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Feb 23
2015

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Junior News!

Important Reminder: The Junior and Parent College Night with our reps from U of M, MSU and Kalamazoo College will be held this coming Monday, March 2 at 7:00 pm in the Commons! Looking forward to seeing you there as we “officially” kick off the college admission process!

We have begun scheduling Junior College Conferences, and I am looking forward to getting to know each of you!

Don’t forget—to schedule a conference, you must bring or send in your filled out questionnaires—both from yourself and from your parent(s)!  You will also complete a college search and bring in the results.—three good choices are from College Board, Cappex and College Navigator.  You could do more than one and compare!  However, if prior to that time you will be traveling and want to visit some colleges please don’t hesitate to email me and I’ll do my best to give you some general information.

I would like that list before our meeting as well.  I will be sending you a summary report after our meeting that will include a list of colleges you might want to consider and this information is helpful.  Be aware that time flies and the year will be gone before you know it.  I will be doing some college visits this spring in addition to spring break. So don’t delay in getting yourself on the conference schedule!!

You can pick up copies of the questionnaires in College Counseling or download them here:  the College Questionnaire for the Student and the College Questionnaire for the Parent and return them to College Counseling.

Tests coming up:

 ACT—April 18 test (registration deadlineMarch 13)

June 13 test (registration deadline May 8)

SAT—May 2  SAT I or SAT II Subject tests  (registration deadline April 6)

June 6 SAT I or SAT II Subject tests  (registration deadline May 8)

You definitely want to consider taking one or two Subject tests in case you decide to apply to a college that requires them!  And at the end of the year when the information is fresh in your mind is a good time to take them.  You can take up to three SAT II’s in one day.

Don’t think you need to wait until the deadline—you may register for any of these tests today! And remember, if you are “brave” enough to list up to four colleges on your registration form they will receive your scores for “free,” rather than spending $11.25 (SAT) or $12.00 (ACT) PER TEST PER SCHOOL later on.  However, since lots of students want to wait to see how they’ve done before they commit, SAT and ACT will allow you about a week AFTER you’ve taken the test to have the tests sent for “free.”

It can be a worthwhile investment to pay an additional fee to obtain your actual test and answers to use to prepare for a later test. The SAT offers the “Question and Answer Service” for the January and May tests for an additional $18.oo fee. The good news is you have up to 5 months after taking the test to do this, and if you have a fee waiver it also applies to this service. The ACT also offers this service for the December, April and June tests (called “Test Information Release”) for a fee of $20.00. You have up to 3 months to order the TIR after taking the ACT.

Don’t forget to see me about fee waivers if you think you might qualify!

Metro Detroit College Fair

Held this year on March 30 and 31 at the beautiful and convenient Suburban Showcase in Novi and sponsored by the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), here’s a chance to talk with admissions reps from well over 100 colleges.  To make it really easy to participate, you can register ahead of time by going to www.gotomyncf.com.  Next week we’ll include information on what to expect at the Fair!

Campus Visits

I’ll be really interested to hear about any college visit experiences you had over the mid-winter break, and to plan with you any visits you might make over spring break.  Remember that College Counseling gets information about specific visit programs on a daily basis.  Visiting a campus on a Prospective Student Day gives a unique look at not only the campus and the programs they want to highlight, but also the students that could potentially be your college class.

Here’s a sample of some local events to get you started in the process:

Lawrence Tech Exploration Day: Friday, March 20 from 8:00 am-1:00 pm. . Visit 3 different sessions to learn about majors that might interest you. Visit www.explorationday.ltu.edu for more information.

Oakland University “Go for the Gold” event: On Saturday, March 28 from 9 AM until noon, meet OU faculty, staff and students, tour the campus and residence halls, and learn about OU programs through interactive sessions. Reserve your spot at www.oakland.edu/visit.

Interested in Nursing or other Health Sciences? OU is also sponsoring a program to explore firsthand the exciting research and academic opportunities first hand: Visit labs, talk with faculty and staff, learn about admissions and financial aid and take a campus tour. Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 am-noon.

 

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