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Post-Secondary Planning

OCHS 2020 College Admissions Panel Event

May 7, 2020 @ 6:00 PM

Click on the google link below to register!

All registrations must be submitted by 10 AM on May 7th 


Please join me and a group of college admissions professionals to discuss College Applications, SAT/ACT Testing, NCAA, Financial Aid and Scholarships as well as COVID-19 impacts on the admissions process for the Class of 2021 and beyond.  All students and parents will have the opportunity to have all of their questions answered.  The following colleges will be represented:  Rutgers University, Rowan University, University of Tampa, Lafayette College and Ursinus College.


This page will enable you to navigate your way through an extensive amount of information and links to other resources. We are always looking for other sites to help our students and parents wade through the myriad of college related material. E-mail us if you know of a valuable site we could add. Please remember that the OCHS counselors are ready, willing and able to assist you with any search, selection and application process.

To schedule an appointment with K-12 College & Career Counselor Mrs. Tobi Oves: Click Here

Here are a few helpful videos: 

OCHS College Application Procedure

College Essay Information and Tips

Creating a Resume

Request for Teacher Recommendation

NCAA Clearinghouse

2020-2021 Post-Secondary Planning Guide

Post-Secondary Planning Class of 2021 Presentation

Post-Secondary Class of 2021 College Planning Calendar

Naviance will allow you to:

  • Keep track of the process - Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
  • Research colleges - Compare GPA, SAT scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past
  • Sign up for college visits - Find out which colleges are visiting our school and sign up to attend those sessions.

 *Contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions regarding using this resource.

Other Helpful Sites

College Board Online
On this site you can register for the SAT, do a college search, find a college profile and find out about all the services and products that College Board offers.

Princeton Review
An online pioneer "The Princeton Review" is a premier source of online information for ambitious teens and young adults seeking college, graduate school and career information. The website offers students information about standardized tests, admissions, internships, and career programs. Try the counselor-o-matic college search.

U.S. News.edu
This comprehensive site offers users a chance to do a college search, find detailed information about schools including the magazines annual rankings and a wealth of information about college admission issues.

Common Application
The Common Application is the recommended form of 230 selective colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs. Many of these institutions use the form exclusively. All give equal consideration to the Common Application and the college's own form.

College Guide
This is a site directed at the high school student looking for information about the college admission process. It includes information on how to make yourself a more attractive candidate and an admissions guru who answers the tough question about college admission.

Colleges, College Scholarships, Financial Aid
This Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial Aid page is designed to offer college-bound students, parents, and counselors easy access to information on:
* Colleges and universities throughout the United States
* Free college scholarship and financial aid searches
* SAT and ACT test preparation tips, and more

CampusTours is the definitive online source for virtual college tours, interactive maps, college webcams, QuickTime VR tours, campus movies and pictures. Every day thousands of prospective students visit CampusTours to take virtual excursions of colleges across the United States.

Ready to begin your college planning? eCampusTours.com is a revolutionary college planning web site featuring 360° x 360° virtual campus tours of over 1200 college campuses. Each campus tour allows you to see what college life is really like through unique panoramic photographs.


Creating a Resume:

"How do I get started?"
ACADEMIC HONORS & AWARDS (title, type, year)
COMMUNITY SERVICE (organization, hours, positions held, year)
SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS (name, position, year)
DRAMA (drama group, production, role, year)
MUSIC (instrument, years of study, performances)
ATHLETICS (sport, level of play, position, awards)
RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS (youth groups, volunteer work)
BOY SCOUT/GIRL SCOUT (level of achievements, recognitions)
SUMMER PROGRAMS (what, when, where, why)
ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES (what, when, where, why)
SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL (group/family, where, when)
OTHER HOBBIES/INTERESTS (list with specific significance)
EMPLOYMENT (position, job description, year)

Sample Resumes & Advice - Click Here 


College Essay Information and Tips:
Taken from the College Planning Manual

How important is the personal essay in college admission? How is it used? Who reads it?

First of all, the essay is important to you and the college. According to one admission director, "It makes the facts in the student's folder come alive for us. Because it is the student's personal statement, no single piece of admission evidence gets as much attention and provokes as much discussion."

The essay is your opportunity to take charge of the information the college receives about you and to provide information that does not appear in grades, test scores, and other materials. It allows you to reveal your intelligence, talent, sense of humor, enthusiasm, maturity, creativity, expressiveness, sincerity, and writing ability - traits that count in the admission evaluation.

What do Colleges look for?

Generally speaking, the admission staff will evaluate your application on three levels:

Level 1 Your ability to use standard written English that is correctly written (preferably typed), punctuated, with correct grammar, usage and syntax.

Level 2 Content, substance, and depth of insight, reflecting your ability to think about yourself and to convey your true feelings or opinions about a topic.

Level 3 Creativity and originality. "It is at this level," according to a dean of admission, "that students can position themselves as unique individuals who would bring a freshness of vision and viewpoint to the college that will enhance the quality of its academic and social life."

In essay directions, a college may ask you to do one or more of the following:

- Describe your uniqueness as a person, or tell something about yourself that can't be learned from the information in your application.
- Discuss something that contributed significantly to your growth.
- Comment on your goals and aspirations and tell how you expect the college to help meet them.
- Whatever the topic, the care and attention you give it express the level of your motivation and how much you care about college.

Essay-Writing Tips

Here are a few tips for developing an essay that conveys your personal qualities.

1. Plan your essays during the summer before your senior year, if you can, or early in your senior year. Allow yourself enough time for all the steps below, and write an individual essay for each college.

2. Be sure you understand the college's topics, directions, and deadlines, and look in its catalogs or guidebooks for descriptions of the personal qualities it is looking for.

3. Before you start your essay, jot down your aspirations and how you think the college will help you meet them. Then develop a personal inventory. Make lists of your civic and school activities, your travels, awards, honors, other accomplishments, work experiences, any academic or personal shortcomings you are trying to overcome, and the personality traits you value about yourself. To focus your essay, develop a one-sentence theme from your inventory.

4. Think about the form you might use to convey your information. Straight prose is fine, but if your theme lends itself to another approach, try it.

5. Now, write a draft. Set the draft aside for 24 hours, then read it to spot clichés, triteness, vagueness, dullness, grammatical errors, and misspellings. Is your essay focused on your theme, or does it ramble? Is it confusing, or boring? Does the introduction "grab" the reader?

6. Rewrite the essay based on this evaluation and repeat step 5 as often as necessary to sharpen your essay.

7. Ask someone whose opinions you respect to read your essay and give his or her candid impressions. Ask for specifics: Tell me what you think I'm trying to say. How do I come across as a person? What parts confuse you? Where do you need more details? What parts bore you? Tell me the parts you like best. But do not let this person rewrite your essay.

EssayEdge.com would like to offer students free college application essay-help packets written by professional Harvard editors. These packets are provided as a free resource to help students gain admission to college. Because the admissions essay packets are so helpful to students, the New York Times named https://www.essayedge.com/teachers/ its educational site of the day.

Each Admissions Essay-Help packet includes:
1. Step One: Brainstorming - Brainstorming exercises
2. Step Two: Topic Selection - Topic selection strategies
3. Step Three: Writing the Essay - Writing attention-grabbing essays
4. Sample Essay: Sample essay accepted by Harvard


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