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					Applying To Colleges

     SJA Guidance Department
College Applications’ Elements

 1. College Application Form:
      Prefer online applications over
       paper applications
      Usually takes 45 minutes online
      Some will allow stopping, saving
       and returning later; others don’t.
      Need credit card
      Need unofficial transcript
College Applications’ Elements
2.   Application Fee:
        Credit card will be needed for online
         applications
        Check may be used for paper
         applications
        Average amount is $20-35 per
         application; some are as high as
         $65
        Students should apply to about 5
         colleges
            1 ‘long shot’
            1 ‘sure thing’
            3 that you would be happy to attend
College Applications’ Elements
3.       Official Transcript from SJA:
      Fill out the green Transcript Request
       Form in your Red College Folder
      Turn in the Red Folder to Ms.
       Bernhard in Guidance
      Allow 2 days for the transcript to be
       sent
      Guidance will send the transcript
       directly to the college
      First five transcripts are free

      Xerox copy stapled in Red Folder and
       returned to senior for your Planner
College Applications’ Elements
4. Counselor’s Recommendation
       A single recommendation requested by a college is usually
        from the counselor
       Multiple recommendations should include additional ones
        from teachers, pastors, family friends, and employers
       If the counselor’s recommendation is not sent, and another
        one is sent in its place, the assumption by the college is that
        the counselor would not write a recommendation for serious
        reasons. This can cause a rejection of your college
        application.
       Each request should be filled out on a green Counselor
        Recommendation Form and the FIRST ONE should include
        a copy of the salmon-colored Recommendation Resume
        filled out.
       A Letter of Recommendation will be attached to all college
        recommendation forms and will be sent by itself if there is no
        specific form
       Each Letter of Recommendation takes about one hour to
        write. Two weeks notice must be given for letters of
        recommendation. A xeroxed copy of the Recommendation
        Form and the Recommendation Letter will be included in the
        Red Folder when it is returned to the senior.
       Significant disciplinary action will make it impossible for a
        Letter of Recommendation to be sent. Colleges will be
        contacted to withdraw recommendations if letters have been
        sent and then a serious disciplinary action occurs.
College Applications’ Elements
5.       College Essays
          Many colleges now require a college essay. If
           it is an option, be sure to write one to show
           your strong desire to attend that college.
          Be sure to have your essays edited by at least
           one teacher before you submit it. It is
           expected to be a polished piece of writing, not
           a rough draft.
          Save your essays on your computer. Some
           colleges have very similar essay topics and
           you may be able to recycle some parts of a
           previously used essay.
          Follow the guidelines for length exactly.
          Refer to the yellow handout sheet for some
           help writing a college essay
        Types of Admissions

   Rolling Admissions: You will receive
    a decision within 2-4 weeks after
    your completed application arrives at
    the Admissions Office
   Deadline Admissions: You must
    have all parts of your application in
    by a specific date. There is a date for
    notifying students of admissions
    decisions by the college, usually a
    few months later.
Types of Decisions by the
College Admissions Offices
   Regular Decision: reviewed at the normal deadline
    for admission or reviewed in the normal amount of
    time for a Rolling Admission
   Early Decision: reviewed at an earlier deadline for
    admission, usually slightly more difficult criteria but
    much earlier notice of admission. Admitted students
    are contractually bound to attend that college.
   Early Action: a newer admission option which offers
    a deadline after the Early Decision, before the
    Regular Decision and without the contractual
    obligation of Early Decision
   Some of the State Universities, especially UF, have
    started to accept admissions applications in the
    summer before the Senior year. Contact each
    college’s admissions office about their deadlines, as
    not all websites have been updated at this time.
       College Admissions Levels
     Handout from the SUS of Florida
   Name, website and phone number of the college or university
   Average re-calculated, weighted gpa on academic courses only (Core 19).
    Previous year’s information in parentheses.
   Average SAT/ACT scores. SAT is best combination of math and verbal (reading
    and math) and ACT is best composite score from various test dates. SAT writing
    scores should not be a part of this total. Previous year’s information in
    parentheses.
   Entire enrollment and freshmen enrollment. Previous year’s information in
    parentheses.
   Application fee amount and the college’s preference for either paper or online
    applications. May use the www.FACTS.org application at all SUS schools.
   Tuition deposit required at the time of accepting an offer of admission from that
    school. Only one deposit should be sent. All acceptances to colleges are
    conditional.
   Essay requirement
   Type of admissions offered by the college as well as helpful information about that
    school.
   For more information, go to that college’s website and/or call their Admissions
    Office.
   There are over 1600 colleges in the United States and over 50 in Florida, including
    community colleges, private colleges, technical institutes and state colleges and
    universities. This chart only offers information about the 11 State Universities and
    Colleges in Florida. Each college-bound senior is expected to do their own
    research on other schools.
          Common Assistance with
             College Costs
   There are 11 state-funded colleges in Florida, called the
    State University System (SUS).
   There are over 20 private colleges in Florida, part of the
    Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF).
   Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG) is a grant offered
    to Florida high school graduates who attend private
    colleges in Florida. It is designed to help offset the cost of
    a private college and is usually about $2500+ each year,
    though the exact amount varies each year.
   Bright Futures Scholarships may be applied to private
    colleges. It is not a percentage of the tuition costs, as it is
    at SUS colleges. It is a set amount, usually similar to the
    amount of the FRAG.
   Florida Pre-paid Tuition Program may be applied to SUS
    schools and, as a set amount, to the ICUF schools, too.
   Review the Financial Aid questions and terms on the
    yellow handout before talking to a college financial aid
    advisor. You need to set up an appointment for yourself
    after you have been admitted to the college.
College Visits and Interviews
   Setting up the interview is explained in the green
    handout.
   Arranging with SJA for an excused College Visit
    must be done through Mr. Maloney’s office. He will
    require proof from Guidance that you have sent a
    transcript to that particular college.
   Dressing for a successful interview is extremely
    important. It is considered an insult to the
    representative of the college for you to come for the
    interview in casual, beach-type clothing. Wear it to
    class AFTER you are a student at that college. For
    the interview, wear dressy clothing that you would
    wear to the Academic Awards/Senior Breakfast in
    the Spring.
   Open House/Campus Tours are often held in the
    fall. There are three local College Fairs this fall.
   SJA Field Trip to UNF and Flagler College was
    taken in the junior year. Many of you went on that
    trip with Dr. Weimer.
         Scholarships for College
   Five different types
   Federal Scholarships, Grants and Loans: need to fill out the
    FAFSA FORM online at www.fafsa.ed.gov .
   State Scholarships: need to fill out the BRIGHT FUTURES
    FORM online at www.MyFloridaEducation.com/brfutures OR
    www.floridastudentsfinancialaid.org/home .
   Individual Colleges and Universities: fill out the Financial Aid
    Form used by that school. You usually must ask for this form.
    Sometimes it is not given until you have been received an
    acceptance to that school.
   Local/National Groups or Organizations: These are the ones
    announced on the morning and afternoon announcements.
    There is a scholarships file box in the Guidance Office. Be sure
    to take time to go through it frequently. You should have
    opened a www.FastWeb.com account and be receiving emails
    about other scholarships. If not, do so right away.
   Special Talents/Athletics: All athletes should be registered
    with the NCAA Clearinghouse online at www.ncaa.org . All
    students with special talents, particularly in the arts, such as
    music, drama, painting, sculpting or dance, should contact the
    Fine Arts Department at the individual college and find out if
    they offer any talent-based scholarships and when the auditions
    are for them.

				
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