College Planning Night for Juniors- Monday, March 6, 2017- This event included an overview of the college research & application process, a timeline covering the rest of junior and senior year, Naviance, testing requirements, and info about college visits, fairs, and other events. Marist Counselor Court Wirth and special guest Nate Mannetter, Assistant Director of Admissions at Gonzaga University, spoke, and their powerpoint is available below. Mr Mannetter spent some time debunking common myths about the college application process, and gave us all a great (and candid) insider's perspective. A packet was given to each family in attendance, and for those who didn't attend, was distributed later in the week to the student. Please review this information together, and hold on to it, as it is intended to help throughout junior and senior year.
College Planning Night for Seniors- September 14, 2016
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College Financial Aid Night- December 1st, 2015
Thank you to all parents and students who turned out for this event, and thank you to Michelle Holdway from the U of Oregon financial aid office, for giving up a weeknight to share this important information with us. A copy of Ms Holdway's powerpoint is to the right:
Below are copies of two financial aid award letters that students from the class of 2015 shared with me. One is from Gonzaga, and one is from Oregon State. Obviously, the specifics of these student's grades, test scores, and family income may be completely different than your situation, but it can still be helpful to see examples of the various types of funding that are out there to help bring down the total cost of attendance.
Articles regarding Student Ranking systems and Best Practices.
A letter mailed to Marist families at the start of the 2015-16 school year explained that Marist will be moving away from an exact-rank system, to a Quintile Distribution, as a way to indicate a student's weighted grade point average in comparison to the rest of the students in their class. Below is a website link, and an article to download, that provide some very helpful information, both for why the great majority of private high schools no longer use an exact-rank system, as well as how colleges use this and other data in evaluating their applicants.