CATALINA FOOTHILLS HIGH SCHOOL College Planning Guide Sept ‘07 CFHS Counseling CFHS Counselors In addition to course selection ad- The CCC The CFHS Counseling Of- vising and general counseling, coun- fice is open Monday - Friday, Tom Vida A-C ext 1920 College and Career Center selors have primary responsibilities 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students Nancy Lynn D-H ext 1510 in select areas: Mr. Vida is the CFHS The CFHS College and Career are encouraged to schedule ap- Barbara Algire I-Ma ext 1012 liaison to the service academies and Center, located in the House One pointments with their counselor Julie McCrea Mc-R ext 1555 other military opportunities and also Counseling Ofﬁce, is an important to occur during a free period or Jay Christopher S-Z ext 1090 works with students with special college exploration resource center before/after school. needs. Mrs.. Lynn is liaison to our coordinated by a team of parent Students are assigned to The Counseling ofﬁce staff are Falcon Rock alternative high school volunteers. Computers are avail- counselors by alpha division, wonderful resources and are often and also works with students with able for researching both career though a student is free to work able to respond to your question or special needs. Mrs. Algire serves and college options; and print with whom s/he feels most com- concern in lieu of seeing a counselor. as the AP testing coordinator and she materials include college reference fortable. All counselors are avail- They are: and Ms. McCrea coordinate college- guides, entrance exam information able for assistance with college related activities. Ms.. McCrea also and registration forms, and infor- planning and writing letters of Secretary Joyce Donovan ext 1998 coordinates course registration. Mr. mation regarding scholarships and recommendation for college ap- Registrar Gail Cusack ext 1710 Christopher serves as AIMS and career opportunities. plications. Scheduler Maryann Jordan ext 1375 Terra Nova testing coordinator. Tom Vida Nancy Lynn Barbara Algire Julie McCrea Jay Christopher Decisions, Decisions… The College Search Whether planning to continue your education after high school There are over 2000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States, graduation or go into the world of work, there are many decisions each with something to offer. Identifying your top choices can seem a daunting to be made during senior year. It is important to talk with family task. Begin by doing a self-assessment: What’s important to you? loca- members concerning hopes, plans, and concerns surrounding life tion? size? weather? cost? Use the college inventory tool to guide you in after high school. Discussions with friends can be helpful, too, as this assessment. Research colleges. Talk to family members, adult family students not only learn more about what options are available, but friends, teachers and other professionals about schools they attended or are more about themselves as well. Counselors are able to provide otherwise familiar with. Discuss college selection with your peers and recent information concerning selecting appropriate courses and applying graduates. Spend time on the internet. Visit the CFHS College and Career for colleges, as well as support your efforts to gain self-knowledge. Center and peruse college catalogs and view books. Meet with the college reps What do you like to do? What are you good at? What kinds of who come to visit our campus. Attend the October college fairs in Tucson. activities do you avoid? Why? Are you more interested in people? Whenever possible, visit the college campus of potential interest. ...places? ...things? What did you want to be when you were a child? What have you considered doing as you’ve grown? What Try to avoid the mind-set that “There’s only one right college for me.” The do your parents do? Your parents’ parents? These are the kinds truth is that if well prepared academically and possessing good social skills, of questions you will be called upon to answer over and over during students will achieve personal and academic success almost anywhere they the next few years. They are deﬁnitely thoughts to ponder as you are admitted. The goal should be to ﬁnd a good personal “ﬁt” and the criterion work through your senior year in high school. should include: What is the campus culture? - Artsy, brainy, athletic, conservative, diverse? What about the surrounding community? - Recreation, arts, sports, shop- ping, transportation? Is it a place where I will be happy/comfortable? Is the academic program appropriate? Is it rigorous and competitive (“cut- The Counselor Role throat”)? Or challenging and stimulating, promoting learning for learning’s sake, in a cooperative atmosphere? Or will campus life be as or more Counselors are available to assist with the application process, important than classroom learning? Most students will change their but are not able to get a student into a particular school. Colleges major at least once so selecting a school based solely on major may not consider, ﬁrst and foremost, whether the student will be academically be the best criterion. Note also that two out of three CEO’s of Fortune successful at their institution. Second, the college wants to determine 500 companies attended small liberal arts colleges -- schools not usually if the student is a good “ﬁt” with their school and how the student associated with strong business programs. will contribute to the campus community. These are criteria for which the student is responsible. The counselor supports the student’s Is the college affordable? Don’t rule out applying to a college on cost alone, college application process by providing information (about testing, however, as scholarship or aid money may make it affordable. Many college resources, NCAA, military options, ﬁnancial aid/scholarships, very expensive schools have large endowment funds to distribute among career choices, etc.), helping to clarify goals and interests, and qualiﬁed students. completing secondary school reports and providing recommendations Is the college academically accessible? Can I get in? What other options as requested. should I be exploring? College Choice Inventory It’s More Than A Name The largest number of applicants to Harvard Med are from the Ivies, but There are over 4000 colleges and universities from which to they are generally a minority of those admitted. Students admitted from choose, each of them having something to offer. Consider the other colleges include CUNY Queens, Layman College, Lewis and Clark, following issues as you begin your college selection. Circle or St. Olaf, Oberlin, University of Chicago, Case Western, Carnegie Mellon, otherwise mark the criteria that are important to you. Rutgers, Morehouse, University of Utah, Tufts, University of Maryland, William and Mary, SUNY Stonybrook, NYU, the U.S. military academies, Geographic Location: Swarthmore, and Haverford. Another commissioned study asked PhD’s in near, far, warm, cold, sunshine, snow, mountains, ocean, new, familiar research science where they did their undergraduate training. The leading school? Carleton College (MN). Community: serene small college town, fast-paced large metropolitan area, A partial listing of Notable Alumni from a variety of colleges and universities transportation, safety, shopping, arts/culture culled from Peterson’s Guide: Size/Type of College: Rollins College, FL Mr. Rogers; Donald Cram, Nobel Prize Winner small, medium, large single sex, coed University of Miami, FL Bruce Hornsby, Jon Secada, Gloria Estefan single focus or multi-college liberal arts or pre-professional DePaul University, IL Richard Daley, Chicago Mayor; undergraduate or research oriented public, private Many corporate CEOs religious orientation or other traditions Knox College, IL Bob Jamison, ABC News; Ismat Kittani, former President - UNGeneral Assembly Prestige: Ivy, top tier, Research I, other Lake Forest College, IL Editor-in-Chief MS Magazine, Many corporate CEOs Academic Atmosphere: Georgia Institute of Tech. Jimmy Carter; Sam Nunn; D. Truly, former challenging, intense, competitive, scholarly, small classes, large NASA Head; Ron Allen, CEO Delta Airlines; classes, relaxed, supportive, use of technology (video, computers), Kary Mulles, Nobel Prize chemistry instructor rank (full professor or TA), teacher to student ratio, ok to U. Illinois, Urbana Roger Ebert; Lynn Martin, former Secretary of not declare major? Labor; Dennis Swanson, Head, ABC Sports Special Programs: Wheaton College, IL Billy Graham honors, study abroad, co-op/internships, other Grinnell College, IA Herbie Hancock, musician Tulane, LA Newt Gingrich; Michael Debakey, renowned Support Services: cardiac surgeon Disabled (physical/learning), personal/academic counseling, Bates College, ME Bryant Gumbel, Edmund Muskie recreation/health center, etc. Bowdoin College, ME Pres. of L.L. Bean; Joan Benoit Samuelson Colby College, ME Doris Kearns Goodwin Social Atmosphere/Student Body: Loyola College MD Tom Clancey; Jim McKay, ABC sports residential or commuter campus Emerson College, MA Norman Lear; Henry Winkler; Jay Leno homogenous or diverse student population Carleton College, MN Garrick Utley, ABC News; Many corporate CEOs liberal, conservative, traditional Macalester College, MN Walter Mondale; Koﬁ Annan, UN Secretary-Gen student activities, involvement opportunities Bard College, NY Blythe Danner; Chevy Chase fraternity/sorority inﬂuence, alcohol attitudes St. Lawrence U, NY Kirk Douglas Sarah Lawrence, NY Alice Walker, Barbara Walters Opportunities: Case Western Reserve, OH President of Saturn; inventor of Nike Air-Sole ﬁne arts, intramurals, leadership, newspaper, music, collegiate sports College of Wooster, OH Arthur Compton, Nobel prize winner in Physics; Opera Singers and CEOs Cost: tuition, living (room and board), aid/scholarship available Denison U, OH Michael Eisner, Walt Disney CEO List your top 4-6 criterion and use them to help narrow your Kenyon College, OH Paul Newman; E.L. Doctorow; Robert Lowell college search. Miami U., OH Ara Parseghian, Notre Dame football coach; Rita Dove, U.S. poet laureate 1. ____________________________ 3. __________________________ Oberlin College, OH Carl Rowan, columnist Allegheny College, PA Many, many CEOs 2. ____________________________ 4. __________________________ Susquehanna U., PA Many corporate CEOs Furman University, SC Betsy King, LPGA champion; Keith Lockhart, conductor, Boston Pops Fisk University, TN Hazel O’Leary, Former Secretary Energy Virginia Polytechnic Inst, VA Christopher Kraft, NASA Beloit College, WI Japanese Ambassador to US; FTC Chairman College Admissions Comparison Ripon College, WI Richard Threlkeld, CBS News; Harrison Ford Union College, KY Dr. Phillip Sharp, Nobel Prize Winner medicine, State Universities Private/Elite Dir. Cancer Research at MIT UA/NAU/ASU Colleges Wabash College, IN Robert Allen, Former CEO of AT&T Syracuse U, NY Bob Costas Grades and 3.0 4.0 + honors/AP Manchester College, IN Nobel Prize winner in polymer chemistry; Curriculum: extra core classes, person who discovered Teﬂon; another who full Jr/Sr years discovered the existence of acid rain COMMUNITY COLLEGES: SAT* / ACT 1040* / 22 1600* / 36 Walt Disney - Metropolitan Jr. College, Missouri Scores: SAT II 700-800 Arthur Goldberg, Supreme Court Justice - Crane Jr. College, Illinois (*CR and Math) ACT 34-36 Frederick Hood, Yacht Designer, America’s Cup - San Jose City College Jeanne Kirkpatrick - Stephen’s College, Missouri Personal, NA + + + + strong essay, Jim Lehrer - Victoria College, Texas Activities: sports, music, Ross Perot: Corporate Executive - Texarkana Jr. College leadership, service Dustin Hoffman, Actor - Santa Monica College Annette Bening, Actor - Mesa College Cost : $14,000 $30,000+ Pete Rozelle, Commissioner of the NFL - Compton Community College (including housing and expenses) Jack Lemley, Chief Engineer, English Channel Chunnel - North Idaho College Mega Selective (top tier / top 50) - Yale, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, the Harvard Rejects: military academies, Princeton, Brown, Penn, Pomona, Dartmouth, Amherst, Wesleyan, Williams, Columbia, Cornell, UC Berkeley, et. al. Warren Buffet - Investor and Philanthropist Meredith Viera - Co-Anchor, Today, and game show host Highly Selective (next 100) - Bucknell, NYU, Brandeis, Oberlin, Lehigh, John Kerry - US Senator Mount Holyoke, Reed, Trinity, Tulane, et. al. David Remnick - Editor, The New Yorker Selective - UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Harold Varmus - President, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center San Louis Obispo, CalState Northridge, CalState Monterey, UC Boulder, Lee C. Bollinger - President, Columbia University Regis, et. al. Jann Wenner - Founder, Rolling Stone and Chairman, Wenner Media Ted Turner - Founder, Turner Broadcasting System Somewhat Selective - State universities, many private, religious, and Tom Brokaw - Journalist other institutions Matt Groening - Creator, The Simpsons Art Garfunkel - Singer and Songwriter Not Selective (Open Enrollment) - many small state colleges, Pima Scott McNealy - Chairman and Co-Founder, Sun Microsystems Community College, et.al. 2 College Entrance Requirements Abbreviated College & Factors Colleges Consider Planning Timeline College entrance requirements vary from school to school and students are encour- aged to investigate each college’s academic requirements. When reviewing an ONGOING: Take challenging classes, get good grades, do extra- application, colleges and universities generally consider, in order of importance, curricular / enhancement activities, research colleges/programs, the student’s curriculum and GPA, test scores, and extra-curricular activities and visit colleges as able. personal attributes (resume, essay, recommendations). SOPHOMORE FALL: ACT PLAN, ASVAB, optional PSAT Academic Record - Curriculum and GPA JUNIOR FALL: PSAT A strong academic record in challenging courses throughout the high school ex- perience will be the factor most likely to inﬂuence a favorable admission decision. JUNIOR SPRING: SAT and/or ACT, SAT II, AP exams CFHS graduation requirements meet or exceed most minimum entrance require- ments though we strongly recommend a fourth year of math (as is required by the JUNIOR/SENIOR SUMMER: Consider summer academic/travel Arizona universities), continuation of language study, and a full course load each program (info available in College/Career Center), collect applica- year. Selective colleges want to see that the student went above and beyond mini- tion materials, do SAT/ACT prep (if retaking test). mum requirements and didn’t take an “easy” senior year. SENIOR FALL: Retake SAT/ACT if desired/necessary, work on The student transcript is the ofﬁcial document detailing academic achieve- applications and essays. Priority deadline for Arizona applica- ment in high school. The CFHS transcript includes the name of the course (Honors tions is September and Early Decision applications are due to and AP level indicated), letter grade received, and amount of credit awarded each your counselor by October 1. semester. Each semester’s GPA (grade point average) and the cumulative GPA are also noted. The cumulative Grade Point Average is regarded as the best predictor SENIOR JANUARY: Complete FAFSA (Free Application for of the kind of success a student will have in college. Some colleges will unweight Federal Student Aid). the GPA. Some colleges will only review grades in core academic classes. All col- lege applications require an ofﬁcial transcript signed and sealed by the high school SENIOR SPRING: Consider college options, make decision, pay Registrar. deposits, register for orientation. A School Proﬁle is included with each transcript to help assess the rigor of the Detailed timeline on back page. academic program. The Proﬁle is a description of the school including size and location, the curriculum, the grading scale, graduation requirements, standardized test score averages, and other information helpful in interpreting the educational quality of the high school. Grades and Transcripts Ranking: Catalina Foothills High School, like most high-achieving high schools, does not rank students. Students will not be disadvantaged by non-ranking and A transcript is an official record of a student’s coursework, should note “NA” on college or scholarship applications which request rank. grades earned, credits earned, and cumulative GPA for grades 9 through 12. CFHS does not include standardized test scores Test Scores on the transcript (SAT, PSAT, ACT, etc.). CFHS also does not While there is ongoing debate about standardized testing, SAT and/or ACT scores rank students. are required by most colleges and do play a role in the college admissions decision. While interpretation of scores and the weight given to scores varies from institution College and scholarship organizations often ask for “ofﬁcial tran- to institution, standardized test scores can help colleges determine the quality of scripts”. This means that Counseling must send sealed transcripts the high school education and the integrity of the grading scale (if grades are true bearing the Registrar’s signature and ofﬁcial school seal directly to or inﬂated, for instance); and also possibly understand the correlation between a the college or organization. To release ofﬁcial transcripts, students student’s potential and their effort. For instance, a student with lower test scores must somplete a Transcript Release Form n the Counseling Of- but a high GPA may be perceived to be a hard worker and committed student, while ﬁce. (A parent signature is required if the student is under 18.) a student with high test scores and low GPA may be perceived to be working below There is a $3 fee for each Secondary School Report requested their potential. to cover ofﬁcial transcripts, mailing and other costs (waived for in-state universities). Reviewing a college’s admissions proﬁle and the test score range for acceptance also helps the student determine their likelihood of acceptance. The majority of students admitted to highly selective colleges, for example, have over a 1500 com- CFHS Grading Scale: bined critical reading and math SAT score. In a recent application year, for instance, Unweighted Honors AP Princeton received 240 applications from students with perfect SAT scores (1600 A 4.0 4.25 4.5 CR/M). They admitted only one-third of those applicants. The Arizona universities B 3.0 3.25 3.5 prefer an SAT score of 1040-1100 CR/M (or 22 ACT). There are quality institutions C 2.0 2.25 2.5 that accept lower or no test scores and many two year colleges have open enrollment F 0 0 0 (anyone may enroll). The national average for the 2006 SAT I was 1017 (CR/M). The CFHS average SAT score for CR/M was 1151. The 2006 national average for the ACT was 21.2; the CFHS average was 25.5. Calculating Your GPA Note: The new SAT writing assessment instituted spring 2005 will not be factored into most college admissions decisions until results have been reviewed for a number # of Grades times Points of years. For now, the critical reading and math scores are generally used. Number of AP A’s _____ X 4.5 = _____ Extra-curricular Activities and Personal Attributes - Number of Honors A’s _____ X 4.25 = _____ (described in resume, essay, and recommendations) Competitive colleges, those whose applicants are all well-qualiﬁed academically, Number of regular A’s _____ X 4.0 = _____ are looking for that something “extra” in a student - either that unique talent, skill, interest, or attribute; or an especially well-rounded student. Applicants express Number of AP B’s _____ X 3.5 = _____ these characteristics primarily through their resume of activities and their essay. Schools are savvy about reading through a list of clubs and activities, however, and Number of Honors B’s _____ X 3.25 = _____ look for a student to have demonstrated on-going commitment to an activity such as music, sports, work, or community service, and have taken on leadership roles Number of regular B’s _____ X 3.0 = _____ where appropriate. Students should be involved in activities about which they are truly passionate, and not simply associate half-heartedly with a series of clubs to try Number of AP C’s _____ X 2.5 = _____ to “ﬁll” a resume. It IS ok to sample different activities and show varied interests but too much of this (or doing it for the wrong reason) will only make the student miser- Number of Honors C’s _____ X 2.25 = _____ able and the colleges will note the scattered effort. Quality truly is more important than quantity. Enhancement activities, such as special camps, can demonstrate Number of regular C’s _____ X 2.0 = _____ sincere interest in a particular area as well as exposure and experience in that ﬁeld. Colleges understand, however, that not everyone has access to these opportunities Number of transfer D’s _____ X 1.0 = _____ or can afford such experiences so may or may not give weight to students who’ve had these advantages. Number of F’s _____ X 0.0 = ___0_ Students are encouraged to keep a record (or ﬁle) of their activities and achievements Total Number of Grades: _____ Total Points: _____ each year in order to present a complete picture of their lives beyond high school academics. Teacher and counselor recommendations are supporting documents, generally highlighting the student’s skills and describing personal attributes. Divide POINTS by NUMBER of GRADES = _______ GPA 3 CFHS Pre-College Events College Visits To access the CFHS College Planning Calendar, Catalina Foothills is fortunate to be visited by admissions repre- go to www.cfsd.k12.az.us/~cfhsweb/ sentatives from many colleges during the school year. Seniors and click on Falcon College and Career Center. and Juniors are encouraged to make contact with the admis- sions representatives of schools of interest. If students have a Recommended Timeline for UA, ASU, and NAU Applications free period during the scheduled visit, they may simply attend September, Counseling that session. Students who have a scheduled class during the time of the visit must have their teacher approve their absence Students who are applying to UA, ASU, and/or NAU are encouraged to submit their ahead of time. One weeks notice is requested and any and all applications as early as possible. Early applications maximize the opportunity for class work missed must be completed. All students attending ﬁnancial aid, housing selection, and other considerations. The applications require a College Visit also must sign in at the presentation. a $25 application fee, and students are encouraged to apply online (www.arizona. edu, www.asu.edu, www.nau.edu), Students must complete a Transcript Release The busiest college visit time occurs in October, particularly Form in Counseling to allow us to send an ofﬁcial copy of their transcript to schools the week of the TUSD/TCC College Fair. The list varies from of choice. The form requires a parent signature if the student is under 18. Also, year to year, but the following list of colleges generally make CFHS does not include SAT, ACT, or AP scores on the transcript, nor do we release annual visits to speak to CFHS students. Note: UA, NAU, and these scores to universities. Students must contact the testing agency directly for ASU representatives visit CFHS once a month. score release to their selected colleges. Contact www.collegeboard.org for SAT and AP scores, www.ACT.org for ACT scores. The list of College Rep visit dates, times and locations is posted on the bulletin board outside the Counseling Ofﬁce in House Deadline for Requesting Counseling Support/Materials 1. Check it often! The college visit schedule is also posted October 1, Counseling on the CFHS web site. Go to www.cfsd.k12.az.us/~cfhsweb/. Deadline for seniors to submit secondary school reports and recommendation Click on Falcon College and Career Center and then Calendar. requests for Early Decision or Early Action college applications or for any college Bonus: Clicking on a particular college will take you to that applications dues in November. school’s web site. CFHS College Visits - Ongoing at CFHS A Partial list of colleges that visit CFHS... Catalina Foothills is fortunate to be visited by many college representatives during the school year. Seniors and Juniors are encouraged to make contact with the ad- Massachusetts Institute of Technology missions representatives of schools of interest. Students are responsible for asking Emerson College Hampshire College teachers in advance if they may be excused from class to attend a college visitation. Duke University All students attending a College Visit must also sign in at the College Visit. The University of Arizona ever-growing list of College Rep visit dates, times and locations is posted on the Northern Arizona University bulletin board outside the Counseling Ofﬁce in House 1. Check it often! Vanderbilt University Ohio Wesleyan St. Gregory College Fair University of San Diego October TBA, 2:00-4:00 p.m., El Mirador Gym, St. Gregory University of Connecticut Over 50 colleges and universities will have representatives to speak about their Sarah Lawrence College institutions and application procedures. CFHS students and parents are welcome. Skidmore College Go www.stgregoryschool.org/calendar for date. Dartmouth Pitzer College Tucson College Night Drake University Reed College October TBA, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Tucson Convention Center Middlebury College Over 150 colleges and universities from around the country will have representa- Boston University tives available to share information about their institutions and admissions Evergreen College procedures. Parking is free if you let the attendant know that you are attending Colorado College Tucson College Night. For more information about the college fair, visit Occidental College http://instech.tusd.k12.az.us/counsel/collegenight.html. University of Pennsylvania Mount Holyoke College Planning Night Lehigh University October TBA, 7:00 p.m., CFHS Cafeteria University of Portland Santa Clara University Juniors and Seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend this informative Hillsdale College program. College admissions representatives will discuss aspects of the application Williams College and admission process. University of Oregon Willamette University Deadline for Requesting Counseling Support/Materials - November 1 Southern Methodist University Deadline for seniors to submit secondary school reports and recommendation Amherst College requests for any college applications dues in December. Haverford College Wheaton College Final Deadline for Requesting Counseling Support/Materials - Dec 1 Hamilton College Final deadline for seniors to submit secondary school reports and recommendation University of Illinois requests for any college applications due in January or February. Marymount College Whittier College CFHS Alumni Day and Arizona College Fair - January Tulane University CFHS alumni will be on campus to speak to juniors and seniors during Home Base. Colorado State University Representatives from various Arizona colleges and other post-secondary programs Lake Forest College will be on the plaza during lunch. Macalester Collge University of San Francisco Financial Aid Night - January TBA Mount St. Mary’s College Davidson College A member of the UA Financial Aid staff will be at CFHS to talk about ﬁnancial aid Linﬁeld CollegeSt. Mary’s College (not limited to UA). Fort Lewis College University of Puget Sound FAFSA Priority Deadline - February 14 Vassar College National priority deadline for submission of the FAFSA. Franklin College ~ Switzerland St. Andrews University ~ Scotland College Planning Night - March TBA Emory University Students and parents of any grade level are welcome to attend this one-hour Power Colgate University Point presentation on college planning. Overview will include college exploration, U.S. Air Force Academy testing and entrance requirements, resources, and planning timeline. Tufts University Connecticut College Boston College Whitman College Tip Box Lewis and Clark Princeton University College ranking lists have become big business. U.S. News & World Report’s college ranking guide Claremont McKenna College is consistently their biggest selling issue. While rankings may provide inspiration on colleges to Washington University ~ St. Louis consider, relying on them for college selection may be a huge misstep. They condition us to think University of Notre Dame in terms of hierarchy rather than suitability (Patti Crane). The rankings focus on factual attributes Concordia University (many of these gathered from skewed data) and neglect to consider the importance of “best-ﬁt”. University of Redlands The rankings do not provide information about a school’s sense of purpose, or unique environmental University of Arizona factors or programs that may facilitate a life-changing experience for a particular student. Do not University of Richmond overlook colleges that may not make the “list”. Talk to adult friends and colleagues about their Grinnell College college experiences and you may ﬁnd some personal stories about lesser-known alma maters that Holy Cross speak to a best-ﬁt success story. 4 Out of State and Private The University of Arizona College Applications www.arizona.edu Seniors begin applying to colleges and universities early in the fall. For the Approximately 50% of CFHS graduates attend UA. most part, college applications should be submitted between October 1 and December 10 of the ﬁrst semester of the senior year. For speciﬁc information Admissions: always refer to the web site of the school to which you are applying. UA (and NAU, ASU) course requirements for admissions are met by CFHS graduation requirements with the exception of Math. CFHS requires three The out-of-state or private college application generally consists of two years of math while UA requires four. Students will meet standards for parts: The student information section asks for demographic and academic “Assured Admission” with a 3.0 in the 16 core credits: 4 Math, 4 English, information, as well as an activity list or resume, and applicant essay(s). 3 Science, 2 Social Studies, 2 Foreign Language, and 1 Fine Art. Other The Secondary School Report form is completed by your counselor and students may be admitted conditionally with a 2.5 or better in the 16 core includes academic and school information such as rigor of coursework and classes. Like most high achieving high schools, CFHS does not rank its GPA, as well as a transcript and the school proﬁle. The Secondary School students so class rank will not be a factor in admission. All CFHS seniors Report forms must be submitted to the counselor with a $3 processing fee are encouraged to apply to UA (or at least one of the in-state schools) in per school a minimum of one month in advance of the application deadline. case circumstances prohibit their attendance elsewhere. This fee covers the cost of materials and postage for the initial mailing as well as mailing of a mid-year transcript and ﬁnal transcript. Application: UA applications are available online at www.arizona.edu. (NAU and ASU The Secondary School Report also usually requires a letter of recommen- can be found at www.nau.edu and www.asu.edu respectively.) UA prac- dation from a counselor as well as teacher recommendations. The student tices “rolling admissions’ but students are encouraged complete the online must schedule a meeting with their counselor a minimum of one month prior application as early as possible to maximize the opportunity for housing to the application deadline when a recommendation letter is requested. The selection, ﬁnancial aid, and other considerations. Applications submission counselor will request a student “Bio Form” and resume/activity list, as well by Oct 1 is suggested. There is a $25 application fee for UA (as well as as a parent “Brag Sheet” and/or copies of the student’s essays. It is the NAU and ASU). student’s responsibility to solicit Teacher Recommendations (see p 7). 1. Begin reviewing college application materials as soon as possible UA does a comprehensive review of applicants and students are asked (summer before senior year or early fall). to provide a brief personal statement as part of the application. UA also requires SAT or ACT test scores and an ofﬁcial transcript to complete the 2. Read all materials thoroughly and create a checklist of application application. CFHS does not include SAT, ACT, or AP scores on the requirements and due dates. transcript, nor do we release these scores to universities. If the student 3. Draft responses to all questions and edit carefully before sending. did not request that SAT/ACT test scores be sent when registering for the test, they can do so after the fact by contacting www.collegeboard.org 4. Request required supporting materials: a) SAT and/or ACT test for SAT scores (as well as AP scores), and www.ACT.org for ACT scores. scores from www.CollegeBoard.org (SAT) or ACT.org (ACT), To request a copy of the CFHS transcript be sent to a university, students b) Transcript (complete request form in Counseling, must complete a Transcript Request Form in the Counseling Ofﬁce. A c) Counselor recommendation and d) Teacher recommendations. parent signature is required if the student is under 18. 5. Complete applications. Merit Scholarships/Honors Program: Complete ALL items. The UA freshman application is also the application for freshman merit Use your complete given name (not nickname) Neatness is important as is spelling and grammar. Edit carefully! scholarships as well as admission to the UA Honors Program. UA consid- Include application fee as required. ers several factors when identifying students for freshman merit awards and the honors program: academic GPA (non-electives); number of academic 6. Submit complete applications by the designated due date. Conﬁrm units; number of AP, Honors or other accelerated courses; and highest test that supporting materials have been sent. Keep a hard copy of all score (SAT I or ACT). Wildcat Excellence Scholarships range in value from completed application materials for your ﬁles. $1000 to $7000 and are renewable if the student maintains the required academic standards. Other scholarships may be pursued through the Notes: UA Financial Aid Ofﬁce or speciﬁc academic departments. - Keep information organized, ﬁled. - Pay attention to deadlines and work well ahead of them. Financial Aid: - Apply early - best opportunity for housing, scholarships, ﬁnancial aid, etc. UA requires submission of the FAFSA for consideration of grants, loans, and - The student must request an ofﬁcial transcript be sent to the university work-study, as well as merit scholarships. Complete the FAFSA as soon as by completing a Transcript Request Form in Counseling (with parent possible in January or February for highest consideration of awards. Informa- signature if student under 18). tion and application available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. - Narrow your choices to four to ten schools that include ‘reach/dream schools’, ‘reasonable schools’, and ‘safety schools’. AIMS Tuition Waiver: - Don’t let cost be a deciding factor until acceptance and ﬁnancial aid/ Students who have an unweighted cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, who scholarship money has been offered. have B’s or better in the 16 core credits (no C’s), and who “Exceed” on - All CFHS students should include UA in their list of ‘safety schools.’ all three sections of the AIMS assessment (or “Exceed” on two sections One never knows what circumstances might arise that make staying in and receive 3’s or better on two AP exams), will be eligible for the AIMS Tucson necessary (e.g. family illness, ﬁnancial emergency, etc.) Applying tuition waiver for the Arizona universities. early ensures an early admission decision and maximum opportunity for ﬁnancial aid, housing assignment, etc. Flinn Scholars: - There is no fee for transcripts sent to UA, NAU, or ASU. Secondary CFHS students with a minimum 4.0 GPA and 1280 SAT score (CR and School Reports for out-of-state/private colleges require a $3 processing Math combined) are eligible to apply to the Flinn Scholars Program. The fee to cover copies, mailing, etc. Scholarship provides full cost of tuition and fees, room and board, books and some incidentals, two study-travel experiences, personal faculty mentor, and other special activities and opportunities. For information Reminders: and application packet, contact The Flinn Foundation at (602) 744-6800 Requests for letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors or www.ﬂinn.org. MUST be made at least one month in advance of their required arrival at the college or university. SALT (Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques) Program: UA is home to a nationally recognized program for students with learning Students must request ofﬁcial score release directly from the College Board disabilities. Call 621-1242 for more information. (SAT) and from the ACT records ofﬁce (ACT) for all colleges and universities where applications are being sent. The Counseling Ofﬁce does not provide Residence Halls: or release these scores. It is strongly recommended that local students plan to live in the residence halls for at least their ﬁrst year at UA. In addition to helping to make the transition from home to independence and providing the student with the whole college experience (as college is more than just academics), re- search repeatedly shows that students who live in the residence halls (at Tip Box UA and elsewhere) have a higher GPA and a higher retention rate than those who commute. Opportunities for involvement, leadership, intramu- Excellent qualiﬁcations and test scores will open the door to consideration by rals, even jobs, increase when living in the residence halls. Also, student elite colleges, but the admissions process is idiosyncratic and sometimes unfair. and professional staff are available as resources. Upon acceptance to UA, In any given year, top universities will reject 80% of applicants with 700+ SATs students will be sent a housing application. The earlier this is submitted, and straight A’s. Always have back up plans and understand that sometimes the more likely it is that the student will get his/her choice of housing. the best ﬁt is that which is unexpected. Success in college is more based on suitability and ﬁt between the student and the school than on the “prestige” of the school’s name. College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won. (Frank Sachs) 5 SAT and ACT College Entrance Tests Test Scores While interpretation of scores varies from institution to institution, standard- While there is ongoing debate about standardized testing, SAT or ACT scores ized test scores can help colleges determine the quality of the high school are required by most colleges and do play a role in the college admissions education and the integrity of the grading scale (if grades are true or in- decision. Students are encouraged to take the SAT and/or the ACT in spring ﬂated, for instance); and also possibly understand the correlation between a of their junior year. While most students across the US take the test only student’s potential and their effort. (E.g., A student with lower test scores but once, students can retake the tests as desired, noting that most colleges a high GPA may be perceived to be a hard worker and committed student, take the highest of the reported test scores. We recommend no more than while a student with high test scores and low GPA may be perceived to be three test sittings, however. Early college applications are due in November working below their potential.) Reviewing a college’s admission proﬁle and of senior year so the latest testing or retesting should be done in October of the test score range for acceptance also helps the student determine their senior year. As some students perform better on one test than the other, we likelihood of acceptance. The majority of students admitted to highly selective recommend students consider taking both the SAT and the ACT. Colleges colleges, for example, have over a 1500 SAT score (critical reading and math will consider the higher score in admissions decisions. combined). The Arizona universities prefer a test score of 1040 (CR/M) on The CFHS CEEB Code, necessary for test registration, is 030476. the SAT, or 22 on the ACT. Note: A writing portion was added to the SAT in 2005. However, most colleges SAT Assessment: The SAT I measures critical reading (formerly “ver- and universities will continue to use the math and critical reading (formerly bal”) and mathematical reasoning ability, as well as writing skills. A student “verbal”) scores as admissions standards until the writing assessment scores may earn a maximum 800 points in each subject area. As the writing section have been reviewed over a number of years. was added spring 2005 and has not been analyzed over time, most colleges will not consider that portion in their admissions decision for a few years. For more information about college entrance testing and for a list of Some schools, including the University of California system, require SAT II colleges which do not require SAT or ACT scores fro admission, go to Subject Test scores in addition to SAT I scores (check the college application www.fairtest.org. for requirements). Juniors taking both the SAT I and SAT II should plan on two spring test dates. Accommodations are made for students with documented disabilities SAT II Subject Tests: Check the college application to see if SAT II tests are required and religious conﬂicts. Students must see Nancy Lynn in Counseling as or preferred. (California requires SAT II subject tests.) If so, it is suggested that the early as possible to request accommodations. student take the subject test as soon as possible after completing the related course. A student may take up to three subject tests on one test date. See collegeboard web site for SAT II fees and information. Literature World History US History Test Prep Programs Physics Chemistry Biology (Ecological/Molecular) Students may prepare for SAT/ACT testing by reviewing the provided Math Level IC Math Level IIC Languages - offered only on Nov test date sample test booklet or by studying any of the several books, video, or For more information on the SAT I or SAT II, computer programs available on the subject. For assisted preparation, or to register for the test(s), go to www.collegeboard.org. the following programs are available in Tucson. Fees subject to change. University of Arizona - Early Academic Outreach (EAO) ACT Assessment: The ACT measures aptitude (knowledge) in four 20 hours of class over 4 sessions, $50 particular subject areas: math, English, reading, and science. An optional Call 626-2300 or go to eao.web.arizona.edu writing section is also available. The maximum ACT score is 36 (an average Cambridge Test Prep – through CFHS Community Schools of the four subject areas). Colleges will accept either the SAT or the ACT for 23 hours over 7 weeks, $545 admissions. call 577-5090 ext. 1590 For more information or to register for the ACT, Double800 PSAT/SAT Test Prep go to www.act.org 20 hours over 8 sessions, $600 call 401-0014 or go to www.double800.com The Learning Lab, 797-1875 or 298-0266 ﬁve 4-hour sessions (20 hours), $400. Advanced Placement Tests Taking AP courses will enhance a high school transcript and support a college Sylvan Learning Center, 531-0431 or 290-6877 application. AP Exams, graded on a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high), measure determined by individual, $40 per hour. proﬁciency of students taking high school Advanced Placement courses in The Princeton Review, 622-8985 various subject areas. The exams themselves are not college entrance ﬁve weeks - ten 3 1/2 hour sessions (35 hours), $800. tests but the scores earned may allow a student to receive college credit or Kaplan Educational Centers, 622-4256 bypass some introductory college courses. Information about whether or twelve 3-hour sessions (36 hours), $900. not your college of choice gives credit for AP scores can usually be found on the school’s web site. See your AP teacher or Counselor for additional Tucson-Pima Public Libraries hold free workshops in September and information. October. Call (800) 527-8378 for more information or to register. Visiting A College Campus Through reading and discussions books and other pamphlets provided session or interview. Review the and cancel. Distinguish yourself. with friends, parents and other by colleges contain information about catalog to become familiar with . . be yourself. Dress appropri- adults, a listing of colleges and campus life, facilities, history, and admission requirements and to ately, answer questions fully and universities of interest is devel- admissions requirements. Check out develop a list of questions about frankly. Be prepared to answer oped. Visiting these colleges and the college web site on the internet. admissions, curriculum, facilities, questions about your application, universities can provide an excel- With this information in mind, ques- etc.; and ask them! If appropriate discuss your academic goals, lent opportunity to research educa- tions can be formulated. and time allows, make an appoint- tell why you are interested in the tional programs, faculty, facilities, ment with the ﬁnancial aid ofﬁce college, describe favorite leisure the feel of the student body, school Plan visits to ﬁve or six colleges and as well. time activities, discuss books you spirit, and general atmosphere. universities of various sizes. Select have recently read, etc. Feel free While it is not necessary to visit dates and times convenient for every- Make the most of the campus visit. to organize your thoughts before every college, it is very important one and plan to visit no more than two While on campus, plan to attend a responding to a question. Being to visit those of particular interest. college visits per day. Be prepared class and talk to a faculty member. familiar with the college’s materials Visiting local college campuses is with alternate dates should ﬁrst choice Talk to students about the college will help you ask questions about an appropriate and inexpensive be unavailable. environment and its academic, things not found in their catalog, way of establishing a baseline for extracurricular and social life. Visit another sign of your interest and Contact the Admissions Ofﬁce & Ar- the facilities of interest, and most of feelings of “ﬁt.” range for a Visit. This initial contact enthusiasm. them will be of interest, particularly to schedule a visit (and interview, if the library, residence halls, dining Tips for the Campus Visit: appropriate) may take the form of a Interviews usually last 30 to 45 min- halls, student center(s). Pick up a utes. It is important to be verbal, Read the materials sent by each phone call or email and should be copy of the student newspaper to made four to eight weeks in advance. demonstrate interest, and to allow college. While the official col- see what issues are of concern to It is through this initial contact that the admissions officer to direct lege catalog must sometimes be the student body. communication is established and the interview. Be sure to send a purchased and is often less-than- the student’s name becomes known thank you note to the admissions fascinating reading, it does pro- Interviewing: within the admissions ofﬁce. When ofﬁcer with whom you met follow- vide descriptions of the academic Always schedule an interview if re- possible, students should arrange to ing the interview. Enjoy reviewing course work and requirements quired or recommended by a college stay overnight in one of the residence the view book and catalog again leading to graduation. Most colleg- or university - the time and effort will halls. Allow plenty of time to tour the as the information may be seen in es now make their course catalog be well worth it. Be prompt; if you campus in addition to an information a more meaningful way following available on their web site. View can’t keep the appointment, call your visit. 6 Sample Resume The College Essay Full Name The essay is a signiﬁcant source of information about an applicant to an Street Address Phone: (520) XXX-XXXX admissions committee. It allows the college to differentiate one student City, State, Zip Code E-Mail: XXXXX@XXX.XXX from another and to separate a student from his/her more objective data _______________________________________________________________________________________________ (GPA/test scores); it allows colleges to get to know students in a more personal way as the applicant becomes a real person through writing. HS: Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ It adds the human element to the application package and can breathe GPA: 4.01 weighted Rank: CFHS does not rank SAT I: CR 580 M 650 W 600 CFHS CEEB Code 030476 life into activities, interests, and experiences. It provides insight into the SAT II: Math I 670 US History 580 Chemistry 600 thought process, the maturity of thinking, and goals of the student. It is the student’s opportunity to tell about him/herself! Educational/Career Goals: To pursue a four-year degree in science and eventually teach. I also plan to work in local and international missions. As essay length is limited, the applicant is encouraged to look at his/her life and select one element, event, experience or insight, and assign Activities: Grade/Year meaning to it. Make notes: people and/or experiences of inﬂuence; Academic Decathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . 11, 12 virtues admired; signiﬁcant lessons; a failure providing growth or a fear Marching/Concert Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 12 conquered; a funny, weird, extraordinary experience. The applicant needs National Honor Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 12 to prove the validity of that meaning, backing up and substantiating the Student Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9, 10, 11 Library Volunteer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9, 10, 11 view taken. The idea here is not to be solely different, noble, or schol- arly (although these qualities may help), but rather to be vivid and clear, Leadership Roles: showing intensity, enthusiasm, insight and understanding. Be real and Student Council - Junior Class President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 use a natural “voice”, not a thesaurus- driven or ﬂowery voice. National Honor Society - President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Band - Drum Line Section Leader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 An essay is also an opportunity to provide an explanation of grades or exceptional circumstances in the student’s background as it may be im- Community Involvement: Community Food Bank Packer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9, 10, 11, 12 portant to let the college know about an illness, family situation, handicap, Middle School Tutor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 12 or other difﬁcult situation. Essay writing can seem scary, difﬁcult, and fun Literacy Volunteers of America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11, 12 all at the same time. Basically, colleges are looking for you: your creativ- St. James Youth Mission (repaired homes in Mexico ) . . . summer 2004 ity, your enthusiasm for learning, exceptional recognition or rare talent, hardships overcome, initiative, persistence, and leadership. Honors and Awards: Nominated for Soroptimist Youth Citizenship Award . . . . . . . May 2004 In addition to the personal aspect, the typical admissions committee Top 10% in State Math Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10. 11 reader is looking at writing skills: Academic Decathlon - First Place Fine Arts, Regional . . . . . . . . 11, 12 Form — The essay is reviewed to see how well it is written. The student Employment: needs to demonstrate a command of the English language; spelling, Temple Emanuel Summer Camp - Counselor for 7 year olds. . . . . summer 2003 grammar, syntax, and usage must be perfect. Logical organization is also Jay’s Pet Store - Clerk, Stocker, Clean up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 2004 to present important, as is writing in a relatively economical and effective manner. Interests: Running, Tennis, Reading, Music, Hiking, Nature, Geology Content — The admissions committee considers the writer’s ability to write substantively. The admissions committee is also hoping to see References: either list three references with names, addresses, phone num- something creative. While humor may be difﬁcult to write, an essay bers (with their permission) or note References Available Upon Request. peppered with some wit may be attractive. Teacher Recommendations Who: Schools ask that recommendations be from people who know you well Essay Considerations and who can speak to your academic abilities as well as your character and Do Don’t personality. Check the application requirements. Are teacher recommenda- Tell a concrete story that reveals Try anything silly, cute or outrageous tions required from particular academic disciplines (math, science, English, something about yourself Try to be philosophical or profound history), or are drama, music, or athletic recommendations accepted? If no Write about the speciﬁc rather Repeat information found elsewhere guidelines are listed, at least one recommendation, if not more, should come than the general, the concrete on your application from a teacher who can speak to your abilities in one of the core academic rather than the abstract Use your essay to sell your political, areas. Consider who knows you well enough to speak of your intellectual Be honest religious or moral views abilities and potential as well as of your maturity and personal skills. This Draft, draft, draft ! Let it sit for a Exceed suggested length may not necessarily be the teacher of your favorite or easiest subject. Other day or two. Revise, reword teachers may actually have more insight on your persistence, your growth, and rewrite and/or other notable qualities. Edit for spelling and grammar (proofread, don’t just trust When you have decided whom to ask, be polite and respectful in your request. spell check) Sample Essay Questions Tell the individual for what you are applying (scholarship, college admission) Describe a signiﬁcant lesson you and ask if he or she would be willing to write a supporting letter for you. Pro- have learned. vide all necessary forms and prepare a summary letter stating explicitly the What scientiﬁc discovery or devel- college(s)/scholarship(s) for which you are applying, what you’d like them to To generate a theme or opment since 1960 has had or highlight in the recommendation, and the deadline date(s). anecdote, consider... will have a signiﬁcant impact on Five people who have inﬂuenced humanity and how has it affected Provide a stamped, addressed envelope for each college to whom the rec- you. your thinking about science and ommendation is to be sent. If you are to personally collect the letter and Three virtues that you admire and society? include it with the rest of your application packet, you may give the writer respect. Discuss an issue or value of per- the option of keeping their letter conﬁdential by suggesting they put it in Three signiﬁcant lessons that you sonal, local, national or interna- an envelope and sign their name across the sealed ﬂap. (Many colleges have learned. tional concern about which you will ask you to waive your right to see recommendation letters by signing a Three memorable experiences feel strongly. Buckley Amendment/FERPA statement.) you have had. Discuss a work of art, literature, music Supporting information: Provide the letter writers with background in- A failure and what it has taught or drama that has inﬂuenced you formation in the form of a resume listing your activities, awards, academic you or a fear that you have in a signiﬁcant way. achievements, etc. If possible, arrange to spend 10 to 20 minutes in con- conquered. Drawing upon your life experience to versation with your letter writers and share information about your goals, Your greatest success. date, what does “diversity” mean your interests, life inﬂuences, etc. so that they may better personalize the The funniest thing that ever hap- to you and how would you like recommendation. It is also helpful to provide the letter writers with some pened to you. it to be reﬂected in your college information on the college or scholarship for which you are applying so Five places that impress you. experience? that they may speak directly to why you would be a good candidate for the particular college or scholarship. Be sure the letter writers have the name of the college/scholarship in writing as well as the date by which the letter Recommendations Cont. should be sent. Organization: It is helpful to keep a notebook or a checklist of deadlines When: Pay attention to deadlines. Contact the references at least three for applications to ensure you have completed all aspects of an applica- weeks prior to the deadline for submission of application materials. Remember tion. You should also make and keep a copy of all applications in case that extra time is needed for mailing so allow for this when giving information something gets lost in the mail or otherwise needs to be resubmitted. to your references. Follow up one week before the letter is due and again a Having copies of previous applications on ﬁle also simpliﬁes completion couple of days before the mailing deadline. of other applications. Note that you will not be able to see or make cop- ies of any letters of recommendation which you have waived your right Courtesy and professionalism dictate you follow up with a sincere thank you. to see. If you will be needing more than one letter of recommendation Writing a recommendation letter takes time and effort and the reference has from an individual, you should make that clear at the time of your original done you a service by providing one. Also, let your letter writers know of the request so that the writer can make additional copies or keep the letter results of your application. They will be interested in your status. on their computer for easy revision/duplication. 7 8 Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Types of Aid Applying for Scholarship Info The cost of college includes Financial Aid Scholarship money is different from federal student aid money (Pell Grants, tuition and fees, books and sup- Stafford Loans, etc.). It is usually awarded based on merit (e.g., grades, plies, room and board, personal FAFSA leadership/service, talents), though some scholarship programs also con- expenses (living, transportation, (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): sider need. Scholarships can range from the $100 poetry contest prize to clothing, and entertainment), and Filing a FAFSA is the only way to the $60,000 full ride to a selective institution. Unfortunately, it is a myth that travel expenses. In-state tuition, access any Federal Aid in the form money grows on trees and that thousands of dollars of scholarships money fees, and living expenses aver- of grants or loans. Many colleges goes unclaimed each year. Scholarship money is limited and requires effort age $14,000 per year. Private also require FAFSA information as to obtain. Many cash prize scholarship contests (art, essay, drama, etc.) and out-of-state expenses can a means of documenting college- are open to all grade levels so it is never too early to begin investigating top $30,000 per year. There are supported ﬁnancial aid (both merit scholarship opportunities. three basic types of Financial Aid and need-based). The FAFSA is Most colleges and universities have their own scholarship ofﬁce and award available to assist in defraying the based on family financial status scholarships based on merit - grades and/or talents (athletics, music, drama, costs of higher education. (assets, income, need) and consid- etc.) or special status (disadvantaged student, minority, etc.) The second ers parent and student contribution place to look for scholarship money is through parental afﬁliation. Employers Grants or Scholarships - Grant to college costs. FAFSA forms are sometimes offer scholarships to dependents of employees and churches and or scholarship money is the pre- available in the Counseling Ofﬁce in social/fraternal organizations often have gift money available to members’ ferred aid as it does not have to December and should be completed dependents as well. Other scholarships are the highly competitive large be repaid. Grant programs such and submitted as soon after Janu- national programs (Coca-Cola, Target, etc.) that are usually based on a com- as the Pell Grant and the Supple- ary 1 as possible (need is based on bination of strong academics and exceptional community service; and the mental Educational Opportunity current income tax returns). The smaller local scholarships from organizations seeking to recognize student Grant (SEOG) are funded by the priority mailing date for the FAFSA leaders or those who have done signiﬁcant community service. Federal Government to assist is February 14. Within four weeks students who have high ﬁnancial of mailing, the U.S. Department of The Counseling Ofﬁce sends a weekly electronic newsletter to all seniors, the need. Education will send you a Student “Senior Scoop,” describing scholarship information that has been received in Aid Report (SAR) which will indicate our ofﬁce. The College and Career Center also has several reference books Scholarships have many funding your Expected Family Contribution on the scholarship search such as Cash for College and The Scholarship sources and may be afﬁliated with (EFC) based on the information Book. The internet is also a key resource and www.Fastweb.com purports the college or a private source provided on the FAFSA. Colleges to be the largest internet scholarship search. such as a local business, a na- will use the EFC to determine the amount of Federal grants, loans, or Need-based Scholarships: tional corporation (Target, Coca- work-study awards and send you Periodically, Counseling is notiﬁed of scholarships that are need-based. If Cola), civic or fraternal organiza- money is tight in your family and college seems unreachable because of it, tions (Elks, American Legion), their ﬁnancial aid “offer” soon after your receive the SAR. More infor- please let your counselor know so that we may keep you in mind if a need- religious groups or denominations based scholarship comes to our attention. (Hillel, Lutheran Association), or a mation about Federal student aid speciﬁc program (ROTC). programs and how to apply for them is available on the FAFSA Web site www.ed.gov/ofﬁces/OPE/students. AIMS Tuition Waiver: Students who have an unweighted cu- Loans - These awards do have mulative GPA of at least 3.5, who have B’s or better in the 16 core credits to be repaid but usually not until (no C’s), and who “Exceed” on all three sections of the AIMS assessment the student has graduated. Loans PROFILE: (or two sections of the AIMS and receive scores of 3 or better on two AP may originate with the Federal Some colleges and scholarship pro- exams), are eligible for the AIMS tuition waiver at UA, NAU, or ASU. Government (e.g. Stafford Stu- grams use information collected on dent Loan or the Perkins Loan), the College Board PROFILE to help through the college, or through a them award student aid funds. The Western Undergraduate private lending agency. PROFILE form was developed as a supplement to the FAFSA and a way Exchange Program - WUE Work/Employment - Many stu- of predicting ﬁnancial aid eligibility at an earlier date to better coincide Out-of-state students at a public college typically pay 3 times (300%) the dents work part time during the in-state tuition rate. WUE scholarships cut this in half – students only have academic year to cover part of with early admissions. PROFILE formsare available on-line at www. to pay 150% of the in-state tuition. This can save thousands of dollars and their college expenses. The Col- allow someone to attend an out-of-state school who might otherwise not lege Work Study program (CWS) collegeboard.org/profile. Check your college applications to see if have done so. Participating states include Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, is funded by the Federal Govern- Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, ment and supports a student’s they request the PROFILE and, if so, arrange to complete and submit New Mexico, and North and South Dakota. However, only certain col- wages in specific on- and off- leges/programs participate in each of these states. For more information campus jobs. the form as soon as possible. about the WUE scholarship program, visit web site www.wiche.edu. You will want to contact individual schools to determine: Financial Aid Terms: Do they offer WUE scholarships? Award Letter: Written notiﬁcation by the college advising an individual student of Is WUE limited to certain programs of study? the dollar amount available through the various ﬁnancial programs. Does WUE require a minimum GPA and SAT (or ACT)? How do you apply for the WUE at this school? Financial Aid Package: A combination of grants, loans, scholarships and work- What is the deadline for applying for the WUE at this school? study which is described in the Award Letter. Note: Some colleges award WUE scholarships on ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served basis. Grant (Scholarship): Gift Aid which does not have to be repaid (sometimes re- ferred to as grant-in-aid). Loan: Money borrowed from commercial banks, savings and loan banks, credit unions, and insurance companies which must be paid back with interest (sometimes Tip Box deferred until after graduation). Consider McGill University in Montreal or the University of Toronto if you want a solid education at a reasonable price just a bit outside the USA. Estimated Family Contribution (EFC): The amount determined to be contrib- uted by parents and the student toward the student’s college costs. The amount is subtracted from the amount it costs to attend a college and the result is called “unmet need.” Colleges will try to meet students’ unmet need through a combination Scholarship Scams of grams, loans, and work study. Con artists know there is a great deal of anxiety and hope in seniors and their Student Aid Report (SAR): Written notiﬁcation which states information submitted parents. They prey upon this. Think twice before paying for ﬁnancial aid or on the original ﬁnancial aid form and listing the Student Aid Index Number. scholarship information. Scholarships require an application fee are often operated like lotteries. They pay out a certain number of scholarships but they are funding them through the application fees of others. It’s also likely Tip Box that they are selling your information to others, such as credit card companies, phone card companies, etc. The Federal Trade Commission urges you to Don’t pay for any college scholarship search service, no matter how great the watch for these scam warning signs: promises sound or how great the money-back guarantee. Avoid any scholarship competition that costs money to enter and don’t believe the old saw about 4The company guarantees a scholarship or your money back. millions of scholarship dollars going unused. Also, Who’s Who Among High 4The scholarship service promises to do all the work. School Students, Outstanding High School Students in America, and other such 4A fee is required for the scholarship lists provided by the company. programs which essentially make money by charging people to buy a book 4The scholarship company claims to have exclusive information. with their name in it, are not given credibility by colleges and universities or 4You become a ﬁnalist in a contest you can’t even remember entering. by savvy employers. 4You are asked to provide your credit card or checking account number. 8 NCAA Volunteer and Travel Opportunities National Collegiate Athletic Association Many students in Europe take what is called a “Gap Year” and travel or perform community A student must meet speciﬁc academic criteria identical number of scholarships. While football service for a year between high school and col- set forth by NCAA before s/he can play a sport and basketball tend to offer a full complement, lege. This is an option for young people in the or receive an athletic scholarship at a Division I most other sports do not. Scholarships are not United States as well. If you are uncertain of or Division II college. To be eligible at a Division guaranteed for four years; they must be renewed your educational or career goals and are looking I school, the student with a minimum GPA will on an annual basis. to mature and explore the world through travel need a higher test score, and the student with a and/or community service, you may want to minimum test score will need a higher GPA. E.g College athletic recruiting is a complex business bound by many rules and the student-athlete investigate some of the opportunities posted in A student with a 2.0 GPA would need a minimum the College and Career Center. SAT score of 1010 (CR and Math). A student with and family should familiarize themselves with a 3.0 GPA would need a minimum 620 SAT score the process as best as possible to avoid any dis- qualiﬁcation from eligibility. We ask that students Suggested readings include: (CR/M). Students who meet CFHS graduation Taking Time Off requirements will meet (exceed) NCAA high being recruited to play college level sports keep in contact with counselors, coaches, and the by Colin Hall and Ron Lieber 1996 school curriculum requirements. Time Out by Robert Gilpin and athletic director about their status and any related recruiting issues. Caroline Fitzgibbons 1992 Athletes need to register with the NCAA Transition Abroad Magazine Clearinghouse in spring of their junior year if Additional information is available directly from interested in playing collegiate sports. Register NCAA. online at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. The NCAA Clearinghouse also requires an ofﬁcial Tip Box transcript from each high school attended as well as test scores sent directly from the test- Colleges who stand out for their programs for students Check out with learning disabilities: Landmark College in ing agency (student needs to note NCAA on SAT/ACT score reporting forms). Vermont, New York’s Adelphi and Hofstra, Colorado’s www.NCAAClearinghouse.net Fort Lewis, Ohio’s Muskingham, West Virginia Only colleges in Division I or II may offer athletic Wesleyan, and Bradford in Massachusetts. Also, for more information. Marymount - Palos Verdes, California, has a great scholarships, and institutions may disperse these in the form of full, half or partial grants. two-year program. Check out the K&W Learning Scholarships must go toward expenses re- Disability Guide (Princeton Review) or Peterson’s lated to tuition, room, board, fees, and books, Colleges with Programs for Students with Learning and not all colleges participating at the same Disabilities or Attention Deﬁcit Disorders available competitive level in the same sport offer the in the CFHS College and Career Center or at one of the local bookstores. Military Service Options Any of the three general military service options offers young men and women the following: a chance to serve their country; free training for a MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMIES career and a chance to travel; housing and food allowances; free medical The military academies offer an outstanding free education, but competition care; regular promotions based on performance; advanced education op- is ﬁerce for the few spots available each year. To have a chance, students portunities at little or no cost; an excellent retirement program with qualifying must complete a very rigorous course of study at CFHS earning excellent years of service; programs to develop discipline, maturity, leadership and grades and do very well on the college entrance (SAT/ACT) exams. They conﬁdence; an advantage seeking government employment and/or ﬁnancial must be physically ﬁt and must have demonstrated strong leadership in assistance for college after military service. school and non-school activities. It helps to have participated in sports while in high school. Good eyesight is a plus, especially if intending to pursue Military service requires a serious commitment for a number of years. Young pilot training at the Air Force or Naval Academies. people cannot simply quit and leave if they do not like it. Training missions and international conﬂicts can place military personnel in danger. U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 21402 U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO 80914 There are three paths a student can take to enter military service: U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT 06320 ENLISTING Students at the academies live a very strict military lifestyle without the same A recruiter for each military branch is assigned to our school. Recruiters for freedoms as civilian college students. They spend most of their summers the Army and the Navy are located at 2302 E. Speedway. The Airforce recruiter in training programs and owe a commitment to the military of at least six is at 6741 N. Thornydale Road. The Army National Guard recruitment ofﬁce years after graduating. is in the Valencia Armory located at 5500 E. Valencia Road. Coast Guard All students interested in service academy candidacy need to begin the ap- recruiters work out of their Phoenix ofﬁce located at 826 N. Central Avenue. plication process during their junior year of high school. Candidates must be Marine recruiters are at 7290 E. Broadway. The web sites and local phone U.S. citizens, between the ages of 17 and 22. The application process takes numbers of various military branches are listed below. approximately 12 to 15 months. It consists of the following steps: Army www.goarmy.com 520-326-6957 Navy www.navyjobs.com 520-795-9967 < Open Admissions File - Spring of junior year Air Force www.airforce.com 520-575-5781 < Apply for Congressional Nomination - starting Spring of junior year Army Natl Guard www.1800goguard.com 520-663-1701 < Congressional Screening - Summer after junior year through December Coast Guard www.uscg.mil/jobs 602-379-3834 of senior year Marines www.Marines.com 520-886-2946 < Academy Screening - Summer after junior year through May of senior year. Note: Enlisted personnel can apply for Ofﬁcer Candidate School. If eligible, < Medical and Physical Testing - Summer after junior year through March this offers another path to becoming an ofﬁcer in the military. of senior year < SAT/ACTs - Best scores, submit as early as possible junior year, no later ROTC (Reserved Ofﬁcer Training Corps) than Jan/Feb of senior year < Congressional Interviews - November or December of senior year Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC programs enable college students to earn < Appointments - December - May of senior year an academic degree in their ﬁeld of choice and a commission as a military ofﬁcer at the same time. Merit based scholarships pay partial to full costs Note: Summer programs after the junior year of high school are available of educational expenses at the selected college. After graduating and on a competitive basis at the Air Force, Army and Naval academies. Ap- completing obligatory duty (usually 4 to 8 years of active/reserve duty), the plications must be submitted by mid-November of junior year. ofﬁcer can select to continue a military career or begin to pursue a civilian ___________________________________ career. Those electing to remain in active service may qualify for graduate studies at government expense. ROTC programs are available at many Students considering military options should take the ASVAB colleges and universities throughout the United States, both two and four which is offered free to CFHS students every fall and spring. year schools. Nursing scholarships are also often available through ROTC. Interested students must submit an ROTC application early during their For more information about military opportunities, check out senior year and ﬁnalists will be required to complete a personal interview www.militarycareers.com. Mr. Vida is the Counseling liaison and physical exam. to the branches of the military. 9 Selected Resources Students are encouraged to visit the Tip Box College and Career Center in Counseling Community colleges offer the opportunity to fill two years of general for additional print resources. education requirements for a lower cost before transferring to a four-year college. University admissions ofﬁces look favorably on students who have Computers are available as well for internet research. been successful at a community college. The University of Arizona offers a Community College Transfer Waiver (tuition waiver) for students who Guidebooks: have completed 48 hours at an Arizona community college and earned a 3.2 cumulative GPA. Pima Community College is a ﬁne choice but don’t overlook Peterson’s Guide to Four-Year Colleges Central Arizona College, Eastern Arizona College, and other Arizona community colleges. CAC and EAC are residential campuses with excellent The College Handbook - College Board pre-professional programs as well as specialty programs (message therapy, Index of Majors - College Board welding, nursing, education, etc.). They also offer a full complement of arts, music, and sports programs. The College Blue Book - Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans Barron’s Guide to the Best, Most Popular, and Most Exciting Colleges Barron’s Guide to the Most Prestigious Colleges Suggested Reading: Gourman Report - A Rating of the Undergraduate Programs “Looking Beyond the Ivy League - Finding the College That’s Right For You” - Loren Pope Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges America’s Best Colleges - US News and World Report “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools You Should Know About Even if You’re Not a Straight-A Student” - Loren Pope The Best 306 Colleges - The Princeton Review The Insider’s Guide to Colleges “Selecting the Right College: Over 50 Little Known Tips From A College President” - Norman R. Smith National College Databook-The Book of College Questions and Answers Peterson’s Guide to Colleges w/ Programs for Learning Disabled Students “Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years” - K.L. Coburn and M.L. Treeger K&W Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities “Behind the Scenes: An Inside Look at the Selective College Tip Box Admission Process” - Edward B. Wall While colleges make big issue about their faculty to student ratio, consider that some classes are legitimately taught in a big-lecture format. Also, many Fact Box classes that meet once or twice a week in a large lecture format also have a smaller discussion group meeting requirement or lab session. Also, the Fewer than 1.5% of females attend women’s colleges, but one-third of the faculty-student ratio may be skewed by whether or not the school factors in female board members of Fortune 1000 companies, and one-ﬁfth of the women the faculty who only teach one small upper division class (sometimes as few serving in the U.S. Congress, are graduates of women’s colleges. as six students). College and Career Exploration and Information Websites College Exploration Careers Arizona Career Info System www.azcis.intocareers.or America’s Job Bank www.ajb.dni.us/ College Application www.commonapp.org Bureau of Labor Statistics www.stats.bls.gov/ College 411 www.college411.org/ Career Magazine www.careermag.com/ College Board (SAT and AP) www.collegeboard.org/ Career Paths On-Line www.careerpathsonline.com/start.html College Comparisons www.memex-press.com/cc/slist.html Career Resource Center www.careerbuilder.com College Express www.collegexpress.com/ Future Scan www.futurescan.com/ College Guides www.collegeguides.com/ Career Assessment www.azcis.intocareers.org College Info www.college.us.com Career Planning www.careermagazine.com College Links www.utexas.edu.world.univ/alpha Majors www.mymajors.com College Net www.collegenet.com/ Kiersey Temperament Sorter www.keirsey.com/cgi-bin/keirsey/newkts College Planning www.mapping-your-future.org/ Mapping Your Future www.mapping-your-future.org/ College Rankings www.library.uiuc.edu/edx/rankings.htm Occupational Handbook www.stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm College Search cbweb1.collegeboard.org:448/csearch Personality Tests www.2h.com/Tests/personality.phtml College Student www.collegestudent.com/ Planning a Career www.adventuresineducation.org/plan College View www.collegeview.com/ Trade and Voc. Schools www.overview.com/colleges/ College Scholarships www.college-scholarships.com Go College www.gocollege.com Financial Aid International Colleges www.ies-ed.com/ ACT FA Estimator www.act.org/fane/index.html NACAC www.nacac.com/ CSS Proﬁle On-line www.collegeboard.com/ﬁnaid/fastud/ Peterson’s www.petersons.com/ Finaid Info www.ﬁnaid.org/ Princeton Review www.princetonreview.com FA Awareness Month www.faam.org/ Virtual Campus Tours www.campustours.com/ Indep Higher Ed. Network www.ﬁhe.org/ﬁhe/college/ﬁnance.htm Yahoo Education Site www.yahoo.com/Education/ Paying for School www.adventuresineducation.org Universities.com www.universities.com/Searchuniv.htm Peterson’s FA Page www.petersons.com/resources/ﬁnance XAP Web Links www.xap.com/xap Sallie Mae FA Info www.salliemae.com/ Yahoo FA Info www.yahoo.com/education/ﬁnancial_aid Athletics NAIA www.naia.org/ Scholarships NCAA www.ncaa.org College Scholarships www.college-scholarships.com> FAFSA www.fafsa.com Test Prep FastWeb www.fastweb.com College Board On-Line www.collegeboard.org Free Search www..gocollege.com/goscholarships College Power Prep www.powerprep.com/ Minority Scholarships www.freschinfo.com/ ETS www.ets.org/ College Board www.collegeboard.com Get Tested: College4u www.college4u.com/c16.htm Scholarship Info www.ﬁndtuition.com Kaplan Page www.kaplan.com/ Scholarships on the Web www.freecollegescholarships.net Princeton Review www.princetonreview.com/ Scholarship Search www.collegescholarships.com ACT www.act.org 10 World of Work Arizona Universities, Colleges, While studies have shown that, on average, those who complete a college degree earn over $200,000 more during their lifetime, there are many op- and Trade Schools portunities available that do not require a four-year college degree. If college is not in your game plan, consider a two-year program, trade school, or other State Universities specialized training. Depending on the ﬁeld, skilled and committed workers can sometimes earn even more than their college educated peers. ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY Tempe, AZ 85287 www.ASU.edu (480) 965-7788 Those wanting to succeed in the workplace need skills, training, and mo- tivation. Our rapidly changing world, due to technological advances and globalization, demonstrates an exceptional high rate of productivity and the NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY Flagstaff, AZ 86011 best jobs require special education and training. The fastest growing occu- www.NAU.edu (520) 523-5511 pational groups are those requiring two years of post secondary education, a community college degree or trade school. Math, verbal and interpersonal UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA Tucson, AZ 85721 skills are the foundation for more speciﬁc professional education. Spend www.Arizona.edu (520) 621-3237 some time checking out the Occupational Handbook section of the library for information on the myriad of careers available, their growth rate and earn- Arizona Community Colleges and Technical Schools ings potential, and required education and skills. Also, interview people in the community, from the electrician to the newscaster, about their jobs and * Academy of Radio & Television Broadcasting their profession in general. Consider job shadowing or interning. * Al Collins Graphic Design School * American Graduate School of International Management * Apollo College * Arizona Automotive Institute * Arizona Institute of Business and Technology AZCIS * Arizona Paralegal Training Program * Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine * Arizona School of Health Science There are many college search and planning guides available on the internet. See the list at the end of this guide for several to explore. One * Arizona School of Professional Psychology that you may want to start with is AzCIS. The Arizona Career Informa- * Arizona Western College * Art Institute of Phoenix tion System (AzCIS) is an annually updated, comprehensive career and * Central Arizona College educational guidance system that provides information and exploration * Cochise College tools. In AzCiS you can ﬁnd information about occupations, programs of * Coconino Community College study, colleges and universities, ﬁnancial aids, job search skills, etc. You * CRM Airline Training Center can also take interest and aptitude surveys. * Desert Institute of the Healing Arts * DeVry Institute of Technology Go to www.azcis.intocareers.org. Log on with CFHS user name * Diné College “catalinafhs” and password “4azcis02”. * Eastern Arizona College * Everest College Job Training Resources: * Fuller Theological Seminary - Phoenix * High-Tech Institute * ITT Technical Institute Pima Community College * Long Technical College Center for Training and Development 206-5100 * Maricopa Community College District Offers over 40 certiﬁcate programs in business, childcare, food service, * Mohave Community College health occupations, and professional truck driving. * Northland Pioneer College * Pima Community College Proprietary Schools link at www.ACPE.ASU.edu * Pima Medical Institute * University of Advancing Computer Technology There are many proprietary schools in Tucson and Arizona that offer training * Yavapai College and certiﬁcation in ﬁelds such as aviation, business, cosmetology, design, massage, technology, etc. Check out the yellow pages of the local telephone directory, visit the College and Career Center, or see your counselor. Other Arizona Colleges and Universities - links at http://arizona.collegesonline.net Internet Resources: * American Intercontinental University - Online Check out Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://stats.bls.gov/blshome.html * American Graduate School of Management - Online or Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov.ocohome.htm * Arizona Culinary Institute - Scottsdale for excellent information on a wide range of careers. Visit www.mapping- * Art Institute – Phoenix. Online your-future.org for career planning and college information or http://users. * The Bryman School - Phoenix massed.net/~cgood. * CollegeAmerica - Flagstaff * Collins College - Tempe Tip Box * DeVry University – Phoenix, Online * Everest College - Phoenix Students should take their SAT and/or ACT tests in the spring of their junior * ITT Technical Institute – Phoenix, Tucson, online * Jones International University Online year, certainly no later than the ﬁrst test date available during the fall of their * Kennedy-Western University senior year. One or two sittings are acceptable; rarely will a student take * Long Technical College - Phoenix the test three times. More frequent test sittings may raise the eyebrows of * Phoenix Career College - Phoenix admissions ofﬁcers. * Remington College - Tempe * Scottsdale Culinary Institute - Scottsdale * Regis University - MBA Admissions Glossary * St. Leo University * Western International University As is true with most institutions, organizations, and areas of interest, the * Westwood College of Technology - Online college admissions process has a language all its own. The following terms * American College of Computer and Information Sciences regarding admissions cycles are important to know: * Arizona School of Health Sciences * Chaparral College Early Action/Admission: A notiﬁcation procedure whereby the candidate * Chapman University is advised of the decision on his/her application early (usually between De- * Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture cember 1st and January 15th). Early Action/Admission generally requires * Grand Canyon University submission of material by November 1 or 15. See the school’s web site for * Keller Graduate School of Management deadlines. Students may keep other applications active as they are usually * Magellan University not obligated to accept Early Action offers of admission until May 1st. * Midwestern University * Ottawa University Early Decision: Academically strong students, totally committed to a * Prescott College speciﬁc college, apply to that college early in the fall (exact date provided * RainStar University by speciﬁc college) and receive an admissions decision usually during * Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine December. Students must sign a contract agreeing to enroll at the college * Southwestern College * Thunderbird Graduate School if accepted and an Early Decision application should only be made after * University of Advancing Technology much serious consideration. * University of Phoenix – Phoenix, Tucson Regular Admission: Following regular application to a college or university * Wayland Baptist University - Ft. Huachuca, Phoenix (usually a December or January deadline), the student receives notiﬁcation of admission on/about April 1st. Proprietary Schools There are many proprietary schools in Tucson and Arizona that offer Rolling Admission: Procedure allowing notiﬁcation of an applicant of the training and certiﬁcation in ﬁelds from aviation, business, cosmetology, admissions decision as soon as possible following receipt of the application. design, massage, technology, etc. Check out the yellow pages of the A “ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served” process. local telephone directory or link at www.ACPE.ASU.edu. 11 COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE Freshmen / Sophomores Seniors - September - Continue to take challenging courses (at least ﬁve solid courses) - Develop a four-year plan for your high school years; one outlining and be involved with community service and extracurricular activities. courses you plan to take to prepare for college, the other for school and - Register to take (retake) September/October SAT and/or ACT if desired. outside activities in which you want to participate. - Give Counseling your college consideration list and email address. - Explore volunteer opportunities with local agencies, peer tutoring, etc. - Submit Arizona college applications. (UA, ASU, and/or NAU) - Keep a ﬁle of awards, certiﬁcates, etc., and a roster of activities - Meet with your counselor to discuss college choices and application (community, school, church/temple, music, sports, etc.) procedures if looking at private or out of state colleges. - Investigate summer programs - math, science, music camps and other - Register with NCAA Clearinghouse if applicable. opportunities. - Organize ﬁles and begin to ﬁll out rough drafts of applications. - Read, read, read. - Draft your college essays. - Take interest inventories, such as the ASVAB, as available. - Ask teachers to write recommendation letters at least three weeks - Check out the resource materials available in the College and Career before application due date. (See Student Guidelines for Recommendation Letters). Center (in the Counseling Ofﬁce). - Submit PROFILE ﬁnancial aid registration form for schools requiring - Periodically search the web for career and college-related sites. A good PROFILE. (Arizona schools do not require this.) one is AzCIS (see info on p 11.) - Have discussions with adult family friends about their careers and how October they got to where they are today (inﬂuencing decisions, college choice, - Submit Secondary School Report forms to your counselor if applying regrets, future, related career opportunities, etc.). Early Action to any colleges, with $3 per report requested, by October 1. - Get to know your teachers: What are they looking for in a high school - Take October SAT and/or ACT if scheduled. student? How can you get more involved in their subject? What - Retake AIMS if needed to pass for graduation. careers are possible if interested in the subject? - Attend as many college visits as possible. Watch the Counseling - Develop study skills and techniques for managing projects and assignments. bulletin board for information. - Use a daytimer to schedule activities, highlight schoolwork deadlines - Attend TCC and/or St. Gregory College Fair. and test dates, etc. - Visit colleges and universities as possible. - Work on social skills - assertiveness, public speaking, listening, self- - Finish all rough draft college applications and essays. Go over them with conﬁdence, and self-awareness. counselor, parent, teacher. - Explore scholarships/contests for essays, photography, etc. - Review the weekly “Senior Scoop” sent electronically from Counseling. - Take the ACT Plan as a sophomore (and/or freshman). - Note deadlines for private scholarships and apply accordingly. - Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of sophomore and junior years. - Register for SAT II Language Test with Listening if appropriate (offered - If you need to take SATII subject tests for college admission, check one time only - November). www.collegeboard.org for information and registration dates. Check ﬁrst to see if your college(s) of choice require SAT II tests. (Most don’t.) November - Review your high school academic plan and consider taking Honors - Conﬁrm all paperwork has been submitted for selected schools. Most and Advanced Placement courses. colleges using early decision admission require test scores and applica- tions by early or mid-November. - Complete all applications as soon as possible for early decision, early action, or rolling admissions candidacy. Juniors - Fall - All Secondary School Reports and requests for Counselor recommenda- - Begin to think about your reasons for going to college. Talk to parents, tions must be submitted a minimum of four weeks prior to the college counselors, teachers, and friends. Develop lists of your interests, application deadline (and no later than Dec 1 for any January deadlines). educational priorities, talents and abilities, social and cultural preferences, - Take November SAT (or SATII) as necessary. and personal qualities. - Keep your grades up. Colleges do look at semester and year-end grades. - Take the PSAT in October. - Plan holiday visits to select colleges. - Take the ASVAB if interested. December - Retake AIMS to pass for graduation or as desired to “Exceed”. - All counselor recommendation requests for any January deadlines are - Attend as many college fairs and college representative visits as possible. due to Counseling by December 1. - Arrange to take a prospective student tour at UA and drive up to NAU. - Mail ROTC scholarship materials if appropriate. - Continue producing quality work and challenging yourself academically/ - Collect ﬁnancial aid information and prepare to complete the FAFSA in January. intellectually. Colleges look closely at junior year academic achievement. - Visit colleges as able. - Review your high school course plans. - Receive Early Admission and Early Decision acceptance information. - Involve yourself in activities that offer leadership and growth. - Start investigating which civic, cultural, and service organizations award January scholarships to graduating seniors. Start a ﬁle. Www.fastweb.com - Attend CFHS Alumni panel during Home Base. purports to be the largest internet scholarship service. - Submit FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) as soon as possible after January 1. - Keep in touch with college representatives at your ﬁrst choice colleges. Spring - Inform counselor of your status. - Attend CFHS Alumni panel during Home Base and Arizona College - Attend Financial Aid Information Night. Fair in January. - Don’t stress. It is not too late to apply to many colleges. - Begin college search in earnest. Identify factors important for you. - Check that colleges have received all materials - test scores, recommendations, etc. Start a ﬁle. Utilize the internet and guidebooks from the College and - Apply for housing as soon as possible at college of choice. Career Center. - Pursue scholarship opportunities. - Attend College Planning Night in February/March. February - Continue to do well academically as this is your most important semester - Inform counselors and teachers when you’ve heard from a school. for college applications. - Rerank your college choices based on information received, school - Retake AIMS to pass for graduation or as desired to “Exceed”. contact, and your gut feeling. - Research interesting and challenging summer courses, internships, - Send thank you’s to anyone who helped you through the process jobs, travel, or activities. (recommendations, advice, support, etc.) - Visit area schools and, if possible, try to visit distant colleges during spring or summer vacation. Call the colleges for tour information and March appointments. - If you ﬁled a FAFSA, watch for your Student Aid Report (SAR) to arrive, telling - Register to take ACT, SAT I or SAT II Subject Tests in March, May, or June. the amount of student aid amount. Make sure colleges receive a copy. - Take AP exams if appropriate. April - Register for AP tests. Summer - All colleges should be responding with decisions. - Continue to research schools via internet and site visits and narrow - Decide where you wish to go. Discuss options with parents, counselors, teachers. your choices. - Write to colleges regarding acceptance or non-acceptance. Inform - Gather application materials and ﬁnancial aid info from 5 - 10 colleges. counselor / teachers of decision. - Create a checklist of test names and registration deadlines, fees, test - Send in college deposit to selected school by May 1. dates, college application deadlines, ﬁnancial aid applications and - Sign and return ﬁnancial award letter. deadlines and other materials that you will need. - Turn in College Selection and scholarship information to Counseling. - Review for fall SAT or ACT tests if retaking for higher score. Consider a test prep program if needed. May - Work on rough drafts of college essays and your resume’ or biography. - Take AP exams. - Do something none of your friends are doing. It could be attending - Graduate! Give college e-mail address to Counseling. a music camp, reading War and Peace, teaching little kids to play June/Summer basketball, or hiking the Himalayas. - Attend all advising days, open houses, orientation programs, and - Read. Read. Read. registration sessions offered by your college. - If you work, try to do something that requires real thinking or an interest- - Read books and talk to those in the know about how to survive in college related internship. Regardless of your job, reﬂect on how it relates to physically, academically, emotionally, philosophically, and spiritually. Talk to potential college success. 12 parents about your (and their) transitions as you prepare to go to college.
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