College and Career Center

Make your college application appointment with Miss Bloom in 237D ASAP
If you have not made your appt. please come to the College & Career Center, Rm 237D or email Miss Bloom at lbloom@waterbury.k12.ct.us 

Juniors and Seniors a representative from the following schools will be visiting Crosby High School.

Please sign up in the guidance suite or the College and Career Center RM 237D to attend these college visits.

 

Upcoming College/Military Visits:

October, 2017:

West. CT State University - October 23rd,10:00  A.M.

Elms College - October 24th, 10:30 A.M.

University of CT  - October 20th, 12:15 P.M.

Students may see Ms. Bloom, Rm 237D or stop in the Guidance Office to sign up.

All College visits will take place in the College and Career Center RM 237D at this time. 

 

 

 

Below is the College and Career Planning Calendar

Freshman

9th grade Reminders

• Study, study, study. Colleges look at your permanent academic record for admissions beginning with freshman-year grades.
• Colleges care about which courses you're taking in high school. Remember, you will have more options if you start planning now for college and do your best to earn good grades.
• The courses you take in high school show colleges what kind of goals you set for yourself. Are you signing up for advanced classes, honors sections, or accelerated sequences? Are you choosing electives that really stretch your mind and help you develop new abilities? Or are you doing just enough to get by?
• Colleges will be more impressed by respectable grades in challenging courses than by outstanding grades in easy ones.
• Do your high school course selections match what most colleges expect you to know? For example, many colleges require two to four years of foreign language study.
• During the summer, create your student resume. Make a list of school and community activities in which you are involved, including both paid and volunteer work, and descriptions of what you do. List all awards and honors you received.
• Make a folder that includes copies of report cards and contains a list of awards and honors.

Sophomore

10th grade Calendar

Fall

• Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.
• Get involved with extracurricular activities.

Winter

• Visit colleges while they're in session.
• Find out about college firsthand from friends who are home for the holidays. 

Spring

• Look for a great summer opportunity — job, internship or volunteer position.
• Attend the STEAM College/ Career Fair at Crosby High School

Summer

• Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to recommend books.
• Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with colleges near you.
• Finalize your summer plans.
• Copies of report cards
• Lists of awards and honors
• Update your student resume from freshman year of all the school and community activities in which you are involved with and awards/honors you have received.
• Update your folder with copies of your report card and awards you received in the past year.
• Continue participation in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops, and camps. 

                                      Junior

11th grade Calendar

Fall

• Continue to take and seek out challenging courses. A tougher course load may pay off with scholarships and may get you a better chance to get admitted to the school of your choice.
• Join an academic club.
• Assume leadership roles in your activities and sports.
• At school, sign up early to take the PSAT.
• Start with you: Make lists of your abilities, preferences and personal qualities. List things you may want to study and do in college.
• Jump-start your college planning by reading about majors and careers.
• Use College Search on the College Board website to find colleges with the right characteristics.
• Attend the College Financial Aid Night at Crosby High School.
• Find out about schools you are interested in attending. Treat your school selection process like a research paper: Make a file and gather information about schools, financial aid, and campus life to put in it. Go to college fairs and open houses and learn as much as you can from the Internet about schools.
• Begin planning college visits. Fall, winter, and spring break are good times because you can observe a campus when classes are going on.
• Sign up for ACT or SAT prep courses.

Winter

• You can take either the SAT® or up to three SAT Subject Tests™ on one test day. Plan your testing schedule carefully if you want to take both, and register for two separate test dates. Test dates can be found on the College Board website.
• Use the access code on your PSAT score report to sign in to My College QuickStart. With this personalized planning kit, you can prepare for the SAT using a study plan based on your PSAT results and explore lists of suggested colleges, majors and careers.

Spring

• Start visiting local colleges: large, small, public and private. Get a feel for what works for you. Develop an initial list of 15-20 colleges that interest you. You can narrow it down later.
• Gather information from colleges. Request brochures and catalogs and attend college fairs.
• Review your senior year class schedule with your counselor. Challenge yourself with honors and AP classes.
• Plan summer activities early. Enrich yourself by volunteering, getting an interesting job or internship, or signing up for special summer learning programs.
• Plan campus visits for spring break.

Summer

• Visit colleges. Take campus tours and, at colleges you're serious about, schedule interviews with admission officers.
• Check important dates; some colleges have early dates or rolling admission.
• Update your student resume.
• During the summer between your junior and senior year, write practice applications and essays and decide where and if to apply early decision, early action or regular decision.

 

Senior

12th grade Calendar

Fall

• Narrow your list of colleges to approximately five to eight, and review it with your counselor. Get an application and financial aid info from each. Visit as many as possible.
• Make a master calendar and note:
Test dates, fees and deadlines
College application due dates
Recommendations, transcripts and other necessary materials
Your high school's deadlines for application requests, such as your transcript
• Ask for recommendations. Visit Crosby’s School Counseling Department for the appropriate paperwork. Remember to follow-up with a “thank you” card.
• Write application essays and ask teachers, family members and friends to read first drafts.
• Attend the Financial Aid night at Crosby High School.
• Visit with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements.
• Begin your college essay(s).
• Apply for admission at the colleges you've chosen.
• Find out if you qualify for scholarships at each college where you have applied.

Winter

• Most regular applications are due between January 1 and February 15.
• You and your family should save this year's pay stubs to estimate income on aid forms that you'll file early next year.
• Submit your FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible. Men who are 18 years of age or older must register with Selective Service to receive federal financial aid.
• Many priority financial aid deadlines fall in February. To get the most attractive award package, apply by the priority date. Keep copies of everything. If you need it, get help completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
• Continue to look for scholarship opportunities.
• Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR)—it should arrive four weeks after the FAFSA is filed.

 

Spring

 

Spring

• You should get acceptance letters and financial aid offers by mid-April.
• Talk to financial aid officers at your college if you have questions about the award offered.
• Attend the STEAM College/Career Fair at Crosby High School
• Decide which college to attend, and notify the school of your decision.
• You must tell every college of your acceptance or rejection of offers of admission or financial aid by   May 1. Send a deposit to the college you choose.
• Notify your college about any outside scholarships you received.

Summer

• Getting a summer job can help pay some of your college expenses.
• Make a list of what you will need to take with you for your dorm room.
• If you haven't met your roommate, call, write, or e-mail to get acquainted in advance.
• Make sure housing documentation is quickly accessible when you move into the dorm.
• Learn how to get around at your new school. Review a campus map.
• Wait until after your first class meeting to buy your books and supplies.

 

COLLEGE PLANNING HELPFUL LINKS

 

COLLEGE

 

 

 

 

College Board   

 

College Net 

 

Common Application 

 

CT Department of Higher Ed. 

 

Know How 2 Go 

 

Peterson’s 

 

Princeton Review 

 

Naviance /Family Connection Login

CAREER PLANNING

 

 

 

 

CT Mentor 

 

Occupational Outlook Handbook

FINANCIAL AID

 

 

 

 

College Goal Sunday

 

CT Student Loan Foundation 

 

Educaid

www.educaid.com

 

FAFSA 

 

Sallie Mae 

*SCHOLARSHIPS*

 

 

 

(visit Naviance for additional scholarships)

Fast Web 

 

Scholarships 

 

GAP YEAR PROGRAMS (13TH YEAR)

 

 

 

AFS Intercultural Programs 

 

Alliance Abroad Group 

 

Americorps

 

City Year 

 

InterExchange

 

National Outdoor Leadership School 

 

Outward Bound 

 

Student Conservation Association 

 

Youth for Understanding

 

Crosby High School
300 Pierpont Road
Waterbury , CT 06705
Phone: 203.574.8061

Fax: 203.574.8072