College Readiness Bishop O’Connell High School Counseling Department

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College Readiness Bishop OConnell High School Counseling Department. What do you think colleges look for?. GPA Standardized test scores Rigor of course schedule Extracurricular activities Athletics Leadership positions Volunteer/work experience Awards/Honors. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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College ReadinessBishop OConnell High SchoolCounseling Department1GPAStandardized test scoresRigor of course scheduleExtracurricular activitiesAthleticsLeadership positionsVolunteer/work experienceAwards/HonorsWhat do you think colleges look for?2May of senior yearOctober of junior yearFreshman yearSophomore yearWhat year of high school do colleges begin looking at your grades, extra-curriculars etc?3

Why should I startthinking about college already?!4Your decisions and actions each day impact your future!


7YOUR HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTCOURSE SELECTIONHow challenging are your courses?Will you meet OConnell graduation requirements?If you know where you would like to go to college, will you have taken the colleges required high school courses? More?Are you planning on playing college sports?GRADE POINT AVERAGE Throughout high school you will have an ongoing average of all your grades called a cumulative GPA.Every year counts so you must consistently work hard to learn and earn high grades. 8

GPA9How do you feel about your current GPA?How do you feel about what you need to do to move up?What things can you start doing now to move towards your desired GPA?Who can help you reach your goal?GPA Discussion10AP provides high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses and achieve college credit or advanced placement.AP courses signal to admissions officers that youve undertaken the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer.Must meet our schools requirements!AP Classes11AP English Language and Comp (Gr. 11) B+ in English honors, writing sample, and recommendation of English 2 Honors Teacher; A in English 2, writing sample, and recommendation of English 2 teacher, and approval of department chairAP Spanish 5 Literature and Culture (Gr. 10-12) Recommendation of Spanish 4 Honors teacher and approval of AP Spanish Language and Culture teacherAP Biology (Gr. 11-12) B in Biology Honors and B in Chemistry Honors or B+ in Biology and B+ in Chemistry, department approval and consent of the current AP Biology InstructorAP Art History (Gr. 11-12) B+ in English and permission of instructorAP U.S. History (Gr. 11) A in History, A- in Honors History, or B in AP History; B in current English class; Social Studies teacher recommendation and approval of department chair. Students are required to submit a writing sampleAP Requirements12The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math subjects that are taught every day in high school classroomsSAT13PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit ScholarshipThe PSAT/NMSQT is a test that can qualify you for scholarships and other honors. It can also help you start thinking about and planning for college, see which academic skills you need to work on, and get ready for college entrance exams.PSAT/NMSQT14The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Math, Reading and Science.ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.ACT15Open Enrollment CollegesTraditional CollegesSelective CollegesHighly SelectiveMost Selective

Five Types of Colleges16Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)Germanna Community CollegeLord Fairfax Community CollegeMontgomery CollegeUniversity of DC

Open Enrollment Colleges17Catholic University (#120)Howard University (#120)Temple University (#125)George Mason University (#139)West Virginia University (#165)Virginia Commonwealth University (#170)UNC, Charlotte (#199)Hampton UniversityShenandoah UniversityLongwood UniversityRadford University

Traditional Colleges** National Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 201318Penn State (#46)Boston University (#51)Pepperdine University (#54)University of Florida (#54)Ohio State (#56)University of Maryland (#58)Texas A&M (#65)Clemson University (#68)Virginia Tech (#72)American University (#77)Drexel University (#83)

Selective Colleges** National Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2013

19Johns Hopkins University (#13)University of Notre Dame (#17)Georgetown (#21)Carnegie Melon (#23)UVA (#24)Wake Forest (#27)University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (#29)UNC, Chapel Hill (#30)Boston College (#31)New York University (#32)William & Mary (#33)

Highly Selective Colleges* * National Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2013

20Harvard (#1) ~Princeton (#1) ~Yale (#3) ~Columbia (#4) ~University of Chicago (#4)M.I.T. (#6)Stanford (#6)University of Pennsylvania (#8) ~Duke (#8)Cal Tech (#10)Dartmouth (#10) ~

Most Selective Colleges*~ Ivy League* National Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 201321Average GPA or GPA rangeAverage SAT/ACT scoresRequirements and recommendations for high school courses

Students who challenge themselves with the upper-level courses offered in their high school (i.e. Honors-level courses, Advanced Placement classes, International Baccalaureate, dual enrollment, etc.) increase their competitiveness.For the 2013 admissions process, 58 percent of the applicants were admitted; however, 87 percent of the applicants were competitive.- James Madison University Website

What do you need to know about getting into your dream school?22Please fill out the handoutI will be back to pick it up ________College Readiness PlanHANDOUT23 up specific collegesSearch types of colleges

Where can I find this information?!25QUESTIONS?26


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