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College Corner

Overview 

The College Coordinator’s Office is committed to working with our students beginning in their freshman year to guide and encourage them as they navigate the college admissions process.  We work collaboratively alongside each student to ensure that he meets important deadlines, researches a wide array of colleges, registers for tests, and successfully completes applications.  We are dedicated to ensuring that our students are well-prepared as they tackle any challenges they may face while working to achieve their goals in high school, while also working with them to develop a groundwork for success in their higher education aspirations. 

The introduction to the college application process begins freshman year by encouraging students and their parents to log onto Naviance, a robust college search engine.  One key tool that Naviance offers is the Learning Style Inventory (LSI), an online assessment which diagnoses students’ unique learning styles based on an analysis of their personal preferences in 22 different areas. A personally tailored report identifies each student’s unique environmental, emotional, sociological, and physical preferences.  This information can then be used to personalize the college search process based on each student’s strengths.  Early on in the college application process we also work on resume building with a focus on meaningful extra-curricular activities.

Sophomore year, we work with students to delve deeper into the vast features of Naviance with a special focus on the Needs Assessment, PLAN test interpretation, and the Personality Type Survey. 

Junior year begins with formulating a plan for higher education with a focus on intensive college research.  A Career Interest Inventory test is also administered.   Periodic small group workshops covering several topics related to the college application process, including essay writing, college visits, EA, ED I, ED II, SAT’s, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and important deadlines, are offered for juniors and seniors. 

Senior year, we meet with students to discuss, review, and enhance essays and resumes, as well as finalize college choices and submit applications. 

Meetings will be held with parents regularly throughout the four year college preparatory and application process.  Parents will also be kept abreast of information concerning financial aid and graduation requirements. 

College Tuesdays/On-Site Decisions

College Tuesdays is a weekly event which features a variety of different colleges and universities stationed in a common area outside of the cafeteria so that students can learn about different schools at their leisure.  
On-Site Decisions - Many schools visit Xaverian in order to provide our students with immediate acceptance decisions and financial aid information.  Please view the College Tuesdays/On-Site Decisions tab in the Parents section of the website for more information.  

Scholarships

Throughout the year, the guidance department receives notification for local and national scholarships as well as scholarships for specific colleges/universities. A full updated list may be viewed here:

Resources and Links

Xaverian's 2013-2014 School Profile 

Junior Timeline Booklet

Senior Timeline Booklet

Naviance: Step-by-step instructions

Applications:
- Common Application: This application can be used for over 300 colleges and universities, often with a supplement. Individual college supplements are accessible through the college's website or through the Common Application website

Test Information:
- SAT Registration
- ACT Registration
- PSAT Presentation from Revolution Prep

Financial Aid Resources:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
FAFSA: The How-To Guide for High School Students (And The Adults Who Help Them)
- CSS Profile
- FinAid - A comprehensive financial aid website including a financial aid calculator.
- FastWeb - A free scholarship search service. 

Other Resources:
- GoCampusing.com - A great way to see a variety of colleges in an effective, fun way  is to take part in Go Campusing's Summer College Tours.  They even offer Pre-Planned College Tours for high schools students on long holiday weekends.  
- NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete
- NAIA Eligibility Center
- Colleges with Programs for Learning Disabled Students
- JP Morgan Chase Smart Start Scholarship info and application
- College-scholarships.com
- Additional scholarships
- Schoolsoup.com Scholarship Directory 
Foundation for Sight and Sound - scholarships for students who are hard of hearing, visually impaired, or blind
 - New York Times College Scholarship  

Specialized Studies College Resources

Junior Timeline Booklet
Senior Booklet
Post-Secondary Transition Packet 
Letter of Recommendation Request Form
College Application Submission Form

Please feel free to contact Ms. Ana Loposky, College Coordinator, at (718) 836-7100 x166 or aloposky@xaverian.org with any questions or concerns you might have concerning the college admissions process.  



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