2016 PSAT Results

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Last month, sophomores and juniors received hard copies of their PSAT scores along with original test booklets.  They have been able to access scores online since December, but the score report gives the counselors the opportunity to explain the scores to them.  The scores are pretty easy to understand, but below you will find a couple of helpful resources.

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We strongly encourage students to log on to their College Board accounts because along with seeing scores, thee is an abundance of free resources they can access.  One of the resources we are always talking about is Khan Academy.  When a student links his or her College Board account with Khan Academy, a personalized practice test is created!  The video below provides a quick explanation on how to do it!

Juniors should be preparing to to take the SAT this spring in either May or June.  Click here to view the calendar.  Also, using the PSAT results and free online resources is a great way work on areas of weakness.  They can take a practice test or download an app to answer a question a day.  Sophomores, it is never too early start preparing!

One final note – The Guidance Department is hosting it’s College Planning Night for juniors and their parents on Thursday, March 2nd.  It will be at 6:30 in the auditorium.  This is a great opportunity for juniors to hear about what they should be doing now and into the summer to prepare for the college application process.  We hope to see you all there!

 

 

50 States, 50 Colleges – Alabama

Once again, it’s been a while since we did a 50 States, 50 Colleges.  We are in the midst of early application season and out of the over 92 colleges we’ve sent transcripts to so far, none have been Alabama-bound!  Maybe once you learn about our spotlight college, you’ll be ready to head south : )

College in the Spotlight:  Auburn University

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Location:  Auburn, AL (located 1.5 hours away from Atlanta)

Enrollment:  25,912 students

Fast Facts

As I gathered information for this post, it felt like I was going to be writing about a resort.  My notes page was full before I even got to academic programs (more on those later)!  Let’s start with food.  By my count, there are 38 dining options on campus, including Starbucks, a Chick-fil-A, and a Denny’s that never closes.  Included in that count are 7 food trucks.  The Recreation and Wellness Center can help you burn off some of the calories that come with having so many options!  The rec center features an indoor track, a virtual golf simulator, a zipline, rock-climbing walls, and a 40-person hot tub!

Now that I’ve gotten food out of the way, let’s talk about academics!  There are more than 140 majors to choose from at Auburn, ranging from Architecture to Wildlife Sciences.  Among distinction are: The School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences (recognized as #1 in the world), Wireless Engineering (the nation’s first and only bachelor’s degree program in this area), and Pharmacy (students have logged over 2,500 community service hours by volunteering at area health fairs, screenings, and outreach events).

According to this US News and World Report article, the college with the highest tuition in Massachusetts is Amherst College at $52,476.  Sure, Auburn is far away, and you will be an out-of-state student, but is it ever a bargain at $28,040 per year.   Students who have a  GPA of 3.5 or above and high test scores can qualify for scholarships, which will make that tuition bill even smaller!

School spirit is huge at Auburn, and there’s no better place to see it than at a football game.  Game day for the DI Tigers involves many traditions.  One of the three eagles that reside at Auburn takes a pre-game flight, soaring around the stadium before landing in the middle of the field.  Aubie the Tiger is their much-loved mascot and has won multiple national titles for best college mascot.  How does Auburn celebrate a win?  Fans take toilet paper rolls and “roll” Toomer’s Corner, a street corner in downtown Auburn.

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Even with such a huge student population, Auburn is described as a family.  “Hey Day” is a tradition where name tags are handed out to all community members and everyone is encouraged to greet one another by name as they go about their day.  This year’s Hey Day took place in October – follow this link to see a video!

For more info on Auburn, visit http://www.auburn.edu

 

 

6th Annual LC College Fair

October 19th marked Lowell Catholic’s 6th and largest college fair!  53 colleges and universities were on hand to answer questions from our eager students.

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Seniors, juniors, and even some sophomores spoke to admissions reps from schools such as Providence College, University of New England, Catholic University of America, and Sacred Heart University.

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The college fair is a unique opportunity for our students because they are able to get some one on one time with the representatives.  Wentworth Institute of Technology, Lasell  College, Emmanuel College, and Bryant University spoke to the students about different programs, what to expect on campus, and how to apply.

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The goal of this college fair is to give our students time to think ahead regarding college plans, learn about a school or program they may have not been familiar with, or to connect one more time with a school they are interested in.  We have found that the growth of the college fair over the past six years demonstrates the success of this day.  We look forward to seeing how it will grow for our 7th year!