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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WHICH COLLEGE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

As you start your journey and complete applications for college, you should have some options.   Having choices is good at this stage of the game.  Dream big, but then make decisions realistically, considering a series of facts based on your particular needs, interests, and finances.

Of course, many students want to go off and see the country by traveling out of state, but unless there are significant financial incentives, you may have additional difficulty paying for your education.  Having a checklist and making sound judgements will help you to make a wise selection.



Consider these factors:

  • What is the best learning environment for me?
    • Does the size of the college matter?
    • Does the location (urban, rural, in state, out of state) matter?
    • What type of college (public, private, gender specific, religious) fits my interests and financial situation?
  • Do I need one-to-one interaction with my professor, or am I disciplined/driven enough to work and learn on my own?
  • Can I handle a fast-paced learning environment?
  • Does the college or university offer my major?
  • Will I be able to travel to and from college without financially burdening my parents?
  • What is the college data regarding graduation? 
  • What is the graduation rate?
  • What is the graduate school admission rate?
  • Does the college have a career placement office?
  • Are there support systems in place to assist me in graduating from college, such as TRIO Student Support Services?
If you are eligible for merit-based scholarships (ACT and GPA), you will need to complete your admission to that particular college no later than November 15th (to meet the December 1st deadline).  Outside scholarships (such as Smith, Dell, and Linly Heflin) will also ask about where you have been accepted, so you should apply to several before these deadlines.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Academic and Super Saturday Calendars


University of Montevallo
TRIO Upward Bound Academic Component
2016-2017

Tuesday, September 20
     Returning Students ONLY
Monday, October 3
     New Student Orientation
     Returning Students Regular Academic Session
Tuesday, October 18
Tuesday, November 1
Tuesday, November 15
Monday, November 28
Monday, December 5
Tuesday, January 10
Monday, January 23
Tuesday, February 7
Monday, February 27
Monday, March 6
Tuesday, March 21
Monday, April 3
Tuesday, April 18
Monday, April 24

 SUPER SATURDAY SCHEDULE
September 24         
EXPLORE / PLAN Testing (9th and 10th grades Make Up) TUTORING; Super Spectacular Senior Success Saturday;  Senior Scholarships & Senior Portfolio; Computer Access
October 8 
Last date for EXPLORE / PLAN Testing; ACT Prep; TUTORING;
Senior Admissions and Scholarships, Computer Access
October 22 ACT Prep; TUTORING; Senior Admissions and Scholarships,
Computer Access
November 5 ACT Prep; TUTORING; Senior Admissions and Scholarships;
Computer Access
November 12 ACT Prep; TUTORING; Senior Admissions and Scholarships;
Computer Access; SENIOR FAFSA DAY
December 3 ACT Prep; TUTORING; Senior Admissions and Scholarships;
Computer Access
December 10 Senior Admissions and Scholarships; TUTORING; Computer
Access; TUTORING
January 14 Senior Admissions and Scholarships; Senior Portfolios; TUTORING; Computer Access
January 28 Senior Admissions and Scholarships; Senior Portfolios; TUTORING; Computer Access
February 4 Tutoring, Senior Admissions, Scholarships; FAFSA;
Computer Access; TUTORING; Senior Portfolio
February 18 ACT Prep; Senior Stuff, Bridge, Scholarships;
Computer Access; TUTORING
March 4 ACT Pre Test (Required for ALL 10th and 11th graders); Senior Stuff, Bridge, Scholarships; Computer Access; TUTORING before CAREER DAY
March 18 ACT Pre Test MAKE UP (Required for ALL 10th and 11th graders); Senior Stuff, Bridge, Scholarships; Computer Access;
TUTORING, ACT Pre Test; Scholarships; Computer Access
April 15 ACT Prep; Senior Admissions and Scholarships; Computer Access; TUTORING; Senior Portfolio
April 29 Senior Admissions and Scholarships; Computer Access; TUTORING

Friday, August 12, 2016

YOUR FANTASTIC FUTURE & a COLLEGE DEGREE!

YOUR ACADEMIC RECORD

In the college admissions process, nothing is more important than a student’s high school academic record.  You should know what information is included in this record and how colleges use this information.


Admissions Criteria

Colleges use some, if not all, of the information listed below when determining whether or not to accept an applicant.  Individual colleges, however, differ in how they evaluate this information.  For example, one college may place a great deal of importance of standardized test scores, such as the ACT.  Other colleges may focus on more factors, but the main three are these:
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) 
  • Academic Rigor
  • ACT scores

Colleges will review these three criteria using your high school transcript, which details the courses you have taken in grades 9-12.  A current cumulative GPA  (based on a 4.0 scale) is used.  It is crucial your GPA be a 3.0 or above for college admission.  For scholarships, a 3.5 GPA is recommended. High schools have “weighted” grades for Honors, AP, or dual enrollment classes.  By taking these rigorous courses, you can improve your GPA and even have a GPA higher than a 4.0 at graduation, which is VERY IMPRESSIVE.  The minimum GPA you should have is a 20, but again the higher the score, the more opportunity to earn admission and scholarships.  

Competitive scholarships, often called merit-based scholarships, often require GPA’s of 3.5 or above and ACT scores of 25 or above. The higher these two numbers, the more money available to you!

If you haven't been able to schedule a one-to-one SENIOR STRATEGY SESSION with Mrs. Buff before the start of school, don't delay!  We need a plan of action to get you on the path for a FANTASTIC FUTURE and a COLLEGE DEGREE!