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When should I begin thinking about college or technical
- Preparing for college begins NOW. Several universities,
colleges and technical schools offer Preview Days for high school
sophomores and juniors. Email or call the admissions offices of the
colleges or technical schools you are interested in so they can
invite you to these and other events.
- Make a list of several factors that are important to you - what
kind of college do you think will be the right fit for you?
(student body size, average class size, types of degree programs
offered, location, cost, etc.)
- Consider using part of your Spring Break and summer vacation to
visit college campuses. Contact their admissions offices to
schedule your visits so that you can make the most of your time.
Treat your campus visits as a time to make your best first
impression and to get acquainted with administrators and educators
who may be an important part of your daily life for the next
several years. After your visit, write a thank-you note, letting
the admissions staff and others know how much you enjoyed your
visit. Remember, colleges receive thousands of applications and you
want to make yours stand out from the crowd.
- If you have not already done so, begin a list of your
activities, accomplishments and interests for the past several
years. Create a rough draft of your resume, which can be adapted
for scholarship, admissions and employment applications.
- Write a rough draft essay about your career and study
interests, hopes and dreams. This will be revised and adapted for
your scholarship and admission applications.
- Begin submitting college admissions applications in August of your senior
year. Some colleges will accept applications beginning in July.
Stay ahead of deadlines set by each college/technical school.
How do I send my high school transcript to a college or
submitting or mailing your admissions application(s), notify the
OBHS Guidance Office so we can send your official high school
transcript. You will be given a Transcript Request Form which you
should complete and return with your signature, your parent's
signature, and the date submitted. Transcripts generally are mailed
within 1-3 days after the Request Form is returned to the Guidance
Office. Make sure to print the name and address of each
college admissions office accurately and legibly so that your
transcripts can be sent quickly and successfully. This information
can usually be found on the college website or by calling the
college admissions office.
What if I need student housing while in
If you plan to live on campus while in college, you should
submit a student housing application a.s.a.p. after you have
already applied for admission to that school. Campus housing spots
typically fill up quickly. Housing applications usually require a
fee, and waivers are generally not available for housing
application fees. However, if you later learn that you will not
need housing on their campus, most colleges will refund part or all
of your housing application fee if you notify them prior to their
deadline. Check with Student Housing offices for their specific
policies. Note: Some colleges require that all freshmen
reside on campus. Be certain that you allow for the cost of housing
and meal plans (room and board) if you plan to attend such a
Athletes must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if you are
planning to play a sport in college. Visit www.eligibilitycenter.org
for more information. The fee to register is $70; fee waivers may
be available in some circumstances. Students should have their ACT
scores sent directly to the Eligibility Center, using the code
9999. Contact Mrs. Dye, lead counselor, for additional information
if you plan to play a sport at ANY college.