College and Career Center
We welcome volunteers! All volunteers will undergo training prior to working with students in the CCC. Contact Raquel Laiz at 503-916-5140, x 73520.
College Search and Application
Looking for a college can be overwhelming. There are numerous websites, books, applications for your phone, and highly paid consultants all available to help students through this process. We suggest trying to keep it simple:
- Do a few college searches through naviance and the websites listed below to consider the variables that are important to you (Ex: location, size, academic focus, gender mix, diversity of student body geographically, racially, and socio economically, social climate of school and cost)
Spend some time checking out the websites, read a FISKE guide, Princeton Review Guide, and, if possible, attend an informational session in our CCC.
Create a list of up to 15 schools for your first cut. Include a few “reach” schools -- very selective ones you might not be able to get into (based upon your SAT/ACT scores and GPA, a larger number of schools you should be able to get into, and a few “safety” schools that you know you can get into.
Visit some local/regional colleges to compare size and campus culture. If possible, visit the schools you are most interested in!
- By the fall of your senior year, narrow your list to ten or less.
Naviance: Log in at: https://connection.naviance.com/franklinhs.com. All students have passwords to their accounts where they can run college searches, look for scholarships, and track their college search information. Parents can sign in via our website (check this) as guests by using goquakers as a password. Save your colleges of interest and you’ll get information about when they come to campus! Here you’ll also find the documents you need to request counselor and teacher recommendations, as well as requesting transcripts you’ll need to apply to college.
Other useful college search links:
College Visits to Franklin: Google Calendar on Front Page of Franklin's Website: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/franklin/
Oregon University System website: Contains catalogue of all public universities in Oregon: http://www.ous.edu/about/campcent including deadlines for admission.
Portland Community College: http://www.pcc.edu
Mt Hood Community College: http://www.mhcc.edu
Western University Exchange: Network of Colleges with tuition exchange: http://www.wiche.edu/wue
Link to the Common Application: http://www.commonapp.org
Overview and Highlights of Regional Colleges: PDF
Franklin High School Profile: PDF
Senior College Handbook: PDF
Request for Letter of Recommendation from your counselor: In Naviance!!!
Senior Year Checklist: PDF
Junior Year Checklist: PDF
Sophomore Year Checklist: PDF
Freshman Year Checklist: PDF
Financial Aid ($$$$$)
The Basics: Aid is divided into the following categories: Loans and Grants. Loans need to paid back after graduating from college. Grants are free money given by colleges and other organizations. Most colleges give scholarships to students who demonstrate both need and merit, but the “package” usually includes loans which will need to be paid back.
Scholarships are given based upon academic achievement (merit based), income (need based), and extracurricular involvement (leadership and community service done in high school) Usually, individual colleges offer the greatest amount of scholarships, so it’s important to research the opportunities that your colleges of interest offer first. When you are looking at colleges, there will be a net price calculator on their website that you can use to estimate your college costs.
Franklin has an up to date list of national and local scholarships, broken down by categories. In our experience, these are the scholarships that our students have received in the past. However, you should check with your family’s employers, parents’ high schools or colleges, and any organizations you are involved with (robotics, club sports, religious institutions) to see if there are other opportunities for scholarships.
Many of the scholarships listed in Naviance are included on our list, but you should also browse the Naviance list after reviewing this one.
Naviance has a list of helpful websites, including two of the most important links to accessing financial aid:
www.fafsa.ed/gov: Getting your PIN for the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the first step in logging your financial aid information so that colleges will know what loans and grants you are eligible for, and you can determine, based upon your parents’ income, what loans and grants you are eligible for. Students should get their PIN numbers in the fall of their senior year. Using the FAFSA forecaster at www.fafsa4caster.ed.govhelps to provide students and parents with an early estimate of the student’s federal student aid eligibility, as well as some state grants which are need based.
http://oregonstudentaid.gov/: This is a guide to more than 400 scholarships available to specific high schools, county of residence, academic and career interests, employer and membership organizations. By completing several personal essays and selecting the categories applicable to you, students make themselves eligible for these opportunities. In general, students are notified in May or at our senior assembly at the beginning of June.
Other commonly used websites include:
See attached Links for exhaustive list of National/Regional/Local Scholarships by interest area.
Check out a listing of colleges and their average merit awards: under construction!
The two most common tests are the ACT and the SAT. Colleges will accept either test. Some colleges mandate taking SAT subject tests to demonstrate a level of proficiency in certain subjects. Colleges look at a student’s GPA, test scores and outside activities in the admission process.
PPS offers the Practice SAT (PSAT) to all sophomores in October, and the ACT to all juniors in April. Scores from the PSAT correlate to how students will do on the SAT. ACT tests measure understanding of curriculum which has been taught in several content areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing, whereas the SAT measures problem solving and reasoning abilities in critical reading, writing, and math. The SAT tends to have a great emphasis on vocabulary.
We suggest that students spend time preparing for these tests. There are many free resources, as well as private agencies and tutors We do not endorse any one resource, but have supplied a list of resources that other PPS high schools use.
In both cases, our counselors provide waivers for ACT or SAT fees for our students receiving free/reduced lunch. Just come and see us during lunch, after school, or during office hours!
Helpful Links for SAT/ACT:
Registration for the SAT: http://www.collegeboard.org
Registration for the ACT: http://www.act.org
Link to FHS Toolbox test prep resources: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/franklin/934.htm
Helpful College Resources for Students and Parents
There is so much written about finding the right college, paying for college, financial aid or the lack of it, athletics in college, etc. that we see a lot of stressed students and parents. Getting information -- actually reading, visiting, talking to students and parents who have been through the process, can help. Feel free to contact us with your questions, or to request talking to a former student and/or parent to address your questions too. Until then, here are some more links to a variety of resources you might find helpful.
US and News Reports College Rankings: http://www.supercollege.com
Tips about the College Search Process: http://www.supercollege.com
Guide for the Student Athlete: http://www.ncaa.org
NYT College Blog: http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/
Tips for Parents Preparing for their child to leave home: Tips are forthcoming -- keep checking this page!