Ranchview Counselor’s Corner – January 2017

Events in January 2017 @ Ranchview High School

Jan. 6th – RHS Graduate Panel

Jan. 9th – College Admissions Info meeting 7pm in RHS Auditorium

Jan. 10th – Balfour picking up Senior Orders during lunch

Jan. 12th – ASVAB results in Library during lunch

Jan. 16th – District Holiday

Jan. 23rd – Brookhaven College will be meeting with 10th graders in English classes to discuss Dual Credit courses

Jan. 26th – 10th grade Parent meeting regarding Dual Credit courses and programs at 6pm in Library Annex

Jan. 31st – 10th graders will be applying to Brookhaven for Dual Credit classes during English class     


Staying On Track For College

There’s a lot to do to get ready for college. Completing applications, finding scholarships and securing financial aid will keep you busy. Check out the following “to-do” list to make sure you don’t overlook anything.

  • Register to take the ACT or SAT.

Junior should register as soon as possible to take ACT or SAT so that you have plenty of time to take again in fall.

  • Get ready for college admissions.

Meet with admissions reps, secure any letters of recommendations, and work on application essays, complete applications this fall.

  • Focus on scholarships.

Continue to seek and apply for scholarship awards from a variety of sources.

  • Send transcripts.

Have your high school send transcripts in the fall or at the end of the first term to the colleges and universities you’ve applied to, depending on the requirements of the school.

  • Secure financial aid.

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible after January 1. Several weeks later, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail. Discuss your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) with your family. When your acceptance letters arrive, compare your financial aid packages.

  • Select your college.

If required, mail in your tuition deposit by the deadline in order to secure your admission. Contact the school’s financial aid to ensure that your application is complete.

  • Register for orientation.

Mark your calendar for summer orientation programs. Ask about registering for classes — if class registration occurs at summer orientation, plan to go early for a better selection of classes.

  • Wrap things up.

Write thank you notes to anyone who wrote you a letter of recommendation for college or a scholarship. Celebrate your high school graduation!

  • Prepare for your college experience.

Create checklists of the things you may need to get started in this new phase of your life. From books and supplies, to dorm room decorations make sure you create a detailed list to help stay organized.



10 questions about the ACT/SAT

Don’t worry, we’ve got the answers!  If you haven’t taken the ACT or SAT test yet, you may have some questions about how it works. Find some of the answers you’re looking for below:

Who should take the ACT and SAT?

If you’re a college-bound high school student, you should be taking the ACT or SAT.

Which test should I take?

Most four-year schools accept scores from either test. Check with your counselor to help determine which one you should take, and be sure to check with any prospective schools to ensure which tests they accept.

How do I prepare?

Check to see if your school counselors have information on preparation programs for the SAT and ACT.

There are also books to help you study and practice tests you can take online. Check for resources at actstudent.org and sat.collegeboard.org

Where is the test administered?

You will find out when you register for the test; during registration you see both the date and test center.

When should I take it?

Typically, students will take ACT or SAT during spring of junior year, because it gives them time to retake it in the fall if they choose.

How do I register?

Register for the ACT online at actstudent.org. Register for the SAT online at sat.collegeboard.org

How much does it cost? Where do I get a Fee waiver?

The SAT costs $54.50 and there are additional costs for subject tests. The ACT costs $39.50, and there is an additional charge to take the writing test.  Students that qualify for Free or Reduced lunch can get a fee waiver in Student services.