Student voices about college entry. (Video on SchoolTube)
Everett Public Schools’ counseling curriculum includes several lessons and presentations that help a student apply for college. Even if seniors believe that college is not in their immediate future, it is important that every graduate knows the steps to access a “next level” of education. The Senior Seminar course works with seniors to understand what is required and what resources are available to explore every opportunity available to them. Constructing a resume and gathering letters of recommendation are great ways to start off both the college application and the scholarship application process.
Several resources are available to students investigating college options during their senior year and beyond - particularly those who have completed their PSAT through the College Board website. In 2011 all Everett Public Schools’ juniors were invited to take the assessment so they should have access. College Board site has the following information posted related to students who have completed the PSAT. Teachers can help students complete steps to access the resource using the materials from the College Board “My Quickstart Resources”. (on demo skip ahead to 35/69 for College Readiness).
Students can access their accounts starting in December (2011) when paper score reports are received. To sign in, students need:
- The access code printed on their PSAT/NMSQT score report
- A College Board student account (Students who do not already have a College Board account will be prompted to create one. It typically takes less than two minutes to create a free account.)
Beyond understanding the application process is learning more about what it takes to be successful in post secondary education programs. Senior Seminar wants to work with students to explore more than simply “getting in” to college. Our goal is to have them examine schools that are a “best fit” and then what challenges and opportunities exist in college that help them reach their personal goals.
What is the College Application Process?
College admissions in the United States refers to the process of applying for entrance to institutions of higher education for undergraduate study at one of the nation’s 2,675 four-year nonprofit schools. Generally, college search begins in the student’s junior year although most activity takes place during the senior year of high school, although students at top high schools often begin the process during their sophomore year. In addition, there are considerable numbers of college students who transfer as well. (Wikipedia)
Want to know more about the College Application process? Check out this SchoolTube
Review the basics of what goes in to a College Application using Anatomy of a College Application.
- College Comparison Worksheet
- College Board – College Planning
- Getting In: College Board
- Student and Parent Resources
- Community College Misconceptions (Word)
- How to Pick the Right College (Word)
- How to Choose a College that is Right for You (Word)
- Scholarship Interviews (YouTube video) Updated 10-29-12
Lesson 1: Applying to college
- The student will be able to fill out a college application and know how to submit them online
- The student will be able to identify what colleges are looking for when evaluating application
- The student will be able to analyze themes and synthesize them into a potential college essay
- How do I apply to the school I want to go to?
- What should I write my essay about?
Activities: Updated 1-10-13
Step One: Complete initial research of colleges with matches to possible majors. Use College Board or other online college search/match resources.
Step Two: Link to the Common Online Application for several Washington State Community and Technical Colleges (including EvCC, EdCC) Paper Version Model (Edmonds) or use an actual application for a school of your choice.
Be prepared to gather all necessary information and write an application essay. If using the common community college application or the application you have selected does not include an essay - you should complete the essay portion of the Common Application. Writing Prompts for Common Application
- Writing the Essay:
NOTE: Do not exceed word/character requirements – it may disqualify an entry. Type in word and use word count feature to keep accurate.
- Print or take screenshots if it is an online application as a reference for both your instructor and yourself for future applications.
Lesson 2: Being successful once admitted
- The student will be able to self-assess what may be challenging once in college.
- The student will be able to name strategies and resources that could help them meet those struggles.
- How will I handle the new responsibilities and freedoms in the college environment?
- What resources and strategies might help me succeed?
Step Two: Write in your Reflective Log what you believe will be your greatest challenges and how you think you could connect to resources or build personal skills to handle those challenges.
- Resources related to completing college:
- What different degrees are there?