Senior Bulletin, February 8, 2017

You’ve Applied to College, Now What?

Although the application process is nearing its end, you probably still have questions and concerns about what is next.  Check out this article to help you understand what to expect. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeannie-borin/heres-what-to-do-while-waiting-for-admission-decisions_b_6126620.html

pi3  Mid-Year Grades–Make Sure You Complete Every Requirement for Admission

Check the requirements of each college to which you are applying. You can do this in three ways: check requirements on the school portal; refer to the list of requirements in the application forms; or you may get an email from a college asking for additional information.  Many colleges consider mid-year grades; if you need these sent please sign up on the sheet on Ms. Hirschfield’s door.  Remember that colleges also consider final grades and may change decisions if grades fall below their standards.  Continue reading

Junior Bulletin, February 7, 2017

Step into College-Philadelphia’s Pre-College Conference:

This conference features discussions on the college admissions process, financial aid, and career choices. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Ms. Hirschfield by Feb 8th. The conference will take place March 10th from 9:00am – 1:30am at the University of the Sciences. This is a great opportunity to ask the panel speakers questions about the college application process.

 Junior Financial Aid Night

Save the date! Junior Financial Aid Night takes place at SLA March 22nd from 5:30-6:30.  At this session, you and your family will learn important information about how to access the different financial aid opportunities that can help you attend the college of your choice.

Keep Track of College Entrance Exam Registration Deadlines

Deadline for the March 11th SAT is coming up on February 10th. Avoid late fees. See upcoming test dates for the SAT here and ACT here.

Micro Scholarships from Raise.me

Students can earn up to $1000 in scholarship money from 120 different colleges on Raise.me for simply taking the PSAT and up to $8,500 for scoring well! Micro awards may also be available for achievements such as good grades or community service. Many SLA students have already signed up, to join them click here. Continue reading

Grades 9-11 Official Transcript Request

Students are sometimes asked to provide an official transcript to an academic institution, summer program, or community agency. All SLA students in grades 9-11 can request official transcripts by completing a Transcript Request form HERE. (When students are asked for unofficial grades, a report card or grade printout from SchoolNet will be sufficient.) Bring all completed requests to the College Office, room 312.

Notes:

  • Allow TWO WEEKS to process the request.
  • If sending request via email, complete the Transcript Request form, scan, and email (preferably in .PDF) back to Mrs. Hirschfield at khirschfield@scienceleaderhsip.org.
  • Seniors who need official transcripts must add it to the Transcript Request Log in the College Office.

Diversity College Fly-In Programs

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Would you like to visit colleges but it’s too far away and expensive? Fly-in programs offer students the opportunity to stay overnight on campus to get a feel of their college environment and see if it’s the right college for you.

Check out this list for colleges who offer fly-in programs with financial assistance for eligible students.

Remember to keep track of the upcoming application deadlines for the programs you are interested in.

Questions to Ask Colleges

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Here are a few scripted questions that Juniors and Seniors can ask when talking to College Admission Representatives:

Around Academics:

-Do you have any professional programs? (eg: does your liberal arts school offer a teaching credential, is your nursing program accredited)

-How many students on campus do research with their professors? How easy will it be for me to find academic mentorship at your school? Continue reading