A-Z Senior Glossary of Terms
The Counseling department has compiled this reference guide, which we hope will aid you in your college search and planning. In the following pages, you will find an alphabetical list of terms that you may encounter during your college search. We have also included some dates and other THS Class of 2018 specific information for your benefit. Please know that we are here to help and we look forward to helping you with your post-
- Academic Common Market
- ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
- Academic Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Class Rank
- College Admissions Requirements
- College Admissions Representatives
- College Application Procedure
- College and Scholarship Essays
- Common Application
- Counselor Recommendation & Counselor Recommendation Form
- EFC (Expected Family Contribution)
- Final Transcript
- Financial Aid
- Financial Aid Forms
- Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Graduation Ceremonies
- Graduation Regalia and Announcement
- SAT Subject Tests
- Scholarship Information
- Teacher Recommendation
COMMON BLUNDERS OF COLLEGE APPLICANTS
The Six Most Common Blunders of College Applicants. Advice from Jeremy Spencer, Former Director of Admissions at Alfred University:
- Missing deadlines.
- Applying for Early Decision when it’s not the right choice.
- Using the wrong college name in an application essay.
- Applying to college online without telling school counselors.
- Waiting too long to ask for letters of recommendation.
- Failing to limit parents’ involvement.
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USEFUL CAREER/COLLEGE PLANNING WEB SITES
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTS
- www.sat.collegeboard.org/register: On-line SAT registration and test dates are available at this site. It also has college databases, a financial aid registration site, and career questionnaire plus career information.
- www.actstudent.org: Register for the ACT. This site also provides “information for life’s transitions” including career planning, applying to college, and a financial aid need estimator.
COLLEGE & CAREER INFORMATION
- http://www.nacacnet.org/PublicationsResources/steps/Pages/default.aspx: The National Association for College Admissions Counseling’s “Steps to College” is loaded with good information.
- www.usnews.com: (click on best colleges) Information about colleges, including rankings.
- http://www.bls.gov/ooh: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Provides career information based on keyword searches and contains an index of occupations. Revised every 2 years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
- Achievealabama.org College and Scholarship search website.
FINANCIAL AID OR SCHOLARSHIPS
- www.fafsa.ed.gov : Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), use this site to complete your federal financial aid application
- www.fastweb.com: Scholarship search database of over 350,000 scholarships.
- www.finaid.com: Information about financial aid, including links to other financial aid sites.
- www.wiredscholar.com: Help from start to finish with planning for and paying for college.
- www.petersons.com/bcd: With Best College Deals (for U.S. citizens looking for information on U.S. colleges) you get personalized financial aid guidance.