May 2016

College‑Bound Freshmen: It's New Student Orientation Time!

“Student orientation,” “new student orientation,” “summer orientation,” and “freshman orientation” ‑ these are different names for an important multi‑day event/experience typically occurring during the summer or at the beginning of the academic year at colleges and universities around the world. Orientation is a great way for campuses to welcome and, of course, orient new students to their respective college campuses. This is accomplished with fun, educational, social, and practical activities ‑ the specifics of which will vary somewhat depending on your school.

During orientation, you will meet fellow members of the Class of 2020, explore your college's campus, meet faculty, select your class schedule for fall and maybe even meet your freshman roommate.

Help yourself get ready for college by attending your school's orientation program!

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Two scholarships from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF) are now available! The NHCF is New Hampshire's largest source of scholarship dollars. Applications for the Career Aid for Technical Students for students enrolling in a two-year degree program are due 6/15/16. The Medallion Fund ‑ for students pursuing short‑term vocational or technical studies in fields such as automotive technology, plumbing, heating, construction, advanced manufacturing, computer repair, licensed nursing assistant, etc. ‑ features a rolling deadline.


Juniors, Create Your Common Application Account!

Applying to college this fall? The Common Application is an online application accepted by nearly 700 colleges and universities. Participating schools accept the Common Application in place of their own institutional application. When using the Common Application, you complete one online application (and perhaps supplemental forms for each college that you are applying to) and are able to electronically send this application to all of your chosen participating colleges. Using this form is time-saving and simplifies the application process. The Common Application and a list of participating schools can be found at

You can create your Common App account now ‑ or whenever you are ready ‑ and it will be available for you this fall as you start to apply to college. Essay prompts will not change for the 2016‑2017 application cycle.

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SAT Scores Are Now Available!

High school juniors who took the March 2016 SAT can now check their scores by logging into For directions and information on how to get your scores, watch CollegeBoard's video “Understand Your SAT Score Report.”

Once you have logged in to see your scores you can use these scores to enrich your college search process. You can go to BigFuture by CollegeBoard to see what SAT scores individual colleges require for admissions. CollegeBoard suggests using their SAT Convertor tool to compare your “new 1600” score with the “old 2400” scores of the freshman class at your favorite colleges. To use the convertor tool you can either download CollegeBoard's App called “SAT Score Converter” from Apple's App Store or Google Play (Android) or use the online convertor tool.

Not happy with your score? Want to get your EBRW (Evidence‑Based Reading and Writing) or M (Math) score up? CollegeBoard had partnered with Khan Academy to provide FREE personalized SAT prep. To begin the test prep process, log in to and upload your PSAT and SAT scores. Once tests are uploaded, Khan Academy can provide practice questions that target your specific area(s) of need and demonstrate how to get to the correct answer. Even 30 minutes twice a week of test prep can help!


Use Your Summer Well ‑ Meet With a CCP counselor

Summer is the perfect time to meet with one of the counselors in the Center for College Planning. Whether you are finalizing your list of colleges, have questions about college majors or would like to discuss how to pay for college, schedule a free 60‑minute appointment this summer to get a jump start on your college process.

Funding Options ‑ Scholarships, grants, student loans, parent loans, work study, private student loans, tuition payment plans ‑ what do they all mean? These 60‑minute appointments will help you and your family to understand the many options available to pay for your college education.

College Prep ‑ Are you interested in exploring your academic and career interests? Need help creating an appropriate list of colleges? Do you want to discuss “financial safety” schools? Do you need more information about the different college application options? Are you preparing for a college interview? For these 60‑minute appointments, the CCP counselors will ask you to choose your areas of concern to address in your discussion.

Choose which type of meeting is appropriate for you and give us a call at 1.888.7.GRADUATE to schedule your appointment today.


I Am College Bound Promo of the Month

HS Students: Participate each month in our I Am College Bound promotion! Just read a college planning or financial aid article, answer a question about the article correctly, and you will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card in a random drawing from correct entries.

I Am College Bound's goal is to provide New Hampshire students with the inspiration, information and planning support to pursue higher education goals - share the link with your friends!

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