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COUNSELING
COLLEGE & POST-SECONDARY PLANNING

Representatives from various colleges visit GMHS throughout the year. Click here for a list of dates.


SAT/ACT Schedule

2013-2014 Test Dates


SAT Prep

There are various programs available to help students prepare for the SATs. Please visit the high school guidance office to pick up literature about these proprietary courses.


Articulation agreements

Articulation agreements are agreements arrived at between two educational institutions, in this case between the Berks Career & Technology Center Penn State-Berks campus and Reading Area Community College (RACC), the receiving colleges.

Generally, this means that, based on the type of program and the quality of work completed a student may be granted credit or acceleration at Penn State-Berks, or at Reading Area Community College in the following areas:

BCTC and Penn State-Berks
Electrical Engineering Technology
Governor Mifflin and RACC
Accounting
Business Communications (semester)
Office Technology
Medical Laboratory Technician
Practical Nursing
Respiratory Care
Travel and Tourism

BCTC and RACC
HVAC/Refrigeration
Industrial Maintenance Technician
Machine Tool Technology
Electrical Technology
Early Childhood
Computer Information
Culinary Arts

Dual Enrollment
This program is a special agreement between the Governor Mifflin School District and Reading Area Community College. These high school courses have been articulated with the college curriculum and are recognized as advanced or accelerated courses, which meet college standards. Students would enroll simultaneously at Governor Mifflin High School and Reading Area Community College. The courses would appear on a RACC transcript along with the letter grade. Such courses may transfer to a four-year college or university, but would need to be approved on an individual basis.

The following courses are included in the dual enrollment program with corresponding RACC course and credit in parenthesis:

  • Honors English 11 (COM 121-3 credits)
  • AP English 12 (COM 131-3)
  • English 12 (academic) (COM 121-3)
  • AP United States History (HIS 110 and 115-6)
  • AP European History (HIS 120 and 125-6)
  • AP Psychology (PSY 130)
  • AP Statistics (MAT 210-3)
  • AP Mathematics (MAT 220-4)
  • Honors Calculus 2 (MAT 221-4)
  • AP Biology (BIO 150 and 155-8)
  • AP Chemistry (CHE 150 and 155-8)
  • AP Physics B (PHY 240 and 245-8

College Links

NCAA links

SAT/PSAT/ACT Test Preparation Links

Click here for important SAT testing date and registration information.

College Interview

Questions for you to ask the interviewer
Remember - you are interviewing them to determine if their institution is a good match for you.

Undergraduate enrollment
Admission requirements to undergraduate school: GPA, Rank, SAT scores, SAT II scores, Coursework
Recommendations?
Essay? What are you looking for in the essay?
What are your general education course requirements?
Costs: Tuition, Room & Board, Books & Other, Total
Housing: Is it required? Is it guaranteed?
What is the faculty: student ratio?
How many students are in general/ intro classes?
How many students are in an upper level biology class?
What percent of freshmen return?
What unusual academic programs do you have?
Describe your student/ academic advisement program for students (pre-med).
What percent of your graduates are accepted at graduate/ medical schools?
What is your job placement rate?
Facilities (housing, dining, academic, athletic, student union, library, computers)
Activities (Greek system, religious groups, school sponsored clubs, community/ school service opportunities)
Describe your freshman orientation/ advisement program
Security/ safety issues
Support/ assistance available &ndash academic, counseling, medical etc.

Interview Questions for Medical Programs

% of applicants who are accepted:
Describe the course of study
1st year medical student
2nd year medical student
3rd year medical student
4th year medical student
Possible paths beyond medical school
What assistance is provided for job placement?
Provide an overview of the business side of health care/ medical practice
Insurance issues
Business management issues
How do you prepare students to successfully manage these issues?
Costs: Tuition, Room and Board, Total
Medical school enrollment
Medical school admission requirements
Pre-requisite courses
GPA
MCAT scores
Other:

Factors to Consider in Selecting a College

  • Type of Program/ Degree: Year (Bachelor&rsquos Degree), 2 Year (Associate&rsquos Degree), Technical/ Specialized Program
  • Public (State) or Private; Religious
  • Goal
  • College Major
  • Location: Urban, Suburban, Rural
  • Distance from Home
  • Size (Student Body) ___ Less than 2000, ___ 2000-10,000 ___ over 10,000
  • Cost - Public: $5,000 for tuition/ $12,000 total/year;Private: up to $40,000/year
  • Financial Aid

Academic Competitiveness / Selectivity of School / Admission Requirements

  • GPA
  • Class Rank
  • SAT
  • # of applicants admitted
  • A/P Honors courses
  • Sports
  • Student: Faculty Ratio
  • Class Size
  • Facilities
  • Housing Options
  • Religious Climate
  • Political Climate
  • Extra-curricular Activities: sports, clubs, fraternities & sororities
  • Academic Opportunities (Honors Program, study abroad, co-op, etc)
  • Academic Support Services
  • Accreditation
  • Success of Graduates: job placement, admission to graduate school

Information for College Bound Seniors and Their Parents
Click here for more information

School CEEB CODE: 394-555
Mifflin test center: 39652
County Code: 42011

I. Applications

  1. Attend visits of college representatives. Listen to morning announcements to find out when they will be here or check the guidance office. Get a pass to come down and hear the rep from the teacher whose class you will be missing. You must have the teacher's permission!
  2. Identify your final list of colleges to which you will apply. You can use college guides located in the guidance office and websites for this information.
  3. Write, call, or e-mail admissions offices of colleges of your choice to get applications. You may also apply on-line.
  4. Fill out your part of the application, completely. Read the directions carefully! Check your spelling. This should be done by you. Bring all parts of the application together to the guidance office. We do not want it piece meal. Have the check attached, plus a transcript release form and one dollar. You may send the application in on your own, if the only thing you need from the school is a transcript. In that case, or if you apply on-line, please check the line on the top left hand corner of the release form that the application was already sent. Keep copies of applications and forms sent to colleges.
  5. Pay attention to ALL deadlines, including ROTC, Army, Navy and Air Force
    1. Application deadlines
    2. Test deadlines--Be aware of the required tests of the schools in which you are interested.
    3. State Universities are getting increasingly competitive. It would be wise to get those applications in during October and November (PSU main campus--no later than November). If you have lower SAT scores and grades, you want to have back up plans.
  6. Allow at least two weeks for the guidance office to process your applications. In general, get your applications in before Thanksgiving.
  7. Time of application--do NOT wait for test scores before applying--do NOT wait for sports scholarships before applying.

II. Transcripts

  1. You must have a release form that is obtained in the guidance office. Student and parent sign, unless the student is 18 years or older.
  2. Types--official (has a seal and counselor signs) this is the type that should accompany your college applications. Unofficial--may be used to take with you when you visit a college--both cost $1.
  3. Contents--courses, grades, cumulative (9-11 grades) grade point average, class rank, credits, *SAT's, activities, honors and attendance. If the college requires official SAT scores, you must request the College Board to send them.
  4. A school profile is also sent which explains course coding and weighting of courses.

III. College Representatives

  1. Announced on the morning announcements
  2. Posted on the bulletin board in the guidance office for visitations
  3. College Fair dates; check the calendar for the Albright College Fair

IV. How Colleges Evaluate You

  1. Academic record
  2. SAT and ACT scores--You must know what tests are required by the college & if official scores are required.
  3. Recommendations
    1. If a recommendation is required, personally ask a teacher whom you are confident will write an accurate assessment of you. It would be in your best interest, if the relationship has continued and the person can currently assess you.
    2. Recommendations are confidential. They should be mailed directly to the college or given to you in a sealed envelope (signed across the seal) to be included with your application.
    3. Inform teachers to whom they are writing and for what they are recommending you. Is it for a scholarship or is it for admissions to a specific college? If a specific form is to be used, give that to the person writing the recommendation.
    4. If the recommendation is being sent directly to the college, provide a stamped, addressed envelope. If you want the high school to send it, it must be submitted to the guidance office when you submit the transcript request form.
    5. Always allow people a minimum of two weeks to write your recommendation. Check with them to make sure they were sent.
    6. Teachers are not required to write recommendations. Consider it a favor; therefore, a thank you note is appropriate after the recommendation is done.
  4. Essay--how well you communicate and conveys more about you as an individual
  5. Extra-curricular record
  6. Number of applicants
  7. quotas ex. regional
  8. Be aware of the differences in admission standards among colleges

V. Types of Admissions

  1. Early Decision--be aware of deadlines, must be committed to that school
  2. Rolling decision--as they come in
  3. Some have standard notification dates

VI. Fees

  1. You should be having frank discussions with your parents regarding their part financially and your part
  2. Late fees for missing deadlines
  3. Tuition payments may be per semester or monthly

VII. Factors in Selecting a College

  1. Does the college have the program you want?
  2. Length of time you are planning to study--2 yr., 4 yr., graduate school
  3. Do you want to live in a dorm or commute?
  4. Curriculum: Which courses must you take? Check out the college catalog--it will tell you specifically
  5. Total Cost: Public: $13,000 &ndash 19,000/yr.
    Private: $16,000 &ndash 40,000 and up/yr.
    (Room/board is usually $6,000- $8,000 of this total cost)
  6. Location--urban, rural, the region
  7. Size &ndash (small: 1500) (large: 30,000)
  8. Community life and cultural advantages
  9. Activities at college, fraternities/sororities
  10. Study abroad/exchange program
  11. Facilities
  12. Sports

VIII. Financial Aid

  1. Pheaa-Pa. Higher Education Assistance Agency--FAFSA applications will be available in the guidance office in December. The applications cannot be submitted before January 1. Check instructions on the form for specific filing deadlines. It is free to file this form.
  2. SEOG-Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant--A SEOG is an award to help you pay for your education after high school. It's for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need and it doesn't have to be paid back. You can get up to $4000 a year, depending on your need, the availability of SEOG funds at the school and the amount of other aid you're receiving.
  3. CSS Profile--Colleges that require the CSS Profile will state this on their applications. There is a fee to file this form.
  4. Grants--money given to you
  5. Loans--money borrowed that you have to pay back
  6. Work Study--work for the college--you can be paid minimum wage or above.
  7. Check the file drawer periodically in the guidance office and listen to morning announcements for various scholarships.
  8. Contact the Financial Aid Office of each college to which you are applying.
  9. Use the internet.
 
 
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