Senior Year & Beyond2012-2013
High School CounselorsCrisis CounselingGroup CounselingCareer CounselingAcademic CounselingIndividual CounselingPlanning your Future
AgendaWhere do I start?
How do I decide what to do after high school?
How do I decide on a college?
What should I be doing now?
When and how do I apply to college?
How do I get into college?
How do I pay for college?
Recommended College Prep Courses
EnglishFour years of English
MathematicsThree years of mathematics, including rigorous courses in AlgebraI, Geometry, and AlgebraII
Natural SciencesThree years of science, including rigorous courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
Social StudiesThree years of social studies
Additional CoursesSome colleges and universities require other classes as prerequisites for admission, such as two or more years of the same foreign language or courses in the visual arts, music, theater, drama, dance, computer science, etc.*Specific high school course requirements vary from institution to institution. Be sure to check with the schools you're interested in to see what they recommend or require.
Senior YearGet organized start a folder save EVERYTHINGCollege VisitsCounselor meetingLetters of RecommendationCollege ApplicationsScholarshipsFinancial AidUtilize Career Cruising
High School E-MailSenior InfoCollege Rep VisitsScholarship InfoFinancial Aid InfoDeadlines
Choosing a College
15 Michigan Public UniversitiesCentral MichiganEastern MichiganFerris StateGrand Valley StateLake Superior StateMichigan StateMichigan TechNorthern Michigan
Oakland UniversitySaginaw Valley StateUniversity of Michigan Ann ArborUniversity of Michigan DearbornUniversity of Michigan FlintWestern MichiganWayne State
College representatives will be visiting Swartz Creek High School starting this week. Sign up in the counseling office.
What do I need to get accepted into a college?
College Admission CriteriaAcademic Performance (Cumulative/Core)Class RankStrength of CurriculumRecent trends in academic performanceACT ScoreRecommendationsLeadership, talents, conduct, and diversity of experiencePersonal EssaysInterviews
Averages for AdmissionUNIVERSITY GPA ACT
Michigan State3.4-3.823-27Central Michigan3.322Saginaw Valley3.322U of M Flint3.422U of M Ann Arbor3.828-32
ACT Test Dates 2012/2013Test Date
September 8, 2012
October 22, 2011(SCHS)
December 8, 2012(SCHS)
February 9, 2013
April 13, 2013
June 8, 2013 (SCHS)Registration Deadline
August 12, 2012
September 21, 2012
November 2, 2012
January 11, 2013
March 8, 2013
May 3, 2013
Request a Transcriptwww.parchment.com
Application ProcessMAILComplete application
Attach check/money order, letters of recommendation, essay, etc.
Turn in to high school counselor
Counselor completes his/her portion, attaches transcript and mails to college/universityONLINEComplete application via website (credit card)
Print counselor page and hand in to high school guidance counselor
Counselor completes his/her portion, attaches transcript and mails to college/universityRequest a transcript (www.parchment.com)
Free Application for Federal Student Aid online access www.fafsa.edu.gov
Financial Aid Night January 2012
Financial AidFree Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA)Need-based money provided for post-secondary education
Grants (do not have to repay)
Student Loans (must repay)(MUST fill out the FAFSA to qualify for low interest student loans)
Reapply every year
Filling out the FAFSA Online Application
Parents and student apply for pin number electronic signature (website - www.pin.ed.gov)
FAFSA ON THE WEB WORKSHEET - optional Complete online application between January 1st June 30th
State of Michigan Scholarships and GrantsChildren of Veterans Tuition GrantGEAR UP Michigan ScholarshipMichigan Competitive ScholarshipMichigan Merit AwardMichigan Tuition GrantTuition Incentive ProgramRobert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
See high school website (www.swartzcreek.org/Scholarships.html)Local (Guidance Office)
Academic (high GPA and ACT)
Private, Groups, Organizations
Scholarship Website Searcheswww.studentaid.ed.govwww.fastweb.comwww.fastaid.comwww.collegeanswer.comwww.collegenet.comwww.collegeboard.comwww.schoolsoup.com
Student/Counselor MeetingBe ready for your counselor meeting Bring the following items:Counselor verification form (if applied online)Letters of recommendation (to be mailed with other items)All questions ?????
Swartz Creek High SchoolGuidance Counselors
Cheryl Reger A-G(810) 591-1870
Daniel Nolen H-N(810) 591-1869
Michelle HorningO-Z(810) 591-1868