College Information & Open Houses

FAFSA Night/College Open Houses & Visits

FAFSA Night

The 2019-2020 application for FAFSA opens on October, 1st 2018, and Austin will again be hosting a workshop for all senior parents and students to assist in filling out the application.Please see 
The FAFSA High School Night Flyer for further information. All others are welcome to attend to gain an understanding of what FAFSA is and how to fill out the application in the future

COLLEGES VISIT ACHS

Counselor Nick Champine is planning for many colleges to visit Juniors and Seniors during their seminar classes. Dates will be listed here when they have been scheduled.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Champine at nchampine@austincatholichighschool.org or (586) 200-0143 x 119.

Tuesday, September 18th     11:15 a.m.     Alma College
Monday, September 24th      11:15 a.m.     Hillsdale College
Tuesday, September 25th     11:15 a.m.     Oakland University
Tuesday, October 9th            11:15 a.m.     Grand Valley State University
Monday, October 22nd          11:15 a.m.     University of Detroit Mercy 
Tuesday, October 16             11:15 a.m.     Gannon University
Wednesday, October 17        11:15 a.m.     Hope College
Monday, October 29              11:15 a.m.     Northern Michigan University 

Catholic College Fair

Tuesday, September 18 at Madonna University  4:30 - 8:30pm  (all Catholic Schools in attendance).   There is a registration form:  https://www.catholiccollegenight.org/ 

Important College Information

Planning & Applying

Testing

Paying 

State of Michigan- Student Financial Services Bureau

Selective Service

The law requires virtually all male U.S. citizens (regardless of where they live), and male immigrants residing in the U.S. (permanent resident aliens), to register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Therefore, to be in full compliance with the law, a man turning 18 is required to register during the period of time beginning 30 days before, until 30 days after his 18th birthday (a 60-day window). Students can register at https://www.sss.gov. If you have any questions please contact your son’s counselor.

Social Media & College Admissions

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Used during both the recruiting and reviewing processes, social media is becoming a valuable tool for schools to find future students.

  • 85% of colleges use Facebook to recruit students.
  • 66% of colleges use YouTube to recruit students.
  • 80% of admissions officers received a friend request on facebook in 2010.
  • Admissions officers can share admission statistics of accepted students.
  • Their profile pages become a forum for students to ask questions about the school.
  • Schools can post application deadline information as well as other news and events.
  • Colleges can post virtual campus tours for students who can't view the college in person.
  • Schools can post information about academic programs for prospective students.
  • Institutions set up contests to get current and prospective students engaged.
  • Colleges may host video chats to provide face-to-face information to prospective students.

Recruitment

Recruiting Students - A Majority if college survey respondents reported that their colleges use social media to recruit students.

How to colleges use social media for recruitment? - By creating social media accounts, colleges connect with students in a variety of ways:

  • 1 in 3 colleges say social media is more efficient than traditional media in reaching their target audience.
  • 92% of undergraduate admissions officers agree that social media is worth the investment they make in it.

Reviewing Applicants - While admissions officers obviously focus on judging a student's application, more and more beginning to judge student's online profiles, too. 

Who has looked up students on Facebook?

  • 37% - Law School Admissions Officers
  • 24% - Business School Admissions Officers
  • 22% - College Admissions Officers

Admissions officers can't look up every student, but they may if there are warning signs in and from:

  • Recommendation letters
  • Anonymouse reports about inappropriate behavior
  • You write something questionable on the school's Facebook page

12% of admissions officers who check social media sites said posts like alcohol consumption in photos, vulgar posts, and illegal activities in photos and posts had negatively impacted a prospective student's chances.

Reasons for Rejections - Admissions officers who say they've found something that negatively impacted a candidate:

  • 32% - Law School
  • 14% - Business School
  • 12% - College

How Students Can Improve their Odds - Certain posts and photos can hurt a student's chances at being accepted. Find out how to prevent this:

  • Google your name and see what comes up. If there are inappropriate photos or posts, delete them.
  • Manage your online info, so there's a consistent and positive message.
  • Check your settings to see which info you've posted is public and what is private.
  • Consider your audience. If you wouldn't want your grandparents reading a post or seeing a photo, delete it.

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