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Finding a College

Finding a College

HELP FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF COLLEGE

COLLEGE TRANSITIONS   https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/freshmen-college-transition/

Ten Freshman Mistakes and How to Avoid them - https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/freshman-mistakes/

 

OHIO COLLEGE WEBSITES

To access Ohio college directories, click on the appropriate link below and then click on the college of your choice. 

Private Colleges in Ohio Guide

Public Colleges and Universities in Ohio

Two Year Colleges for the state of Ohio


COLLEGE SEARCH WEBSITES

https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ Good website to search and to find statistics about a college.

www.discoverbusiness.us Business schools in Ohio.

www.collegecovered.com

Looking for ON-Line Colleges? Here are two good tools to start your search onlinecolleges.net.

Ohio Online Colleges and Universities   http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/ohio/  

Bureau of Labor and Statistics  You can use this website for a plethora of information.  Click on your major and follow the links to find colleges with that major.  http://www.bls.gov/ooh/ 

Education Planner  Use this website to help plan your future.  http://www.educationplanner.org/
 

 

Christian College Connector Free college information and information on scholarships.  Go to www.ChristianConnector.com

 

MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY PLUS PROGRAM
The Plus Program is a comprehensive academic support service for college students with learning disabilities and ad/hd.   For more information you can contact the PLUS program at 740-826-8280 or http://www.muskingum.edu/

 

COMMON APPLICATION

COMMON APPLICATION College Applications:  Download a free copy of "Common Applications" at this website.  It allows you to apply to over 300 colleges and universities using the same application form.  You only need to photo copy the application.  It saves you time filling out multiple applications.  Check this website to see if the college of your choice accepts Common Applications.  http://www.commonapp.org

 

VIRTUAL COLLEGE TOURS

VIRTUAL COLLEGE TOURS  http://www.eCampusTours.com

This site offers virtual tours of college campuses including 25 colleges in Ohio and 16 colleges in Indiana. Tours of other colleges and universities all over the United States are also offered.College bound students check it out!

 

JUNIORS

Here's a list of action steps that you will want to do.

1. Focus on your grade point average. Make sure the courses are challenging and part of a rigorous curriculum. Most of your classes should be part of a college prep curriculum. While a lower grade can be tough to deal with, a more advanced class coupled with a lower grade shows that you are brave and willing to try something tougher. And that struggle often makes for a good topic for an admissions essay.

2. Start looking at colleges. Attend college fairs and find four to six schools that meet your chosen criteria: student population size, location, clubs and organizations, academic disciplines and more. Try to have a couple of those schools be ones you can get into without much problem.

3. Help your school counselor by helping yourself. Take some of the responsibility for college planning onto your shoulders. Start thinking about the questions you really want to ask the counselor - admissions questions, financial aid, help in future career choices. Remember, they have a tight schedule to keep - be prepared. For those students who seek an interactive site that could help with planning and preparing some of those questions, try the some of the links in the right hand box.

4. If your school offers to shadow a professional or find a mentor in a field you are interested in, take it. This is an opportunity to learn if you really like veterinary medicine or if blood and injured pets makes you upset. Talk to adults and see what they enjoy and dislike about their jobs. Use your parents as a networking tool, too.

5. Keep involved in extracurricular activities. Volunteer, but not with too many organizations. College and university admissions staffs know when students are trying to pad their resumes and applications. Be sincere in helping one or two groups rather than 15. Remember, being well rounded is a pretty good thing.

6. Take the SAT/ACT in your junior year. It's just easier to start the process and see what scores you will get. If they are lower, take the tests again. Just don't take the tests without some review. The test sites themselves have practice tests, as do the public libraries. Be smart and prepare.

7. It is never too early to talk money. How much money has been saved for college? Are you expected to apply for financial aid? Will parents help? It is sometimes an awkward conversation, but it has to be ongoing. Remember, the true cost of a college isn't determined until the colleges and universities have prepared your financial aid package, and many private colleges have their own give scholarships and grants. And don't overlook community colleges. Many community colleges have articulation agreements with four-year schools so the community college credits usually transfer without any problem.

 

SENIORS

CHECK LIST FOR COLLEGE   This is brief summary of what needs to be done each month leading up to graduation.

September:

  • Prepare for Oct. ACT or SAT
  • Meet with college reps at our HS
  • Take college visits
  • Start working on college applications

October:
START FILLING OUT FAFSA

  • Prepare for Dec. ACT or SAT
  • Start contacting financial-aid offices
  • Student athletes applying to NCAA Div I or II schools need to meet with Mrs. Leeth about the Clearinghouse and recruiting procedures. 
  • Be aware of early deadlines for colleges and universities.  
  • Work on College applications
  • Check the Scholarship Webpage regularly.

November:

  • Prepare for ACT's or SAT's  
  • Visit college campuses.
  • Check with teachers, counselors, coaches for letters of recommendation if needed.
  • Work on college applications and submit before Thanksgiving.
  • Check the Scholarship webpage regularly.

December

  • Finish up applications, for those of you who procrastinate.
  • Send your test scores, if you didn't already, to your colleges.
  • If you applied to a school that has an early decision program, you should start to hear from them soon.
  • Register for a FAFSA PIN number to do your FAFSA online.
  • Attend Financial Aid Night.
  • Check the Scholarship Webpage regularly.

January

  • Continue to visit or talk to colleges.
  • Send semester grades to colleges that require it.
  • If you were accepted by a school through early decision that you want to attend, you should withdraw your applications to other schools. 
  • Check the Scholarship Webpage regularly.

February

  • Keep looking for scholarships!
  • Don't get "Senioritis."  KEEP YOUR GRADES UP! 
  • Be sure the colleges that you have applied to have received your application.
  • Keep working on FAFSA, if you are not finished already. KNOW you schools FAFSA DEADLINE!!

March

  • Take college visits. 
  • Don't get "spring fever" and "senioritis!"
  • Keep looking for scholarships!

April

  • Your decision admission letters should start to arrive.
  • Discuss financial-aid information with your parents.  Determine how you will finish paying for the rest of your schooling after the scholarships and aid. 
  • Use spring break to make your last college visits, if needed, to make your final decision.
  • If you have been accepted, return your acceptance notice to the college and make sure to send in a deposit if necessary.
  • If you are on a waiting list, discuss other options with the counselor.

May

  • Fill out housing information.
  • If you are on a waiting list, you should find out more information soon.
  • MAY 1ST - Deadline for notifying colleges of your decision.
  • GRADUATION - CONGRATULATIONS!  YOU DID IT.

June

  • Be sure your final transcript is sent to your college. Be sure to send Dual Enrollment transcript too if that applies to you.
  • Student-Athletes competing in Div. I or II need to send their final transcripts to NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse.
  • JUNE 30 - Final FAFSA deadline.

GOOD LUCK!