Click on the following list of topics for information:
CHOOSING A COLLEGE
- Generally, we encourage seniors to apply to at least 3 Colleges in the fall: a 'sure thing' school, a 'maybe school' & a 'dream school'
- http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/index.jsp - College Search is here to help you make the best decision for you. Either use MatchMaker to generate a list of colleges that match your preferences. Use QuickFinder to research a college that you already have in mind.
- College information- Learn about Two Year Colleges, Four Year colleges, and Technical Schools.
- Colleges and Universities at U.S. College Search - Search for Colleges in the US by major or state
- www.collegeboard.com - A link to the College Board, a comprehensive guide to College planning and SAT registration.
- The "Best 366 Colleges," according to The Princeton Review.
- Projectopportunity.net - great resource
- Checkoutacollege.com - good information on two year and technical colleges in Washington
- http://wiche.edu/wue - if you plan to go to college out of state, apply here to see if you are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state. Current WICHE states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming See complete college/program listing on website.
- www.ConsumerReports.org/college: Free guide to colleges and help in navigating the steps in college research and selection.
- http://www.edudemic.com/affordable-online-colleges/ : Online college Info
COLLEGE ADMISSION TESTING
THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS
- Take the SAT or ACT College Admission test by December of senior year
- Start the College Application- Go to the college website, OR get paper copy from college
- Complete the Application- fill out completely, including essays, and submit it online before winter break. Make copies and save copies of essays
- Complete and return a Transcript Request Form from the Counseling Office (get blue form in office). We will prepare it for you and either mail it for you or get it to you to mail.
- Get and complete a Letter of Recommendation Form from Counselor or Teacher IF college requires. Give teacher 2 weeks notice. We can either mail it with your transcript for you or get one from your counselor for you to mail.
- Request your SAT/ACT test scores to be sent to the college through Collegeboard website.
- Apply for Financial Aid-Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov for either loans, grants, or work study awards.
- Accept college admission offer- Notify the college you want to attend that you accept their admission offer and put down a deposit. Most colleges have a deadline of May 1st. Be sure to check with the college you plan to attend to make sure you meet all deadlines.
How to request a transcript from Olympic High School . . .
What is your status as an OHS student?
- If you are a current student - Fill out and turn in a Transcript request form. Either download here or get fromthe Counseling office
- If you are a graduate from the last graduating class – Come to the OHS Counseling office and fill out a Transcript request form, or call (360) 662-2742.
- If you are a graduate from more than one year ago – Requests can be made at the Jenne Wright Administration Building (9210 Silverdale Way, Silverdale Way) or by calling 662-9270.
*Note: Transcripts take 2 school days to prepare.
HELPFUL TIPS & TOOLS:
Two-year colleges offer academic programs allowing a student to earn an Associates in Arts or Science Degree, which may then be transferred to a four-year college. Students who complete the AS or AAS degree are generally able to transfer two years of college credit (90 credits) to any public or private institution in the State of Washington. In addition, community colleges have vocational training programs.
FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
Students pursue a bachelor’s degrees at public and private four-year colleges and universities. Most degree programs require two years of general study (may be taken at a community college) and two years of study within a major. Universities offer a full range of undergraduate majors, and graduate degrees (masters and doctorate).
Four-Year Public Colleges in the State of Washington
There are 6 public universities in Washington:
Central Washington University Ellensburg
University of Washington Seattle
Eastern Washington University Cheney
Washington State University Pullman
Evergreen State College Olympia
Western Washington University Bellingham
Four-Year Private Colleges
There are several private, or independent, universities in Washington. An independent college does not receive money from the state. Private colleges have a smaller student population and a small student/teacher ratio.
Gonzaga University Pacific Lutheran University
Seattle University Seattle Pacific University
St. Martins College University of Puget Sound
Whitman College Whitworth College
Although a private college is more expensive, they also have more resources to find aid for students. Private colleges from out-of-state do not cost more than in-state private colleges.
Students must request applications directly from the private college or apply online.
MINIMUM PUBLIC 4-YEAR COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR)
Students who aspire to attend a baccalaureate institution in Washington must apply for admission. Factors influencing admission include high school grade point averages, test scores, and extra-curricular activities. Read the full admission standards policy.
Required high school courses are known as the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR). Washington Administrative Code (WAC 392-415-070) requires that each school district determine which of its high school courses meet CADR requirements and ensure students' standardized high school transcripts designate such courses as meeting the requirements.
Completing CADR courses does not guarantee admission to one of the state's six baccalaureate institutions. Institutions consider a number of criteria when making admission decisions.
Minimum college admission standards for public baccalaureate institutions include:
- 2.0 GPA
- Taking the SAT or ACT and having the scores sent directly to the college or university
- Completion of CADR courses
The information is available at: http://www.wsac.wa.gov/college-admissions
All four-year colleges in Washington require admissions testing, and will accept either the ACT or SAT Reasoning Test.
SPECIFIC HIGH SCHOOL COURSE SELECTION INFO: It is important for students to work with their counselor and choose their high school courses based upon what is acceptable for a Four-year college.
Vocational trade schools offer career-oriented degrees in a variety of high-growth occupational areas, so you can get the education you need to succeed. Trade schools and vocational colleges offer programs in accounting, art & design, business, computers and IT, dental assisting, nursing, medical and health care, criminal justice and paralegal, multimedia and more. If, after graduation, you find that you need additional "job skills" Vocational/Trade Schools would be an excellent start for you! A few Vocational/Trade Schools in Washington include:
- ITT Technical Institute
- DeVry University
- Gene Juarez Academy
- Ashmead School of Massage
- Bryman College
- University of Phoenix
- The Art Institutes
- FAFSA website: www.fafsa.ed.gov - Financial Aid application & information, Customer Service Chat, Pre-application worksheet, etc.
- CSS/PROFILE: https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp a service of the College Board -- a national, not-for-profit membership association. Many of the member colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, and scholarship programs use the PROFILE to help them award nonfederal student aid funds.
- U.S. Dept. of Education information: www.studentaid.ed.gov
- Website to Financial Aid Q &A: www.finaid.org
- Nonfederal/state aid: www.readysetgrad.org
- If you are wanting more information on the Scholarship program available through the UW, go to "The Husky Promise."
- Also, check out WSU's scholarship program, "The Cougar Commitment."
- See the Financial Aid PowerPoint overview presentation from the CKSD College Night workshop: Financial Aid presentation
- Financial Aid Questions and Answers
TIMELINES FOR COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS
See timelines on our homepage Quick links to find out what College-bound students should be doing, and by when, throughout the school year, by each grade level.
GENERAL COLLEGE RESOURCES:
- www.Collegeboard.com: SAT registration, test prep., college major searches & more
- www.UniversityDrive.com: helps simplify the college admission process for teens and their families, including info & DVDs on why a college education is important, how to find financial aid, standardized test prep, what to do once you’ve been accepted