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Counselor:  Wanda Bird
 

Standards for Undergraduate Admission WV Public 4-year Colleges and Universities-

Basic Admission Standards

Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Shepherd University, West Liberty State College, WVSU, and WVUIT require at least a 2.0 high school GPA and an ACT composite score of 18.

 

Marshall University and WVU require at least a 2.0 high school GPA and an ACT composite score of 19.

OR

All institutions require at least a 3.0 high school GPA regardless of ACT composite score.

 

The above are minimum standards for regular admission to a WV four-year public college or university.  Some institutions may establish more rigorous standards than the state basic admission standards.  Also, standards for entry into certain academic programs may be higher.  Additionally, institutions may admit conditionally some students who do not meet the basic admission standards. Please contact the institution you plan to attend for more specific information. 

 

SAT I scores may be substituted for ACT composite scores.  SAT I scores will be converted to ACT equivalents.

 

Required Curricular Units

For regular undergraduate admission, students must successfully complete the following core high school units:

English--- 4 units (including courses in grammar, composition and literature)

Social Studies --- 3 units (including U.S. history)

Mathematics --- 4 units (three units must be algebra I and higher)

Science --- 3 units (all courses to be college preparatory lab science, preferably including units from biology, chemistry and physics)

Arts --- 1 unit

Foreign Language --- 2 units (two courses of the same foreign language)

 

Curricular Deficiencies

In some instances, a college or university may waive the core unit requirement for a student seeking admission.  Any student who has not completed a required course(s) must complete commensurate college coursework in the deficiency area(s) no later than the academic term in which sixty hours are completed (sophomore year).

 

ATTENTION:  SOPHOMORES

It is time to select our school’s HOBY Ambassador.  HOBY’S purpose is to bring together a select group of high school Sophomores who have demonstrated leadership ability so that they can interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education, and the professions to discuss present and future issues.  The informal question-and-answer format during these seminars meets HOBY’S specific goals.  Sophomores who are interested in attending HOBY are to sign up with Mrs. Bird by November 1.  Teachers are also welcome to submit names for this opportunity.

 

ATTENTION:  SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS

The PSAT test will be given on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 beginning at 8AM.  We will announce the room at a later time.  Sophomores may take the test for practice Juniors take the PSAT test as the first step to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation Competition.   To learn more, visit www.nationalmerit.org.  Juniors and sophomores may sign up with Mrs. Bird beginning September 16.  Checks are to be made payable to Scott High School.  Deadline:  Juniors and sophomores must sign up and pay a fee of $14 to Ms. Bird before October 1, 2014.    

 

All high school students who take the PSAT/NMSQT have free access to MyRoad-----the College Board’s online college, major, and career exploration tool-----for the duration of their high school careers.  MyRoad’s unique features include:  personality profiler, the online assessment students take to learn about their personality types and receive major and career suggestions, profiles of academic fields-----from Aeronautics to Zoology, representing 175 instructional programs, timely articles covering more then 450 occupations-----everything from new fields like web development to more traditional pursuits like law and medicine.  MyRoad also has activities designed especially for students who are interested in two year programs. 

 

Here are a few pointers to help students make the most of MyRoad:  Students who do not want to complete the ORA Personality Profiler may go the route of the short QuickStart quizzes.  Career Connection shows students the possibilities of any major.  It is a tool---found in every Explore Majors  article---that links to career options at each degree level.  For interviews about careers, go to any career and click on Perspectives or visit Mentor’s Corner.

 

The PLAN test will be given to all 10th graders during the month of October.  Like the ACT assessment, PLAN assesses students’ ability to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the core subject areas most important for success in college:  English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning.  Plan includes a component that helps each student develop a personalized career plan, which gives students a stronger sense of purpose for doing well in school.  There will be no cost to sophomores.

 

The number of students who register for the ACT test online at www.actstudent.org has steadily increased each year.  ACT is encouraging all students, including those who register by mail, to establish a FREE student Web account.  They may use this account to make changes to their registration, print a copy of their admission ticket, view their scores at no charge after they test, and request Additional Score Reports.

 

ACT has a Writing test option.  Students who take the optional writing test will receive all the same scores that students who do not take the Writing test receive.  In addition, students who take the Writing test will receive:  1. A scaled score, ranging from 1-36, that reflect their performance on the Writing test and the English test combined.  2.  A Writing test sub-score ranging from 2-12 that reflects performance on the Writing test only. 

 

UNDERCLASSMEN –ACT suggests that you list, compare and visit colleges.  Compile information from several resources.  Prepare a college comparison checklist.  Weigh advantages and disadvantages.  Contact the office of admission to schedule an appointment for your campus visit.

 

CHECKLIST FOR A CAMPUS VISIT—Meet with an admission counselor, verify admission requirements, determine actual college costs, ask about financial aid opportunities, take a campus tour, investigate your academic program(s), attend a class, talk with students and faculty.

                                                               

ATTENTION:  SENIORS

Seniors who have not taken the ACT should do so in October. 

 

How will students know what colleges and universities will require or recommend a Writing test score?  Check with colleges that are being considered and go to www.actstudent.org for a list of institutions that require or recommend the writing test.

 

Register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.com.  Visit the SAT preparation center at www.collegeboard.com.  Take a Free full-length official practice test and get a practice score report.  Sign up for the SAT question of the day.  You can’t take both the Reasoning test and Subject tests on the same test dayYou can take either the SAT Reasoning test or up to 3 SAT Subject tests.  Plan your testing schedule carefully.

The PSAT/NMSQT score report arrives in December.  Go to www.collegeboard.com/psatextra for explanations of the answers to all PSAT/NMSQT questions.

 

Seniors planning to attend a college or technical school in the fall of 2013 should to get their applications mailed with their transcripts during the month of September.  Some majors have early deadlines.  

 

WEST POINT UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY – to start your admissions candidate file, fill out the candidate questionnaire and return it with a copy of your high school transcript.  You should do this in the spring of your junior year or as soon thereafter as possible.  You may fill out a candidate questionnaire on line at www.admissions.usma.edu.  

 

ATTENTION: ATHLETES IN GRADES 9-11

Any athlete planning to play ball for a Division I or a Division II school following graduation from high school must meet certain standards.  The NCAA Clearinghouse determines whether or not an athlete is eligible to play.  All rules and regulations may be found at www.ncaa.org.  The 2013-14 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is now available.  The Guide provides important information and key steps for high school student-athletes and parents as they begin the initial-eligibility process.  The Guide can be found on the Eligibility center Web site at www.ncaa.org.    

 

In an effort to continue the NCAA Clearinghouse emphasis on the educational mission of intercollegiate athletics, the responsibilities of the NCAA Clearinghouse has expanded to include evaluating the amateurism status of these prospects.  This process will focus on amateurism issues by asking the prospect several questions about his/her athletics participation prior to enrolling at a Division I or II institution.  The intent is to determine if a prospect is still an amateur, and therefore qualified to participate in college athletics at the Division I or II level.  

 

Although this expansion of the Clearinghouse will require prospects to provide more information than in the past, this change should not affect the level of involvement of our school.  Please note that completing the amateurism certification process is required only if the prospect intends to participate at a Division I or II institution for the first time.  If the prospect plans to enroll at a non-NCAA member institution, a two-year institution or an NCAA Division III institution, the prospect will NOT need to register with the clearinghouse.

 

All SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse by the testing agency.  Test scores that appear on transcripts will no longer be used.  When registering for the SAT or ACT, use the clearinghouse code of 9999 to make sure the score is reported to the clearinghouse.  If the student failed to use the clearinghouse code when he/she registered for the test, additional score reports may be requested.

 

Additional score reports may be obtained through ACT by going online at www.actstudent.org and completing an ASR request.

 

Additional score reports may be obtained through SAT by going online at www.collegeboard.com and click on view and send scores. Follow the directions.

 

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Seniors are to check the scholarship file located in the counselor’s office for scholarships about every two weeks throughout the school year.  Most of the scholarships have an on-line application.  The on-line addresses of the scholarships that we are made aware of will be in the school newsletter and on the school website under Counselor News.  All of the Counselor Newsletters will be deleted at the end of the school year.  

 

Seniors may request applications from colleges. Check important dates---some universities have early dates or rolling admissions.

 

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

 

CASHE Scholarship Search                                       www.salliemae.com

College View                                                              www.collegeview.com

FAFSA                                                                       www.fafsa.ed.gov

Financial Aid                                                              www.finaid.org

WVHEGP                                                                   www.cfwv.com

FASTWEB                                                                 www.fastweb.com                             

College Board                                                             www.collegeboard.com

KAPLAN                                                                   www.kaplan.com

PETERSON’S                                                                        www.petersons.com

THE PRINCETON VIEW                                         www.princetonreview.com

Federal Resources for

  Educational Excellence                                             www.ed.gov/free

PROMISE                                                                  www.cfwv.com                                 

Merit Aid                                                                    www.MeritAid.com

What Will They Learn?                                               www.WhatWillTheyLearn.com 

 

STATE LEVEL FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS—Scholarships awarded to students do not have to be repaid.  However, in WV the Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship and the Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship have a return service obligation for recipients. Awards are given based on student achievements.

 

Grants are generally need-based and do not need to be repaid unless the student withdraws from the college or university.  To receive a grant, a student must be pursuing an undergraduate degree.

 

Loans allow students to borrow money for school at a specific interest rate.  Students who participate in loan options must repay money borrowed.

 

West Virginia Higher Education—program for qualified students who demonstrate financial need, meet academic performance standards and are pursuing a Certificate, Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Grants are renewable up to 8 semesters.  Deadline:  March 1 for FAFSA and Common Application.  Contact www.cfwv.com.

 

Promise scholarship—merit-based program provides scholarships to qualified students.   Scholarships are renewable up to 8 semesters. Deadline—March 1 for FAFSA and Common Application.  Contact www.cfwv.com.

 

Heaps Grant—encourages and enables needy students to study part-time, achieve educational goals and improve the workforce in WV.  Deadline—rolling application process.  Contact www.cfwv.com.

 

Engineering, Science & Technology Scholarship—attracts talented students to pursue degrees in Engineering, Science or Technology.  Assists WV in retaining a highly skilled workforce.  Contact www.cfwv.com.

 

Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship—program enables and encourages outstanding students to pursue teaching careers in WV.  Deadline—March 1.  Contact www.cfwv.com.

 

Academic Common Market—cooperative tuition agreement among states in the Southern Regional Education Board.  Deadline—arranged prior to enrollment.  Contact—www.sreb.org. 

 

Medical Student Loan—provides loans to medical students with designated academic standards.  Deadline—determined by medical school.  Contact www.cfwv.com.

 

Health Sciences Scholarship—provides an incentive for students to become Rural Practitioners or Nursing Faculty in WV.  Medical students and students in graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant programs are eligible.  Contact www.cfwv.com.

 

ACADEMIC COMPETITIVENESS GRANT(ACG)—requirements are:  First and second year undergraduate students, Federal Pell Grant recipient, U.S. citizen, Full time, Completed rigorous secondary school program, Portable.

 

NATIONAL SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS ACCESS TO RETAIN TALENT (SMART) GRANT—requirements are:  Third and fourth year undergraduate students, Federal Pell Grant recipient, U.S. citizen, Full time, Eligible major, 3.0 GPA, Award for third and fourth year of study, Portable.

 

THE WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF REHABILITATION SERVICES (DRS) is a state government agency whose mission is to enable and empower people with disabilities to work and to live independently.  What is a disability?  Disabilities are conditions such as:  learning disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech impediment, hyperactivity, diabetes, respiratory disorder, cerebral palsy, spinal bifida, major depression, heart condition, knee, back, arm, leg or joint injury, epilepsy, eating disorder, and other physical or mental problems.  

 

You may have a disability if you have limitations in: lifting, standing, climbing, driving, hearing, seeing, reading, math, writing, or coping with stress.

 

You may be eligible for services such as:  diagnostic medical or psychological tests, vocational evaluation, career counseling, training, assistance with college costs, therapy prosthetics and orthotics, adaptive equipment or placement assistance.  Call (304) 356-2371 for more information.

 

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

PROMISE ELIGIBILITY—Minimum High School Grade Point Average Requirements are 3.0 Core GPA and a 3.0 Cumulative GPA.  Minimum Test Score Requirements are:

ACT (national test only)                                 SAT (reasoning test only)

Composite  22                                                 Combined Score  1020

English       20                                                 Critical Reading    490              

Math           20                                                 Math                      480

Science       20

Reading      20

 

The 2015 core course listing is posted on the PROMISE Scholarship Program website, www.cfwv.com.  You will notice that the requirements for Math have changed.  Students must have Algebra I and 3 mathematics classes that are higher than Algebra I.   

 

Students may use either their 7th or 8th semester high school grade point average to meet the core and overall requirements.  Students meeting the grade point average qualifications at the end of the 7th semester must maintain the required 3.00 core and overall grade point average through the 8th semester to remain eligible for the scholarship.  June 13, 2015:  Last date to take the ACT (national test only).  Act scores will not be accepted for any ACT tests taken after this date.  June 6, 2015:  Last date to take the SAT.  SAT scores will not be accepted for any SAT tests taken after this date.  ACT/SAT scores cannot be combined from multiple test administrations.

 

Promise Deadline:  March 1, 2015:    Interested students should complete a 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) AT www.fafsa.ed.gov.  State Level Financial Aid Programs are included on the FAFSA.  Students apply for the Promise at www.cfwv.com by the deadline date stated.  Students can begin applying for the Promise scholarship November 1, 2014.

 

PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS—This scholarship will automatically be renewed if the student has a minimum overall 2.75GPA at the end of the first twelve-month period on completed college coursework.  Thereafter, a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required.  A student must also earn thirty credit hours over a twelve-month period to be considered for scholarship renewal.  A student may use subsequent summer sessions (at his/her own cost) to complete the thirty-hour requirement.  Any college credits earned (as well as the GPA for those credits) prior to fall semester enrollment as a degree seeking student do not affect negatively or positively the student’s eligibility for renewal of the scholarship.  Only those credits and grades earned while the student is a PROMISE Scholar count for purposes of determining renewal eligibility.  Please remember that students who lose the PROMISE Scholarship will not be able to regain it at a later time.

 

HIGHER EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM

Generally, Higher Education Grant awards can be combined with other financial aid awards.  To receive priority consideration for Higher Education Grant awards, students should complete a 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov by March 1, 2015.  However, students can submit the FAFSA as late as April 15, 2015, and still receive consideration.  First-time 2015 Higher Education Grant Program applicants will not be required to complete an Application for State-Level Financial Aid Programs.  The FAFSA will serve as the application for the Higher Education Grant Program. 

 

ARMY ROTC—Start Strong.  For more information, visit www.info.goarmy.com/rotc/2 or call 1-877-936-7724.

 

BOONE  COUNTY-WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY ALUMNI AND FRIENDS SCHOLARSHIP— application for WVU or its affiliated institutions.  Applications are on-line at www.wvuboonealumni.com                                                                                                                                      

 

EQT STUDENTS OF EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM—Visit www.STATEJOURNAL.COM for more information.

 

VFW VOICE OF DEMOCRACY—2014-15 Theme “WHY VETERANS ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION’S HISTORY AND FUTURE”.  Complete instructions are found on the flyer or at www.vfw.org.  Student Entry Deadline:  November 1.

 

 

  

 

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