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SAT Test Dates 20-21

SAT Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
09/26/2020 08/26/2020 09/15/2020
10/03/2020 09/04/2020 09/22/2020
11/07/2020 10/07/2020 10/27/2020
12/05/2020 11/05/2020 11/24/2020
03/13/2021 02/12/2021 03/02/2021
05/08/2021 04/08/2021 04/27/2021
06/05/2021 05/06/2021 05/26/2021
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New Jersey Virtual College Exploration Program

NJACAC is proud to present the New Jersey Virtual College Exploration Program, which will run from September 29-October 9.

The multi-week program consists of hundreds of opportunities for students to learn about the college search process and about many different colleges through panel presentations and information sessions.

Students will gain a wealth of college knowledge, get exposure to a variety of colleges, and have the opportunity to ask questions of admission counselors, all in a safe, flexible, online environment.

All high school students, parents, and counselors throughout New Jersey are all welcome to attend. Participation is free of cost.

Students should participate live so they can ask questions and interact with the college admission counselors. If students are unable to attend live, we still encourage them to register for the sessions they are interested in and recordings will be available on the NJACAC website later.

Hear from

Admission Officers

Experienced admission counselors will tell you what you need to know

Gain Important College Knowledge

Choose from 185 different presentations and information sessions

215 Colleges and Universities

Learn more about different colleges and universities from 34 states and 7 countries!

View the Schedule

https://www.njacac.org/virtualfair/

Student Registration

Students should register for each session that they want to attend. Once they register, they will receive a confirmation email with their unique link to join the Zoom webinar.

(Students will also receive a barcode, but the barcode is not necessary for this virtual event.)  When students register, they are sharing their registration information only with colleges presenting on that particular panel. StriveScan does not sell or share personally identifiable student information with any other third parties.

Students should participate live so they can ask questions and interact with the college admission counselors. If students are unable to attend live, we still encourage them to register for the sessions they are interested in and recordings will be available here later.

Parents

Parents should register their students using their student’s information.

Counselors

Please share this opportunity with your students and encourage them to register. Counselors are also welcome to register and participate in all sessions!

Virtual College Fairs: https://virtualcollegefairs.org/

Going to College in New Jersey. A magazine for college-bound students in New Jersey. Features colleges and universities in New Jersey. Link

Naviance

All of the MCVSD Academies utilize Naviance Family Connection as a primary management tool for college searches and application tasks. Naviance Family Connection provides actual outcome data on graduates for each of the Academies.

All MCVSD students and parents receive a unique Naviance registration username and password. We highly encourage that all of our families take advantage of the wonderful resources within this program.

College Admission Factors

Listed in order of significance, as ranked by college admissions counselors in NACAC Admission Trends Survey, 2012

  1. Grades in college prep courses
  2. Strength of curriculum
  3. Admission test scores (SAT, ACT)
  4. Grades in all courses
  5. Essay or writing sample
  6. Student's demonstrated interest
  7. Counselor recommendation
  8. Class rank
  9. Teacher recommendation
  10. Subject test scores (AP, IB)
  11. Portfolio
  12. Interview
  13. SAT II Scores
  14. Extracurricular activities
  15. State graduation exam scores
  16. Work

The College Search - Finding The School of Best Fit

"The best college will be the one that acknowledges your strengths and weaknesses, accommodates your needs, supports your ambitions, and invests in you as you strive to achieve your goals. It is the place that values you for what you have to offer—something that ranking guides can't measure" (From US News & World Report)

  • Have a balanced approach: Reach, Target, Reliable (Safety). It is recommended that students apply to 7 to 10 colleges, based on selectivity:
    • Reach - college standards exceed your scores (2 to 3)
    • Target - college standards comparable to your scores (2 to 4)
    • Reliable (Safety) - your scores exceed that of the college (2 to 3)
  • Evaluate important college decision factors, including: cost, location, size, distance, academic programs, public/private, campus life, and post-grad outcomes. Make a list of "must have" factors.
  • Utilize College Comparison Tools to help distinguish between prospective colleges

Researching Colleges

  • Naviance College Search
  • Campus Visits - guided tours, open houses, admissions presentations, overnight stays
  • Talk to past and present students/family members
  • College Fairs, both local and national
  • Admissions Representative visits to the Academies
  • Online: College websites, virtual tours, viewbooks, social media
  • Print: Numerous college guide publications, such as The College Board's College Handbook

College Application Checklist For Seniors

  • Request two teacher letters of recommendation
  • Create a Common Application using your @ctemc.org email account
  • Link your Naviance Account with the Common Application
  • Sign the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) waiver in Naviance. This permits your school guidance counselor to release personal information to colleges.
  • Send SAT and/or ACT scores to each college you are applying to
  • Complete Transcript/Document Request (paper version and/or in Naviance)
  • Fulfill application requirements for each specific school in full; track and monitor your application status.
  • Apply for Financial Aid - Complete the FAFSA & CSS Profile

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