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Planning for College and the Future

Current College Newsletter: 
THS20172018 Newsletter 10.02

Career Exploration

When making decisions about your future, you want to have an idea of what your interests are and what careers you would like to pursue. When you are aware of what you want to accomplish in the future, it helps you make a decision about what type of post-secondary education and training you need.

Students can use the college and career search provided by LCISD for high school students: NAVIANCE. Every THS student has access to Naviance to search about interests, career choices, and colleges. For first time log in access see the College/Career Facilitator in the College/Career Center.


COLLEGE VISIT POLICIES

 

Students classified in the 11th and 12th grade are eligible for up to (4) days in a school year related to a college or university visit. Students must secure prior campus principal approval per the College Visit Request Form and upon verification of the College Visit Pre-Approval Form verification by the visiting college or university, the accrued absences will not count toward the exemption requirement.

 

Students MUST be passing all classes in order to use a College Visit Day.

 

Unused days do NOT roll over from Junior to Senior year.

 

Any College Visits over the approved (4) days per year will be counted as an absence that will count against exemptions.

 

 

OBTAINING A COLLEGE VISIT REQUEST FORM

 

  1. Pick up College Visit Form (2 days in advance) from Attendance or the College Room. No Exceptions!
  2. Obtain all required signatures from College Facilitator/Counselor, Teachers, Principal and Parents.
  3. Once your form has been completed and approved you will turn this form into the attendance office.
  4. After your college visit, You MUST bring back an official letter from the college you were attending (on college letterhead) as proof of visit. This documentation MUST be turned into the attendance office no later than 2 school days after your college visit. ONLY with this documentation will your college visit day be exempted.
  5. Only when the form is turned in will your absence be excused. NO EXCEPTIONS! These documents MUST be turned in no later than 2 school days after your college visit!

 

HAVE A GREAT VISIT!

 

College Visits

A college visit is an opportunity to gather information about the school(s) and/or military branch students are interested in to determine if it meets their needs. These are highly encouraged and recommended for all students. The list below names the activities students should complete to maximize the campus visit experience:

  1. Meet with an admissions counselor
  2. Take a campus tour
  3. Verify admissions requirements
  4. Determine actual college costs along with financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  5. Investigate the academic programs and/or departments; meet with advisor for major
  6. Meet with office of housing; take tours of housing choices
  7. Attend a class and talk with students and faculty

Remember that colleges and universities also offer Saturday programs to allow students to visit the schools. Check schools' websites for dates and times of programs.

Procedure to arrange a campus visit:

  1. Call the admissions or military office to set up a tour and/or appointment
  2. Arrange appointments to speak with the financial aid office, housing office, admissions counselor, and an advisor in the major.
  3. Make a list of questions to have answered on the campus visit
  4. After appointments are secured, students MUST pick up a campus visit/college day form from the College/Career Room or Attendance Office at least two days before the visit. Students need to complete the form with all required signatures and turn it into Attendance before the visit.
  5. On the campus visit, students need to obtain a letter from the admissions office with student's name, date, and representative signature stating that student visited the campus.
  6. Within two school days after the visit, students MUST turn in the official letter to the Attendance Office.  If the form and letter are not complete, not correct, or not turned into Attendance, the campus visit will not be approved as an excused absence.
  7. Students with more than 9 unexcused absences cannot be approved for a campus visit/college day.

 

College Admission Process

After students have narrowed their choices of schools they wish to attend, they need to begin the admission process. Admission procedures may vary; however, it is always important that you APPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE AND MEET ALL DEADLINES.

Top 10%: Applicants who are enrolled in a recognized public or private high school in Texas with a rank in the top 10% of their graduating class will be admitted to a Texas public university. Students in this category must still meet all deadlines to be considered for enrollment. (University of Texas at Austin % cap will change each year.)

Students can always visit the College/Career Center for help from the College/Career Facilitators on their applications. The following is a brief overview of the admission process:

  1. Take the required college entrance examination (ACT or SAT) and have the score report sent to the school(s) by the testing program. (See section on College Entrance Exams)
  2. Complete appropriate application:
    • For Texas 2 year and 4 year public universities students complete the Freshman Common Application at www.applytexas.org.
    • To apply to Private/Independent colleges and universities, go online at www.commonapp.org or go to the specific college's website to complete an application.
    • For all other schools including out-of-state schools, students can access applications on any school’s website.
  3. Arrange to have your transcript sent to the schools. You must request the transcript through Naviance or in the Registrar’s Office by completing the request form at least 24 hours before needed.
  4. Apply for housing by completing an application obtained from the housing department at the school. Remember housing procedures and deadlines vary from school to school.
  5. Start Financial Process by completing the FAFSA. (See section on Financial Aid)
  6. Notify the school you will attend and the schools you will not attend by posted deadline.
  7. Arrange with the Registrar to have a final transcript sent after graduation.

College Entrance Exams

The SAT and ACT are entrance exams required by colleges and universities for admission. It is recommended to take the college entrance exams during the late spring of your junior year so there is time during the fall of your senior year to retake if necessary.

All colleges and universities accept either exam. The majority of schools require a minimum score on the ACT or SAT to be admitted. To find out the minimum score for the school you are interested in, check with the school’s website or admissions office.

Students need to register online for ACT at www.actstudent.org and/or SAT at www.collegeboard.com. The websites provide information on testing dates, test center locations and costs. Descriptions of the test questions and timing of the exams are also found on these websites.

It is highly recommended for students to prepare for ACT and/or SAT before they take the exams. Students can take practice tests and attend prep courses to become familiar with the format, types of questions, timing, and directions. Practice tests are available online and LCISD does offer prep courses. See Practice for ACT & SAT in the right column for links.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

Students attending a Texas public community college, public technical college, or public university must be in compliance with Texas Success Initiative (TSI) in order to enroll.  The law requires college students to be assessed for college readiness in reading, writing, and math unless the student qualifies for an exemption . This test is not an admissions test and you cannot be denied admission based on your score.  Each student who fails to meet minimum passing standard of the exam must be placed in a developmental education program designed to help the student achieve college readiness.  

You can be exempt from these tests based on scores from TAKS, ACT , SAT, and others. See your counselor to find out if you are exempt.

Need help with college and your future plans? Then visit the College/Career Center to get help from the College/Career Facilitator.