Senior Scoop

Oyster River High School ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ October 2015

Individual Senior Meetings!

Seniors should make an individual appointment to share post-secondary plans with their school counselor!

College Visits!

Many colleges and universities visit ORHS throughout the fall. Check the Counseling website for up to date information!

Want an automated email to let you know when a college or university is coming to ORHS? Be sure to add schools to your “Colleges I’m Thinking About” or “Colleges I’m Applying To” list in Naviance. You will receive an email reminder!

NEACAC College Fair at UNH

Monday, Oct. 5th, 6:30pm

UNH Fieldhouse, Durham, NH, United States

Lundholm Gymnasium; Field House, Durham, NH
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 6:30pm-8:30pm

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 9:00am-11:00am

For a complete listing of colleges visit:

****UNH Admissions requests that ORHS Students attend the evening presentation if possible due to the large number of schools attending during the day-time session****

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Brown, Colby, Dartmouth and Yale Regional Information Session

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 6:30pm

55 Falcon Way

Bow, NH

Registration is Required! Visit to register.

Counseling Office Help Sessions!

Friday, Oct. 16th, 9:15am

The Writing Center

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Seniors with college application deadlines of November 1st must submit a transcript request, the senior sketch, resume and parent/guardian questionnaire through Naviance no later than October 14th. For November 15th deadlines, submit your requests by October 27th.

Have you requested your formal teacher letters of recommendation? Remember to provide your teachers with plenty of time to write a letter. Please request your teacher recommendation letters electronically through Naviance, and/or provide your teachers with envelopes that you have already addressed and stamped, for application materials needing to be sent through the regular mail.

Tips for Writing the College Essay

* Allow yourself time to concentrate on the content, insights, or theme you would like to develop.

* Choose a topic that makes you stand out from all the other applicants. Include personal information which may not have been discussed elsewhere in your application.

* Write in your own voice. Use your own words and phrases. Do not rely on a thesaurus to sound impressive. Are you using words that you normally would use? Are you saying what you know is true instead of what you think others want to hear?

* Re-write several drafts, until you’re satisfied that you’ve expressed your thoughts or topic clearly.

* Evaluate your organization, structure, transitions, language, sentences, and wording.

* Check that your final draft is focused and does not digress from your chosen topic.

* Edit for correctness. Check mechanics, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Remember to run your essay through spell check!

* Have someone critique and edit your essay.

* Keep your reading audience in mind.

Financial Aid Night

Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, 6:30pm

ORHS Library

Learn the ins and outs of applying for financial aid from the experts at NHHEAF!


*Fine tune your list of colleges and

universities. (Reach, Target, Probable)

*Visit colleges and attend college fairs.

*Gather the applications for the colleges that match your criteria for major, location, size, cost, etc.

*Review each application to understand exactly what you will be expected to complete.

*Request teacher recommendation(s). Submit electronic requests through Naviance.

*Develop your ideas for the essay questions on each application.

*Submit a transcript request for each college you plan to apply to via Naviance.

*Complete the Senior Sketch, Resume, and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire through Naviance for a counselor letter of recommendation.

* Begin completing college applications (create a Common Application account if schools on your list accept the Common App).

*Discuss financial aid with your parents. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the ORHS Financial Aid Night Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM (Library).

Why attend a two-year college?

There are many advantages to attending a two-year institution versus a four-year college. First, two-year colleges offer noncompetitive admission policies. Second, if you are a student who is unable to identify a particular career direction, attending a two-year college will allow you to explore all of your career options. Third, the tuition of a two-year college is significantly lower than most four-year institutions and can result in significant savings when credits are transferred.

After successfully completing a two-year college program, most students will earn an Associate Degree. There are many professions that require only a two-year degree, such as a paralegal. The Counseling Office has several resources to research careers that require an Associate Degree.

Many two-year colleges have joint admissions programs with four-year institutions, commonly referred to as “2+2” programs or articulation agreements. A student could attend a two-year institution for two years and transfer the credits gained during those years to a four-year college towards a Bachelor’s Degree. This program requires students to identify their interest in the joint admissions program at the start of their first two years and uphold a minimum GPA to enter a four-year college. We encourage you to discuss the possibility of a two-year college with your counselor.

Free College Applications for NH Scholars? Yes, Please!

The following schools allow NH State Scholars to apply for FREE:


Franklin Pierce University

MA College of Pharmacy and Heath Sciences

New England College

New Hampshire Institute of Art

Rivier University

Saint Anselm College

Southern New Hampshire

UNH Manchester

Please see your counselor for details!