College Planning Kick Off for Juniors

3rd Annual College Planning Kick Off - Session Presentations

Spring Lake Park High School hosted its Annual College Planning Kick Off event on Thursday, December 12, 2019 for juniors and their families. More than 200 people attended. Presentations from all the sessions presentations are available here. Click on the title of the session to open the presentation.

Session Descriptions

  • General Session: An overview of the Application Process - including all the steps to take as a junior and senior to plan for life after high school. The session included a general timeline for the college application process and how the Student Services Office provides support to students and families during this critical time in launching into life after high school. 

  • Finding the Right Fit What to look for when researching colleges. And a reminder that just because you never heard of the school doesn’t mean it isn’t the right fit for you. 

  • ACT/SAT PrepAn overview of both the ACT and SAT college entrance exams, the timeline for testing and how colleges use these scores in determining acceptance. This session also provided the inside scoop on test prep options and test-optional colleges. 

  • Financial Aid 101: An overview of the financial aid process and what families will need to do in their student's senior year. This session also included information on the FAFSA and how to understand financial aid letters. This session was facilitated by current Director of Admissions, Carrie Carroll, from Augustana University. 

  • Two-year vs. Four-year: The tide is ever-changing in knowing the real value of a four-year college degree. This session covered the biggest differences of the two-year and four-year options for post secondary education and help you understand the pros and cons of each. Finding the right fit for your student has never been easier!  This session was facilitated by current Admissions Representatives, Leah Wornath at Lake Superior College and Jordan Appicelli at University of Wisconsin Superior. 

  • Todo acerca de la Universidad:  Presentación para apoyar a los estudiantes para que tengan éxito en el colegio al proporcionarles la información y los recursos al comenzar el proceso de admisión en Anoka-Ramsey Community College, como la prueba académica, recursos para ayuda financiera y servicios para el estudiante.  Taught by Fabiola Diaz, Admissions Advisor at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. 

  • Naviance and College Research: A quick list of great tools to use for college research as well as  a deeper explanation into what Naviance is and how to use it when researching careers and colleges. The session included instructions for parents on how to set up their own Naviance Accounts if they choose. 

  • College Athletic ParticipationIs your child a student athlete and having some thoughts about pursuing athletics in College?? This session covered what you need to know about the NCAA rules and regulations and the differences between the college divisions and how they may impact high school and college choices. The session was facilitated by current Athletic Director, Dr. Matt Hill at the University of Northwestern. 

  • Private vs. Public: Ever wonder what the real difference is between a private and public University? Why does one cost so much more, or does it? What are the benefits of each? What about religion?  These are just a few of the questions answered in this session about the real differences between private and public university. The session was facilitated by Lee Parker, an Admissions Counselor at The College of St. Scholastica. 

Please contact your counselor if you have any questions. Learn more about SLPHS counselors and how to contact them on the Student Services webpages.