AVCS Middle / High School Counseling Department

TIPS FOR THE COLLEGE-BOUND:
BE A SECONDARY SCHOOL "GIVER" - a student who gives back to his/her community and his/her school.
Examples:

  • officers of student organizations, chairpersons of a working committee for a student organization, volunteering in your community.
  • The secondary school "giver" scores big points with the college admissions committee. Be a “risk taker” especially with rigorous academic courses.
  • An admissions committee will be very interested in what you are taking in your senior year as well as your grades in 9-11. Take challenging courses whenever you can.

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS: NOW IS THE TIME TO APPLY, DON'T WAIT.

  • SUNY information is in.
  • You may apply to six (6) SUNY schools on one application
  • The cost is $50.00 PER school
  • We also have some private school applications in the School Counseling Office
  • If we don't have what you want, you can send for it
  • REMEMBER, there are particular SUNY programs that will fill up quickly for next year, particularly at the technical colleges like Morrisville, Canton, Delhi, etc

APPLY EARLY!!!
All college-bound seniors should establish a personal calendar that will have college applications sent by the Christmas break.

Here are a few important points when you fill out your applications:

DO YOUR APPLICATION IN PEN AND PLEASE BE NEAT
Also, USE ONLY 1 COLOR INK. (Black or Blue)

ALL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS ARE TO BE TURNED IN TO
THE SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE
DO NOT MAIL THEM IN ON
YOUR OWN
They ALL need a transcript of your grades and your testing record
In addition, the SUNY applications have a section that must be filled out by Mr. Rogers
A dated checklist of what was sent to colleges will be mailed home to parents.

Be sure to check the college catalogs or online for deadlines. If in doubt, again, APPLY EARLY.

Remember each college application requires a fee
The cost varies from college to college
In some cases these fees can be waived
See Mr. Rogers to inquire about fee waivers.

Often colleges require supplemental application pieces beyond the standard application
They are required for acceptance and students must meet indicated deadlines
It is the students’ responsibility to obtain application supplements. See Mr. Rogers with any questions or concerns about the application process.

If you apply on-line, you MUST let Mr. Rogers know so he can mail supporting materials to the college.

If you have any questions, SEE MR. ROGERS.

RECRUITER VISITATION SCHEDULE:      If you are not considering college at this time or the local job market, Armed Services Recruiters will be here as follows:

AIR FORCE                          - 2nd Thursday of each month               - 10 to 12:00
NAVY                                     - 2nd Tuesday of each month                - 10 to 12:00
ARMY                                    - 1st Wednesday of each month            - 10 to 12:00
MARINES                             - 2nd Wednesday of each month           - 10 to 12:00
NATIONAL GUARD            - 4th Tuesday of each month                 - 10 to 12:00
COAST GUARD                  - (will come for visit when called)

ASVAB: 11th or 12th grade students who are contemplating military service upon graduation can take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. Check with Mr. Rogers for registration information

COLLEGE NIGHT:
Due to construction at Plattsburgh State, the Clinton Community College gymnasium will be the site of this year’s “College Night” program on Wednesday, October 5th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m
The Counseling Office has a list of the colleges attending and the list is also posted around the school
This is a great opportunity to gather information on select colleges and universities. This is also a great time to pick up college catalogs and applications for admission.

FAFSA: The Free Application for Financial Aid will be here in December for a January distribution
This can only be done on-line
Please check your college catalog to see what financial aid forms need to be filed
An additional form, the Profile, is now required by some private colleges
Check with Mr. Rogers.
SCHOLARSHIPS: We will be publishing a list of scholarships as they become available
Please check the ELIGIBILITY/CRITERIA before picking up an application
The requirements for eligibility are very specific
Also check the deadline for returning the application to the School Counseling Office
The list of local scholarships from organizations and those offered by school organizations will be available in early spring.

COLLEGE BOUND STUDENTS & IMMUNIZATIONS: All students attending New York State colleges and universities will be required to show proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella
Proof of immunity to measles will be defined as two doses of measles vaccine on or after the first birthday and at least 30 days apart, physician documented history of disease, or serologic evidence of immunity
Proof of rubella immunity will mean one dose of rubella vaccine on or after the first birthday or serologic evidence of immunity
Proof of mumps will mean one dose of mumps vaccine on or after the first birthday, a physician documented history of disease or serologic evidence of immunity.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Federal law requires that every young man register with the Selective Service within a month of his l8th birthday
If he doesn't, he won't be eligible for many benefits, such as federal student aid, job training, and most federal employment
Go to your local post office for more information concerning the Selective Service
You may also register online at www.sss.gov
See Mr. Rogers, if you have questions.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Make sure the schedule you now have assures your successful graduation in June 2012
Are all requirements completed?
Are all required courses and Regents Exams and/or Regents Competency Exams completed?

We have been meeting with you individually over the past several years and have discussed all of the above
However, this is YOUR responsibility

If you have any questions and/or concerns about ANY of the above, see Mr. Rogers AS SOON AS POSSIBLE