July 2018

Freshman (New Student) Orientation and Beyond

Have you been to your Freshman (or New Student) Orientation yet? If not, get ready for a busy few days! Freshman or New Student Orientation is a multi‑day event held on college campuses before the start of a new academic year. Rest up before you go, because these events are designed to welcome you to your school with a tight schedule of educational, logistical, and social activities with your new classmates. You may find activities such as breakout sessions with your Orientation Leaders, meet‑and‑greets, appointments with your advisor to schedule classes, sessions with the dean of the department in which you will be studying, time to sit and smile pretty for your campus ID, a chance to eat in the cafeteria, and late‑night chats with your new friends on campus. Many students even meet their new roommate(s) at orientation! Orientation programs vary in format from school‑to‑school, but generally have all the same components. Check out what the orientation programs look like at Franklin Pierce University or at Rivier University.

After you visit campus for orientation, it's up to you to stay connected with your college or university. One of the best ways to do that is through social media platforms. Check with your school’s student life department since Facebook groups are quickly becoming the most popular way to stay connected. There is likely a “Class of 2022” Facebook page for your university which allows you to connect with fellow incoming freshmen and talk about what you'll be studying, where you will be living, comparing class schedules, and which activities students are planning to participate in. Sometimes, you can meet your roommate through your school's Facebook group! And speaking of roommates, look to see if your school offers roommate profile questionnaires (which you might find on your portal) or if you can simply request your roommate. Each college or university will operate a little differently, so if you are not sure, ask!

And remember you and your family need to finalize your financing plan this summer before classes start as well. If you plan to accept your Federal Direct Student Loan, make sure to complete your Master Promissory Note (MPN) as well as the required Entrance Counseling. If your family needs assistance determining your financing options, call us at the Center for College Planning (CCP) to meet with one of our college counselors for a FREE 60‑minute meeting.


Seven NH High Schools Offering SAT Testing Saturday, August 25

High School Seniors - do you know the SAT test is being offered this August? The following seven high schools are hosting the SAT on Saturday, August 25th: Alvirne High School, Bow High School, Concord High School, Exeter High School, Goffstown High School, Kennett High School, and Stevens High School. These are testing sites you do not need to be a student at that particular high school in order to take the SAT at any of these high schools. Register for the August 25th SAT by Friday, July 27th (late registration is available online until Wednesday, August 15th) to take advantage of this additional summer test date.

Did you know that research shows that studying with Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy® for 20 hours is associated with an average score gain of 115 points on the SAT? And nearly 40 percent of all test takers reported using Khan Academy's free SAT practice. Learn more about the benefits of Official SAT Practice here.

For more information about the SAT, and to register for any upcoming SAT test, visit collegeboard.org.

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Needing Guidance Understanding the College Admissions Process?

Selecting colleges and applying for admission can be overwhelming. There are applications to be completed, deadlines to meet, essays to write, and policies to understand. Sign-up now for a FREE 90‑minute college overview workshop at our Concord campus in September as we educate high school students and their families about the college admission process. While this workshop primarily addresses the immediate needs of those applying to college this fall, all high school students and their families are welcome to attend! There are four possible dates to choose from and registration is required, so sign up today!


Apply, Apply, Apply

High school seniors ‑ are you wondering if “Early Decision” college admission is right for you? What about “Early Action”? If you are considering either of these options, take the time to understand not only how quickly deadlines will approach in the fall, but also how this decision will impact your entire college application process. Make sure you have the facts! If you are wondering what option might be best for you, talk with your school counselor or schedule a FREE 60‑minute appointment with one of our CCP college counselors by calling 888.747.2382, ext. 119.

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The OppU Achievers Scholarship celebrates students who transform opportunity into results. It rewards achievement in its many forms and honors those who create opportunity for both themselves and others.

Founded in 2016, the scholarship provides $2,500 for current or future education costs. Scholarship selections are made four times a year. Annually, the OppU Achievers Scholarship awards a total of $10,000 to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement. Apply today!


“I Am College Bound” Promo of the Month

Enter the “I Am College Bound” promo contest to be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card if you answer our quiz question about college admissions or financial aid correctly!

The “I Am College Bound” campaign provides New Hampshire high school students with the inspiration, information and planning support to pursue higher education goals. The Center for College Planning (CCP) team especially encourages low‑income students, their parents and their mentors to recognize that New Hampshire campuses and the U.S. Department of Education offer strong financial aid programs which enable eligible individuals to access financial assistance in paying for education beyond high school.


For the latest college admissions and financial aid information, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and check out the NHHEAF Channel on YouTube! And catch up on reading our recent Varsity Letter issues here.