent to students and designated high
*Score Choice is an optional feature. Students should still feel comfortable
sending all scores, since most colleges consider a student’s best score.
COLLEGES WILL ONLY ACCEPT OFFICIAL SCORE REPORTS FROM
What is the SAT II Subject Tests
A one-hour Subject Test designed to show knowledge in a subject area
and ability to apply that knowledge.
Chinese Math Level 1 and 2
English: Literature Modern Hebrew
Italian U. S. History
Japanese World History
Check with your college to determine if SAT II Subject Tests are required.
Go to www.collegeboard.com for more information
What is the ACT Test
National college admission achievement test that consists of English, Mathematics,
Reading, and Science Reasoning.
*See handout for test dates and registration deadlines.
Score Range: 1 (low) – 36 (high)
The 2011 Average Scores (1,568,835 students tested)
Students must register at www.act.org
• Challenge students in college-level studies.
• Potentially reduces the number of courses
needed to be taken in college.
• Students are expected to take the AP exam
• Score a 3 or higher on AP exam, reimbursed
the cost of the exam.
• Final exam exemption.
Thank you for coming!!!