Post Secondary Planning
Post Secondary Planning
This web 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. Give us a call
(609-399-1290 ext. 4214) or e-mail the OCHS Counselors with
questions or concerns.
TCCi Family Connection will allow you to:
- Keep track of the process - Build a resume, complete on-line
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
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.
An online pioneer "The Princeton Review" is a premier source
online information for ambitious teens and young adults seeking
college, graduate school and career information. The web site
offers students information about standardized tests, admissions,
internships, and career programs. Try the counselor-o-matic college
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
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.
This free site has many features, including: criteria-based
searches, virtual campus tours, financial aid answers and
resources, school applications, career information, and
answers, just to name a few.
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
Colleges, College Scholarships, Financial
This Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial Aid
page is designed to offer college bound students, parents,
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.
CollegeAnswer.com: The Planning for College
Students wondering where to go to college and how to get there, or
parents trying to unravel the mystery of the college and the
financial aid application process, College Answer (formerly known
as Wiredscholar) is the site for you. This is the Web's premiere
destination for getting a head start on preparing for the world of
continuing education. You'll find pointers on the entire
"Going-to-College" process from preparation to getting loans.
College Answer also has interactive tools that enable you to
analyze the affordability of schools, compare financial aid award
letters, and search for scholarships.
"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 1 Resume
Sample 2 Resume/Activity List
Instructions for Sample 2
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
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
Level 3 Creativity and originality. "It is at this level,"
according to a dean of admission, "that students can position
themselves as unique as 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
Describe your uniqueness as a person, or tell something about
yourself that can't be learned from the information in your
Discuss something that contributed significantly to your
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.
Here are a few tips for developing an essay that conveys your
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
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,
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
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
http://www.essayedge.com/teachers/ its educational site of the
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
4. Sample Essay: Sample essay accepted by Harvard