Skyline High School

College and Careers

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College

Applying to college and for financial aid and scholarships can feel daunting. We can help.

College Search:

Applications:

Essays:

Tips on Writing an Essay

Transcripts:

  • Requests for official transcripts for college applications/admissions and scholarships are made by visiting: www.parchement.com.
  • Unofficial transcript requests can be made in the Future Center.
  • Request a COCC transcript.

National Tests:

  • ACT
    • Tests English, Math, Science with an optional Writing section.
  • SAT
    • Tests Reading and Writing, Math with an optional Essay section.
  • SAT II
    • Offers multiple subject tests in the areas of English, Science, Math, History and Foreign Language.
    • Most students don't have to take the SAT II. Of those that do need the SAT II most only take 2 subject tests (1-Humanities-based, 1-Science/Math-based). Engineering students might take 3 tests with emphasis on Math and Science.
  • The difference between the old SAT and new SAT
  • ACT and SAT test prep is a good idea.
    • Prep classes are offered both privately and through the school district.
    • Test prep websites
  • ASVAB - Armed Services Vocation and Aptitude Battery
    • Required for military enlistment.
    • Tests Verbal, Math, Science, Automotive and Shop, Electronics, and Mechanical Comprehension.
    • Offered at Summit HS in December and Mountain View HS in April. Recruiting offices offer the test on a regular basis.

Letters of Recommendation:

  • Letters of Recommendation from counselors, teachers, administrators, coaches and community members can make the difference in admissions decisions.
    • Ask early. Give at least 3 weeks notice.
    • Counselors have a worksheet to complete. Forms are in the Counseling office and Future Center.
    • Provide all writers with an activities resume and some interesting information about you.
    • Letter writing is not easy. It takes time and thought. Don't forget to say thank you.
    • Tips for asking for letters of recommendation

Scholarships

Financial Aid

FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid and Our Guide for Filling Out the FAFSA

  • FAFSA opens October 1, 2018 for students entering college fall 2019. More info.
  • Grants, Scholarships, Loans and Work Study.
  • FSA ID: Electronic signature for both student and parent.
  • Guide to Filing FAFSA.

Oregon Opportunity Grant

  • Must file FAFSA and be Pell Grant eligible to be considered.

Oregon Promise

  • The promise almost free community college tuition at Oregon 2-year institutions.
  • Available to families who have an EFC (Estimated Family Contribution/FAFSA) of less than $18,000
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 unweighted

Western Undergraduate Exchange

  • Generally offers 150% of in-state tuition for specific state institutions in the West.
  • Criteria and deadlines are individual to each university.
  • Public university "scholarship."

Resources for Undocumented Students

  • You can go to college. You can access student aid by attending college in Oregon

Community Service

  • College and scholarship applications usually ask about community service experiences. Remember, it's better to have a deep commitment to one or two causes than to spread yourself thin with an hour here and another there.
  • Volunteer Connect
    • A local guide to community service opportunities in Central Oregon

Military

For students wishing to go straight from high school into the military, a call to one of our local recruiters is the best place to start. Meetings can be set up in the recruiting office or in the Future Center.

ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Core)

ROTC is offered at some colleges and is designed as officer training, while students are going to college. Once selected for a ROTC program most likely you will be offered either a full or partial scholarship. The ROTC department at the school you plan to attend will have detailed information about post-college commitments.

Academies

The Academies offer students a very prestigious education, one that is filled with rigor and regimentation. To admission process is arduous, but worth it, if this is the route for you.